Introducing the artist behind "Larry the Lobster" design, the last winner of the competition we do every year to collaborate with different artists from the UK. You can find more about it in Instagram using the hashtag #tr7deckcomp.
We hope you enjoy reading this interview :)
Where are you from and how long have you been doing art?
im originally from southampton and ive been doing art since the 70s! I used to just scribble at first and cut out pictures i liked from magazines and catalogues, after that i started drawing dinosaurs and insects, caterpillars and monsters.
What style best describes you?
er, i think my style is original, different to everything else i hope. I like to see what everyone else is doing then do the exact opposite! I like raw and primitive stuff, things that just get the point across rather than being super polished, i like to use humour and bright colours too.
Did you study? Where?
i studied art in southampton and got thrown off by degree course for being too disruptive!
What inspires you to do art?
i get inspiration from stuff i grew up with i guess, 80s skate art, horror movies, comics, anything thats weird or different or viewed as trash or stupid, old toys, stuff like that. I like how art can really get people hyped or happy or angry, how it can really bring out emotions.
What inspired you to design the "TR7 Larry the Lobster"?
i did the lobster graphic because i wanted to create something new thats never been done, but with influences from the place we live. I like the stuff companies like Blast and Heroin do which, as well as skulls, often use bright colours and positivity, just cool fun stuff to get people stoked! Skulls are cool, i could draw them all day, but i wanted something completely different. Plus im a big fan of TR7 and the vibe they bring to the scene so i wanted something to kinda express that positive attitude. ❤
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