Thursday, December 23, 2010


So I just Got word this is going to happen.. Check out these samples for my artist series brushes with Trekell. I have been using Trekell brushes for a few years now and they never let me down. A lot of you have asked about the tools I use when painting so now there will be a brush set of the specific ones I use when working out the details in my paintings. I hope you enjoy. available soon, we'll keep you posted.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

DABSMYLA x CRAOLA......Long Live The Yellow Fin!!

Everyone knows, or should know by now, that the dolphin has lost it's place as the most beautiful fish in the ocean (don't tell me, I know, but a dolphin really is a fish, i mean look at those beedy little eyes) It is time for the rise of the tuna... LONG LIVE THE YELLOW FIN!
So I was lucky enough to get out of the studio the other day and take part of the L.A. free walls project going on in Downtown L.A. with two of my favorite people/artists Dabs and Myla. There are a ton of new walls going up thanks to Daniel at Jet Set Graffiti, making downtown a new destination for visitors from around the world. Anyways, here is what we collaborated on , a combination of spray paint and acrylics. Hope you like
(thanks Jack at Daily Dujour! I stole your picture up above)

Monday, December 13, 2010

IMSCARED Gift Packages available this week only!

This week only, we made some cool Christmas gift packages available on IMSCARED.COM. Check them out...

Package Deal of 4 assorted items and 1 mystery shirt and sticker hand picked by our staff.

Package Includes:

1 Drawn From the Well Book
1 Mystery Shirt
1 Butterfly Tote Bag
1 Bookmark
1 Button Pack
1 Mystery Car Sticker

Package Deal of ALL 4 Vinyl Cap'n Rotnclaw Special Edition and Regular Edition Toys hand SIGNED by Greg Simkins

Package Includes:


Package Deal of 4 assorted items and 1 mystery shirt and sticker hand picked by our staff.

Package Includes:
1 "Damsel" Giclee Print
1 Mystery Shirt
1 Butterfly Tote Bag
1 Bookmark
1 Button Pack
1 Mystery Car Sticker



Package Deal of 6 assorted items and 1 mystery shirt and sticker hand picked by our staff. The Skateboard is Limited Edition of 25 with Laser-Etched detail artwork.

Package Includes:
1 "Lonely Knight" Laser-Etched Skateboard Deck
1 Mystery Shirt
1 Butterfly Tote Bag
1 Bookmark
1 Button Pack
1 Mystery Car Sticker

Friday, December 10, 2010

Did a Tattoo today

So I got a chance to tattoo my good friend Charles Hare at the shop he works at, Union Electric Tattoo, today. It was a good time. By the way, please no emails about getting. I only tattoo my friends who are tattoo artists.

And here it is, some sort of Mickey Elephant mini Jammie for my buddy Chuck.

In other news, I wonder what this could be for......

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Well my good friend Alex Pardee and I are sneaking out of our respective studios to join forces like Zan and Jayna for a signing and winter social with all of You at the brand new ZERO FRIENDS store in North Hollywood, but lets here it from the man himself. Lady and gentlemen, Alex Pardee:

"SO MANY THINGS!!! (Aside from Leslie Neilsen dying and destroying my week, that is) First, let's get a rundown of all of the awesome madness that is ensuing at the ZEROFRIENDS LA Retail Store this weekend: As the brilliantly designed flyer above states, MY FAVORITE ARTIST in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE will be making his first appearance at the Zerofriends LA store THIS SATURDAY and signing & sketching alongside Craola! Hah! See what I did there? Alright, that was my attempt at boosting my confidence. Didn't work, so let's just get to the facts. In a short little fun pre-holiday gathering, Greg "Craola" Simkins & Myself, Alex "Crappy RoseArt Brand" Pardee, will be hanging and singing for 2 hours at the ZEROFRIENDS LA Store! And yes, this actually DOES mark both Greg & My first time at the ZF LA store! I have been hard at work on my upcoming SOLO SHOW for the Corey Helford Gallery, so I haven't even had a chance to see the store yet! And I won't be back until mid January, if at all, so please please come say hi to me and Greg this Saturday, Dec 4, from NOON - 2PM! Store info:
Cella Gallery presents: ZEROFRIENDS POP UP STORE 11135 Weddington St. Suite #112 North Hollywood, CA 91601 213-291-7908 Open Daily from 12-7PM Oh, and ALSO, because Greg & I both loved the ORANGE LANTERN COLLAB PRINT that we just released together, and since we both also love Christmas, we had a little fun defacing the original Orange Lantern piece for the holiday season and are releasing ONLY 40 OF THESE on Saturday exclusively at the Zerofriends LA store!! Check it:

"Orange Lantern" (The Santa O'Malley Edition) By Alex Pardee & Greg "Craola" Simkins Extremely Limited Edition of 40 8" x 10" Signed & Numbered by both Alex & Greg $25.00 Available SATURDAY, DEC 4 @ The ZEROFRIENDS LA STORE! Some little details from the new version:)

