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Artist Interviews

BOWERY

whose work inspired you to start making art?

Brian Bolland of 2000 AD was a major inspiration on my art growing up. 

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

The forgotten artists of exploitation film posters have and are a major inspiration on what I do now. 

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

Yeah I had a 1988 Freddy Krueger tee that people call vintage these days but it was brand new off the rack for me. Really showing my age now. Haha

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

I wear a 90's Metallica Pushead Unforgiven tour tee a lot or one of my Sturgis Harley tees. 

Where did you grow up? how do you think that influenced your work?

I grew up in the Western suburbs of Melbourne in a town called Melton, It's where they filmed a lot of the original Mad Max movie. It was super rough growing up there, constant fights at school, drunks and junkies. but having said that it made me who I am. I wouldn't change it for anything.


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BRAD WALTERS

whose work inspired you to start making art?

Most of my first inspirations came from skate art that was happening when I was a kid. I was born in ’85 and got my first board when I was about 7 so I was right in time for some really good stuff. I remember just looking at decks and shirts wanting to draw like that. Ed Templeton, Jeremy Klein, the original Alien Workshop stuff. All of it was and still is amazing to me.

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

There’s so many people to be honest and they are all for really different reasons. If I had to list a few legends I would say Frazetta, (again) Ed Templeton, H.R. Giger, Pushead, Mike Giant, Ray Pettibon, Ben Horton, and Aaron Draplin. A few recent ones like Marcus Dixon, French, and Caleb Everitt kill it too. That’s kind of a random list but those are all people who I get stoked on all the time. Also all the other artists in the Dropout Club and my other friends who make art. I appreciate them all.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

The Alien Workshop “Believe” shirt was my all-time favorite and I didn’t really even have it for that long. Maybe a year, tops. I had wanted that shirt for so long and then randomly I got a bag of hand-me-down clothes from one of my mom’s friend who had a son who decided he didn’t want to skate anymore. I was in 6th grade at the time and the other kid was a sophomore in high school or something. The bag of clothes was a goldmine and in it was the Believe shirt in forest green. It was like I found the holy grail. 

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

I have way too many t-shirts and a few that are on heavy rotation but my favorite shirt that I own is this original Primus shirt that was a promo shirt for their “Tales from The Punchbowl” album in '95. 

On the front of the shirt there’s a photo print of guy neck deep in some water with green text about it. The back graphic doesn't match the front at all and has two tweaked out cartoon characters at the steering wheel of a car. It’s super ugly, it fits terrible and the printing is perfectly off centered on the shirt. I love t-shirts that were printed for promo. They suck just the right amount. 

where did you grow up? how do you think that influences your work?

I grew up in a small town in the San Bernardino Mountains called Green Valley Lake. It’s a town made up of homes that people vacation to on select weekends of the year meaning that it is pretty vacant most of the time. I think my whole street had 3 full-time homes on a 25 house street. In the off seasons or on just a normal weekday the town can feel like a ghost town.

This idea of living in a town whose slogan was “Year Round Vacationland” is one of my biggest influences for sure but not how most people would think. Most my influence comes from when the people weren’t there because that’s when it gets weird. I would imagine that my influence is shared by people who live in tropical destinations. Welcome to Hell? You get this weird, almost distorted view on what most people find to be normal.


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DRUGSTORE

whose work inspired you to start making art?

Honestly I don't even consider these drawings to be Art. I guess they are influenced by whatever music or TV is going on during the making of shitty tattoos

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

Twombly and Baselitz are my favourites. Rauschenberg is someone I always liked since i was a teenager, as is Hockney. Pollock obviously. Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys. Good old heavy 20th century fine art basically.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

I really don't remember the clothes I had as a kid. My mum has a photo of me wearing a shirt that says something like "Save power, eat raw meat" which is pretty funny considering i've not eaten meat since 1995.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

4) Usually a HORSES one. It's brand that my friend Dean and I do together. The name is a Patti Smith reference. Check it out at landhorses.com if you like

Where did you grow up? how do you think that influenced your work?

5) Gorleston-on-sea. Its a small town on the east coast of England. It's pretty nice but culturally there wasn't much going on. I found cool stuff through the library, music and skateboarding. Then across the river is Great Yarmouth which is a grim seaside resort town. Full of holidaymakers in summer and totally dead in winter. We used to go there a lot. I suppose it shaped me into the weirdo I am today haha


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HEAVY SLIME

whose work inspired you to start making art?

I think I owe that one to skateboarding. I started pretty young and it definitely pointed me in all the right directions. Me and my friends would draw a lot of comics when we were kids.  I think everything just stemmed from there. 

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

Anybody who's got the balls to make the work that they like.  I'm pretty fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of friends who make really rad stuff.  Were always pushing each other to make better work.  All the guys I work with at the print shop make cool shit.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

I wore some really terrible shirts as a kid.  I feel like skateboard shirts were so boring back then.  I had a bunch of just really straight forward logo shirts.  I also remember having this really stupid shirt that said "basketball is life" I thought I was the shit wearing that thing.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

Really love this one shirt by Ryan Duggan (drug factory press), its a drawing of two hotdogs partying and it says "bite me"  I always have a good day when I wear that one. 

Where did you grow up? how do you think that influenced your work?

I grew up in a pretty small town with not much diversity or art.  Luckily skateboarding and music pushed me out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways.  I think being so limited to stuff helped me creatively because I really had to use my imagination to keep busy.


