Daniel Wieken first came to our attention through his work but it was a friend of his who ratted him out and said we had to feature him or die horribly. We agreed, but mostly because we like his work and his snappy outfits, no one here is afraid of death.
PE: How long have you been creating?
Dan Weiken: Since I could hold a pencil.
PE: What influences your artwork? Which artists have influenced you the most?
DW: Underground commix, bones, skulls,feathers fur.
Robert Crumb, Walton Ford, Manuel Ocampo, Arron Horkey, Wes Lang,William Stout
PE: Unlike many punk and doomy crust artists, you use a lot of color. Was this a way for you
to break out? Or is this mainly the influence of a client?
DW:Both. Almost everything I did for a really long time was strictly black and white ink drawings.
PE: Do you play music?
DW: Yes. Currently play in Blood Folke.
PE: Have you received any formal arts training or are you self taught?
Naaaah. Self taught.
PE: Who have you done record covers for? Do you have favorite projects?
DW: t-shirts for in defence, terrordactyls, cantharone.
PE: What are you creating outside of the punk//metal//music milieu? What other projects
are you doing and what other kinds of art are you into?
DW: books of illustration. And I love underground comic art more than just about anything.
PE: Is there a strong arts/ music scene in the city you live in?
DW: Well I live in an artists co op in Lowertown St. Paul. So fuck yes. Station 4 also features amazing metal shows, and it’s like a block away.
PE: Have you ever done any formal exhibitions of your artwork, and do you feel like punk or show spaces should be more open to this sort of show?
DW: Yes. And why not?
PE: What are some projects that are in the works?
DW: New Logo book.
PE: What do you do when you’re not creating or generally being all punk rock/metal?
DW: Crying. Curled up in a fetal position.
PE: Anything else you would like to add? How can you be contacted?
DW:Always looking for bands to work with. And my rates rock. www.danwieken.com