TRYING TO BRING BACK THE SENSE OF WONDER
RAYMOND LEMSTRA FROM AMSTERDAM
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Raymond Lemstra is an illustrator based in Amsterdam/The Netherlands. His work is influenced by childhood curiosity and magic, bridging the young and mature, by creating a contained fantasy world populated with his characters. His style is characterized with a highly precise drawing technique. He has exhibited in Shanghai, Paris, Madrid, Zurich and Los Angeles just to name a few destinations.

Snout – Raymond Lemstra

Snout – Raymond Lemstra

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
STEFAN My name is Raymond Lemstra and I live in Amsterdam. I mostly make small sized drawings with pencil on paper, amongst other things. It’s important to me that there’s a strong sense of dedication to the basic materials in my drawings. In most of my work I play with facial recognition, geometrical shapes and selective emphasis. I recently moved into a new studio with my dear friend Wayne Horse.

Raymond Lemstra – Process Drawing

Raymond Lemstra – Process Drawing

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
RAYMOND London.

COB? For business or for holiday?
RAYMOND A bit of both. I went to look up friends and meet some people for business.

COB? What will be your next destination?
RAYMOND That would be Berlin for the Pictoplasma 10 year anniversary group exhibition or Copenhagen for a group exhibition with some good friends. Looking forward to both!

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
RAYMOND Yes I do. I love the silence of travelling itself. And once I have arrived at my destination, I suck up all the new shapes and colors I encounter. Also the new people I meet give me new thoughts or make me aware of possibilities I wouldn’t have thought of by myself.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
RAYMOND I really enjoy the experience of eating on an airplane, it’s a shame the food itself is usually so disappointing though. So, I basically agree with my friend Stefan on this one. In an airplane it would be chicken. But if Stefan is cooking, I’d choose steak every time!

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
RAYMOND If it’s like a Crusoe thing I would bring a castle with a modern central heating system and a lot of food and drinks in it, some rugged outdoor survival wear with lots of pockets, a box containing thousands of knives, guns and lighters. And last but not least my loved ones on bikes. If it were just for relaxation I would bring my girl, bath towels, music, food and drinks.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
RAYMOND Wayne Horse.

COB? Thanks a lot Raymond!

Left: Raymond Lemstra – Pearl, right: Raymond Lemstra – Fox

Left: Raymond Lemstra – Pearl, right: Raymond Lemstra – Fox

Live created augmented reality with the PIPS:lab Potator Tools

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ILLUSTRATOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER
STEFAN GLERUM FROM AMSTERDAM
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Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte. Stefan Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line. His clients include such as Adidas, Bayerische Staatsoper and Obey Clothing just to mention a few.

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
STEFAN I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It’s important for me to have a handdrawn quality to what I make. I’m influenced by the clear line way of drawing, Japanese eighties animation, early 20th century avant garde art and psychedelic posters from the sixties. I love to draw sportscars and lonely young men in varsity jackets holding various types of firearms. 

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
STEFAN My latest travel has been to Swiss, close to Interlaken. It was a summer vacation together with family.

COB? For business or for holiday?
STEFAN Basicly relaxing combined with the occational walk/bike ride through the mountains to justify the consumption of a large amount of good sausages and cold beer.

COB? What will be your next destination?

