Thomas Fernandéz was born in an unforgettable San Diego summer, filled with custom skate decks and parties with cryptozoological villains and ghouls... or maybe not... but that's definitely the vibe we catch. We decided to get to know our most recent collaborator a bit more, so we plied him with bottle rockets and discontinued junk food in order to ask a few questions about his origins, his trajectory, and everything in between :) Check out the interview below!
GP: Where did you start existing?
TF: San Diego
GP: Did you study art/ where?
TF: I jumped around colleges. I did a little time at SD state, then Mesa Community College, then a semester at California College of the Arts then eventually dropping out so I could just focus on making art. I had the best time of the three in community college.
GP: Are you LA based?
TF: Yes I currently live in LA, I like to travel for work so I'm on the road a lot
GP: Where do you get your influences?
TF: vintage monster toys and masks, psychedelic posters, underground comix, skateboard art, traditional tattooing are my main creative influences
GP: If you could breathe life into, and anthropomorphize any one of the many creatures you've drawn over the years, which one would you choose, and what would you two get up to?
TF: I've drawn and tattooed the creature from the black lagoon so many times over the years, I think it would have to be him. Ideally if he didn't want to destroy me for being human, I figured we could go surf and maybe after we could grab some fish tacos!
GP: If you could pick any band (living or dead) to cover Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" at your funeral, which would it be/ how come?
TF: If I had that power to bring someone back from the dead it would have to be Lux Interior, so the Cramps could perform. That would be an interesting cover choice for them. With Lux deepthroating the microphone the whole time you probably wouldn't be able to tell it was Whitney Houston.
GP: What's your favorite color?
TF: Pea soup green!
Gumball Poodle has worked with Thomas Fernandéz on three crew socks and a dress knee sock! Check out his shop here and his Instagram here.