1xRun Thru Interview
Galactic Empire by Sket One
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, was there an original created?
Sket One: There was no original, it was created on March 20th, 2013 specifically for 1xRUN. It continues my style of mash ups taking everyday visuals and adding a slight twist of humor or thought to them, to think about how the items connect and intertwine trough pop culture.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Sket One: I created this piece to pay homage to 2 things i love in my life Star Wars and California.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Sket One: The parody, clever play on the Cali flag.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print or flag?
Sket One: I think people should buy this piece because it’s a great parody of the love hate relation ships that people have with both Star Wars and California, and when worlds collide it can be rather fun!
1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Sket One: Funny.
1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Sket One: I started drawing from a early young age, and became very active with graffiti in the 1990’s. My first actual piece of art would have to be a piece I did behind a gas station in 1986. I used a whole lotta cans, and in my eyes it was a full production. Within days of completion it was dissed and I learned the harsh truth of graffiti and flicking your pieces.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Sket One: Early on fine artists like Andy Warhol, Liechtenstein, Jasper Johns, Miro. Pop art in general, and skateboard artists like Niel Blender, Mark Gonzales and Jim Phillips. As far as graffiti, it was crews like UA, IMOK, TFP, COD, FC, FBA, TDR. Honestly, it’s really all artists, I think if you’re being creative and taking the time to execute that creativity, then props to you. To stay inspired and keep creative is what I find inspiring people who keep art alive.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work?
Sket One: Yes I do which can range from every genre possible except country.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Sket One: It would be Neil Blender or Mark Gonzales, because their art was so influential on me when I was younger, I think it would be an amazing honor. For the latter, Roy Liechtenstein – just always loved how he remixed art, added his own flavor to existing art they way he saw fit.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Sket One: The first pieces were Vaughn Bode originals from the Lizard Zen comic, and yes I still own them. The last was a print by Sylvia Ji, “La Virgin de la Soledad”.
1xRun: What have you been up to so far in 2013?
Sket One: I am in a show HEROES & VILLAINS April 14- May 15.