Taking risk's with J2ske... (Q&A part two)

Read part one of our interview with J2ske here

What risks are worth taking?

HAHAHA I probably am the worst artist to ask this question, because I have never really stuck to any type of formula, or “look” in my work. I mean, you can tell I made it, but there’s nothing really there that ties each work to the next, except maybe some recurring compositional devices. I make all my work thematically and I base it on the imagery which tells the story, so it’s hard to really stylise that without detracting from each images own merit. In that sense I take the risk of my work being attributed to other artists who make similar stuff…that happens a lot, both ways actually.

From an actual risk perspective, well I’ve been known to dabble in some nocturnal outdoor typography on the odd occasion, not so much these days but in my youth I did a bit of that sort of business. I think that is a very important part of the development of any Street/Graffiti artists work. Learning speed, the ability to overcome situational problems, having to change your idea and adjust on the fly due to paint problems, scaling up an image….all that is a huge part in the development of the skillset required to make this type of work with any real style and resolve.

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Not one for rules. Fuck em

Where is your happy place?
The coast. Love me some good coastline

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
I wanted to be an Ichthyologist actually, since I saw jaws when I was a kid. I even went to Uni to do the course. It didn’t really pan out. hahaha

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Moving house haha, nah, I have a fairly broad range of “clients”, for want of a better term. I have businesses that want to install a mural, or get a shop fit, or a logo. I have peers who want to discuss materials, or work or ideas. Dudes always wanting to borrow tools and shit hahah.
Yeah Not sure really, that’s a situational one.

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Apeseven on living and painting by his rules ....Q&A part two

Read Part one of Apeseven's interview HERE

Ø  Where do the majority of your paid jobs come?


Ø  Who is your role model, and why?
Mohammed Ali, stand by your principals no matter the cost.

Ø  Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My parents

Ø  What risks are worth taking?
Being LVL 12 in Elder Scrolls and seigeing a castle by myself.

Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
All offers would be considered/listened to by none taken.

Ø  What gets you fired up?
The death of street art

Ø  Have you ever worked overseas or thought about it? Where would you go and why?
Yes. USA, because every person there is not trying to shut you down. they see you working hard to instigate change and fully support it.

Ø  How do you measure success?
Getting to paint whatever I want without some capitalist entrepreneur telling me what to paint.

Ø  If we're sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you, what did you achieve?
Painting as much as possible living by my rules for as much of the year as possible.

Ø  What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
When you live the way you want you no longer dream of what might be.

Ø  What gives your art meaning?

Ø  What are you addicted to?

Hayden Dewar. (part two)

Ø  Where do the majority of your paid jobs come?

It was storyboard art but at the moment it's mural commissions and I also teach in the design department at Holmesglen Tafe

Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?

It's really hard to see a creative career change because I'm really trying to develop a personal aesthetic and artistic vision that I would love to have the opportunity to apply to a range of platforms: Murals, books, film/animation, concept art for film. But in terms of changing from being a visual creative to another creative field I think if someone gave me complete creative freedom and a bunch of money to either write a book or write and direct a film I would take it, but not if it meant I could never go back to drawing. I can't really think of a non creative career change that I would be happy in, I love cooking but doing that for a living seems too stressful. I love making salsa, so maybe if someone offered me a lot of money to develop my own range of salsas I'd do it!

Ø  When have you been most satisfied in your career?

I can't pin-point a particular job or moment but over the past two years I've gotten mural commissions with creative freedom. These have lead to other commissions where clients ask for the kind of imagery that I love to create. I heard someone say on the Bench Talk podcast that it's really important to always create the kind of work you want to be hired for, and while I've only really done this consistently in the past few years, it's really paid off and resulted in a lot of creative satisfaction.



Ø  What are your thoughts on the Australian Industry?

I haven't worked overseas and don't have a good comparison to make between Australia and elsewhere. But I think in terms of opportunities on offer it's smaller than other major economies (America, U.K., Europe), then again I don't know the numbers on how this evens out per capita. Still I think it's small enough here for talented motivated people to make a real mark and big enough for a large amount of the population to pursue a creative career path. There is a lot of government funding for murals at the moment and also a lot of public acceptance of the art-form that results in private commissions. This probably has an expiry date but it's great at the moment. In terms of the decline of illustration and graphics in print media it seems like there still isn't a clear equivalent way of how to monetise that in the digital world. As a parent I see first hand every night how many quality Australian illustrated picture books there are out there so it's good to see that there is a visual genre of the print medium that is still healthy (even if there isn't much money in it!). In terms of other areas, as a teacher I know that in Australia there are roughly 50% more design graduates than what the industry can absorb. I think the design industry is very healthy and has a lot of jobs but the amount of design courses offered by institutions trying get as many tuition dollars as possible is a bit questionable.

Ø  What are you addicted to?

I quit cigarettes almost ten years ago and I don't even drink much these days. I think I've replaced those two things with Podcasts and Coffee! Love a good podcast (The best show, How did this get made, Hollywood Handbook, Crimetown, Invisibilia, WTF and Bench Talk are recent bingeworthy faves). But lately I think my stomach is telling me it's time to switch from Coffee to Tea!