Ten Questions With Todd Slater

It’s been a couple weeks since our last installment of Ten Questions, so I thought I’d bring you this extra special, extra interesting interview with Todd Slater.  Enjoy.

Age: 28

Location: Austin, Texas for the past 2 months.  I’ve lived in Houston, Tyler, Henderson and Nacogdoches (the oldest city on the globe) over the past 10 years.  That’s pretty much every city in East Texas I think…

Years Doing Posters: 5.

Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: My favorites change from year to year but at this moment, it’s my most recent Elvis Costello poster.  It marks the start of a new style for me and I still think it’s the best collage poster I’ve done.  I’ve always admired Chuck Close, and that print reminds me of his portraits.

All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did:  I would have to say my favorite print from another artist is  AA’s Meat Puppets poster. It combines three different elements in one poster:  the burglar illustration, the background pattern and the type bar. I often try this with my own prints. If you’re successful, the whole image will kinda humm…it’s perfection.

Music Currently In Rotation: Ladytron, Ghostland Observatory, Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill, Black Mountain, Stereolab, and They Might Be Giants children’s album for my one year old daughter.

Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought:  http://www.gigposters.com/poster/97161_Dimmu_Borgir.html.  I traded Alan for alot of his collabs with Christian Hall awhile back, but had to purchase this one right away.  Their Danzig poster is beautiful. Hall is top shelf illustrator and Hynes is a top notch designer, making their collabs a perfect union.  I don’t typically care for compositions that separate type and image like this Dimmu Borgir, but the design reminds me of a classic novel cover…required reading or something for all seniors…  of course the image is not what you’d expect on those kind of books.

Art Hanging On Your Walls: A gigantic episode 1 banner (approx. 8 x 12 feet) that my friends and I stole while we were in high school from a local movie theater.  True Story: I worked as a projectionist at an 8 screen theater when the first Star Wars prequel came out. My friends and I posed as employees of the 24 screen theater down the road…it wasn’t hard because the uniforms were the same and the 24 screen had so many employees that is was normal to not  recognize everyone.  We borrowed a ladder from the stock room, promptly removed the banner from the wall, and were on our way.  Unfortunately there was one glitch in our plan: once the banner went missing, someone who worked at the theater identified me from a high school class.  The theater called me at home and after a not so friendly conversation with a rent-a-cop, I was forced to give the banner back.  I thought I’d never see the banner again, but my wife, who was a manager for the theater at the time, saved the banner and gave it to me when we moved into our house in Austin last month.  The amazing thing is that my wife and I barely knew each other at the time. She wasn’t saving the banner for any reason other than she thought it might be valuable.  After we got married she waited for the right time to give it to me.  If that’s not true love I don’t know what is.

I also have several Rob Jones White Stripes prints up, most notable the Jack and Meg UK tour posters, a few Lure and Eyenoise prints, the Heads of State/Tyler Stout Pretty Girls Make Graves poster and a few choice Little Friends of Printmaking posters.  I also have a display of vintage basketball cards in a UV case by my desk in my office.  I’m all about high art!

Upcoming Stuff: I will be teaming up with a very reputable artist for a Ween series in June and July.

Words of Wisdom: Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.  – Thoreau

To see more of Todd’s work, and buy some great posters, visit ToddSlater.net.

14 Responses to “Ten Questions With Todd Slater”

  1. love them all!

    thanks!

    r.

  2. Ugh, someone, please sell or trade me that Neil Slater!!!!

  3. That Neil Young poster is bad ass.
    I recently bought his Goldfinger poster he did for The Alamo Drafthouse. Looks so good with all that gold ink.

  4. great interview, I didn’t realize he was that young!

  5. Loved it – loved the star wars story, you cant beat a good mix of banner, theft and love with a happy ending.
    I smell a movie.

  6. I’ve got a few of Todd’s and love them all. The Elvis Costello is so impressive in person. I also didn’t realize he was so young- keep up the good work!

  7. I love alot of Todd’s prints…Not all – but alot! And you can often see him switching styles – like he’s always challenging himself. I didn’t realize that he’d only been doing posters for 5 years – what a variety of work he has put out in such a short amount of time. Remarkable – fo’ real-sies.

  8. Hey, that Neil Young poster has the Spain’s coat of arms… ¿?

  9. He didn’t mention that his nickname is AC

  10. Hey Jorge,

    According to my sources (who are often wrong), the poster is about the song Cortez the Killer, aka Hernán Cortés, a conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain in the 1500s. Got that right from wikipedia.

  11. I hate guys who are 5 years younger than me and so much more talented. Damn them all!

  12. I got that same gigantic episode 1 banner hanging in my bedroom, also wanted to steal it but didn´t have the guts!
    So I bought it on the bay.
    Nice little interview.

  13. Hi Tom W,
    Thanks for your accurate observation, but the coat of arms that appears in the poster is exactly the one that was adopted by the spanish law on october 19th of 1981… so far in time of Hernan Cortés and the “conquistadores” age…
    But to me, this detail doesn’t make the poster less amazing… the poster is really awesome!

  14. Todd reppin the Etx hell yeah! Hard to believe he lived in my old neck of the woods (literally)… little h-town, Tyler, and Sackoroaches! That’s how he got so talented so quickly, there ain’t shit to do there!

    Bob’s BBQ man, i could eat it every fuggin day

    Thanks Mitch, lovin all of these 10 question interviews.

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