When did you make your first zine or art piece and what was it about?
My first zine was with my best friend in high school, Eric Powers, and it was called Punt!
He’s gone on to be a successful graphic designer and well respected drummer. I’m just like, this guy.
What kind of zines/art do you make now?
I make Perpetually Twelve zine. It’s mostly art and music. When I started it it was supposed to be art, music, humor and immaturity. I make the rules so there really aren’t any rules, except I discourage type, but even then, it’s not a RULE.
Outside of the zine, I also have been doing art for bands since 1991, posters, shirts, album covers, and since 2008, I’ve also been making music videos. Additionally, this year I’ve done artwork and design for two book covers.
Name three things that have influenced or inspired you in your work and how you’ve applied that into your zines/art.
I think if you see my artwork it’s immediately evident that Maurice Sendak and Richard Scarry are two of my biggest influences. The other big influence on me, personally, and my zine, is Ian MacKaye of Fugazi/ Dischord Records. His attitudes about doing things your own way and still making them happen and making quality products have seeped into every pore of my creative output.
Does your life outside of zine/art making affect what you do artistically, if so, how and why?
If my wife didn’t support me, I don’t know how I could continue doing what I love. Additionally being involved so intimately with so many bands for so long has granted me an unusual immediacy as far as getting candid interviews. I’m very thankful for all of that.