Through the looking glass

 

Julian Schweke

Julian is an odd combination of overly insecure and extremely cocky, he was brought up in a house with three sisters and one brother. His father owns a very fancy art gallery and his mom is a nurse. Growing up Julian had a great deal of comrodery with his brother and that didn’t stop when they both decided they were going to make a living out of blowing glass, they are both extremely talented at blowing and have work in Fuzzion gallery as well as online on their websites.

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Julian and I did not always get along, we met at the skate park a few years back through our mutual friend Levi. I had been following Julian on Instagram for a long time before that so I knew he was a really good skateboarder. After a few days of getting to know each other I started to film with him. Every weekend I would go out to Goleta to meet Julian, our goal was to finish a video and get Julian sponsored.. After a few months me and Julian had made him a video to send to companies that was 3 minuets long. We sent it in and Julian ended up getting sponsored by one of the biggest skateboard companies that there is, Anti Hero.

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Recently Julian has moved out of his parents house in Goleta, he saved up enough money from glass that he is able to pay rent by him self. I remember for awhile he never thought he would be able to accomplish that. It is a very big thing to be a artist for a living, many try and many fail.

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I asked Julian what is art and he said ” To me art has always been a way of self expression, I can always go to art when I feel stressed or worried about something, it allows me to express my self in ways that I wouldn’t be able to if I was not an artist.” I think that julian will be creating art for the rest of his life and I’m excited for whats to come and to get to follow along the way.

 

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Man Of MAny Talents

 

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Nico is easily one of my best friends, We have been through alot together, and we both grew up at the skate park and know everyone there to this day. Nico stopped skating a few years ago and started to just do art. Im gonna try and drag him back to the park one of these day just to be better than Nico at something… He has photography in his blood and has spent more hours drawing with a pencil than anyone I know. A month before school started last year I went on a month long trip, when I came back I was greeted with the news that my best friend was in Juvenile hall and would be there for a while. In a series of several months I witnessed Nico go from a being someone who thought about art maybe a few times a week to someone who eats, sleeps, and lives it. Through the letters that Nico sent me with some of the most detailed drawings I have ever seen, I knew that he was making the best out of a horrible situation. He came home a changed man, but a changed man for the good.

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On Nicos wall in his room he has about 200 Polaroid pictures that he has taken, the pictures are mostly of friends and family, and the photos on the wall are only about half of the amount he has, he also has a full basket of Polaroids right next to his bed.

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I asked Nico what art is to him and he gave me this “To me art is expressing yourself in a way that sometimes only makes sense to to you, art is not bad or good its just art. Some people may love your art and others will think its horrible, when I create art I try to just let my brain flow freely without worrying about what people will think. At the end of the day the art I do is just the result of how I feel or what im thinking when I do it. Sometimes the less I think about it the better it is. A lot of the time I do art just to capture a moment, half of my art is the story behind it. A story others may not know but one that I’ll remember for ever. Art is putting whats in your mind out into the world in whatever way you want.”…

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The Artist’s Artist

This is Steven Horwood, also known as my Father and DJ Gryphn…

img_9976Stevens father was an established surrealism painter in the 80’s in London. He had pieces in the president of the United States office and he sold his art in many galleries. Steven is a brother of two sisters and was sent to boarding school at a young age. His father taught him the many truths about being an artist, and the harsh world of struggling to get your family by with you’re art. He also taught Steven that a stroke or line can finish a piece or ruin one. I never got to meet my Grandfather but I’m sure he would have would have been very proud of my dad for everything he has accomplished.

img_9966Before moving to California my dad worked for a record label making limited edition album sleeves, he also ran his own club with a few of his close friends and they started an underground electronic dance scene in downtown London. People would come  from the outskirts of south bank  on a Wednesday to see him DJ and to get to watch him jump around the stage like a rabbit.

img_9973Steven moved to the US with 200 hundred dollars, a back pack, and a another long haired hippy friend. Together they traveled the US hitting record stores for lunch and happy hours for dinner, then couches for bed.. he refers to this part of his life as “The voyage for indefinite settlement.”

img_9969When I was younger my dad would DJ for KCSB, I remember going with him and staying for his whole show. He would let me say what he was gonna play next and he would have me put the record on.

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(photo taken at Lucidity Festival 2015)

Steven has over 5,000 records, hes got 6 boxes in the living room that he uses regularly, plus the 20 boxes in the garage that keeps growing and growing. Music is an art form for Steven, along with a way of self expression, he says that when plays and listens to music he doesn’t just hear it, he sees it. Like a light show in  his head, with every color dancing about being moved with a scratch of a record.