ARTIST OF THE MONTH: FURTURTLE
CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON YOURSELF?
I was born in American Fork, Utah, and I have lived in Utah my whole life. That kind of thing tends to have a profound effect on a person. People from other places have often pointed this out to me. I would draw a lot. I went to college and studied chemistry/electronics. I can't handle math so I taught myself how to screen-print. I still draw a lot and I used to love Star Trek.
WHAT'S A FURTURTLE?
That's a tough question to answer. Nobody who has seen one can describe it but they can all tell you that you would know one, without a doubt, if it crossed your path.
YOU'VE DESIGNED A LOT OF POSTERS FOR A LOT OF SHOWS, HOW MANY OF THE BANDS DO YOU ACTUALLY GET TO MEET?
I have met several (famous) bands/musicians but it isn't something I go out of my way to do. I am a shy, awkward person for the most part. I try to steer away from situations that I will embarrass myself in.
IF SO, WHICH BAND WAS THE COOLEST AND WHICH WAS THE LAMEST?
I met Neko Case. I got the impression that she was very cool. I was the lamest.
DO YOU HAVE A SHOW PRINT THAT'S YOUR FAVORITE? IF SO, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT?
I really don't, not just now anyway.
OUT OF ALL THE POSTER SHOWS YOU ATTEND, ARE THERE ANY YOU'D RECOMMEND FOR ENTHUSIASTS?
I have the best time at the little Bonnaroo poster show, but I would recommend the Flatstock show in Austin to an enthusiast.
YOU CURRENTLY LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY. WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOURSELF ENTERTAINED?
Live music, there are tons of great local bands in Salt Lake. Work is pretty entertaining for me. I like movies and fly-fishing, camping, floating about in my canoe. Being around the lovely people that I love and am loved by is always very nice.
WHICH OTHER ARTISTS DO YOU KEEP AN EYE ON?
I have some dear friends that always seem to be amazing me with their work. I would love to name them all, but if I forgot one then I would feel terrible forever. For the sake of safety I will say that I love Edward Sherriff Curtis. Since he passed away in 1952, his work is pretty easy to keep up with.