For the past several years, Brent Amacker has been the Primary designer for two of Mobile's MARDI GRAS Floatbuilders. Craig Stephens' CARNIVAL ARTISTS and Steve Mussell's MIRTHCO, Inc. have been masterfully shaping the look of MARDI GRAS in Mobile for a while now, and Brent has helped by translating the themes into images in order to present the concept ideas and to provide visual reference for the builders. Though unfortunately YET AGAIN only partially credited in the newspaper, the designs clearly bear Brent's signature. A few years ago he rendered a new float for Mobile, Alabama's only daily newspaper, The Mobile Register (though this also was uncredited), seen below:
It has since been altered to reflect the NEW (Again) moniker "Mobile Press-Register"
BELOW IS THE FIRST FLOAT BRENT EVER DESIGNED, FOR
CARNIVAL ARTISTS AND The ORDER of INCAS, 2002
The figure was a re-tooled "Genie" from a previous "Aladdin" float. Brent's job for the builders is to envision the existing sculptures and creations to incorporate in the current year's theme, in order to save 'tear-down and rebuild time' for the framers, sculptors, and paint artists.
NOTE: BRENT did not design the INCA floats this year (2013) due to scheduling and timing issues. Please be sure to inform The Esteemed Order of INCA Organization of your displeasure.
Order of INCA
Last Year's Theme: "THREE- The Magic Number"
Three Little Pigs
The Three Musketeers
The Three R's
Three Sheets to the Wind
The Three Tenors
"Don't MAKE me count to three...!"
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Past, Present, and Future
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Snap! Crackle! Pop!
Last Year's Theme: INCA VACATION
Last Year's (2010) Theme: "Two of a Kind"
ALABAMA & auburn
BULL & Matador
Cops & Robbers
Cowboys & Indians
DEATH & TAXES
FIRE & Ice
(featuring Heat Miser & Snow Miser)
Fox & the Hound
Good & Evil
Bait & Tackle or Rod & Reel
Stars & Stripes
STICKS & STONES
YIN & YANG
Order of INCA's 2009 Theme: WARRIORS
Although Brent didn't remember to do this on the above "Egyptian Archer" float, he usually includes the name of the parading 'crew' in heiroglyphics or alphabet signs in the language of whatever the subject matter. The "Mongul", "Samurai", and "Persian" floats below all display the name "Incas" in the respective languages.
This year, Brent was commissioned by Craig Stephens and Carnival Artists to design a permanent "Flagship" or "Title" emblem float for this parading organization.
The front features a mermaid on the bow, with flowing hair and crashing surf morphing into ornate sculpture. The center is made to represent a galleon, with ornate windows and lighting. The skirt includes crashing waves, a narwhal, and the Mystic Society's Crest.
ORDER of LaSHE's
This Year's Theme: "LaShes Mob New York"
Bonnie & Clyde
Club Scene/Night Life
Guns & Ammo
Last Year's Theme: "JUNGLE LOVE"
Giraffes & Zebras
The JUNGLE BOOK
TARZAN and JANE
Last Year's Theme: "A Winter Wonderland"
Calvin & Hobbes and the Snowmen
Ice Castle, Swan
Last (2010) Year's Theme: "When In Rome"
POMPEII (MT. VESUVIUS)
CHILDREN'S FLORAL Parade
2013's Theme: "GAMES CHILDREN PLAY(ed)"
JACKS & Marbles
RAT on the RUN
SONIC the HEDGEHOG
LAST Year's Theme: "Mobilians Wear Many Hats"
Civil War Hats
MARDI GRAS Hats
Native American Headdress
Spanish Conquistador Helmet
2011 Theme: "There Be Dragons!"
I had initially designed a 'group' float, but this was too much to build:
Snap-Dragons and Dragonfly
Below are the floats in sequence:
WICKED QUEEN DRAGON
(from Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty')
Last Year's Theme: Tribute to Bellingrath Gardens
Blue Jay Nest
The Great Lawn Sun-Dial
Last Year's(2009) Theme: ROYAL MOMENTS
Future Mardi Gras
"Heavy is the Crown..."
