Our cover motive from August 2013 came from Bludge, a duo from sunny Sri Lanka. These guys do not only create amazing shirts, but an entire lifestyle: The bludgey way of life.
Obviously you prefer t-shirts to canvases for your paintings…
Bludge exhibits differently. Instead of exhibiting our art in a traditional gallery, we take our work to the heart of the party where our target audience is. Bludge has been getting involved in Sri Lanka’s small but colourful underground party wave by creating Bludge Lounges, a place to chill out at the party. T-shirts are displayed at the lounge, we create space to bludge around, and we give space to artists to display any kind of creative installations… At our very own Bludge party I used one of our designs, ‘The Trans-Porter’ as a huge backdrop for the djs. And we had the crowd and the djs wearing Bludge T-shirts at the party, literally making human canvases and an interactive party experience. That’s the most interesting thing I like about my canvas being on t-shirts. Seeing some of our favourite djs like Boris Brejcha, Androcell and Asvajit wearing my designs has been *bludgegasmic*, to say the least! Bludge is about seeing things in a different, in a more vibrant way: Bludging is a way of life!
Any artist needs talent… and inspiration. What is yours?
Travelling to places I’ve never been, meeting new, like-minded people, experiencing new things, music and island life… These extra-ordinary experiences help to me create, they are my inspiration. My latest Bludge creation was inspired by our recent mushroom adventure in the magical hills of Kodaikanal, India.
Any projects besides shirts?
I’m just starting to get into party backdrops and installations. Bludge creates for the trippers and takes the art to where they are… so there are a lot of other things I wanna get into!