Marian Bodenstein (DE)

Marian Bodenstein (DE)

First time ever an artist give me other pic than its own posters to illustrate his interview, the weirdest is that I have no clue of who is Bob Ross, well he might be a german legend maybe.... If anyone can hemp me, feel free to drop a line !

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

Right now i am listening to White Fence ,Nerve City, Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees a lot. But some of my all time favourites are Mudhoney , Man or Astroman, the Mae Shi, MC5, the Sonics and Jazzman Stuff.

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

I am 24 years old , playing in the band  "Zhod"(what means centralheating unit of death), and studying visual communications

When did you start drawing?

Like everybody as a kid, stuff like pirateships and knights killing each other.

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

In my schoolbooks i did a lot of comics and graffitti, later i also went to some kind of designschool and now i am studying stuff like that.

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

No i don´t make a living out of my art, i am still studying and doing little jobs. I am also working in a bar and a comic shop( 2nd best job in the world after Poster designing) .

Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?

I do illustrations for one of the best magazines around – it´s called  Rokko´s Adventures from Vienna, you can check it out here:
unfortunately it is in german.

There is also a little feature of my stuff in the Klebstoff Mag #3 which is made entirely out of stickers.
check it out:

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

To drop some names:
Charles Burns,ghoul a go go, Daniel Clowes, Aesthetic Apparatus,
Mr. Ed Fotheringham,
Art Chantry, Seripop, Ryan Duggan
To drop some games:
Monkey Island and all of the old fashioned Adventure games

Big Time influence is music, the connection between art and music. the whole process preparing a poster, advertise the show, dance and sweat at the show, getting drunk and having a hangover the next morning

What are the principal steps in your work ?

If i do a gigposter, i listen to the band, watch some livevideos of their gigs and try to figure out some characteristics. then i try to translate this into graphic attributes. i start thinking and later scribbling, i play around with handdrawn type, do some illustration, browse my huge trashpaper-fundus and so on.
if it works out fine i move to the next step, if not i do something else.
the next step is to scan the handdrawn or collage material and go on adjusting it on the computer. if i do a silkscreen-version of the poster, what i most of the time do - i separate the colours of the piece and print the pre - press repro or the film, mostly on cheap transparent paper. Now i can expose the screens for the print, one screen for each colour and finally print that shit. 

Do you do everything by hand or on computer?

Most of my process is handjob, but i also use computers even if i hate them.

How long does it take you to do a poster?

Between some hours and some weeks.
Average 4days (if i ain´t gotta do something else)

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 ?

If that somebody is him

i am on it!

For which band have you already worked for?

Sons of Cyrus
Thee Oh Sees
Messer Chups
Cotton Ponies
The Feeling of Love
Hush Hush
Kayo Dot
Secret Chiefs 3
Dean Dirg
For which band would you love to work?


Do you choose the artists yourself?

Most of the time i work for "Eine Welt aus Hack", which is a verrrry nice booking Agency from Germany and they ask me to do posters for their concerts or i ask them.

What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?

Time and Money

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

Yeah i think there is a growing poster scene,  and also a fresh graphic boom.
Who else? Check out Damien Tran!

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?

Here we go:

my blog :

my gigposters page:


The best praise you received lately?

i am always happy about comments on, and the fact that you are interviewing me is great! Also a nice praise are posters ripped and stolen from public spaces, i like the intervention part about it.

What can we wish you for the future?

that i can make a living out of this mess!
and that MUDHONEY are asking me to some artwork for them!!
and that i can join a Man or Astroman live show!
and that i can go on a BRUISE CRUISE!

Thanks for answering my questions and see you soon on the website !!

hell yes - thank you too!

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