The 2019 Color of the Year Is the Latest Hilarious Misfire in Pantone’s History of Awkward Wokeness Attempts

Here’s a great article on Slate about Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019. The author brings up some really salient points regarding the insipid act of nominating a color of the year in relation to ongoing worldwide catastrophe. As far as having a favorite color, I’ve always felt that work does not allow for a favorite color – all of them have a place and serve a purpose. However, this year’s color – Living Coral – is one of my personal favorites.

Sirena Headstock Badge

I’ve been working on this headstock badge for a while – or rather, it’s been floating around in my head and I just sat down to make it happen yesterday. Ironically enough, I’ve spent the last couple of years gathering an online collection of really killer script fonts with this logo in mind only to use a freebie casual font. I spend a lot of time looking at fonts.

La Jara by Sirena – Another Guitar by Dang! Creative


The body is a semi-hollow Masonite and plywood Flying V loaded with lipstick humbuckers. I bought the neck used on Ebay and finished the headstock to match the body. I pretty much set out to build the most un-metal Flying V I could imagine. The mid-century kitchen yellow was the most obvious choice for me. Oddly enough, I think that cutting the pickguard was the hardest part of the build.


Jack Kirby – the King of Comics


Jack Kirby, the undisputed KING of comics, would have celebrated his 98th birthday on August 28. Though a little late with this update, we here at Dang! Creative Services see Kirby’s work as a huge inspiration. Entering the nascent comic book industry as an illustrator in the 1930’s, Kirby’s career spanned well into the 1980’s. He created, wrote and illustrated many of the most well-known characters and titles in the history of comics including, Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers, The Black Panther, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men… the list goes on and on.

Cal State Northridge Art Gallery will be hosting one of the largest ever exhibitions of Kirby’s work in their Main Gallery. Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, will run from August 24 – October 10, 2015

Comic Books Journal posted a splendid interview with Kirby. The interview spans many pages, and is filled with many interesting personal stories, some interesting bits about his relationship with Stan Lee and tales about his life as a young man trying to make a living in the cutthroat comic book industry.

We haven’t made it out to the show yet, but we hope to get out there to see it as soon as time permits. In the meantime, we’ll work our way through the interview.

Hot Cherry Overdrive



This month we have the new Hot Cherry Overdrive from Dang! Creative Services! This overdrive is the second stomp box in our Funktronic line of effects pedals. A clone of the classic Marshall Bluesbreaker, this pedal is a great example of a somewhat transparent overdrive. I brings a nice, natural sounding distortion with out bringing too much crunch to your tone.

These pedals were also finished in bright red by a friend of mine using a really fantastic automotive-grade two-stage polyurethane finish. Coupled with the cool, retro graphics, brought to you by Dang! Creative, the results, again, are absolutely stunning.

The Fight Over the Doves – A Legendary Typeface Gets a Second Life

From The Economist


ON DARK evenings in late 1916, a frail 76-year-old man could often be seen shuffling furtively between The Dove, a pub in west London, and the green and gold turrets of Hammersmith Bridge. Passers-by paid no attention, for there was nothing about Thomas Cobden-Sanderson’s nightly walks to suggest that he was undertaking a peculiar and criminal act of destruction.

Between August 1916 and January 1917 Cobden-Sanderson, a printer and bookbinder, dropped more than a tonne of metal printing type from the west side of the bridge. He made around 170 trips in all from his bindery beside the pub, a distance of about half a mile, and always after dusk. At the start he hurled whole pages of type into the river; later he threw it like bird seed from his pockets. Then he found a small wooden box with a sliding lid, for which he made a handle out of tape—perfect for sprinkling the pieces into the water, and not too suspicious to bystanders.

Those tiny metal slugs belonged to a font of type used exclusively by the Doves Press, a printer of fine books that Cobden-Sanderson had co-founded 16 years earlier. The type was not his to destroy, so he concealed his trips from his friends and family and dropped his packages only when passing traffic would drown out the splash. There were slip-ups, all the same. One evening he nearly struck a boatman, whose vessel shot out unexpectedly from under the bridge. Another night he threw two cases of type short of the water. They landed on the pier below, out of reach but in plain sight. After sleepless nights he determined to retrieve them by boat, but they eventually washed away. After that he was more careful. Continue reading

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur – The Atlantic

Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?
Javier Jaén

Pronounce the word artist, to conjure up the image of a solitary genius. A sacred aura still attaches to the word, a sense of one in contact with the numinous. “He’s an artist,” we’ll say in tones of reverence about an actor or musician or director. “A true artist,” we’ll solemnly proclaim our favorite singer or photographer, meaning someone who appears to dwell upon a higher plane. Vision, inspiration, mysterious gifts as from above: such are some of the associations that continue to adorn the word.

Yet the notion of the artist as a solitary genius—so potent a cultural force, so determinative, still, of the way we think of creativity in general—is decades out of date. So out of date, in fact, that the model that replaced it is itself already out of date. A new paradigm is emerging, and has been since about the turn of the millennium, one that’s in the process of reshaping what artists are: how they work, train, trade, collaborate, think of themselves and are thought of—even what art is—just as the solitary-genius model did two centuries ago. The new paradigm may finally destroy the very notion of “art” as such—that sacred spiritual substance—which the older one created.

Read More – The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur – The Atlantic.


La Calavera: A Nasty Octave Fuzz


Fresh off the workbench is this pair of stomp boxes designed here at Dang! Creative Services. These beauties will be marking a couple firsts for us. Firstly, La Calavera is the first in a series of pedals completed under the Funktronic label. Last year, we built the Funktronic Envelope Filter and decided to keep the name as an overall brand.

Secondly, these pedals were finished by by a good friend of mine who owns an auto body shop here in town. He was kind enough to paint these using the same two-stage process used in automotive finishing. The results are absolutely stunning.

This is the first in a series of pedals that I think represent some of the best work I have ever done. The “Calavera” concept art was appropriated from the popular Mexican card game, Loteria. I actually designed and built these with a buddy in mind who plays bass in a local Gothic/Pshycobilly band.

The pedal itself is a clone of the now-defunct Ampeg Scrambler. The Scrambler is a really interesting octave up ring modulator/fuzz pedal that produces a really sick, synthy-sounding fuzz. What makes this pedal really great is the Balance knob that acts as a wet/dry mix – an indispensable feature if you’re using effects with bass guitar. The Texture knob sort of increases the amount of octave-like effect.