Sean runs a magazine called PORK. I fell in love with it the second I laid eyes on his mag, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of or seen it before, truly an underground in all the ways that would make a mag an underground, just beautiful. He’s also an illustrator and dubs his art, “weirdo art”, and I’ll quote the weirdo art Facebook page so we can get it straight as to what exactly weirdo art is… “WEIRDO ART IS BLOOD-SHOT EYES BOUNCING OUT OF THE HEAD, TONGUE EXPLODING FROM THE MOUTH, KNUCKLES DRAGGING ON THE GROUND, FLIES, WIGGLES, BUMPS, HAIRS, BAD ATTITUDES, MONSTERS, KRAZINESS.” I’m glad to see someone continuing on with the underground/weidro torch.
What is underground art?
Underground Art is art that is deliberately hidden from the mainstream, intended for a select audience & not the masses.
Are there rules or a set of ethics to the underground?
Each underground scene has its own rules or ethics depending on why they are keeping their work underground. I think the common rule for the underground is to “keep it underground”.
What is selling out?
Selling out is not something you do, but something the select underground group will say about what you are doing if they feel you are betraying the rules of the scene.
Can underground go above ground and still be underground?
If you use a nom de plume you can have an art personality that stays underground while your other identity maintains an overground career, I think that’s fairly common & it’s a good strategy.
Have you ever sold out?
I lost my mojo & my direction for a while there, this might have led to decisions that could be judged as “selling out”, but like I said, it felt more like I had lost my path or really, was trying to find a new path. I’ve felt very locked into why I have been born into fleshy existence on earth for a while now & it is an amazing feeling.
Is it possible to steal an idea?
No, unless there’s a way to remove an idea from someone else’s head & prevent them from having it again.
Your biggest artistic regret?
It’s not so much a regret as a frustration, which is that the future has been a cock-tease & that the future promises of fiction, comics, music, movies & everything else have been largely empty. This has lead to many of my decisions as an artist about “art into life”.
Your biggest artistic inspiration?
I really like “art systems” whether they are art/commerce like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s world or Disney under Walt Disney, on the macro level this can include countries that are art & aesthetic oriented like Japan.
What is dangerous art?
Dangerous art is art that threatens to leave the safe confines of the Art World & actually influence the external world without going through the accepted gate keepers.
Bonus question… Nature or nurture?
Philosophical questions with either/or answers tend to be inherently false, so I believe that it is nature & that nurturing can help bring out one’s nature, just as repression can atrophy one’s nature.