location: Mar Vista, CA
specialty: recreated signage
shop tunes: a shuffled mix ranging from Eminem to classic rock
I visited Sean from 33Stew the day after a big open house to make way for new art to be shown later this year. As I pulled up to his shop, he was out on his driveway with the hand made press he’d been using to dabble in linotypes. After quick introductions and a brief tour around his shop, Sean got back to work. I loaded my cameras and took a closer look around his shop–his desk and the walls were covered with a sundry of trinketry and gadgets and old toys–an amazing clutter of inspiration. I noticed a shelf dedicated exclusively to old Mexican concert posters. As I watched him work, I started wondering about the origin of all the photos he used in his art. Sean explained that every single sign, poster, type and photo were sourced from either physical copies of the signage that he’d collected over the years or from photos that he took himself. As we were wrapping our time spent, he and I had an interesting conversation about the art world in general. He told me about the lifelong friends he’d made through the various shows and events he’d attended over the few years he’s been seriously pursuing his art–definitely touched on something I also hold close. Art is about self expression–sure. It also feels great to have someone pat you on the back and tell you they like your work. The thing that makes art worth pursuing, in my own opinion, is the community; the friends made through the pursuit of your passion that are there to inspire you when you’re blocked and encourage you when you’re down. That is what art is for me.