Saturday, October 6, 2012

Current & Upcoming Shows & Stuff

Whew, what a busy couple of days! Here's a listing of current and upcoming art shows for October:
  • 10.05.2012-11.17.2012
    Monster Mash Art Show
    Opening Reception from 6:00pm-10:00pm
    The Bird + Bear Boutique & Gallery
    Inside/upstairs at TATE'S Comics
    4566 North University Drive
    Lauderhill, Florida 33351
  • 10.06.2012
    Art Institute Fort Lauderdale Alumni Art Show
    Doors open at 10:00 pm
    Green Room Nightclub
    109 Southwest 2nd Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
  • 10.07.2012
    Golden: ActivistArtistA's 1 Year Anniversary Party
    3 PM to 11 PM
    422 West Industrial Ave
    Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 10.12.2012
    Black Friday Presents: Zombie Walk Art Show
    Doors open at 10:00 pm
    Green Room Nightclub
    109 Southwest 2nd Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
  • 10.27.2012
    Green Room Presents: Halloween Art Show
    Green Room Nightclub
    Doors open at 10:00 pm
    109 Southwest 2nd Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

  • Also, I'm SUPER proud to announce that two of my pieces, "Christopher Reeve as Superman" and "Lion-O's Last Stand" have been chosen to be included in Local Artists Coming Together's (LACT) "Heroes" trading card set! I'ma post more info about it, but here's a link to their Facebook event page. *whew* Now, back to work!

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    By Way of Wes Anderson Movie Trailer

    Good afternoon, everyone! Check out the new trailer for the upcoming By Way of Wes Anderson Art show, now playing in select theaters! This is pretty cool!

      By Way of Wes Anderson Trailer from Subculture on Vimeo.

      You are cordially invited.

      Subculture and Green Room present

      By Way of Wes Anderson

      This event celebrates the critically acclaimed catalogue of Wes Anderson through artwork and sound.

      Live music from Saskatchewan and Levek, performing both originals and pieces found within Wes Anderson's film soundtracks, presented by Consequence of Sound.

      Local and national artists to showcase Wes Anderson-themed artwork curated by Kristin Frenzel and Gina Bentivegna.

      Themed items for sale by Indie Craft Bazaar vendors.

      Conceptual DJ mixes and post modern beats by Jolt Radio and Andie Sweetswirl.

      Subvert will premiere it's upcoming adventure Triumphant Vision.

      Riverside Market will offer up local recipes throughout the evening for their campaign “Support Riverside Market.”

      Live Screen-Printed shirts will be provided by The Fine Print Shoppe.

      Commemorative Photo Booth be set up by both Ian Witlen and Digital Cypher Photography with Body Art by Keegan to make each photo rather fantastic.

      And, of course, giveaways from local favorites!

      $5 | 21

      Tickets are available to purchase online at or in person at the Revolution Live box office at 100 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

      Yours Truly,


    The show is on September 22nd at Green Room Nightclub, in Fort Lauderdale (which, admittedly, might be stated in the video description posted above, but my eyes don't want to read through all that code right now). For more information, check out!

    Sunday, September 9, 2012


      Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins to not just tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.

    - Gene Roddenberry

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Caturday Saturday Roundup!

    Sorry for not posting these sooner, but here are some links to relevant Caturday Saturday posts, including pictures of me drawing live and my first mention in the Sun-Sentinel! Check 'em out!

    Sun-Sentinel's Caturday Saturday Preview

    Arterpillar's Caturday Saturday Article

    Salty Eggs' Caturday Saturday Photo Gallery

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Pretty in Pink Tonight/Nerdapalooza All Weekend

    Good morning! Just a quick reminder that I'm showing 3 pieces at <a href="" target="_blank>Green Room's Pretty in Pink 80's Party</a> tonight, and 6 pieces at <a href="" target="_blank">Nerdapalooza in Orlando</a> this weekend. I'll be at Green Room tonight, and Nerdapalooza this Sunday. Click on either of those links for more information. Hope to see you there!

