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Before the new year we got an opportunity to catch up with Jake — his NO Smiley design is a part of our #DNOpins collection. Pick one up here and read our conversation below.

What's your name and where are you from?

My name is Jake and I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.

How would you describe your work?

I’ve always had difficulty writing artist statements and I kind of despise them for that reason, but overall I generally try to incorporate feelings of nihilism and deviancy into my work, while also sometimes including humor. I also channel a lot of my own fears and insecurities into image making.

Would you consider your primary medium to be printmaking, or is it more about the process by which you generate the images?

I would definitely consider myself a printmaker. A lot of my interests and experiences creating involve some kind of print process or technique. I’ve focused a lot on screen-printing because I’m fairly comfortable and confident with the process and it’s an effective medium for a lot of the imagery I make. The ability to produce multiples is also another huge aspect as to why I love printmaking.

What was the moment when you realized you would pursue it seriously?

After taking my first printmaking course in college, in addition to learning Photoshop and Illustrator, I knew I wanted to be a printmaker. I joined the New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom not long after moving here and was part of a group show where I got a very positive response from people. I sold out of all the shirts I had made and had a demand to make more.

What is your favorite medium, technique, or platform for sharing your work?

I’ve always been into creating imagery specifically for t-shirts, bags, stickers, buttons, or things like that. This allows the images to exist in the world beyond a gallery space or the Internet and reach a wider and often unintended audience

Is there anything that you have learned through art that has made you a better person as a whole?

There’s a whole lot of things I could say, but definitely use your knowledge, skills, and resources to help other people.

What else are you working on right now?

There’s few group shows in the upcoming months in addition to a never ending list of personal projects, including a zine and mixtape, that I hope to release in summer 2018.

What about living in New Orleans most informs your work?

Over-indulgence, illicit activity, and all the freaks that live here

Catch up with Jake at the Community Printshop

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