Abrilliant and complete artist, Munk One is part of those creators who have forged my inspiration. The illustrator for most of the groups that ran through my Walkman during high school years, his fantastic and colorful drawings have always seduced more and more clients such as the brand Upper Playground or the magazine Juxtapoz for which he regularly conducts editorial drawings. His rock posters for groups like Pearl Jam or Blink 182 are astonishing in terms of impact and colorimetric levels. He takes us into a fantasy world strewn with exuberant and mysterious creatures. From realistic political cartoons through darker visuals to the sweet scent of metal, Munk One has mastered every facet of the art of illustration.
J / Hey Munk One, could you tell us where you are from and what does your work consist of ?
Munk one / I was born and raised in the southern California area. My work consists of whatever I feel like creating. At the moment I seem to gravitate towards character driven images. Lately I’ve been working on limited edition band posters but I also create fine art. I’ve done political commentary for magazines as well as clothing and merchandising.
J / At which age did you start drawing? Did you study some art career or did you teach yourself ?
M / I was drawing as far back as I could remember. I took some basic art classes at a local city college but I would say much of what I’ve learned has been hands on experience through other artists, books and the internet.
J / You’ve designed t-shirts, editorial illustrations and pos- ters, which one do you feel the most comfortable doing? Which illustration required you more work than others.
M / I feel comfortable creating art in general, they are all about the same to me. I am enjoying creating posters at this time though since there is a wider range of ways to be creative with them physically versus a magazine illustration or a tee which is can be pretty set at times. I think the most work I’ve put on a work was recently for a 311 collaboration with my friend and fellow artist Maxx242. I know he brings his A game to our collaborations so I spent some extra time on the concept and inks of that design.
J / You’ve done posters for some rock bands such as blink 182, korn, Pearl Jam and many more. How did you make this happen ?
M / I had worked in the merchandising industry for many years so I had a pretty large quality body of work to showcase when it came to getting into posters. Luckily the bands seem to really like my work as well as the awesome fans and collectors.
J / How much implication do your customers have when making them visuals, do you get free pass to do whatever you want? How do you work through all the stages: from coming up with an idea to the end ?
M / I usually get a free pass unless they have a good vague idea, then I take it to the next level and add my style. I basically do some research, sketch out as many ideas as I can, pick the best one and get the sketch approved. Once approved, the art is taken to final.
J / You work a lot with upper playground, does this brand appeal more to you than others ?
M / Oh yeah, they are so much fun to work with. They are all about the art and allowing artists creating unique work and really supporting that work. I’ve been lucky to work with all sorts of great brands though the years but yeah, Upper playground is up there.
J / How would you define your artistic style ?
M / My style changes and continues to change so I’d rather leave that to others to figure out and define and I’ll focus on the creating part of it.
J / What is your favourite genre of music, what do you listen to when you are drawing and what influence does the music you play impact your work ?
M / A good song tends to take me out of my own head and thoughts. The beat or rhythm and melody allows me to just have fun focusing on what ever I’m working on. I don’t have a favorite genre but do tend to fall back on riff oriented rock music, punk, desert, blues, etc.
J / You talk a lot about your family and their support towards your work, we can also see a piece of art from your dad on your website. What relation does your family has with art ?
M / My father created art for fun while he was in school and was the first to introduce me to basic art concepts and art in general. My mom has always had a creative streak, making dolls and stuffed animals to painting tees for fun. Although in recent years she started taking art classes and has really grown as an artist, she has been exhibiting locally. We are all very proud of her.
J / Thanks for answering our questions and to finish, on what are you working currently on and when will your future showcases be ?
M / Thank you, and all the Jacker readers! I’m working on a new body of work involving desert plants which should be fun !