It’s been a fair while since we had updates from FatKidOnFire HQ – possibly the longest drought we’ve had in a long time! We’d like to apologise for falling off your radar for the past 10 days or so; but we’re pleased to say we’re back with a bang this week.
Today and tomorrow sees FatKidOnFire return with a new FKOF feature, a new makeitgood x FKOF feature and exclusive mixtape and a very special interview thanks to our FKOF JPN contributor fameONE. It’s going to get busy!
First off sees us sit down with a new talent we spotted browsing the interwebs last week. Continuing the theme of featuring actual artists (having interviewed the extremely talented Scott Move and landing upcoming features with some exciting talent) we’re very, very pleased to introduce one of Orlando, FL’s finest talents…
[‘Sucka Free Ryu’]
We came across Tuscanny Polk somehow on Twitter. Now, here at FKOF we don’t claim to be art connoisseurs but there’s something downright awesome about Tuscanny’s art. He dabbles in various mediums and does some damn fine animations to boot. We stoked to catch up with Tuscanny this weekend and were even more psyched when he was happy to sit down and talk to us. Peep the interview and some of his work below…
Who is Tuscanny Polk? That’s a difficult question! Primarily, I like to think of myself as an artist and then as an entrepreneur. I think being both come together at some point, making me a very creative person that likes to put art everything.
Your art is strong and striking – how would you describe your style? My style is heavily influenced by music, my past and my present. I take inspiration from the random sightings of abnormalities that I come across on the daily basis; a turtle making it onto the sidewalk after crossing a busy road, a homeless guy with blue polka dot tattoos all over his body, even a girl with a strange hairdo. I collect these images in my mind and try my best to turn them into something memorable and inspiring for other people.
That being said, I would describe my style as controlled randomness.
What does or will make your art stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the US art scene, and how does it compare to art coming out of the UK? My art is new, different and fun. That alone, I feel, is what makes it stand out. But more importantly, I know myself well as an artist. I know what I want from my art, and my art’s direction. I treat my art as a product, and knowing your product well helps it stand out.
I love UK art! The abstractness of it! The boldness of it! Don’t get me started haha. In comparison to my art, I would say we would be in the same “art family”, because my art and UK art share that same abstractness and boldness. I just happen to live in the US and that shows through my work.
Who or what influences you in your work? Everything and everyone that has a significant impact on me as a person, influences my art.
[‘Sucka Free Dhalsim’]
What’s your take on the whole US art scene at the moment? How does it compare to what’s going on in the UK? In my opinion, the US art scene is still young. Not young in a sense of time, but young in a sense of maturity. Artists here are still a little reluctant to do things differently, most seek the “OK” from trends and what’s popular before they decide to do anything too dynamic.
In comparison, I feel that in the UK, artists tend to act on their gut instinct much more.
Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time? In five years I definitely see myself working off of my talent in some way shape or form. Whether it be working at a studio, producing amazing animations for people to enjoy, or starting my own business marketing something pertaining to my art.
Where can people expect to catch your work, any UK stockists to watch? My work is still getting out there and constantly growing so who knows? I like the idea doing tees so you might start seeing my art plastered over apparel.
But nothing in the UK as of yet…
Top 5 favourite albums? Wow, my music selection is across the board so bear with me.
- A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
- Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside
- Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
- Miles Davis – Birth of Cool
- John Coltrane – A love Supreme
And anything Tupac!
[‘Shootin Tha Breeze’]
Shoutouts Shoutout to everyone in the struggle. Everyone living their lives day to day but keeps working hard to make it better as they go along.
It’s still amazing just how much talent is really out there. FKOF is a year old (that’s so amazing it deserves to be emboldened and italicised) in exactly two weeks and we’re still finding people that need shouting about. It’s awesome. Tuscanny Polk is an example of on of these people. His art is cool – there’s not much else to say. He’s got the talent, the ‘X Factor’ (even if we are loathe to use the term) – and we think he’s awesome. If you agree, hit him up on Twitter or Facebook and let him know. To see more of Tuscanny’s art hit up his Blogspot or his Deviantart profile and enjoy the dopeness. Oh, and keep your eyes on FatKidOnFire as you may be seeing more of Tuscanny’s work featured here…
If you have any thoughts on what Tuscanny has had to say, or thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (email, Twitter and Facebook).