MAX GORDON: ILLUSTRATOR

This dude’s got talent. Belmar native Max Gordon left the area for art school when he was 20 and never looked back. Well, maybe he did. He’s in the area from time to time, most recently selling his screen prints at the Asbury Lanes Garage Sale Sunday that takes places once a month or so.

You’ll also be able to see Gordon’s handy work at the “High Seas, Open Roads” motorcycle helmet art show which The Anchor and Two Moto Co. are putting on at Asbury Park Yacht Club on Saturday, September 7th. Click here for detailsHe’ll also have his screenprints on displays at Cowerks on Saturday, August 3rd at 7PM at their LakeHouse studio on Lake Ave. in Asbury.

Gordon now calls Philadelphia home. He studied illustration at UArts and before heading to New York to get his bachelor’s degree, a job offer reeled him in. “My senior year I wanted to learn how to screen print and interned with Awesome Dudes Printing in South Philly, ” Gordon tells us. Once I finished my internship they deemed me awesome and hired me right before summer 2010.”

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Awesome indeed. This dude is right up there with the best of ‘em. And the Asbury Park area is getting closer to bringing this talent home.

“I’ve recently been planning on leaving Philly just to try something new. Every time I go back to my parents in Belmar, I think about moving back around the area. Right now I’m just saving money and looking for the right opportunity. I think all the time about how I would love to do more work back home to sort of “give back” to where I grew up skating and surfing. Ultimately I would love to live somewhere where I can go surfing and ride my snowboard and make artwork.”

Once Gordon started screenprinting, gig posters became his forte.

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“I was pretty obsessed with posters when I got out of school and did as many as I could. I’ve done a good amount, mostly for venues in Philly like The Electric Factory, TLA and Union Transfer. I got lucky being surrounded by a few of the dudes that had a good grip on the poster scene in Philly, so it was easy to find out how to get these jobs.”

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Gordon’s posters are honestly some of the best I’ve seen. He’s done posters for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, The Slackers, Taking Back Sunday, Quicksand and more.

Most of Gordon’s influences come from skateboarding, punk rock and doing shit himself, otherwise known as DIY. His favorite artists Toulouse Lautrec, Ben Shawn, George Grosz and Robert Crumb to name a few.

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“I think that’s where my love for screen printing comes from. Just seeing old things printed with off registration, colors and textures and just fuck ups basically. The wonkiness is just something that sticks out to me, I think you can see that in my process of creating the work as well as printing and also my subject matter. “

Check out more of Max Gordon’s work at www.mrmaxgordon.com or check out what he’s up to on instagram @mrmaxgordon.

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