The Bear

So, this is a sketch I did of Tone Loc as a member of Kiss for my good friend Jermie Anderson. As you may or may not know Tone Loc’s ‘Funky Cold Medina’ samples ‘Christine Sixteen’ by Kiss; a fact that Jermie recently revealed to me which was rewarded by the above sketch.

When looking for inspiration on what his makeup would be I decided to read the Tone Loc Wikipedia page (which left me concerned for the man’s health upon reading how the poor guy keeps passing out during performances… take care of yourself Tone, we love you man!). Originally I was going to go with a vinyl record pattern, but that just seemed too obvious. Then I realized he did the voice of a bear on a cartoon called ‘C Bear and Jamal’ and I knew I’d struck gold!

If it’s been awhile since you gave Loc’ed After Dark a listen, you should totally rectify that. ‘Cheeba Cheeba’ is one of my favorite weed songs ever. It’s got some funky samples and Tone talks about smoking a bong and eating lots of potato chips while watching Letterman. What’s not to love about that?