We were lucky enough to get San Diego native and creative mastermind Ben Waldron, to be part of our Weekly Feature Series! Ben’s friendly personality and laid-back style are just a few things that make him a solid guy, and an amazing artist. This Cardiff local recently graduated from San Diego State University in May, and has been cranking out a ton of artwork recently. Here’s a casual little Q & A we (the Ark Crew) did with Ben:
Ark: Who are some of your favorite artists that you look up to besides David Choe & Banksy?
Ben: I really look up to my friend Thayne who writes Die and Yen.
My friend Roy creates awesome art.
As far as porfessional artists or whatever, many people are doing really cool things these days in all art mediums, which makes it hard to narrow it down. I’ve always looked up to Barry McGee. I’ve never met him but really respect his work and character. David Lynch is a genius.
Ark: What and/or where are some of the things you draw inspiration from?
Ben: I get inspired by people who take the time to master a craft, I envy both those with natural abilities and those who have the patience to do so.
I try to take notes on random cool things I see or hear everyday. Then when I get home I try to capture whatever it is I saw in a art/piece, poem, or short story. I currently have a long list of these notes that I’m trying to synthesize into anything artistic.
Ark: How old were you when you first really starting doing a lot of artwork?
Ben: I’ve always been into art ever since I can remember, I’ve always just done art to try to kill time. I really got a passion for it in my teens when the art and culture of graffiti was introduced to me.
Ark: What is your favorite medium to use when doing artwork?
Ben: I don’t really have a favorite medium, I just try to use whatever is most appropriate for what I’m trying to do. For example, if I’m painting a wall my favorite medium is spray paint. If I’m stuck in a super boring lecture my favorite medium is just a pen. I wish I could say I enjoy acrylic and oil but I’ve never really gotten hardcore into that, definitely want to do more brush type stuff in the future.
Ark: What is your favorite style of art to do?
Ben: Anything with letters, characters, or humor.
Ark: What are some of your hobbies other than surfing, snowboarding, and art?
Ben: Watching movies. Scoping out abandoned destitute buildings/places. vintage analog musical instruments. Thrift stores. Eating really good food, I’m always down to try a new restaurant. Staying out late, waking up early. Travel. Always on the prowl for good music. Frisbee Golf.
Ark: Alright Ben thanks a ton. Keep on rockin’!
Ben: Thank you guys and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact of Ark.
***So instead of painting on a standard canvas, Ben decided to do some serious customization & style up his own Vinchee Day Pack. He bought a few vintage Hawaiian shirts from one of those thrift stores he likes so much. Spent some time drawing faces on them, cut ‘em into patches, and hand sewed them onto his pack. Check out the attention to detail on the faces, they’re out of this world!