45RPM is a multi-disciplinary artist with his fingers in lots of creative pies. He specializes in graphic design and illustration, but dabbles in anything creative that is thrown his way. Most of his days are spent in his studio in the heart of Bristol or working in a million different towns, especially if travelling is involved. He has worked around the globe, and been published in numerous books including Thames and Hudson’s bestselling Street Sketchbooks. From billboards to planes, there’s not much he hasn’t painted.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I’d describe my style as a mad man who needs to get the idea out of his head and on to paper before he implodes. Drink coffee draw nonsense on repeat, I’m full of ideas and there’s not enough years.
WHAT DOES “OFF THE WALL” MEAN TO YOU?
Off the Wall means me, my mates, my life. Lines are there to be pushed, rules are there to be broken. Being the black sheep of the family is a good thing, it’s opened my eyes to a whole other world out there. Live each day.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INSPIRATIONS?
I’m mostly inspired by language, be it by slang or phrases. If I hear a good saying in the pub it will be what I draw the next day, So people watching in the pub counts as work. It makes me talk to more people and gets me in great situations, that’s what gets my brain ticking.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PAIR OF VANS?
My first Vans were some all black Authentics: I’m a creature of habit so tend to wear all black every day. I’m a goth at heart Plus, the more knackered the better.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE REACTIONS TO YOUR WORK?
I painted a huge wall in Bristol and when it was painted over, it made a little kid cry. His mum said he said hello to it every morning on the way to school. Not even my mum likes my work that much.
IF YOU COULD DO A COLLABORATIVE PIECE WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
If I could paint with any artist it would be Picasso, so I could sell the work for mega bucks then go traveling. Experiences are priceless. Memories over money.
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE WORKS YOU’VE CREATED?
My favorite works are the last thing I’ve done then I’m on to the next idea. I don’t hate old work but I always want more out of the new stuff. It’s what gets me out of bed.
WHAT THINGS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017/2018?
My 2017/18 plans are to keep doing what I’m doing. Drawing like a mad man, blowing all my money on traveling, and getting closer to an early grave with no regrets.