By Scott Bailey
When I arrived at Madelife L’Amour Supreme was dressed in all black with a spray can in his hand, as if prepared for a clandestine graffiti mission. The stealth look was entirely out of habit, though, he would be spending the post-twilight hours in a brightly lit showroom putting on a live painting demonstration. Iconic illustrator and legendary toy designer Huck Gee was in Boulder this week, too; in fact, the two would team up for a print signing event the next day just a few blocks down Pearl Street at the Boulder Kidrobot.
With a style that screams heavy metal L’Amour has become one of the go-to artists of independent brands including Mishka, Nike, G-Shock, and Scion, as well as being featured in the Red Bull Curates artist showcase at Scope Art Fair in Miami. Huck Gee is famous as Kidrobot’s first employee and generally considered their most prolific artist. The two of them together resulted in a packed house and lines that would not relent for a full 4.5 hours, despite only being intended to be a 3 hour event.
These felt like the biggest events in an ongoing series of events marking the resurgence of lowbrow art here in Boulder. High rents have pushed the edgier art scene to the fringe of our famously freaky city, but if these shows and their sizable crowds are any indication the counterculture scene is indeed thriving in the People’s Republic of Boulder.