Chasing Pop Visions and Cartoon Dreams with @alia_pop

For more whimsical portraits and fantasy stylings, follow @alia_pop on Instagram.

“I want to create a fantastic world of hypnotic color and classic dreaminess,” says LA-based artist, Alia Penner (@alia_pop). “I have painted on people, horses, bouncy castles and even a school bus.”

Bold patterns and colors are everywhere in Alia’s work, which ranges from high-profile fashion shoots to giant, painted Starbucks cups in Hollywood. But her Instagram account feels more like a special curation of the art she makes at home—a bright mishmash of celebrity face collages and quirky magazine cutouts.

“Just for fun, I started coloring in the New York Times every Sunday, using it sort of like a sketchbook. I added color to the iconic black and white images of starlets, then put them on Instagram,” she says. “They really popped.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alia’s daily sources of inspiration are just as eclectic as her art: she lists balloons, polish movie posters, hand-tinted films and unopened paint cans, among others. At the end of the day, though, her job is about having fun.

“My favorite projects are the ones that feel like play from start to finish,” she says. “I’m a child at heart.”

Anda Volley “Are You Armed”

Are You Armed

Are you armed? Are you armed? Are you Armed?
Or is it safe for me to enter?
Are you taking names, and the time of day we spilled our guts to you?
Are you laughing at me looking up softly at your eye flying by?
Do you know the choking beneath the shadow of your wings?
Wake me up. Wake me up. Wake me up.
When you stop believing we are your children.

Special invite to Anda Volley’s show at Crafty Belfast Nov 3rd, 2014

Emma Gilles of Crafty Belfast sent me this beautiful flyer for the Anda Volley UK Tour. It’s going to be a wonderful time Nov 3rd at Crafty Belfast, including a drink reception, DJ set by Cornucopia, a selection of #streetfood, and a performance by me. Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket soon. :)

I can’t wait to meet Emma and all of you coming to the UK shows.

Crafty Belfast, Nov 3rd
Railway Venue, Bolton, Nov 9th
Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham, Nov 14th
The Cookie, Leicester, Nov 16th