So it’s been a minute since we have dropped a new collaboration - That’s because you can’t rush the greatness. With that being said, we want to give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Blood is The New Black family, Tyler Spangler . Get to know a little more about our latest collaborative artist in our new interview series:
Hey Tyler ! We heard you ran an illegal punk venue for 13 shows
until it got shut down by police - Tell us more about the venue :
I used to book all ages shows with local bands for a while.At a certain point, all the venues dried up and there was nowhere to play, especially for people under 21.From this, I explored the idea of renting a warehouse in an industrial area and just running it out of there. I had enough savings to pay the first 3 months upfront. I couldn’t secure any type of permit or license since I was impatient and broke. I was granted the spot under the assumption that this warehouse was only used as a band practice space. Long story short, I just started booking shows like crazy, almost every night of the week. The first show had about 250 people. I turned all the lights off before the first band went on and people started lighting fireworks. Once the first chord was played people started going crazy. Someone had jumped off a couch and kicked a hole in the wall clean through to the tenant next door. Most of the shows were local bands with the occasional touring act. Fast forward 3 weeks to the last show: people were getting rowdy in the streets outside the venue and the cops showed up. They scavenged the spot and found people drinking underage, no licenses, and me charging people a $5 entrance fee. The cop threatened to arrest me if he saw another show. I ended up subleasing the warehouse for the remainder of the term, which was cool. At the end of it, I had 13 shows in 3 weeks. It was amazing.
Musical Inspirations :
Nirvana, Electric Wizard, The Ventures, Bethlehem, Bad Brains, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ulver, Sandy Pussy, LiLiPUT, Depeche Mode, and the Stooges.
Ideal work environment and preferred medium :
I like to work by myself without any distractions. I tried interning at a small studio and I hated it… I didn’t like having to be there at a certain time and I didn’t like being interrupted in the middle of something. I produce my best work when I don’t have to think about anything except what I am working on. I work entirely digital; Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Digital processes are quick, clean, cheap, and flexible.
Where do you find your pictures and how does your psychology background weave its way into your art?
A lot of my images come from royalty free sources and others come from fragments of my own photographs.
I am fascinated with nonverbal communication. Most of the time I like to hint at a story to convey human emotions through association and gestalt. I like to leave the interpretation very open-ended.
I am also very curious about anxiety and voyeurism and its context in the digital world. I try to investigate these themes in my work.
Childhood idol(s) :
Trash men, Kurt Cobain, Freddy Kruger, professional surfers…..
Quote(s) to live by :
Make something everyday -Tyler Spangler
The 24 hour daily grind for Tyler Spangler :
06:00 am - surf
10:00 am - eat
11:00 am - respond to emails
11:30 am - create work
01:00 pm - eat
01:30 pm - create work
04:00 pm - watch office reruns/surf
07:00 pm - eat
07:30 pm - create work
11:00 pm - sleep
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