Questions and Answers with Street Artist Oh Captain My Captain (OCMC)

Posted by The G on October 4, 2011 under G Interviews, Street Art | 2 Comments to Read

Photos courtesy of Oh Captain My Captain.

OCMC It's About Time

Oh Captain My Captain (OCMC) It's About Time

When you walk through the mean streets of New York, perhaps you’ve seen some glamorous street art on your travels.  Faces from an era gone by line the streets, but who do those faces belong to?  What do the letters next to the faces mean?  OCMC is short for Oh Captain My Captain.  As you read on, find out more about OCMC.  Oh yeah!

OCMC Paris Street art 2011

OCMC Paris Street art 2011

According2G: Tell us about your background.  How long have you been doing street art?  How did you get started?

Oh Captain My Captain: I’ve been doing street art for a few years now. Basically, most of my free time was spent skateboarding bowls/pools. I had a bad accident falling in a bowl which left me with a brain injury and some lost memory. Doctors told me I couldn’t skate for 6 months, as no one knew if I were to fall how it would affect my memory at that point. I always liked pop art so while I was recouping I started getting more into it. I couldn’t afford to buy it but thought I would just make my own. I loved Warhol and I wound up learning to silkscreen from one of Andy’s silkscreen printers. Then I was off and running…

OCMC Mary in Soho

OCMC Mary in Soho

A2G: Who are your heroes/influences?

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Questions and Answers with Actor Christopher J. Hanke

Posted by The G on September 26, 2011 under G Interviews | Comments are off for this article

Photos from IMDB.com except where noted.

Christopher J. Hanke

Christopher J. Hanke

Meet Broadway’s newest star – Christopher J. Hanke.  In his short career, he’s performed in stage productions of “The Full Monty,” “Rent,” “Hair” and “Cry-Baby” and he’s currently co-starring in one of the biggest Broadway hits of 2011, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.  The musical revival features Christopher J. Hanke as the menacing bad guy Bud Frump acting along side Tony Winner John Larroquette and Daniel Radcliffe.  He’s won rave reviews for his performance and he is poised to become Broadway’s next superstar.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask the megastar in the making a few questions and as you read on, if you haven’t already fallen in love with Christopher J. Hanke, you will by the end of this article.

 

According2G: How do you prepare for performing in front of a live audience each night?  Do you have any rituals/totems/good luck charms?

Christopher J. Hanke: I arrive at the theater about an hour before the show starts.  By rule, we have to be there no later than a half hour, which is 30 minutes before curtain, but the more time in the theater, in my dressing room prior to a show, the more relaxed I am.  A pre-show shower to wipe off my day is a must, as is my pre-show meal, eaten in my dressing room.  Something smallish and usually healthy.  I warm up and steam my voice.  Actually not in that order, steam first, then warm up.  I don’t have a good luck charm but I do have a planters rock from my one and only waiter job in NYC that sits at my dressing room table.  It reminds me that when things get tough at work, I need to remember I could always be waiting tables.

A2G: What’s the first thing you do when you get off stage?

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Q&A with Street Artist and Musician Desire Obtain Cherish

Posted by The G on September 9, 2011 under G Interviews, Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photos and art courtesy of Desire Obtain Cherish.

Desire Obtain Cherish _I Can't Wait_, acyrlic on printed canvas

Desire Obtain Cherish "I Can't Wait" acyrlic on printed canvas

 One of the things that turns me on about street art is the skill it takes to paint the town red (sometimes literally) while the rest of the world is sleeping.  Another thing that I enjoy are the clever jabs at society that street artists take in hopes of bringing social awareness to new levels.  It’s very rare to sucessfully pull off these two things, but Los Angeles based street artist Desire Obtain Cherish not only does it but is at the top of the street art movement as a result of his great art.  Like any masterful artist, DOC does not just do one thing.  He’s also involved in a dubstep project called Obtain.  You can hear some of his music and even download some free tracks too! Desire Obtain Cherish’s first solo show is showing at Lab Art in Los Angeles (through September 14, 2011), so do not miss it under any circumstance.  Desire Obtain Cherish was kind enough to answer a few questions for all of us and without any further delay, the DOC is in!

DOC at Lab Art

DOC at Lab Art

 According2G: How did you get involved with street art?

Desire Obtain Cherish: A street artist named BAMP asked me to go out pasting with him one night. I was deep into making music at the time and thought, sure I’ll go paste some stuff to support my dubstep project called OBTAIN. I had been toying with DESIRE OBTAIN CHERISH for sometime.  Mainly thinking about the ridiculous nature of our society and how we consume.

Desire Obtain Cherish 'Type 2', edition of 3, syringes filled with acrylic, in plastic tray, framed.

Desire Obtain Cherish 'Type 2', edition of 3, syringes filled with acrylic, in plastic tray, framed.

A2G:  Where did the name Desire Obtain Cherish come from?

DOC: The 3 words together derived from what I consider to be our natural cycle of self will. Originally it was Desire Obtain Covet. But I felt no one would understand the word ‘Covet,’ so I kept it simple.  We Desire. We Obtain. We Cherish. Very often we Destroy. Only to start it all over again. The word Destroy seemed a bit negative, so I left it with Desire Obtain Cherish.

Flaming Erection

Flaming Erection

A2G:  Tell us about your first time… as a street artist.

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