The Lost Cause
Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I moved to Portland about 4 years ago and fucking love it here. Never moving back!
What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?
My older brother was an artist and I always envied his ability to manifest an idea into an image. I got into art myself through painting graffiti. I started writing when I was 12 or 13. I learned about paint and colors and composition by painting letters and walls, it all evolved from that. It has grown into something I never really though it would and am grateful to have the ability to do what I love most in life.
Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?
I guess I would say my favorite skater is Geoff Rowley. I grew up watching 411 videos and just remember loving his sections. He has a really "go for it" attitude and I like that. Along with the start of my graffiti career was skateboarding, the culture paved the way for my entire lifestyle and still has a huge influence on me even though I don't skate any more.
Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?
I have too many favorite artists to list but my peers are the most important out of those. I have been diggin' the shit outta "The Weird" crew from Germany lately. Those guys are just killing it constantly and have such a wide range of styles.
When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?
Strange to say it, but I really enjoy working my day job as a barista. The monotonous work gives my brain balance and allows it to take a break from over thinking creatively. I also love taking trips and going hiking....you know, that kinda shit.
Who are your biggest influences?
My brother is a huge influence for sure. He helped shape me into what I am as a person both creatively and personality wise. I love that guy.
What mediums do you enjoy working in?
My all time favorite medium is spray paint. Something happens to my brain when I get a can of paint in my hand that doesn't happen with any other medium. I only wish I could use it more! If I had it my way I would paint nothing but murals and walls. I also use a lot of wood and acrylic for smaller stuff. I like wood because I have options, I can cut it into any shape, paint it any color or stain it, it's smooth, it's workable, it's cheap, it's easy to come by etc.
Anything else you want to tell?
I'm looking forward to growth and my path as an artist. It's been an interesting one that has proven to be by far the most fulfilling thing I've ever done with my life. Fuck yeah!