As one of the cheapest people in the world, I am constantly stunned by the price of paintings. Even when you know the guy, the lowest you’re going to get them down is like, $1,000. How about this? How about $298? And how about I choose exactly what the painting is?
That’s what I wanted so that’s what I did.
This is my friend Scott Martin. He’s in Crom and 400 Blows and a million other bands and after a lot of puking at SXSW a few years ago, I took a picture of him and his friends showing off their new Ozzy tattoos (Ozzy gave himself that tattoo when he was bored in jail).
I thought it would make a great painting so I emailed it to a company in Seattle called Your Art Now that paints whatever you want in perfect photo realism for cheap. They said they could do a 48″ x 36″ oil painting of it for about $300. It would have been more expensive if there were faces in it because faces take way longer.
When it came in the mail a few weeks later, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s so good, I have to show you the canvas rolled up around it to prove it’s not the original photograph.
Check out the boot! (the wrinkles at the bottom are because it’s still in the shipping plastic)
I love the way paintings of tattoos look.
So, I got a four foot wide painting at the head of my bed and it cost me less than an 8 ball of cocaine. For a Scotsman, that’s better than sex.