For today’s Ten Questions, I’ve invited Mike Saputo to come sit down. While he may not be a household name to all, he is quickly becoming a favorite poster artist of many people (including me). His colorful illustrations and type treatments are insane and original, and he’s sure to do bigger things in the future. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Mike Saputo.
Age: I’ve been loitering for close to 37 years.
Location: The suburban sprawl of Chicago.
Years Doing Posters: Umm….5/6 years?
Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: Ah jeez, I don’t know. If I had to choose just one or two posters I could take on a deserted island to use as a way to start a fire more easily, it would probably be the 07 High on Fire…or the Melvins. I don’t know, does black paper light easier than white?
All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: Oh man, I’m going to feel short changed narrowing it down to only a few. Probably Griffin’s Grateful Dead “aoxomoxoa” gigposter with Initial Shock and Sons of Champlin. My only gripe is that it says “Grateful Dead” on it. Otherwise, pure and complete brilliance. Griffin is the reason I fell in love with the rock poster. As far as today’s artists it would have to be Horkey’s 2005 Boris/Sunn0))) poster or his Fantomas. Shocker, huh? Really anything the guy does is just mind numbingly, insanely great. There’s no one that can even come close to his skills with ink in this business. He’s a craftsman with the pen. Or does he use a brush? Really though, does it matter? Oh yeah, there’s a 22 color silkscreen out there of Joe Coleman’s “Houdini” that’s just alright as well.
Music Currently In Rotation: Do you have all day? Let’s see, I pretty much listen to music all day, everyday. It’s all over the map. So in a nutshell on random: Motorhead, Unsane, Opeth, High on Fire, Eyehategod, Iron Monkey, Weedeater, Milligram, Graveyard, Isis, Mogwai, Torche, Pentagram, Thin Lizzy, Skynyrd, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Sabbath, Budgie, Kyuss, Red Giant, Steve Von Till, Neil Young, J.J. Cale, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Dax Riggs, Mark Lanegan, Ween, Junior Kimbrough, Blind Willie Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, The Meters, Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Portishead, Pacewon, Cage, Black Moon, R.A. the Rugged Man, Boogie Down Productions, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Criminal Damage, Gallows….*takes deep breath* Okay, that’s enough.
Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: I haven’t bought a poster or a toy in a LONG time….but for toys it would have to be either my 20 inch Ultraman, or the 20 inch Giant Robot. I can’t remember which I got last. Oh yeah, I also picked up McFarlane’s Giger “Li 2” sculpture back in 2004, so yeah, it’s been a while. Last rock poster I bought was probably about 10 or so years ago I think, and it’s the Kozik that is hanging on my wall as you’ll read below.
Art Hanging On Your Walls: HR Giger “Anima Mia”, Kozik’s devil woman Kyuss poster , Forbes Fu Manchu Dynamo Festival. Some Mark Dancey album promo screenprints for Small Stone Records and his “El Diablo” poster, as well as some old lobby cards from such fine movies as “Black Sabbath”, “Born Losers” and “Untamed Mistress”.
Upcoming Stuff: Providing diaper changes and an endless supply of waffles and snacks for my daughters…oh wait, you mean artwise? Of course you do. Well, just finishing up a Witchcraft poster and a Ironweed record for Small Stone Records. I then want to finish up my “Shogun Warrior” art print that’s been gathering dust for months. It will be my first. I’d like to do more, but there just always seems to be something that wanders in front of it’s place on the priority list.
Words of Wisdom: You would not be wise to listen to any of my words of wisdom. As Fat Tony would say: “Listen to your heart”.
To see more of Mike’s work, visit MikeSaputo.com.