Our Magic Hour

Yokohama Triennale

How Much of the World Can We Know?

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David Sausage: How come you’re here in Japan this time?

Gasius: You dicta-phoning it?

David Sausage: Yeah

Gasius: Then what?

David Sausage: And then I’m gunna type it up.

Gasius: Are you?

David Sausage: Yup

Gasius: Alright

David Sausage: You’ve been to Japan before and this is your second time s….

Gasius: You’re not going to video me?

David Sausage: No no no no no no..

Gasius: Well I apologise cause I’m eating my lunch.

David Sausage: No no no no..

Gasius: Right.

David Sausage: We can put a photograph on there.

Gasius: (pulls funny face)

David Sausage: Laughing hang on I’m gonna take a picture.

(takes picture)

Hahaha

Gasius: That’s a terrible one.

David Sausage: So er How come yer..

Gasius: Bey…

David Sausage: TELL Us about why you are here Russell!

Gasius: I’m here to do some work for Make Art Your Zoo, to do a textiles exhibition in LaForete for fashion week and to have a look about… Get some inspiration. Maybe do a small show with ‘Pumfka’ spelled P-M-K-F-A?

David Sausage: I’ll check it out later.

Gasius: Erm…

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David Sausage: What’s your impressions of Japan? What’s your first impressions of Japan?

Gasius: Well I have been before so I kinda knew what to expect… My first impressions are always the same which are…. This place is BONKERS!

Laughing

Gasius: its upside-down… generally. Culturally this place is opposite to us.

David Sausage: What do you think of those works over there? We’re sat outside the Yokohama Museum of Art looking at a row of sculptures at the entrance. What do you…

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Gasius: I hate them.

David Sausage: You said they were terrifying earlier.

Gasius: Yeah, they’re scary. And not in a good way. I know, scary can be good but… I dunno, they’re a bit too Tim Burton for me.

David Sausage: Aohhh…

Gasius: Awuggggh! (Chewbacca sound)

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Laughter

David Sausage: How would you describe yourself. Are you a graffiti artist, an artist or something else?…

Gasius: Err I started a graffiti writer. I dont really write graffiti much anymore. I tag a little bit. Erm, I just don’t have time for it. I would just describe myself as an artist, and also at certain times, I’d describe myself as a designer.
Really, now, I design to make money. And I make for love.

David Sausage: Who would you describe as having a major influence on you, when you started making art for yourself?

Gasius: Hmm. Difficult to pinpoint.
It’s massively varied from now and when I started making art. I started painting canvasses when I was at college, ’97 I think. When did I do my first show… Ahm… …anyway. Influences? Then, definitely graffiti. People that were pushing graffiti to be not graffiti like Twist and Mike Giant, esp then.

David Sausage: Giant, you mean Shepard Fairey right?

Gasius: No. Mike Giant.

David Sausage: Mike Giant?

Gasius: Shepard Fairey actually stopped writing Giant cos Mike Giant was already writing Giant.

David Sausage: Ah!

Gasius: That’s when Shepard Fairey actually started writing OBEY.

David Sausage: I see. Right.

Gasius: And I guess that was all through skateboarding, skateboard art. I discovered Twist and Giant through skating. Giant was doing alot of the artwork for Think and Barry McGee (Twist) was doing alot of the artwork for Mad Circle and they were both my favourite skate companies because of the artwork. And then I found out afterwards it was them and that’s why I liked the artwork so much because it was graff(iti)-related.

David Sausage: So, You skated when you were younger?

Gasius: Yeah.

David Sausage: I didn’t know that.

Gasius: I skated from the age of errr… young! I guess 10 probably. I still skate occasionally but again, I don’t have time for it. And then, influences have changed loads over the years. I’d say my biggest influences now are probably… Guston and this German guy called Uwe Henneken.

David Sausage: An artists or a graff-writer?

Gasius: Oh artist. I don’t really look at graff much anymore. Uhm, and also Ged Quinn.

David Sausage: Ged Quinn?

Gasius: Yeah he’s amazing. I mean obviously there’s loads more but ehm…

David Sausage: That’s who’s really rockin it.

Gasius: Yeah those guys are my favourites.

