O Canada! Warren is another first for us here at the 16oz. Canvas - our first Canadian artist to join us here. It took a bit of convincing but was really great to get him out of his shell and talking about himself and his work with Liquid Riot and his company Thro' Creative. He is a hard working, honest and very appreciative individual who loves his job, his family and a good beer. Definitely connected and would have loved to done this one in 3-D over a few cold ones. Enjoy
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Tim Oxton is the Art Director for Night Shift Brewing. It's a role that much like the brewery's success and growth in the craft beer space, has grown organically. Being hired at your brother's company for anyone can be exciting and stressful all at once, but it is also a source of pride for Tim. Over time what started out as helping his brother out evolved into a full-time position that is integral in the image and brand that is NS and Tim's hard work and passion for it play a big part in that. Tim not only is responsible for the labels, but also the photography and images of the brewery. It was great to learn about his process, working with his brother, his photography projects and to chat and share a laugh. This is almost like a podcast version of his strangers with random object project - we'd never met (and still haven't in 3-D) but shared a moment and some stories.
Speaking with David was a very insightful and enlightening interview. His story, career path and perspective are inspiring and impressive. On first glance, David's artwork is strong, powerful and mythical not to mention a little bad ass. He's a metal head to my hippie-esque self, so I wondered where this interview would go and honestly it really was a benchmark for me. I learned that David and I had a lot in common and shared a similar perspective. On top of that his timeline is a great life lesson for those looking to launch their own business, are a cross road life path or even a struggling artist - you can do it and on your own terms.
It's not easy, but David is a real life example of hard work paying off and being able to find a great work life balance without compromising your craft. Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did and take something positive away from it.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Dan Blakeslee, who is the artist for two of the most iconic cans in Craft Beer - Heady Topper and Focal Banger. When we spoke to Dan he was down south working on art and playing some shows. Dan is a kind hearted, hard working and extremely talented artist who I felt has a lifetime of adventures and great stories to share with us. His humility and passion were obvious immediately and made for a comfortable catch up that reaffirmed this project was on the right path.
Below you will find some excerpts from our talk that I feel give unique insight into the artist as well as his music, process and his work with the Alchemist. Enjoy!