While camping in northern NH last year my family and I went shopping in a nearby, small town on what was turning into an increasingly rainy day. The town was Littleton, NH and during our stop there we stumbled upon an amazing little shop. Our car was jam packed with camping gear so there was no room to fit any purchases, but we vowed to return and a few weeks ago we made another trip up to northern NH. This time we left room in the car especially for relieving this shop of some of their inventory.
Bad Art is a small store off of a side street (conveniently located across the street from a brewery that also serves wood-fired pizza…also worth the trip, but that’s another story) where you can find many movie and TV show related pieces as well as some miscellaneous non-media related works.
The walls are covered with items that to me are far from what should be labeled as “bad art”. Especially when you consider the amount of great Star Wars based pieces you find.
While strolling through the store my wife and I found many items we were interested in. We immediately picked up this shadow-trooper-like piece painted on a 12″x12″ piece of wood:
There were many other Star Wars helmet paintings similar to this one using different color backgrounds. I’ve regretted not picking up a larger, scout trooper piece that hung close to this one since we left.
While everything seems to be reasonably priced, there are some cool pieces painted on vinyl records that won’t break the bank even if you are on a tighter budget as they ranged from $10 – $15 each. We picked up this one which shows a Force Awakens era storm trooper helmet:
But the item that I had to have was this unique storm trooper picture:
I cannot express how freakin’ cool this thing is. At 16″x 20″ this canvas painting is large enough to make an impression on Star Wars fans and non-fans alike. The $80 price tag seemed perfect, but to be honest they could have said $100 or even a little more and I would have bought it just as quickly.
The artist, Jon, gave us some insight on how this painting and others with a similar style were made. Specifically he said this painting was left out in the rain to get the spotted effect you see in the background. For others he has used various liquids to see what effect might be created and if it works. He pointed out one painting which he has used Pabst Blue Ribbon on. At least someone has found a good use for PBR!
In addition Jon mentioned how while he will make a similar painting now that we purchased this one, it will not be exactly the same. The next version will have changes to the background or other details meaning this and other paintings in the shop are one-of-a-kind.
The pictures and my description of the art in this store are probably not doing it justice. I recommend checking out their Facebook page using this link. Their Facebook shop has a limited selection compared to the store, but it gives you a little more of an idea of the various types of pieces they sell in their physical shop. They are also quick to respond on messenger if you have questions.
Collecting Star Wars merchandise is fun and addictive. However having something you can show off in your home as art while also adding to your collection is even better.
Every Star Wars collector has a Storm Trooper. How many have one as part of a piece that no one else has? Now that I do I will probably be visiting Bad Art again in the near future to look for another unique piece to add next to my other collectibles.
Oh and thanks to Jon at Bad Art for having awesome taste and bringing such unique stuff into this world!