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Dirty Mac - Poster Artist




BOOYA: 

When did you find out you had such talent? 


DirtyMac:

"I guess I’ve been drawing my whole life, as far back as I can remember. There was this thrill when it came to colours and images. I remember in grade two the teacher was holding up flash cards and I put my hand up (rare for a shy kid like me) and when he called my name I asked if he drew those. I clearly remember seeing the marker lines and still to this day I have a thing for Kelly green markers. He said that he did draw them. I was amazed. He asked if I had the answer and I was like “what was the question?” Growing up, I was always in awe of painted signs, record sleeves, rock magazines. It was just a very organic path into music art."


BOOYA: 

What art mediums do you use and/or prefer? 


DirtyMac:

"When I’m drawing a poster by hand, my go-to is rapid-o-graph pens with the refillable ink cartridges for the outline and fine detail. Then I colour them with either marker, watercolour inks or digitally. I also dabble in oil paint, acrylic paint and collage."


BOOYA: 

Whom are some of the favourite artists/bands you have produced work for?


DirtyMac:

"The most recent and exciting piece has been the Matt Andersen poster I made for True North records. They contacted me after seeing an article in the local paper about my posters. I drew everything by hand, including the fonts. They were amazing to work for, too. So supportive and kind and professional. One of the most exciting moments was when the Reverend Horton Hest played This Ain’t Hollywood, I did a watercolour piece for them and they LOVED it. They each wanted one and they were just so kind. It’s a huge deal when one of your favourite bands recognizes you on a professional level. That was huge."


BOOYA: 

What artists and/or bands would you like to work with?


DirtyMac:

"Its hard to say. I like people who give me creative freedom, that when I’m at my best. I like working with people who know how to cross-promote. I guess a dream scenario would be to do more Reverend posters, Social Distortion, Loretta Lynn, Hank 3, Willie Nelson, Joan Jett.... I could be more diverse. I’m just drinking beer on my porch so those are the names I’m coming up with."


BOOYA:

What future projects are you interested in doing? 


DirtyMac:

"Not sure what the future holds. I would live to develop my skills further and use them to work with at-risk youth. Directly or indirectly. I had a shit childhood and I empathize with the feeling of having little faith in the future. I learned to just believe that the right paths will appear before you, it’s up to you to take them an self-improvement is a life-long journey. BOOYA: What kind of exposure have you gotten so far? I’ve been on the cover of the Go Section of the Hamilton Spectator, I’ve been nominated for several Hamilton Music Awards (never a win, but who cares). And apparently a poster was featured in some magazine in France. It was about 5 years ago and I forget the name of the mag." 


BOOYA: 

How do people interested in your work find you? 


DirtyMac:

www.dirtymacposter.blogspot.com , www.facebook.com/dmposter or on Twitter: @DirtyMacPoster 


References/Links:

DirtyMac's BOOYA Profile - Dirty Mac's Profile on BOOYA

DirtyMac's BOOYA Wiki page - http://booya-media.com/socialnet/userwiki/view/84

DirtyMac's Blog - www.dirtymacposter.blogspot.com

DirtyMac on Facebook - www.facebook.com/dmposter