Sean Schock is an artist I met thru social media, I ‘friended’ him and now consider him a friend… He’s done some graphic work for us and is always very fair on the price because we are always broke, a sign of an underground brother for sure… The reason i asked Sean was after a visit to his studio we had a conversation that could have gone on for days, he was very opinionated and when this project came up, he was one of the first I thought to ask. I’d say there are a handful of reasons why I asked everyone that was asked, opinionated and outspoken were a couple, and Sean met these two requirements easy.
What is underground art?
For me Underground art is anything that pushes the norm to the side and stretches the boundary of what is socially acceptable.
Are there rules or a set of ethics to the underground?
For me no! I have always made my own rules, I mean I grew up in the political punk rock world so i do have guidelines i don’t support anything that is sexist, racist or homophobic.
What is selling out?
To me selling out is when you take on a job for someone who i ethically don’t agree with. Example, someone wanted to hire me to make a poster for a gig in Las Vegas he wanted Indians and slot machines on it, to me that was just pushing forth the stereotype.
Can underground go above ground and still be underground?
I think you can do it, but it’s a fine line. I think sometimes its important for underground art to be seen by the mainstream this is how real change is created. Otherwise, it’s like preaching to the choir.
Have you ever sold out?
No, i have never done anything for money that ethically went against what i believe in. Others may disagree and say that i am a sell out because i have worked for major multinational companies, the companies that i have worked for may be bad in the respect that they are capitalist pigs, but until we all live in a Mad Max type scenario capitalism isn’t something you can just opt out of. Unfortunately….
To quote some sell outs by the name of Chumbawamba “you can’t sign a song that has never been sung”.
Your biggest artistic regret?
Not getting a degree to back my abilities. There is so much about the printing process that i know little about, and the overall technical side of formats and such things.
Your biggest artistic inspiration?
Life and all things that comes with it. Suffering, Love, Struggle.
What is dangerous art?
I guess things that are in a grey area, sexuality/ violence.
Bonus question… nature or nurture?