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DUTCH gets European

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by n8vandyke

I was sent this link the other day by my friend Max over in Italy. He’s handling the Euro distribution of one of my hoodies as well as other fine Upper PLayground merch. Here we have my “Dutch, Smash!” on a green sweatshirt. Some great modeling pics as well as a nice little write-up. Thanks, MAXIEMILLION!

Follow this link down the rabbit hole… 




Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by n8vandyke

I can’t wait to show off this piece. This is my illustration for a gallery show at Exhibit A Gallery in Los Angeles, Ca. The theme of this show is summed up in one simple word… METALLICA. It is a group show – with the likes of Shepard Fairey and Shawn Barber – in which every artist participating has selected one song from their catalog in which to illustrate. I chose Until It Sleeps off of the Load album.

Until It Sleeps
30″ x 40″
Ink on paper

New DUTCH T-shirt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by n8vandyke

I’ve got a new shirt available from Upper Playground. Here we have Dutch smashing through the roofs of San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies in search of the Olsen twins. You can find the shirt right here… 

ART SALE 2011!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2011 by n8vandyke

I finally got it all together and running… I think:) It’s a little later than I had hoped to post it but I had to make sure it was all polished and ready. Feel free to pass it around. Just follow this link…

Thanks, everyone! Hope you find something you like.

Art Sale opens Dec. 5th @ 9am PST!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by n8vandyke

Just a little head’s-up! Monday morning I am opening up my art sale that I’ve been mentioning for some time. I got the sketchbooks from the printers and they look great! REMEMBER… the only way you can get one of these 15 signed/numbered/custom illustration sketchbooks is by purchasing something from the art sale. It comes free with any one purchase big or small. It’s 40 pages full color and slammed full of goodies. Where else can you find a limited sketchbook like this with Smurfs, a Liger and a whole ton of other cool shit in it? Yeah… here. It’ll be a first come-first served art sale. E-mail me what you want, secure it with me and it’s all yours.

Outside Lands Music Festival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2011 by n8vandyke

It’s been a long weekend. I was hired along with a handful of other artist friends to do live painting for JUXTAPOZ at this 3-day music festival. I ended up painting with my buddy, Sam Flores on a couple murals. We ended up working on Friday and Sunday (resting on Saturday).

We got there before it all opened on Friday so we could set up and get a feel for it before all the crowd got there. We were set up on the Polo Grounds in Golden Gate Park here in SF. It was your typical festival with big crowds, constant music, more port-o-potties than I’ve ever seen in my life, $9 beers and so on.

We had a wall set up near these huge windmills which made for a pretty cool entrance.


The walls we were painting on were laid out in a triangle shape with artists on each side and each wall measured 8’x24′


The day before I decided I’d do a drawing, take it to Kinko’s to blow it up, wheat paste it and then just paint over it. I knew it would be hot and crowded so I didn’t want to have to think too hard there and rather have fun. I ended up doing a drawing of an orangutan hunched over and drawing on the ground.


I pasted it up and made Sam sweat a bit because by posting up the drawing I had instant results and he got to play catch up. The idea I came up with was this orangutan is drawing a bunch of chicken scratch but what he sees in his head is beautiful (Sam handled what he saw in his head). Here we are getting it going.


I didn’t get as many progress shots as I’d like because it was so easy to get caught up working and talking to people. SF Gate did, however. They are the local newspaper website for the SF Chronicle and they got a progress shot of it when they were covering the festival.


Here it is pretty much wrapped up…


Now for the finishing touch…


We almost always had a decent crowd around us hanging out and watching the progress..


On Sunday Sam and I returned and collaborated on a whole new wall. I stuck with what worked and made another orangutan poster. I stuck with the orangutan because people seemed to dig it and… because I had plenty of orange paint left from Friday. I didn’t get any progress shots on this one. We’ll fast forward to the end result…


Sam did a girl with a dragon head dress behind it.


Here was our view of the main stage.



More. People.

I’m coming to New York!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2011 by n8vandyke

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I’ll ever have a show in NY. Well, the time has finally come. I’ll only have one big ol’ piece in it but it’ll be fun. It’s a group art show with some of the top talents all coming together under one roof. It will be held at the Wooster Social Club which is where they film the TLC show: NY INK. All of the artwork is based off of the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. You can find the info below as well as an early sneak peek of the piece I did for it. If you are in the area swing by. I will be in attendance and I’m more than happy to talk it up over beers and do sketches. Hope to see ya there!


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