UVD: Would you mind telling us a little background about yourself?
MAXX242: My name is Maxx242, and ive been drawing as long as I can remember. One of my first memories was when I was about 3 yrs old, sitting in my living room try to find a pen to draw with. As far as art professionally, it all started with graffiti, learning letter styles and compositions. Around 95 I was doing stuff for friends companies and bands. I knew its what I wanted to do, and just worked on growing it.
UVD: Would you mind telling us about some of the designs that you came up with when you were first starting out and how designs have progressed over the years?
MAXX242: One of the first pieces I did that I got paid pretty well for was at the Electric Chair retail store in Riverside. They asked me to paint a wall in the store, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I painted this big alien octopus, ive always been into octopi and alien stuff. I combined the 2 and did this piece. To this day, you can see that in my art.
UVD: What’s it like designing for Famous Stars and Straps/The Wild Ones in all the different types of media? (clothing, vinyl, graffiti advertizing.)
MAXX242: It’s a lot of fun, a lot of work, but fun.
UVD: What are some things that influence you and your work? Is there any artist’s work that inspired you and your style early on in your career?
MAXX242: Comic books, science fiction movies, skateboard art, Arthur Adams, Robert Williams, Todd McFarlane, Jim Phillips, Bernie Wrightson, Dali, and Giger are amongst a few that have always influenced me.
UVD: What was it like to see a 2D character such as the ‘Bandit’ become a 3D vinyl piece?
MAXX242: It was great!! I love toys, so designing toys has been awesome
UVD: How was it working with KidRobot on the recent 2Tone Dunny series?
MAXX242: KidRobot is an awesome company, I was probably a pain in the ass for them, hope not! Theyre cool as hell though
photo from SpankyStokes
UVD: You have quite an impressive client list. What was it like working with artists like Bad Religion, Sublime, Pearl Jam, and Van Halen? Were there any challenges while working with any musicians?
MAXX242: Working with musicians is great, some of the best experiences was working with Blink-182 and the with Pearl Jam. I really enjoyed the outcome of those projects.
UVD: How did you start working with ZacPac? And how did the recent Jeff Soto vs. Maxx242 Be@rbricks collab come about?
MAXX242: My friend Kazuhiro who runs Zac Pac reached out to me. He had seen the art I did for Real Skateboards and loved it. So he hit me up to collaborate with them and Medicom and I couldn’t say yes fast enough! The Jeff Soto project was inedible, Jeff and I have known each other for 20yrs, Jeff was playing around with him and I colabing officially on a project. When Kaz hit me up to do a new bearbrick, I knew exactly what we had to do.
UVD I realize that I have asked specifically about some of your designs, are there some that I did not ask about that you wish to take a moment to talk about?
MAXX242: I think as far as vinyl toys go, you pretty much covered everything. Other than that, I think doing the Osiris Shoes and the Real decks has been a lot of fun.
UVD: Are there any future projects that you wish to discuss for the reader to keep their eyes open for in the upcoming future?
MAXX242: Nothing quite yet, but there are some great projects to look forward to.
UVD: What would your encouragements/suggestions be for artists/designers that are either just starting out or who are trying to get themselves noticed?
MAXX242: Man, just keep doing it, believe in your self, and love what you do.
UVD: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Are there any parting words you wish to say to the reader?
MAXX242: I wish I had something grand to say and leave you guys with, all I can say is stay up.