This summer, DiscoverSD.com is addicted to style. In anticipation of THREAD Show, we've shown you how to how to appropriately accessorize with L&L Designs, how to get Cornfed by Barrie, and why it's essential to claim your Kingly Coverings.
With THREAD just moments away, we're digging deep in the San Diego fashion scene to unleash the raw, uninhibited, eco-friendly bigwig himself. San Diego, prepare to meet serious style with SPRFKR, one of THREAD Show's top designers.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in East L.A. I played in Forest Lawn Memorial for a few years as a kid with my sis, moved to Rialto, CA in the Inland Empire when I was a teen, and now I am 25 and want to build a sustainable house in the local creek and draw till I die.
Q: How will you be involved with this year's San Diego THREAD show?
A: We will be putting together a series of live art shows with the THREAD family figures. I have been taking my art to the shows last-minute for the last year. So, we might as well do it properly this time, ya heard?
Q: Tell us about your designs. What are your favorite pieces? What materials do you use? What makes your designs unique?
A: Well there's not much to explain about my designs. I am just a pervert and instead of hiding from it, I just go with it. I never show my favorite stuff, I learned to keep it in my pants.
For materials, I like to use pencils for sketches, black gel pens from Rite-Aid that are 25 for six dollars for sharp line inking, and sharpie thick for outlines. I've been using black and white for a few years now because I want to build it more before I boogie with color. I use whatever I have collected from yard sales and thrift stores. I have a huge collection of supplies; it's addicting. I like Bristol board because you can use color markers without warping the paper. I'll go all-day. I love the trial and error of supplies.
My designs are unique because my vibe is in every line. That's all I got to offer while I'm alive. I've just been buggin' doing the business (BUSY NESS) side of it: ups, reorders, internation taxes, bills due. Man, F-that, I'm over it. I just want to draw and make amateur psychedelic soft core. I'm getting old cuz I'm in front my MAC all day.
Q: Which designers/artists are your inspirations?
A: As far as people that draw, my respect goes out to my boiz: Mucha, Beardsley, Vincent Minnelli, Egon Schiele, Klimt, and IVAN BILIBIN. There's a huge list, so I wont bore y'all with me geeking out about the classic cats. Also, I have to give cred to I-would-say-newer dudes like: Jose Gonzales, Vaughn Bode, Jean-Claude Forest, ALEX VARENNE, Andre barbe, and Antoine Bernhart. Dude, I will go all night.
And then I cannot forget the homies that are still alive, even though some of the guys up there might still be ticking! Rocking Jelly Bean who makes me get up and want to make my girls so fine you still think about them after you're done looking at them. COPE.2 for straight up being a real cat dedicated to his craft I hope I can continue. My boys AK3, DeathRock, Amik, Brainiak Deka, World, Tues, STE, Kevdeen, Mama, Jayjees FirstBlood and my little brother, who will clown all those cats at Art Center Pasadena, Jonathon, and my sister Jasmine, she colors.
Q: What recent fashion trends do you love? What do you despise the most?
A: I still just like that thrift store look. Sorry, I'm old-fashioned.
Q: If you only had one day left on earth, what would you be wearing?
A: Whatever I was wearing when I found out? I'd get naked and just lay down.
Q: What emerging trends should San Diegans keep an eye out for?
A: Global Warming.
Q: Do you think this year's THREAD show will be better than ever?
A: They always get better. Plus, I won't be at the booth so much, so the girls will hook it up with cheaper prices. The SPRFKR booth at Thread and Thread Show will be better this year. Big ups! Much Love.
Q: What are your favorite San Diego boutiques?
A: I always hear great things about Steady and Unsteady. You should go right away if you haven't been yet. They have a siiick selection of SPRFKR to boot, if it hasn't sold out yet.
Q: When you're in San Diego, where can we find you?
A: What, you want to kick it? Bring Modelo Negro, Hoegarden, and some goose for your boy, and I might even do drunken windmills and a capella some Hathaway. Don't trip.
Q: Anything else you'd like fashion fans to know?
A: Peep game, sprfkr.com.
"Because you can't be naked all the time."