It’s a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.
As a resident of Chicago, you can’t help but love this movie. As an American, or a music lover, or car lover, or sunglasses wearer, you can’t help but love this movie. Blues Brothers is a ridiculously over the top (and over budget) “action-comedy-musical”. Set in 1980, Blues Brothers may just have the best soundtrack to a film of all time (sorry, Daft Punk) thanks to incredible (singing) cameos by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and a hell of a lot more. It’s so. Fucking. Good.
I drank some beers, blasted a LOT of blues music, and drew the Blues Brothers print that I’ve always wanted to see. A print that captures our disheveled yet suave outlaws, Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Akroyd). Black suits, skinny black ties, black fedoras, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and white socks. Okay, the socks aren’t in the print, but they are still awesome. I drew Jake and Elwood driving the Bluesmobile, being chased by no less than 23 Chicago cop cars, and they don’t really seem to care.
I made this print as a part of Gallery1988‘s surprise SNL themed gallery show in Los Angeles, titled “Is This Thing On #2 Too | A tribute to SNL”. The gallery show is open March 29th – April 29th, so if you’re in Los Angeles, go check it out. But you can buy my Blues Brothers print online.
Rather than strict black and white, this print uses dark brown ink on warm ‘Sand’ Speckletone French Paper along with the red and blue ink. I thought there would be no better way to light Jake and Elwood’s faces than with police lights in the background, so I basically split the whole piece using red on the left, and blue on the right. It looks REAL GOOD up close in person. 🙂
- Title: We’re on a Mission from God
- Size: 36×12″ (three feet wide!)
- Edition of 180
- 3-color screen print on Sand Speckleton French Paper
- Signed and numbered by Rob Loukotka (that’s me!)
- Price: $40
Click the detail shot below to look at a 1680px wide shot of my Blues Brothers poster.
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