Artist Interview Introducing Squiggles

Today I’m bringing you something different and introducing someone incredibly talented. Here is my interview with the wonderful artist behind Squiggles!

Squiggles

Q1. When did you start Squiggles?

I started Squiggles whilst I was at uni, but under another name! One day I had an epiphany and decided to name myself Squiggles. I always wanted to appear under a character because I really don’t like my real name and I wanted to keep a bit of mystery to myself and my work.

Q2. Where did the inspiration for your current style come from/ what inspires you to draw?

I take inspiration from various places, depending on my mood, what the weather is like, how social I’m being etc. Nature inspires me a lot, there’s so many natural curves in nature and I do become hypnotised by its beauty sometimes. I have always had a fascination with water, swimming was a big part of my life as a child and I’ve always loved being immersed in it.

Other things would be my childhood, growing up I watched A LOT of cartoons, I remember watching them and always wishing I was as beautiful or as cool as the characters on T.V, almost pretending I was them. I always loved the mermaids in Peter Pan the most, they were so sassy and beautiful but utter bitches. I feel like that sums up my style; cute and sweet, but also a bit sarcastic and bitter. I like to create characters that encapsulate peoples’ inner beauty and show off what is really great about them. I love to draw swirling lines because its calming, they remind me of the ocean. Depression is a big motivator for me. Whenever I am too stressed or unable to vocalise how I am feeling, Squiggles speaks instead.

I like to try and take the negative emotions I am feeling and make fun of them. Point out that everyone feels like that sometimes and most people survive. When I am happy, my drawings show that too, I’ve noticed sometimes I’ve forgotten to put tears on the faces, which is one of my trademark styles. When I’m very sad I think you can feel that through my colour palette and I will definitely pick more dark colours.

 

Q3. When did you find your current style/how long were you drawing before you settled on the Squiggle’s unique style?

Whilst I was at uni I decided I wanted to stop ‘following the rules’ of what art was, and  instead focus more on what came out naturally. No more barriers just free flowing expression, like a child. I took a lot of inspiration from Jean Micheal Basquiat as well as the outsider art brut movement. I loved his use of colours and bold lines, his symbolism and eyes everywhere. It reminded me of when I visited an abandoned asylum and saw drawings all over the walls and crazy writing almost like whispers of ghosts.

Q4. What are your favourite mediums/what do you use to create your art?

These days I create all my work digitally through my iPad pro and the procreate app, but I do enjoy just drawing with biros and watercolour/gouache. I’m just a very messy person and it saves the clean up!

Q5. What messages do you hope people take from your work directed at veganism?

I haven’t made too many pieces that smack you in the face with veganism just as yet, so I hope they just question the word and have a quick google and maybe learn something! But in the future I hope to produce infographics teaching people of the atrocities that the meat and dairy industries bring, and more merch to leave in restaurants etc providing info on how to change!

Q6. What messages do you hope people take from your work directed at mental health?

Most of the time I find it difficult to speak of my struggles, not many people know in real life the issues I go through day to day, and whenever I try to vocalise anything I tiptoe around it in fear of what people might think. I hope they just see that anyone can be successful and achieve their dreams, that everyone is going through something and people should be more mindful.

Q7. What is next for Squiggles?

I’ve just updated my store to include portrait commissions! Let me transform you, your loved ones, and your pets into a squiggles character! And I’ll be adding some new items before Christmas too!

Check out Squiggles Instagram or Facebook for more of her amazing art work, and head to the new Squiggle’s website to stock up on amazing prints and stickers, the perfect Christmas gifts!

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Stick and Poke Flower

Hello my beautiful reader, I do hope you’re having a lovely day. A couple of days ago I designed a cute little flower stick and poke ignorant style tattoo, similar to a couple I have done in the past. I had the pleasure of tattooing it onto my wonderful fiancé’s head, and I am super happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you think, and if you would like a tattoo designed get in touch over on my Instagram, or check out my commissions page for more info!

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I’m Sorry that I Loved You

We didn’t know how sick we were

living on foundations of rotting wood

Lost children growing into the skin of adults

we kept up appearances with smiles fooling no one

A shadow hand lingers still on my cheek

and the darkness tastes like your ghost

We couldn’t see how twisted we had become

our love poisoned the water we drank

One day I lost the boy, and you lost the girl

and our hands pressed to our ears

They screamed the truth at us

but the harder we ran the deeper we crawled into our graves

With blackened finger nails and red raw cheeks

I carved into our headstone, ‘I’m sorry that I loved you.’

My First Tattoo and the Dozen that Followed

I never thought that I’d get a tattoo. Firstly, I grew up surrounded by people who were very damning of them, but also I am a super wimp when it comes to pain. At least I thought I was. As it turns out, I’m pretty good at managing pain, and I have fallen in love with collecting tattoos. I have found that as a person who suffers from anxiety tattoos have helped me to feel more at home in my own skin. The more tattoos I get the greater control I have over my body. I have also found that the pain of getting a tattoo has helped me to work through a lot of things I couldn’t before.

All of this aside, I think that tattoos are a beautiful way of expressing yourself, of showing the world who you are, and they can be perfect gifts of self love. Not only do I love getting tattoos, I have also started hand poking and you can see examples of my work on my Instagram. My first tattoo in March this year was a single dot hand poked by Hakeem, and it means so much to me because it was the start of a life I never dreamed I could have. That single dot tattoo has led up to my own self poked ‘H’ tattoo for my wonderful fiancé, Hakeem, who agreed to be stuck with me forever in July this year.

Here is my collection as of Friday the 7th September 2018.

Castles and Lovers

I found our memories yesterday

I didn’t understand then

But I know now and I can’t face them

You said you could tell I wasn’t there

But it wasn’t enough to stop you.

You promised to protect me from the world

They won’t like me, they won’t care

Yet the world doesn’t seem so bad now I’m here

If I think too much I find myself crying

You knew I wasn’t there

But it didn’t stop you.

Sat with my own thoughts too long and it comes back

I see you so I close my eyes

But it’s a memory not a photograph

Everlasting, branded in my mind

Ruined, ugly, stupid, I hear it

You knew I wasn’t there

But it didn’t stop you.

You laugh

I can’t forget that laugh

You smile

I’ll never not see that smile

You swore to be my light in the darkness

But you were the shadows

I was a match, sick without my flame

Put out between your callous fingers

You said you could tell I wasn’t there

But knowing that didn’t stop you.

And knowing that kills me

Now that I understand I don’t understand

My castle was a dungeon and my lover held the key

You wanted to rescue me from them

But they saved me from you.

You knew I wasn’t there,

You knew I wasn’t there.

When it’s Over

Tell me when it’s time to go

When the curtain call is made

And all we had is left in bedsheets

Washed away by hands separated

Lost whispers intertwined in soft heat

Our scattered clothes are gathered

Hearts beat slower in time with the hum

of the world as it carries on

In constant motion we walk beside it

Fingers claw at the inside of pockets

Memories of the soft skin they drew upon

Pictures and words that could never

be spoken aloud for fear of feeling

Stand and take all you brought with you

And I’ll turn away as you leave

Eyes closed and breath held

I’ll sit and wait until you’re gone

Become another who knew you

A name on a list of names they won’t see

So tell me when it’s time to go

Or these crooked bones will stay.