Sunday, October 6, 2013

After finding out about tape art, and needing to do a little decoration of my own, I tried a couple of tape pieces for my own bedroom.  I am a big fan of Che Guevara and Gandhi and used them as my inspiration.

My roommates weren't Che fans so when I moved out of the room they took him down, but as far as I know Gandhi is still there.  If you look into my old house from the street you can see it in the 2nd floor window.  Occasionally I like to head back to my old stomping ground just to make sure its still there.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

As a tape artist, the most common question that I get asked is, "Where did you come up with this idea?"  It started when I was at Brigham Young University.  My roommate was a graphic design major and would spend hours perusing through internet sites, looking for the next big thing.

One day he came across a video of a guy doing art on a wall completely out of tape.  It was a unique concept for us because the land lord would not allow us to paint our walls.  Being as rebellious as students at BYU could be, we decided to skirt around the "No Paint" policy by decorating our walls with painter's tape.

My roommate quickly threw up an image of a Vespa, Mao Zedong, and The Birth of Venus. The Birth of Venus was particularly fitting because while we considered it art, many people considered it porn.  Considering the outline of a naked woman on our wall in conjunction with a 2 foot tall statue of Michelangelo's David that stood next to the TV and a print of an amazing piece by Dali of a possibly topless woman that hung above the TV, people quickly discovered that our apartment may not be friendly to the run-of-the-mill BYU student.

While I loved the tape art on our wall, simply for its success in weeding out potential visitors, I enjoyed the idea of using it as decoration.  The idea began to stir in my mind, which eventually led to using the painter's tape for pieces of my own.