Greetings! We're going to break the forth wall for just a moment so your intrepid Bison Blog writer can tell you a little about himself:
My name is Kyle Schneider (aka Hamburger Hands) and I am an illustrator and print artist. I like to draw lowbrow gross/cute imagery and mash it all together with a bunch of silly puns! I bounce back and forth from using bright-coral colouring or black-only, depending entirely on the project. I like to screenprint my work onto paper, make shirts and tote bags, hand build iron-on patches from scratch, and all kinds of mind-bending ephemera. I've been vending with Bison since the winter of 2014 and it's been such a positive impact on my life. I pretty much figured out I could make a living as an illustrator from this gig. You can find my most up to date work on instagram these days (@hamburgerhands) and I'll see y'guys at Bison with some new and exciting work!
RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HAMBZ: I just like to draw, man! I’ve been a fan of comics/cartoons since before I can remember and I’ve just found myself drawing everything, all the time. I went to school to be a graphic designer and that career just sort of morphed into me drawing stuff for people… I guess I’m pretty lucky that I’ve been able to do that!
RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HAMBZ: Omg… k, so i’ve been kind of spamming this same butt joke over and over and it’s been pretty fun, hahaha! So, a lot of my new prints, of which there are many, are kinda focused on butt jokes. I've really enjoyed making my work a bit more... "adult themed" these days haha! I have a project coming out that's based entirely on a throw-away illustration I put out on February for Valentine's Day! it won't be ready for Bison this spring, but it'll be rolling out early Summer for sure.
RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HAMBZ: I’m fascinated with taking my work in two very disparate directions this year. I’ve found I’ve done a decent job of bringing my work to folks on a medium scale so far, and now I’m considering what my work would and will look like at a small and very large scales… I’m learning to draw ideas fairly boiled down for some punk-rock inspired buttons and pins, and I am THRILLED to share a couple of large murals I’ve been working on!
RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HAMBZ: Gladly! There are three Canadian artists that I have huge creative crushes on that I consider myself lucky to be contemporaries of: Josh Hollinaty, Jill Stanton, and Chad VanGaalen. Two of which have been vendors on hallowed Bison grounds! I would LOVE to see Chad vend with us someday, that’d be so cool! I’m also a huge fan of Rob Corradetti, an artist that goes by the monker Killer Acid – google him, you won’t be disappointed I promise.
And hey, skip on over to my online shop (shop.hamburgerhands.com) to pick up some of my work now! :D
~ Kyle Schneider
aka Hamburger Hands