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    The Art of Music Show Tonight

    Whew, this is pretty last minute, but I'm showing as part of New Times Magazine's County Grind: The Art of Music event tonight! For more information, and to RSVP, click here for the official Facebook page. I'll have the following two pieces on display!

    Hope to see you there!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    UPDATED! "Not At Comic-Con" Artist Alley this Saturday!

    UPDATE: I added pictures of the layout of the mini con, and a schedule if events. Both can be downloaded at the following links:

    Schedule (PDF File)

    Map (PDF File)

    I'll be participating in Tate's Comics' "Not at Comic-Con" Mini Con this Saturday, July 14th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm! I'll be signing (wait, what???) copies of their free "Not at Comic-Con Indy Comic", and I'll have prints for sale, and my camera handy, for lots of picture taking There'll be lots of cosplay going on, so clear your memory cards!

    This event is good for all ages, so bring the family!

    Click here to RSVP for the event, via the official Facebook event page.

    And click here for directions, or use this handy dandy Google map:

    View Larger Map

    Hope to see you there!

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Lavola Tonight!

    Click here to RSVP via the official Facebook event page.

    Aight, so here's more information about the Lavola show at Green Room tonight. Kristin Frenzel, Gina Bentivegna, Brooke Kotzen, Kelcie McQuaid, a bunch of other great artists (and myself) are showing tonight during sets from Lavola, DJ Andie Sweetswirl, and DJ Hank Justice.

    And, actually, my and Kristin's artwork from their Black Friday: Dead Celebrities Art Show will still be on display, making the 10 pieces I'll have on display the largest collection of my artwork on display yet! Not bad for show #14!

    Sometime soon, I'll have these pieces and prints available via my Etsy store.

    Be sure to come out, have a drink, and get a picture with me!

    As always, a very special thanks to Green Room for hosting all of these great local events for us up-and-coming artists/musicians. How awesome is that?

    (Whew, enough coding for me for one morning. Where's my coffee at?)

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Art Show w/Lavola @ Green Room This Saturday

    I'll be showing at Green Room Live, as one of their featured artists, during a performance by Lavola! This will be my 14th show in just over a year, which is NUTS to me! For more information, and to RSVP, click here for the official Facebook page for the event.

    Doors open at 10. Hope to see you there!

    (I'm still choosing which pieces I'ma show, but there'll be 6 of them on display! Wooooo!)

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

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    Monday, June 25, 2012


    "I had the courage or the audacity or the stupidity to take a chance. I didn't know what the hell would happen."

    - Paul Rand, Graphic Designer

    Saturday, June 2, 2012

    Green Room's Back to the Future Party!

    I'm showing 2 new pieces in Green Room's Back to the Future/Enchantment Under the Sea Party! I'm posting a preview of the art on here, but you should come out and say hi! And cheers!

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech

    Here is a video of Neil Gaiman's commencement speech for The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, which I think is damn near necessary viewing for any artist, up and coming or established. (Via Gamma Squad

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    A Preview of Tonite's Art...

    Formal Art Journal posts to come!

    (And, as always, "like" my Facebook page, please!

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    Star Wars Art Show This Friday!

    Yuuuuup, the next art show I'm participating in is Green Room's "May the Fourth Be With You" Star Wars art show! It's my first show at Green Room, and I'm super excited for it (especially since my Yoda piece came out RIDICULOUS)!

    Click the flyer below for the official Facebook page for the event:

    Click here for directions to Green Room, via Bing. In case that don't work (you know, technology), here's the address:

    Green Room Fort Lauderdale 109 SW 2nd Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

    As always, come out and say hi! There'll be cosplay, music, a BURLESQUE SHOW (who DOESN'T like those?), and LOTS of great art. Which I'll be posting soon(ish). Oh yeah, and I should have prints available for purchase soon (hopefully!), so keep an eye out!

