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Klutch: profile of a Vinyl Killer. Intense colors, intricate patterns, splatters, drips, and figures, sometimes disturbingly lifelike describe the work of the Portland-based artist known as Klutch. PEELzine had the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the mind of the man behind all that vinyl. Here’s what he had to say... Is your art influenced by any certain music? Definitely. Ever since elementary school I have always been and continue to be hugely influenced by music. My stereo gets turned on with my morning coffee and goes off with the lights at bedtime. Which band(s)/artist(s)? A list of the bands/artists I am into would fill your whole zine. These days Coldcut's Solid Steel radio shows get the most play around my house. I have about 50 of them and am always adding to the collection. The genre mashing reminds of radio when I was a kid in the 70's and you could hear Alice Cooper followed by Curtis Mayfield. What inspires you in your work? Street artists everywhere. Initially it was being exposed to abstract graffiti in the mid 80's, then it was SF during the 90's which again changed my view of graffiti. Now with places like Wooster Collective showcasing what is happening worldwide I find something amazing almost everyday. How long have you been stenciling? I did some band names on jackets and other stuff on skate ditches around 1984-85 but only a few times. Years later I would see a few around SF, and was aware of Seth Tobocman and WW3, but overall I didn't really pay much attention to stencils. I was into a different phase of my life back then but at the same I was super into everything else happening in the Bay Area graffiti and street art wise. Finally in 2001 while ski bumming in BC, Canada I hooked up with Ape7 from Sydney, Australia. He showed me some of his stencil work and inspired me to pick it back up. When I returned to Portland that spring I read Banksy's tutorial, made one, became super stoked on stenciling, and haven't stopped since. What do you do when you're not making art? Backcountry snowboarding is pretty much my number one passion and doing art is secondary. But since winter is only a few short months I do a lot more spraying than riding. Other interests include traveling with my wife. I am also a book junkie with a particular weakness for art and old skating books. Sometimes I work but I really try to keep my needs simple so that it is kept to a minimum. Why do you stencil on records? Originally I was doing a painting of a turntable and had traced around a record with an oil stick. While waiting for the oil stick to dry I painted the record just to pass the time and was stoked the result. I have always been into painting found items and was doing a lot of broken skate decks so records just seemed to be a natural progression. As soon as I did that first one it was obvious that they were a great medium. Old records are free or really cheap, work equally well on the street or in a gallery, are easy to store and ship, and they just look really cool hanging on the wall. What have you been doing to promote the medium of stencils on vinyl? So far I have put together two group shows of vinyl paintings from around the world which have been huge hits. After participating in the Negative Spaces show in SF, and inspired by all the cool shows happening in Australia, I put the first VK show together because I wanted something cool to do in Portland. Almost immediately it totally blew up to over 60 artists and it was pretty crazy to take on that many people for the first show I ever put together. But it all went great and almost immediately people were wanting a follow up.

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