Raising Frogs for $$$ © Jason Fulford
Fushigi Circus © Mark Ryden
The Meat Magi © Mark Ryden
Brooklyn, 2005 / Nashville, 1998 © Jason Fulford
A few days ago, I bought two red books that I am currently loving. One is Raising Frogs for $$$ by one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Jason Fulford. The other is Fushigi Circus by the incomparable Mark Ryden.
Both of these artists are inspirational to me. I was first introduced to Mark Ryden’s work when I worked at Rolling Stone, about 10 years ago. His original illustrations would come in, and they were such works of art. He was one of the first artists I recognized as making true art with his commercial work. He did it on his terms, and it was always so beautiful. Jason’s work inspires me because I feel very connected to his sensibility, and his books and success give me hope. If you’re in the market for some new books I highly recommend both of these. Neither of them are expensive, and I’ve been looking at both of them over and over again.