WHERE ARE YOU FROM & HOW DID YOU START GETTING INVOLVED IN DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY?
I'm originally from a tiny little town in Ohio. Got started making art in Cleveland and then ended up in San Francisco. Now that I've spent a little time and a lot of money trying to survive in SF I'm headed back to ohio for a bit of a sabbatical.
DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR ART, OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?
I actually did go to art school in Pittsburgh, PA. In seventh grade a woman from the school visited my jr high art class, and i knew it was the perfect small town escape plan. I never realized I could have a career making graphics, I had always figured it was fine art or nothing. I went to school for three years studying graphic design. It was mostly computer based which is good shit to know, but not really what I wanted to do. I've always wanted to be making my weird stuff but thought there wasn't a way to make it happen. Luckily I've been able to use the skills I learned there to make tons of cool shit....I'll be paying those student loans for the rest of my life I might as well make it worth while.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR STYLE?
My grandpa always collected rad old novelty shit and I loved all of it growing up. I also always loved MAD magazine, and Cracked as a kid. Then in my teenage years I found Mike Giant and it dramatically shifted my style. I just wanted to knock off everything Mike was doing, never really thought I'd try to make art for a living but so far it's been a blast. I think my style is a nice mix of 60s and 70s weirdness with a bit of Mike and Charles Burns' bold lines.
WHEN DID YOU START PUTTING EXTRA EYES ON YOUR CHARACTERS, AND HOW DID THAT EVOLUTION COME ABOUT?
The eyes didn't start showing up until fairly recently but I've been collecting 4 eyed shit for quite a while. The first thing I came up on was a bottle opener at a flea market...I had seen them before when I was a teenager working in an antique mall. I've always loved old shit, and especially old weird shit. Those 4eyed figurines are just too good to pass up. After collecting for a while I started a little corner across from my desk just filled with a 4eyed family. I just tried it out goofing off and liked it enough that it just stuck. I'll probably keep doing it until I find another gimmick to use haha.
HOW DID YOU GET THE NAME BURRITO BREATH?
Oddly enough I tried to get another instagram name and it was already taken. When I moved to california I ate a few burritos a week and it was sort of a running joke that I was always either headed to or from the taqueria. I just randomly though burrito breath sounded rad....and I soon realized its easy to remember and looks good on graphics so I accidentally picked a winner
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BURRITO SPOTS? DESCRIBE THE PERFECT BURRITO.
My goto spot in SF is Chino's Taqueria on Balboa Street. Its a nice bike ride thru the park to get there...grub down then ride over to the beach. It's pretty hard to beat, and the neighborhood is so quiet...never a long wait and they've got really good horchata. Big up to Chino's! I should have asked them to sponsor me in someway haha. My perfect burrito from Chinos is: Super veggie ( yea I know veggie...but trust me on this) Super Veggie + Extra cheese+Extra Guacamole+Pinto Beans+Spicy with some tapatio. Always snag some chips a little more guac then wash it down with a large horchata, its pretty unbeatable and good fuel for a nice bike ride.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
At the moment I'm working on moving all my shit across the country haha....other than that I'm working on a few artshow pieces one for a show in London scheduled for Halloween, and another for a show in Portland which is going to be a blast. I'm also doing some more shirt designs for Mastodon, I love the band and I never would have thought I'd be working on shirts for them so its a total mind blower for me.
WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH THE MOST?
My favorite thing to do is sculpt with polymer clay...which I know might sound weird since no one has ever seen any of that shit for me. I would say that's when I have the most fun...but as far as my go to medium...off white canson paper w/ a sable brush and india black star inks.
THAT SOUNDS PRETTY AWESOME, WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE SOME SCULPTED GOODS?
I was actually thinking today that I'm going to try and spend some time getting back into it. I'd like to cast some keychains pretty soon. Tried it before and was stoked on the results. I'm pretty sure the world needs more bullshit from me, why not make it 3d for a change? haha
HAVE YOU TRIED SCULPTING A FART YET? YOUR FART ILLUSTRATIONS ARE THE BEST.
It's all the burritos...I'm a man who knows a good fart haha. I haven't tried yet but I think I can make it happen. Maybe a farting guy will be my come back.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON SO FAR?
