#TMMArtistInterviews

Big Friday - Aka Will Coyner April 06 2018, 0 Comments

We have the best jobs in the world. Connecting with artists that peak our creative interests, learning more about their creativity, and telling you all about it.

We had this revelation that we’re sort of like the David Lettermen & women of #LowBrowCulture (self proclaimed of course - with as little ego as possible).

That said, since we began the #TMMartistInterviews project we’ve had a lot of our good friends & folks within our network introduce us to creatives that they feel deserve the chance to shine brightly before you here and on our IG and Fanpage.

We met Will through another mutual Designer homie Mike Mariano - shout out to @cmmariano for the humbling intro! We had connected at the baptism for baby G @chevyandgrace @guiltybyassociation @the_design_concierge regarding Lucasfilm artists and the possibility of showcasing the work of these talented designers and here we are now telling you about them!

Let’s begin...


(Self Portrait by @big_friday)

TMM:
Will, we were so stoked to have Mike link us to your work. Going through your site and IG and some of the work we’ve seen on the web, we were curious to know more about your background and how that may have somehow influenced your work.

Can you tell us where abouts you are from, and also something interesting about your childhood and where you grew up?

WC:
Certainly, I’m from Waynesboro, Virginia; a small country town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, next to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I grew up on a farm, for which I am eternally grateful. I got to play outside in the dirt, daydream for hours and read comics with no distractions.

TMM:
Man that sounds amazing & peaceful.

Can you talk about your earliest memory with regards to creating and how your style may have transitioned over time? By the way how long have you been illustrating and involved with your art?


(GGE by @big_friday)

WC:
Well like most, I imagine, I have been “doing” art since childhood, copying comics and drawing whatever caught my eye. But the first piece I remember being asked to create was a full-scale replica of the Virginia state flag for a member of the family church when I was 15, I think. He did Civil War reenactments and it was for his regiment.

It was my first paying gig, 50 bucks. It took me like a year to complete because I immediately realized I had little interest in doing commissioned art I had no interest in.

In terms of illustrating as an adult, I’ve done everything from pin striping and airbrushing, to logo and t-shirt design, to marketing and concept art for games. I have been working full-time in the game industry since 2012.


(Bros by @big_friday)

As far as style, I really like line drawings with vivid color like comics, or dramatically lit, moody character paintings. I typically go between these two styles in regards to personal work, and it tends to satisfy my visual creative needs. The biggest change over the years has been going from tangible paintings and drawings to digital versions. The process tends to stay the same, though I tend to have less of a plan going into a digital piece as I can iterate and design on the fly, something that is useful for production but often detrimental when returning to physical pieces.

TMM:
So Will, what is your typical process when you create work?

WC:
Ideally, I start with as much reference as I need for a piece, materials, poses, mood, and other artists that embody the style and level of execution I am striving for.  I always start with a drawing, digital or otherwise.

Sometimes its tight, most often very loose, but drawing with paint tends to be the process I ultimately resort to. I’ll draw over the original rough multiple times to refine it, and when working digitally, paint underneath the drawings until it’s time to bring everything in the piece together.


(Timothy by @big_friday)

Then it’s building the forms over and over, mostly monochromatic, glazing color over that, then back into the piece with color and light as needed.  Working with a limited palette of two to three colors for the majority of the process has been my primary way of resolving a piece, as I find I am better able to better understand forms as they relate to light. I find proportions by drawing shapes of light and shadow first, then check for technical accuracy.

My latest approach has been to do ink drawings with pen or brush, scan them, and paint digitally. It’s satisfying and caters to my frequent desire to complete a piece quickly.


(Hell Boy by @big_friday)

TMM:
Will can you talk about any creative influences that you feel transpire in the work that you do?

WC:
I really love classic artists like #Rembrandt and #Caravaggio, #Durer and #Dore, as well as comics from the #GoldenAge to 90’s alternative stuff.  Various aspects of these find their way into everything I do.


(Moebius Monster by @big_friday)

TMM:
Beautiful. So Will, we’re curious about your take on #graffitiandstreetart as a form of expression and creativity? Have you ever personally experienced this on your own creatively or otherwise?

WC:
I have never done any street art, but I think it’s amazing what artists can pull off. The variations of scale, style and location are fascinating to me, and I think it all has a place.  It gives a loud voice for artists and thinkers to expressive themselves.

