About twelve years ago you buy your first screen printing kit and you begin to realize the t-shirts you sell to your friends. How much of what you are today looks like the dream you had?
Haha man going back 12 yrs ago I was so naive about the whole process of making shirts and building a brand.
There was no youtube videos or social networks of artist to help tell you how its done . You needed to know an actual screen printer and I didn’t. I would actually just draw my art on the screen and fill it in by hand, throw a tee shirt down, make a mess and just go to town. The dream back then was to make rad shirts for my buddies and I. We were a bunch of punk/artist/street/skate kids so DIY was the way.
That mentally/spirit and dream still carries on today. I no longer print the shirts myself though, we have professionals handle that end of the process. The dream is and always will be to have as much fun as possible and provide t-shirts that are art driven.
The culture of skateboarding and surfing has always influenced your art and is a constant in Gritty Arts but also the place where you live is for you a source of great inspiration, right?
Growing up I was always emerged and inspired by skating/surfing and music.
I started skating at very young age so that opened the doors to punk music, lowbrow and street art.
As an artist this always fueled and influenced me.
I feel every where Iv lived has definitely added some flavor to my work at the time. Ive bounced around a bit from growing up in Rhode Island, living in a tattoo shop in New York, couch surfing in Cocoa Beach, jumping around from Orange County to LA down to San Diego and starting a family in Capistrano Beach. Through all these moves Ive had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies in the skate/surf and music industry.
Being in Capo Beach and San Clemente is so rad, there is so much history and culture over here. Being able to still see old 50s painted store signage, amazing surf spots, hot rods daily, its an amazing source of inspiration. Continue Reading