Punk Van Gogh
About the artist
Words from the curator: It's hot! Time to pack those black shirts for later and start reflectin some rays with a clean white shirt printed with a wood block style Punk Van Gogh! It's a perfect shirt to let people know you support the arts, or are an artist yourself. People will dig your shirt, and young holligans will leave you alone cause you have a cool shirt! Get some!
Tell us about this design: A friend asked for some help with a zine for an exhibit at the MCASD (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) called Art Is Life/Art is Death. I took the “Punk’s Not Dead!” battle cry and applied it to one of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic self-portraits. My wife did the visual modifications and I carved out the linoleum block. We knocked out the print on our dining room table.
Where are you located? San Diego
Tell us about yourself: My passion is writing. Zines, stories, novels. Check out my book of short stories, Big Lonesome. My wife, Nuvia, is the real artist in the family. Check out her stuff at www.artecrisol.com.
How did you get your start in art? I learned how to use a letterpress so I could make my own
wedding invitations, but once I started messing around with linocuts, I was hooked.
What inspires you? My beautiful wife.
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Build a studio. Make that two studios: one in San Diego, and another in Oaxaca.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years with your art career or other? Honestly, I see myself supporting my wife’s art as passionately as she supports my writing.
If you could own an exotic animal as a pet, what kind would you have, and what would you name it? A stuffed fantod named Earbrass.
What are a few of your favorite websites? Razorcake, HTML Giant
Any shout outs? Props to cbass99 for helping me out and, of course, old Vinnie Van Gogh.