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   Born in NJ and raised on huge doses of Saturday morning cartoons through the 70s and 80s definitely  shaped the attitude and art style I have today.  More than once my art teachers told me that what I was doing was not art and the cartoon-ish style could never mesh with real art, leaving no future or career doing what I was doing...so of course I pursued it!
 

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    My fine art is a lowbrow collection of skulls, hotrods, monkeys, tikis and pinup girls primarily painted with wood stain on panels and I also sculpt in epoxy clay and automotive body filler.   When I’m not behind a pencil or paintbrush, I’m most definitely behind the wheel of my 65 Snotrocket panel truck or my 1931 pickup from hell out slinging art at your local car show. Seems that some of my teachers may have been wrong...the combination of quirky cartoons and heavy metal has been working for me so far

  Through the 90s I had several not artistic jobs that again, reinforced my need to push toward art. A move to PA at 23 with what would be my future wife was again another learning experience. Four years of near poverty level living forced us back to central NJ and for the next couple years, we worked multiple jobs and slept very little while living in my in-laws basement. Any free night we had was spent at music venues, knocking on band bus doors in hopes that my art would land me the work I desired. Finally in 1998 we went to our local venue to see Kid Rock. His new album was just about to go insane on MTV but this was a small NJ club. My wife and I met him at the back bar to see if he was ok with her shooting photos of the show and he was extremely cool about it. His next NJ show was in February of 99 where we showed him the photos and some art I had done. I finally had a freelance art job for a band that was growing out of control! That July we saw him again in NYC to show more tee shirt samples. We made are way through a wild, jam packed dressing room and in a back corner Kid Rock was hanging out with the one and only Lars Ulrich of Metallica.  My wife “strongly encouraged” me to  introduce myself. Lars loved the work I was doing and gave me his band managers phone number...mind blown! After getting my nerve together I reached out. In 1999, I ended up with three of the top selling tees on their tour and have been working non-stop for them ever since. That amazing, chance meeting opened the door for me to work with so many other amazing bands and share my work with the world.

For freelance work or commission pieces email me at
SQUINDO.NET@GMAIL.COM