tezos-artcast (ta): Hey how’s it going?! Thank you so much for being here!
franciscoskt (fc): Yoo, I’m fine thanks, I’m currently recovering from an ankle ligament injury, to be able to skate again in 2 weeks and producing a lot
ta: So let’s start out simply with who you are and where you’re from!
fc: I’m franciscoskt, I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Born and raised here!
ta: does you name franciscoskt relate to skateboarding?
fc: Yes, I’ve been skating for 13 years and it’s one of the things i love to do the most
ta: What were some of your early creative influences as a child?
fc: I really liked cartoons on TV, but it turned the key in my head when I was 8 years old, on a Saturday night and there was a video clip of ‘gorillaz’ on TV, “tomorrow comes today” and there I saw that drawings could take another form.
ta: Your style really stands out! The blend of analog film photography with illustrations and even animation! How did it develop into what we see today?
fc: It was something I’ve done at one time or another, I think it was in 2016 I received an invitation from a producer to make a video about these works, and to work with big brands, but I would have to make a separate profile just for those creations. I made the profile and started to produce more, but it wasn’t a good fit. While the work itself didn’t go anywhere, it ended up unlocking another look that worked in my personal art! I’ve always liked taking pictures, but changing the look and taking pictures designed to draw on was something I’ve had to learn over the years.
ta: Where do you find inspiration at the moment?
fc: I consume a lot of movies, and I try to go out whenever possible, take some pictures, see how people are behaving on the streets. In the downtown of Sao Paulo you can find everything.
ta: The piece called ‘Fim de tarde’, can you give us a short walk through of your process making this?
fc: I met a friend who had just left work, and we went for a walk, chat and laugh, I was already looking for a place to take a picture of him, found this place that was interesting and boom, I loved the result
ta: Is there a piece you’d like to talk about specifically?
fc: I do many and I like many, but today I’m enjoying ‘19/05′ it’s a self-portrait I took on my birthday. For about 10 years I’ve been doing self-portraits on my birthday as a gift and see how I changed from one year to the next, a lot has happened, we are still kind of locked at home here in Brazil, and this ends up changing the way we see things, go out, and have contact with other people.
ta: If : How do you deal with writers/art block when ideas stop flowing and how you could other artists who are just getting started approach the problem when it comes up?
fc: I push myself too hard to always be producing and that’s really bad, I wake up already wanting to produce and it’s always been like that, episodes of writer’s block don’t happen that often, but when they do I try to relax, watch a good movie, do some skate tricks , talk with friends. To other artists I’d say just keep going, make sure you like what you’re doing and the numbers come with time.
ta:How do you decide when a project/piece is ready to share?
fc: It’s very difficult for me not to like something I’ve finished, if I don’t think I’ll like it I don’t even start. I think that’s the way I choose, if I’m finished, it’s ready for the site. I have a lot of stuff saved that isn’t on the website or anywhere else, I keep thinking that it’s not the right time for (that piece) yet, but this is something in my head, there’s no right time for it.
ta: How do you think crypto-art will change the creative landscape in the future?
fc: I think the future is kind of uncertain, this sometimes scares me because things can get really weird. One week we sell everything, another week we don’t sell anything. I think it’s a market that will grow a lot and change a lot too, and I want to be there to see it.
ta: Have NFTs changed your creative practice or your personal life?
fc: Yes, it changed a lot for me, my biggest source of income comes from the NFTs these days, but these are things I already did, I keep doing the same thing, but instead of likes on instagram and people just saying they wanted to buy, on the NFT people really buy lmao!
ta: Do you have some artists/musicians you’d recommend people check out?
fc: yes, first I would like for you to look at the work of my friend Daniel W. who was the guy that introduced me to hic et nunc and helped me post my first piece for sale. GOM is another friend who inspires me a lot and is always available to talk and exchange ideas about what we are doing. Whenever I’m starting something new I send it to him. I keep in mind that those who are with us producing are the people we have to be inspired by and support, if not them, who? Last but not least I would like you to take a look at the work of Sean_Asmatico, Mateus Valentim, diewiththemostlikes and qabrieu .
ta: If you could be granted a superpower what would it be?
ta: Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit about who you are! Do you have anything else you’d like to say?
fc: The only person capable of ruining your plans will be yourself, believe in your work and before anything else do it because you like it, peace!