STEFAN GLERUM FROM AMSTERDAM

Stefan Glerum – photography by Menno Mans

STEFAN The next destination I’ll be travelling to is London. I’m doing an exhibtion there at Kemistry gallery in February.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
STEFAN I don’t really draw inspiration out of travelling. I generally draw inspiration out of images, film or music. Or inspiration comes when I get asked for a project and I have to work with boundaries or guidelines. That usually triggers a process wanting to do something either funny or personal that pushes those boundaries a bit.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
STEFAN I like beef a lot. I’m pretty good at cooking a steak. But when a stewardess would ask me ‘chicken or beef’ I would go with chicken. Because I would prefer dry chicken over chewy beef if we’re talking airplane food.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
STEFAN -pen and paper. Because however fed up I am with drawing sometimes, It’s the thing I always come back to.
- An anatomy book. This would be an excellent opportunity to study some more on drawing stuff more anatomically correct.
- A drum sampler. I used to make music/beats a few years back but I never took the time again to revisit that hobby. This would be a perfect time.
- A cello and sheet music. On the music tip, I would eventually get bored with the drum sampler because you would have to work with sampled sounds that don’t give you the dynamic range of an actual instrument. I used to play the cello when I was young, but quit in my teens. I can remember how great it was to master a difficult piece of music.
-photo’s of my friends and family.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
STEFAN You should ask my friend Raymond Lemstra. He’s a terrific artist with exceptional technical skills. Once every while he makes something that makes me either want to quit, or push the envelope.  

COB? Thanks a lot Stefan!

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

Happily taken from Obey Clothing Vimeo Channel

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FASCINATION WITH
GEOMETRIC ANGULAR DYNAMIC SHAPES
FRENCH ARTIST JON FOX
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Born in UK Jon Fox lives and works as an artist in Mirepoix, France now. As he states, his incredibly detailed and colorful paintings and drawings follow on from his recent body of work, continuing the exploration of internal battles of thought and emotion set within the arena of a dream space.

Dark Retreat – oil on canvas – 160 x 150 cm

Dark Retreat – oil on canvas – 160 x 150 cm

Jon Fox profileQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
JON Tired but stoked / tiring but exhilarating / damp and cold but perfect. 

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
JON Lyon.

COB? For business or for holiday?
JON Business. (The opening of my current solo show at Spacejunk Art Centers)

COB? What will be your next destination?
JON Copenhagen .. or San Francisco ..

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
JON I always get inspired when I’m traveling, more so the actual traveling part than the arriving part. For me its a natural time to daydream, to let your mind wander and formulate ideas and connections.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
JON Chicken ..

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
JON Girlfriend / music (I-pod) / sketchbook (+ good pens) / tea / surfboard.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
JON Either Stefan Glerum / Raymond Lemstra / Wayne Horse .. or all of ‘em :-) 

COB? Thanks a lot Jon!

Left: Gridshock – pen on paper – 50 x 70 cm, right: Faith In Shapes – oil on canvas – 85 x 120 cm

Left: Gridshock – pen on paper – 50 x 70 cm, right: Faith In Shapes – oil on canvas – 85 x 120 cm

So Shall It Be... – oil on canvas – 100 x 140 cm

So Shall It Be... – oil on canvas – 100 x 140 cm

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DRAWING IS NOT A CRIME
THE ART BY NICOLAS LE BORGNE AKA ODÖ
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Nicolas Le Borgne is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Bayonne, France. Bright colors, obsessive details and psychedelic shapes characterize his work as well as a wide range of media such as ballpoint pens, archival ink, watercolor, indian ink, graphite or coffee.

THE ART BY NICOLAS LE BORGNE

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
NICOLAS I work a lot, in the same time i’m a perfectionist, my studio is organised like my drawings and paintings, i love the details.

Photography by Julien Maz

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
NICOLAS Barcelona

COB? For business or for holiday?
NICOLAS Holiday

COB? What will be your next destination?
NICOLAS Berlin or London

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
NICOLAS This is not really an inspiration, rather an escape from the work in the studio. Catch the color and the vibes of the country.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
NICOLAS Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
NICOLAS Girlfriend, a lot of ballpoint pens and paper, music, good food, and wine.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
NICOLAS Jon Fox!!

COB? Thanks a lot Nicolas!

Nicolas Le Borgne

Left: Lizzard Queen, right: Psycho Bob

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DOING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
ARTIST BENJAMIN JEAN JEAN FROM FRANCE
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Searching for reality in the unconscious, broadening the human logic with absurdity, following a philosophy based on irrationality – French artist Benjamin JeanJean draws inspiration for his great work from the surrealist movement. Deeply rooted in the surf and skateboard culture, he likes traveling to exotic surf destinations such as the Congo, or experimenting with retro shapes. His art is the result of a constant search for an open mind.

