TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE

"Wise man say: 'Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.' "Michaelangelo

In 1990 I wasnt even in kindergarten yet. That didnt stop me from becoming absolutley obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just like every kid on planet Earth. My 3rd birthday was 100% TMNT themed from every gift I received (including a Raphael Bolo Tie. I shit you not. Dont believe me?) to the wrapping paper, to the cake - I was completely enthrawled with green, mutagen-enhanced, half-shelled, new york born-and-bred yet with californian vinacular...super heroes.

Needless to say when MONDO approached me about a TMNT gallery show, I could NOT pass it up.
The first time we spoke about TMNT I was actually pitched Secret of The Ooze, the not-so-dark-but-still-awesome 1991 sequel, I think. The concept never made it passed napkin sketch stage, which in retrospect Im very pleased didnt come to fruition, otherwise this poster wouldnt exist.

Other than the idea of the focus of this poster being on The Shredder, the composition its pretty self explanatory. My intention, however was to have Shredder and his cape cast somewhat of a looming darkness over New York City. The introductory scene to Shredder in the film is utterly fucking bad ass. Still to this day. Its shot beautifully to boot. From the long shadow he casts in the warehouse, to his Vader-esque dialogue, to his sheer larger than life terror. This was no cartoon, as the original one-sheet would warn you. This was a dark look into the underbelly of (albeit fictional version, but not far off) New York City and troubled youth in the late 80s/early 90s...with walking, talking turtles with martial arts mastery.

All seriousness aside, this movie is fun as hell. Its the fucking Ninja Turtles, dude.
This was a nice stroll down Nostalgia Blvd and a trip I will gladly take again and again.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE
Created for 
MONDO
Heroes in a Half Shell: A TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Celebration
August 17th, 2018 at MONDO Gallery

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