About

“We hang your artwork onto the wall in our lavatory.”
–art collector


Since 2000, {ths} aka Thomas Schostok works at the crossroads of art and graphic design. His studio is based in Essen, West Germany. He is a former tile salesman is known for his uncompromising graphic works, full of powerful, brutal and dirty aesthetics, have been shown and appreciated internationally. {ths} is famous for his recurrent dirty images juxtaposed with controversial messages. He is an obsessive visual terrorist who keeps attacking the corrupt showbiz, the rich corporate world, the “uniformization” of our thoughts and lives. For him, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and his eyes love everything that is considered “dirty” and “ugly”. Read the full biography…

{ths} is without anger or hate, because it’s fondness for Elvis Presley and Barry White records, that continuous playing during working, make him nice and merry. He defines his work as “trash urban warfare porn dirt style pop”. Hail to the King, Baby!

STUDIO (DESIGN)

{ths} thomas schostok design was founded 1999 and offers a range of services including: Graphic design, web design, illustration, layout, design concept, typography, logo design and art direction. Please visit his website by.ths.nu if you want to hire {ths} for a doing a design.

TYPOGRAPHY

In 2002, Thomas Schostok founded the Cape Arcona Type Foundry  together with Stefan Claudius, to explore the typographical side of graphic design. The foundry offers a a large amount of typefaces that Thomas Schostok created since the 90’s.

INTERVIEWS (ONLINE, SELECTED)

TOOMBES
FAQD – For All Questions Different
Proteus Mag
Collective
The Weird Show
Art Nouveau
BOLO Magazine
BAK Magazine
Art Bastard (in German)

BOOKS

{ths} has released 2 monographs to date
2017, ›Almost Ready‹, self published
2013, ›{ths} Mr. Trash‹, eBook
2008, ›{ths} Mr. Trash‹, Sold out
2008, ›{ths} Hard Blow‹, Rojo® Editions

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016, ›int’nl weird collage show‹, La Atómica, Valladolid / Spain
2014, ›199C‹, BLDG Gallery, Covington / Kentucky, USA
2013, ›We Love 8Bit Art Show‹, Berlin, Germany
2013, ›We Love 8Bit Art Show‹, Vienna, Austria
2013, ›We Love 8Bit Art Show‹, Hamburg, Germany
2013, ›Jörg Döring + THS‹, Sold Out Gallery, Bochum, Germany
2012, ›Almost Blue‹, Phone Booth Gallery, Long Beach, USA
2011, ›Zombie Art Show‹, Long Beach, USA
2011, ›Oh you are sick…‹, Phone Booth Gallery, Long Beach, USA
2011, ›dirtyworks vol. II‹, 30works, Cologne, Germany
2011, ›Jouwe Custom Toy Show‹, Outland Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam
2010, ›Jouwe Custom Toy Show‹, Arty Farty, Cologne, German
2010, ›Erotica‹ MARGINAL, Vejle, Denmark
2010, ›Mirabilia‹ KALPANY, ROJO artspace, Milano, Italy
2010, ›Trash Amok‹, MARGINAL, Vejle, Denmark
2009, Zimmermann & Heitmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008, ›In a Box?‹, Traffic Design Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2008, ›Hard Blow/YAH3‹, Berlin, Germany
2005, ›WIMP Remixed‹, UK
2005, ›44 Boards‹, USA
2005, ›Ranger Bastards‹, Indonesia
2004, ›Urban-Act 2‹, Studio 14, Rome, Italy
2004, ›X-Care‹, Eslite Vision Gallery, Taipei City, Taiwan
2004, Galerie ART LOFT, Port/Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
2003, Lucky Strike Lanes,USA
2003, Galerie Ralph Schriever, Cologne, Germany
2003, ›We are all Messenger‹, Foundry, Sydney, Australia
2003, ›King Big‹, CIRCUIT, CCCB.org, Barcelona, Spain
2002, ›Pussies+Astronauts‹, 55DSL, New York City, USA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014, ‘Enjoy the Lies!’ @ Battalion, Amsterdam, Netherland curated by SUBWALK
2012, ‘Goodnight travel well’ simultaneous in different Galleries in France, Canada, Japan, Nether­lands, Greece, Aus­tralia, USA (Hawaii and Los Ange­les), Rus­sia, Nor­way, Brazil, Argentina, China and Turkey
2010, ‘Hail to the King, Baby!’ @ ‘Out of STH’, Gallery BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw, Poland
2010, ›For All Is Vanity – Part 2‹, KALPANY, ROJO artspace, Milano, Italy
2009, ›For All Is Vanity – Part 1‹, ROJO artspace, Barcelona, Spain
2004, ›Midnight in Magic Kingdom‹, Espai Pupu, Barcelona, Spain
2004, ›WeShow!‹, Spaced-Out Gallery, Essen, Germany
2003, ›4bis1‹, Figaro, Barcelona, Spain

LECTURES

2010, ›{ths}: Art and Typography‹, Galeria Design – BWA Wrocław, Poland
2010, ›Reflektor 3: Spieltrieb‹, FH Dortmund, Germany
2006, ›33PT‹, FH Dortmund, Germany
2006, ›Speaker’s Corner‹, Münster, Germany
2004, ›BD4D‹, Mannheim, Germany

PUBLISHED WORKS (SELECTED)

Sushi 13, ADC Germany
Refklektor 3, Fachhochschule Dortmund
Typo Lyrics, Slanted
Type Addicted, victionary:workshop limited
Custom Kicks, Laurence King Publishing
New Typographics…, Pie Books
The 1000 Journals Project, Chronicle Books
Data Pilot 1.0
On Barcelona, Actar
Slanted Magazine
Bulgaria Magazine
Nihao
Vierkant Magazin
rebel:art #01
Clubspottin 3.0
Bloodwars Magazine
Bloodwars, Volume One
Computer Arts Project
Computer Arts
Rethink Redesign Reconstruct
Salir Magazine
Cold, Rojo®
Revista AB Magazine
FreeFonts!
WebDesign Magazine
PAGE
Creative Review Mag
XFUNS Magazine
eDesign Magazine
DigitalXposure
PortfoliosOnline
The Designer’s Guide to…

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