ARTIST BENJAMIN JEAN JEAN

Artist Benjamin Jean Jean

Photography by Marie Guyot Photography

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
BENJAMIN A tiny simple desk/brain surrounded by a lot of mess/tunes/pictures/collage and every day shits!

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
BENJAMIN Australia

COB? For business or for holiday?
BENJAMIN Both, i did some group shows in melbourne and byron bay organized by RVCA with some really cool artists.

COB? What will be your next destination?
BENJAMIN Next one will be a little Europe tour, Milan Berlin London for some tattoo shows.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
BENJAMIN Yes, it’s almost like visual shopping. it’s always good to change from your local area!

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
BENJAMIN Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
BENJAMIN family, tunes, cigarettes, paper/pen, whisky.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
BENJAMIN My good friend Odo (Nicolas Leborgne) from France !

COB? Thanks a lot Benjamin!

Artist Benjamin Jean Jean

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ARTIST MARK ALSWEILER
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Mark_Alsweiler_wildwood_install3Full of duality, Mark Alsweiler’s acrylic paintings and wooden sculptures are both rudimentary and developed, blending raw painted areas with minuscule details. Born 1983 in the mountainous South Island of New Zealand, Alsweiler now resides in Sydney, Australia. The imagery from his home country is very much evident in his often character-based work which explores man’s essential relationship with the natural world, alongside a celebration of human creativity. His work has been shown in galleries throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Mark Alsweiler – Across the Plains, Installation

Mark Alsweiler – Across the Plains, Installation

Question And Answer

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Mark Alsweiler – Wildwood, part of an installation

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MARK Relaxed / Stressed, Controlled / Loose , Organised / Messy

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MARK Paris / London

COB? For business or for holiday?
MARK Holiday

COB? What will be your next destination?
MARK Copenhagen.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MARK Definitely new sights and experiences always bring out new ideas, probably more so than anything else for me.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MARK Chicken

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MARK Tunes.
Guitar.
Camera.
Pad and Pencils.
Books.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MARK Benjamin JeanJean from France

COB? Thanks a lot Mark!

Mark Alsweiler Portrait

Happily taken from Everyday Humans

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JOHN REAM FROM TEAM PRINT SHOP
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Team Print Shop was founded in Oakland, California in 2011. Team Print Shop is a full service creative and technical shop with a full time Designer and Printer on staff and works for/with a broad range of creative professionals and about 500 companies across the US and the world.

Team Print Shop Oakland California USA

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
JOHN Stressed out but lucky to have my own print shop in Oakland, CA. I work and live in a 2500 sf warehouse and have spent the past few years printing poster and garments.

JOHN REAM FROM TEAM PRINT SHOPCOB? What has been your latest travel location?
JOHN In May I took a trip to Philly.

COB? For business or for holiday?
JOHN Business and pleasure. Sold merch at the Punk Rock Flea Market, hung out with my sister and parents, and ate my weight in hoagies.

COB? What will be your next destination?
JOHN I am headed back to my hometown in Erie, PA for Christmas. A lot of people call it the Hawaii of the rustbelt…without the hassle of sunshine, tourists, volcanos, and general pleasant, tropic vibe of the real Hawaii. I am also considering an extravagent trip to Mexico to get a bit of dental work done.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
JOHN Yes. Whenever I am able to take some time off and travel I relax. Shit always comes to me when I have my mellows on.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
JOHN Pass. I don’t eat on planes. I have an undiagnosed, but very real fear of using plane bathrooms. I have dealt with this fear by traveling with very cheap airlines offering no inflight food options.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
JOHN segrams
7up
meatballs
Don Rickles
concrete to cover the sand

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
JOHN I really like Steve Cohnen’s work.

COB? Thanks a lot John!

JOHN REAM FROM TEAM PRINT SHOP

Found via Big Quarters

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: MR PAUL SOLIS
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Paul Solis resides in Oakland, California, a graduate of California College of the Arts with a BFA in Candy and Magic (printmaking). He brings warmth and fear into the hearts of children and men while bringing love and kisses to all fair ladies.

