Skip, who describes himself as effervescent and highly energetic “spastic trash.” is an El Paso artist who has been filling the border land with his weird vibes for the past 10 years. One conversation with him, or a look at his art, and you will realize how special him and his work are.
Skip started doing art for a local “noise spastic electronic musician” called The Shock Deformity and Amputee, a noise artist that Skip recalls would play in his underwear and have very destructive and heavy shows. He was a very big fan at the age of 17, when he was still in high school and he created a flyer, which featured M.I.A. (with her arms and torso as a penis) and The Shock Deformity and Amputee really enjoyed it.
Having worked with someone he was a fan off, began to open doors for him and his work. Next, The Dozal Brothers, another local group, enjoyed his flyer so much that they contacted him to do some artwork for them. Ever since then, Skip has been doing artwork in El Paso and making magic happen.
When you talk to Skip, you’ll immediate realize that he really is one of a kind. He describes his work as “weird vibes” because of where he gets his inspiration for all his work. He explains that his artwork is based on modern psychedelia, heavy music that is noisy and chaotic, and posters from the 70s that are full of color, splashy, drippy and wet. All of these elements put together are enjoyable to him.
Some concepts and ideas come from the people that he works with, for example when he was working with Miijas the idea of aliens partying came up. Skip did that he does best, being true to himself and making these concepts his own. As for long term aspiration, he draws ideas from psychedelic punk rock bands, noise bands, and screen printing. Some ideas that really excite him are colors, splatters, “rainbow waste,” the desert, our mountains, and ditches. Yes, ditches a place that Skip describes as a man-made ecosystem where we find the most unexpected things.
For Skip, working with a lot of different bands and being able to share his artwork with so many people from different places around the country, and even the world, is very rewarding. By working alongside his friends and all these cool people his artworks is so much more than just artwork and it can be shared with the world.
Not only does Skip work with many different cool artists and other individuals, but he also has published two books with his work. The recently partnered up with Rio Sangre, a print collective, to publish a book with his drawings from Ruidoso, titled Moss. He also has a book where he collaborated with Mike Carrasco called Lenguaje Humano. You can also find his work on his Instagram and his Tumblr page (coelacanthart.tumblr.com) and we highly recommend you follow him, and Rio Sangre!
Thank you Skip and you can go follow him on Instagram as: