Some days you just have a creative block and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s usually a good excuse to go surfing!
The Snake Hole is a creative space, gallery and apparel brand running out of Mornington, Victoria. It’s run by locals Josh Brown, Josh Meyer and Cam Stynes. Their goal is to support local and emerging artists & provide a space for them to exhibit work alongside well-established artists.
Name: Josh Brown, Josh Meyer and Cam Stynes a.k.a The Snake Hole
Occupation: Artist / Graphic Designer / Illustrator
Hometown: Mornington, Victoria
Current Location: Mornington, Victoria
When I was a kid I wanted to be…
JB: A cartoonist.
JM: I wanted to be Maverick out of Top Gun.
The studies I took to get where I am…
JB: I studied graphic design at Tafe.
JM: I studied graphic design at Tafe as well lol.
CS: Year 10 art class
I’m most creative when…
JB: When I’m in the shower, then I usually forget by the time I get out.
JM: When Josh, Cam and I get together to discuss new projects… Three heads are better than one!
CS: I don’t think!
I started … in… [year], because…
JB: I started drawing in 1995 because my parents sent me to drawing classes.
JM: I started drawing in 2008 on my science text books because I didn’t understand physics.
CS: I started creating with my grandad in the 90’s.
I choose this career because…
JB: I heard you could make a lot of money out of it… right?
JM: Because I wanted to be the guy who did the sketches in the crime stoppers ads.
CS: wasn’t allowed to be Rambo!
The tools I can’t live without…
JB: Cam Stynes and Josh Meyer.
JM: Paint and Pens.
CS: coffee and wine.
My favourite camera is… because…
JB: Pentax K1000 because its still more reliable than a digital camera.
JM: iPhone camera combined with the ‘toaster’ filter.
CS: Olympus Trip.
I’m inspired by…
JB: My buddies.
JM: Good music and fresh stationery.
CS: George Costanza.
I’m currently reading…
JM: An article on useless facts. Did you know that the lighter was invented before matches?
CS: A tide guide.
The website I hang out on the most…
JB: I spend waaaay too much time on youtube.
JM: I probably shouldn’t say lol.
I’m currently listening to…
JB: Shabazz Palaces, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, Boomgates, Wu Tang.
JM: Freddie Gibbs, Bishop Nehru, Teebs, Thrupence, Drake.
CS: Zombitches, Angry Seas, ECSR and Thee Oh Sees.
JB: is an important tool in design and art, but shouldn’t be relied on too heavily. I always like to use hand drawn elements in most of my work.
JM: is an essential part of the creative process these days.
CS: Are they megapixels?
JB: A necessity.
JM: Getting lost in airports, losing passports, but totally worth it.
CS: somethings that doesn’t happen enough!
My travel essentials are…
JB: My surfboard, sketchbooks and fresh socks.
JM: Music, laptop & sketchbook.
CS: Family and friends.
I feel most free when…
JB: I get paid!
JM: When I’m rarely on top of my workload.
CS: I’m in the ocean.
One thing I would like to do but haven’t got around to it yet…
JB: Looking forward to doing a solo show soon…
JM: Win the tattslotto.
The challenges of being a creative…
JB: Some days you just have a creative block and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s usually a good excuse to go surfing!
JM: Knowing how to switch off and relax… stepping away from work and clearing your head.
CS: having a day job.
The highlights over the past 12 months have been…
JB: Launching our new clothing range.
JM: Yup, definitely launching the range… and finishing Breaking Bad.
CS: Matt Wilko!
The advice I have to share for those who want to follow in my footsteps…
JB: I think my advice would be to work for someone else before you work for yourself, soak up as much experience as you can, have fun and work yo’ ass off!
JM: Draw lots and don’t sleep.
CS: Do what feels good and don’t worry what others think!
Do What You Want…
Photo: Tom Terlaak