Getting in people’s faces on a daily basis is important to promote socially conscious ideas and critiques, to influence everyone’s perspective in healthy ways. It’s also important to add “color” to otherwise lackluster environments.

Cities would be drab dwellings without street art - though I do think there is a distinction between art with intention and random tags the violate people’s personal property.


(Pigman by @big_friday)

TMM:
Right, and understood. So in your process of creating the work that you do, is there anyone that you love that your art is created for?

WC:
Anyone finding my art entertaining or inspiring is a huge payoff for me. It’s easy to get critical and stay in my head, forgetting that making art with love transpires that energy to everyone who sees it.

I really enjoy making art for people I am close to who are not artists. Normally making a logo or random design for Joe Average would be demoralizing, but for someone meaningful to me there is an emotional investment knowing that this will be extremely useful for them, and hopefully make them look good. When it works, that’s the best.

TMM:
Will, can you name some artists that you follow or are a very big fan of their work?

WC:
I’ve been really inspired by tattooers a lot lately, like #JeffRassier, #SteveByrne and #JamesBuie. They do a lot of off-kilter, trippy designs in a traditional style that never ceases to entertain and inspire me.  Most of all, with good tattooers in general, the level drawing skill and output is endlessly humbling and aspirational.

I also really love seeing any artist that keeps obsessive sketchbooks. Sketchbooks are the true window to the soul and I have always had a craving to amass as much work in my sketchbooks as I possibly could (a dream that frequently starts hot and dies a slow death), so any artist that is prolific with their sketchbooks gets my motor running.


(Joe Louis by @big_friday)

TMM:
If there were any artist dead or alive today that you could paint, illustrate, and maybe visually create with who would it be?

WC:
I used to idolize #FrankFrazetta, so being able to create with him or pick his brain would cool. #JackKirby would be wonderful to meet and work with. The amount of creative output that guy gave was incredible. He and #WillEisner, they were so influential. #Monsters. Seeing how those guys worked, listening to their stories and understanding their thought processes would be amazing.

TMM:
Awesome, we’ll definitely have to check all these amazing artists out!

So Will, what are you listening to or really into right now? Anyone spectacular that you think we should check out?


(Anna by @big_friday)

WC: 
The new #‪LeonBridges‬ songs are really good and I’m excited for his new album. The new album from #RiversOfNihil is amazing all the way through. I tend to listen to different channels based on mood and conditions. I like the #CryoChamber Youtube for dark ambient stuff, #GimmeRadio for metal and punk, #40sJunction on Sirius while I’m driving, then a mix of things like #‪JamesBrown‬ and #Nails when I’m working out.

TMM:
Rad!

So Will if there were any musician dead or alive that you could work with today who would it be and why?

WC: 
I was a huge fan of #‪TypeONegative‬ growing up and always fantasized about working them somehow and meeting #‪PeterSteele‬. Jamming with #‪RayCharles‬ would be a wrap on life.

TMM:
That would be epic for sure!

So Will, what major project are you working on right now that you’d like to let folks know about?

WC:
I am working full-time on really fun stuff for #DisneyInteractive #Lucasfilm Games, my day job. I occasionally get to do designs for well know bands like #Ghost, which my inner fanboy does giddy dances.

TMM:
Hahaha we'd love to see that giddy dance sometime!
By the way how did you come up with the name @big_friday for your IG handle?

WC:
So I got Big Friday from my friend Adam at a company party years ago. I was trying to convince him to get another drink, he said he was taking it slow because it was only Friday, I clumsily said "well it's Big Friday", and it stuck. Not too dramatic. And I don't drink anymore, haha.

TMM:
Right on!


(Uncle Creepy by @big_friday)

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You can learn more about Will's work by visiting his
site. You can also follow him on his IG. If you are interested in future projects that The Method Makers and Will will be working on together, be sure to sign up for our mailing list or following The Method Makers on IG.


It's Ooh - We Thought You Knew? March 31 2018, 0 Comments

Super juiced to share this next artist interview.

We’ve been following Udon’s work for the last few years now. As one of the founding members and creators for @oit_taipei we got an exclusive with him about his roots, the inspiration behind all the creative work he does in the streets, his music and with the brand. Yeeeee!


