PTBI have been a big fan of artist Ralph Steadman since I first “discovered” him when I was a student back in the day. I was drawn to his work before I knew who the artist was, as in I liked several images I had seen before realizing it was the same artist – a sure sign that you really like someone’s talent.

Mr. Steadman’s work is sometimes messy, often controversial and always weird – and I love it. Mr. Steadman, maybe best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson and countless editorial illustrations, has totally embraced his weirdness, as he titled his book, Proud Too Be Weirrd and it is one crazy trip.

About Ralph Steadman: Proud Too Be Weirrd by Ralph Steadman: “Iconoclastic British artist Ralph Steadman has been creating editorial and political illustrations for more than five decades. Steadman is revered for his ink-splattered, anarchic, and often shocking drawings. His well-known illustrations alongside the work of literary legend Hunter S. Thompson have long been celebrated and have achieved a cult-like following. Together, Steadman and Thompson’s iconic work has come to be known as Gonzo journalism. Ralph and Hunter first met in 1970 on an assignment from Scanlan’s Monthly magazine to cover the Kentucky Derby. Their 40-year friendship included collaborations on seminal books such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Curse of Lono, as well as numerous articles for Jann Wenner’s Rolling Stone, including the George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali fight and coverage of the Watergate scandal.”

Ralph Steadman: Proud Too Be Weirrd is chock full of Mr. Steadman’s artwork of course, but it also a wonderful literary narrative full of wit and keen observations from an artist who transcends his medium.

Ralph Steadman: Proud Too Be Weirrd by Ralph Steadman is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.