Ricardo Barandiaran (Peru)

Ricardo Barandiaran (Peru)

In its answer, Ricardo warned me that "here in Perú we don't do many posters, we do mostly flyers" and that "When we have printed a poster is mostly donde by a laser printer (cause the numbers are very little)". Is it a reason not to appreciate his art ? surely not ! Is it a reason not to have him interviewed on the blog because he is not really screenprinting ? definitly not, especially when you know that I "met" him on gigposter.com. Peru esta de puta madre tio !!!

Hello, of course as every Crewk interview, first question: what are we listening to when we come to visit you?

Currently, Mastodon's "The Hunter" i'm crazy about that album.

Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?

My name is Ricardo Barandiarán or "Galleta" as they call me, i'm a graphic designer from Perú, i also play in a punk/metal band called Radio Garage, i'm happily married and read and collect comics like an addiction.

When did you start drawing?

Since i was a kid, i draw everything i saw, but when i discovered comics, that was for me.

Did you follow any course or did you improve by drawing in the margins of your schoolbooks?

Hmmm, i would say yes, but not much, i guess i'm still learning to draw.

Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?

I work as a graphic designer at an ad agency, i do this because a like to, and my band needed good posters for our gigs.

Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?

No, never have, but i would love to!

Where does your influence come from? Is there any artists/graphists you particularly like, what are your influences?

Mostly comica artists i guess, but also some of lowbrow art, horror, very rock n' roll topics catch my eye, and also some poster designers who made me want to begin to do this, can't remember names except Coop or Brian Ewing, they're the masters.

What are the principal steps in your work ?

First i like to work with the name of the show (here, people like to call their show something) or work around a cool idea, a shocking visual and from there i draw a rough, and then i trace everything on illustrator.

Do you do everything by hand or on computer?

First by hand and then computer.

How long does it take you to do a poster?

To tell the truth, i take 3 hours at maximum, 'cause i do this stuff in my spare time or at work during lunch time, and also because when we book show we do it with a month advance so we have to run with the promotion and flyers, etc.

You have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel like or if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses running out of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are you up for it ?

No, i couldn't! i do what i like, i have non formal artistic training so i do what i like to do, maybe when i take some art classes.

For which band have you already worked for?

Here in Perú there are not many bands who take the poster work as something important or necessary to promote their shows, i began doing this for my own band, i wanted to have some good flyers and create ourselves an image, something to separate us from horrid work i have seen, so i have worked mostly for my band or recently other metal like bands like Corrosion, Gasmurder, Noise rockers El Aire, space rockers Kurandera and even a Reggae/Dubstep Party

For which band would you love to work?

Any good fucking rock band but if i have to dream: Mastodon, Queens of the stone age, Faith No More, Turbonegro, ASG, Social Distortion, Sepultura, Mark Lanegan and some local favorite bands of mine like G3 or El Aire, but i would be so stressed to make a good impresión to them that after doing the work i would commit to a local sanatory for months.

Do you choose the artists yourself?

No, the people who ask me to do something either invite my band to a show and as a "thanks" i design the flyer or there are some bands who know me who ask me to do it, but still have to pay, ja,ja,ja.

What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?

The beginning, the dreaded white space in your head.

Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?

Hmm, i think there are people who belong there, like Gutierrez from xnideax, the vandals at Larvoratorio or Cherman (check them out on facebook!!!) but they don't do gig posters regurlary so i guess i'm on my own here.

A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we see your work , on the web or in real life?

http://www.galletagrafico.blogspot.com/ or search for me on facebook as Galleta grafico or on any bar, tattoo shop, music store, street where there are lots of flyers.

The best praise you received lately?

"Esta de puta madre" for the Bass Meeting poster (i think no need to translate that!)

No need for me indeed, but for our bulgarian readers it's something close to "This is fucking kicking ass". What can we wish you for the future?

Printed posters!!!!!

Thanks a lot!!!!

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