Things have been fairly quiet here at FatKidOnFire HQ, I’m in the run up to my final exams which is always hectic but as ever I seem to be procrastinating more than I am actually working. An easy way to avoid revision is finding new people for me to talk to and for you guys to read about! There are a few posts in the pipeline, so please continue waiting patiently and I’ll try get you all new content as fast as possible whilst juggling full time final year revision.
Today, we have another first for FKOF – I’ve sat down with one of the UK’s sickest artists. These graphics are unbelievably good…
Find out more after the jump
Scott Move is an artist who I’ve known about (without realising it) for ages – he does the artwork for albums and merchandise of many dope British and international bands and has recently produced a design for Honour Over Glory that has gone on to sell out. He is also the vocalist for the awesome British hardcore band Special Move (well worth the listen if you’re into hardcore! Thanks to Suffocake for pointing them out to me). I sat down with Scott to find out more about him and his art…
Who is Scott Move? For half my life I am another mindless robot getting up early and blindly going to a job I hate, so I can get paid and maintain the misery. The other half of my life involves being a recluse sitting in my room drawing endless pictures of weird shit, listening to music, drinking tea and dreaming about never going back to my other life. I also enjoy melted cheese.
Your art is strong and striking – how would you describe your style? Well, I suppose its a sort of illustration. I never really think about what style it is to be fair. I’ve heard it called “melted cheese style” and that works for me!
What does/ will make your art stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the UK art scene? Hmm. Well I suppose I have a sort of consistency to what I do, so maybe you could tell if a piece of work is mine from a bunch of others… Maybe that means I just always do the same thing (hahahaha!), rather than “standing out”. The only reason everything is black and white is that I’m too comfortable doing it, and I’m a pussy when It come to trying new things. I don’t paint very well, I can’t work with a spraycan for shit, I can’t use Photoshop… but I can draw with a pen. So that’s what I do. As far as the UK art scene goes, my knowledge is very limited, but I know there’s some fucking sick stuff out there.
Who/ what influences you in your work? Day to day life is a big influence on me. Living this weird double existence I see such misery in people and so many sad faces every day, it’s hard not to take it all in. So many people part of a big machine forced to do things they don’t like, in order to survive. It’s horrible.
I love all sorts of art and music, and anything that’s done from the heart is a positive thing. I do try to be positive sometimes! As far as other artists are concerned, I always loved Francis Bacon simply because he was the bollocks and never gave a fuck about what anyone thought. He created these amazing twisted works and didn’t give a shit if anyone liked it, “got it” or anything.
Music is a huge influence too. I can’t concentrate or draw without it. I suppose sometimes it can really shape a piece, in the sketching stages at least.
“Lion of Judo” – artwork for the London-based hardcore band Prowler
What’s your take on the whole UK art scene at the moment? I don’t really get the time to check out that many galleries and shows, but I love it when I do get the chance. It’s so good to see things in the flesh, rather than as a jpeg on the internet. There are some really amazing people out there, making incredible stuff. Honestly I only really know a tiny handful of artists, but this seems to be changing, which is a good thing.
Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time? I have no idea. Drunk and alone listening to Doom probably. Drawing something weird. Hopefully I will have quit my shitty job and found some way to better myself and do something creative. In an ideal world I would simply sit and draw all day and listen to music and drink tea. Unfortunately that doesn’t pay the rent. I hate the way the world works, I really do, and I especially hate the way that there’s fuck all I can do about it. There’s no way I can make a living from drawing dead birds and melting skulls, so I’m forced to work in an environment I can’t stand. I guess I should have listened in school and by now I could have been one of those bankers that everyone hates. Miserable, but rich. I did go to university but it was complete bollocks.
Where can people expect to catch your work, any stockists to watch? I’m in the process of starting up my own thing, but it’s all under wraps for now. As far as seeing my stuff, just pop on over to my blog and see some weird ink drawings and some inane ramblings that make no sense. Hopefully I will be doing a joint show later this year too, but as yet that is only in the very early stages, so I can’t really tell you anything!
Top 5 favourite albums? I don’t really have a top five of all time. That’s kind of impossible really. It would change day to day, hour to hour. Music is one of the most important things ever.
At the moment, stuff on heavy rotation is:
- Torche – Meanderthal
- Yob – everything they’ve ever done, ever
- Church Of Misery – Houses Of The Unholy
- Moloch – demo
- Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
- Taint – All Bees To The Sea
- Black Pyramid – Black Pyramid
I dig tonnes of stuff, not just heavy shit. Loads of dubstep like Ital Tek, Moving Ninja, Benga, Scorn etc… Loads of hip-hop (before it went a bit shit) like Artifacts, Early Wu, Souls Of Mischief, Tribe, Black Moon, KRS (pre Jesus crap) Nice n Smooth and fucking Das EFX. House music can pretty much suck my dick.
“Hand of God”
Shoutouts FatKidOnFire for sorting this for me. My man Karl for printing shirts and being part of my new, as yet, secret project. Andy Cook for making my wicked prints. Stig, for letting me draw some stupid shit for him and Niesh, my lovely girlfriend for her constant encouragement. Also, anyone who has bought stuff from me or asked me to draw stuff. I love you all. Not equally.
Although Scott’s in the process of setting up his “own thing” you can occasionally catch pieces of his work that he sells through his blog. His most recent design on the site is entitled “Things Have Taken A Turn For The Worst”. You can see the design below, and it’s now available as a tee and as a super limited edition (20) hand-pulled screen print. Don’t sleep on either of these – they are liable to go in the near future! Head over to Scott’s blog and take a look at his work. Perfect, dark designs from a UK artist. What more could you ask for?