MR PAUL SOLIS

MR PAUL SOLISQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
PAUL Myself- obsessive and detailed.
My work- obsessive and detailed.
My studio- Simple and surrounded by a gang of crack heads/homeless people/hustlers

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
PAUL I have a trip planned for for North Carolina with my girlfriend. The last place I went was to Los Angeles to see my family.

COB? For business or for holiday?
PAUL North Carolina will be a much needed holiday.

COB? What will be your next destination?
PAUL I would like to visit New York. I have a lot of GREAT friends their.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
PAUL Yes I do. Especially if it’s New York. New York has such an intensity that feeds my imagination. I try not to expect any inspiration. I try not to force it.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
PAUL Chicken is my go to. Although I haven’t travelled far enough yet to have the option.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
PAUL Food
Water
Sketchbook
Pen
Knife

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
PAUL Bill Murray because he’s a bad ass or you should interview my buddy at team printshop.

COB? Thanks a lot Paul!

PAUL SOLIS

All photos by Ephraim Vives

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ARTIST RYAN BEAVERS
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Ryan Beavers is a San Francisco based artist who says, that he makes art and skateboards for fun. Isn’t his art too professional to be described as fun?!

Artist Ryan Beavers

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
RYAN I live in San Francisco, California. I enjoy days off from being paid to wash dishes, take out garbage, and sweep the floor. Part time I also work as an art assistant. On days of luck, I skateboard with the homies or make conceptual illustrations with graphite, spray paint, and gouache on paper. My illustrations deal with working class values within subcultures.  Right now our apartment is my studio since rent is so out of control.  I also like to write my name on things that don’t belong to me and hang out with my wife and our dog.

ARTIST RYAN BEAVERSCOB? What has been your latest travel location?
RYAN My wife and I recently got married in Las Vegas by Elvis. We partied at the Golden Nugget Vegas for a few days and then split to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was sick. We snorkeled with dolphins and I almost drown cause I am not a very good swimmer… I don’t surf.  I had never snorkeled before and was hung over, it was like 6am. Those dudes just kick you off the boat in deep ass water and say go swim with dolphins. It was gnarly. 
Mostly we just chilled and had sexy time. I did skate the park and catch some tags too.

COB? For business or for holiday?
RYAN Its always better on holiday, but I always take care of business.

COB? What will be your next destination?
RYAN Going to visit family in my hometown, Toledo, Ohio. Haven’t been there for a while, need some family time.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
RYAN Of course, during all the waiting around while traveling I like to sketch. I am also greatly inspired by being out of my everyday routine. Lately I have been into observing the differences in cities’ use of certain street objects, like trash/ recycling receptacles, orange barrels/ cones, barriers, parking meters, skate stoppers, port-a-johns,etc. Since skaters and graffiti writers naturally are drawn to these objects while the general population seems to ignore them.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
RYAN Neither, I am vegetarian because of my concern for the treatment of animals during “food” production. I usually get some beers and snacks.

Artist Ryan BeaversCOB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
RYAN 1.) Wife 2.) My Dog 3.) Skateboard 4.) beers 5.) a city full of modernist architecture with no people except the homies.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
RYAN Paul Solis.

COB? Thanks a lot Ryan!

ARTIST RYAN BEAVERS

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ARTIST MARTIN MACHADO
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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.

ARTIST MARTIN MACHADO

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

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ARTIST PACOLLI
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Patricia Colli’s aka Pacolli’s art can be found in her worldwide exhibitions. Her colorful work is characterized by humorous creatures which are featured in her zines, stickers, collages and her very own line of shirts. Her stuff can be found at High in the Bay, Needles & Pens in San Francisco and Pictures on Walls.

Patricia Colli aka Pacolli

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
PACOLLI I’m a brazilian artist based in San Francisco, my work is related to teenage angst and psychedelic dreams. I recreate sketchbook/diary pages on wood panels, draw on tiny round stickers and make collages with hundreds of them, i like carving drawings on linoleum and on glitter boards, too. I work and live at the same place, music is always blasting and there’s a lot of paint everywhere and stuff in the walls.

