Nothing beats hanging out with our favourite artists in their element producing artwork. We were at Karousel in Grey Lynn where Ean Dog works part time and prints his art & t-shirt brand Dog Brothers. You don’t realise the skill these artists have until you spend time with them doing this kind of thing. We chatted with Ean while he printed his first commercially available print “True Loathing“, a mix of stencil and screen and a super short run of just 30 (Interview continues below print making medley shoot…)
Where has your creative career taken you so far?
So far too here. …Thanks endemic, and anyone who so far has bought a Dog brothers T-shirt… but the future is a very big space.
Can you pass on any advice for others pursuing a similar career?
The T-shirt and design business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side! ! Keep it small one design at a time and most of all have fun.
Who are some of your favourite artists & designers?
This may be a long list sorry ahead of time…the late great Martin “FUCKIN” Emond, Broadmore, Dan Tippett and DLT, Otis Frizzel and Mark Weston, Trust Me also Banksy (especially the paris Hilton album rework) and anything he does that makes you think !, Obey, 3D, Vhils, Antony Micallef, Mode 2, Seen, Futura 2000, Jr, Connor Harrington, Zevs, Misery, Askew , TMD, Enu, Little Elliot and my mate Quink.
Describe your dream job?
Mmmm Fluffer on female porn sets ! (You asked).
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new and exciting projects coming up?
Slowly (ha ha) working on more limited edition prints (some may make it to T-shirts) the theme is New Zealand icons and music so watch this space.
Where did the name Dog Brothers come from?
We were looking around on you tube and found a fighting group called Dog brothers there main thing was about self defense but when you looked closer it was brother hood and about respecting your opponent so we thought the last bit was a bit of us, so part of our aim is to help promote other would be artist such as Dj’s or graphic, clothing labels etc, so on our web site we post other peoples work and links. ”Even cage fighters who beat the living shit out of each other, still hug the looser and respect there efforts” a bit like how life should be.
What do you like most about being an artist/designer/making prints?
The free time.
What else do you do?
I am currently employed part time at Karousel screen printers, printing textile i.e. T-shirts etc for bands like Fat Freddy’s , Tiki and the list goes on etc etc.
What are your 5 favourite things?
My girlfriend my major support unit (couldn’t do half of it with out her x)
My art print collection, Obey, Otis Frizzell, Martin “F” Emond, Misery, Coop etc
Music at the mo Dj Dub Head, Dj Printor and J-Star
Italian home cooked food
Red Wine mmmmmm
What website do you spend most of your web time on?
What are your tools? black fine tip biro pen/ 21″mac/ go pro?
Start’s in my head then Pencils or Pen rough as sketches (which to most would make no sense) then talking to friends they listen and help me see the bigger picture and then my trusty 17” power book oh and now stencils and spray paint and lots of ink…