David Sausage: As someone who’s started off doing graffiti, and then gone on to do artwork as you yourself and er anyone, would call it. What do you think about the way graffiti has been assimilated and become part of the mainstream to the extent that… It’s quite prominent now with art in the art scene, in fashion design. What do you think about it’s influence on mainstream and contemporary art?

Gasius: I guess, when you look at it it’s easy to see why it became so big cos it’s so easy to access. I mean if you look at all art that gets massively popular it’s easy to access for everyone and that’s why it’s popular because people can look at it and instantly get it. And that is just instant. It’s political and subversive and it’s edgy and it’s… Yeah… uhm. But I’m kind of not into it, at all. I don’t know what I think about it getting big. It’s changed it a lot. It’s changed everything. It’s made a lot of people come out of the woodwork who maybe shouldn’t have. And… Yeah… It’s like anything though, it’s about opinion on what’s good and what isn’t.

David Sausage: Right. Shall we go inside?

Gasius: Yeah!

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Yokohama Triennial finishes on Sunday, November 6th. You can visit three different sites BankART Studio, Koganechou, and the main Yokohama Museum of Art with a day ticket for ¥1500 with a free shuttle bus between the three throw in for free. Koganechou was a real let-down so save your time for the other two.
See http://yokohamatriennale.jp/en/ for details.


Heaven & Earth

Father Sausage: Any confessions to make before your soul is consumed by hellfire that would make good reading for chottomatte?

Sickboy: I had a habit of slamming doors as I ran through them and almost broke a girls arm at primary school being called to lunch first she was a rather painful second.

Heaven & Earth: A major London solo show by Sickboy
November 3-6, 2011 at Dray Walk,
91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Featuring a special collaboration with…

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British Gas

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Gasius: How’s things?

David Sausage: Yeah they’re really good thanks.

Gasius: Wahh… The triennial is on innit? We can go hang out and see some things.

David Sausage: Yah? In Hull?

Gasius: No!

David Sausage: Haaaahaha I thought you were talking about Hull!

Gasius: No… I’m not going to Hull… I could live without going there!

Laughter

David Sausage: Bloody hell! I thought, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a tri.. Triangu…Triangle anything in Hull!!!

Gasius: Try drugs

David Sausage: Yeah there is something like that on.

Gasius: Yeah, it’s on til November.

David Sausage: I’m just not arsed about it.

Gasius: Why?

David Sausage: Is just yknow too… Woh! Is that Hard Gay?

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(looks over to a domed tent next door to the Gasius Textiles Exhibit)

Gasius: Wuh….? (Turns head) Is that actually his name?!

David Sausage: Yeah… I think it might be him!!!

Gasius: Have you seen his sculpture? It’s the most amazing sculpture I’ve ever seen!!!

David Sausage: Well, that’s funny because I was only talking about him with my wife the other day. He was really famous on TV about a year or two ago. He was on all the shows and that and then what happens is…
Things kind of switch very quickly and they kind of disappear from TV. He was a one trick pony.

Gasius: Go and look at his sculpture. It’s amazing. He’s actually a pretty good painter…

David Sausage: Aw is that really him?

Gasius: Could be a doppelganger. Ruth this is Spam.

Ruth: Hello. Have you been to a wedding?

David Sausage: Ahhhhh… I’m a priest!

Gasius: He is actually a priest.

Ruth: Are you? Oh.. WOW!

David Sausage: So… Er………. Yeah… I kinda………

Ruth: Which church do you work with?

David Sausage: Errr lots of different ones.

Ruth: Oh so freelance?

David Sausage: (Nervous laughter) aha yeah freelance priest, that’s my gig.

Ruth: Oh right…. Haha ….. Ha

David Sausage: Is that your tent?

Ruth: It’s my friends tent, I’m just helping.

David Sausage: Your English is very smooth, why?!

(Laughing)

Ruth: I used to live in London.

Gasius: Go and check out the sculpture dude.

(Walks over to Hard Gay)

Kid: かっこいい!

Hard Gay: かっこいいですか?マジですか?…きねん にねん?

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(Hard Gay is peering over his glasses at this point properly staring this young Japanese kid out, everyone is laughing.)

Kid:きねんお願いします…

David Sausage: Excuse me, can I ask you a few questions?

Hard Gay: A few questions? Yes.

David Sausage: What happened to that guys arse?

(Laughter)

Hard Gay: What happened?!

David Sausage: Yeah it looks like it’s been sucked in or something…

Hard Gay: Ah huh… Nanto yu da ne?!… Ahm pardon me?

David Sausage: I mean WHAT HAPPENED?!

Hard Gay: What happened? Everything…
In the world…

David Sausage: …Got sucked into his arse?!

(Laughter) Got sucked into the arse!

David Sausage: That’s got to hurt… Wow… (Laughter)

Hard Gay: (Laughter) so, how about that?

David Sausage: Yeah, it’s very impressive.

Hard Gay: Oh thank you!

David Sausage: I like the style. This is Hard Gay right?

Hard Gay: (Surprised) yeah yeah yeah you know me?

David Sausage: You’re Hard Gay?

Hard Gay: Yeah

David Sausage: (Laughter) yeah very good!

Hard Gay: Real Hard Gay ね?

David Sausage: Excellent. I didn’t know you were a painter.

Hard Gay: YES Paintarrrrrrr! Performer, Comedian,,, EVERYTHING!!! Into the arse.

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David Sausage: HA Ha ha,,. Into the arse! You give it everything!

Hard Gay: Heh. You,,, Do you live in Japan?

David Sausage: I do yeah. That’s why I know you.

Hard Gay: I design t-shirts and badges. I designed these (shows badges)

David Sausage: Oh かっこいい!

Girl: 本当にかっこいいですね

David Sausage: Thank you. Thanks a lot. Nice to meet you.

Hard Gay: Thank you! Thank you so…

David Sausage: I’ve got a card. I’m gonna give you m’card.

Hard Gay: Cut?

David Sausage: Card. Here.

Hard Gay: Chat mat…

David Sausage: ちょっと待って

Hard Gay: Chowmatte… Oh… CHOTTOMATTE! (laughs) ちょっと待って!! Haha ONLY chotto matte?!

David Sausage: Only chotto matte.

(Walking down the stairs of LaForet on the way to power lunch with Gasius, Ruth and Micke aka PMKFA)

David Sausage: You know what? I don’t know if I should show you this… I’m not sure if you’re Christian or not but here’s my card…

Ruth: My parents are. That’s where my name came from.

David Sausage: Sorry if you find this offensive or something but…

Gasius: He’s only allowed to show it to real Christians!

Laughter

David Sausage: Where are we going Rus?

Gasius: No idea. Let’s follow these two.

Michael: “Monster Cosplay” woh…

Gasius: What is Cosplay?

David Sausage: Puttin costumes on

Gasius: Right

Micheal: Playing around in costumes

Gasius: Play. Costume. Right.

Ruth: They’re gonna get dressed up and do Cosplay in the karaoke.

David Sausage: Really? In a karaoke room?

Ruth: Yeah

David Sausage: Man that sounds good I’ll be able to rock my priest outfit.

Gasius: Yeah you’ll be able to go after work. Go to karaoke and all the kids’ll be like fucking WOW that’s the new shit. Start rocking it with a top hat.

David Sausage: I think it’d look good.

Gasius: Yeah. Do you think they’ll let you customise it?

Laughing

David Sausage: Yeah! I’ll put some gold skulls on it next to the crosses!

Laughing

Gasius: Oh that reminds me have you seen that weird religion church thing, they’ve got like swastikas on the doors?

David Sausage: That’s Buddhist symbols.

Gasius: They’ve got these like saints on the outside… Definitely NOT Buddhist. These Japanese saints have got like halos that’s not Buddha is it?

David Sausage: Really woh I’d like to see that.

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Gasius: Does Buddha have halos?

David Sausage: Yeah… He can rock halos as well.

Gasius: Yeah he can do it… It’s not copyrighted!

Michael: Have you seen the fake cathedral in Aoyama? The fake chapels they look slightly smaller.

David Sausage: Yeah they look like you could pick them up dont they?

Michael: You organise weddings?

David Sausage: Nah it’s not me I work for an agency.

Michael: They just want the image don’t they?

David Sausage: Exactly. I went to the interview and the priest there was like “you know, I like black people they’re very joyful and happy but we can’t use them in the weddings”

Gasius: Ohhhhhh man!

David Sausage: He said it didn’t fit the image so, it’s a shame. I just thought, you realise if you said that in America you’d be killed!

Gasius: Well it depends whereabouts in America you said that. If it was Southern America they wouldn’t flinch probably. They’d be yeah that’s alright mate, fine.

Later in the restaurant

Michael: Do you drink whisky?

Gasius: Yeah sometimes. Generally I try steer clear of spirits since I was ill from them.

Michael: Are you recovered from that?

Gasius: Yeah 99% …99.9%

David Sausage: You recovered?

Gasius: Yeah I was quite ill.

Michael: You feel different with the 0.1%?

Gasius: It’s just different if I drink a lot with stuff like that.. Well not with stuff like that it…

David Sausage: WELL THAT DON’T MAKE Y’ SPECIAL!!! Y’THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE!!!

Gasius: Well yeah..

Michael: It’s good that you took him down.

David Sausage: Took him down a peg. That’s m’job. No, but you had a proper problem with drink didn’t you for ages I remember Ziml told me your body couldn’t tolerate alcohol could it?

Gasius: Yeah.

David Sausage: You, Pinky and Ziml. All three of you guys have been saying you’re not that bothered about graffiti anymore. But that to me is crazy. That was always what it was all about.

Gasius: Yeah. Yeah yeah. At the start of it, but it’s just changed now. I mean it’s just not a priority for me. I would paint if I had loads of time but I don’t have time to draw letters you know. When I have time to draw I need to do just drawings or paintings or prints. I dunno. There’s just no time furrit.

David Sausage: Everytime I paint I’ll just freestyle it. I don’t use any sketches, I just paint.

Gasius: But for me, to make the effort to go and paint I want to have an outline that I’m happy with so it’s like, as fresh as possible bit of lettering cos otherwise for me it’s pointless. It has to be the best I could do.

David Sausage: That’s your approach isn’t it?

Gasius: Yeah, it’s always been about the nicest possible letters for me. I can’t paint an outline from three years ago. I need to sit there for a good few hours and drawing drawing drawing until I get each letter the right balance of freshness. I just don’t draw letters anymore it’s just not… See that’s what I mean, I don’t have a log of outlines I can just pull out and say I really want to paint this one. And otherwise, without that I just don’t have the drive for it… I dunno.

David Sausage: You’re more into the artwork now right? The painting?

Gasius: Yeah. But even painting characters on the wall is a way of doing it. Me and Dan (Mudwig) for quite a while were painting walls with weird shit but… I just think the whole Urban Art thing… I don’t know what it’s like here, it’s probably very different but, in England especially, the whole Urban Art thing has just become so fucking played, you know (laughing)

David Sausage: Yeah, I know what you’re saying.

Gasius: It’s become like a dirty word Urban Art it’s just like eughhhh!

David Sausage: And it’s almostlike..

Gasius: ..I don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t want my work to be bracketed in that. That’s some other shit that those guys are doing. Yeah I came from graffiti and its the most important thing in my work like but,

David Sausage: It just seems like a waste to me. All this stuff now. Their work it doesn’t have roots in proper graffiti like you guys, I mean Ziml and Pinky too. All these guys now they’re like “yeah, I do Urban Art” they’re milking it big time.

Gasius: Yeah I know.

David Sausage: I wouldn’t let these guys if I were you! I’d be like this is where I started. Graffiti.

Gasius: You, true but it’s become such a cliche I just don’t want to become part of it. You know what I mean? So, cheese. It’s just cheese.

Laughing

Gasius: And like fair enough, you’re selling stuff but it’s got no integrity or whatever. I don’t really wanna become like doing the street adverts. You know there’s guys that just go and paint shutters down Brick Lane it’s just like, doing their street logo over and over again and then doing screen prints of it and then selling prints because of the street advertisement and it’s just like – that’s not graffiti.

Michael: It’s a formula.

Gasius: Yeah it becomes formulaic. I dunno, there’s loads of hideous stencils and its just people are selling stuff because it’s A stencil and…

Michael: But does it sell though?

Gasius: Some of it. Yeah some of it sells really well and it’s just shit you’ve never heard of. Random random stuff and they’ve probably spent a lot of time on online forums and it’s just like, they’ve got themselves related to things.

Michael: Are there a lot of galleries and places that stock that?

Gasius: Bits yeah. Not loads but yeah there’s a few. Hideous. I don’t know, I try and ignore it.

David Sausage: Thus is what I’m saying. Bringing it all back to what it is. It’s just going to paint a wall isn’t it? And that’s why I find that really refreshing.

Gasius: Yeah. I mean, I always enjoy it.

David Sausage: Let’s go and paint then.

Gasius: Yeah of course! You’re forcing me into it?

David Sausage: Yeah I totally am!

Gasius: Hahahaha! Funny!


Simon True Interview

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Simon True Interview

What made you get into skateboarding?

I just liked the way it looked,,, the object itself I really like it the way it looked,,,

So was there someone you used to go and see?

I was three years old! Howma gonna go and see someone when you’re three years old?! It was 1976 and everyone was wearing Dunlops and flared trousers…
I was on holiday in Colwyn Bay at a skatepark, I was on holiday in my buggy watching and thinking “worra these people dooin with these objects flyin around in the air?” Flying around on them objects I thought ‘Thats fantastic’ what could it be? What could they be? Where can there be? These magnificent objects flying around,,,
And then when I was five I was on the street around the corner from my house and there was my mate Carl and he had one, one of them fantastic objects and I just looked at it and it was there in front of me and it was fascinating!
More than anything it was the object, the item itself.

But when did you actually start skating?

There and then when I was five years old an I was stood on this board and I didn’t know if it was regular footed or goofy footed. I didn’t know which way to start so I did a moonwalk on the top of it like that.

Did somebody show you?

No, I just did it there and then on my own. When I was older I use to go to the library and get 1970s skateboard annuals.

You mentioned before Thrasher magazine had a big influence on you?

Yeah that was a bit later when I was 11 or 12.

So who did you start skating with first as a sort of skating buddy?

There wasn’t anybody! It was just me on my own really and then… I’d be sort of on the lookout for anyone else who was doing it and then when I was at school when I was about 12 this kid in my maths class, this Asian kid, he had the same BMX mag as I did he’d brought it to school and I said “I’ve got the exact same magazine as you” I said “I’ve bought it not for the BMXing but because it’s got some skateboarding at the back”. It had one or two pictures of lads skating in the back and he said “me too, that’s why I bought it” so we sort of started that generation of skaters in Rochdale. That was about ’84 or ’85

So how did you know what equipment to buy?

From just looking at whatever was in BMX Action mag. They started featuring skating a lot more so we had reference points. There was information about boards and products in there. Then we found out about MB sports in Manchester the American sports shop that used to stock boards in there so we used to go there. Mid-eighties.

What was the first board you bought?
The first board I bought? It was from Zodiac Toys in Rochdale… 4.99

One of them plaggy ones?

Yeah, one of them plaggy ones (laughs)

Could you do any tricks on them?

YES! I could fly all over the city!… I could JUMP over a pigeon!

Over a midget?

Over a pigeon! Yeah a pigeon when it was flying in the air back to it’s castle!

Aha…. So you and this kid skated together for a while…

Yeah! We lived in a pigeons castle! No, yeah me and this kid wallsey(?) we used to go out on missions and that.

What’s his name Moseley?

Yeah Mohsim but you can call him Moses if you want!… Yeah we could say it like that. I started skating with Moses the boy they found in a basket in the bullrushes.

(Laughs) In Rochdale?!

Yeah in Rochdale on the river SPOD!

Laughter

Yeah I started skating with Moses!

And then… When di you start skating with Foz? Was that a lot later?

Not a lot later. That was in Manchester like because Foz is from Rawtenstall. He used to go to Manchester on Saturdays on the bus and I did as well. He used to go down from Rawtenstall then come to Rochdale, then we all went down to Manchester together and I got to know him then.

Where did you skate in Manchester?

Deansgate banks, Deansgate Manchester just off Deansgate Law Courts in Manchester.

Was it a proper skatepark or just a spot to skate?
Nah it was just a spot – a top spot – yknow it was a Mecca from the mid to late eighties. That was the place on Saturday nights. It was either that or Oxford Road banks.

Did you go every weekend?

Yeah pretty much every weekend. Sometimes we’d twag school on weekdays too, although you couldn’t really skate it as much cos people would park motorbikes and that in front of it.

