Two summers ago I was on one of thee dopest clothing line teams that Flint,Mi has ever seen at the time ..
Identical Variant …. The founders called a team meeting to do some planning and discussing as far as what was next. That was a well needed meeting for me because I didn’t know everyone, I wanted to put faces with names ya know?.. At this meeting I met Sean that is known as Smack.. Smack was one of the artist on the team… He was real cool chill and quite random which was cool with me.. I’m random… Earlier this year he released The Red Book… It’s a dope book with great illustration and room for your mind to work! I had the pleasure of asking him just a few questions about the book and what he does….
1.The name smack, how did that come about?
“The name Smack actually started back in my high school days. I was a part of this youth group back in Saginaw called Gamma Kappa Kudos and one of my brothers started calling me that. It’s basically a combination of my first and last name. Ever since then I just ran with it and made it my artist name.”
2.How did art become apart of your life?
“Art’s really been in my life since I was a kid. People always told me that I was drawing whenever I had the chance, sketching out like Ninja Turtles or Ghostbusters. I can’t even really think of a time when it wasn’t around. It wasn’t really until around elementary school when I realized I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. Didn’t know exactly how but I just knew I wanted to do art.”
3.How did the idea for the Red Book come along?
“The whole idea came from me being in an art block really. Any artist will tell you about those, once you get an art block all creativity is stalled. So to get out of it I wanted to go back to basics and go back to figure drawing. That’s really how the book started. One girl offered to pose and another followed and it just jumped off from there. The color “red” came from more of a design choice that turned into something more meaningful as the whole series went on.”
4.The girls in the book, how did you go about selecting them?
“After I realized I wanted to turn it into a book, I basically had a call for anybody that wanted to be in the book. Anyone of any persuasion was welcome to be in, color, body type, all were welcomed. Some of them I knew personally and I was just honored that they even wanted to be a part of it. Someone told me the book let them show a side they never got a chance to express and that was cool to me.”
5.Did they have boyfriends? How was their reactions to your illustrations of their women?
“Yeah there were definitely some who were involved at the time. I never really heard any reaction from their boyfriends about it so I couldn’t even say. I haven’t been threatened with a bat yet so I think they weren’t too heated about it. It’s crazy, there’s a part in the beginning of the book that says thank you which really meant “thank you for not driving to Saginaw to start a fight club on my front lawn” haha. But I seriously appreciate any of them realizing it’s really just art.”
6.Where can the Red Book be found?
“Right now anybody interested can by the physical version the book on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1483948161/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dgLgsb13X26DGGEY) and the digital version at the book’s Tumblr page (http://smackred.tumblr.com).”
7. What can we expect next from Smack?
“Honestly? That’s something I’m trying to figure out myself really. I’m starting ground work for the next Red Book, I’ll be going back to working on my webcomic The Revolutionary Times soon with my friend Brandon Howard, and doing more design work with Identical Variant. Other than that, it’s completely a mystery to me. These past couple of months, I’ve done a children’s books and an art battle so who knows where the artistic winds will take me next. I just know I’ll be doing my best to become a better artist and showing the world what I can do with these gifts.”
8.Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like readers to know?
“I’m a Taurus, I enjoy very short walks on the beach and Kevin Smith movies, and I’m currently 95% potty trained. I don’t know what anyone would actually do with that info but there you have it. Oh, and don’t take any wooden nickels. Just don’t do it. “
Check out some of Smacks illustrations. Ladies seize the opportunity to be his next muse for “Chapter 2 of The Red Book” below…