Words from Alex Pardee

Describe your art in three words.

Die. Know. Sore.

If you could collaborate with anyone you haven’t yet, who would it be?

Skinner. We have worked side by side but never collaborated yet; both him and his art are super inspiring to me, so, Skinner – definitely.

What are you listening to right now?

The “Bad Girls’ Club” theme song.

What’s your favorite work/piece?

Not sure. I tend to usually move on pretty quickly, regardless of how happy or unhappy I am with my pieces. I typically don’t have favorites, as I see most of my stuff simply as stepping-stones to the next one; so, they are all pretty important. However, I just finished some design work on Zack Snyder’s new film, “Sucker Punch,” and that was an experience unlike any other because in addition to actually drawing, painting, and designing things for the film, those designs actually were given life in the form of moquettes, sets and props, which was pretty exhilarating. So I guess that’s my new favorite.

One word to describe yourself.


Favorite animal?

Sharkasus (half shark, half pegasus).

Describe the art flow process, from brain to paper.

It’s scattered. With my personal art, I rarely envision the final result. I usually have something rough in mind, but it morphs so severely over the course of execution that it usually doesn’t resemble any kind of pre-vision. I scribble shapes and lines for a while until some shape catches my eye and I go from there and refine it. I refine the sketch a few times, adding things, changing things, etc, then get a really tight sketch, which I then size and transfer to a panel and that’s when the mess gets made.

Favorite medium to work with?

Overall the thing I come back to most is linework. Pen and ink, brush and ink, etc. I wanted to be a comic book artist when I was younger and come from an illustration background, so, that might have to do with my consistent love for lines. I also think the amount of expressiveness that can be used with lines is incredible.

What’s your favorite movie?

It’s been “Creepshow” for about 25 years, but I’ve been struggling with that for a few years now as my second favorite, “Night Of The Creeps,” has been edging that out for a while. So… I don’t know.

Want to tell us about any upcoming events/projects?

By the time this comes out, my “CHADAM” animated project should finally have been released, which I have been working on for over 2 years. I’m still running Zerofriends, which is my clothing and art company and we are expanding a little bit and working with releasing new products with some other artists as well. Still working on a couple new books, a horror movie portrait book and a new art book, as well as some new video projects with commercial director Stephen Reedy. I think that’s about it for now. Every day something new pops up, so we’ll see.

Best restaurant in SF?

Bob’s Donuts at 12:25 AM.

What can you tell us about Zerofriends?

It’s basically a tangible extension of both my art as well as some of my talented friends’ art. For years I have tried to find more marketable avenues for my art, and naturally, comic books and t-shirts have always been one of the best, most consistent ways of doing so. I was doing things basically on my own for years through my old company, Eyesuck Ink, which was a publishing company I started back in 1996 as a way to distribute my own ‘zines as I figured that you needed an “official” publishing name to be taken seriously. From there I started making t-shirts to help push the comic book line. And then eventually, I started branching out into doing more fine art, illustration, art direction, and those sorts of things, and because I was doing everything singlehandedly with Eyesuck Ink, the publishing/t-shirt company got put on the back burner. Years later I met up with some friends and we all decided to really put our heads together and try to start a new company, with an official direction and goal.

Through Zerofriends, we started just using all of my art for the lines, because it was a free catalog of images that we can make some cool clothes from. Our intentions have always been to branch out and incorporate other artists, friends, etc., which is what we are starting to focus on now with artists like Skinner, Craola, Robert Bowen, Attaboy, and some others.

In short, Zerofriends started as a family of friends, and that’s what it continues to be. We are all equally creative and we all have some weird imaginations so we like to think of ourselves as storytellers, but we tell stories through clothing, paintings, and now films.

Sandwich or burrito?

Just slap some cheese and beans on a pastrami sandwich and wrap it up inside a tortilla and call it a day. Best of both world’s.

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interview by Meghan