#139 - Tristan Eaton; Artist, Designer, and Spray Paint Muralist on His Creative Process

 

This week David and Marina are joined by Tristan Eaton, Street Art Muralist and Designer to discuss making it as an artist, using secret artwork to express himself, the philosophy and process behind his designs and painting, creating his unique spray-paint style, the challenges of doing large-scale mural work, creating Kidrobot's Munny and Dunny toys, transitioning to sculpture art, life stories, and more!

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Born in L.A. in 1978, Tristan Eaton started pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from billboards to dumpsters in the urban landscapes of the cities where he lived, be it London, Detroit, or New York. He designed his first toy for Fisher-Price at 18 years old and soon became a driving force in the world of designer toys. Eaton's work for Kidrobot, including the famous Dunny and Munny art toys, helped him achieve international renown and an ever-growing fan base. After forming his Creative Agency Thunderdog Studios in New York City in 2004, Eaton became a leader in the advertising and commercial-art spheres, and is regularly commissioned by a roster of clients that includes Nike, Versace, and even Barack Obama.

These days, Eaton is one of the most prominent street artists working today. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous, visual collage of pop imagery mixed with his unique personal style, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale. Eaton now focuses on his Fine Art and large-scale mural work full-time, which can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai.

Eaton’s work can also be seen in the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection.

 

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