Frequently asked questions
Is that your real name?
No really, it is! My parents thought it’d be a laugh to call me Jon, what jokers eh? You can only imagine the playground chants I endured.Who does your drawings?
Mr computer sometimes helps with the colouring in but generally all my drawings are done by a small, highly skilled team of moles. I treat them to a fresh earthworm and bowl of milk for every new drawing they produce - this enables me plenty of time for my much needed midday naps.Do you have any advice on doodling?
Doodling is a hard master if you want to take it seriously, it’s a piece of pie if you just want to mess around though. Always sharpen your pencils and keep your desk tidy. Carrying a sketchbook with you at all times is useful, though you have to remember to draw in it once in a while.Where can I find out more about you?
Why not look here…
PMc magazine interview by Lori Zimmertron
Blog and Buy Sale Interview
Video interview for Safewalls (part3)
Video interview for Safewalls (part2)
Video interview for Safewalls (part1)
Love list interview
Video interview on Posca’s French website.
LeftLion interview about my band Anxieteam with Jim Avignon
Creative Boom interview
Limited Hype interview
Computer Arts Nov 2009 interview
Juxtapoz part one
Juxtapoz part two
Morandini blog (Brazil)
Video interviews by the BBC
Whitehot Art Magazine interview
Ape On The Moon interview
Nottingham Visual Arts interview
Supremegeni blog mini interview
On the BBC website
Illicit Exhibitions article
SUBvert Magazine online interview
Art Bastard Interview
Creative Review blog interview
Subaquatica Interview (English)
Subaquatica Interview (Spanish)
ToyCyte - toys and design website
Lost At E Minor interview
Artoyz blog in French
Frederator Studio Blog interview
BBC Collective Game City 2007 coverage
Design and Life PDF Minizine
Design Freak Interview
My studio on Guilotine
Little Chimp Society interview
DPI magazine (in Taiwan)
Wooster Collective Podcast
Victoria and Albert Museum interview
Where can I find out more about you in books?
The following new publications feature my work in some way:
Latex For Fun book published by Die Gestalten Verlag - Ballooons are the new urban vinyl
Jeremyville Sessions book published by IdN - works by Jeremyville and his chums
If You Could Do Anything Tomorrow… 2 book - nice illustrations about wish fulfillment
Los Logos 3 published by Die Gestalten Verlag - a book a logos
Pictoplasma ‘The Character Encyclopedia’ - The great new book from Pictoplasma.
Dot Dot Dash published by DGV - A gaint new character book.
300% Cotton published by Laurence King - Cool collection of t-shirt graphics.
Tattoo Icons published by Viction:ary - Amazing book about tattoos, comes in a lavish box.
The Art of Rebellion 2 published by Publikat - Street art and activism book.
Print and Production Finishes for Promotional Items published by RotoVision - nice things.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but here’s some artists I like and draw inspiration from;
Javier Mariscal, Jim Avignon, Yoshitomo Nara, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barry McGee, Mike Mills, Phil Frost, Keith Haring, Kurt Schwitters, Chris Ware, Cy Twombly, Picasso, Geoff Mcfetridge, Paul Davis, Devilrobots, Gary Taxali, Mari-chan, Aki, Adam Neate, Alex One, David Shrigley, Martin Creed, Kris Martin, Keith Tyson, Dave The Chimp, Joise Long, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Martinez… I’ll add more as I can think of them..Who, what, where and when do you get your inspirations from Mr Burgerman?
That’s too many questions at once. Generally I reach for The Big Book of Art Ideas and steal everything from there. Inspiration, like chewing gum, can be found everywhere. Sometimes you don’t even have to look for it, you’ll just be walking along and -bam- you’ll get some inspiration, or some chewing gum on your shoe…
I use whatever I can get hold of that hasn’t already run out. Pen wise I like a nice old honest, chewed at the end biro or a sleek Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip. I use a wide variety of felt pens, from Berols to Sign pens to chunky markers, like Sharpies.
When painting I use a mix of household emulsion and cheap acrylics. Some of the cardboard pieces and wall paintings I’ve done also utilise Posca pens, which are from Japan. Sometimes they’re a little difficult to get hold of but are worth tracking down as they give a nice flat colour on most surfaces and are very quick and easy to use.
Wonky, wibbly, odd, angry, happy, dumb, wrong.
It’s difficult to say where they come from, they just appear in my inbox sometimes. I suspect lots come from word of mouth, having my work shown in galleries, magazines and websites and plain old good luck. I don’t think there’s a formula to getting commissions, sometimes it really is a case of being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people - how’s that for a string of clichés?