Artist Pacolli Patricia ColliCOB? What has been your latest travel location?
PACOLLI São Paulo, Brazil. I went back with my husband to visit family and friends, paint and make music.

COB? For business or for holiday?
PACOLLI I couldn’t help my will to work, so it was both.

COB? What will be your next destination?
PACOLLI Los Angeles in the summer for a group show at New Image Art Gallery.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
PACOLLI I always keep a small sketchbook with me, I love how ideas flow when you’re traveling. I made zines out of my traveling skechbooks, but when it comes to artwork i would rather be at my studio painting than on the road.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
PACOLLI I’m an ex-vegetarian, still not comfortable with eating meat on a plane for some strange reason. I always order the vegan option and it sucks so i bring a cheese sandwich with me.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
PACOLLI I’d bring all my favorite music, books, my husband, some friends and a guide how to grow your own weed in a desert island.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
PACOLLI Mats!? ’cause he paints amazing stories about his trips to Burma and his art just blows my mind!

COB? Thanks a lot Pacolli!

ARTIST PACOLLI

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ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG
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Mike Hsiung is awarded for his beard as well as majorly for his art and illustrations and lives in Los Angeles, CA. His work is characterized by highly imaginative black-and-white ink drawings which evoke vivid visions from the world of fairytales and myths with a cautious use of color. Mike has exhibited all over the United States as well as in Belgium, Finland, Japan and Korea.

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG CENTAUR

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG TOTEM POLEQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MIKE I look like a homeless Chinese guy with a mustache, draw pictures of obese, hairy men usually interacting with animals and/or other obese hairy men. My work is humorous, simple, narrative and a bit homoerotic. I share a studio/bedroom with Rachel, my wife, so its really easy for me to take a nap after sketching.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MIKE I last went to Brooklyn, NY last year before Hurricane Sandy rolled through.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MIKE It was for business. Vans sent me there to snap some photos of a group show called Supply and Demand. It featured artists Neil Blender, Nathaniel Russell, Chris Yormick, Jay Howell, Jamahl Williams, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Dennis McNett, and Jai Tanju. It was so much fun and inspiring!

COB? What will be your next destination?
MIKE I believe I’ll be traveling to San Jose, CA later on in March for a group show I’ll be in called Out of Towners at Seeing Things gallery, and then to Seattle later on in the year for my friend Brian and Kate’s wedding.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MIKE I think unconsciously I do find inspiration out of traveling – seeing new things, talking to new folks, and imbibing the local brews always seem to generate new ideas for art.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MIKE Chicken, I guess, but the stewardess never asks me that question in coach. haha.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MIKE 1. My wife Rachel.
2. Brushes
3. Talisman, the role playing board game
4. A ton of Wacky Tobacky
5. A 10,000 pack of beer

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MIKE Pacolli – because I’m a huge fan of her art and she’s awesome . . I also bet she’ll have some better and more exciting answers than I gave. ha!

COB? Thanks a lot Mike!

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG

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ARTIST MAX BERRY
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Max Berry is an Australian Artist born in 1987. Max holds holds a bachelor’s degree of Design and lives and works in Sydney, Australia. His work is characterized by a very special and dreamy atmosphere as well as of the use of an iconographic symbolism.

Max Berry at work in his studio

Max Berry at work in his studio

Question And AnswerExclusive insight into Max Berry's inspiring studio

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MAX Simple- Slow- Uncluttered.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MAX Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MAX Inseparable, you cannot have one without the other.

COB? What will be your next destination?
MAX Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MAX Sure, I embarked on an extensive trip earlier this year and that experience has been incredibly beneficial for me. The world is a wonderous place.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MAX Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MAX Dick Proenneke.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MAX Mark Alsweiler

COB? Thanks a lot Max!

