Joining us for December weekend, Adriean Koleric of Taco Skate Co., has this to say of his lowbrow DIY skate-life brand: "The company stemmed from an element I had planted in a group of hand sketches from a series called 'HERE'. I would scribble the words "Taco Skate Co" or "Taco Skateboard Company" on characters shirts or the VW they'd be situated next to. It got to the point I was asked to make stickers which lead to hand sprayed shirts in parking lots, which lead to painting a "company" logo on my own '72 Beetle. I joked that it was a "fake" company until I actually registered the name in November '16 and went legit. From there I've been using it as a physical extension of my 'Here' series to the point that it feels like a performance piece rather than an actual business."
Rad. We are so thrilled to have such a creative spirit with us at Royal Bison! Check out his instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates and read on on down below for our Q&A with him:
Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
A : Being a born + raised Edmontonian, it means a lot to be able to create in this environment and give back something to the Community that brought me up. I’ve always felt growing up we had this ‘underdog’ title living in the Prairies and in constant shadow of “The Big 3” Canadian markets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So to be able to carve out a small niche and produce work in this town makes it all the more satisfying.
Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Ed Templeton, Rothfink, and cooking shows on VICE (Action Bronson, Matty Mattheson, etc)
Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A : Framed Print of an old VW Bus from Photographer Jim Johansson. One year we bought the front view and the next year we bought the side view. Hoping there’s a rear one this year.