Torabisumodo

 

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

 

I came to existence in the year of 1983 in Portland Oregon. I currently reside in my hometown of Newberg Oregon.

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures

 

I really couldn't say. I was born with a pencil in my hand. 

 

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

 

Fack! thats a hard question. To me the two that pop out the most over the years are Ed Templeton and Lance Mountain. Old school and even old schooler but still rad progressive skater/artists that helped push the culture. I grew up admiring both when I started skating around the early 90's. Drawn to Lance through old videos of his goofy ass/free spirit just having fun. Ed Templeton for his weird ass monster art that was the feature of Toy Machine. CSS mags and 411 were a staple in my early years. I tried to keep up on the latest Thrasher and Transworld mags as well not only for the skateboarding but for the art. It was just a bunch of eye candy to me..I took a long break from skateboarding after the Newberg Skatepark destroyed my right knee in 2002. No insurance and the fear of another hardcore surgery followed by an 8 month recovery kept me from skating parks and such. It was my main source of transportation when I lived in PDX for a few years and now Im slowly getting back into skating parks and having fun with it now that I have insurance again. 

 

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

I didn't know it till like a year ago but Im pretty sure its been Wayne White this whole time.

 

 

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

 

I enjoy a plethora of awesome things. Cooking, hiking, fishing, clamming, camping, collecting music, djing, music production, and disc golf take up most of my time when Im not pushing the pencil.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences

 

My parents, girlfriend, friends, music, life. Besides that lately I've been keen on this cat from NY who goes by Killer Napkins. Really rad, raunchy, edgy artist, uber great line work to boot. But most importantly Ashely Wood, Jeremy fish and John K. are my biggest artistic influences over the years. 

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

Mostly pencil and ink. Copics, Microns, and Sumi Ink are my best friends. Watercolor and sculpting follow that.

 

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

This one time while camping with some friends we saw a ufo, It was pretty neat. I will cherish that moment. You can also check out https://www.facebook.com/Torabisumodo for more of my artwork and other neat dabbles.