Category Archives: ART

Numbers Spiral Poster

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The Number Spiral

Check this out. Joeys 1st attempt to explain the number spiral

The Numbers Web (Grethers Spiral)

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all numbers are related as systems revolving around the number 12.

 

Too Many Projects

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The problem it seems most of the time is starting, or rather postponing the start. I find more and more, every project, every interest, every activity is dragged on to infinity or some distant now in the future. Once you, or I, specifically, come around to actually allowing my potential energy to transform to kinetic energy, the hardest part is over. And like that point when you are doing something routine and you count half and you feel as if you are on the decline of the necessary work that needs to be done, say like when half the month is over, or half the dishes, or half the pages are read, … at that point you are more than half way done, because most of the work was handled as soon as your eyes or hands got busy with the task at hand.

Of course we must be mentally prepared to handle what needs or wants to be done, and it’s a good idea to plan accordingly, talk experiences with others, allocate resources, funds, or plans, give ourselves space to consider the project/s in different mindsets states (whatever that means to you) or emotional states, and even consider the project from others perspectives. This really is almost half the work. Deciding to handle something, stepping up with the tools and interest, and engaging with hands and mind/s, begins the difference between talking about something and doing it. In a very light-hearted but yet real way, this is a form of direct action. There is seldom reason to over-think or over-prepare for projects. The interest of this sentiment is to incite minds to act, and to encourage action. I say this to self as much as other.
Get to doing what you want. Get started.

This, my friends, is the intro to one of my blog personas. File under Too Many Projects. Often (really always, yet I do sometimes find my self embracing the concept of free time and feeling like nothing is immediately due), I feel like I have, or there are, too many projects I wish to engage in or see happen. I imagine this is a result of ambition and I’m sure this feeling is shared by many.
Since we are here, transcribing from my brain and body, and theres no real great way to hear what you, the reader, wants to see happen unless you share it here or elsewhere… we’ll have to stick with my project ideas… you know, the point of this here blog…
that being said…I want to also explain that there’s no real way for me to handle everything I want, and if others end up doing something that aligns with my project interests, I will gladly move on and do something else (another project). I am also open to working with (almost) anyone on (almost) anything.
My main self identity construct especially regarding projects is as a designer; mostly graphic, some web, clothes, events, and uhm…lets say miscellaneous. So most of my projects will assume these forms. My political, cultural, and religious orientation is simple and universal. I believe in freedom for all peoples. I believe in aggressive equality world-wide. No borders, and no empires. So, if I am not personally struggling to help me and my family eat and pay the troll, I may be open to help design things, especially if they are more radically minded.
Ok…lets see…
this week I would love to

Layout the Phone Photo Issue of Pholx (which is still open for participation) and is basically gonna be 36 pages of 30 peoples phone photos…yet I am still waiting on contributions…

Design logo (hand draw monkey and squid for new 5th st kids store)  I love the challenge of a good logo, especially one with animals, cause I don’t my self great at it.

Reupholster barstools for Jobot. I think there is  just over a dozen. I just did 3 a few weeks ago and it went quick. Thought about making it a workshop, just cant tell which would require more work. I’ll probably do it at the Lab on Roosevelt, since I have barely used the sewing studio there.

Move the sewing studio. Besides the studio I don’t use at the Lab, I have another set of machines and tables in my shed, and Steve and Julia at the Hive said I can move it in there. Which, the Hive is 2 blocks from my house so it may come in more handy.

Create Text for the Learning Flower. Learningflower.com If you don’t see me in person or on fb or insta…the learning flower is a dense layered set of symbol systems I am developing as a fridge magnet puzzle product. If I type up a good explanation of how to use it (like my friends have been saying for months) another friend will help me market it. Otherwise, how the hell do you share a good idea or product?

Create Text for the number spiral. A math professor at ASU said he would help me develop this system for understanding  numbers and relationships that  I stumbled upon. Its easy and basic, yet fascinating. Heres the trip, all numbers fit into a spiral shape system of the 12 positions of the clock and behave accordingly. Kinda like mod math 12 but using all numbers.

Add the numbers to the number spiral mural. I am painting a mural of the number spiral and wanted most of it up before the Willow home tour feb 10th…cause its visible from 3rd ave.

Meter Maid Stickers. This jerkface meter man sucked $70 out of my pocket last month and this is how I was able to vent it and let it go.

