#110 – Killer Acid
Blaine Fontana and Killer Acid - Artists.
Two part episode. We speak about both artists’ background and breaking into the scene - as well as some tips for younger artists.
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Blaine Fontana is a Portland, Oregon-based artist and designer.
Fontana was born in Seattle, Washington and raised on Bainbridge Island. He began his interest in art at a young age. During his teens he commuted to two High Schools in order to study graphic design, photography, sculpture and life drawing. After graduating in 1994, he pursued his education of life in the streets of Seattle and Portland as a Graffiti Artist. After about 4 years of being in and out of towns and community colleges, Fontana chose to attend Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 1998. Four years later Fontana left with a BFA in Communication Art/Design. During School he worked as an Art Director at a design firm, Abound LLC, and also as a Graphic Designer at a Fashion/Lifestyle Magazine, Metro Pop. Recently Fontana had worked as an Art Director at a young men’s apparel company, Drifter. In January 2003 he became self-employed as a fine artist and designer. After pursuing his career in LA for 9 years he has recently returned to his roots on Bainbridge Island, Washington
Killer Acid represents the psychedelic work of artist Rob Corradetti, who has been actively making art and creating products for over 25 years. Located in Santa Cruz, CA, the brand specializes in screen prints, T-shirts, and a myriad of mysterious, humorous, and highly-detailed psychedelic ephemera. Originally launched in 2010, the style is a blend of head shop and punk rock, hearkening back to his tumultuous and technicolor coming-of-age in New York City.
Corradetti’s cartoon psychedelia drips with his signature tongue-in-cheek humor. Random, bright, and bizarre, the work draws the viewer in. Upon closer inspection, though, one finds the landscapes and headscapes are interwoven with personal meanings and artifacts of memories.
Killer Acid has collaborated with many companies through the years, including Santa Cruz Skateboards, High Times, Polaroid, Adult Swim, Zumiez, Meow Wolf, and VICE. The artwork has been featured in Chelsea art galleries to malls across America. The brand has been sold for many years in Zumiez, Urban Outfitters, PacSun, Blue Tomato (Europe), and Cosmic (New Zealand).