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Matt Furie Interview

Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 03:51
An update on this SF artist as he prepares "Monster Family" opening Oct 8th at Beams T Harajuku in Japan.
It's been a few years since Furie's last interview on Fecal Face. We thought it would be a good idea to see what he's up to as he prepares for his show "Monster Family" at Beams in Japan.

We know he hails from Ohio, lives in San Francisco, creates the comic book "Boy's Club", has shown around the globe, but didn't know he preforms magic, has pet rats, loves Hooters, and knows the best places to swim in SF.

Age? Location? Artistic education?

29. s.f. b.f.a. 2001 Ohio Wesleyan University.

You were last interviewed here on Fecal Face way back in 2006... What you been up for the last 3 years?

I'm an adult now. I've been practicing various forms of magic, eating unhealthy foods, and raising my new children- "Wat" and Foxy". They are sisters.

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Wat and Foxy are your pet rats. You were telling me how intelligent they are and what good pets they make... Still feel good about being a rat father? What the best and worst parts of having them?

They are doing very well-feels good. It's cool living with animals and I imagine sometimes that they are bats or monkeys. The best part about them is that they are kind of like tiny dogs. They get excited when you come home and they love running around and playing. The worst part is they keep me up all night running on their wheel (nocturnal).

That shirt you gave me a few months back is my favorite tee shirt like ever. Where can people buy it?


Describe your process of creating a new piece.

I think about stuff, do some sketches, then draw it! (no photoshop or illustrator required!) Often I work in a series. At the moment I'm working on a show called "Monster Family". Staying true to the title of the show, I'm drawing pictures of monsters with their families. For references I use library books and google image search. sometimes i just draw out of my head. It's usually a combination.

What materials do you normally work in?

India ink, liquid acrylic, prismacolor colored pencils, markers, micron fine tip pens- always applied to mat board.

Where do you like to get your art supplies in SF?

Dick Blick.

If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do it?

I would say "It's like colored pencil drawings of like monsters and animals and shit" and they would be like "Oh, cool man. You should do a drawing of _________!" and I would say "That would be cool" (not). Then I never draw what the stranger tells me because I have enough crap to draw! Gimme a fuckin break!

How long have you lived in San Francisco and what brought you here?

Been out here from Ohio since 2001. My college roommate and best pal Joe "Nasty" Neff suggested we move here after college because he had a girl out here and he was ready to leave Indiana. It's a great town but I truly miss those hot summer nights. Don't miss the cold winter days though.

How did Joe "Nasty" get the nasty part added to his name?

Most people know Joe as "nice" and "chill". People don't always realize that he's nice but nasty. Nice Neff doesn't sound as cool as Nasty Neff. Nasty Neff enjoys giving and receiving massages.

What do love most about living in SF? Favorite haunts- bars, food, parks, etc...?

I just moved back into the Mission and live right around the corner from tons of my friends so it's great to go for a walk and run into people and get food/drinks and stuff. I like typical stuff: Dolores Park, shopping the Haight, Hard Rock Cafe at Fisherman's Wharf, The Casanova Lounge, The Knockout, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Girls, my computer, the television, and swimming in Hotel Pools (Holiday Inn on Pine and Van Ness, Sheraton Inn Fisherman's Wharf). I live right by The Community Thrift Store- I go there everyday to buy stuff and say hi to my friends that work there.

Man, don't give away the hotel swimming pool secret locations... Oh wait, are they really secret anyway?

I don't think its a big secret. Usually most of the people there are locals (tattoos a giveaway)

If we spent the day man-dating what would we do?

Most of the stuff above, also we would definitely hit up Hooters. If you had a car we would drive to Grey Whale Cove beach south of the city- its my favorite beach!

You go to the Hooters in Fisherman's wharf? I heard the girls are all flat chested there. I bet you love those huge white tennis shoes they where!

Let's just say I'm not there for the wings if you catch my drift.

What are you really excited about right now?

"You Otter Know" or maybe "Don't Call Me Otter" new drawing book by Aiyana Udesen.

When are you the most productive?

When it's foggy and rainy.

Favorite trip taken?

I went on a great trip to Italy with my brother Jason and my Dad awhile back- it was really fun.


Fever Ray, Skinny Puppy Too Dark Park, Robyn Hitchcock Black Snake Diamond Role, Mountains, Legendary Pink Dots, Eno, AFX.

What were you like in high school?


Upcoming projects and/ or upcoming shows, etc...?

"Monster Family" Oct 9-25th at Beams T Harajuku, "Future Colors of America" at Giant Robot San Francisco in August, "Boy's Club" #3 at San Diego Comicon in late jury, "Neighborhoods"group show at 111 Minna in Sept. 2009.

In a previous interview you said "It'd be cool to fly, and be invisible, and breathe underwater, and to shoot lasers out of my eyes."... If you could choose one, which would it be and why?

Invisibility is the best for obvious boners.


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