June 15, 2017

Welcome to the first Merchmakr Artist Spotlight!

Legends tell of a black and white van that roams the highways and byways, always sticking close to the wild places. When the full moon rises, they say the van shakes with the feral rage of some strange beast. In the morning, the van is gone, and the trees are stained with screen printing ink. We know the truth behind these legends, and now we can share it with you.

This is the story of the Boogeywolf.

How did you become Boogeywolf?

The concept of Boogeywolf itself came about from the combination of my interest in the classical horror, you know like The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, paired with my interest in the 80s genre–the slashers, the boogeyman. So it’s sort of a combination of Wolf Man and Boogeyman; the Boogeywolf.

What got you into screen printing?

I had experimented with it a lot in college and enjoyed it. I hadn’t had a set up since, but I’ve always enjoyed the concept of multiples. You know, if you have something that people really enjoy and connect with, I think it’s better to be able to reproduce it easily and make it available to anyone that wants it, so  after the concepts started to roll out, I just thought… “Clothing!”

Why did you choose Merchmakr?

Simplicity. I mean, it’s a great piece of equipment. It’s small, sleek, and compact. When I was shopping around, I was already planning on removing the passenger seat and placing something there. I stumbled onto Merchmakr and the second I saw it I knew… That’s the set up. 

How are you getting your shirts in front of people? What is the Boogeywolf secret elixir?

I would have to tip my hat to Instagram for the most part. That has been wildly successful in its broad reach. The community there is easy to access, it’s very easy to connect with people that share the same interest. I would have to say that Instagram has been a huge part of my reach and success thus far. 

What inspires your art?

All things horror and the macabre. I mean, it’s nearly impossible to watch a horror film without being flooded with tons of ideas, whether it’s a character or phrase. You know, you watch one and you just want to put it on something. You want to draw something, you want to pay homage to that character by recreating them in your own style. They stand alone as beautiful and classic on their own and I think that’s what keeps this continued draw for people and this resonance over hundreds of years, you know?

What is the philosophy behind what you do?

I believe that horror itself, the genre, taps into a deep psychology of mortality, death, our fear of the unknown… So I think there’s something there that we all gravitate towards, relate to, whether it be the monster, the psycho, mortality, or death itself. I think it lends itself to a powerful community and my philosophy is to tap into that and use my abilities to help create a tribe, if you will, of horror aficionados. 

Did you choose #VanLife or did it choose you?

I think we chose each other. It sort of just started as a fun little hobby. A culmination of interests, ideas, and intrigue sort of snowballed into this Boogeywolf thing. The rest has kind of been history since then.

Creature from the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein’s Monster?

Favorite of the two? That’s tough. I mean, I love the Creature from the Black Lagoon, I love the whole trilogy, I think it’s a solid set of three. I like the idea that he’s a missing link between fish and man, and really all he wants to do is find love and connect with a female. So you know, obviously as a man throughout my life I can relate to that. But then I also enjoy Frankenstein’s monster and his overall disconnect with the world and with humanity and mortality, just understanding even who he is. I think we can all tap into that as well.

Naturally, overall I would have to go with the Wolf Man of course.

What's your Favorite Horror Movie?

I would have to say outside of Wolf Man, obviously, my favorite, because I think it’s really comical and playful, would be 1985’s Return of the Living Dead. It came out the year I was born. I just love the concept of the punk rocker kids and the graveyard and the chemical leak, and just how things spiral and unroll. It’s very humorous, but it also has a lot of great effects for the time, great soundtrack, so I think I would have to give it to Return of the Living Dead.

 

Boogeywolf can be found on Instagram, Facebook, or on Boogeywolf.com

What's your favorite horror movie? Let us know, or ask any other questions below.

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