I apologize in advance for this broad ass question but off the top of your head, what are some things/people/places/musicians/artists/anything/etc. that seem to inspire you? All time major influences? — portcherish
Yo! Okay, here goes nothin’:
Influential Cartoonists & Comics (in order of discovery/influence) - Matt Groening (“Life in Hell” and “Simpsons Comics”), Trina Robbins (“The Great Women Superheroes”), Sara Dyer (“Action Girl”), Peter Bagge (“Hate”), Bill Griffith (“Short Order”), Phoebe Gloeckner (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Justin Green (“Binky Brown meets the Holy Virgin mary), Julie Doucet (“My most secret desire”), Mark Beyer (“Dead Stories”), Gary Panter (“Jimbo’s Inferno”)
People: My dad for taking me to museums at a young age and for buying me art supplies/comic books too, my uncle for handing down cool punk cassettes to me when i was still in elementary school, my uncle’s wild ex-girlfriends (who were both cartoonists - one even did stuff for “Wimmen’s Comix”!) for encouraging me to pursue comics & punk culture as a kid, my grandparents (who i lived with until i was 12) for fostering an environment of intellectualism, creativity, and independence, and my very catholic mom for (mostly) putting up with me.
Places: I grew up on Long Island 2 hours from NYC. I always hated long island with a passion (my district was mostly ignorant and snotty white kids), and loved NYC/Manhattan more than anything. It was my SAVIOR and gave me hope that the world wasn’t full of total ass-clowns. I now live here (with my uncle, in fact) and am happy to be here, but as we all know, NYC has changed quite a bit in the last 20 years, and not necessarily for the better :/
Musicians: Although I am obsessed with music and consider it a large part of my life (I love going to local shows, and I’m never working without some tunes blasting). The community that underground music and punk fosters i think works hand in hand with a lot of the art I dig, and that’s important. As a visual artist, I try to be as involved in the local music community as much as I can, whether it’s from doing show posters and flyers or doing album artwork, etc.
Hope this answers your ‘broad’ question! :)