Favorite projects have been all the stuff for Mastodon, pizza boxes for Sizzle Pie in portland. I would also say that I got my real break working for Show Class magazine and they are always alot of fun to work with. Its great when you find weird people who just want you to make the shit you're stoked on...it really makes the whole process more fun.
WHEN I LOOK AT YOUR WORK, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU REALLY DO HAVE FUN DOING IT, HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT TO YOU WITH YOUR CRAFT?
I think having fun is probably most important. I mean after all making art can be pretty damn tedious, and yea money is nice to have and its always good to get some appreciation for what you do, but at the end of the day you gotta have fun doing it. We're only around in these bodies for a little while...might as well try and have a little fun. I also think that if you're enjoying what you're doing it shows in the work....and when I'm not stoked on a project I can totally tell that the final results aren't going to be the same as if I was excited about doing it.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
I usually start by staring at my books and picking out some that will generate ideas...from comix to antique circus poster catalogs...I've collected a lot of shit and there's always something I've missed or forgotten about. I'll make a stack of books, brew up some tea...maybe make a sandwich then hit the vaporizer, and sit down with a sketch book. I just kinda write little notes or draw little doodles until I fill a page or two then try and break down the bullshit from the gold. Usually I know when I have a winner as soon as I have it written down....but other times I'll come back to the notes later and realize I forgot something that will eventually be "the one"
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE STRAINS?
I'm a sativa guy. My favorite strain is Space Queen...its a hybrid but it's never let me down. Tastes great and its the perfect blend for drawing. My other favorites are Berry White, Jack Herer, and Alaskan Thunder Fuck...not only is that last one good but what a name.
ARE YOU A PACK RAT? I'M NOT JUDGING.
Born a pack rat. Die a pack rat. I get it from my old man, he used to take us to flea markets and auctions as kids. We had all kinds of "junk" around growing up....telephone booths, gas pumps, weird old signs. I didn't think I'd catch the bug, but when I realized as an adult I could buy whatever I want for my space it was on. Eventually I'll need to have a yard sale to unload a little...it'll be the best yard sale ever.
WOULD YOU NAME A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE ILLUSTRATORS?
The dude I owe the most to and is still a favorite and good homie is GIANT. Mike is the man and he helped me a lot. Other than that...all of the swamp wizard homies...google em if you don't know...its a little art gang of dudes who aren't quite seasoned pros that everyone knows yet but they're all going to be legends in their own right. Other than the homies...I would say: Ken Reid, Geof Darrow, Basil Wolverton, Robert Williams, Crumb, Jared Muralt, Virgil Finlay, Pushead, Chris Conn....the list just goes on and on. So many amazing and inspiring people that have helped me push myself to do something better today than I did yesterday.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MIKE AND HOW YOU MET HIM?
I met Mike purely because he's such a generous dude. I had been following his work, and his old FecalFace.com blog for years. When I decided to move to San Francisco he was just moving back himself. I knew he was opening up a Skullz Press studio and just decided to email him to try and do some work in the studio for him. He wrote me back pretty quickly and told me to stop in and talk to him about it. I nervously went in and asked if I could just sweep the floors. He couldn't have been friendlier, called me up the next day and told me he had some stuff for me to hang. I worked for him a few days a week for quite some time, during that time we became homies and things have been rolling ever since. He was such a role model for me in many ways, I think being in the studio to see his process, and even more so just the way he structured his life helped me to develop myself and my career. We also started a couple colab drawings a while back that I'm stoked to show people, just waiting on him to finish but I think it'll be worth the wait haha.
IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE, (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?
Damn this is tough...I always worry that my heroes are going to be jerks when I meet them but so far the guys I've idolized that I've been able to meet have been amazing. I'll give you two, Alive: Skinner and Dead: Basil Wolverton.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE IT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Well since I'm still getting my feet wet, and sometimes worry I'll end up a fry cook at waffle house I'm not sure if I'm the guy to ask haha. BUT I would say the most important thing is to have fun, work really fuckin hard but make sure you're enjoying it. I would also say that you should take your work seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously. Ego will fuck everything up for you, just try to make rad shit because you want to, and not because you wanna be the next cool guy on the block or want a pat on the back. Its an easy way to get discouraged, and an even easier way to make people think you're a turd.
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