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Shag goes Pink
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Posted: 2004-04-13 5:27 pm   Permalink

From the Associated Press (believe it or not):

(04-09-04) 23:47 PDT LOS ANGELES (AP) --

One cool cat has been redrawn by another.

Pop artist "SHAG" has remade "The Pink Panther" characters in a series of portraits, products and trinkets to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the animated feline and the renowned Inspector Clouseau comedies starring Peter Sellers.

SHAG, whose real name is Josh Agle, is known for his depiction of slinky, kitschy, lounge-lizard characters designed in the sharp, cutout style of early-1960s illustrated advertising.

His "Pink Panther" art also is featured in the new DVD boxed set of "The Pink Panther" movies released April 6. His art of Clouseau and the slinky Panther also turned up on key chains, golf balls and other merchandise.

"The first thing I did was watch all the movies with a sketch pad and sketch things that would fit into the theme of the packaging, sketch things that I liked from the movies, different looks, different women, and had to figure out how to get it all into the illustration," Agle said.

His favorite thing to draw was the Panther itself.

"He's got this aloof attitude. ... It was really fun trying to reinterpret him, not make him so crazy and different that people wouldn't recognize who he was but give him enough of a change, or enough of a SHAG restyling, that people would look at him and say, 'Hey, something's different here. Something's going on,"' he said.

The original cartoon was created in 1964 by animators Friz Freleng and David DePatie for a prologue to the live-action Blake Edwards film.

The result was a long tableau comprised of about six different scenes from the movies, featured on the fold-out DVD collection. "It's kind of jet-setty, and loungey and tiki-ish," he said, describing his own painting style.

What does he like about the 1960s hipster era? "It's mainly the look, the sound, the clothing and stuff. As far as actually living back then, it doesn't appeal to me as much as living now. But I loved the way stuff looked back then."

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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-05-04 04:36 am   Permalink

It's well worth heading over to http://www.pinkpanther.com for lots of great Shag artwork, wallpaper, clips from Pink Panther's Penthouse Party CD, a decent interview with Shag as well as some bizarre images of Shag as a Tiki.

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Posted: 2004-05-04 2:01 pm   Permalink

Does anyone remember the "Inspector Clousseau" with Alan Arkin? Came after Shot in the Dark" I think. Sadly forgotten, (sniff)

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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-05-04 3:19 pm   Permalink

Off the topic,
Does anyone know the style or name (obviously from the 60's) of the type of fireplace that Shag uses in his paintings(Like the one in the Pink Panther)?

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Feelin' Zombified
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Posted: 2004-05-05 06:15 am   Permalink


On 2004-05-04 15:19, Unga Bunga wrote:
Off the topic,
Does anyone know the style or name (obviously from the 60's) of the type of fireplace that Shag uses in his paintings(Like the one in the Pink Panther)?


try this link.

We had one in our family room when I was a kid. My mom sold that house in 1992 and the new owners promptly ripped it out. Had I known they were going to do that, I'd have taken it out myself!


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