McBess is a French illustrator currently residing in London. His work is loaded with so much swagger and rock n’ roll attitude you find yourself wanting more than anything for his characters to be real — flesh and blood. You’ll wish you could slam a cold one and cheer them on like the garage rock gods they are; a beer swilling version of the Gorillaz. Mcbess is known for mainly working in black and white, which is 10x more rock n’ roll than working in color. McBess began drawing at an early age, and carried it over into his adult life. He studied the third dimension of drawing and animation at art school, and falls for the second dimension pretty hard as well.
With his illustrations, McBess depicts old rockers in an obscene universe, decidedly lewd and male centric. He brings you into the rock n’ roll world he’s created. Elongated male bodies hold classic guitars and blare tunes from amps with monster mouths; all while his heroes are being chased by gorgeous Amazon women who are trying desperately to disrobe them.
Not only is McBess a fabulous illustrator, but he’s also in a London band with his brother Ben Franklin Jr. — The Dead Pirates. The band has five members. Greg on drums, Pat’s got three basses, the two brothers on guitars, and Elliott plays the rhodes. Their music is a mix of influences ranging from stoner rock to old fashioned “plug-in, turn-it-up and play it loud” style of rock.
Stream the Dead Pirates while you cruise his illustrations:
Here’s a video for “Wood”: