I define myself as an multi-media artist. Spooky Mushroom is a stupid name I use to put out my questionable music and art. Either me or Dred made up the name for a comic we drew way back in the late 90s when we were kids. Memories from back then are very foggy but one of us decided that cows were scared of mushrooms which we thought was really funny for some reason. So we drew a crappy comic about it. Later the Spooky Mushroom became a logo on our handmade comics and gradually became an actual character as well later being our band name, and the name of a short-lived arts collective. I’ve tried to ditch the name a couple of times over the years but can’t shake it.
My whole family is artistic in some way or other. My Mother was always making things or painting, My Grandpa is a prolific painter etc so in turn I’ve been drawing and making stuff as long as I can remember.
A few years ago (2016, I think) Dred encouraged me to start making stickers. He gave me some blank eggshells and I gave them all back to him when I was done. He probably used them to bulk out packs he was sending or selling!
Stickers are attractive to me as a medium because they are ephemeral. It’s a way to make art without being too precious about it. Rather than spending days or weeks on a canvas that nobody wants, I’ll make a few stickers here and there and don’t end up with a house full of weird, un-sellable art. The restrictive size and the throwaway nature of stickers are really appealling.
Putting stickers up is my only way of contributing to the street art ecosystem. I’m pretty trerrible with spray paint. I really enjoy getting out to find spots to put stickers up but I don’t get out as often as I’d like, with family and stuff.
I nearly drowned when my wife’s waters broke.
Stickers are part of street art ecosystem. A species of street art.
There’s a seperate sticker sub-culture in a very loose sense of the term which is evident in the international collaborations between artists. Collabs have helped me through some bleak times and have helped me make connections with artists I’ll probably never meet face to face. Which is tremendous.
Any intentional mark made on any surface can be art. If you’re spaying a tag in a subway, sculpting a nude in marble, taking photgraphs of dead pigeons in the park or scribbling on an eggshell. Youre making art.
The monsters I draw all live in my head. I am expressing my mental state usually. Occaisionally I’ll imbue my stickers with my generally misanthropic worldview. Ive been trying for a few years to represent the wanton, ongoing destruction of our species’ future on this planet. But the aim is to express it wordlessly. The image of the Earth in a pig’s mouth has been a recurring image for quite a while now. It’s blatant to the point of naivety but now is not the time for subtext on that subject.
I’m working more digitally this year and looking to start writing/drawing comics, eventually. I’ve got some new sticker designs in the works too. lots of new collaborations coming. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to finish a few long running music projects too.
Aside from all of that I’d just like to get back to having regular trips to cities to actually put stickers up somewhere they have a chace to be appreciated.
My stickers have made it to Italy, Austrailia, The US and Russia. So my art has travelled a lot more than I ever will.
I’d love to see one of my stickers on Meena Bae’s bass or somehow making it into space.
The only art advice I’ll give anybody who asks is to draw EVERYTHING. Don’t stick to repeating the same thing over and over.
As far as stickers go, I’d say just try make stuff that you’d like to see on the streets yourself.
Sam Kieth, Katsuhiro Otomo and Jhonen Vasquez have all been influences on my style of drawing. Recently I fell in love with Simon Hanselmann’s comics. I’m inspired more, as I get older, by the natural world. Like learning about how fungi create a subterrainian network that acts as the supprort structure for entire forests, connecting and maintaining the whole ecosystem. There are parasites that, as far as science can fathom, live exclusively on the eyeballs of greenland sharks. The world is amazing.
I have two suggestions:
Grafveteran is a really talented artist who is seemingly always branching out and trying new shit. I think he’s into tattooing now as well as painting and stickers and stuff.
Acer, because she’s a hugely talented artist and sticker maker. Plus her dog Portraits are amazing.
Any one who digs street art and stickers and stuff should check out @bentoghoul ‘s podcast On Walls (@onwallspodcast) a cool, street art focused show which I did the theme music for.
All my love and gratitude to my amazing partner and hero @carolinedevine_
My brothers :- @calumrking @leehamthing @dred_0191
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