So, it might be pretty obvious to you guys that I like pin-up art. In case you hadn’t noticed, let me tell you, it’s kind of one of my favorite things ever. I was perusing Etsy – shopping really – one day and I came across that awesome picture that you see here. I tucked it away in my memory for the day that I had my own office and/or studio. That day hasn’t happened, yet. However, I DO have my own magazine. And even though I don’t own any space that I can put one of these rockin’ decals on, I shouldn’t deprive you from being able to have one of your own.
Neil, the designer was pretty cool about letting me pester him with a few questions.
Furies Magazine: Why did you choose decals and when did you actually get started?
Neil Jeffery: My wife plays roller derby and she bought a vinyl plotter so she could make her team shirts, I started to play around with it and saw the potential for creating wall art. I had noticed some shops on etsy that were creating decals from clip art and I thought I could make some more interesting pieces so I eventually bought some better equipment and started my own Etsy shop in 2009.
FM: Where does the name BeepArt come from?
NJ: When my daughter was learning to walk she would push around a toy grocery cart and if anyone was in her way she would say ‘beep-beep!’. I’m also a freelance illustrator so I chose beep beep as my business name, when I started my etsy shop the name was already taken so I just combined beep and art to come up with beepart. Some people think it is bee-part but that’s ok.
FM: Your decals have a very strong tattoo influence. Do you have any tattoos?
NJ: Although I’m a big fan of traditional tattoo art and nicely done tattoos, I don’t actually have any tattoos of my own. I’m probably the last person in the western world who doesn’t have any. I guess i don’t have any because I wouldn’t want to commit to having a piece of art on my body for my entire life…what would happen if i got tired of it? It’s a little more difficult than painting a wall…or putting up new wall art when the old one gets tiresome…
I think they’re great for other people though, there is some amazing tattoo art out there!
FM: What makes you look at something and think, “Man, that would be awesome plastered to a wall!”?
NJ: I just try to imagine things that would look interesting in a larger size on a wall. Like most artists I’m influenced by just about anything and everything. With my wall art I try to be original and make sure the design is executed well. I also convert a lot of my older illustrations and use some older ideas I’ve had along the way that would work for use in this manner.
FM: A lot of your pin-up decals have very prominent posteriors. Would it be safe to assume you’re an ass man?
NJ: Haha, I suppose I would be lying if I said no….but with the pin-up designs I tried to mimic classic pin-up art so I wasn’t trying exclusively to create giant butts. I’ve designed some roller derby logos and been accused of making the breasts too large…but we live in a world where some people have large breasts and some have large butts…I can’t be held responsible!
Neil has seriously made something for everyone at BeepArt; from the innocent to the gluttonous to the extremely sexy. So whether you want to buy something or just like them on facebook to see what Neil will come up with next you have to keep your eye on BeepArt.