Pika-WhateverArchived Tee - 2010-12-04
About the artist
Pokemon has been running non-stop since 1996. You'd think that by now the pokemons would be getting a little older, a little worse for wear. We're all destined to become pudgy curmudgeons at some point, eh. Pikachu is no different. I think the original has long since retired and been replace by clones. When he was finally sent out to pasture, I imagine he bought himself a nice big pokemon ball and said to hell with the outside world. Cable tv, pizza & beer all the way, baby. Now get off my lawn!
Where are you located?
I'm presently at home on a microscopic planet in orbit around your head. So what? You vanna fight about it?
Tell us about yourself:
Strangely enough, I started out my professional adult life in the medical field as an xray tech. However, it turned out I'm not all that compatible with sickness and misery, so I fell back on my old pastime, artsy stuff. Now I'm on the road, doing SciFi-Fantasy-Anime conventions, selling my tees and I never looked back. Huzzah for epiphanies!
What's a day in the life of Tod, aka Uniique, like?
A day in the life? It's very chill. You would find it very uneventful, actually. You might ask if this person has been lobotomized. Perhaps he's a very clean and unsoiled zombie?
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to zone out and let my brain turn to jelly. I like to do absolutely nothing. Then I like to go out, sit in the grass by the lake and watch all the little life bump around. Did you know dragonflies are aggressive little bastards? Love the iridescent blues. Love watching the ducks and a small crane-like cormorant fish underwater. There are also white petrels with sharp wings that dive in the water for shad. I like being outdoors in the quiet.
Do you own alot of shirts? If so, what's your favorite?
I do have alot of tees. My favorite indie tee would have to be the classic 'It Came Out of Nowhere', by Aled Lewis, depicting the 'Back to the Future' DeLorean crashed into the Doctor's Tardis. How can you not love that?
I also really love a design called 'The glory of the great dead', by Christopher Lovell. It's up on Emptees, but was posted a while back. I don't listen to death metal, but that design is amazing. It's for sale on the band's merch site - kind of hard to find, but it's there. On their site, it's called 'Amon Amarth Thor Odens Son'. (I think the artist more aptly named it.) You can get a better view of it on emptees, btw.
Would you rather survive a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear apocalypse?
Well, you're screwed either way. Btw, That new series, The Walking Dead, on AMC totally blows me away. They're doing a great job on that show. Freaks me out.
On the one hand, I'd prefer peaceful desolate cities to being constantly startled and hounded by zombies, however, the nuclear fallout would crisscross the world and bring about a nuclear winter. That would very much suck. At least in a zombie world, you'd still have summers and blue skies. I'd have to go with a Zombie Apocalypse. I wouldn't shoot Bill Murray though.
Do you collect anything, or at least have any OCD about anything?
I'm actually the epitome of a non-collector. I never collect anything. I don't even keep my own art around. It's either thrown out or given away. Sort of a zen impulse, but the house still get's cluttered anyway. Only recently have I been making an attempt to collect, but it's just a few Star Trek and Star Wars items. I can count them on one hand. The coolist one is a cloth wall calender from 1977. The cloth is almost like a potato sack. It's a real basic print with Kirk and Spock on a rocky planet. Terrible bright oranges and one blue. It's funny and fun to look at.
What's your art process like, from initial sketch to finished product?
Right off the bat, I'm one of those who needs a reference. So it's either me posing in spongebob boxers or a frankenstein collage of photos in Photoshop, pieced together to resemble the target design. From there I sit at the computer and sketch. I really need to start using colored pencils, but for now I'm using a simple mechanical pencil. The scan goes into Illustrator where I work it into vector. I can never get a decent vectorization with Live Trace in Illustrator, so I always vector by hand. For color, it usually stays in ai, but for tricky textures and gradients, it goes to Photoshop. On rarer occasions, I'll ink it on paper, scan it and drop it straight into Photoshop, but since I don't use a crow quill or brush, it's cleaner to use ai vector over trying to ink it by hand.
What technology do you hope to see in your lifetime?
I fully expect to see a controlled fusion of biology and technology, ie: bulbous plants that bear glowing fruit for light, pods that carry embryos to full term and drop mutant infants into the mother's arms, chitinous growths that rise up to form walls, cities made of thorns. Anyone ever seen the 1988 French animated movie, 'Light Years'? Or even the 1973 'Fantastic Planet' (French: La Planète Sauvage). Awesome flicks. Highly recommended. At least check it on youtube. I'm serious!
MAC or PC?
Ta-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. I'll use either to get the job done.
Any Shout outs?
To the Great Cthulhu, a lullabye. Don't frickin' wakeup, you big ancient bastard. Neva, Evah.