MORE INFORMATION
www.maxberry.com.au
www.idlepassage.blogspot.com.au
www.flickr.com/photos/maxberry

Bottletree Gateway by Max Berry on the right

Above: Insight into Max Berry's inspiring studio. Right: Bottletree Gateway by Max Berry

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ARTIST SEAN MORRIS
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Sean has been titled to be “an Australian Hero. His works define an alternative narrative of Australian and Low-Culture. The worlds he creates are a saturated reality that I find repulsive and beautiful because it’s all too familiar” (Kid Zoom). He shares his studio with Kyle-Hughes Odgers, who is featured in the preceding Q&A. Sean has exhibited internationally and captivates with his strong and unique style.

Sean Morris

Bazooka Beach & Apsuperlycra

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourselves/your work/your studio in a few words.
SEAN I am a young man with poor eyesight and a fragile grasp on reality. I draw pictures of people who i think are gross and awe-inspiring. I share a studio space in an old hospital with Kyle. It’s definitely haunted and my favourite place in the world.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
SEAN I’m in LA at the moment! It’s really awesome. Pizza and beer and tattoos are way cheaper than in Australia.

ARTIST SEAN MORRIS

Planet Of Bad Girls

COB? For business or for holiday?
SEAN It feels like a holiday, but i get to say that it’s for business because i’m in a group show at Think Tank Gallery called “Dude, Monsters!” which opens on July 12, then i’m going to New York where i’m exhibiting at the launch of the new King Brown Magazine – that opens on July 26 at Klughaus Gallery.

COB? What will be your next destination?
SEAN Thailand for a friend’s wedding. I’m going to get villa-drunk with my high school buddies, experience some questionable nightlife and just generally be an obnoxious tourist. It’s the Australian way.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
SEAN Definitely… my stuff is all about people, so the more of them that i can meet, the better. I’ve already drawn all the weirdos in my home town.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
SEAN Chicken… no, beef! NO WAIT CHICKEN. I am terrible at at on-the-spot decision making.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
SEAN 5 x Hawaiin shirt options, i take tropical vacationing seriously.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
SEAN Michael Hsiung ’cause he’s letting me sleep on his couch in LA and drink all his beer.

COB? Thanks a lot Sean!

Gratuitous Catfight & Girls Gone Wild Alien Abduction Painting by Sean Morris

Gratuitous Catfight & Girls Gone Wild Alien Abduction Painting by Sean Morris

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ILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS
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Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian painter, illustrator and installation artist. He has exhibited artwork and created large-scale street art extensively throughout Australia and internationally: Los Angeles, New York City, Singapore and Europe. His work is held in numerous private and public art collections. Kyle’s vibrant work has been featured in art- and design-related books, magazines and websites such as Insite Magazine, Juxtapoz online, The Wire Magazine, Sunday Times, Empty magazine, Ekosystem, Kingbrown magazine and Woodentoy magazine.

ILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS

Above the Earth and The Vacuum by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Question And AnswerILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERSCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
KYLE I share a studio with Sean Morris. It’s a large space in an old maternity hospital in Perth, Australia. The studio has a great vibe, the hallways have a ghost vibe.
My work is based on my interest in narrative, pattern, decay, texture and anything old and handmade. I paint a lot of my work on wood and old walls outside.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
KYLE I had solo exhibition in Berlin at Okazi gallery in February and then headed over to Turkey for some adventures, slept in a cave. It was an amazing trip.

COB? What will be your next destination?
KYLE I’m heading up to Port Hedland in the North West of Australia to paint some big walls in the desert.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
KYLE Yep, I find traveling to be one of the most important things for me. A majority of my work is narrative based so meeting new people and experiencing new things is great.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
KYLE Vegetables. but double cheese and crackers.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
KYLE I already live on a solitary island.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
KYLE Max Berry

COB? Thanks a lot Kyle!


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ILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS

Kyle's studio in an old maternity hospital in Perth, Australia

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ARTIST DAEK WILLIAM
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Daek William is a fascinating artist with an unique and terrific style and is currently based in New York. He has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth among many other cities. His tricky paintings captivate with mechanic and moving parts. Also have a look on his facebook here.

