Ten Questions With David D’Andrea

For today’s Ten Questions, I asked one of my favorite up and comers to drop by.  This dude is a serious talent, pay attention.  Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. David D’Andrea.

Age: 33

Location: Oakland, CA.

Years Doing Posters: I’ve been doing xeroxed flyers for Oakland/Sf shows since 97 or so. I’ve been putting out screen printed posters on a regular basis for only about 1.5 years.

Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: Om/Lichens West Coast Pilgrimage. Creating an image for Om was an absolute pinnacle for me. Their (Al, Chris, and Matt collectively as Sleep and now OM and High on Fire) influence on my artwork has been immeasurable.  The images came to me naturally, and I pushed the amount of colors and intricacy of the separations. Monolith Press has been with me all the way (thanks Mauz) and we really went for it with the Om print.  I feel that it set the bar for me spiritually and technically, as far as prints go.

All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: Alan Forbes’ Mudhoney. It’s a testament to rock posters…modern and retro simultaneously.My jaw hit the floor when I saw the original…an 8.5×11″ inked version of the entire poster, text and all.  Meeting Alan has been one of the greatest benefits of my involvement in the poster scene thus far. We really push each others’ abilities. It’s not uncommon to receive a  snapshot of a freshly inked piece at 5am. We are both insane night owls and workaholics!

Music Currently In Rotation:
Daniel A.I.U. Higgs “Metempsychotic Melodies”
Danava “UnonoU”
Jex Thoth “ST”
Witch “Paralyzed”
Dark “Round the Edges”
Black Mountain “In the Future”
Pandit Pran Nath “Midnight”.

Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: Takato Yamamoto’s “Secret Traces of Night” portfolio.

Art Hanging On Your Walls: A Barron Storey signed digital print. Barron is the closest thing I have to a mentor. He is an OG dark-sider and absolutely the most inspirational person I have ever met.  Alan Forbes’ Mudhoney (see question #5).  Monica Canilao, various pieces.  An old Pushead Septic Death “Need So Much Attention” print from the Pushead fanclub circa mid 80′s.  Also tons of paper/print/packaging ephemera from years past, flyers, some of my own stuff, etc.

Upcoming Stuff: Posters: Witchcraft in Ohio and OKC, Danava in Portland, Witch in SF, and the “Fall into Darkness” festival in Portland.
Albums: Wino “Punctuated Equilibrium”, Loss “Despond”, Samothrace full length, Nadja/Campbell Kneale collaborative album, etc.
Also a bunch of un-announcable projects involving zines, books, film,  and of course more posters!

Words of Wisdom: Let the Wookie win.

See more of David’s work at DVDAndrea.com and SecretSerpentsStore.com.

9 Responses to “Ten Questions With David D’Andrea”

  1. Wow, this dude’s work is sick! Somewhat reminiscent of a Mr. A. Horkey’s style in terms of detail, very cool

  2. David’s style definately sets him apart from many.. rediculous detail. The OM print is his best so far…

  3. Wow and ridiculous have already been used…. so.. stupendous… even prodigious.. gotta look into some more of his work..

  4. Oakland seems to be a hotbed of poster designers.

  5. That piece with the young Victorian-looking woman… second-before-last. Is that also one of Andrea’s works, or any example of art from one of this favorites as the paragraph below it may suggest?

    I ask because I’m in love. I can’t find it in his portfolio.

  6. Not one of David’s pieces, its from that print portfolio he’s talking about in the question.

  7. It’s a Takato Yamamoto (the girl)
    He is famous Japanese Artist, his sight is http://www.yamamototakato.com/history.html but it is mostly in Japanese.
    *Caution Highly Erotic*

  8. Thank you so much. =)

  9. incredible stuff. the amount of growth in 1.5 years is amazing! keep on…

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