JESWRI | Multi-disciplined Artist

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JESWRI is a commercial designer and exhibiting artist. Born in The Inner West, Sydney but now billed from somewhere in Melbourne. Recently working with
clients in such as Young Henrys, NJPW, Vans, Vilify, Samsung and Audio-Technica, you may have seen some of his more noticeable work such as
Foo-Town and Neil deGrasse Tyson AUS Tour. JESWRI is commonly associated with his indistinguishable bold, drunken and twisted pop-culture
themed style that takes no prisoners. Holding two successful solo exhibitions (PILEDRIVER & BANGARANG) and curating a group show
(DÉJÀ BREW) in 2018, JESWRI is looking to powerbomb 2019 through several tables from the top of a cage.

YOU WORK IN SO MANY MEDIUMS FROM AEROSOL TO ACRYLIC TO COMPUTER GENERATED. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE? 

So many fantastic choices. How do I pick a favourite? I like them all for different reasons and I think I like that’s why I float so freely between them.
Aerosol is beautiful. I feel like a ninja with spray cans. It’s so quick, you dont have time to think about anything else but the piece infront of you. I legit treat
spray painting as my therapeutic meditation sessions. Acrylic is slow, precise yet I can string way more detail out of acrylic but it’s so messy.. my clothes
are ruined from acrylic. But then we have digital. I love digital. I think digital is my favourite because once I get into a drawing, like really start feeling it.
it ticks all my boxes. Plus with my tablets can pick it up, go for a walk and draw from anywhere.

TV, MOVIE OR CARTOON CHARACTER DOES YOU MOST RESEMBLE?

I think saying Bart Simpson would be too cliche. I’m a cross between Rufio, and Baloo from Jungle Book. Rufio for my rebellious, ‘start a war against adults’
mentality and Baloo for the looks and laid back approach to life via song and dance. “Look for the bare-necessities”

YOU’RE ABOUT TO MAKE THE MOVE FROM SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE, 
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO MAKE THE MOVE? 

It’s such a scary move. Very, very nerve racking. I like to believe that we’re moving to Melbourne to start fresh. But I reckon we’re moving to Melbourne to be
closer to good cafes and better vegan joints. I love Sydney, and knowing me – I’ll be visiting more times than I can afford. But in the big scheme of things,
I’m looking at this thing like.. Actors move to LA to become stars. Kids move to Neverland to become Lost Boys. I’m moving to Melbourne because
it’s where Australia’s art scene has heavy-hitters. I’ve come to play in the big leagues and I’m swinging for the fences. I wanna be the Great Bambino
by the end of the year.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?

Right now, it’s my life is accompanied by the Marvel Soundtracks. Everything from Kendrick’s Black Panther to James Gunn’s curated (Vol 1 + 2) Guardians
Of The Galaxy soundtracks. I’m still feeling Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD and at this very moment it’s 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang. I love my hip hop, but I love
my classic (galactic) road trip anthems.

YOU’VE RECENTLY BEEN TITLED ONE OF THE 10 BEST WRESTLING DESIGNERS IN THE WORLD….
HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

Dude it’s epic AF. I grew up watching and buying wrestling merch. Wrestling in my childhood was my escape. Some kids read Harry Potter books growing
up wanting to be wizards. Other kids play Yugi-Oh and grow up wanting to sell their bodies on the street. I grew up watching Stone Cold so I naturally got
older and got fired from every job I’ve ever had. I started that year saying I wanna do atleast 1 wrestling shirt. I finished that year with over 50 and being
named top ten in the world from the biggest producer of wrestling merch outside of WWE – Pro Wrestling Tees. Man. To quote the Boss, Vince McMahon
“What a manoeuvre!” I did not expect that to happen. Since then I’ve done shirts for WWE Hall Of Famers like Andre the Giant, Ricky Steamboat and
The Nature Boy Ric Flair. Woooooooo!

DOC BROWN HANDS YOU THE KEYS TO THE TIME MACHINE….WHERE DO YOU GO?

Oooooooohhh!! Shit. Where do I go? I’d go back to the Jurassic and boogie with the Wu-Tang Clan in the Gravel Pit and ride a motherfuckin t-rex.
Then bring that dino back to present day and teach them how to eat my enemies.


 

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO MORE OF IN 2019?

What do I wanna do more? I wanna do more murals for suuuure!!!! I wanna do larger murals. Last year, I went big. Longest was 50+ metres for a Brewery.
Highest was 15 metres for a school, I cant remember. I wanna do some double or triple story buildings. I wanna make my own action figure or toy.
I wanna write a childrens book or something. Do some more wrestling stuff. I wanna do some big event branding or something cool.
I think that I wanna do more weekends. I never do those. You know what else I don’t do? Save money. I wanna make bank.
I wanna get ass. I wanna drive a range rover!

 

WATER SLIDE, WATERHOLE OR WATERFALL?

Bro, I’ll take a waterfall. Waterslide you get those fuckers with mullets and missing teeth who stick razor blades in waterslides and those grotty kids who
take shits in the pool when you come in from the rad slide. Waterhole you get weird things manifesting in my head. Like what happens if theres a sleeping
crocodile or pedophile waiting for me underneath a rock. I’m not about either. Waterfall, everythings moving. The only thing that’s gonna be there is a
Magikarp and they’re harmless. Nothing has ever gone wrong with a Magikarp. But yeah, waterfall. You can jump off them, always fresh and if you got
the cajones, you can jump off and impress your amigos.

 

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT?

Ummm… Fuck yes. I can do a backflip into a pool. Not cool enough? I can drink a schooner in one mouthful. Not cool enough? I can wiggle my ears.
Nah that’s not enough, I feel it. I can quote the entire Step Brothers movie (and Superbad for those of you playing at home) from start to beginning.
My life is fuckin awesome. “It doesnt matter that mine’s not movie quality”

 

WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

When I got punched in the lungs by an undercover police officer. That definitely winded me and took all the air out my lungs.
I think the moment that took my breath away is a close call, closely followed by that time me and Chris Costa stayed up late and made THE BEST
nachos EVER and watched Step Brothers with matching apple ciders in hands. It was when my and my P.I.C. got mad drunk on the way home from
my 23rd Birthday and I pushed her in a bush. She got mad at me and started yelling at me in the cab home, I started drunk crying and spilt the beans
and told her I loved her. When she said it back I was gooey as fuck. Melted into my seat. That for me, was ichiban ‘bye-bye breath’ moment. She’s rad.
I’ll keep her as long as I can. She always takes my breath away. Whattup Brittzilla!

 


Go check out the amazing work Jesse is doing on his website
and make sure to head over to his Instagram and show him some love.
Much love x

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