Alex Pardee is a freelance artist, apparel designer, and a writer from California, who is best known for illustrating The Used’s album artwork.
Batman and Foes
Batman and Daffy
Tarman (Return of the Living Dead)
Iron Man & Mega Man
Wolverine and Hulk
Ren & Stimpy
Batman Vs Superman
“What inspires you?”
I fucking hate that question.
I’m inspired by Jim Henson. By Rod Serling. By Tim Burton. By Terry Gilliam.
I’m inspired by Scooby Doo and the notion that a cartoon about a teenage LSD addict who thinks his dog can talk and that everyone he meets is a silly monster can actually get made into an iconic television show for kids.
I’m inspired by new kids shows like Adventure Time, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Aquabats for helping adults remember that its ok to act like a kid. I’m inspired by imagination.
I’ve recently been inspired by “Cabin In The Woods”, and by “Ready Player One”, and by anything that I see, read or hear that makes me run home and want to add more elements to someone else’s world in hopes of holding on to that experience by selfishly expanding it.
By horror movies from the 80’s and the creation of boogeymen and how one person can inject nightmares into someone for their whole life just by putting sharp teeth on a clown or finger-knives on a burn-victim.
I’m inspired by David Choe and by his book “SLOW JAMS”, which I read in 1999 and have since never read a graphic novel as personal and honest.
I’m inspired by other artists like Sam Kieth, Jhonen Vasquez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Harmony Korine & Jim Phillips, for pushing the boundaries before me because it continues to encourage me that I don’t have to conform to expectations.
Inspired by my Dad for letting me sneak down and watch Poltergeist at my sister’s slumber party, for suggesting Stephen King novels to me when I was 12, and for introducing me to The Watchmen, Hard Boiled and The Killing Joke when I was 14.
I’m inspired when I stumble across something that catches me off guard and opens my eyes to new possibilities. At 6 it was my parents. At 14 it was Robocop. At 15 it was The Maxx. At 16 it was Street Fighter. At 17 it was graffiti. At 20 it was the discovering of zines and self-publishing.
Alex Pardee & the Breakfast Club.