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Black Bulb Podcast
54 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
#60 Edmund "Mundo" Holmes
Mundo has been a friend of the podcast since the beginning, and lately, his work has not only been featured all around PDX and has made it to the news. Hear about what makes his art unique from others and his unique process with his mural and illustration work. Thanks to Blick Art in the Pearl District for the gracious package they put together for Mundo :D See Mundo’s work here
56 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
#59 Tristan TK Irving
It didn't take long for Tristan Irving to become a full-time artist in Portland. Even though his work became most known for a portrait after the death of George Floyd, he has held his ground and proven his talents in a time of national crisis. Hear about him, his tortoise Larry, and a whole lot more on this episode of Black Bulb Podcast. Check out Tristan Irvings' IG - https://www.instagram.com/t.k.503rd
43 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
#58 Anthony Taylor - Ain't no saint
Anthony Taylor tells us about his photographic philosophies, artist vision, where he finds his inspiration, and ideas for growing photographers.
81 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
#57 Albanus Designs - Quincy Washington
Interested in the most detailed dark art you’ve ever seen? Quincy Washington of Albanus Designs is here with the goods. We had TONS of fun on this podcast, and also learned a little bit about life. Take a listen, and enjoy this one for it’s one of my favorites.
49 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Sitting with Magical has been long overdue. Being a seasoned street artist in PDX, he's grown in his technique, philosophies, and leaves the door open for new techniques and opportunities for growth. His signature style with the clustered teeth is easily recognizable, so if you live in Portland, keep an eye out. Thanks to magical for Check out his artwork here And buy his work here
36 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Awake PDX has quickly climbed the ranks as a successful artist in Portland. He began painting his roommate, and in time perfected his expressive, psychedelic style.
50 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
#54 RX Skulls: After the Show (and the documentary)
RX Sits down and reflects on the whole process of his Solo show, and the Documentary. Hear what RX Learned about himself, and some advice to other street artists who may be trying to put on a solo show themselves.Link to Documentary Buy RX Artwork here
40 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
#53 Pono Pinto
Pono Pinto arrived in PDX with a unique style and approach to his work. His influences stem from native Americans, traditional street art, and hold a healthy meaningful message.
44 minutes | Sep 28, 2019
#52 Esque: New school illustration
Esque brings a modern touch to a traditional style of illustration. He is as interesting as his artwork, and I really enjoyed having him come by the studio to share his perspectives on today's social media, mental health, and overall artistic wisdom.
63 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
#51 - Ace Troy: Life as a Transgender Artist
With the recent passing of his beloved dog, Ace Troy decided it was time to let down some walls and allow people in. It has been a constant struggle most of his life hiding his secret and making sure that those who knew did not spread the word. Although he has known for the majority of his life, many did not, and he finally came out as trans over Instagram back in February. Ace Troy comes clean about growing up and knowing, trying to hide it, and his experience in trying to deal with it. A big reason he did not want it associated with him is he did not want it to affect his career. He claims he sees many artists exploit their queer or trans identity in order to further their careers, and that is not something he wanted to do, which is respectable. Tune in to hear all of his story, talk of sex work, and how his dog has forever changed his life.As always, thank you to Cascade Street Distillery for always providing their delicious alcohol for the show. We certainly cannot have enough of it and wish for you to check them out if you have not!
58 minutes | Mar 30, 2019
#50 - Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman joins Black Bulb Podcast accompanied by Cascade Street Distillery's South Sister Gin. Adam is an accomplished artist in many facets whether through his painting, installations, tattoos, or commission-based mural work. He is also a teacher leading a new generation of artists in the right direction, letting them know that he will not be able to teach them how to draw, and the amount of time they put in will dictate how good they are. His name, Iron Glacier, comes from Edward Abbey, his favorite author, because he has always been inspired by his work. As reading is a big part of Adam's practice, he appreciates Abbey's way with words. You may even look at one of Adam’s paintings and not realize it was inspired by one of Abbey’s quotes.Tune in to the episode to hear more about Adam Friedman to hear more about his life, his thoughts on art, and how he transitioned into tattooing.You can also find out more about Adam by checking out his Instagram or his website.Thanks to Cascade Street Distillery for providing their South Sister Gin. Their alcohol does wonders for relaxing hosts and guests alike. Since they have been a part of the show for quite some time now, I definitely recommend going out and checking out any of their spirits and taste the quality for yourself!
