Double Tapped: Boyz N The Hood Meets Fat Albert

A cache of nearly 1,500 vintage movie posters (including 500 kung fu movie posters) found on eBay helped Dallas artist Snipe unwittingly create his calling card: classic cartoon characters on vintage movie posters, and has attracted the attention of galleries and collectors from coast to coast.

A self-taught painter and rabid cinephile, (“I don’t watch TV. I only watch movies,” he says) Snipe, whose real name is Maxx Henry-Frazier, must deal with an unwieldy medium.

“With older posters, if you put a drop of acrylic paint on them it just starts bleeding,” he says. “[The paint] is just going in whatever direction it wants and you’re like, ‘Nooooo…’”

Because of their age, Snipe says he was ruining “posters a dozen at a time.”

“Doing anything on a movie poster is very difficult,” he continues. “The paper that they’re printed on goes from really high gloss to hollow foil to porous almost like linen depending on the year.” He also can’t just go to Big Box Arts & Crafts to get everything he needs; from sanding to getting posters linen backed and custom framed, the process of making a vintage movie ad into Snipe art is a complicated one. “It’s been really interesting when you have a vision for this piece and it’s not as straight forward, you just set into it,” he says. “Each piece is a challenge.”

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