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This week we bring you some more nofrillsart!
No, not my comics… this nofrillsart

And there was lots to choose from, but there was one I found particularly interesting…

It is there. See?

What would you do, if you had a Stealth-bomber?

Well obviously I would be super stealthy! Maybe I would cut a few hot laps round town…try and impress Wonder Woman. Actually, I would probably complain about the cost of fuel and have to pick up an extra paper round or something just to get it out of the driveway. After that I would see the world…South America, China, Egypt are top of my list… really as if it wouldn’t be totally cool, tell me I’m wrong. Ignoring the fact of course that they are purpose built killing machines, they do also look damn sexy!

What fuels you to create? How did you end up on the creative path?

Hmm…I guess you are not after an answer like a hot Milo late at night to give me a sugar rush?!

Well, I guess I am driven by the notion that ‘us’ humans are doing so many things wrong, that with a little introspect and thought we could do so much better. I guess that’s what I try to address the most with the messages in my art.

I also tend to get fueled and inspiration to create artworks from a wide variety of areas in pop culture such as from reading the paper or watching the news, documentaries, movies, music and lastly by visiting galleries. I also really like to work with other artists on public art projects as that will always keeps you on your game.

As for how I got on the creative path, thankfully I had a very supportive upbringing with lots of access to art supplies being that my mother was an Art teacher. I combine this background with having a bit of an obsessive need to create, which defines and justifies being able to call myself an artist and provide an excuse for being creative and generally making a mess.

How did you find your way to the Bubble, and what made you take to the tshirting?

I first heard about the Bubble from a good friend of mine Ive Sorocuk (nonstop). But it wasn’t till one Friday night when he rocked round to my joint sporting one of his new RB tees that I went…I’m so there! I had actually done a little screen printing in the past, a few spray stencil tees and a bunch of them using transfer paper for exhibitions. So when I saw the quality and ease of using the bubble I was instantly hooked. I always figured my artwork was graphic enough to sit well on a t-shirt and I like the idea of art being outside the gallery system at street level. And the rest is, as they say, history. (Sorry, I have always wanted to say that line!)

What’s your favouritest tshirt ever?

Yikes, I knew this question was coming. I have had so many cool tees over the years. But I guess I have the fondest memories of being a young kid and getting a Ghostbusters iron transfer t-shirt from Myer in Melbourne…complete with, cringe… my name on it in felt lettering. I saw it get made while I waited and I loved that shirt. In retrospect I’m not too sure about why I put my name on it, but I think it must have made me feel like part of the Ghostbuster’s crew or something. I’m also pretty partial to sjem’s Rats of the sky t-shirt with the text no pigeons written on it, but I can’t say it is my favorite because I get really uncomfortable stares when I wear it into take away food shops…especially chicken joints?!

What did you want to be when you were 12?

I always made Art, but back then I wasn’t aware you could actually make a living out of it. So my goal as a child was to be a hunter. But the twist is I wanted to hunt people who hurt animals! As animals were my next great love as a child (Not in the biblical sense).

What would you do with a million dollars?

You mean after I finished rolling around in it? I would not go back to work that is for sure. Not that I hate my job or anything, but I am not a morning person and truth be told I don’t like clocks and having to work to them. I would probably buy a building to set up as a gallery and art studios. Then put enough in the bank to live off the interest. Following this I would help out my family and a few close friends. And finally set up an art based charity to help change the cliché of the starving artist.

War. What is it good for?

Not much. But it is often used as an ‘excuse’ for religious, political or social bigotry or economic gain.

Who do you admire?

I admire so many people for so many reasons. First and foremost it would be my parents and friends for supporting and accepting me. In terms of Art it goes without saying that currently the artists Banksy and Shepard Fairey are favorites. Locally in terms of artists it would be my good friend David Dellafiora (Field Study), who I work with on heaps of projects out in the real world. On Redbubble there are so many great artists. But I guess right now I most look forward to seeing anything by Lucan Industries, Danny Nolan, Scott Robinson and Ruby Red in my activity monitor.

Basically anyone who is creative, intuitive, honest and peaceful gets my respect.

Who needs to be locked up, away from society?

Oh, too easy! Politicians, they do more damage than anyone else. Some may say me because I can be a social menace, but it’s all lies!

20 years in the future! What do you see?

Seriously, my eyesight really isn’t that great! Hmm…Thickblackoutline will give me so much grief if I don’t say something positive here. Hopefully, I see myself still making art, happy and having accomplished any goals I set myself. I like just being, plodding along so it is hard to get that wrong. In terms of the world I think there will be some radical changes in environmental aspects because this is about to hit a critical mass. As for issues of violence in the world I think twenty years is two short a time for much reform on this. I would be happy enough if in twenty years I was able to look back and say, ‘Yeah there is still a fair way to go, but we are heading down the right path.’

Skipping all the way… ;o) Thanks Glen!

And next week? More Shirtheads. You lucky sods. You lucky, lucky sods. :oP

Memory lane…

The Original Strip BigFatRobot Chris Richards Paul McClintock David J Cunning Johdie Tambatoys Simon Sherry Ross Robinson Natalie Tyler thickblackoutline rubyred Liesl Yvette Wilson Chris Wahl Jaywalker sparklehen jemimalovesbigted purelydecorative nofrillsart Superteam: Non-Stop animo Tabita LilyM bahgoesthesheep LuckyVegetable o0OdemocrazyO0o MuscularTeeth

Comments

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.about 6 years ago

    bahaha thats exactly what i did too

  • Scott Robinson
    Scott Robinsonabout 6 years ago

    Ha! Nice work Canaan, and congratulations to you Glen. Keep up the fine work

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentabout 6 years ago

    Yeah … one of my faaavourite people on the ’bubble!!

    Thanks guys …

  • Paul McClintock
    Paul McClintockabout 6 years ago

    So black on black works… for real?

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful from both of you Caanan and Glen… another gem for the senses =D

  • jumpy
    jumpyabout 6 years ago

    heehe pure gold!! Top work chaps

  • nofrillsart
    nofrillsartabout 6 years ago

    oh oh…that is awesome caanan!!! Thankyou! Love the stealth panel having no box! hehe..

    And thanks for the support you guys! :))
    @ Paul…yes for realz!

  • Danny
    Dannyabout 6 years ago

    Ahhh I tee designer from the “otherside”
    great interview of a really nice guy and brilliant artistic mind.
    kudos!!!

  • Tate ©
    Tate ©about 6 years ago

    excellent…

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©about 6 years ago

    These are so good to read on a monday morn.

    And glenn – No Pigeons is a favourite tee ? Seriously ? I don’t believe it.

    You’re just being nice or something.