Come up with good location and scenario for life-like dummy. I don’t know what it is, but something compels me to make life-like puppets and dummies.

Blog a little. Booyah!

Website construction/maintenance. I just bought Mobaction.com again and I am not sure if I just wanna use phlox.com or if I should develop a site again for mob action and mobaction university. I’m also in the thinking stages of developing foreignpolicyfailures.com

Foreign Policy Failures. I need to network with another 2 artists for the mini clothing line.

Animation Sketchbook. Begin dedicated sketchbook to developing animation show project.

That’s all I can think of for now. Lets see how much I can get handled….feel free to share project ideas, complications, or participation ideas in the comments…
appreciate the attention.

Phil Freedom

Insects Interview by Brother Grether

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Three mulit-talented, multi faceted, producers of culture combine together to form one dynamic force. The Insects launched  back in 2007 with “Free the Hard Way” a disk printed and released for free. They attacked mainstream consumer culture with tracks like “No Rules”, “Devils are Scared,” and “Silence is Gold” and pay tribute to everyday people and grassroots activism through tracks like “The People” and the title track, “Free the Hard Way.” Since then they have toured the states and Europe numerous times, released a more experimental double album, “Gone” and are about to release another, “Black Rose.”

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Insects Live. photo by J.Carbis

so why insects? where did the name come from?

B: i was recording all this shit at jonas’ house and we were on the back patio…and we were sitting out there smoking and all these insects were crawling all over are legs and shit…we were trying to come up with a name and i was just like how bout the insects…? and then i was just thinking about how they were here first and they’re gonna be here after and then about how they work together…and how from up above we all look like insects…

how is it different from your solo music or drunken immortals?

B: the last solo album i did was drifter and that was like 7 yers ago…and then things change…instead of me getting all the credit as brad b, we wanted to do something that highlights jonas too cause he does all the beats and production and plays a major role in the music and we wanted to do a group name rather than just me.

Whats up with 1090 Records?

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J: Well on the business side of thing MATTX and myself have been giving all our attention to building relationships with agents and agencies as well as business people that sponsor creatively driven companies like ours specially since we have or first tour as a company on the horizon almost our whole roster will be touring on the way to SXSW music convention in Austin TX. On the creative side we have so many things in the works right now like we just released The Insects new EP entitled “WILD RIDE” which has remixes from the first single off the up coming “BLACK ROSE” full length studio album and a full live recording done in Switzerland on our 4th European tour. Myself and Brad b have been putting major work in on the new Insects record I have been mixing and mastering Very G’s album called “Saint & Sinner”  produced by Saint Louis and just got the ball back rolling on recording the MURS album “Yumiko – The Curse of The Merch Girl” which is a sound track to a full color graphic novel. 1090 will be releasing a box set of 7” vinyl with the album and a complete audio book version. On top of all that we have been throwing as many events as we can with out burning out our audience to fund all these projects and it has been going okay thus far.

How did you link up with MURS?

J: One day I was going to lunch by my self at cafe Istanbul, I had just parked the car when my cell phone rang, I didn’t recognize the # but I new it was from Cali so I answered it and this dude with kind of a deep sleepy kind of voice was like whats up this is Murs. I looked back at the phone in half disbelief and said “whats up dude” he proceeded to tell me how his then girlfriend lived in PHX and didn’t have Internet access so he had been spending afternoons at a coffee shop down the street called Conspire. He said he was looking around the spot and saw a CD cover done by a comic book artist named Jim Mahfood it was volume 1 of my instrumental series called “M.C. FOOD”. He bought it and gave it a listen and liked the beats so he called the # on the back of the album. He asked me if any of the beats were available and i said “know but I got stacks so I could hook him up with whatever he needed” which was a bold face lie. I asked him if he was in town and he said he would be here in 4 days and wanted to come by the studio so i said cool and hung up shovelled some food in my mouth and ran my ass to the record store and dug for about 4 hours. When he came through we hit it off famously and he proceeded to tell me about the “Merch Girl” project and I proceed to tell him that I wanted to go on the road with him. he already had a DJ for the past 7 yrs. at the time but as luck would have it his DJ got an offer to do some movie stuff on location and had to quit a few months later. since that day we have played over 200 shows together and are halfway done with recording our album which we are very proud of and it is all because of Joey G and Jim Mahfood.

how long have you guys been making music?

