By Jarred De Palo

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20 Questions with 1/1 Magazine

1/1. What does your creative process consist of? Any rituals/habits/superstitions?

MC: Every day begins with peanut butter banana toast and black coffee- Nothing can start without those things. Once I’ve got my fuel, I’ll usually set the mindset by hunting for new music for an hour or two. It helps set the tone and playlist for the day. 

1/1. What is the biggest challenge you face in making art? How do you work through it?
MC: Fatigue. I am a serial napper, and working from home makes it too easy to abuse. Lots of coffee and great beats keep me on the path to creation.

  

1/1. What drives you to create? What do you hope to achieve?
MC: On a selfish level, I’m never happier than when I am creating, in the zone. It’s a meditation for me. But the drive comes from a desire to communicate in a different language. I strive to make visual art as Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote…where every word, every line, is intentional.I want to make art that makes people happier to be here…

 

1/1. Any guilty pleasures or dirty little secrets?
MC:f It’s no secret. I’m a coffee and sugar fiend. If I’m making, there’s guaranteed to be coffee and some form of candy or pastry by my side. After a piece or show is done, I definitely appreciate a good glass of whiskey too.

 

1/1. What is your earliest art-related memory? Who/What gave you the art bug?
MC: I fondly remember asking for my dad’s ‘nice’ pen to draw on the paper placemats at Constantines, a Greek restaurant we’d go to every Saturday. It was a privilege to use his pen, which I always tried to smuggle into my pocket (to no avail). I would draw until food arrived, and then after on the sauce stained paper. Art ran in our family though, my parents were both musicians, and my brother has always been an extremely talented artist. It’s just what we did in our free time…

 

1/1. You’re stuck in an elevator for 24 hours. Who would you want to be with and why?
MC: Hmmmmm. Maybe Louis C.K? He could possibly be the worst person to be stuck with as well, but optimistically I could see him telling some great stories, and the time passing quickly. Or he could freak out, and send both of us into a panic attack- either way, it’d be memorable. 
 

1/1. What’s the last piece of art you purchased?
MC: It’s a different form, but I collect old vintage magazines for their beauty and inspiration. I recently got some old Playboy magazines from the late 60s. 

 

1/1. What’s for dinner?
MC: If I’m in work mode at home: one egg scramble with salsa and greens, maybe some toast. If I have the chance to go out- I love to try any new spot and get my carnivorous cravings under control. Bacon- steak- some vegetable, and I’m as happy as can be.

 

1/1. What are the biggest changes to the Denver/Boulder art scene that you’ve seen over the years?
MC: In general it’s pretty exciting how much more art is being showcased and supported. In the RiNo district a lot of amazing murals have been going up, and it’s been great to see peers and friends continue to be supported in their growth and work. 
 
1/1. Are there any artists local or otherwise that you enjoy following?
MC: Man….so many! One of my best friends and peers Karma Leigh is an amazing artist and constant inspiration. There’s also Thomas Evans, aka Detour, who is just killing it right now with his interactive pieces. Beyond the visual a number of my friends are musicians who offer constant support and inspiration. CRL CRRLL, Turner Jackson Love, Dealz Makes Beats, Callie Belo, and Oren L are just a few! 

 

1/1. What is the best advice you can give to young/emerging artists?
MC: Keep doing it!!! -And when you think you’re putting everything you have into, put in more. 

 

1/1. What especially fascinates you outside of art? Any secret talents/passions?
MC: Movies have always been a long time passion and fascination. Growing up we’d watch movies from the 20s on up- so if the opportunity presents itself I love to catch a movie at the Mayan or Sie, and midnightscreenings at the Esquire are awesome! Beyond the arts, I’ve always been a physical person and jump between yoga, climbing, and dancing.

 

1/1. Are you a member of a gallery?
MC: Not currently.

 

1/1. Tell the word about a time you totally screwed something up!
MC: In highschool I backed my parents car up into the garage while they were gone for a week. I claimed it was hit while being parked. (Sorry if you’re reading this guys!)

 

1/1. What is something most people don’t know about you?
MC: I lived in Jamaica for a year, and have traveled to over 15 countries. 

1/1. Rep your hood!
MC: Bar Car for the win…

 

1/1.  How do you feel about whales?
MC: Friendly giants? In theory? Think aquatic Falcor…maybe not as creepy.

 

1/1.  What is your biggest regret and why?
MC: Man you get intense in this interview…Well, maybe it would be not recording talks/times with my Nana. I lost her when I was 8 and still think about her on the daily. She was a powerful and confident woman who I’ve continued to admire and look up to even in her absence. 

 

1/1.  Ever poop your pants as an adult?
MC: Thankfully…no. It came close in Vietnam, but my quick feet saved me.

 

1/1. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
MC: Flight. I mean, who doesn’t want to fly? And the way traffic is getting in Denver- I could use it most days.