why do you collect animal fur and stuffed animals? do you believe it is okay to skin animals for vain purposes?
Because I’m fascinated and inspired by them.
Most of my collection are upcycled animal parts, either found as a product of nature running its course, or recycled roadkill. And most of my pelts and furs are from an authentic Native American craft store I frequent here, and all of their animal products are obtained respectfully. I don’t think anything in my collection (except maybe my skinned margay, which was a gift from a friend who got it in Mexico several years ago when it was still legal to sell those pelts to tourists) were the product of killing for “vain purposes”.
I don’t see anything wrong with hunting, so that’s where yours and my perspectives on what is considered a “vain purpose” may differ. However, I think hunting an animal simply for the enjoyment of shooting it down then doing nothing with it afterwards (eating it, taxidermizing it, or recycling it in any way) is a disgusting shame. I have a mounted deer head, a stuffed pheasant, and a taxidermied red fox which were, as far as I know, all products of hunting. And I see nothing wrong with that. The animals have been respectfully preserved and immortalized where they can be appreciated every day for years to come.
For whatever reason, some people associate collecting animal parts with disrespecting or abusing animals. I know so many more taxidermy artists that utilize roadkill than I know those that hunt their specimen. If we’re talking about disrespecting animals, I think anyone who has ever hit something with their car or lived in a suburban neighborhood or city that has affected the native wildlife’s habitat has disrespected animals just the same as you may feel a hunter has. In the same vein, do you think it’s okay to hit an animal with your car, and leave it to be repeatedly demolished to a bloody pulp in the road, not capable of decomposing in its natural state or recycling back into the earth? I think collecting animal parts and upcycling them into something new is a respectful means of appreciating and preserving nature rather than allowing man to destroy it into nothingness.
Do you actually do any tattoos at all? I mean, put them on a person.
No, I’m not a scratcher. I’d love to eventually tattoo, but not until I’ve properly gone through an apprenticeship and learned the art form. Just the same way every kid got a camera and started calling themselves professional photographers, I won’t buy a machine from eBay and start calling myself a tattoo artist.
That (charcoal?) skull piece you're working on is incredible. Is that something you'll be selling when you're finished?
I plan on selling it. But I’m showing it in a gallery here first (where I actually hope to sell it). Since a few people have expressed an interest in it, I might make a limited run of large scale prints (they’d be easier to ship that way since this thing is a beast).
I’m doing my “Sexy Chewbacca" thing again on Friday (Star Wars day). Then on Saturday (which is usually Zombie Walk), I’ll be dressed up as one of my zombie personas (either Indian or siren). And I’m thinking of creating a new costume for another day. I’ve wanted to do Cherry Darling from Planet Terror forever, but unfortunately I have two legs. So I might do Shé from Machete as my next best alternative.
I have a few questions for you if you're up for it: Do you enjoy answering questions via tumblr or do you do it out of some obligation you have? It seems like we get to know a lot about you from your work and various postings, but who are the people you follow and are interested in? And whenever I post a question (which I have a few times) I often find myself wondering if it is at all an annoyance or if it seems stalker-ish (for lack of a better term). Mist sound weird, but whatever.
Ha, of course I’m not annoyed to answer questions! I feel fortunate that anyone cares enough to ask me anything, so I’m always happy to answer. However, I’m usually picky about what I choose to publish on Tumblr. I don’t like to fill up my followers’ dashes with anonymous feedback, so I prefer that messages be sent un-anonymously so I can respond privately.
if someone asked you not to put up the work you've done for them would you be okay with that? since many people like to steal your art work and replicate it, i wouldn't want someone else taking the idea/artwork i paid you for tattooed on them too.
Technically, I still own the copyright in all the artwork I create. So unless you buy the rights from me, I still have the creative license to post the artwork. However, I always respect my clients’ concerns about others stealing the design and try to work out something that feels comfortable for the both of us. Usually, I will agree to only post the photo of the final tattoo (in most cases, seeing that someone else already has the design would deter them from getting it replicated), or I only post skewed iPhone photos of the line drawing so it can’t be directly ripped. My clients are usually happy with this compromise and we haven’t yet had a problem with any custom designs being stolen.
I've been following you since the Myspace days and I find it so strange that we are the same age and both doing graphic design, but you are far more established as an artist/designer. I'm only just learning the basics and you're so far ahead. How did you teach yourself things like website, logo, album art design? Does it come naturally or can you recommend ways to develop as a designer?
I’ve been pursuing art since an incredibly young age, so I think my talent just sort of naturally developed over time as I experimented with different styles, getting better and better with each project. I definitely thank God for blessing me with a natural eye for art and design. But the best way to develop that eye is to keep practicing and experimenting. I was lucky enough to get a head start when I was really young, so that’s why it may seem like I’m so established for my age. But really I’ve been practicing and growing for years and years and years to get to where I am today (and I still have so much learning and growing to do).
I think so many potential artists stifle their growth when they expect to be fantastic right off the bat or consistently compare their own work to those that have been doing this longer. Take note and absorb inspiration from other artists, but don’t let what everyone else is doing distract you from your own progress. Just keep practicing and experimenting.
Hi Corrine, I don't know if you check your messages but I thought I'd let you know that I used to follow your work back when Myspace was all the rage and I was roughly 14-15. I'm 19 now and I just stumbled across one of your illustrations that had the "Stuck With Pins" logo and after all this time I still remembered you! I'm glad to see your doing well and I love all of the new photos(:
Haha, oh how I miss the Myspace days… Glad you were able to find me here on Tumblr. :)