Behind The Print | JOLYN x Tyler Spangler
When creating new prints, JOLYN looks for prints that excite. Prints that show the true JOLYN style that is unique, stylish, quirky, and fun.
That is exactly why we wanted to work with Tyler Spangler (@tyler_spangler), a digital collage artist known for his colorful, chaotic, and eccentric pieces. Tyler has his BA in Psychology, which makes complete sense once you've seen his work. We had the chance to ask Tyler some questions to learn a bit more about his process and background.
Hey Tyler! Can you describe your style in a sentence?
A rainbow flavored popsicle dipped in the ocean and placed on a rock to melt.
What was your breakthrough moment?
Having that first company license one of my artworks. It was a small surf company in Newport Beach called Fyasko. They bought 2 designs to be put on t-shirts. I kept those checks for the longest time as a souvenir.
How has your study in psychology affected your artwork?
It's hard to say precisely but I have no doubt that it influences my work. I am always analyzing my work as I create it and trying to see how many interpretations can be drawn.
Where do you pull inspiration from?
My emotions, cooking, surfing, listening to music, family, and my favorite artists!
How helpful is Instagram in your career?
Absolutely essential. I use other platforms to display my work but Instagram has been monumental in my growth as an artist. It has made my work more visible to people and brands and its ability to share artworks is like free marketing.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists/designers?
Be honest with yourself and figure out where you want to see yourself and what people/brands you want associating with your work. I understand its necessary to take everything that comes your way, in the beginning, to get the ball rolling but after a certain point, it's important to be selective with who you choose to work with. Also, don't be afraid to share your work with everyone - its an important way to get feedback and gain confidence in what you create.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Ozzie Wright, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, Edward Ruscha, Dan Flavin, René Magritte, Man Ray, Wolfgang Weingart, and David Carson.
Do you have a dream project you'd like to work on?
I have been saying this for five years and it is still unfulfilled; I want to hire a mural painter to paint one of my artworks on a beach pier.