So we hope to see you on Saturday but also don't forget! Thursday night, this is happening:

Monday, November 29, 2010


We here at the Simkins' household love us some Travis Louie. So imagine my surprise when my good buddy asked me to collaborate on a couple drawings for his upcoming show, "The Ghost of Delilah and Other Stories". Without hesitating I had to say yes because we have been talking about doing a drawing together for some time now. SO do yourself a favor and come to this brand new exhibition Thursday, December 2nd from 7-10pm at Gallery 1988, (oh and check out some cropped teasers from our collabs below).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Chance to score a FREE drawing BLACK FRIDAY

In addition to adding some new products to my online store IMSCARED.COM on BLACK FRIDAY, I've created 5 drawings which will be randomly inserted into 5 of my "Drawn from the Well" books so that those who order my book on Black Friday will have a chance to score one of these drawings for FREE!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New shirt w/GK: 1988 available Black Friday

To celebrate the launch of their new clothing line, I did a t-shirt design for Gallery 1988 X Glamour Kills which will be available at starting this Friday, November 26th. I can't leak a photo of it quite yet so make sure to check it out on Friday if you wanna grab one. My shirt will be available for both guys & girls at $24.99 each. There are only 50 qty. of each item produced!

There will also be t-shirts by other artists including Alex Pardee, Brandi Milne, and Jordan Buckley.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Please Enjoy this video created by creative Genius Stephen Reedy from Zero Friends Films for the Release of my book "Drawn From The Well":

"For the first time ever Greg "Craola" Simkins' sketches and drawings have been compiled into this all new book by Presto Art. THREE HUNDRED PAGES!!! of great ideas, characters, designs, landscapes, notes, graffiti, and much more. This amazing brick of a book is a true investment in creativity. I would like to say it will be a great addition to your bookshelf, but I don't think it will spend much time on the shelf. Book of the year!! 9x7 300 pages, Hardcover. Special surprise inside. So Get your Christmas shopping done early this year and enjoy!" -Presto Art

Friday, November 19, 2010

CRAOLA X DEPH Print Release this weekend

Check out the new print collab by me and Deph being released this Saturday at the IMSCARED / To Die For Booth # 211 at Designer Con.

23 x 10 in.

Print on Wood Panel

Limited Edition of 50

Hand Signed & Numbered


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Signing @ Designer Con this Saturday, Nov. 20th

This Saturday, I will be at the IMSCARED / To Die For Booth # 211 at Designer Con from 1-2pm for a signing of my new book "Drawn from the Well" and release of a new print collaboration with Deph.

Highlights include:

More info about the prints will be posted here shortly or follow me on Twitter.

Saturday, November 20th
10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 (kids are FREE)
(free after 3 pm!)

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
[click for map]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Story Teller" Exhibition Photos

t's been over a week since the opening of my "Story Teller" solo exhibit and I'm just now getting to posting these pics. It was a fun night and thanks to all of you who came out to support. I feel very blessed and grateful for all of you. On with the pics...

Meet Dominic Howard, the new owner of "Finding Home"

My buddy, Hok, came out to support.

Look Dylan, what's that over there?

Signing away - thanks to all of you who waited in line for so long (I know it was hot inside the gallery!)

Awesome artist and friend, Luke Chueh

Nice shirt Jordan!

What's up team! Special thanks to Deph, Jason, Natalie and Michelle at To Die For/IMSCARED.

Always good catching up with some old friends and crew

Dabs and Myla seen repping their new sponsor, Diet Coke

Hi Mom, Dad and Paula!

Todd And Misha are two of my favorite people

More pics can be viewed here.

Additional pics and show coverage can be found at the links below:

Hi Fructose
Arrested Motion

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Story Teller Videos

STORYTELLER Greg Simkins promo from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Well I know I have been posting a lot of info for the show, so how about a pallette cleanser. Please enjoy this intro to one of the greatest movies ever from one of my favorite stories, "The Phantom Tollbooth"... just try and get this catchy little tune out of your head the rest of the day

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Signed NEW PRINTS...check!

Yesterday, I was at my printer's signing my new "Finding Home" prints which will be released this Friday, Nov. 5th at my "Story Teller" solo exhibit at Gallery 1988: LA. It's been a crazy week getting everything ready for Friday but I'm happy to cross another thing off of my to do list.

The next thing on my list is to get some SLEEP!

"Finding Home"
a new print by
Greg "Craola" Simkins

Giclee print on canvas
24 x 18 3/4 in.
Edition of 20
Hand Signed & Numbered
$425 USD


Gallery 1988

7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 937-7088

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Special Edition Box Sets assembled...check!

Today the contents of the special edition box sets are being assembled and will be available at the opening reception of my "Story Teller" solo exhibit at Gallery 1988: LA this Friday, Nov. 5th.

There will be 50 customized box sets which will include a special edition copy of my new book, "Drawn From the Well" and some other items pictured here.

Regular editions of my book will also be available and I will be doing a signing starting at 8pm.