Hometown: san mateo, ca
/>Where do you now live?: san francisco, ca
would you most like to live?: nyc
Who was your first
“hero” in life?: an architect turned painter working in carmel -i
forget his name, but i was so inspired that he had done the grind for a while
until he was making enough on the art that he could buy a gallery and just
What is your favorite thing to do on your day off from
work?: rock climbing
What is your favorite color?:
it kind of depends on where it is (the wall, clothing, lights etc)but
probably some kind of red-purple
Who (or what) do you love?:
i love my neighborhood. an eclectic
mix of cultures and people
and street art. it makes for interesting walks to the grocery store. i also
feel at home when i walk into the local market, or video store and chat with the
people who work there. being a “local” is a nice feeling.
/>Who and/or what are some of your influences?
pretty obvious that Dick Bruna and Shepard Fairey are the two main ones. That
is, they were very influential at the beginning since i was pretty much ripping
them both off. As my work has grown, i’d say DAVe Warnke is a great influence.
i’ve had the chance to speak with him a few times which was great. seeing his
silly cartoony kind of stuff in galleries gave me a kind of validation on my own
work. there’s lots of street art in my neighborhood - from stickers and posters
to spray-painted tags and stencils on the sidewalk. i don’t know the artists
names, but those definitely influence my work.
artists do you most admire?
tom friedman is great. he
had a show here a few years back. i suppose, like the other influences, seeing
some of the just plain funny pieces. not that he’s not a serious artist, but he
clearly is having a lot of fun with the pieces he’s making. andy goldsworthy
does beautiful work as well. it has some similar lines to the graffitti art in
that his pieces, like the street art, is temporary. at some point his ice
sculptures melt, or the wind blows his arranged flowers out of arrangement. in
the same way, weather and department of public works come and take away stickers
and graffitti. it makes me appreciate some of the art on the street better
because i know that if i hadn’t been there at that time i might never have seen
How would you describe your art to someone who could
not see it?
silly pictures of robotic bunnies, kitty
kats, and other characters in silly situations with silly captions. it strives
to be nonsensical, ridiculous, funny and pleasing to look at.
/>What other talent would most like to have?
like to be a better painter.
What do you fear the
being seen as a complete idiot
/>What is your greatest ambition?
to have enough
money/income that i wouldn’t have to “work” - to retire young - and i could
basically persue my variety of art stuffs