We asked Foe Tamajiro, aka shocker_tv, about his ‘Fiji ASCII Punk’ edits and their maximalist aesthetic.
The art of edits is a uniquely post-internet phenomenon – it’s practitioners are acutely aware of the context in which their art exists and is consumed. It’s spread, as with most net-art micro trends, can be traced back to Tumblr and the interconnected community of digital artists that exist there – it’s hashtag influenced aesthetic DNA containing traces of Vaporwave, Seapunk and Yung Lean.
The maximalist imaginings of shocker_tv showcase the full spectrum of ideas and Iconography common to edits. The stark colour pallette and crude nature of his compositions belie a mastery of the art and a deft command of mood. We asked him about his creative process, his influences and the net-art context in which his work exists.
How did you first get into digital art?
I am a long time photoshop user but all my recent edits are done on my iphone using leanified and other free apps.
Why do you do what you do?
I started getting back into random edits last year to promote my music (http://soundcloud.com/shockertv)
And how you would describe your work?
Fiji ASCII Punk
What’s your creative process like?
I use multiple free apps on my iPhone, I set myself a time limit for each of the edits.
How has your methodology changed over time?
It is getting simpler and more zen like. It is a form of meditation for me. I just let aesthetic flow through me (or I try).
What influences you?
Old elevater music. Good books by Haruki Murakami, Ryu Murakami. Joel Peter Witkin. Katsuhiro Otomo. Hideaki Anno. Shuji Terayama.
Do you identify with the wider net-art movement?