(@its_ooh & we thought you knew)

TMM:
Yo Don, we’ve been following your work for some time now. Really diggin' all that you are doing creatively. How long you been writing Udon & where did the name originate from?

OOH:
I got the name "WU" from my ancestors on the China/Mongolia side of my family. I added the "DON" part cause I went to De Anza high school where the mascot was a Don. I guess also cause I'd rather be a Don than a King...

I was sitting in English class ‪around 2:00pm‬ in the afternoon trying to figure out a name... I don't have any connection to the noodle, but it has helped me connect to my Japanese culture. I started writing Udon in 2000 but was spraying here and there since the 3rd grade.



(The Ghost by Udon)

TMM:
So what's the deal with the character that you write with black eyes and a hood?

OOH:
Ghostface...Thats the spirit bruh...
"The ghost of graffiti " ... I basically am biting Twist since that is the era that really got me.. and that generation made characters an essential part of the game...if not.. at least tolerated.

Sometimes I felt it was a self portrait of me lurking...
other times I felt as though I worked for him and he was/is from another dimension and I had to paint him in this realm for whatever reason.
*hits blunt*


(TAIBAY courtesy @OIT_Taipei)

TMM:
Yo Ooh, when last we heard you’ve split lot time between the Bay and Taiwan. Are you a native of the Bay - or where are you from exactly?

Do you stay in Taiwan mostly and how did you end up taking residence there? .

OOH:
Born in the Bay.. but I have been hybridised since a lil kid always visiting Asia in the summers usually.

I moved to the Philippines when I was 13 for a 3 years. Moved back to the Bay for a while and I left for Asia around the time Bush stole the election. Then I remember seeing Obama win the election and I was like.. Oh man America...

I came to Taiwan not knowing if I would stay but I just couldn't see myself subscribing back into the system that is America.


Where am I from exactly? I'm still searching for that answer but for now the word "Baysia" will suffice.


(OIT Eggshell Slap, courtesy @Oit_Taipei)


(@Oit_Taipei courtesy @Oit_Taipei)

TMM:
Word up! Traveling man we dig it. With regards to Taipei, we’ve been checking the creative work you’ve been doing for OIT. Are you the main creator for this movement, or are there others involved that are puttin in work?

OOH:
OIT is a Tribe.. A collective.  I do my part doing some creative/design work and also keeping our Taipei location in motion but am not the main creator.

At the moment NOE, @onetwoclu  @fundelight  @tpooc are very active in projects but the list of names goes deep. Shout out to everyone who does their part to keep OIT and the tradition alive.


(@Oit_Taipei courtesy @Oit_Taipei)


(@Oit_Taipei courtesy @Oit_Taipei)

TMM:
Yo Ooh can you breakdown the history and inspiration behind OIT?

OOH:
OIT originally stood for "Only In Taiwan". Used to express how amazed we were as Cali kids in Taiwan getting away with what you wouldn't in the Bay. Around 2009, SAYM and FAST were drinking beers in a 7-11 in Taichung and xerox copying photos to make the first OIT zine. After that, NOE made a OIT zine with lots of gems. We were just focused on painting and photos at that time. No idea of ever making clothing.

A year or so later, HOWA and some of the homies printed some OIT logo T-shirts and slowly it bubbled into where we are now. Having a team full of writer/biker/skater/lurker kids we had the city grilled with stickers and paint so we got alot of free advertisement.

OIT at this point in time is both local Taiwan culture and a mixture and blend of the outside culture that comes and adds to the flavor.


(#OnlyInTaiwan courtesy @Oit_Taipei)

TMM:
Word!

So Ooh, you’ve been involved with music, for sometime right? One of our NBK homies RUOK @w3tpaint was talking to us about how he picked up one of your mixed tapes a while back. Can you describe how the music you are mixing/producing/listening to influences the work that you do?

OOH:
I would say the one main direct effect music can have on my graffiti is hitting up lil quotes next to tags.

But I suppose a certain song I might have on repeat might make me feel a certain color vibration and I will want to use that color to paint with.

1. In the street - good mobb music for driving around at night to smack spots and make me feel all ninja.

2. On the OIT Label - as far as when trying to do creative work for OIT.. I just try to listen to whatever fits the vibe im in. I usually take walks and listen music and take visual queues from the streets and snap shots for reference.

TMM:
That’s dope. We can see how music can have a big impact on you depending on what you are doing creatively at the time - we can dig it.


