I do it all in the computer.
Photoshop. I could probably do it in illustrator way better, but illustrator and I don’t get along.
I don’t mean to sound like a geek, but it involves a series of math that I have to do. There’s a tool in Photoshop under the analysis menu called record measurements, where you can record each pixel. I lasso one row of pixels and it tells me how many pixels it is. Let’s say it measures 256px across in Photoshop and my actual canvass is 55.5 inches wide. I’d divide the two numbers; find out how big each pixel is, and then make custom rulers out of tape that equal those measurements. I make an x/y axis and cover the piece in tape - I don’t grid it out in pencil. I use an x-acto to cut the lines out on the x/y axis, pull it out, and paint it in. Eventually, I got to the point where I was making them like a manual screen-print, I would see where the color would be and paint huge blotches to save me a lot of time. It’s all math.
The lines wouldn’t be perfect because all types of weird shit can happen to lenses since they can get bumped or curved.
That’s a lie. This girl I was hooking up with at the time had this TV show on the style network and was friends with the rapper R.A. Thornurn who was the produer and co-writer of Bad Biology and I knew of him since I was doing hip-hop music at the time, believe it or not. Anyways she asked me if I wanted to audition and I thought I’d give it a try even though I didn’t really think I’d get it, but I ended up getting the role which was cool.
Chief Sneed. I’ve had like 7 different names and they’re all bad.
Hell yeah. You can actually find some beats I produced for a record that we put Jay Z vocals over - which everyone and their mother has already done. Rob Swift from the X-ecutioners did all the cuts on it, which is cool. It’s called Native American Gangster because the vocals were taken from the American Gangster record that Jay Z did and the fact that I’m a quarter Cherokee Indian. My family lives on a reservation in North Carolina.
I went to the audio-engineering school SAE in New York for about 9 months.
No, but I did have a score composed by my friend for this show.
I kind of retired the video games. I had a run with it and I think it’s good, but I can’t really see the ceiling being much taller than what it was…Maybe in a couple years I’ll revisit it, but right now this work is the kind of stuff I want on my wall – which is my new barometer.
Fuck yeah man, if you’re going to put on a show you should put on a show…I’ve seen shows where people just throw their art on the wall, that’s cool, but you have so much room to do whatever you want and you should really utilize it if you can.
We’re doing a release with Paper Monster where all the proceeds go to charity.
I didn’t start painting until January 2009... I did music the whole time and then the movie [Bad Biology] in 2006, but I was around a lot of artists and it brought me back to when I was a kid. I used to want to be an artist or an architect, and everyday after school my cousins and I would draw the characters in Wizard magazine. I’m very competitive so I was always trying to be the best drawer at my school, but by the time I hit my sophomore year I was just taken over by music…That was the best thing that ever happened to me because I don’t have the influence of art school. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but the way I think of art right now is kind of juvenile – it’s like I’m discovering shit and I’m really excited about it all. I’m not jaded and concerned with what works and what doesn’t. I learnt a lot about taste from hanging out with Frank [Henelotter] and making bad music. It was all a really good crash course in how to present things.
I swear to God, no pun intended. I lived there for a little over a half a year. My Uncle lived there in Missouri and it was fucked up. It was like a low-brow cult though, they weren’t trying to kill anybody or anything like that. It was born again Christian shit where you move in and work for them because they give you a place to live and food but they basically control all of your finances.
I cried and had my mom come pick me up. She sent me to live there because I was getting in trouble.
Not even. I didn’t even smoke weed until I was 24. I didn’t have my first drink until I was 21 and still haven’t had a beer or smoked a cigarette and I won’t. I don’t have anything against it, I’m all for it, but if I did it I just wouldn’t get anything done.
Dennis Miller, but if you don’t have a bead of intelligence in your head 99% of his material is going to go over your head because 75% of it goes over mine haha. I like his old shit the best, back around ’89 before he was all right-wing Republican.
I don’t know. It’s really conflicting for me to listen to him because he has this record called the Off-White Album that’s one of the best comedy recordings I’ve ever heard.
I don’t really like going to music festivals, but I went to Bonnaroo with a friend and a bunch of people that he knew. There were two guys that from New York that were giving me shit because I was born in New Jersey - they were bro’s and annoying as hell. The last day of the festival we’re sitting down in the RV and I was making a joke that we should go on craigslist to see if there were any chicks around to hook up with, since none of us had gotten laid on the trip. And then one of those dudes said stone cold “I already checked”. Out of nowhere I said to him “You put a post online didn’t you?”. And there was silence. I said “You did! You put an ad on craigslist.” So he goes “You’ll never find it.” I said “WHAT!” and pulled out my iPhone right then and there and fucking searched. The first one I clicked on said mm4ww, two men for two women, it was like a fucking essay with all these details. I went to the middle of the page and it said “We are two guys from New York” and as soon as I saw that I read it aloud and everybody sitting around us started dying because it was obvious it was those two bro’s. Meanwhile, the two guys were silent as I kept reading “Two really chill guys looking for two girls or one girl to share a good experience with in a tent or Winnebago or just under the stairs.” We were all laughing so hard we could barely breathe and then I got to the bottom of the message where they posted pictures of their cocks!
The next day when we were cleaning out the RV, one of the dudes found some Trojan Magnums I had bought at a Wal-Mart and asked “Whose are these?”, so I told them they were mine really casual. He tried to joke with me “Magnums huh?” but I replied “Yeah, you don’t need them because I know how small your dick is” hahaha So those two bro’s didn’t give us any problems after that. We berated them so bad, the ride home was golden.
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