kyler martz

1. How did you get started in design / art?

I got started doing posters for local shows in Seattle, tattoo designs for friends, and public art murals around the city. Eventually I started getting paid for stuff and that was about the time I got layed off from my office job, so it seemed like a good time to try and make it a full-time gig

2. Favorite Shirt graphic of all time?

I can't say I'd want to be identified as a Grateful Dead fan, but probably The Grateful Dead lightning skull shirt. My uncle gave me one when I was in elementary school, and I wore it for years and years, even though I didn't ever listen to the band. Even if you don't like the music, (admittedly I kinda do now that I'm old) it's a pretty damn cool graphic.

3. What inspires you?

Mostly old poster designs, matchbooks, postcards, stuff from the early 1900s-1950's. I love finding old tattoo stuff from the same era, most of which is based on the same stuff, advertisements, old patriotic emblems and icons.  Even thought it sounds corny, everything inspires me, a bike ride or walking through the tons of museums and gardens here in Seattle, but it's hard to be going into an old antique store and digging through old papers.

4. IS THERE A DESIGN OUT THERE THAT YOU WISH YOU DID?

I feel like every time I look through a book of Charley Harper, Margaret Kilgallen's, Gary Taxali's  or Geoff McFetridge's stuff, I am always blown away how much they can communicate with a few simple lines. I guess in particular I wish I had come up with a few of the bird designs Charley Harper did, pretty genius stuff.

5. WHAT'S LEFT ON YOUR DESIGN BUCKET LIST?

Too much for one life, I have lots of personal work I hope I can find time to make. I've gotten the chance to do design projects in the last couple years I never even dreamed I'd be able to work on, but if I had a bucket list for design, a few things that come to mind are being able to publish some ideas kid's books I have, a scarf pattern for Hermes, and wallpaper line.

benny gold, kylermartz, art, design, tattoo

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