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Last Saturday was the art show MF Gallery had in tribute to the late Dave Brockie, vocalist from the band GWAR. The exhibit was titled ‘ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show.’ It was an open call for all artists, trying to raise money for the Dave Brockie Foundation.

I had contributed a piece. It was an illustration titled “Shock Rock” based on GWAR’s televised appearance on the Jerry Springer show back in the late ’90s.

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Michele Witchipoo at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014. Photo taken by Bejay Rose.

In a way, hearing about Dave Brockie’s death was sort of like an end to my youth. Cause ever since I graduated high school, GWAR has always been in the background. The funny thing was, they were the type of band I always thought would be around forever. Right before I left Kansas City, MO, someone offered me a chance to see GWAR live for free. She even got me in on the guest list, no questions asked. Wow, I thought, what luck. That’s cause the majority of the time being in Kansas City, my luck was rather on the shitty side. Alas, right as I was psyching myself up to see the show, something happened. True to form, my good luck turned to bad. So bad, it was straight to the airport back to NYC. Seeing GWAR live wasn’t meant to be. I told myself that one day I’ll catch GWAR live. After all, GWAR will always tour again, right? Many years later, especially after taking part of this art tribute event, missing GWAR was something I later regretted.

Before I started my own illustration of Oderus Urungus, I went online looking for references. After my piece was done, I dug deeper into who this man really was. The more I learned about this guy, the more I kinda got inspired, and eventually the more sad I became. You have to give Dave Brockie credit. He lived the life he wanted to lead. Most people don’t get that far. They don’t even become close. Dave Brockie lived day by day with his own set of rules, living among his GWAR creation. An art student who didn’t get disillusioned after he graduated. Instead he formed a band and made a living for himself going on thirty plus years. Along the way, he also did performance art, drew, wrote, did ‘political’ commentary and even acted in a Troma film. Not a bad life to have. GWAR wasn’t as big as let’s say, Slipknot, or Marilyn Manson.  So what? Sometimes it’s better to carve that niche for yourself rather than sell out arenas, only to be forgotten five years later. 

It all goes back to that monologue Dennis Leary had in “No Cure For Cancer.” Where Leary talks about the good musicians always dying, while the crappy ones live on. Guess Leary should know. He swiped his whole stand-up act from comedian Bill Hicks, who now – take a big guess – is dead. Takes one to know one.

But you didn’t stumble upon this blog to hear me rant. You wanted to see photos from the GWAR tribute art show. So here they are. It was an amazing show, packed full of people. My art was hung near where the drinks were being served. I’ve said this before, but it’s been a while since I did an illustration I was truly happy with. Even if it felt as if it was saying goodbye to a part of my youth.

Without further a doo-doo, here’s photos from that night.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Michele Witchipoo

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Titled “Fred Phelps Meets Oderus Urungus in HELL.” Artist: Crazy Glenn Werning.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Annie Hunter

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Various art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Brian Doodley

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Bob Gorman

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: MK Ultra

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Cliff Roth.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Sergio Zungia.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Martina S Russo.

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Various art from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the photographs from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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Entrance at the MF Gallery. Saturday May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Marina S. Russo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My illustration titled “Shock Rock” which describes when GWAR was on The Jerry Springer show will be part of an exhibit this Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 7 pm.

Over a 100 different artists will have their work on display, in various mediums. Already it’s gotten mentions in the Metal music press. I’m really psyched to be a part of this show. Below is my piece, which along with others will also be for sale. Part of the proceeds will go towards the Dave Brockie Foundation. If you were ever a GWAR fan, definitely check out this show.

Online flyer for the Dave Brockie Memorial Show at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014.

Online flyer for the Dave Brockie Memorial Show at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014.

Here’s the link to the Gallery event: http://mfgallery.net/DBmemorial/DBmemorial.html

Below is my illustration. It was done April 2014, pen, ink, and glitter watercolor:

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode "Shock Rock." Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode “Shock Rock.” Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

Here’s some of the links in regards to the press this event has been receiving:

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dave-brockie-memorial-art-show-to-open-in-may/

http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=11390

http://loudwire.com/all-hail-gwar-memorial-art-show-tribute-late-frontman-dave-brockie/

http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/April/ts23Memorial_Art_Show_Planned_For_Late_Gwar_Frontman_Dave_Brockie.shtml#.U2AHYvldWuI

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=102105

http://freewilliamsburg.com/mf-gallery-is-hosting-a-memorial-show-dedicated-to-gwars-dave-brockie/#more-30879

…and last but not least, a mention from GWAR’s record label, Metal Blade:

http://www.metalblade.com/us/news/dave-brockie-memorial-art-show/

 

 

 

 

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On March 23rd, 2014, Dave Brockie , better known as Oderus Urungus from the band GWAR passed away. He was only 50 years old. Brockie was the second GWAR member to pass way (Cory Smooth, aka  in 2011), and since his death, GWAR’s future remains in question. 

Here’s my own tribute to Oderus Urungus. My watercolor illustration from when GWAR was a guest on The Jerry Springer Show back in 1997. The episode was called “Shock Rock” and had concerned mothers confront these bands about their influence upon America’s youth. El Dulce from The Mentors was also on the panel, but Brockie and his crew clearly reigned supreme.

As I started to do this piece, chants of “JERRY! JERRY!” started going through my head. It was apparent that doing a trash program like Springer was really beneath GWAR. In end, something was gained. you can bet that this episode gained them new fans, saving them from a mundane existence. Hell, even Springer became an honorary ‘Scumdog.’

I could post a clip from YouTube, but in the few years I’ve been doing this blog, videos seem to get torn down. So I suggest you Google the video yourself. Meanwhile, please enjoy my Brockie illustration, done in glitter watercolor, ink and pen. It’s been a while since doing artwork I was proud of. For that, I’d like to thank Oderus Urungus as he travels through the gladiatorial arena. 

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode "Shock Rock." Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode “Shock Rock.” Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

 

 

 

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