and South Carolina and Tennessee, around there. We brought a bunch of our own prints with us, and I think maybe one person bought one of mine. A couple of the stoner-seeming kids were all like “woah, these are crazy”. AD: Ok, next one. What is your favorite dessert and your least favorite food? TT: Favorite dessert is definitely cookies. I could eat cookies all day. Or chips. AD: But that’s not a dessert. You gotta be careful. TT: It’s a snack food though. That counts? I’m having trouble thinking of a least favorite food. Actually, my friend gave me some type of fucking dried prune the other day. It was Japanese. AD: Oh yeah, umeboshi! It’s like a pickled plum. TT: Yeah, they’re little and red. She said she loved them, but it was the grossest thing I’ve ever had. And I couldn’t spit it out cause we were in a public place. AD: Last one, what was the last time you got really hurt? And what happened? TT: Like how hurt? So I was, like, useless afterwards? AD: I’m not sure. I fell and scraped my knee the other day, but that doesn’t count. TT: Well, I got really hurt the other day on that big 8-arm screen printing press over there. It’s like a big robot. These girls were teaching me how to use it, and I was standing too close to it. The palates swing around and my wrist got caught between the palate and the thing that holds the screen. It bent back a bit. AD: Ewwww.
TT: Yeah, I thought I broke it but I didn’t, but my arm got kind of punctured. That whole month I was useless, my hand got all infected. I was a mess. AD: Holy shit. Yeah, that counts. That’s a good one. I don’t have anymore fun questions. Is there anything else you want to be in this thing? Like, about your work. TT: I guess going back to my injuries and stuff, that’s a big part of the stuff I draw. Like, weird fucked up body parts or rotting skin. But I guess that goes back to the horror movies, like transformation through mutation. That’s what comes up all the time for me, without even thinking about it. AD: I saw your print that was a SHOWPAPER cover. TT: Yeah the SHOWPAPER cover was a 10-layer screen print. I don’t really know how they found me. Todd P just called me up one day. And I gave them that image. I had made it right before that poster tour thing. AD: Todd P is fucking everywhere. That’s great you did the SHOWPAPER cover though. They’re a pretty great resource for finding artists. But, oh, I forgot to ask you some basic stuff. How old are you? TT: I’m 25, born in 1987. AD: Where are you from originally? TT: Queens, NY. I’ve pretty much lived here my whole life. We lived in College Point, Queens until 1999. Then we moved upstate to Putnam County, and I lived there until I lived in Providence. There was a ton of Fort Thunder stuff, which was fucking crazy and awesome and had a big influence on me. And now I’m sometimes in Brooklyn.
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