Two Bit!

 

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

 

I was born in Evanston right on the outskirts of the far north side of Chicago, IL. I currently reside in Rockford IL.

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

I would have to say my initial influences and intrigue came very early. I can remember being enthralled with the clean crisp quality communicated by the doodles my dad would produce of fighter jets, cars and super heroes. He never pursued it much beyond the occasional napkin drawing and the sketches I would beg him to make, which was weird because he was good at it but art must not have been a driving force because he never introduced me to any artists or seemed overly interested in creating things. Around the same period of time I received my first skateboard. It was a Santa Cruz Rob Roskopp with the Jim Phillip's melting face. That was probably around 1986. I was totally struck and sucked down the rabbit hole of skate culture and  all things corrupted.

 

 

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

 

It's a hard question because at this point in my life I tend to consider those things from a more well rounded perspective. It's a toss up between Ed Templeton, Mark Gonzales, Michael Sieben, Thomas Campbell and Andy Howell. Aside from having a very unique style of skating and being great artists, they seem like very humble, well rounded human beings. My ties to skateboarding go back to playground arguments over which generic board brand was better Nash or Variflex? I got serious about skating in high school and before I graduated I was getting to be pretty consistent with landing my tricks and learning new shit. I tore my ACL when I was 19 and it ended up impacting my life for years to come. I couldn't skate and ended up hooked on the pain meds which ultimately lead to a ten year plus version of Drug Store Cowboy meets Requiem for a Dream. Let's just say I'm grateful to be alive.

 

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

I can't say I have a favorite artist because no one artist stands out as a sole favorite but I really like the work of Skinner, Craola, Mear One, Raushenberg, Dali, Phillip Guston, Cy Twombly,  Gary Taxali, Margaret Killgalen, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, How& Nosm, Bates, Pushead, Raymond Petibond, Porous Walker, Robert Williams, Nosego, and Aryz. I could go on and on, but I won't.

 

 

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

 

Riding bikes, watching documentaries, graphic design, reading, snacking, peeping, daydreaming, and completing bio's for art shows.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences?

 

My biggest influences are some of the people I paint with Czr Prz, Revise, Stuk, Des, En Masse crew, Joe Goral, and other Chicago area miscreants. My girl Sarah Stewart constantly amazes me with how effortless she makes painting look and for her unique style. Under dogs in general inspire and influence me

 

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

Take pills and drive fast, worry is the saboteur of dreams, so jump first and worry only if you really