Thank You X Talks Cranking Dubstep, His Gallery Show, and More
Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:17:50
Jessie and the Toy Boys Videos
Thank You X makes Los Angeles a little cooler.
His street art nods to a classic psychedelic noir, while boasting a 21st century vibrancy that's utterly timeless. Andy Warhol serves as the chief motif, and he'd be proud of Thank You X's spirit. In addition, prettying up Los Angeles building, he created a vibrant tour lithograph for Sir Paul McCartney and the street art featured in Jessie and the Toy Boys' "Let's Get Naughty" music video as well as the single art. Now, you can catch his art up close and personal at his show "Layers" with Can't Stop Good Boy at Design Matters in West Los Angeles starting Thursday December 9 at 7pm [10590.5 West Pico Blvd].
Thank You X discusses music, painting, and so much more in this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino…
Do you listen to music while you're painting?
Absolutely! I think music is a huge part of art because I get inspired by it. I've got my headphones blasting loud music when I paint. The genres vary from pop to crazy dubstep. I couldn't paint without music. I wouldn't feel inspired.
Who's typically on your playlist?
It's everything from Skrillex to Cults to Jessie and the Toy Boys. It's all over the place. Those three are good examples because I listen to all of them when I paint. The crazier the music I'm listening to, the messier my art gets [Laughs]. It's messy in a good way though. If I'm cranking dubstep, the piece will be more intense. If I'm listening to mellower music, the piece will be cleaner and more simple.
Do you always have an iPod with you?
I listen to Spotify or Pandora on my iPhone. I love them both. I like that Pandora suggests similar artists so you can find new music that way.
What originally inspired your style?
I've been doing art for a long time. It was just here and there and not serious though. Basically, I got a day job doing graphic design for bands. So I was doing that during the day, but it wasn't necessarily for me. I remembered I used to paint. I'd go home and paint every night to where it became an obsession. Then I was putting it on the streets and staying up until five or six in the morning. It was just for me though, and that was the most inspiring thing about it. It didn't matter. No one was going to approve it or not. I like it, and that's all that mattered. It was just for me and what I wanted to do. Some blogs started talking about it asking, "Who is this guy putting these Andy Warhol posters everywhere? We really like it!" I kept going with it.
Did the Andy Warhol image become your calling card?
Exactly, it was like an homage to Andy Warhol. The general consensus was it wasn't vain at all. You come out of the gates and you're thanking someone else. It was a thank you to Andy Warhol for inspiring me and being the artist he was and breaking barriers. It was cool to get a good response from that. From there, I started doing other images.
Check out Thank You X's art here and here!
Check out more photos here, here and here!
Flyer for Friday, December 9th, 2011 7-10PM.
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