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"Swallow" by Dave Koenig

 

 
 
 


-What U.B. is-

 

  I AM AN ARTIST. TO SHARE THIS STATEMENT IS TO SHARE MY ART. WHEN I SHARE ART, I EXPOSE WHO I AM AND WHAT I ASPIRE TO. UNICYCLE BRAND WAS BORN OUT OF A SIMPLE METAPHOR; A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST. IT’S COMMONLY BELIEVED THAT ALL ARTISTS DO SELF-PORTRAITS, FOR THE MOST PART, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR NORMAL SUBJECT MATTER IS. WE ARE INTROSPECTIVE CREATURES AND AS SUCH WE EXPRESS THAT INTROSPECTION. 

   I STARTED PAINTING UNICYCLES AS A SELF-PORTRAIT. IT’S A RELATABLE IMAGE TO ANYONE WHO TAKES THE TIME TO WORK AT LEARNING SOMETHING THAT IS ULTIMATELY NOT THE MOST REASONABLE OR RATIONAL USE OF TIME. WE AREN’T AS LOGICAL AS WE ARE EMOTIONAL. THERE PROBABLY ISN’T A MORE RIDICULOUS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION THAN RIDING ON ONE WHEEL TO GET FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, BUT PEOPLE WHO DO SO RIDE THEM BECAUSE OF THE SKILL IT TAKES, AND THE REBELLION AGAINST THE STATUS QUO.  

   UNICYCLE BRAND IS MY PLATFORM TO PRESENT THE MANY FACETS OF MY WORK. AS A TATTOOER, I AM CONSTANTLY WORKING ON MY TRADE AND TRYING TO FIT “REAL ART” INTO MY DOWN TIME. OF COURSE I VIEW TATTOOING AS ART, BUT IT’S A CONTINUAL COLLABORATION WITH CLIENTS OR IN OTHER WORDS, IS COMMISSIONED ART. EVERYTHING ELSE IS PURE EXPRESSION SO IT CAN OFTEN TRAIL OFF INTO PLACES NOT SO FAMILIAR. I HOPE TO DO COLLABORATIONS, LIMITED EDITIONS, AND FRINGE PROJECTS LIKE SCREEN PRINTS, VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, BOOKS, AND EVENTUALLY AN ART COLLECTIVE WITH OTHER ARTISTS WHO SHARE COMPLIMENTARY VISION.

-JEFF Gogué