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Insects Wild Ride EP

B: when i was 16 i met jonas and i had always been into hiphop and classic rock. just had always been a huge fan of music. jonas was killing the drums when he was 16. in jonas moms basement…this is like 8th grade and he had a bass there and i just picked it up and started playing. i would also just write raps in a journal and then kinda just built from there.

what inspires you to do music?

B: too be honest its kind of a trip. it just comes to me. i just constantly think about lines in my head, but thats just me. sometimes i dont even know what im saying it just pops in my head and ill listen to it after and be like damn thats what i was saying. and then just listening to beats. i’m inspired by music. i just try to be more rhythmic and creative in my life.

why did you come and live in phoenix?

B: i came here in 97. I came out here cause my boy Steve Evans moved out here and a few other friends… and my girl was going to asu. i ended up going to the conservatory or recordingh arts and then doing an internship for a year in la for a year. with Jim Wert and it was cool because his best from was a AandR from interscope.
and its cool how we all hooked up over at Sub Society…thats how i met mike (cause) and so many other cool people. looking back its a trip how we got from that point to this…

So you guys have toured europe 5 times what are some of the venues like?

B: man they do things alot differently out there. we only played a few bars most of the venues were squats ran by anarchist / activists. One of my favorite spots was in Zurich Switzerland. they had their shit together. so they were squatting this building, stealing power from power chords plugged into the lampost from the street through the window. they had a screenprint shop in there, a room with a bunch of computers, a dope ass kitchen set up. these cats were freegans so they went and found food people threw away, and cooked us these dope meals. last time we were there they let griffin do a mural in the spot. sick shit.

are you for or against the apocalypse? you know it being 2012 and all…

B: i’m for it because…maybe what all that means is that things are gonna change in a positive way. i like to think that way.

i was bugging out on famine the other day, researching it for this calendar project and was in tears about it…

B: yeah, its fucked up how much money we spend on wars and whatever we spend money on when shit like that is happening…

so you’re still silkcreening by day…how long do you plan on doing that?

B: I would love to just live off of music, but i would still be doing something like this…ideally its just more of our own shit….

what do think about file sharing?

B: im down with it cause thats just the way it is now…as far as people not getting paid or consider it stealing…what are you gonna do, cry about…? if your musics out there, people are sharing it…you go on tour and make money selling it and merch and such…
for instance…if we didnt do “free the hard Way” we woulnd be known nearly as much.  i feel like sharing and giing shit away for free has done nothing but help us.

you got a god concept?

B: no, not really. i just feel people get so caught up in that shit that it just bothers me.

how do you feel about politics and the political climate?

B: these politicians are such a joke to me. i cant stand their smart ass faces when they smile and argue with each other. all of the trillions of dollars spent on war every year when we are so far fucked in debt, all these young men and women coming home with their legs blown off and shit? all for what? i dont mean that to disrespect the people that go risk their lives. i just dont think its right. it trips me out to think about everything in this world happening at the same time. its all fucked up. the immigration laws, the racial profiling, the sheriff and his goons, the religious freaks, paying taxes and shit. i did my taxes lat year, and i ended up owing the state and federal. i was sick to my stomach. were out here living paycheck to paycheck, pay sales tax on everything we buy, and still owe in the end? fuck that.

How do you feel about getting two albums in New Times 100  Arizona albums?

B: It felt good to be recognized. we’ve been out here doing it for a minute. it felt good especially since the new times barely ever gave us props, and they just love to stir up drama in the hip hop community. motherfuckers. yeah but it felt good so peace to whoever wrote that article. speaking of Drifter we had that Drifter show at the tempe tavern a couple weeks back. it was so dope. it brought back alot of memories… going back and re learning those songs. thanx to everyone that came out to the show and made it so live.

what can we expect from the future?

J: The future shows no sign of slowing probably the exact opposite. Hopefully I’ll start being able to pay some of these people that help me on a daily basis to juggle my work load. My plan is to continue to push the people around me as hard as I can even if sometimes the hate me for it and support and help them to create their art and dreams and sustain their lives through it because that is my dream and it always has been.

