Cam De Leon

Cam De Leon on MyArtSpace

t_r_a_v_i_s, as well as willing an award for having one of the most annoying to type user names, has told Toolarmy members that there is an interview with Cam De Leon up n MyArtSpace. He only briefly talks about Tool, but it is an interesting read regardless.

Q. You created some of the early artwork for the band Tool. How did you meet the band? Can you tell our readers about that experience?

A. “I met Adam, working in the make-up effects industry, back in the late 80’s. We had a lot of similar influences and interests, so we became friends and hung out a hell of a lot.

About 3 or 4 years later the band came about, so I started right away making images to help with their promotion, at Adam’s request. The “wrench” was the first piece I did, to promote their first show. I did that in ink so it would Xerox easily for the flyers, but that sort of set up the look for most of the T-shirt art I did for them later.
Over the years, I’ve done art that’s been used on the covers of their first demo EP, “Opiate”, “_nima”, “Salival”, and the non-US release “Sober/ Tales from the Dark Side”, in addition to the art that’s appeared on many products. I also did a great deal of visual and concept development on most of the videos, which included the full body painting of the figures in both “Stinkfist” and “Schism”.
It was on these video projects that I got to know my friend Chet Zar, who was in charge of make-up and other physical effects, and has also contributed many of the 3D animated video loops that appear at their live shows. I continued to contribute art and design work, up until around 2002.”

Those of you who are interested in submitting news, you will now notice that there is a Contact link on the sidebar to the right…

Trademark Nerd summarise Tool’s legal plight

It was reported several months ago that Tool were facing a legal battle related with Cam De Leon‘s work with the band, and the insurance associated with that legal action. Legal documents were found, and discussed both here and other forums online. For some the legalese used was a little overwhelming and it wasn’t necessarily clear what was actually going on.

Trademark Nerd have created for us a summary of the legal case in language that is a little easier for the typical Tool fan to understand. Not to say that you guys are stupid or anything…

Anyway, the legal action will be unfolding in the coming months, and hopefully out the way early next year. Hopefully in the meantime the members of Tool can take advantage of the time prior to the holidays to nail down a few more tracks on their coming album!

“Toolarmy need your help” Clarification

I received an email from Alan Jones last night (Adam’s brother and Tool’s attorney) who confirmed that yesterdays request for Tool  advertising material is 100% legitimate.  He mentioned that it is for a legal problem regarding litigation with the insurance industry as a fallout of the case against Cam De Leon.

Edit: Alan wanted to let you all know that this is definitely no reflection on Cam.  Tool have buried the hatchet with him and that case is long over.

Basically what they are after are examples of pure advertising (Tool show posters, newspaper and magazine ads) that contain those specific pieces of Cam-Tool related artwork.  Note that Tool have copies of the art themselves – they are particularly interested in it being used in advertising.

If you do have any of the following, the please visit this site and submit them:

  • Tool Wrench
  • The eye from the cover of Aenima
  • The picture of the white box on the back of Aenima
  • The Opiate Priest that appears on the cover of the Opiate
  • The Stinkfist characters
  • The Prison Sex characters
  • Novus Opiate Seclorum
  • Medicine Man
  • Infiniteeth

Alternatively, if you really don’t want to submit your information on that site, send the scans to me and I’ll email them to Alan directly. interviews Cam De Leon

Christophe from conducted an interview with Tool associated artist Cam De Leon recently, and is now available on his website.  Here’s the question I know you’re all dying to ask him:

If you don’t mind, can you tell us more about what happened for this great combination to cease ?
Well, I appreciate your interest and concern about that, and I’m sure it’s coming from a good place, but I don’t think there are enough who actually care, to warrant spending much time on it. But I’ll just say in more than 10 years of working together, I contributed as much as I could, and I love Adam like a brother. Working with him was always a meaningful challenge, and I appreciate the experience. But they’re clearly in good hands with the list of super talented artists you mentioned so I don’t assume they have any particular need of me, and I have way more projects of my own than I can possibly manage.

There you go.  A great interview and well worth reading!

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