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I tried to keep the design for the IM//UR site as spontaneous as I could. Sometimes my shittest work is the stuff I've thought about too much. A big thing I've been inspired by recently is the whole 'black metal'scene. Whether it's visually, musically, or just a fascination with the 'black metal' attitude and lifestyle; it's kind of sucked me in. I'm not saying I stand by it though, so don't worry about me burning down a church or killing my band mates just yet....
It's probably from watching the awesome documentary 'Until The Light Takes Us' .......or listening to too much Mayhem. So this is my own kinda of take on the whole thing. It took me a while to get the text right as it was too un-readable and almost unusable for a functioning website. Haha!
How and when did you know you were going to be an artist?
I don't really know to be honest with you. I've been obsessed with music and drawings for as far as my memory takes me back. I was always that kid at primary school that would take 2 hours to draw the picture for a story and then spend 10 minutes trying to write a bunch of nonsense that would pass for a plot to go alongside it.
Drawing has kind of been there since day one and has always been something I would do to take my mind off everything else around me. I'd whip out my pens and pencils and just fall into a weird scribbly mantra! As well as being obsessed with drawing and anything visually exciting - there's been music. Even when I was 2 years old, I'd constantly try and mimic music I'd hear, especially advert jingles that were on TV. This was before I could even string sentences together properly.
I've also got my family to thank for encouraging me to follow the things I enjoyed rather than beating me with a pole for drawing beasts all over my homework.
What have been your biggest influences?
As with most people, the first art you'll generally come into contact with is the popular stuff. I was hooked on Hockney, Picasso, Basquiat and other outsider art. But on top of that I was always inspired by the unexplained; mysteries of the world and scientific findings. Horror films, sci-fi films. If we're talking music I'd have to say Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix - but you could probably guess that right?
Now there's far too much amazing talent and things that influence me and my work that I fear that if I cram any more into my head, the older things would just tumble out the other side!!
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Ben Jones or any of the other guys involved with the collective Paper Rad! Although I would have a problem trying to out-do their weirdness. It would definitely be a challenge! Another would be the illustrator Ian Stevenson. I'd also love to write a score for a John Carpenter horror film!
If we're talking spiritual mediums then it's probably Derek Arkorah.
If not it would have to be the basics, a crappy piece of paper / notebook with a couple of sharpies and a pencil. If you keep things basic then you can take it anywhere with you!! Although I'd be absolutely useless in life without my Mac!