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PJ McQuade – They Live: Alley Fight!

    In John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live, actor/wrestler Roddy Piper plays a character called Nada, a homeless migrant worker in a right-around-the-bend America where shit really sucks. He stumbles upon a special pair of sunglasses a local church/rebellion HQ that, while wearing, turns the world back and white and allows him to see that ordinary looking people are in fact, skeleton-faced, alien invaders!  Subliminal messages in bold arial fonts are also revealed on billboards and magazines, citing such messages as OBEY, WATCH TV, CONSUME and SLEEP. It’s a fun movie, classic 80s Carpenter, that has achieve cult status over the years, in part for the premise, and two scenes in particular – the bubblegum shotgun scene and the Alley Fight.

So, as a sequel of sorts to my Karate Kid: Final Fight print (sold out), I’ve teamed up with the Bottleneck Gallery to release They Live: Alley Fight, and a couple variants, check em out.

They Live: Alley Fight
Limited Edition of 50, 13×19″, hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE
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Nada wants Frank, a construction worker he kinda knows, to put them on, and see what he sees but Frank wants no part of it, Just wants to go about his life. Hence, FIGHT! It’s a brutal, 6:20 minute long, battle of wills between two towering man, one attempting to make the other “see” the truth, one wanting to be left alone. Spoiler alert: Nada wins!

They Live: Alley Fight
B/W OBEY variant
Limited Edition of 25, 13×19″, hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE

South Park paid homage to it in the infamous “Cripple Fight, episode from June 2001. Such a classic.
Check out the episode HERE

They Live: Alley Fight
South Park Variant
Limited Edition of 50, 13×19″, hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE
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Below are some details of the figures on the left side down the alley near the street.



OH waterproof stickers!! Available through my shop HERE


Here are some of the final pencil drawings of all the characters.

Oh, here’s an 8.5×11″ pencil drawing I did of Roddy in the classic Bubblegum Shotgum scene.
It’s up for grabs if anybody wants, drop me a line, we’ll work out a price.

Print shots below.

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