Mark Goss x FatKidOnFire - Interview #70

Mark Goss x FatKidOnFire

Interview #70

It’s been an absolutely stunning day here in LDNtown, so apologies for the delay in getting today’s updates up! We’ve got one or two features and possibly an ‘Out and About’ post (depending on what time we get done with the features) lined up over the next 48 hours, so stay locked.

Before we get started, just a quick but massive thank you to everyone who’s become a fan of FatKidOnFire on facebook – today saw the page hit a huge 700 fans so thank you all!

We’ve featured a few artists during our time (Tuscanny Polk, Mat McIvor and Scott Move). We first came across the next interviewee; the extremely talented artist Mark Goss, a mutual friend of our boy Kyle (of Enclave Apparel fame), at the beginning of February this year. Mark works on a range of mediums (paper, print, digital, graff and even skin!) and is widely known for his iconic skull designs. We got talking during Mark’s recent stint in Japan (amazingly, he was on a bullet train out of Tokyo when the quake hit) and we got him down for a feature once he got back to Belgium. He was even kind enough to drop us an exclusive FKOF sketch! Awesome stuff. Peep the feature below…

Who is Mark Goss? I’m a Belgium-based English illustrator and artist.

Your art is strong and striking – how would you describe your style? Probably as a nod of admiration to all the things that inspire me; from tattooing to skate graphics with some other genres thrown in for good measure.

What does or will make your art stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the UK art scene? I think, or at least I try to use content that isn’t over repeated, obviously I do use skulls on occasion because it’s such a powerful image that it’s difficult to ignore, but I also try to give my work some context and not make imagery for the sake of it’s looks.

Who or what influences you in your work? Stylistically I am probably influenced most by the genres I mentioned before, obviously tattooing has a big influence and some of the tattooists I admire are probably some of the best artists out there as well, people like Scott Campbell and Daniel Albrigo can do no wrong. I am also massively influenced by the artistic adventures from my past; graffiti, a love of comics and an interest in skate graphics all had an effect, as with a lot of people who make work in the same vein as me.

The narratives in my work are formed from my experiences, in the last few years I have been trying to use my work as a way of documenting times and places with elements from the environments and situations I have found myself in.

What’s your take on the whole UK art scene at the moment?I think there’s a lot of really skilled and talented people out there who aren’t being given the chance to have their work seen because of the ‘it’s who you know’ mentality of the gallery system.

Generally though I think the scene seems good, ultimately the true talent will shine through and outlast those whose hearts aren’t really in it and there seems to be a few galleries and people really pushing the envelope.

Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time? Hopefully my work will have matured and developed and I’ll have more time to really push myself, hopefully I’ll be in a bigger studio so I have more space to go big or go home.

I’ve got some exciting projects on the cards which should hopefully have taken hold and be well underway by then too.

Where can people expect to catch your work, any stockists to watch? I have a few exhibitions coming up, one in Brussels and one in Rotterdam just after, hopefully I’ll be able to do a show back in the UK at some point, maybe this year if anyone will have me.

Not sure exactly when but I’ve also got a few designs coming out with Elevated Engineering in the near future.

Top 5 favourite albums?

  1. Rory Gallagher – Tattoo
  2. Kings of Leon – Youth and Young Manhood
  3. The Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster – Horse of the Dog
  4. Black Star – Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
  5. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing

Shoutouts All my buddies that keep outdoing me and making me progress, the family for the support, the missis for putting up with my late night working and the paint fumes coming under the door and lastly to FatKidOnFire for the feature, cheers [you’re welcome man!]!

Mark’s the latest artist to feature on FKOF and continues our run of talking to awesome talent. We love his work and are stoked to have been able to get him here on FatKidOnFire! Peep his Tumblr to catch more of his work or his website and catch Mark on Twitter. If you’re keen on his artwork, head over to the Mark Goss Bigcartel page and grab yourself a print or a tee. We’re definitely going to add one of his prints to the FKOF collection – can’t wait to grab one!

If you have any thoughts on what Mark has had to say, or want to recommend us a new artist or brand you’ve discovered or just want a chat about something you’ve seen on FatKidOnFire drop us a comment via the comments section below or get in touch through emailTwitter or Facebook.