To celebrate the release of B/D Apparel’s new Spring collection, we are featuring a 5-part interview series, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at each of the artists who create our graphics. Within these interviews, we explore their creative process, tools of the trade, influences, and their advice for fellow creatives.
For the first interview in the series, we caught up with Jiro Bevis, who collaborated with us to create “B/D Breakfast Club” and “Thumbs Up”. Jiro’s work interweaves iconic pop cultural references and inside jokes alike, resulting in a bold mix of idiosyncratic images, united by Bevis’ humorous approach.
Read the full interview after the jump!
1. What is your general aesthetic? How would you describe your work’s subject matter to someone?
I like sleeping, drinking, going to museums, watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with my buddies. All those things influence my work and aesthetic.
2. Describe how you create your works? Some of your tools of the trade?
I try to keep things as simple and close to how I have drawn since I was a kid drawing muscle men and footballers in note pads my Mum would buy me. The only real difference since then is that I don’t use lined paper to draw on and I scan my drawings into my computer to colour in if it needs colouring.
3. Walk us through the design process for the shirts you made for Beautiful/Decay.
I think I was in a bit of a 80’s teen mood when I drew the Breakfast Club image, I’d probably watched it about 10 times in the past week and I guess felt the need to draw something about it. The other image was based on friends who like always doing a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ to things they like or don’t, so it was just a stupid take on that, with a good vibes thumbs up dude and a necro thumbs down man.
4. Advice for any designers, artists trying to get their work seen?
More than anything just make sure you enjoy what you’re doing and the work you produce and then get it out to people you like/respect or your friends and hopefully others will like what you do and work will come from it. That’s how I like to think it happens anyway.
5. Some of your favorite other artists, or influences?
The one artist that really made me realise I could have fun drawing was Fergus Purcell (Fergadelic), it made me believe I could do what I liked and not have to worry about taking yourself too seriously, in a good way. There are so many other artists I admire and respect including Will Sweeney, Misha Hollenbach, Joshua Petherick, Robert Crumb, Herb Lubalin, Steve Ditko, C.F, Leon Sadler as well as all the greats like Picasso and Warhol. But other than artists I’m always influenced by popular culture, especially music and movies and also nature and history, nothing beats going to a museum.