About

Ben "Way Bad" Jensen's an Ottawa, Canada-based illustrator who works with/has worked with Vans, Raised By Wolves, Maximum Rocknroll, Antique Skateshop, Blood Of The Young, Permanent Sleep, a bunch of punk bands, and more. He's exhibited in a buncha shows in the US and a few in Canada, and juvenile delinquents like getting his stupid drawings tattooed on them, too.

Hire him if you want his kids to keep eating.

CONTACT: JENSEN_BEN@HOTMAIL.COM

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Asked Anonymous

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 2014

AWESOME question, thank you.  I think you’re right, I think my work IS very male/male-identifying oriented.  And for that, I can only point to the fact that it’s coming from a male place: me.  It’s hard to get outside of your own head, y’know?  So subconsciously, I probably just spit male representations onto the page.  Path of least resistance.

But at the same time, I AM conscious of females/female-identifying people and DO make an effort to represent them in my pieces (same as I do with people of color) — examples here, here, here, here, here, and here of pieces I’ve made an effort to include female representation.  But after scouring my Tumblr for those examples, I can’t deny that they make up a SMAAAAALLLL percentage of my pieces.  I could try to claim that my skeleton characters could be female, but that’s a bit weak, isn’t it?  Haha!

And here’s an example where —after being almost finished a piece— I looked at it and realized: ‘Shit!  I haven’t represented ANY females in this!’  So I changed the sex of some background characters as best I could.  So there’s an example of me being conscious a bit too late.

I’m a strong supporter of getting more females into skateboarding —my five-year-old daughter’s falling in love with it, largely due to an awesome ‘Girls Only Sessions’ program at a skatepark here in Ottawa— so I like to include females in my skate-themed pieces.  ”Be the change you wanna see”, right?

I’ve also touched a little bit on feminist issues in some of my caption texts (examples here, here, and here).

As for whether my work is available to female/female-identifying people: I’d say it is.  My work seems to have a high percentage of female appreciators and at least a few MTF appreciators that I know of.  Is there room for improvement, though?  Of course.

Finally, I can’t really think of any female cartoonists I admire*, and fully realize that until you asked me, I’d never thought about it, or even realized the lack.  If anybody out there has any female cartoonists they think I’d like, please message me.

I HAVE noticed though that some of the best punk rock and tattoos are being made by females these days.  And that stuff inspires me too.

THANK YOU for the question.  It was a good one.

*EDIT: I thought of one!  I think Alexandra Dal is hilarious.

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