Friday, June 08, 2012

Stussy x John K.

When I received this email from Stussy this morning, first thought was - 'wow, Stussy has been going heavy with the collaborations lately' - second thought - who is John K? Apparently, John K is the man behind the infamous cartoon Ren and Stimpy (you 90's babies probably don't even remember the show). In addition to designing the 4 shirts, he also put together a small animated promo clip, and documented the creation process on his blog. Check out a John K. bio and his promo cartoon after the jump (heaving R&S vibe!), as well the other 3 designs. Available for purchase here.

Canadian-born animator John K. (John Kricfalusi) has a definitively warped visual style and sense of humor that matches the intensity of his opinions against most modern animation techniques. Though his main influences are classic animators like Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, his visual style is more in keeping with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. In the early ’80s, he worked as a hack animator drawing remakes of cartoons like The Jetsons for Filmation studios. Ralph Bakshi took him under his wing to work on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, where he got to inject a little of his trademark sick humor. The next year he founded the production company Spumco and began work his magnum opus: Ren & Stimpy. Using strange still images, jarring character inconsistencies, and ridiculously rude sound effects, Ren & Stimpy became an early ’90s cartoon phenomenon. In 2003, Spike TV (the new TNN) broadcast a Ren & Stimpy revival series.

For our Summer 2012 collection, we collaborated with John K. for a series of t-shirts. In celebration of the release, he created an animated commercial reminiscent of the retro-style in-show commercials that were a vital part of Ren & Stimpy back in 1991. Featuring voice talent from John K. and Eddie Cruz as The Stussy Rat. - Stussy