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Jared Wright Interview


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When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?

Well, when I was little I wanted to be a baseball player, and then I quit that and started skateboarding. As soon as realized (10 years later) my skateboarding career wasn't going anywhere I thought I'd either be a musician or artist, since drawing was one of my first passions. I quickly realized I wasn't good enough at guitar or singing so art was almost a safety net of sorts. It's not that art wasn't my first choice but as a kid you don't really realize that being an artist is a viable option for a career. Teachers never tell you that you can be an artist, they tell you, you can be a lawyer or doctor and even president (or in my case, a landscaper, roofer etc. haha) but they never really mention anything in the arts. I'm really glad it worked out this way though because If any of my other options would of worked out I would be on the road so much I wouldn't have time for my family.

And we're glad he found art!

Where do you find your inspiration?

Oh man, that's a loaded question. I find inspiration everywhere, which I realize sounds cliche but it's true. I find a lot of inspiration in the work of my peers and seeing how much great art is being pumped out daily. Social media really gives you a great window into the lives and habits of other artists and to see their work ethic is really inspiring. I'm also heavily influenced and inspired by nature, I live in Florida and what we lack in mountainous landscapes we make up for in an extremely diverse range of animals. We literally have dinosaurs (alligators) and reptiles everywhere to rare birds and waterfowl and the amazing diversity of sea creatures. Almost everyday I see something that makes me want to grab a pen and sketch.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?

I would have to say Peter Max for both of those questions, it  was an exhibit of his that I saw in highschool that changed the way I looked at art. There was something about his psychedelic style that just clicked with me, I literally went home and started trying to emulate what I had seen. I had the chance to meet him a few years later and shake his hand, I still kind of can't believe it.

What has been the best moment in your career?

I would say seeing my art printed on a skateboard for the first time. Growing up skateboarding and it being a huge part of my life, I always dreamed of being able to design a skateboard, so when it actually happened it was pretty surreal.



Check out the second one on the left, so dope!

What is your ideal day?

Oh wow, that's a tough one. I would say camping with my family and some friends maybe somewhere on the east coast, in fall. I would go out in the morning with my son and go fishing, hopefully catching some nice trout. Coming back and making lunch, maybe a day hike. I would grill a nice big porterhouse for dinner and play the guitar by the fire at night. That answer I'm sure would change according to my mood but it's been 90+ degrees here in Florida for the past 7 months and I'm at least 6-8 hours away from any good camping so I've been itching to get out there.

Who is your role model?

I don't really have a role model, there's definitely people I look up to or am inspired by, but I can't say I have a role model.

If you could do anything, what would it be?

Play guitar like Jimi Hendrix.

Why do you create art?

I don't know, I just do. I just get this desire to create. I get an idea and I have to get it out. I'm not good with words as you can tell from the first 7 answers of this interview so I draw. There's this very visceral sense of fulfillment I get when creating something. I feel like sometimes I'm just consuming and not contributing to society and art is a very simple way to feel a small sense of contribution even of what I've created never leaves my desk, I have created something that didn't exist and it's strangely satisfying.

How has your art changed throughout your life?

I think it's always kind of evolving, in high school as I mentioned earlier I would emulate great artists because I really hadn't developed a style yet. I then started creating my own style (or trying to) and it's constantly changing according to what inspires me at that particular point in my life. I'm always, as you could tell my going through even a year of my work, on these kicks where I'm super into one thing Like Owls, Sharks, whales, etc... And that will define the work I create at the time.


Instead of Picasso's Blue Period, it's the Owl Period

What is your dream project?

Hmm, that's a tough one. I would say maybe doing an entire tour design for a band I like. You know, backdrop, posters, shirts etc. I would love to do work with the black keys, or Dan Auerbach, Maybe Boston, Bowie or Bob Dylan. Having my art associated with someone I grew up listening to would be nuts.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?  

Work hard and don't be a dick. That's it, it's straight to the point and couldn't be more true.

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