Artist Interview: Eduardo Viramontes

Recently we had a chance to chop it up with Los Angeles bred artist, Eduardo Viramontes. Stay tuned for his new Hutch Exclusive drop here!  

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM & HOW DID YOU START GETTING INVOLVED IN DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY?
Im from Los Angeles, and being so I was always surrounded by graffiti and art. All the kids around me as I grew up were doing their share of painting walls and drawing in black books. Blackbooks were like my textbooks back then, studying the local styles and techniques within them to better myself. It was the gateway into doing art for a living. At first I wasn't sure exactly what I would do with it, but one day I came across a wheat-pasted poster by Visual Narcotics on the 5 freeway and was amazed by the cleanliness of the design. Its was striking to see something printed rather than painted juxtaposed onto the urban landscape. Ever since I wanted to learn how to make awesome stuff like that on the computer for mass production and destruction. Designing art made it easier to produce larger quantities.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR STYLE?

My style came from my surrounding and all of the people that I look up to. I like to think of my style as a frankenstein of every single cool piece of art I have come across since I started. Come to think of it, Im still pretty confuse on what exactly my style is...I tend to go back and forth a lot. But I like to think they all come together in one way or another.

DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR ART?

Yes, yes I did. Best part about it was meeting some rad people and making friends with designers that have taught me a lot.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

I went to CSULB and graduated from their BFA Design Program. It was cool because they stick you with 24 other designers for 2 years straight and they also had a working space specifically for us on campus where we pulled our all nighters.

WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER THE MOST?

Just like my style, my preference also jumps around back and forth. One day its acrylic painting, the other day its losing myself in inking up a sketch. If you tally it all up, Im sure working on the computer is probably up ahead in the score by a couple of points. Plus working on the computer doesn't require any clean up.
TABLET PEN, OR MOUSE?

I prefer using the mouse most of the time....but every now and then i throw myself a curveball and use my tablet. I never see it coming

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON SO FAR?

There are quite a few, but the best and most recent one was being able to design some merch for Eligh from the Living Legends hip-hop crew. It has always been one of my goals on bucket list of design since I grew up listening to Living Legends as a kid. He just released them for sale and I am already working on a few ideas for some more. Another project that's up there on the list, was being able to work with one my typography professors from school in branding this exhibit at a museum in LA. I'm not going to lie, it felt pretty cool having a typeface I designed blasted on the front of a building on Wilshire Blvd.
WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? 

One of the things on there that I really want to accomplish is to design a food truck wrap and logo. Their names are just co clever sometimes ya know? Most of them also tend to have some kind of mascot that I think I would have some fun doing. Plus having a big truck driving around with your design work all over is not bad either. I also think I was a culinary chef in my past life too, so past me would probably be really into the project.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

I currently started working in-house for The Hundreds and am also working on setting up for an upcoming show for early next year.
 
WHAT IS AN AVERAGE DAY LIKE AT THE OFFICE?

An average day at the office is just like a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos, you never know what kind of shape of cheetoh you are going to get.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

When I'm looking for inspiration, the process is always the about the same. I grab my set of of headphones and turn up the volume.
 
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ALBUMS THAT YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

Some of my favorite albums are the ones I grew up listening to, these are some of the ones I just couldnt live without:
2pac-All Eyez on Me
Nate Dogg- Music and Me
Kurupt- Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
Ab-Soul- Control System
Blu&Exile-Below The Heavens

WOULD YOU NAME A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE ILLUSTRATORS?

A few artists I have been really into lately are SMITHE, SANER, CURIOT and NOSE GO...all whom are currently killing the mural game. Look them up for proof, Google Images dont lie.

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE, (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?

This has always been a tough question, but I would think If I really had a chance I guess would love to do a mural with SANER. Really been into his stuff non-stop for awhile now. 
DO YOU STILL PAINT MURALS?

No sir, not anything recently. I sure miss those days tho...anybody out there got a wall they need painted?

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE IT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

Be ready to make sacrifices.
 
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SACRIFICES THAT YOU HAD TO MAKE TO GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I think I still have long ways to go, but one of the things that I still tend to sacrifice is my free time. Im usually chained to my desk creating all kinds of stuff.

 

 

 

Check out more of EV's work here…and somebody, please get this man some wall space. 

Peace!

G

 


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