Adult Swim’s Tyson McAdoo Talks to Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)
Bio from Tyson McAdoo’s Site:
Born from the secret love affair between a famed Scottish ballerina and the Wolfman, Tyson McAdoo spent his younger years leaping and howling in the dark woods of Carlisle. At age 18 his talents of corn dog sculpture garnered the attention of the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Arts… [Video and Pictures on expanded page]
Upon graduation in 1999 he was tormented by society for his Wolfish and Dark Horse Comics. It was while working there he learned of the illusive southern unicorn whose blood was said to relieve the curse of the wolf hair. He quickly fled south, searching for the illusive creature…
Interview by Crash
Crash: When did you first know that you were an artist?
Tyson McAdoo: I still don’t know if I’m an artist… I guess this story starts at “I used to be a professional ballet dancer.” But when I was 17, I broke both of my knees dancing… so that ended that.
Then I was faced with finding out what else I could do, but it needed to be a job that I could sit down at. I was never that great in school so I knew college was out. But then my mom found this little art school in N.J. called the Joe Kubert School of Comic Books and Cartooning. It was a three-year school that taught you how to draw Superman and X-Men and no art history, so off I went. Knowing very little about art I slowly found myself becoming an “artist” at that school.
C: Who is most responsible for you being able to pursue a career in art?
TM: Without a doubt it is my dad and mom. They put me through art school and they were there to help me out when living as an “artist” got thin.
C: List some key pieces of your resume for us…
TM: I worked for Marvel and DC Comics for five years… –worked on Wolverine, X-Force, Warlock, Green Lantern, Big Daddy Danger and some others. I did the art for the Britney Spears Circus World Tour… –a really bizarre job, but it was still fun! Now I work for
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
C: You are one cross-cultural S.O.B. How have you managed to secure such a respected place in the tattoo, comic and cartoon communities?
TM: I have no idea? I just do what I do. I don’t think the tattoo and cartoon worlds are that different. They are both based on art. No matter if you are doing a crazy colored portrait on a thigh or you’re drawing Mickey Mouse on paper it all comes down to art skill. And hell, we are all kind of nerdy in our own way so it just works. But I am very, very thankful for the tattoo world accepting me as one of their own. There are so many amazingly talented artists in the biz and i’m just happy to be around and call them friends.
C: What is it that drives your work? I know it’s not just getting dates anymore, ha… (Congratulations on your honeymoon, by the way!)
TM: Ha-ha! Yeah thanks man! The drive comes for my love of art and women. The woman’s body and form is everything an artist could ask for: curves, straight lines, texture, color… its got it all. I always find something new about it with every new piece.
You know, I also want to leave a good mark on the art world. Not that anything I’m doing is new, but I just want to add my little twist to it. I want a kid some day to look at my stuff and get excited just like I did at old Playboy cartoons.
C: I’d really like to have you do a little Step-By-Step article with us soon; would you tell our readers about the tools you are using now… And how your art has evolved by implementing cutting edge technology.
TM: That would be great fun! I have no secrets.
C: Who have been the artists most influential to you personally and professionally?
TM: Holy crap where do I start!!! In the world of pin-ups: you can’t beat Bill Ward, Jack Cole and Eric Stanton. In the comic world: Bruce Timm, J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes and Alberto Ruiz. Tattoos: dudes like Eric Jones, Daniel Albrigo, Adam Hathorn, Thomas Hooper, Chad Koeplinger and Jeff Rassier… I could do this all day. Most recently painters Shawn Barber, Glenn Barr and George Condo are who I’m looking to…
C: Where do you see Tyson McAdoo’s art in two years? Five? Beyond?
TM: Another pin-up artist once told me, “As long as men like women… We will have a job.” All I can hope for is to still be drawing, having fun and making people smile… Oh, and painting landscapes. It’s my new thing but it’s just for me.
C: Talk about the common themes in your work. Why are you drawn to these subjects?
TM: The only themes in my works are women! The reason I am drawn to this great subject is…. many years spent in dance class and Benny Hill! His TV show had a big affect on me when I was young.
C: What tattooers have you collected work from and what are those tattoos?
TM: “Collected” is the most perfect word when it comes to getting tattooed. I have a lot of great art hanging in my house but my real art “collection” is on my body. I’m very lucky to have been tattooed by some of the best! Scott Sylvia, Eric Jones, Mike Wilson, Steve Byrne, Pat Carmack, Mario Desa, Chops, Russ Abbot, Jeff Zuck, Phil Colvin, Nick Rodin, Jason Mcafee, Vicky Coleman, Gunnar and Eric Dressen… But I still have so many more to go!