Those piles of aggravating hula-hoopers in Dolores Park every weekend are proof positive that childhood activities can be major stress relievers for grown-ups. A much less annoying way to indulge your inner kid is simple and equally as easy to do in the park -- coloring. Adult coloring books are on the rise -- the Bound Together Anarchist book store on Haight was even carrying a vagina one for a minute there. Here are five music ones that'll make you want to invest in new coloring pencils.
Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, by Bun B & Shea Serrano
Now this thing's not out until September 17, but we couldn't be more stoked -- this 42-page creation is going to give you the opportunity to ink up the likes of Method Man, Vanilla Ice, T.I., Q-Tip, Nicki Minaj and many, many more. There's even going to be a make-your-own Kanye West mask and -- hang onto your pants y'all -- 50 Cent Easter egg holders. It's the brainchild of Bun B and music journalist/illustrator Shea Serrano. For a little taster, check out the Tumblr
Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book, by Aye Jay and Andrew W.K.
We don't know about you, but we find there's something incredibly zen about coloring in Rob Halford, in all his studded, leathery glory. Or drawing Henry Rollins' tattoos on for him. Or playing connect-the-dots with Buzz from The Melvins' Sideshow Bob hair. Andrew W.K. is the most positive, super-happy, party-hardy guy on earth -- it would take a mind like his to know just how much the world needed the opportunity to color in Iggy Pop's wiry, naked body. Thanks dude.The Indie Rock Coloring Book, by the Yellow Bird Project & Andy J. Miller
Bloc Party, MGMT, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, and Iron & Wine all featured in this coloring extravaganza, sold to raise money for the Yellow Bird Project
, a Montreal-based organization that creates charity band shirts. And, yes, thank you please, we would like to color in the shrapnel in Devendra Banhart's beard...Women Who Rock Coloring Book, by Girls Rock!, Rhode Island
There are Girls Rock organizations all over the country, who are totally dedicated to empowering young ladies, using the power of rock 'n' roll. Only right then, that the Rhode Island
chapter created a couple of coloring books (using a variety of local artists) that included images of everyone from Joan Jett and Heart, to Kim Gordon and The Breeders. The Kathleen Hanna one was our favorite. Aside from everything else, who doesn't
want to color in Stevie Nicks?
Country Music Fun Time Activity Book, by Aye Jay
Kenny Rogers has an immensely satisfying beard -- and now it's all yours to color in! Pass us that white pencil, somebody! Straight after that, we're going to draw Johnny Cash's middle finger and Dolly Parton's ample bosoms, before coloring them all in, like an over-excited 8-year-old kid on a roadtrip to the Grand Ole Opry. Yee-haw!