55 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
#49 - Jesse Hazelip
Jesse Hazelip joins Black Bulb Podcast to discuss his art protesting the prison industrial complex. Alex originally met Jesse at his show, Midnight Special, where he was being tattooed in an area the size of solitary confinement, and knew that he wanted to have him on after seeing his art. Jesse is now here to discuss his art protesting the prison industrial complex, being an illustrator, an activist, as well as a tattoo artist; private prison and possible reforms, going to South Africa to paint a mural, and how his favorite tool is the ballpoint pen. Jesse also wants you to start making noise to protest the prison system and see some real change. Tune in to hear the rest of Jesse's thoughts, his recommendations of the New Jim Crow and 13th, and meeting the owner of Juxtaposed!You can reach Jesse Hazelip on Instagram @buffalo_bomber or his website.
48 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
#48 - Celeste Noche: Portland's Color
Celeste Noche, a Portland-based photographer, joins Alex and Ben on Black Bulb Podcast this week. Five years ago, she left her job at a tech company in San Francisco and moved to Portland to pursue a career in photography. While here, she noticed a strange lack of diversity. She even wrote an article about it. With this thought, she created a series titled "Portland in Color," which eventually became a full-fledged website. This website aims to connect people of color throughout the art scene in Portland. Tune in to the episode to hear what she has to say!Thanks as always to to Cascade Street Distillery for their delicious spirits! They always provide a great time on the show, and during this episode, North Sister Vodka came through, but Ben drank it all. If you are ever looking for something new to try, definitely check out Cascade Street Distillery's collection.
60 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
#47 - Winston the Whale: Books Closed
This week, Black Bulb Podcast is joined by Winston the Whale (https://www.instagram.com/winstonthewhale/?hl=en), a well-known tattoo artist based in Portland. He moved here nine years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina, and was heavy into graffiti writing. After some incidents, he started to rethink his art choices and decided to make stickers. Initially, he had a clown, an owl, and a blob. That blob eventually became a whale and became his icon. His tattooing however started off by doing stick and poke for a few friends and grew to become what it is today.He has done interviews with both Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, which were then reposted by MTV and Teen Vogue as well as gained traction on Reddit, about his anaglyph 3D tattoos. This helped create more buzz around his anaglyph 3D style of tattooing, and tattooing became his career.As always, thank you to Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/) for providing their wonderful spirits for our podcast. We are always thankful to take part in sipping their alcohol as it is always a delight!
41 minutes | Jan 1, 2019
#46 - McMonster: Inky Dreams
This week, McMonster (https://www.instagram.com/mc__monster/?hl=en) joins us on Black Bulb Podcast. An art style that is described as "whimsical," "dark," and "magical" graces our presence. While living in Austin, Texas, he sold some paintings and realized it was easy to do. He ended up making more money selling his paintings than he did working screen printing for 12 hours a day for 2 weeks. Here is his full story!Next Halloween, him and Dr. Scott are putting on a show that everyone must see, so be sure to check it out!As always, thanks to Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/) for providing their wonderful alcohol for the show!
61 minutes | Dec 17, 2018
#45 - Mentalben: Go to School and Be a Business Major
Coming from a family of artists, Mentalben (https://www.instagram.com/mentalben69/) (real name: Benjamin William Adams) has pursued art all of his life. He joins Alex and Ben this week on Black Bulb Podcast to discuss his history in the industry over a nice pour of Cascade Street Distillery's South Sister Gin. Mentalben is a sculptor, illustrator, animator, photographer, author, and carries a wide array of other talents. He attended Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1987, which at the time, was a part of the Portland Art Museum, as an illustration major before ultimately dropping out in 1989 as he had found a job. This job landed him at Will Vinton Studios, home of the California Raisins, where he worked for a year. While there, however, he decided to learn how to sculpt. With help and guidance, he learned how to do it in six months, which the work culminated in him creating a Michael Jackson Raisin. This was eventually given to Michael Jackson as a gift. Following that, he took an internship at Disney in Florida. Fast forward to 2006, Mentalben ended up at Laika (successor to Will Vinton Studios) where he was a development artist for the Boxtrolls and continued working there for 10 years. He is also an author of the Munchy Crunchy Bug Book. Check out the rest of the episode to hear more about Mentalben's life and his seeing of Portland change as a native throughout the years!Mentalben also has an upcoming show, In the Valley of She, with many other artists where the art is based on 70's erotica. It will be in early March at Brassworks Gallery. We will update this post once we have the official dates and times.As always, thanks to Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/) for providing us with their absolutely delicious alcohol! It is always a treat to crack open a bottle and enjoy a smooth pour of any one of Cascade Street Distillery's available selection.
