– Jimi Jaxon
Whatsup everyone? Very hyped to share this conversation with friend and fellow local artist, David Comito. If you’re in the Seattle area, you best be at his art show this Sunday (FB event). I won’t be missing it..
DD So with your art, is this something you’ve been doing since you were little, or was drawing something you got more interested in later?
DC I’ve been drawing all my life. Its always been my primary source of entertainment. As far as trying to sell it, that is a more recent aspect of what I do. Marketing myself takes me a bit out of my comfort zone.
DD Well you have a beautiful looking site, and I’ve seen my roommate Stefani wearing one of your shirts. It’s good to push yourself a bit. I can’t draw worth shit, so your work is especially kool to me. How long do these pieces usually take to create?
DC Thanks! It is definitely something worth doing. I’m so lucky to have friends that tell me that my work connects with them, it pushes me forward to promote myself. How long some of these pieces take all depend of different things, like my mood, or the subject or weather. Sometimes a particular piece would benefit with more attention to detail, other times it would be better with a quick and lose treatment. I think the most I’ve spent on a picture, adding all the time up would be about a day, but I do lose track of time when I work so that might not be accurate. It’s one of the things that make it hard to monetize my work. I don’t really count the time as wasted or something that needs to be reimbursed.
DD I see so much imagination in what you’re doing. Reminds me of some of the cartoons I watched growing up. Have cartoons influenced all this for you?
DC For sure they have. If you are a child of the 80’s, I think you definitely have its mark on your imagination. I think what maybe influenced me most was Jim Henson. I find myself using a lot of his visual cues and sense of humor in my work. I also have love of pen and ink and that is definitely pulled from my love of comics.
DD Speaking of comics, was it Comic-Con you went to recently?
DC I did but just as a comic fan. My favorite thing to do there is talk to the artists and look through all their work.
DD It looks really fun. Who were some of your favorite artists to interact with?
DC Dimi Macheras is a fantastic local comic book artist. He’s working on a comic right now called Guttertown that is set in future Seattle where people compete in a drug induced telekinetic beat music fight. I dig it. I also connected with Alex Pardee, his stuff was just hilarious and awesome.
DD And what’s in store for this art show in Seattle this Sunday?
DC My art will be there of course. I’ll be there to talk and answer any questions people want to ask, and I’ll have some prints and original pen and inks for sale. Really, I’m just looking forward to meeting people and talking art.
– Jimi Jaxon
So I was out postering recently in Seattle and walked into Wall of Sound on Capitol Hill. It’s a wonderful record shop that kindly lets artists like myself put up posters in their windows. I come in quite a bit, always spreading the news about something (lately it’s been shows at Kremwerk, and Nark’s Pride Parties coming up in the city)..
On this particular day, I heard this music playing in the store and I was instantly like..”what is this????” I was shown this album from Vtgnike called Dubna. The artwork was brilliant and the music equally intriguing.
This was on repeat for weeks after that. One of my favorite things about certain mixes or albums, and I’ve written about this before is environment versatility. It sounds rad quietly playing in the background, big and bassy, walking around town, setting up for a show, winding down, winding up…this album is a keeper. One thing I thought upon first listen was, “this is a perfect thing to listen to after Machinedrum’s Vapor City.” Try it, just a tip;)
– Jimi Jaxon