Artist showcase: Taygord
We got a real treat for you today! We’re showcasing one of the dopest and most humble drawing artist out there – Taygord aka Lewis Taylor.
Taygord – an amalgamation of his second name (Taylor) and an alter ego named Gordon (he comes out after a few drinks sometimes).
With his unique drawing style, this UK based artist caught our eyes and he will surely catch yours.
How long have you been skateboarding for?
I think I was about 9 or 10 when I started. I was obsessed as a kid, every spare minute of every day would be spent building boxes and skating at the farm where I grew up. The terrain was pretty rough but I didn’t care back then.
Man there are a lot but some of the first videos that really inspired me were the likes of Flip ‘sorry’ and ‘really sorry’ and the earlier Baker / Emerica videos so I’d have to say the likes of Reynolds, Penny, Saari, Dollin etc. are all up there but I could seriously go on for a while with skaters that I’m inspired by.
When did you start drawing like that?
I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember really, before I started skating it’s what I did in my spare time and when I started skating board graphics and the like really grabbed my imagination and had a big influence on my style of drawing. I loved and still do love skating not only for the physical aspect but equally for the artistic side.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Skaters, artists, film and just general day to day life. Most of my ideas come from nowhere, I might be driving to work or watching a film and something will catch my eye and give me a new idea.
What artists inspire you?
I follow a wide range of artists as I think it’s important to take inspiration from various cultures. Some of my favourites at the moment are Todd Francis, Craig Gleason, Lucas Beaufort, Porous Walker and Brother Merle. I follow a lot of photographers as well as they’re a really good source for inspiration too.
Plan for the future with your art?
I’m just seeing where it takes me to be honest. I just want to keep putting my ideas down and who knows what will happen, I would love to eventually have my work as deck graphics and to have some tees done etc but we’ll see.
Advice for young aspiring artist?
Just draw what you enjoy and do it regularly enough to maintain a following. I’m not really in a position to be able to preach to young artists as I’ve only recently began sharing my work and building a following but I would say that being patient is critical and sticking with it even when It doesn’t seem to be paying off.
To find out more and support him, make sure to check out his online store!
Artiste name: Taygord
Reppin: Holt in Wrexham, Wales, UK
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