B: were dropping a new album called black rose on 10 90 records, im really exited about it. then we will tour the us and europe. we also have a new mix tape in the works. you can check out some new cuts at reverbnation.com/theinsects. im also gonna be on scarab from living legends new album which I’m super hyped about. we’re hitting the road in a couple weeks for sxsw. we made a little tour around it with the homie Mouse, and Afro Classics. were gonna hit Santa Fe , Albuquerque, a few in Texas and then back in Phx. also. drunken immortals are working on a new ep. much more shit to come this year. so keep an eye out for us.

Dumperfoo Interview by Phil Freedom

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The visual design arm and live artist of the Insects, Drunken Immortals, and Crusher Sound System, the chief organizer of the Blunt Club, and all around move maker in the underground scene, is Adam Dumper. He has helped create and evolve the role of artist at live shows, while honing in on his own skills, and minimizing his production time to partial hip hop sets. Dumperfoo is a heavy weight of the culture in Arizona and plans to keep pace while surpassing all endeavors and benchmarks of yesteryear. Since we are featuring the Insects, its only natural to have this productive machine be the featured artist. I tracked him down in his studio where he gave me a few minutes between his monstrous agenda to cover canvas.

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So whats happening now?

I got a show on Fri at the Alta space lofts. me and Jeremy Arviso…we are releasing his clothing company, Noble Savage.

did you say you had 15 Canvases for the show…

yeah but ill probably end up with half that due to my schedule and time…

and then a dozen more for the sxsw trip?
yeah we’ll be gone for 2 week and ill’ have to do 1 or two a day. on the friday we are there in austin i’ve got like four shows?
with insects? yeah and few other shows

so since we did this last (hidden agenda 5) you were doing mostly skulls but since then you’ve really expanded and been doing so much more…? how do you advance your styles?

i am just trying to keep it more versatile…i’m trying to get these girls faces, the hard shadows and the lighting down and different looks…people like em so i been doing a lot more…  how do you train yourself to do the shadows and lights…just singling out where you want the shadow and figure out where the light is coming from. you know, i’ve never been taught that, i’m just figuring it out on my own.
still trying to keep it versatile and do a lot of different stuff…dumpsgirl2

this show thats coming up this month is called Oji San which means old man or uncle…the calligraphy from the flyer is done by a famous Japanese calligraphist…(Aoi Yamaguchi)

how do you feel that painting live has helped you progress..?

when painting live i have to make sure that everything is on point and less sloppy…i got like 20 mins to an hour to paint this shit live and i have to make sure its clean and presentable as a final product…its all part of the show.

not much time to think about it then…?

nah, gotta have it mapped out in advance in my head, we only got like 20 mins to set up and i gotta get up there and handle it. sometimes i dont have the right colors and i just gotta improvise and make the colors that i have work, by mixing them or adding white or black tints to them…by adding black or white tints to get different shades…

do you use an image reference?

Yeah, definitely, i use images of models faces or girl with distinguishing features. i can also do it off the top of my head now…by doing them so often i can just do my own style without reference.

have you switched to mostly paint now from markers?

yeah try to keep it all brush work, specially for my gallery stuff.dumpsgirl3

do you have a photo of every piece?

no…i try to and sometimes i sell them before i get to snap a pic…been kinda slippin on that…but thats ok…some people snap pics and tag me on them or show me later…
lately i have John Carbis or AWALL travelling around with me and taking pics documenting them…so i’m blessed to have great photographers
documenting what i do…purpleface

so blunt clubs been running for 10 years now…

yeah may 19th is the anniversary party…
what ares some of the issues u face when running a weekly?
staying up with the calendar…with my busy schedule and trying to do that…getting fresh acts to play and finding a formula that works…but aftr ten years it almost runs itself…much easier now…Pickster and element have partnerred up and help handle booking and such…

why do you do it?

i love my thursday nights…my friends that are there…i do it for them and me…I’ve always been a fan of hiphop and graffiti…we built it from the ground up and it just fresher every week. and i just cant see myself not doing it…i cant even keep up with the new ideas that w haven’t even touched on…

we been trying to do it in other cities now too…just one offs with other nites that are similar.

like in LA?
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yeah LA, San Diego, we got some people asking about doing it in Denver.

how do feel that the art scene and the hiphop scene relate to the overall economy and society?

