Minka and the Bear.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm excited to announce that I have an interview up today on Freunde von Freunden, with one of my new favorite artists, Minka Sicklinger. Minka is well-known for her tattoo work, but she's an illustrator, too, and a former fashion stylist. In a past life, she says, she was a "treasure hunting pirate," and it shows: her tiny Manhattan apartment is filled with trinkets, taxidermy, and mementos from her travels. There are books on the floor, plants on the windowsills, a golden egg in the corner, and the head of a bear above her bed. It's her spirit animal, she says. It guards her as she sleeps.


Of her art, Minka says: "Every time I sit down at a blank page of paper I don’t know what’s going to come out. I draw how I see things, which is not necessarily how they look in real life. It’s like when I took photographs: I never really cared about what was in the frame. I cared about how those things got there and where they were going after." 

Read the full interview on Freunde von Freunden, and see more of Minka's work, here. You can find my past FvF interviews here, including this one with art director Aslan Malik, who has gold fingernails and a cat named after Anais Nin. (No big deal.)

12 comments:

Panda Head said...

loved this! saw your cred over there and applauded at my laptop :)

Sam | ashore said...

Shoko, how do you captures someone so incredibly in three short paragraphs and one PERFECT sentence "the woman, the artist, the human of New York with the spirit of a bear – will carry on creating."

julie said...

wow! True one and only. love the interview.

girlseeksplace said...

Great photos! By the way, can you email me when you have a chance? (briannasoloski at gmail dot com). I'd like to talk to you about freelancing.

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Camila Faria said...

I'm always impressed with these amazing-stylish people, who can transform a tiny apartment in a work of art.

Love her egg! :)

Lauren Knight said...

Amazing! I absolutely LOVE her work!

Lauren Knight said...

Amazing! I absolutely LOVE her work!

Shoko said...

Morgan, thank you!!

Sam, thank you :) That's so sweet of you. Having an inspiring subject definitely helps!

Brianna, sure! Will email you this afternoon.

max said...

your writing is sublime. what an awesome interview and peek into such a cool person and world!

Ione said...

congratulations!

Kathy said...

I love your interviews on FvF!

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