100 Creatives 2012: Flynn Prejean, Poster Artist
What He Does: Flynn Prejean makes his home over at Bad Moon Studios. Originally he made comic books, but these days his main work is as a gigposter printmaker unleashing a wave of pop art to plaster the city in so you know where you'll need to be to rock to the fullest. He's designed posters for the likes of Hank III, Johnny Winter, Agent Orange, the Misfits and more. As an illustrator with a lot of musician friends, it was only natural for him to start getting CD cover and poster requests, and once he got into his current work, it became his dream job. He also does custom skate deck designs.
Why He Likes It: "The greatest thing about being a poster artist is that each poster is unique and not beholden to anything I've ever done before. I experiment, mix styles, change and do everything I can to keep evolving. My personal style is defined by "anything goes" subject matter coupled with my love of pen and ink and vibrant color. My work's first objective is to entertain me. If it entertains others, then so be it."
What Inspires Him: When Prejean was in college, he came across the work of legendary record label owner and artist Brian Schroeder, better known as Pushead. In addition to fronting Septic Death in the '80s, he did art for everyone from Metallica to Dr. Dre. Prejean thought Schroeder had the coolest job in the world. Like a lot of poster artists, he also draws influence from comics, pin-up art, and old horror and sci-fi movies. He has a passion for the collective retro American pop culture that makes its way into most of his art.
If Not This, Then What: "No clue. This is all I ever wanted to do and will be all I ever do."
If Not Here, Then Where: Prejean has been all over the country, and if he had to pick another homestead, it would be Seattle or Chicago. He's a Houston boy at heart, though.
What's Next: "I'm working on a series of prints that pay tribute to any musician, author, comedian, poet, artist or personality that was ever a huge influence on my life, whether it was at three years old or a current inspiration. It's very likely you could see a print dedicated to T.S. Elliot right next to another glorifying Oscar the Grouch...fun stuff, right? When the series is complete, I plan to have a show here in Houston."
More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
JoDee Engle, dancer David Rainey, actor, artistic director and teacher Geoff Hippenstiel, painter, art instructor Jessica Janes, actress and musician Dennis Draper, actor and director Mat Johnson, novelist and tweeter Orna Feinstein, printmaker and installation artist Adriana Soto, jewelry designer Domokos Benczédi, Noise and Collage Artist Robert Boswell, Book Author, UH Prof Patrick Turk, visual artist Elizabeth Keel, playwright Bob Martin, designer Mary Lampe, short film promoter and developer Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer Jeremy Wells, painter George Brock, theater teacher Radu Runcanu, painter Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker Philip Hayes, actor Patrick Palmer, painter Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer John Tyson, actor Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music Laura Burlton, photographer David Peck, fashion designer Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor Katya Horner, photographer Johnathan Felton, artist Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer Carol Simmons, hair stylist Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet Greg Carter, director Kenn McLaughlin, theater director Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist Susie Silbert, crafts Lauralee Capelo, hair designer Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director J.J. Johnston, theater director Mary Margaret Hansen, artist Richard Tallent, photographer Viswa Subbaraman, opera director Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist Sonja Roesch, gallery owner Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor Sandy Ewen, musician Camella Clements, puppeteer Wade Wilson, gallery owner Magid Salmi, photographer Carl Williams, playwright
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