Brian is someone who stepped up to be an artist for the original Guerrilla Graffiti a couple years ago. I saw a couple of his pieces and I knew I wanted to have him on the staff. I love the colors and the monsters. I love how raw his pieces feel. Brian and I did a brief Q+A to give you a better idea of who he is as an artist and what keeps him doing it.
GG: I’m interested in artist’s origin stories. How did you find art, or how did art find you?
BH: I knew that art was something that kind of grew on me when I looked around the house and saw my artwork stacked and piled in portfolios from all the schooling and doodles i’d drawn in class. Art most definitely found me and I didn’t even realize what I was doing at first. I would be inside my room over at grandma’s in Florida where there is super nice weather, just drawing for hours practicing how to draw my favorite anime characters which I look back on and they look more like tweaked out super saiyans with too much hair haha. I still like to travel as well but I think it really hit me that art was even a thing when I saw the graffiti on trains and walls as a kid in New York.
GG: I feel like a lot of your pieces are on one hand dark and in another way very colorful and ‘cartoony’. What inspires you to draw the things that you do?
BH: Where I get a lot of my inspiration from is fear. I know that kinda sounds creepy or weird but hey I’m weird, a lot of the things I’ve drawn come from either dreams or things I’ve been afraid of or other people I know are afraid of so it’s kinda cool to see people’s reactions some are deterred away from it but some people are just really drawn into it because its scary in ways but interesting at the same time. I personally think Halloween should be an all around everyday event where we all dress up and go trick or treating in creepy costumes so that too is where I get inspired to draw things or make things i do. I’m a big gamer too so I put the gamer side of me back into my art as well.
GG: I know I’ve seen you doing lots of cool projects, like putting your art onto skateboards? What kind of cool projects have you done in the past? What kind of things would you like to do with your art in the future?
BH: In the past, I can remember one of my favorite projects I’ve made was a piece I made from all recycled gum wrappers, Playstation controller pieces, cardboard and newspaper and I put it together in a collage format trying to get people to see the beauty of nature. Within the newspaper I put hidden messages like “Impact the Earth” and “Recycle” just for an added touch to the piece.
BH: In the future, I’m really wanting to do a large scale mural or like some cool electronic art of some kind where apps are involved with the manipulation of the piece I think that’d be cool. I’m trying to be on some next level shit yo like a digital blimp with moving images on it or something like that.
GG: What artists inspire you?
BH: I get inspired by a lot of things but if there’s a story behind it, I’ll remember it more. Tara McPherson is an inspiration of mine because a random guy gave me her art book which was signed and everything to me on a bus to Indiana so I studied that book like a manual. Her style is so cool to me. Alex Pardee is a big inspiration I love his use of watercolors and the creepiness of his work. Alex Grey really amazes with his detail. Don Kenn because his monsters that he draws are just really out there and I love it. Biggie, Tokimonsta, radikal nation (my crew) , and a lot of death metal and drinking tea inspires my art and musically because they’re just so different that you just have to respect them.
my name is Brian Hughes some know me by “nature” and legends say im the last black unicorn, I’ve been an artist since i was about 3 years old and writing and drawing, painting, anything really creative i’ve been doing ever since i can remember.I’d say my style really ranges but for the most part ive found my niche in creepy weird monsters and abstract creatures. I’ve recently been moving my artwork onto new canvases to skateboards and even skin so you might say the style has changed a bit from tattooing. With my artwork I make I hope to inspire others and hopefully get my girlfriend a brand new dress for christmas so If you like anything feel free to ask for prices and support that local art.