Denver artist Broox Pulford is asked pressing inquiries, like how he feels about the hipster culture and what his favorite Dorito flavor is.
Full name: Broox Pulford
Best movie villain: Edward Norton / Brad Pitt (Fight Club)
Favorite Doritos flavor: I don’t eat Doritos. That stuff is horrible for you.
Are you single? I’m engaged to a very beautiful woman.
What constitutes the perfect day for you?
Riding bikes and drinking beers with friends and family.
One thing you can’t live without:
Hatch (NM) Green Chili, not that crappy pork-infused tomato paste Coloradans have grown accustomed to. (No offense, Colorado.)
How would you define your style in one word?
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m inspired by a lot of different things: tattoo culture, bicycles, graphic design, cartoons, music and technology… to name a few.
How do you keep it original?
Things in life change rather rapidly which helps to stimulate fresh ideas. Things like community and modern American culture help to get me thinking about how I’d like things to be. For better or for worse.
What local artists are you really digging these days?
Ravi Zupa is one of my favorite artists. I’m also a really big fan of Chris Huth, Andrew Hoffman, Josh Shively, Markham “Shitty Kitten” Maes, Mike Giant (I guess he’s local now), Sam Turner, Rafa Jenn, Mario Zoots, Nigel Penhale, Jamie Molina, Pedro Barrios, Sarah Ford, Axel Geittman, Michael Ortiz, Joe Triscari, Hari & Deepti, Rob Mac, Josh Holland, Gemma Bayly, and Scot LeFavor.
Is there beauty in the hipster?
For me culture is really inspiring. So, yeah I think there is beauty in the hipster. The word hipster has brought on several meanings over the course of the last 10 years. I can remember when being a hipster 10 years ago meant that you were really into obscure novels and wore nice suits and said shit like 'deck' and 'fin.' Then came the fixed-gear revolution where anyone who rode a bike all of a sudden became a hipster. You know the stereotypical wears a messenger bag, beanie cap, short shorts, with a handle bar mustache hipster. Then it just became anyone who drank coffee at a local coffee shop, or liked a certain type of music. Of articles I’ve read pretty much anyone including my mom is a hipster. So, the word holds little value for me anymore. (And, I’m sure it’s very hipster of me to say.)
Do you do anything outside of digital?
I’d consider (my work) multi-media. I start a lot out with drawings and photography. Then I create digitally. Once it’s been created digitally I’ll print it and mount it onto wood. Then usually I paint or draw on that mounted piece and pour a two-part resin on it to 'finish it.' I have some previous work that is all colored pencil, and some that is acrylic on wood. I guess it all comes down to what process I prefer at a specific time.
Does Denver factor in to your pieces at all?
Denver has a big role in the work I create. I work from inspiration with things going on in my life. So my environment has a big role in that. Some of my work has little nods to Albuquerque, which is where I grew up.
Why Colorado for your workplace rather than other cities?
I moved to Denver for college 10 years ago. After I graduated, I just felt a great connection with the city because of friends I’d made through art, playing music, riding bikes or work. I’d thought of moving to other places but ultimately I just felt like if I moved again I’d just have to start all over.
Walk us through making a piece:
Each piece is different, but I usually start with a sketchbook and a camera. I’ll sketch out things that I can’t find in real life and take photos of things I can (people, places, things). I compile these things on my computer and create a composition, usually using Adobe Illustrator. When i’ve finished redrawing everything digitally and making it look how I want it to look, I’ll print it and mount it on wood. From there I will draw or paint other embellishments. Stuff that I find easier to do by hand than on the computer. When I’m finished, I like to cover it in resin because I think it looks nice.