I really like your art and have been following for a long time, but I can't help but feel its very male/male-identified oriented. Do you feel like your art is available to female/femme identifying people, do you think about women when you work, and do you have any female/femme identifying artists/creatives who inspire you?
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.
Hey, I've been skating for almost a year now and I'm still really bad, which I expected, considering it's only been 10 months. The only trick I can really do is an ollie (and pop shove its if I try but I haven't focused much on those yet.) Anyway, I'm a huge fan of the skate scene, I own Thrasher merch but everytime I wear them I feel like I'm a poser because I'm really bad at skating. Should I stop wearing this shit until I get better?
Like I’ve said several times before, I answer all non-anonymous Tumblr mail I get, but I don’t normally answer anonymous mail, cuz I don’t like that Tumblr forces me to post it to my wall instead of being able to answer it privately. (Come on, Tumblr! Fix that shit! We can put a man on the moon, but I can’t answer anonymous mails privately?)
But this one’s important. This one NEEDS answering. Nobody’s gonna quit skating and/or supporting Thrasher on MY watch, dammit. So I’m breaking my rule. AGAIN.
Here’s my answer to your question, Anon:
The difference between a real skateboarder and a poser has nothing to do with skill level and everything to do with your intentions and your dedication. If you genuinely love skateboarding and are constantly pushing yourself to get better or try scarier things or go faster or even just to maintain the level you’re at, it’d be pretty hard for someone to tell you you’re a poser, even if all you can do is ollie. Fuck that, even if you CAN’T ollie.
A poser is someone who only has a skateboard for fashion. (Nothing against fashion; fashion’s awesome, but a skateboard is NOT a fashion accessory.)
So basically, Anon: keep skating. Keep supporting Thrasher. If you genuinely love skateboarding (as a participant, not as a guy who sits on a skateboard to smoke cigarettes and look moody) stop worrying about being a poser.
And anybody else reading this who’s been thinking about starting skateboarding but is scared of being a poser (or being CALLED a poser): fuck that. Start skateboarding NOW. All you gotta do to not be a poser is NOT BE A POSER. Learn to skate NOW. You’re gonna die someday.
Let’s finish this off with an apt quote from Lance Mountain:
"Skateboarding doesn’t make you a skateboarder. Not being able to stop skateboarding make you a skateboarder."