Daek WilliamQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
DAEK My studio currently resides in an empty violin case found on the street. plush purple inside and portable. My work is a representation of influence, admiration and fun colour ways and if possible add a perverted splash of breast. Lastly myself, the internet since 1995, awkward socialising, out going, adventurous, Great s.o.h looking for couples and groups for friends and benefits. whats up the Hun!

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
DAEK Currently i am residing in New York, Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, Corner of Grand and union, sitting on a black crate staring at a white car which has ‘no hard feelings’ sticker on it the path is a tone of grey and everything feels dirty.

COB? For business or for holiday?
DAEK I came to williamsburg to find the hip hops. unfortunately i think they have been misplaced. In my spare time i dance in a strange land of the art with poets of mischief, animals barking with strange visions that some how make you their servant and puppet shows that go into the night. How ever i think i need to buy a nice suit, start drinking wine that doesn’t come in a 4 litre bag and work on my hand job skills.

Daek William

Daek William at work

COB? What will be your next destination?
DAEK I will be travelling to the heart land of the hopeless, the economic failure, the heartland of american abandoned, where mother nature is taking back and young people are taking the control and making a colourful playground wonderland, but don’t take a right here you still might get shot. Detroit apparently.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
DAEK Only when i travel to different pastures of my mind, pretty much the world looks the same when your face is inches from a wall, canvas or paper, the atmosphere feel different and the soda is sweetened corn syrup or real can sugar, basically take a hold of your other senses because your pretty much blind.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
DAEK Depending on the side order vegetables or rice, rice over vegetables but usually chicken, i think processed chicken is more inviting.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
DAEK The internet (entertainment) , the bio dome (resources), a real doll (companionship) tool case (construction) & port authority hand book (i just created my own town and you want in).

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
DAEK I Recommend the last chance world art collective, Sean Morris or Creepy, there witty comments and light hearted lifestyle will make you feel good somewhere in-between your pants and your heart which will make you immediately turn to your friend and demand a soothing hug.

COB? Thanks a lot Daek!

Trailer Park Diner&Gunshop Sean Morris by Daek William

Trailer Park Diner&Gunshop Sean Morris by Daek William

Broken Toothbrushes Building Dreams Creepy by Daek William

Broken Toothbrushes Building Dreams Creepy by Daek William

Henry Ford by Daek William

Henry Ford by Daek William

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ARTIST SHERYO
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Sheryo is a Brooklyn based artist from Singapore who paints imperfect gnarly characters that are calming to disoriented souls, and might cause skitter skatter explosions in the brain… Selected clients include Adidas Originals, MTV Asia, Intel, Converse and Nike among many others. She has exhibited and painted in LA, Seoul, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and is a part of the Army of Snipers Crew. If you like her work in B&W don’t miss to have a look at her work in color.

ARTIST SHERYOQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
SHERYO gnarly, imperfect, wonky, leprosy, have fun (as a rule)

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
SHERYO ghent, belgium

COB? For business or for holiday?
SHERYO some holiday painting

COB? What will be your next destination?
SHERYO feels like cambodia

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
SHERYO always. south east asian folklores and quirky wonky people

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
SHERYO beef

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
SHERYO rum, ipod, speakers, sketchbook, pens

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
SHERYO daek one

COB? Thanks a lot Sheryo!

ARTIST SHERYO

ARTIST SHERYO

Sheryo at work


ARTIST SHERYO

Special equipment every artist needs to leave a massive impression


ARTIST SHERYO

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ILLUSTRATOR THE YOK
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Couldn’t get in contact with Nightwave. How lucky to stumple upon the great illustration work by Brooklyn based, Australian born Illustrator The Yok via one of our favourite design blogs DesignIsKinky from down under. The Yok has exhibited in Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Taipei, Beijing, Singapore Bangkok and Hong Kong, as well as unofficial displays of street art in weird parts of the world that usually involve surf.

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
THE YOK loopy, wobbly, bananas, plants.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
THE YOK Cambodia/Thailand/Burma

COB? For business or for holiday?
THE YOK Holiday

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
THE YOK Yes, look up Ramayana.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
THE YOK Chicken

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
THE YOK pen, paper, fishing rod, surfboard, rum

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
THE YOK Sheryo

COB? Thanks a lot!

