Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Vampire Boogaloo: Patrick Moran's Latest Character...

By Madame Margherite

Artist Patrick Moran reinvents his work once again. With a history of adapting with the times, Moran has always found a way to get his work out there. From prints, to pillows, mugs, clocks and even greeting cards his vibrant works of art can be found in just about any form of merchandise available through Café Press. Now the future holds a clothing line.

Moran painted murals in high school, and in the 80's he painted denim jackets, along with comic book and magazine covers. Shifting craft into career, his first published oil painting was for the cover of RELIX Magazine in 1989. With an earlier than anticipated start; he sold out his first art show prompting him to open his gallery, MORAN784 on South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Along came the launch of his website,, still active today. In 2002 and 2003 Moran displayed his work at the Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival, and looked at animation and video games as way to support a painting career. His painting for RELIX Magazine was just a glimpse into Moran’s caliber of work.

“It took a long time for me to find the same clear colored voice with oil pints that I had found in illustration media” Moran says. Today Patrick Moran has a much better understanding of oil colors and how they interact, and says he has applied the technique of glazing to his work for a cleaner, less muddy effect. His practice certainly does show in his award winning images. Now he’s created a character for clothing.

While most of his work displays colors bright enough to outshine any California sunset, Moran has taken a completely different approach with his soon to be launched clothing line, Vampire Boogaloo. This unique character depicted on a variation of three separate t-shirts is set aside from Moran’s collection of works and characters because he’s completely black and white. Despite his lack of color, Vampire Boogaloo is certainly from the same bloodline as Agatha the Cat and the Thirteen Monkeys.

With sharp fangs and long claws this creature may lurk in the darkness of our imaginations, but he is most adorable with his oversized ears and widow’s peak. This creative critter was originally created as a token of thanks for supporters and friends backing Patrick Moran’s work. However these fashionable shirts quickly gained popularity among Moran’s community.

“It got to a point where I couldn’t walk down the street without people inquiring about where I got my shirt” says Moran. So when and where can we expect to see the Vampire Boogaloo clothing line? They hit the scene next month and will be available at, as for the rest of his work, visit to unlock the magic.


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