i think since the economy has gone down…the performance acts guarantees have gone down…and i think its just tough on people touring..cause they are not getting what they used to get…and thats why we went to a no cover kinda thing…people dont wanna pay a ten dollar cover anymore…

when it was at club red we were trying to do national acts weekly…and then we were trying to do two rooms and both sides and it just cost quite a bit of money and then w had payed some acts that didnt come thru but kept the money, and it jusdumperskullt put us thousands of dollars in the hole. and then it didnt seem people were feelin the big room…so we moved it to yucca tap room and were able clear the debts and get out of the hole…

how do you think the arts scenes can help motivate society?

there’s a strong support for benefit shows for people in binds financially…people coming together..i love that about arizona…theres lots of love in the community out here…

what about 2012? big plans?dumpsbluntskull

just trying to get my stuff super clean and tight. just trying to do art full time.
..i’m pretty much three…and then just hyped about the new insects album…just doing some tours with that too…

are you afraid of the apocalypse?

nah. bring it. I’ve had a good life.

Alex Empty Interview by Phil Freedom

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Alex Empty is a tattoo artist ‘subsessed with symbols, shapes, and forms, a cyclist, ice coffee brewer, machinist, and  father of twins. Though I caught him daily on 5th street for a few months, I had to pop in to the  studio to get more than a minute of dialog. He has recently left Golden Rule Tattoo to develop a space with Taylor Ryan, just inside the Coronado.
Are you from phoenix?

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Nosense

nope. I’m from washington dc. i moved to phoenix in 95 to go to MMI.

MMI?

motorcycle mechanics institute. its the tech school that no one purses a career in field after graduation.

do u have a motorcycle?

i have a 74 150 vespa scooter. i’ve had many motorcycles and scooters over the years, i like clunky old steel stuff.
and you learned to work on them?
hm hmm. yes. that was the last job i did before tattooing…

alright then, how did it transition into you being a tattooer?

well i was going to that school and had been getting tattooed by the same dude for a while at Ace tattoo, Jim. He moved to Tucson and opened a new shop, and while he was building it he gave me the chance to commute to Tucson to be his apprentice. it was a long commute, though i was not there everyday. i would drive down in the afternoons or sleep at the shop and get up early, also i slept there on the weekends. i was finishing mmi while i was finishing my apprenticeship. that was 2002.
i worked around the valley for the first few years and in 2005 i moved to San Francisco.

What was living in sf like?

It was great, that city will always be my other home. it pushed me to really grow and develop as a tattooer. theres a lot of incredible talent there, its not for the timid or unskilled. i got to work in a few great shops with a lot of great artists, their influence was huge. i moved back in the summer of 2009

is the rose mural on the storage bin (arts market/food truck lot 400 block of roosevelt north side) the only public art you have done?

mostly. I’m not a graffiti guy, i messed around in high school and did a bunch of garbage and punk rock tagging, but its not my medium. when i got the can, i realized that i needed to learn a little bit about aerosol if i was going to get the painted parts the way i wanted them. i practiced behind my apartment to get those big black fades we like so much in tattoos. that shit is hard, Graffiti dudes make it look easy but its not. i have plenty of respect for the spray can.

before i did the storage can, i spent a couple months doing small pastes. funny little tattoo-like line drawing with phrases, some with the letters jumbled. its a fun way to make the same kind of expression that is in a tattoo, the same basic concept. like a skull and a small rose with “memento mori” or the like, phrased around it like a tattoo. i hate the verbiage of “tattooing buildings”, but the effect to me is not too dissimilar. finding a spot to not just place the piece, but also to push the narrative in some way. you have to find interesting use of space, it seems good street artists don’t just throw up shit anywhere. just like a tattoo, placement can really hurt the composition. im proud of the street artists here in phoenix, we don’t have that many, but that keeps the copycat bullshit down. i do want to see more though, ill do some too, but i want us to think more about composition and use of space than name or size.
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with the box, the sub-story is on these simple drawings and narratives under the grander one…
a rose… a banner…they tell you what they are…this is a dragon, or panther with a dagger in its head. its whats so great to me about the american tattoo. its self contained and extremely efficient at carrying its message, whatever that may be. with the storage box…all the imagery on there, the actual line drawings wheat pasted on there, theres hundreds of them…there some random shit…a lot is very obviously symbols of impermanence…theres lots of simple skulls and hearts, repeating and using them collectively to create larger narratives. i think this is where stepping away from the medium of a tattoo allows for really interesting compositions.

What other mediums do you work in?