Royal Horn of Plenty
The King Who Reigned
Royal Mantel (Mantle)
Royal Train 1
Royal Train 2
Royal Train 3
SIRENS of the SEA
The two floats below feature DAN POVENMIRE'S "Herman the Fish" as an homage to the Animator:
This also features DAN POVENMIRE's "Herman the Fish"
KNIGHTS of ECOR ROUGE
2013 THEME: Saturday Night Live!
The CHURCH Lady
Needs MORE COWBELL...!
Van Down by the River
Two Wild & Crazy Guys
2012 THEME: "Here Be Giants!"
Clifford the Big Red Dog
One GIANT Leap
JACK the GIANT-KILLER
Jolly Green Giant
New York Giants
Last Year's Theme: "A Knight For TOYS"
The 'theme' featured "Classic Toys", and we tried to incorporate as many toys from the actual introduction year of the main figure throughout the rest of the float.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Mr. Potato Head
LAST Year's Theme:Knights of SOUTHERN ROCK
Charlie Daniels Band
Below is the sculpture of the above drawing with the sculptor, BRIAN EVANS:
Stevie Ray Vaughn
2009 Theme: "Silver Anniversary:History of KOER"
Judge Roy Bean's
2013 Theme: "Mystical Reality TV"
DAWG the BOUNTY HUNTER
Ice Road Truckers
2012 Theme: "Shaken, Not Stirred"
Shaken, Not Stirred
From Russia With Love
LIVE & LET DIE
Below is a REJECTED "Live & Let Die" design, deemed 'racist' because of the Voodoo priest figure. Apparently, the people protesting never saw the movie, as this was a prominent character in the film and is rendered here JUST as he appeared. Anyway, here's the drawing:
The Man With The Golden Gun
SPY VS. SPY
Last Year's Theme: MYTHS and LEGENDS
The TROJAN HORSE
2010 Theme: We've Got The BLUES!
Blue Man Group
Blue Oyster Cult
2009 Theme:We Love These Bars !
Blue Gill Lounge
Callaghan's Irish Pub
WE MISS THESE BARS
2013 Theme:Mystical Gardens
Butterfly Garden 2
Dutch Tulip Garden
GARDEN of FIRE
ZEN ROCK GARDEN
2012 Theme: Classy, But Sassy
LAST year, the Neptune's Daughters opted to roll with Last Year's Floats, so Brent only designed a new 'Title' Float, shown below:
New Title Float featuring Seahorse Frame
Brent DID, however, design the 2011 Poster:
2010 Theme: One Particular Harbour
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Gypsies in the Palace
Will Play For GUMBO
Last Year(2009)'s Theme: LIGHTS!
CASINO/ NEON LIGHTS
Below is a shot of the above float under construction, before paint:
Below is a pic from the Mobile Press-Register of the above float rolling in the parade:
Here are a few "Under Construction" pics of this one....
MAIDS of JUBILEE
2012 Theme: "Bond"
Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia With Love
Live and Let Die
Last Year(2011)'s Theme: "Let's Party!"
Cruise Ship Party
MARDI GRAS Party!
ROCK & ROLL PARTY
Last Year "Cirque du MOJ"
The Amazing Alexandria
Below is the ORIGINAL Concession Stand design, before we knew they wanted a girl on the front.
Below is the ORIGINAL 'Elephant' float, before we were told they wanted a 'Cirque du European'-style, turn-of-the-century Carnival-type circus.
Lions & Tigers & Bears
Last Year's Theme: 2009-25th Anniversary
Birth of MOJ's
Life's a Beach
Stars Fell on Alabama
ALL ARTWORK & IMAGES (C) 2013 BRENT AMACKER