53 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
#44 - Bryce Wong: "The Sandman"
Bryce "Sandman" Wong (https://www.instagram.com/bbbrycewong/) joins Black Bulb Podcast this week to discuss his work and art. His name, Sandman, comes from a joke back in college. They would drink 4Loko, claiming to look for fights, but never fought anyone. His friends would ask, "All right, Bryce, who're you going to knock out? Who're you going to put to sleep?" However, a co-worker at Nike years later asked if he wanted to be called "Sandman." Bryce responded positively, and that was that. His co-worker has been introducing him as "Sandman" since. Bryce has been drawing his whole life and attended design school. Midway through his focus on product design, he realized he did not want to draw chairs, speakers, and the like. This has lead him to where he is now. Check out the episode to hear the rest of Bryce's story!If you wish to check out Bryce's hard to navigate website, you can find it here: https://www.therealbrycewong.com/As always, thanks to Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/) for providing us with their delicious alcohol that has kept our hosts and guests (when they drink) relaxed and happy!
120 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
#43 - Manatee Commune: Coconut Water or U2 Lawsuit?
Spread over two days, Black Bulb Podcast hosted Manatee Commune (https://twitter.com/ManateeCommune) (real name: Grant Eadie) killing a bottle of Cascade Street Distillery's Broken Top in the process. Manatee Commune is an electronic artist from Washington State with genres described as similar to Odessa and Bonobo. He has been producing under the name Manatee Commune for five years, and his efforts have been paying off with an impressive Spotify biography boasting of his achievements. Although this was not his initial choice in life, he had planned on becoming an architect as a kid and envisioned himself as an orchestral performer with his viola; however, he fell in love with production while attending college in Bellingham, and this has lead him to where he is now. Check out the rest of the episode to learn more about Manatee Commune!https://www.manateecommune.co/As always, thanks to our sponsor Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/) for providing their wonderful alcohol!
39 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
#42 - Dr. Scott (@DRSC0): Medically-Driven Street Art
"Let's see if you last a season."This week, we have Dr. Scott (https://www.instagram.com/drsc0/) joining Alex and Ben on Black Bulb Podcast. He is an artist who claims to be shameless and puts himself on the street. He has been producing drawings for about four years now after turning to it when he could no longer rock climb; however, that is not the only art he does. Dr. Scott has been casting metal and creating 3D sculptures most of his life, but it his not a part of his current profile. Tune in to hear the episode and learn how he loves to travel, his foray into social media, the origins of his name, and the fact that he is indeed a doctor.You can check out his art being sold through HG Contemporary in New York and see his show at Concrete Arcade in Portland.This week's episode is sponsored by Cascade Street Distillery (http://cascadestreetdistillery.com/); however, we are clowns and forgot to bring some of their delicious alcohol on the show.
41 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
#41 - Rx Skulls: Coast to Coast
When initially putting up street art, he had no name, but wanted to be a part of the community when he found people on Flickr. Diagnosed with a brain tumor, having a family history involved with cancer, his fascination with morbidity, and hating the way prescription drugs made him feel, his name was created. Rx Skulls is that name.Rx Skulls (https://www.instagram.com/rxskulls/) joins Black Bulb Podcast this week to discuss his art and aspects of his life. His art can be traced back to a photograph he took of a skull in England over ten years ago. Through a rather laborious and intensive process, he still carves his art by hand using a lino block before transferring it to a digital medium. Tune in to hear the rest of his story!
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