Here's a bit of a Q&A with Vanquish guest design artist, Jack Beighley. I originally asked Jack to get involved with the Shiled Maiden design in 2017 and his artistic style matched what I was looking for to represent the Vanquish philosophy and since then he's commissioned a number of rather cool prints...
- How long have you been creating art?
I have been making art for as long as I can remember, my family says I started when I was five years old, but I have only taken it seriously since I was in high school, probably 5 or 6 years ago.
- Tell me a bit about your art style
I like to think of my art as versatile, the subject matter I try to interpret are usually rooted in Punk rock, mythology, and movies. I prefer working in graphite and ink, and mess with watercolor and acrylic paint whenever I can. Shape and structure are the most important part of my art, making sure the foundation is strong before laying down details with sharp hatching or pointillism combined with techniques I’ve seen by watching tattooists work, like whip shading and line sculpting.
- Who your Influences are / were
A majority of my current influences are tattoo artists. Bruno Santos, Eddie Stacey, Fredao Oliveira, Isnard Barbosa, Rob Borbas, Paul Booth, Brandon Herrera, Miguel Camarillo… The list goes on. As an artist, I think that consuming art is one of the most important and enjoyable things I do. As for more personal influences, the artists I work with at Bodystain Tattoo are incredible, and I have learned a lot from all of them. I also took lessons from a family friend named Jim Atwood as a kid, and he is to thank for everything I’ve ever produced.
- What are your hopes for the short term and plans for the long term?
Currently I am working towards starting a tattoo apprenticeship! It is an incredibly exciting, but equally as busy experience. After going through the apprenticeship and becoming a tattoo artist, I have no idea what the future holds long term, but I’m looking forward to it.
- What is your favourite piece that you have created?
That’s a tough one. More recently I have been looking at an artist named Jack Mosher, and used his work as reference to do a pretty gnarly snake. I also did a pin up drinking whiskey on a couch that I had a lot of fun with. The process, not the product, is my favorite part of any piece of art. As long as I am having fun with an idea I am happy to be working on anything. I’m currently doing an Illustration of a Tie Fighter with an eyeball as a cockpit, and its been fun as hell to work on.
- Thanks for your time Jack, it's been good working together and its always good to catch up. Are there any websites, social media or sponsors you want to give a shout out to?
The only social media I keep really up to date is my Instagram, @jackb_illustration. If anyone wants to contact me by Email they can at email@example.com. And check out my friends work at Bodystain Tattoo! Thats @bodystaintattoo on Instagram, and Bodystain Tattoo on facebook. They have a sweet skull emblem, made by yours truly, as the profile photo. It’s only got one eye, you can’t miss it. Thanks!