What did your Mum and Dad think about you skating?

They didn’t really show any interest at all. They were just like ‘Oh he’s off out again’

So when did Heroin Skateboards start? Was that something you and Foz started together?

That was when I moved down to London. Foz was in London at Playstation park and he’d fell over and broke his wrist. He had to have metal pins in his wrist, just temporarily I think, and he was in a lot of pain, he was on Morphine, which is basically Heroin and I was sitting with him on the top of primrose hill and he had his arm in a cast and he was having big arguments with his missus and he said
“I’m starting a skateboarding company called Heroin”. So I said “right, I’ll help you” because I was signing on at the time. He sort of took off with it. I wanted to keep it super raw with hand painted boards and that but obviously that wasn’t going to make money so Foz kind of took it to the next level using all his contacts working at slam city skates and he sort of took off with it like that.

How is the skating scene in Japan compared to the one back in the UK? Is there Any difference?

There’s not a lot of differences really. They speak a different language!

When did you start getting into the artist side of things?

I did a good foundation course in Rochdale, did a lot of shit there photography, printing, sculpture… You know that’s what foundation courses are, you go there and you get to experience all different mediums and ways to achieve, to accomplish creative things and then you get chance to specialise in a field you like and I chose painting.

What did you paint on?

I did a couple of canvases but mainly painting on paper just getting to grips with using the paint itself. I really enjoyed it but didn’t really see any career in it so then I thought maybe I’d like to be an illustrator and illustrate children’s books. I applied for the illustration course at Manchester MET which was a pretty hard course to get on. At that time I think there were only about 15 placements for the whole of the UK. Somehow, by the skin of my teeth I managed to get on it. It was an elite, renowned course but when I got on it I was like “wtf is this?!”. The tutors there were super traditionalist and I was like you know… Fuckin…
And at the same time I didn’t have a particular style myself. I didn’t know which way I was going myself. I didn’t know how to do my own artwork

You were still just learning right? Trying new things out?

Yeah, it was an experiential stage but I had these very very traditional teachers and I didn’t really like it.
I could draw well, I could draw realistic kin of stuff but it just didn’t seem like I was getting anywhere but then in the second year a new student came to join and he was called Nick Lowndes and he was an amazing illustrator.

You’ve mentioned this chap before. Tell me about him.

Yeah yeah he was from St. Helens which is towards Liverpool area and he came and he would do these life drawing classes with oil bars, these thick oil bars. I’d be there with my pastels trying to get creative and that. I was into Van Gogh at the time I was into the naive energy in his works. And I’d be looking over at my mate Nick and hed be drawing like that … With thick black outlines really mad. Not even resembling the model more like his own style, totally his style and I’d never seen anything like this before and I thought “Is he retarded or is he a special student allowed to be on the course because he’s a bit of a madhead?”

How did the tutors react to that?

They were good. They sort of acknowledged a real strength of character within his work. But Nick wasn’t a really in your face guy he was really humble and really friendly down to earth lad.
His work was solid. He had his own way of working. At the same time when I was in second year Michael Shaunesey who used to work two and a half days at Liverpool John Moores University and two and a half days on our course. He saw Nick’s work and thought he might like John Micheal Basquiat so he went to the library and got his drawing book, not his painting book, his drawing book – it’s a really rare book and now if you find it on EBay it’s worth a fortune. It’s just called Basquiat Drawings. I saw it and the first time I looked at that book I sort of fell over. All stripped to the bone. I did see the resemblance to Nick’s work. Also we went to Barcelona on a college trip the whole of the second year went and got mashed up and went to the Picasso Museum there and looked at all the Picassos in there… Seeing all of Picassos works was very liberating and I remember drinking and drawing my mates in the bar and all the bullshit I just dropped it I just thought “I don’t give a shit anymore I’m just going to draw what I want”

You’re style is hilarious. After I finished painting Kevin Bacon and you added Radvan and his body language it was sooooo funny! I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath. Is that style you and your character or an aesthetic you are trying to achieve?

