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Martin Machado was born in San Jose/California. He lives and works in San Francisco and on the sea as a merchant marine, commercial fisherman and sailor. The material he paints upon varies from traditional canvas, paper or panels, to found items such as discarded nautical charts on a containership, boxes from an abandoned Alaska fish cannery, or drift-wood. Get his prints on his society6-page.


Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MARTIN I’m a seagoing artist guy based in San Francisco. I make paintings about my work and adventures at sea as a merchant marine, sailor, and commercial fisherman. My studio is all over my apartment, which is usually scattered with paintings, books, and random side-projects. I’m currently obsessed with 18th Century etchings that were a result of artists that sailed with Captain Cook and other European’s as the South Pacific was being “discovered” by the western world. Recently I’ve started to create a narrative with ink on paper using the visual language of those etchings in which a shipping container is the main character, traveling through time, revealing truth’s, etc.

ARTIST MARTY MACHADOCOB? What has been your latest travel location?
MARTIN I got down to Sayulita Mexico in January to catch a few waves and celebrate my papa turning 60.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MARTIN Mostly for holiday, but I always get inspired by Mexico, such a beautiful place with the nicest people in the world.

COB? What will be your next destination?
MARTIN I’m trying to ship out these days, for a short-ish 42 day job before fishing season. So there is a good possibility I will soon be on a ship bound either for Asia (China/Japan/Korea) or Hawaii.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MARTIN Definitely. The shipping work is especially inspiring, it is almost like a live/work residency. I get to see a side of globalization that few people really see these days.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MARTIN There are no stewardess’ on ships, I eat whatever those guys serve me with a smile on my face.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MARTIN Shred-stick, fishing gear, my special-lady friend, hella whiskey, the most elaborate swiss-army knife I can find.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MARTIN Ryan Beavers because he rips both on a skateboard and in the studio, and was patient enough to collaborate with me on a zine recently.

COB? Thanks a lot Martin!

Container Story by Marty Machado

Container Story by Martin Machado

Six Months At Sea In The Merchant Marine – short documentary