    Friday, April 13, 2012



    So, on March 18th, I was involved in a car accident (not my fault, I promise), in which my car was totaled and I was injured. As a result, I had to cancel my last two art show appearances, and put damn near everything on hold, while I recover, both heath and life wise.

    To my friends and family who have continued to be there and help me out through times like these, I cannot thank you enough for your support.

    I just got added to an upcoming Star Wars-themed art show; I'll post more details soon. It's on May 4th, 2012, at Green Room Fort Lauderdale.

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    CM Punk vs Chris Brown

    Not gonna lie, this video made me proud to be a CM Punk fan. Can I use #TeamCMPunk here?

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Upcoming Art Shows

    I've got two new art shows comin' up. First up:

    Square Show 2 @ The Bird and Bear Gallery

    The opening reception is Saturday, March 10th, 2012, from 6pm-10pm, and runs until April 27th, 2012.

    After that, Undergrounds Coffeehaus is putting on "March of the Winkies: A Wizard of Oz Art Show," on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 8pm-11pm. Click here for the official Facebook event page.

    I'm planning on being at both opening nights, so, as always, I'd love for everyone to come out and say hi! There'll be some amazing work on display at both shows, so make sure you makr your calendars!

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    ArtHeart and Los Colores Art Show

    I'm a minute late on this, but I'm participating in the ArtHeart and Los Colores - Joint Event! art show, at Rocketown (in Pompano Beach). There'll be live art and music, pro skateboarding exhibitions, and lots of good art on display. And it's a fundraiser, so a portion of the profits'll go towards Rocketown and My Broken Palace.

    Click on the above links for details and directions (until I can type 'em out properly, 'cause I'm in bed with a stomach ache).

    Hope to see you there!

    (Special thanks to ArtHeart and Los Colores.)

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Three Years Later

    Three years ago today, January 12th, 2009, my brother Justin passed away.

    He was two months shy of his 26th birthday.

    Three years later, I'm here, writing this, with every feeling and emotion as strong and painful and real as back then. You know, it really doesn't get easier over time. One learns to deal with it better, but it doesn't get easier. No, no way. I think about him every single day, whether it be the good or the bad or the absurd or the funny or our childhood or the last time that we hung out. I swear that I remember more about him now then when he was around. Maybe because I know how important those memories are.

    Three years later, and I can see where I've taken inspiration from his strengths. He always tried hard at the things that mattered to him. He never stood for anyone's crap, and definitely wasn't afraid to say what was on his mind. He wasn't just intelligent, but he possessed cleverness, something sorely lacking in so many people today. If you know me, then I hope that you have seen that I try my best to emulate these qualities.

    Three years later, and I would still trade my life for a chance for him to have a fulfilling adulthood. I can't do that, so the next best thing I can do is to try my hardest to make this life that I have the best it can be. Both him and my mom are my inspiration to overcome every obstacle I encounter and my dedication to every positive stride I take in this life.

    Three years later, and I can't not cry on this day.

    Three years later, and I still miss him so much that it hurts.

    Three years later, and I love him as as much as ever.

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Art Journal: The Bat-Man, Part 2

    Not too much to add here, other than some picture updates. I'm also changing his pose a bit, so he's cracking his knuckles. I'm going to hand write some text in that horizontal box by his head.

    More to come tomorrow.

    (P.S. - You can see these updates earlier, if you follow me on Twitter, @ @ianmsantos, and "like" my Facebook art page.)

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Art Journal - The Bat-Man, Part 1

    I'm testin' out the Blogger app with this post, so I hope this doesn't come out in Klingon or something.

    A few months ago, I was invited to my friend Kristin Frenzel invited me to participate in her new art blog, Art Blog Sketch Attack. I'm a little late with my piece, but here it is: The Bat-Man, as he was designed in his first appearance. I'm partially modeling this after David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One style. I'll be laying down the inks with brush and Pigma pens.

    Tune in tomorrow for Part 2!

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