From acrylic to ink to neon, Austin England seeks out creative challenges and attempts to find ways to translate what he does best through an array of interchangeable mediums. Born in Colorado, and raised in Tampa, Florida, England moved to Los Angeles in hopes of meeting like-minded individuals who were down to skate and make art. Over the last six years, Austin has hustled hard to progress his career as an artist, curator, and creative innovator.
Whether he’s illustrating, tattooing, or bending neon, England never shies away from a challenge.
“I’ve failed at doing all these things. Just like skateboarding, you fall and then you get back up,” says England. “You want to do the gnarliest trick, but you know you’re going to eat so much shit before you can nail it. It’s the same with drawing.”
We caught up with Austin at his new workspace Bill’s Bar in Silverlake and also sat in on a session with him at Kingswell for his upcoming feature in issue 09. Come help us celebrate the release of issue 09 at Paul Loya Gallery this Friday from 8-11pm.
All photos below taken by Kris Evans.