Painting and drawing are my primary. i like to paint with watercolor and liquid acrylic, full body acrylic, i like to use various types of dyes…Taylor introduced me to a lot of different materials.

like at interdependent? yup.

everything we did in that show was a broad chomp. we tried all sorts of wacky shit. like sacrificing animals…we reenacted some illuminati orgy shit…Interdependent was largely an opportunity for the two of us to try different ideas regarding process and production. a majority of the show is collaborative work and in that process we tried a lot of techniques and materials.
I am also a machinist. i build tattoo machines for other professional tattooers. they are hand built and have a very classic aesthetic.

how long have you been painting?

i’ve been painting…the earliest painting i have, my mom has it, its a painting of a little cabin in the woods with pine trees and frozen pond…im pretty sure i was 8 or so.

(he’s digging through a stack of black and white celebrity portraits contemplating being able to do them on this girl that had moved away…) my dad liked to paint landscapes and we would go to this park in DC and set up our easels.

Ship Tattoo
Ship Tattoo

so you feel like you are mostly into classical and traditional artwork and tattooing…?

sure, thats i use the term traditional only because it best describes my tattooing, which has typically bold lines, heavy black shading, classical arrangements. most of the time i  paint the way i draw and i pretty much learned how to draw based on tattooing…but i definitely don’t…i think of it more as like a language than as a style… like strong images…their visual presence, regardless of their message… you can tell what it is from across the street. that being said i draw influence from japanese art and zen buddhism, not in the way talyor does(big japanese flowing tattoos) but in the concepts of composition: efficiency, intention, negative space..these things i see in everything from the silk painting to flower arranging. i just try to understand and borrow from the purposefulness of those moves. and it also has to look like a fucking tattoo. Tattooing isn’t so much about “styles”, its a medium with rules and limitations. it doesn’t take an artist to see when a tattoo isn’t working.

i’m obsessed with impermanence. its quirky, ironic,. its almost comic to me, you know…it mocks us…time, fate. the very certain end of all things that we know…everything is born and dies…
I’m really obsessed with the interplay between the human psyche and it’s imminent demise and how we negotiate the specifics of life in art. the nature of impermanence, is that it allows us to more freely live. its zen. life is only as beautiful as it is because of these factors, because of this constant negotiation with inevitability. we don’t get to keep the blossom.

our show was themed around the concept is that nothing exists without having a cause and effect relationship to everything else, interdependence. nothing truly exists alone. so in putting that into art practice…we started these things within the art process…collaborating, influencing and cross influencing, biting, straight up jacking each other’s work. we really got to see how our two processes worked and worked together. that relationship is the seed for this place (the Bookhouse). in the end we showed 43 pieces of art, most of them directly collaborative.

back tattoo alex empty
back tattoo alex empty

so what the Bookhouse all about?

Well when we open this fall, it will be Taylor Ryan and I’s tattoo studio, art space, machine/work shop and total art compound. we are making a place that best suits our needs and that of our clients. Our space will give us the ability to follow all of our art disciplines under one roof and really cultivate and harness the creative power that exists around us. being able to streamline my creative process is kinda my objective here. i feel like we are building the foundation for our own artistic growth and we want to share and network with people who feel the same.
we will want to participate and maybe even host some art events, not just tattoo stuff and tattoo people, but phoenix and surrounding artists of various media. drawing nights and group projects, critique sessions, fuck man let your imagination run…more art community. basically we wanted to build a repository of creative means where we can thrive as artists and give our clientele 100% of our selves.

so you into the apocalypse?
nope. don’t believe in the apocalypse.

you think any serious changes are on the way?
i love to see people that are thinking .knowing we could grow and adapt their skill set, be it creatively , artistically,….i think thats the answer, being ready. not like militias. but like arming the mind, arming the creative mind. its problem solving. and for me u know its all essentially meaningless and impermanent. my career, my drive as an artist is to make really justified work. it comes from tattooing, i  feel like I’m using this persons skin, putting them in pain, its got to be justified.

do you ride a bike everywhere?

i try to , i have a car too, i use more then i like to. i have twin girls, toddlers..so i have to drive a lot.

do you think automobiles accelerate the inevitable doom we face?

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Action Reason

yup. they have an accelerator pedal, no?

doesn’t that make bikes and bike culture revolutionary?
i thoughts bike were vehicles

any parting thoughts?

you can’t be mad at natural selection, i love the city.

send all tattoo and art inquires to
a.empty@gmail.com