ILLUSTRATOR THE YOK

YOK-Portrait

The Yok at work

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JIM COLES AKA OM UNIT
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Today we asked Jim Coles aka Om Unit:

Question And Answer

Jim Coles aka Om Unit

Jim Coles aka Om Unit

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
JIM I am a full-time Music Producer and DJ.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
JIM I went to Madrid to play last weekend, at a great little club called Sirocco, for a promotion called “Post Club” with Throwing Snow who is also from London. Great show! packed basement action.

COB? For business or for holiday?
JIM Bit of both surely!

COB? What will be your next destination?
JIM Tomorrow night I play in Prague, I’ve never been before and i’m looking forward to it a lot.

Silent Dust - The Giant (Om Unit Remix)

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
JIM Always, when you are not surrounded by the day-to-day things, it challenges you and you can express yourself with less of the known limitations I think.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
JIM I fly cheap airlines so i go for the cheese melt standard

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
JIM drum kit
solar powered recording device.
sugar cane for making my own rum
some kind of reading device with an internet connection
a boat load of acoustic instruments

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
JIM Nightwave

COB? Thanks a lot Jim!

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LAURENT FINTONI FROM ORIGINAL CULTURES
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Today we asked Laurent Fintoni from OriginalCultures.org – a non-profit project that connects cultures through modern performing arts, focusing on the fields of music and the visual arts. OriginalCultures is based in Bologna, Italy as well as in London, England.

Question And Answer

Laurent Fintoni, OriginalCultures

Laurent Fintoni, OriginalCultures

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
LAURENT Writer by trade. Web worker by need. Recently I’ve been working from home most of the time. My desk is covered in toys from Japan and memorabilia.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
LAURENT Technically Berlin, though I’m about to go to Galway and Limerick tomorrow.

COB? For business or for holiday?
LAURENT Bit of both, I tend to always travel to places where I know people and so try to mix it up.

COB? What will be your next destination?
LAURENT After Ireland it’ll be Holland. Then Spain. Then Japan if all goes to plan.

Original Cultures 'From Inner Space' - The Documentary

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
LAURENT Yes very much so. London’s great but it grinds you down, getting out of it for any length is essential to staying sane and realising when you come back that it’s not such a bad place to live in.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
LAURENT Beef all the way. Airline chicken always tastes of nothing.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
LAURENT My laptop, a dongle for internet connecting, the latest book i’m reading, note pad and a pen.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
LAURENT Jim Coles aka Om Unit.

COB? Thanks a lot Laurent!

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RYO SANADA FROM THE SRK
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As big sticker-aficionados we were happy to play the Question&Answer-game together with Ryo Sanada from the London/Jakarta-based creative studio The SRK. Having launched books as Stickerbomb 1 and 2, the studio is going to release a Stickerbomb Letters book which is scheduled to be on 28th March 2012. In addition to that the SRK has gone on to work with and for clients such as Polydor Records, ARTE TV, the BBC, Laurence King Publishing MTV among many others and a whole host of international non-governmental organisations. Also check out their Stickerbomb Facebook site here.

Question And Answer

Ryo Sanada from the SRK

Ryo Sanada, The SRK

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
RYO We are videographers, documentarians and authors.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
RYO Jakarta, Indonesia.

COB? For business or for holiday?
RYO I always like to mix it up. I like the satisfaction of when you get to do a bit of both.

COB? What will be your next destination?
RYO Somewhere else in Asia probably.

Music video for Goth-Trad (Japanese dubstep producer)

Stickerbomb Letters by The SRK

Stickerbomb Letters: scheduled to come out 28th March 2012!

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
RYO Yes. But not from a ’sit by the beach for a week’ kind of traveling.
More from exploring new cities and trying to meet people doing interesting work.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
RYO Chicken for me! Airline beef is too chewy.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
RYO Food.
Bottle of rum.
Generator.
Amp.
Big speakers!

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
RYO Laurent FIntoni from Original Cultures.org

COB? Thanks a lot Ryo!

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