Brain Killer


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


US, IL, Chicago...Currently living in Chicago.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


Started drawing as a kid, influenced by cartoons and monster movies. When I was about 9 a weird family friend unloaded a massive box of Heavy Metal  Magazine on me (the adults only illustrated magazine) and a ton of of other underground comics, like Crumb, Vaughn Bode etc. As time went on my influences came from graffiti, pop art, hip hop, punk and skate culture.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


Favorite Skater was Natas Kaupas when he was with Santa Monic Airlines, I had every Natas deck from SMA. My whole skate style was based off that dude and I loved that his named spelled Satan backwards. I was a dedicated street skater for years. Growing up in a city like Chicago with an amazing downtown my whole philosophy was "fuck ramps" My big trick was being able to ollie full size picnic tables (just like Natas)



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


Favorite Artist is Robert Williams, one of the godfathers of the low brow art scene in LA. 


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


When I'm not doing art I'm a filmmaker, I've worked as a television producer for 5 years out in California and now back home I currently produce, shoot, direct and cut content for a ton of cool brands and companies. When I'm not doing that I like to make weird short films also under the Brain Killer moniker.



Who are your biggest influences?


I have a lot of influences but I try not to be influenced by any particular artists if I can help it. It's tricky because as an artist I don't want anyone to say my work is just like so and so. I think most of my influences come from movies or television or just my own weird imagination. I'm a huge nerd so all the usual genres seep into my work, sci fi, horror, zombies, monsters, a lot of Japanese pop culture, music etc...And even though not one artist alone influences my work, street art as a whole plays a major role in what and how I create.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


I like to work in brush and acrylics on wood, spray paint and house paint for murals, I do a lot of photo manipulation and illustration and print those out for wheat pasting in the streets.