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TOOLS OF THE TRADE : -Presents- ART BASEL 2010- MIAMI, The opening party is Friday, December 3rd from 8pm – 2am.

Art Basel 2010

We are heading from the Bay to MIA for Art Basel.

Tools of The Trade will be setting up a pop-up art gallery for the week featuring the fine art of some of today’s quickest rising art stars. The line up of artists include; Mike Giant, Ron English, Donny Miller, Tara McPherson, Buff Monster, Anthony Ausgang, Claw Money, Oliver Black, Mark Bode, Vaughn Bode & more.-

The pop-up gallery, located at 153 N.W. 36th St. Miami, FL 33127, will also be open to the public December 2 – 5, 10am – 8pm daily.
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After party at the Overthrow Castle on Saturday, December 4th.

The event will feature carnival style games from select Tools of The Trade artists. Secret musical guests & DJs will be performing at the free event. The Overthrow Castle party is located at 51 NW 20th Street Downtown Miami 33137.
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We commission the work of great artists to create our products. Here are some of the artists we are currently working with:


Tara McPherson is a New York City based artist whose work has been influenced by personal life experiences as well as the oddities and uniqueness of her subjects. Recognized for her work by ELLE Magazine as the “Crown Princess of Poster Art”, Tara’s work has been featured in galleries all over the world.

Tara’s art has also been featured in editorials, books, and magazines such as SPIN Magazine, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Juxtapoz, NY Press, LA Times, and many others. She has also created poster art for bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Melvins.

Tara attended the Art Center in Pasadena, CA where she graduated in 2001 with a BFA in illustration and a minor in Fine Art. She also teaches classes at Parsons School of Design in New York City where she currently resides.

Jigsaw Puzzles from Tara – Coming Soon



Jeremy Fish lives and works in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. His artwork deals with the relationship of all things cute and creepy, and the balance between the two. The work tends to be narrative stories designed with a library of symbols and characters. In the last few years Fish has exhibited his work in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Poland, Hungry, Denmark, Canada, Holland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, and all over the United States.

In 2007 Fish started a new brand called Superfishal, with the help of his loyal team. 2007 was a busy year for Fish, during this year he was fortunate to work on several projects with his musical hero Aesop Rock; including the cover artwork for the album “None Shall Pass” along with posters, tee shirts, and two music videos. SOURCE – Joshua Liner Gallery

Dominoes from Jeremy – Coming Soon


Claw Money is a groundbreaking graffiti writer whose work can be most commonly recognized because of the signature fat paw with three claws logo. Born in New York in 1968, Claw Money, or Claudia, has had a huge impact on the graffiti world as a woman in a field that is dominated by men.

She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology but dropped out in 1986. After establishing herself as a graffiti writer, Claw Money has gone on to pursue careers in both the fashion design world as well as the literary world. She is currently the fashion editor and director of Swindle Magazine and also designs and produces her own clothing line, named Claw Money. Claw Money clothing has a huge celebrity following including M.I.A., Kanye West, and Santogold. Her past collaborations have been with major companies such as Calvin Klein, Mark Ecko, and Nike. In 2007, the book entitled “The Life and Crimes of Claw Money” was released featuring her life story as well as artwork.

Poker Chips from Claw – Coming Soon



Mike Giant’s career is the result of genuine curiosity and decades of drawing for five hours a day. He’s been – and remains – a world-class graffiti writer, tattooist and illustrator with his REBEL8 line. He’s made zines, skateboard designs, animations, prints, collages and stacks of interesting artist and company collaborations. He travels all over the world, rides his bikes, practices mindfulness, smokes a gang of weed, and is a fully tattooed goofball that one can bring to dinner parties.

Whether a page drawn in a friend’s black book amid collected signatures of other graffiti writers, or the large-scale works he hangs in galleries, Mike Giant’s drawings will fool you, even up close. The cleanliness, razor edges and solid blacks of the images all come from a Sharpie and Mike’s surgeon-steady hand, but look like they were printed. “In some ways, I took a lot of pride in that,” Mike explains. “As the graphic world has become more fixated on vector graphics, I think I wanted to show that I could replicate the same results by hand, thereby usurping the notion that computers are somehow ‘better,’ which I think is bullshit.” SOURCE: text by Caleb Neelon – from Swindle No. 19

“Rolling High” dice from Mike – Available Now



Buff monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, as a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. He got known by putting up thousands of hand-silk-screened posters across Los Angeles and also in far-away places. When his original and one-and-only wheat past brush was no longer usable, seven years of frequent poster missions came to an end. Having given up a very productive street art career, he now works exclusively on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create them as flat as possible. His work has been shown in numerous galleries, usually creating large installations to accompany the paintings. He has released loads of signature vinyl toys through MINDstyle, and has many other projects in the works with other leading toy companies. His art has been published in a long list of magazines, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Vapors, Angeleno, XLR8R, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and others. Buff Monster works tirelessly day and night to spread happiness, joy and a love of pink. SOURCE:

Playing Cards from Buff  – Available Now



Ron English can be considered the “celebrated prankster father of agit-pop”, who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent. Ron English is considered one of the fathers of modern street art and has initiated and participated in illegal public art campaigns since the early eighties. Some of his extralegal murals include one on the Berlin Wall’s Checkpoint Charlie in 1989 and one on the Palestinian separation wall in the West Bank in 2007, with fellow street artists Banksy and Swoon.

Ron English has also painted several album covers including The Dandy Warhols album cover “Welcome to the Monkey House”. Some of his paintings are also used in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me. During the 2008 Presidential Election, he combined the features of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln for a popularly-distributed image entitled “Abraham Obama.”

