Graham Smith a.k.a. Skinny
Skinny was one of the first people we met when we moved to the West Coast. We instantly thought this guy had to be pretty cool to pull off calling himself Skinny. DJing, skate boarding, graffiti writing, Bootlegger poster-childing. Yes, he is that cool. We're happy to have him in the studio helping out wherever and whenever possible. Skinny is just starting to rise and we can't wait to see where he ends up.
Education: Emily Carr University of Art and Design, back alleys and street corners.
Describe your work: Fun and playful but with structure. It all stemmed from LEGO. You can see some recent work I've done at ECU here.
Inspirations: Fixie riding through rush hour traffic, surfing waves in Maui, killing time with the hommies like playing backgammon on the beach.
Future Projects/Goals: Finish school, travel through Europe to see where it all started, save the world with information graphics.
What is one word that describes your artist style? Pornagraffiti. This is the art of beautifying the world of visual media and making graphic illustration drip with sexy colors or styles.
How did you get started working with ROLLOUT? Just getting experience in professional design work with a summer internship here, but I have been following their progress since the beginning.
What resources do you use for creating your work? Old Time Life photo books, WUW magazine, IDN, and 80’s surf and skateboard graphics, as they were my introduction to art.
Can you share any of your secret tips? Coffee from 49th Parallel. Keep your back foot in the pocket of the tail when trying to ollie. Stressing out will give you health problems, so just don’t do it.
What did your parents want you to be instead of a designer? Engineer.
Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why? Anything by Josh Keyes, his vision of the future distopia is on point and it inspires me to be more active on environmental and social causes.
What gets you excited about tomorrow? Riding down the street with no brakes as fast as possible, 360 flips, guerrilla gardening and horticulture.
How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today? Constantly looking at the world with open eyes to see the subtle design errors, which we still live with unnecessarily, and wishing urban art was more accepted in Vancouver so we could paint the town Pantone #24/7/365.
Anything else you’d like to add? Just thanks to all my family and friends who support my lifestyle of constant artistic endeavors.
PROJECTS BY SKINNYOne Way Or Another - Coming Soon.