Thank You Sean An Interview by Penelope Mack

If you live in Boston, you've probably seen Sean Patrick Watroba's art somewhere. His prints have graced the walls of Refuge Cafe in Allston and pop up markets all over the city. The biting black humor of his art is endearing and jarring at the same time. 

If you live in Boston, you've probably seen Sean Patrick Watroba's art somewhere. His prints have graced the walls of Refuge Cafe in Allston and pop up markets all over the city. The biting black humor of his art is endearing and jarring at the same time. 

You go to a lot of Boston events/markets. How has that face to face with so many people changed the way you approach your work/the brand? I think doing lots of face to face events has been one of the best ways to build the brand/body of work. Being able to engage with someone who enjoys my artwork in person is much more personal than a sale online, or if the stuff is in a retail shop or gallery when I'm not physically present. I really enjoy doing markets.   What is your favorite type of item to make-- prints, pins, shirts, etc. ? I think doing prints is my favorite. Who doesn't like prints?

You go to a lot of Boston events/markets. How has that face to face with so many people changed the way you approach your work/the brand?

I think doing lots of face to face events has been one of the best ways to build the brand/body of work. Being able to engage with someone who enjoys my artwork in person is much more personal than a sale online, or if the stuff is in a retail shop or gallery when I'm not physically present. I really enjoy doing markets.

 

What is your favorite type of item to make-- prints, pins, shirts, etc. ?

I think doing prints is my favorite. Who doesn't like prints?

Your illustrations have a very distinct style. How did that evolve? My style evolved from years of drawing, doodling, and emulating artists that I liked. As time goes it kind of just happens where you figure out what styles of artwork you like the most, then do your best to put your own twist on it.   Do you think Boston has an art scene? How can it be improved (or if there isn't one, created)? Yeah, I think Boston has an art scene. It might not be huge, but in my experience there are lots of creative people here looking to collaborate or help each other out just for the sake of being a part of something, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when your artistic friends/local contemporaries are successful.   

Your illustrations have a very distinct style. How did that evolve?

My style evolved from years of drawing, doodling, and emulating artists that I liked. As time goes it kind of just happens where you figure out what styles of artwork you like the most, then do your best to put your own twist on it.

 

Do you think Boston has an art scene? How can it be improved (or if there isn't one, created)?

Yeah, I think Boston has an art scene. It might not be huge, but in my experience there are lots of creative people here looking to collaborate or help each other out just for the sake of being a part of something, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when your artistic friends/local contemporaries are successful. 

 

What are the pros and cons of working in a smaller city like Boston as opposed to a bigger one like New York? I've never lived in New York, but my friends who do are a little more jaded than the people here. I think in Boston, because there's less competition with other artists, it allows the creative people here to work together more often as opposed to a constant feeling like you have to one-up your peers to gain some sort of recognition.     What's next for the brand? 2017 is going to be a big year. More art, more "cool stuff."

What are the pros and cons of working in a smaller city like Boston as opposed to a bigger one like New York?

I've never lived in New York, but my friends who do are a little more jaded than the people here. I think in Boston, because there's less competition with other artists, it allows the creative people here to work together more often as opposed to a constant feeling like you have to one-up your peers to gain some sort of recognition.  

 

What's next for the brand?

2017 is going to be a big year. More art, more "cool stuff."