Travis Millard on Authors@Google
You know that the so called skate art is getting some proper attention when 'someone' like Google hits the spot. OK, Travis Millard is not exactly an underdog anymore, but this interview he did for the internet godzilla proves he's starting to get the recognition he deserves.
Having already worked for brands like Burton or HP, press like The New York Post or Thrasher (or SLAP, Transworld Media and -ahem- UNO), he's been earning some widespread attention. Anyway, if you're anything of a skate-illustration lover you probably have been seeing this bearded man's work for years now. Other than commercial work, he's been publishing comic books and zines for years now. Check Volcomic #1 or #2 if you have them around. I once described his work like this: There's something specially attractive and weirdly sweet in his cynical view of the quotidien. It feels like even the microscopic waste of every detail he illustrates, as if every character he draws in absurd painful grins, all of them, had their own kind and tender side. Cynicism and vulgarity suddenly turn into tools for the sweet and fantastic imaginations.
But let's get to the point. Wether you're a psycho fan who knows everything about Travis' work or you want to find out something about it, this video is for you. He goes on for around an hour explaining his whole career, both professional and amateur, both commercial and personal. Some interesting bits: learn how he became neighbor with Devendra Banhart and ended up working for him, or how he was the first guy to make an illustrated cover for SLAP.
Go Travis, best of luck.