(Udon by @Its_Ooh)

TMM:
Yo OOH, what are some of the major projects that you are working on creatively right now and the rest of ‘18?

OOH:
Mainly, I'm just trying to get these passport stamps and dump these streakers, stickers and cans of paint. I'm trying to wrap up the Udon world tour by 2020. Other than that, more mixtapes and possibly some type of production?! I wanna record a mix of songs to give to people at my funeral service too.

*hits blunt*

I'm also helping Optimist and Stuey with their UCIT video project which is coming along well and hopefully we can get some type of backing to do more episodes in different countries.

Other than that, I'm currently working on building up a new location for OIT in Taipei as well as doing more pop up events around the island of Taiwan, Asia and even in California.

Oh and I just decided that I am gonna work with @e40 at some point soon. Can't speak on details but it will happen.

TMM:
Sick! Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of this as it develops.

Can you share some of your goals creatively for the art you produce in the streets, and/or for galleries?

OOH:
For the streets, to get those super dummy cutty tuck spot tags that when seen fools will be like "bruh!?"

Also, to do it all from shitty fill ins to colorful bangers to huge rollers preferably on a rooftop up high or close to airplane landing zones so fools flying into a country see it as they descend on to the tarmac.

I don't have much aspiration to be in galleries but I am not 100% against it. If I did do anything gallery wise, it would be something to do with the Ghostface character or just centered around photography I have been working on lately.


(Often In Transit courtesy @Oit_Taipei)

TMM:
Yo Ooh, what about OIT? What are some of the goals you hope to achieve with the movement?

OOH:
Although, there is always more to achieve, I do feel happy about where we are and what we have accomplished. Seeing people from Japan, Australia, USA, Europe, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong etc. come to the shop keeps me pumped.

But one thing other than making more dope gear, would be to start bringing both musical and visual talent to Asia and doing shows and parties out here. I feel that both sides need it. Some DJ or painter from the Bay would probably benefit from coming out here and the local youth and scene here needs to be exposed to the culture in real life, not just thru the internet.

TMM:
Word, travel and culture exposure is good for the soul.


(YE'OL, Udon, OptimiStuey, Metro Manila, Philippines Courtesy Is Tap)

TMM:
So can you tell us about your crew THE MD's.

OOH:
The MD's was founded by YE'OL and myself in the early 2000's around the time grape Swishers and Hyphy Juice were poppin.

I had met YE'OL in passing several times at Hip Hop in the Park in Berkeley but we never linked. When I moved to Oakland, I noticed his cutty hands around the area I lived and figured he might live around also. When we finally linked thru other hip hop functions I realized he was repping YMD and I was repping BMD which was a lil fake crew me and my older brother made in like 1994-95.

Finding out me and YE'OL were basically on the same vision and mode we decided to drop the Y and the B and just rep THE MD's since there weren't many crews with that kind of name.

We have Many Definitions for the MD's but here are a few : #MyDogs #MaineyDreams #MobileDispensary #MarijuanaDoctors #MakingDollars #MultiDimensional #MostlyDirty #MobbingDolo #ManagingDistricts #ManilaDecorators #MayorDellums #MikeDream #‪MacDre‬

‪TMM:‬
‪Yeeeeeee!‬


(Udon Roller by @Its_Ooh)


TMM:
Yo Ooh, top 5 hip hop songs that you feel everyone should search for that you feel are underrated, underground or otherwise?

OOH:
Stunny - Run that shit back
Green Team - Go Dumb USA (intro song) (this song should replace e40 tell me when to go as the main hyphy anthem)
@E40 - three jobs
Messy Marv & San Quinn - Smile
L-Deez - Going up (only on sound cloud)

I could go on and on .. but there you go.

Can I just include one song I hope to never hear in a party setting again...
Jay-z and Alicia Keys - New York ... please never play that

No diss to those artists.. I fux with them but that one song.. please spare me.

TMM:
Haha word that shit gets waaaaay too much play. I think we can all agree we good for the next 10 - 20 years.


(Udon Roller by @Its_Ooh)

TMM:
Yo Don tell us a joke.

OOH:
Donald Trump is the president of the United states.

Hella people still think 9-11 was caused by middle eastern terrorists.

TMM:
Got emmmm... Ok, ok, so nowww ask us any question. What have you been dying to ask? Anything you want. Go!

