Part of our new Summer collaboration series we teamed up with artist Alistair Knowles Lenoir @Handsforfeet to work on a collection of new graphics which will be launched this June. We caught up with Alistair (digitally, no social distancing rules we're broken in the creation of this post 😊) to understand more about his art and inspirations.
How did you get in to drawing?
I think like most people I liked drawing a lot when I was little, and I drew a lot with my dad, but more recently I got back into it towards the end of University with my flat mate Luke (Fairhead) who is a great illustrator and was studying illustration at the time. He always had cool projects on that really made me want to start drawing again.
How would you decribe your own personal style?
I guess in one word I would have to say it’s wobbly…
What other artist's do you take inspiration from?
There are probably too many to name them all, but I think when I got started I was a big fan of Chad Eaton (Timber) and McBess. I still love their work today but keep stumbling upon so many great artists.
What inspires you?
I think a big inspiration for me is surfing and the outdoors. Just being able to keep clear head when you’re pout doing things helps me come up with ideas and keeps things a bit more fresh than trying to force work to come.
If you weren't an artist what would you be?
Oh man, I guess I would probably be a carpenter or something as I studied guitar making at University. I still really like making stuff so that would make sense.
What musical artisits are getting you through lock down? Any links to playlists you would recomend?
Again there are probably too many to name, and I never remember playlists. Some of the most listened ones are probably Idles, Japanese Television, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Ty Segall and stuff like that probably throw in some Electric Wizard for good measure. I think maybe I need to expand my horizons…
If you could travel any where where would it be?
Well I was meant to be in New Zealand this year for the first time but we had to cancel everything due to the virus, so I would say New Zealand would be the one!
You can check out Alistairs artwork on our new range of caps launching this Summer.