Art Art &T.Hachtman 03 Jul 2012 07:03 am

Screaming Envelopes

- I received a full email from friend, Tom Hachtman, this week. He had sent something that got me smiling. I’ve often seen his sketchbooks, and they’re usually some old book that he’s drawn or painted over the type within. This gives him the opportunity of ignoring the type or including it in the picture. This fascinates me, and makes me wonder what an animated film on such pages would look like. (I will try that some time as an exercise.)

Now he’s sent me a series of envelopes which he’s used as his sketchpad. Some were started or inspired by his wife, Joey, or his niece, April. It’s really all self explanatory, though Tom sent this note:

    i did a few new envelopes – or, actually, coloring some old envelopes…thought you might enjoy seeing them…the one that is not an envelope? The cute redheaded nude is out of one of Joey’s sketchbook from thirty years ago. The ugly guy is from one of April’s sketchbooks done I’m not sure when – could be recent or ten years ago…and the background is out of a Thomas Kinkade book. Joey draws the cutest gals and April draws the ugliest guys – I can’t resist putting them together.
    Feel free to post any of these – but maybe remove any addresses…thanks.


Here are the envelopes.

Two Envelopes

“Mail Art”

“Blue Scream” | “Blue Scream A”

“Blue Scream B” | “Blue Scream C”

“Blue Scream D” | “Blue Scream E”

“Blue Scream F”

“Blue Scream G” | “Blue Scream G-01″

“Not Screamng”

“Ugly and Cute in the Road”
A Picture Postcard

20 Responses to “Screaming Envelopes”

  1. on 03 Jul 2012 at 8:45 am 1.Dustin Grella said …

    Hey these are great Michael (and of course Tom), thanks for sharing.

  2. on 03 Jul 2012 at 9:27 am 2.Stephen Macquignon said …


  3. on 03 Jul 2012 at 5:25 pm 3.dan algierz said …

    Yes, Tom has awesome art!

    Been glad to know him and enjoy his art for a while…

  4. on 03 Jul 2012 at 6:16 pm 4.Martin Kozlowski said …

    Typically mad and amusing–a great gallery of Screaming Mimis. And April is Tom’s niece.

  5. on 03 Jul 2012 at 6:22 pm 5.RSkid said …

    Hacky Dog & Fam are still at it.
    Lovely, and fun, tho angry and blue—
    Would like to see a piece that
    all 3 collab-ed on!

  6. on 03 Jul 2012 at 7:48 pm 6.KBJr said …

    I like Tom’s Blue Period. Are his redheads just a phase? Probably not, and hopefully neither is his knack for combining photos/drawings/envelopes/text. I would love to see some of his drawings animated across printed pages! In fact, I can visualize it in my mind and it’s perfectly lovely!

  7. on 03 Jul 2012 at 7:59 pm 7.Tom said …

    I love the look and feel of these! Totally original and yet reminiscent of many styles and periods. Bravo!

  8. on 04 Jul 2012 at 1:49 pm 8.Pat Gallant said …

    There’s nothing in this world quite like an envelope by Tom Hachtman — nor is there anyone in this world quite like Tom Hachtman. Gotta love both!
    Pat G

  9. on 05 Jul 2012 at 10:50 am 9.Gareth said …

    Tom, I think your envelope creations are some of my favorite things of yours. You constantly amaze me with your creativity. The word “prolific” comes to mind too. :)

  10. on 05 Jul 2012 at 12:32 pm 10.Tom Hachtman said …

    thank you thank you Michael for posting these — and thank you to everyone who left a comment – I appreciate it. There – that makes it ten comments.

  11. on 09 Jul 2012 at 4:16 pm 11.Dennis Hermanson said …

    I told Tom (Mickey) that the BLUE SCREAM SERIES calls out (if not screams out) to be stained-glass. I see them in a nightclub in say, Prague or maybe New Taipei. Tokyo would work. Or at least, a Russian oligarch-owned Black Sea sex club.
    I see them as 3×9′ or so. Sigh. Would be so very cool.

    They are a wonderful series, Tom, as you have seen, both in visual and in comments. Hopefully they will be gathered. I’m in, as adidas now says.
    Thanks for mine!

    Soccer Graphic Designer

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