Ken Taylor

Das Boot

This weekend the Mondo Gallery will be celebrating the work of artist Ken Taylor, who has rapidly become one of the most sought after artists for film and music prints. His stamp is all over the last few years of Mondo selections, with prints for Watchmen, Halloween and Drive among the independent art purveyor’s most popular works. With “The Art of Ken Taylor,” Mondo is giving the Australian designer the space his work has long deserved in a show all his own. Opening on May 30 at 7pm at the Mondo Gallery location (4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX), the show will feature prints for films such as Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors, both films that have not yet been featured as part of any prior Mondo releases. Another film that has never received the Mondo treatment: Wolfgang Peterson’s claustrophobic 1981 submarine drama Das Boot. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards and long heralded for its visceral portrayal of what it would be like to be a line-level soldier locked in an airtight submarine in the middle of the greatest war the world has ever known. Regardless of what side you were on, it would be a living hell. Truly one of the great war films of all time, it’s long past its due for some celebration. Luckily Ken Taylor has included it in his gallery show. It’s a poster we are overjoyed to be able to share with you today…

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Mondo at Comic-Con

Having chased them a number of times, I’ve gotten over the allure of Comic-Con exclusives. Most of it is toy fodder that takes up closet and shelf space, never to be opened, touched, sold or used in any productive way. But there is one thing — a more recent development for Comic-Con thanks to the rise of high quality movie-related art — the prints that Mondo releases during the convention. Of those who stopped by the Mondo booth this past weekend and picked up something awesome, I am a bit jealous. With that in mind, I’m convinced that I need for all of you to share in my pain. To see the absolutely stunning selection of Mondo art from Comic-Con and realize that most, if not all of it is completely sold out and well out of reach. With a few notable exceptions, this is all about enjoying the art.

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Superman has always been about “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Except for that time he was reimagined as a child of the Soviet Union. Alas, either way he seems to always be a man of the people. He fights for the right of every human on Earth to live a healthy life full of potential. He has and always will be an enduring icon of freedom. It makes sense, then, that the folks at Mondo have decided to release a movie poster for Man of Steel that will be available to every man woman and child who wants one. Because even in the limited quantity tyranny of movie art collection, even Superman can be a symbol of hope.

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As we just mentioned in our Photo Tour of the New Mondo Gallery, the folks at Mondo opened their gallery today to a great deal of fanfare. Lines of soaking wet devotees stretched down Guadalupe St., press packed in early to mingle and in some cases (yours truly) spend all of their hard-earned allowance, and despite the terrible weather, an incredible time was had by all. And now that we’ve presented you with a photo tour, it’s time to give you a close-up look at some of the art presented for the opening. There’s a little Tyler Stout, some Phantom City Creative, some Aaron Horkey and plenty more to satiate your hearts desire for great cinematic art. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

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Tomorrow will see the grand opening of Mondo’s new gallery space in Austin, Texas. Mondo, the art boutique offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, has been creating t-shirts, posters, and other movie-related items for several years now. In light of the new gallery opening, it seems as good a time as any to take a look back over their illustrious career. Many current poster hounds may not realize that the Mondo legacy goes back as far as it does, but old school fans will remember the phone booth-sized storefront Mondo enjoyed at the original Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado. No bigger than a postage stamp, the Mondo room was packed to the gills with t-shirts and posters. Mondo recently put up an online archive of all of their prints dating back to 1998, which frankly made this article much easier to put together. But it also serves as a window into their fantastic past, showcasing many prints you probably missed and will now furiously try to track down. Speaking of tracking down prints, here’s the top 13 on our radar.

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Like any great film festival, Fantastic Fest draws attendees for a number of reasons. Some come for the discovery of genre films from around the world, others come for that famous Alamo Drafthouse experience, but some — probably more than you’d think — also come for the art. The advantage of Fantastic Fest comes with the inclusion of Mondo, Alamo’s boutique poster and t-shirt sales machine. Purveyors of prints that geeks the world over would give life and limb to see hung on their collective walls, Mondo has always been a bastion of what is cool in the world of nerd wall-dressings. And for Fantastic Fest 2011, they are taking things to the next level. Names like Olly Moss, Drew Struzan, Jock and Ken Taylor have contributed art to a line-up that will make you drool. Then, unless you’re here in Austin this week, it’s going to make you angry. Because you can only buy them on-site at Mondo. That said, lets take a look at this year’s line-up.

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If you are a movie fan, read this website regularly or have ever heard of Mondo Tees…then you know about their amazing poster series. If not, well go on eBay and take out a mortgage on your house to grab some of the older gems from the past. Mondo Tees is always trying to deliver amazing new prints from amazing new artists, and their newest addition is no different. Sometime later today, Friday March 25th, Mondo will be releasing two versions of a new print inspired by the Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch. These were created by Ken Taylor, who is one of my favorite Mondo artists. Not only are both of these awesome, but they come with some great news as well. Not too long ago, Mondo released their Director’s Series with a few Guillermo Del Toro prints. I think it’s obvious with this post, but you can expect the newest Director’s Series to be inspired by the films of Zack Snyder. New prints will come from films like DAWN OF THE DEAD, 300, LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS and WATCHMEN. The details on these other prints haven’t been released yet, but knowing Mondo…you can expect some amazing artists to tackle prints for these visually arresting films. Check out Ken Taylor’s work below:

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