OOH:
How do you feel when you hear a record like ‪2pac‬'s new one?

TMM:
Hahaha 🔥🔥🔥

OOH:
Would u rather eat noodles or rice for the rest of your life?

TMM:
Noodles all day boyyyy. Long life on birthdays for all the Pinoys - shout out to moms!

OOH:
What do you think would happen if all different ethnicities left America to return to their home country and brought all their money and resources with them?

TMM:
A small population of Native American tribes that still own Casinos would continue to prosper and all the writers would go buck on all the govt. buildings.

Aight anyone out there you wanna shout out before we rap?

OOH:
@wontywon @strait.toy @gravoringo @enjoy_one1 @nastynush
@later_est.2013 @henkaone @220_220 @dynomiteemcee

TMM:
Word we got em! Peace & Love homie! Bless Up!


(TMM Blackbook - Handstyles by Udon)
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Mad love to the Don for taking the time to connect with us!


(Ghost by Udon)

-TMM


The Art Of Ryan Barry - @9Monkeys March 24 2018, 0 Comments


(Space Station by @9monkeys)

Recently we asked our community of followers to hit us up with the names of artists that they thought we should know about.


Thanks specifically to @aplaceofsalt - ❤️❤️❤️ we found out about @9monkeys. Giving back we thought we’d share some of his work here.



We caught up with @9monkeys a few weeks ago to pick his brain about his work - Peep!

TMM:
So where are you from Ryan?



9M:
I'm from Berkeley California.

TMM:
Random question; what’s your favorite color?



9M:
I don't really have a favorite color but I really like high contrast, really dark, with really light. WATCH BLADERUNNER 2049!



TMM:
Nice, we'll have to check it out! Wifey is a big fan of Ryan Gosling's work (and face) haha.

Btw, what are you listening to right now - what’s on heavy rotation on your streaming music set?



9M:
I try to listen to everything because music has a strong impact on me. I'm always listening to metal music though, Finsterforst, Equilibrium, Finntroll, and so on. But recently I've been really into the Kill Bill soundtrack. The track from the final fight in Volume 1 epic.



(@Elujay Album Cover Art by @9monkeys)

TMM:
So where do you get your inspiration from in the work you create?

9M:
Always listening to music, I create scenes in my head depending on the song.  Movies too of course, AKIRA being up there, anything from Hayao Miyasaki and most recently the amazing BLADERUNNER 2049.  Other artists, manly European and Asian, Eastern Art are my favorite.


(Album Cover Art for @illzeewill and @kamcooks by @9monkeys)

TMM:
This robot poster is so fucking dope! Was this part of a project you did for someone/commission?

9M:
The robot painting is a poster I did for artists, @illzeewill and @kamcooks. They are big fans of Japanese art and anime and were working together on a collaboration album inspired by those things. 

They wanted to be drawn as pilots of Mechs, and I thought it would be really cool if it was like a Pacific Rim thing where the two of them Pilot the Mech together. I thought it was a cool representation of their collaboration!!

TMM:
Dude so sick! It most definitely was!!


(Comic Experiment Illustration Work by @9monkeys)

TMM:
So tell us about this illustration.

9M:
This is just an experiment. I'm trying to get into drawing comics and telling stories. This page was just a quick sketch of some panels. I had a lot of fun inking!

TMM:
By the way where did the user name @9Monkeys come from?

9M:
Haha there's really nothing behind it. I spent like hours trying to figure out a way for my name work in a user name that I liked and I couldn’t get one they had all been taken. I wanted something unique but nothing was working, and for whatever reason it popped in my head.

My younger sister was a softball team called the 5 little monkeys, sponsored by a local toy store, "The 5 Little Monkeys". 9 has always been a cool number to me, such a clean sounding name Nine - 9monkeys just came out. I tested it, and it worked and I was like fuck it.

I've been asked a lot about where the name came from, I wish it had a cooler origin haha!


TMM:
Haha that’s awesome! We do really dig the name, your work, and think that the story fits well!

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Special thanks to Ryan for diving deep with us. You can follow more of his work on his IG page and sign up to our mailing list directly to hear more about future collaborations that we may have in the works with him.

We've asked him to take part in our on-going Artist Sketchbook Project. You can follow the project on our site & via the Artist Sketchbook Project's IG account.

Much love!
-TMM