English takes inspiration from Andy Warhol and references him in his work. He also references the band KISS, and various cartoons. Also inspiration comes from the large billboards and posters he sees outside his city apartment, usually fast food companies.

English also references Picasso’s Guernica. He has created dozens of versions, transforming the original Spanish civilian characters into Disney characters, Peanuts characters, soccer players, schoolchildren, and many others. He also painted the world’s largest version of Guernica at the Station Museum in Houston. It is one foot longer and one foot wider than Picasso’s original and features schoolchildren playacting the violent scene of the original. SOURCE – wikipedia

Jigsaw Puzzles from Ron – Available Now


Anthony Ausgang, referred to as the pioneer of Lowbrow, is an artist whose surrealistic narratives depict cartoon characters in provocative situations. With 90’s inspired themes and color stories, Anthony creates pieces that are both visually stimulating while also creating a sense of nostalgia with the audience. Anthony was commissioned to create the album artwork for the band MGMT’s newest record entitled “Congratulations”.

Jigsaw Puzzles from Anthony – Coming Soon


GREG MIKE is a studio artist whose creativity has branched out to include aspects of street art, fashion design, graphic design, and commercial branding. Influenced by the graffiti and skate scene of New York City in the 80’s, GREG MIKE’s work is a combination of studio and street art.

GREG MIKE broke into the fashion scene by working for CARPE DENIM (CARPE CLOTHIERS) focusing on the design, branding, and marketing of the company. With the lack of a respectable trade show for high-end contemporary clothing, GREG created and organized the TRAFIK TRADESHOW in South Beach, Miami, FL that ran very successfully for many years.

GREG MIKE’s current endeavor, GM Creative, is a one-stop design studio experience. Past collaborations with GM Creative have included Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Collection as well as others. With solo shows on both coasts, GREG MIKE has turned his creativity and drive to focus on his personal artwork, which has been described as both brazen and precise.


Oliver Black

Oliver Black is a Bay Area based-artist who paints canvases in all shapes and sizes. With his signature style he brings to life a unique breed of characters, creating a world where it is not uncommon to see diaper-adorned birds playing the banjo or cults of crowned fish dancing. Often describing himself as ‘a reclusive, self-taught scribbler,’ there’s no denying the inner humor and oddity within Oliver that can’t help but to transcend itself onto his colorful canvases. With a relentless eye for detail and a preternatural sense of symmetry, Oliver invites viewers to get lost in his complex yet accessible oeuvre.

“Prana” DVD by Oliver – Available Now



Mark Bode was born in Utica, New York. He is the son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode.

Mark is best known for his work on COBALT 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice.

Bode attended The Art School in Oakland, California. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father’s black and white strip Zoos, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. He was a fine arts major at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied animation and etching at San Francisco State University. His publications include Gyro Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cobalt 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics and Lizard of Oz.

In his spare time, of which there isn’t much, Mark occasionally performs the Bode cartoon concert, teaches art, plays New Orleans style piano and zydeco accordion.

In the near 30 years of Mark’s professional career as an artist, Marks work has appeared in HEAVY METAL, EPIC MAGAZINE, PENTHOUSE, HUSTLER , GAUNTLET MAGAZINE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING , GRAPHOTISM, among many, many other magazines and comics. He has had articles featuring his work in the NEW YORK TIMES, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JUXTAPOZ and TABU TATTOO. Marks work has been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York, Upper Playground Gallery in San Francisco, and has had art shows abroad in Berlin, London, Milan and Barcelona. SOURCE –

Jigsaw Puzzles  from Mark – Available Now


Vaughn began drawing at the age of five. He remembered himself as “an extremely introverted kid, completely unable to relate to the world around me…I started creating my own fantasy world populated with my own little creatures.” Vaughn is one of the most influential American cartoonists of our time. Much of graffiti art itself comes from the work of Vaughn Bode. Rendering his characters, lettering and cartoon semiotics is a rite of passage for graffiti art crews. Vaughn Bode’s art was made popular by writers like Dondi, Seen, Tracy and Mare 139. Unrecognized by most in the fine art realm, the worlds and characters he created permeate our collective pop image bank like a classic visual rock & roll soundtrack for our times. Vaughn was the recipient in 1969 of a Hugo Award. In 1975 he received the Yellow Kid award in Lucca, Italy. SOURCE –

Jigsaw Puzzles  from Vaughn – Available Now


Donny Miller’s art could be described as anti-artist art. By using very commercial-looking clip and line art combined with sarcasm, Miller creates propaganda posters for the throwaway consumer world we live in. He is tired of paintings, pictures and art that say nothing. “So much of art now a days is a pretty picture or whatever and it’s kind of useless. Like a pop song, it sounds all right and everyone likes it because it affords a quick escape from whatever is in front of whoever is listening to it.”

Die of Knowing by Donny – Coming Soon


Nate Van Dyke, more commonly known as N8, is an artist and illustrator whose work can be recognized because of his use of mixed media and high-sheen finishes. Using materials such as pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, gauche, acrylic, and oils, N8 creates art that features heavy metal human figures as well as futuristic primitive apes. His work has been featured in magazines such as Juxtapoz, Playstation, XBOX, and Heavy Metal.

N8 used to work for NCSoft where he created concept art and storyboards for the Sega video game, Iron Man. Clients such as Converse, Levi Strauss, Scion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slayer have commissioned his work. In 2008, he opened two gallery shows in London and Portland, Oregon. He was also awarded the Silver Award in the Editorial category from Spectrum 16.


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