Cougar Den CD/T-Shirt Preorder (Aaron Horkey Artwork)

Looks like Aaron Horkey’s “Detritus” artwork will see more daylight as the main image in the CD packaging from Cougar Den’s new album, “Keepondrifter”.  Cougar Den is a hardcore band out of Milwaukee on Init Records (check out their Myspace).  You can preorder a package that includes the CD, a sticker, a button, and a t-shirt donning the Horkey-designed logo seen below for only $18, or just the CD for $8.  This package will only be available for the first three weeks of October.  Head over to the Init Records Store.

14 Responses to “Cougar Den CD/T-Shirt Preorder (Aaron Horkey Artwork)”

  1. Horkey is the new Tara McPherson.

    You’ve seen one Horkey and you’ve seen them all.

    It’s getting boring.

  2. Except Tara Mcpherson is a total babe

  3. 2nd that Tara McPherson is a babe. great shirt but the music is definitely an aquired taste.

  4. Yeah, WBG is the same as what’s been done previously.

    Detritus? EXACTLY the same as has been done before – from the screening to the hand-painting of the numbers and egg sacs.

    You’re a complete fucking idiot, ethos.


  5. god, if you look at a horkey piece and see nothing new or exciting, you pretty much have no business owning artwork or having eyes.

  6. Now I won’t speak for the Horkeys, Dangers, and MacPhersons out there that have managed to accurately combine natural-born rendering skills with an original (offbeat, surreal, metaphysical, etc) view of the world, but it seems only logical to invest a body of work within a similar style once you’ve struck gold with a particular piece. Hats off to these artists for sticking to what they know know and being smart enough to find a way to draw all day for a living…these people aren’t repeating themselves by accident; it’s called finding a niche.

    I admire the repetition from a logistical standpoint as well…with print runs in the low hundreds (and internet ordering making it nearly impossible to get your hands on one if you’re an hour late to the party) this means you can likely grab a similar piece somewhere down the line. I don’t know if Ethos is a collector or an artist himself, but Mid Carson hit the nail on the head with his comment. At this point, I’m less concerned with whether or not Ethos’ post should be taken seriously and more irritated that it made me waste the time to type this out.

  7. I agree with you E… Horkey is AMAZING!
    My ONLY complaint, the prints are so huge… but they are more crazy awesome than they are huge!

  8. horkey is the best, his stuff is crazygood, why else would he sell out to the sweatshop backer adidas?

    seriously: horkey has some very intricate pieces, stuff many don’t even attempt, however his stuff does look similar especially when he uses words and other embellishments…

    what’s this band made o f anyhow, old women who go after young men?

  9. A bunch of amazing kids from Milwaukee

  10. Hi Aaron

    Reading your input makes me want to look back at the greats of Poster making and especially the king of them all Rick Griffin and use his work as a comparison.

    Mr Griffin has been long gone for some time now but his greatest pieces are classic lettering, bold block colors and a trippyness that defined the era. His greatest pieces all have those assets and you can see him slightly alter his style as he grew older, changing bit by bit until he produced his greatest piece the Hendrix Flying Eyeball.

    If you were there at the moment you might also say, seen one Griffin seen them all – but when you see the whole body of work or the big picture you actually see the differences.

    So I don’t think it is repetition. Maybe the changes are to small for us to see the moment.

  11. I agree with Sasha…I’d also add that I’d be very interested to take a ten or fifteen year leap to see what these guys are doing, and just how they got from A to B and what themes/elements still resonate. For example, I saw Dan’s work through college and although the last few years have shown more discipline with detail and composition, there is still that definitive ghostly context. The subtle differences are indeed there and some of these critics (whether they’re openly posting here or keeping it to themselves) need to give it more than a few years.

    Repetition may have been too strong of a word; I could have easily said consistency instead. No one wants to go to a ballgame to see a guy who has a lifetime .117% batting average.

    It’s safe to say that everyone’s eager to see what DD and AH come up with next that will set them apart from themselves and everyone else, but the key factor is patience. Let them beta-test new images in their sketchbooks instead of posting to restate the obvious fact that they haven’t reinvented the wheel with their latest rural decay or haunted house prints.

  12. DD isn’t in the same league as Horkey. Come one. Danger is doing what Dan McCarthy has been doing better for years. Stick figures and farming out his stuff to a print house. The guy can’t compare to Horkey or McCarthy (who’s still pulling his own stuff).

  13. Ethos, I clearly wasn’t comparing Dan and Aaron; They’re obviously in two different leagues. All I was saying was that Dan also catches hell for putting out similar work, the same way you commented on how Tara and Aaron’s work by saying “You’ve seen one Horkey and you’ve seen them all”. My point is only that it is unnecessary to negatively comment on someone’s work because it doesn’t immediately go in a different direction. No one has any business judging stylistic differences if the work is worth mentioning on this site, especially if there proves to be a market for it.

    How Dan conducts his business and how similar his work is to McCarthy has nothing to do with my response, so I’ll let everyone else worry about that next time it’s up for debate. Either way, someone will end up getting something interesting on their wall so it’s all good.

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