by Drew Ailes
One of the most painful feelings in the world is when you encounter someone who desperately wants you to see their art. If you're not overcome with waves of panic and dread, you're already plotting out all of the ways you can safely compliment something you're expecting to absolutely suck.
Thankfully, there are also those times that someone approaches you with something that is truly fantastic. Back in the early 2000s, a friend asked me to listen to an idea he came up with while in detox. Cringing, I heard to his plan to create a Metallica cover band fronted by the infamous watermelon-smashing prop comic Gallagher. He would call it "Metallagher." While the story of the bizarre thrash-metal/smash-fruit combo act continues, we came across something recently that is equally absurd on a similar level.
Matt Hooker, a bearded yoga teacher out of Charlotte, North Carolina, submitted a few high-concept paintings he had painstakingly crafted over the course of this past January. Although he didn't provide much of a mission statement behind the artwork ("I'm a failed musician."), we believe the titles of the paintings speak for themselves.
Johnny Cassius Clay (Johnny Cash + Mohammed Ali)
Kanye Twitty (Kanye West + Conway Twitty)
Ving Diamond (Ving Rhames from Pulp Fiction + King Diamond)
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Black Angus (High Top Fade, '80s African American Hairstyle + Angus Young of AC/DC)
David Lee Pan (David Lee Roth of Van Halen + David Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China)
Bossferatu (Bruce Springsteen + Nosferatu)
A little further background on the artist: Matt Hooker has been working professionally for seven years on a word-of-mouth basis to get commissions for private pieces on canvas, murals and other mediums. If you're interested in viewing more work from this clearly demented individual, you can reach him by Email, follow @hookermedia on Instagram or lurk the hell out of him on Facebook. Maybe he can paint that picture of you eating a werewolf carcass in the middle of outer space that you've been dreaming about for the last ten years. Follow Drew Ailes on Twitter at @CountBakula.
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