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FRIENDLY FIRE INTERVIEW: ARTIST RORY DOYLE

Hey remember when you ate a hotdog off the street at 5 in the morning? Yes I don’t...

What are you working on? A few commissions, I have a couple murals lined up for summer.  Painting outside in the warmer months is great. I just finished a board design for Capita. They were great to work with. Also working through a couple branding projects. A busy mix right now.

Did you know most people die within five miles of where they were born? I think that is nuts.


You’ve done a lot of art in the skate, snow and alcohol industry. Did Du Maurier and PornHub not call you back? Yeah lots of work in the those industries; I love boarding and beer. Never heard of those other two.

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How do you approach the medium you're working in now? Usually starts with a story or idea. The contents drive the piece in the beginning but from there it’s pretty organic. That’s when colour also comes in to play and I start having fun with scale, legibility and overall layout of all the elements.  

Have you ever considered doing as NFT? For sure. I’ve worked on a few for other artists already but plan to release my own.   

You know a guy named Yoshi? Haha I did for a while.  I was an artist at a video game developer for about a decade.  Lots of Nintendo projects.

Mac or PC? Both! I do all my 3D work on PC.  Despite what most designers will tell you,  PC’s are fine if you get a powerful one. 

You ever vibe people at the reservoir?  I’ve never been too vibey of a guy. I’ve been vibed there.  More neighbors and people passing by – standard 90’s skateboarder attention.

Anyone putting the work in, executing and being fortunate enough to have their art displayed publicly is great.  
I’m happy for them and love the idea of having more art in those types of spaces.

RD
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Whats your thoughts on art and public spaces? Love it. Some is horrible, some amazing. But that’s my opinion and the age old story. Anyone putting the work in, executing and being fortunate enough to have their art displayed publicly is great. I’m happy for them and love the idea of having more art in those types of spaces.

Does the “where” affect the “what” when youre doing mural projects? Case by case.  Sometimes not so much if the piece leans more on the abstract side. Usually murals are commissioned so when legibility and story come in to play then it can affect it greatly.

Worst slam on a skateboard? There are a few contenders but I’ll go with a fairly recent one because a legit slam at 40 hurts. Hill bomb in Punta Mita, Mexico – late night tacos and beer(s) mission and we bombed a hill on the way back to our place.  There was a section of gravel at the bottom of the hill that I wasn’t aware of. I went to do a cool guy powerslide and got pitched. Stage 5 organ shaker. I was still finding gravel in my arms and knees weeks later.

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