I like to utilise and absorb you know, stuff that has happened to me throughout my life whether it’s from TV or magazines or friends. I think being British growing up in Britain with the British sense of humour but at the same time being exposed to all the American TV you know Knightrider and all the American movies,,, we had all that and the cartoons and that and then at the same time we’re in Britain. So I’ve had that mixture and I feel blessed for that. You know British people are good at taking the piss out of themselves so I’ve never had the opportunity to get big-headed because your friends, you’re real friends will bring you right back down to earth. In England it’s real and that’s the way it is and that’s a blessing as far as I’m concerned. I’m not interested in impressing people with Art or with skateboarding, I’m interested in having a chance to let out all the bullshit. You know it’s like a valve isn’t it? You know what I mean? Just to let it out and do something and if it makes people laugh or it makes people think “I could do that” then that’s all good isn’t it? I’m not out to impress anybody I’m out to do something that’s not necessary but just to do something to combine all these random ideas and make someone laugh like you today.

I honestly haven’t laughed that hard in ages seeing that being painted.

It is a funny thing isn’t it? It’s funny isn’t it? You know it’s a real chance to release… to release some of the tension.

Simon True’s Flickr is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/92497462@N00/


Ichasu


I was flippin through Flickr a while back when some crazy trippy erotic cut and paste collage art jobby flew out from the screen. After wipiNg myself off and *ahem* inspecting the author of these,,, outrages, I came across Ichasu!
A like-minded pant rat to swap images with? No!!!
A nasty graffiti thug man-coward who objectifies women with his cut and paste? No!!!
Actually, a 22 year old university art lecturer! A lecturer! Fun, funky, fresh and guess what?…
FEMALE! OMG! OMG! OMG!
I immediately clammed up… meeting Ichasu, a woman, for the first time always does that tttttto little David Sausage. Women. Ive always found it so difficult to hold conversation with them. Mysterious creatures… With their,,, breasts. I was rocking in my chair chewing my knuckles hard as she came in… But wow with Ichasu, straight away we could talk international Eros until the cows came home! I talked and talked and walked her to the Tokyo graffiti shop and after giving her a crash course in can selection, we had more talk. I really talked to her. Now that I’ve actually talked to a woman about naked women without offending her in real-time, real-life I’m going to tell you all about it on my blog in cyber-space,,, where we can hide,,, behind a pseudonym,,, uh,,, look

1) Where does yourname Ichasu come from?
"ICHASU"は、本名を省略したものです。

2) How did you come to love drawing, cutting and pasting, painting and creating so much?
部屋で寝転がって手が届くものを切って貼って描いてつくっています。
そうしたら変なものが出来たりして、面白くなって続けています。
コラージュを多くやっていましたが、今はイラストや漫画を描いています。気まぐれに色んな方法を使って、
可愛いものとか変なものを表現していくつもりです。
つくること全部好きです。
3) You have a lot of erotic content in your work! It's unusual for a girl
to include so much in her work. It's cool, we love Eros here at chottomatte!
When did you start putting erotic things in your work?
What's the reaction from people?
2009年くらいから。
日本の古いエロ本(1970~80年代頃)などを使ってコラージュしています。
エロくないエロ本をつくるためのアートワークです。露骨なエロより少しずれたような、必ずしも男性向けでないようなものがつくりたい。
周りの大人は苦笑していました…ショック!!

4) Tell us about your cool new zine. Where can we buy it?
zineはほとんど作っていません。少し前に"completburger"に参加させていただきました。
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcoiris_testicular/5258251317

漫画を一冊つくりました。http://www.flickr.com/photos/ichasu/5547068342
日本のトラッシュ・カルチャー雑誌"TRASH-UP!!"のvol.10に漫画が載る予定!http://www.trash-up.com/

5) What are your plans for the future?

12月にmogragと言うギャラリーで個展をやるよ!http://mograg.com/
将来は、コラージュや漫画やイラストをやりつつ、ブラブラしたい。

海外もいきたい。

沢山の人にみてもらえたら嬉しい!楽しく生きて最後は笑って死にたい。

You can see Ichasu’s portfolio here: http://jp.flavors.me/ichasu

*English translation to follow*


Art Fair Tokyo 2011

One of the biggest and leading art fairs has just started from 29th Jul to 31st Jul @ Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall in Yurakucho. Admissions ¥1500 but worth visiting. Loads of galleries from various countries gathered in Tokyo for three days!! Cannot miss it. To find out more go to www.artfairtokyo.com