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KYLE GRAND

whose work inspired you to start making art?

Eastman and Laird

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

Jesus

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

an old crazyshirt brand white tee with a neon light strung palm tree that said "Mele Kalikimaka" on the front. I picked it up at a Goodwill. It represented not having to wear the typical band shirts that were prevalent in the area growing up and being myself.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

Sketchy Tank

Where did you grow up? how do you think that influenced your work?

-Salinas, CA Rack.To.Survive.


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SKETCHY TANK

whose work inspired you to start making art?

It wasn't any specific artist but 80's early 90's skateboard graphics were my shit- McKee, VC Johnson, Jim Phillips, Pushead , etc.

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

So many people ! But mostly tattooers like Drake Sheehan , Ben Grillo, Kyle Grand, there are so many that are equally creative a they are talented.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

I loved old T&C shirts, Bones shirts and anything neon with skulls. It brings back so much nostalgia just seeing them now.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

Bonethrower shirts, tattoo shop shirts, and all black shirts mostly.

Where did you grow up? how do you think that influenced your work?

I grew up in Mammoth CA, it was right when snowboarding was introduced commercially and it was an amazing time. We were all learning to skateboard on the snow basically, looking back it laid ground for who I am today and a lot of the friends in the industry I still have 25 years later.


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THE SNAKE HOLE

whose work inspired you to start making art?

Mostly my buddies and the people around me. There is so much creative inspiration and art rammed in your face these days, its cool!

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

I really appreciate those artists that paved the way in the earlier days. Just doing their own style and completely nailing it. I've always been a big fan of Ben Brown's work.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

I had a full matching Charlotte Hornets get up, hat, tee and matching shorts. All teal colour, so hectic! haha - My gran made me home made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sweaters too, I wish I still had them.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

2 Pac - All eyez on me

where did you grow up? how do you think that influences your work?

I grew up on the coast in Victoria, on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour south of Melbourne. Surfing and surfing culture has had a huge influence on my work, especially earlier on.


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SPACE BAT KILLER

whose work inspired you to start making art?

early baker skateboards graphics, ed templetons work, kevin spanky long, neck-face, bryan schnelle, jason woodside, old volcom tee graphics, rvca, old obey, insight etc..alot of skate/surf stuff always influenced me daily to doodle and start to dive into certain works, growing up. i remember always drawing skate logos on my binders when i was in elementary school. i was constantly shopping on CCS and ACTIVE and going into surf shops to see what artist series designs would be out on shelves. street-art and graffiti have given me a lot of inspiration too - i still get stoked to see random stuff wherever i travel, its always the little wheat-pastes, random shit/garbage that is tagged and handmade stickers on everything that catch my attention. that stuff keeps me inspired daily.

who do you appreciate now as you get older?

as time goes on i appreciate everyone surrounding me that has truly believed in my works and who i am. i’ve had so many people tell me that my work is nothing special, nothing of any importance in the past..without those negative influences in the back of my head i probably wouldn’t have kept going with my stuff. the world is a mess and all we can do is step away to seek happiness by doing the shit we like to do constantly. we should all take the bad and turn it into something worthwhile to look at for any age group to appreciate, thats why i like to make shit. i look back at myself going to high school/ community college (where i studied fine arts). it all was a great experience and i had a lot of positive inspiration in my life. my friends, family, old teachers, strangers, clients/brands i do work for, i owe it to everyone for keeping me going…its really easy to get lost and feel hopeless when you make art constantly, but all positive things bloom.

as a kid, did you have a favorite t-shirt? what did it represent to you?

looking back as a kid i can’t really remember what shirt was my favorite, but i wore a lot of surf/skate brand tees, definitely the super early volcom artist series stuff was a favorite of mine. i do i have two shirts i have been wearing since high-school i have not tossed yet. an obey i cut into a huge scoop-neck - its black/grey cheetah style printed all over with a pocket…insight “knitta-please” tank top. they both are really fragile, thin material and somehow have held up through many falls, skating, drunken nights, ripping and all. my favorite shirts represent a sense of self, freedom, and really i just dig the artwork/style of them. its kind of like my style daily, some people have commented on them before, either negative or positive things, but i still stick with them the most out of my wardrobe.

what is one you now repeatedly find yourself wearing?

currently i’ve been wearing some of the hand-dyed shirts i’ve been making and just cutting the necks out of all of them. its been a habit for a while. i’ve always been into different dyed shirts, never really got into them until more recently, they look cooler when you’re in the water, turning darker, sometimes really bright with the sun shining. i like the vintage/natural feel and look. i’ve been inspired by the 70’s a lot in my collage work and font-types more recently.

where did you grow up? how do you think that influences your work?

i grew up in brielle, nj. currently living and working here. theres really not much going on in this town whatsoever, it stays the same. its an average beach-style town near "the jersey shore” or should i say beach. my work thrives off darkness, fun times, surf, music, random thoughts..and has always taken shape during the winter months. the waves here are really good from november-march, its brutal cold, so it keeps a lot of people in their homes. making artwork always was my outlet to express my need for tropics and surf travels in my mind. without the beach near-by i don’t think my style would have ever come-about. i’m heavily influenced by the surf-scene and listen to a lot of different bands, all revolving around some sort of beach/psych scene.


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