Who is Skullboy and what do you do?
Skullboy is a graphic designer by trade, currently based in Durban, South Africa. He works by day as a senior graphic designer for Modern Museum and by night, creates artwork and initiates various other creative projects. He is represented by Baang+Burne, NY.
How would you define your style or art?
An ever evolving blackness. From time to time, I get told that I look like this artist or that artist depending on what I’m working on but at this stage I’m still experimenting. I’m still looking for that definitive voice.
What inspires your work?
Various things from time to time. Different things affect me at different times so that’s why I say that the work is evolving. There’s a few conceptual threads but subjects change depending on the context and outcomes intended. But mostly, music plays a major role. I’ll often hear a song and think “I want to make work that looks like this sounds”.
What are you currently working on?
Like I said, I’m working on creating artwork and experimenting and generally having fun. I recently painted a few large-scale murals at 8 Morrison Street in Durban which was really fun. Currently, I am working on a publication for Sol-Sol menswear (sol-solmenswear.com) which we’ll be launching in South Africa and Hong Kong in December. It’s a really exciting project. It’s been busy but busy is good, right?
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Experiment and don’t be afraid to fail. Keep busy – that’s the golden rule. I’m only realising in the last 2 years that every single shitty project I initiated early on in my career to keep me busy, each acted as a precursor and foundation for the bigger and better projects that I’m working on now. So yeah, just work.
Where can our readers follow your work?
www.skullboy.co.za (new site coming soon)