This page is a collection of my sources of inspiration for my illustrations and music.
In high school I took a screen printing course after having taken a computer graphics course the year before, and I immediately fell in love with printing and with graphics in general. I've also always loved the look of black and white relief prints and high contrast pen and ink drawings. These media were my first sources of inspiration for my art. This is when I began drawing seriously and produced several black and white pen drawings. Over time I started to find inspiration from more places and I started to change and evolve my style. I began to stray away from my heavily valued line-based drawings, and started to adopt a more graphic way of depicting my visuals with screen-printability in mind, going back to my roots in a way. I began to use very strict three or four-color colorways when creating graphics, and would illustrate as if the figures I was drawing were the positive images left over after carving a linoleum block, combining aspects of both screen printing and relief printing. Later I discovered more artists on Instagram, mostly from California, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America. Many of these artists such as Colin Taniguchi, Maldito Perrito, and DJ Javier, would also use simplistic color palettes and a very graphic style in general. Colin's work made me go out and buy my first set of alcohol markers, after I'd been exclusively doing digital drawings and black and white pen drawings. After I familiarized myself with markers, I expanded my ideas of how I can depict what I wanted to on paper instead of digitally, and how to use these physical media to their strengths. With every drawing I try to evolve how I stylize and depict everything to make it distinctly me. Right now, my biggest inspirations are Colin Taniguchi and Insulyna, but everyone else whose art is featured on this page still make work that pushes me to keep finding better ways to create and express my ideas.
I've been making music longer than I've been drawing and making prints though. I started fooling around on Garage Band on my mom's (RIP) iPad back in 2012 after my freshman year of high school, then eventually I moved on to FL Studios and took off from there. I always was fascinated by Raider Klan how and their producer, SpaceGhostPurrp, made beats in such a unique, ethereal style I hadn't heard until then. Mobb Deep was always really important to me since early high school, so Havoc's dark, gritty boom bap beats really had an impact on me as well. Once I found out about Primitive Man a few years ago when they released their album 'Caustic', I was blown away. Having had been into metal and punk throughout middle and early high school, this album was very satisfying for me to listen to. I really appreciated just how slow and atmospheric they were able to make this album while maintaining an aggressive nature. Although I don't make a whole lot of music now a days, when I do I draw inspiration from my past music. I try to expand on ideas and take a new path for me that's beyond strictly boom bap or trap beats, focusing heavily on lots of percussion as well as rhythms that aren't reliant on a consistent, steady clap or snare.