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EP 45: TAZ: How to stay out of a creative rut, lessons from a master

Welcome to the first episode in our ARTXWORK REBELS series, brought to you in partnership with Guerilla One, our go to source for information on graffiti and street art. Guerilla One is on hiatus online, so hit us up directly if you want more information. What a great artist to start with.

Jim Evans had more impact on how musicians communicate visually with their fans than almost anyone on the planet. He sometimes paints under the name TAZ.

His body of work runs deep, so deep. From designing for surf rock acts in the 60s, to iconic artwork for artists like Chicago, Neil Young, the Beach Boys, and the Allman Brothers in the 70s, to U2, Aerosmith, and Nirvana in the 80s and 90s to modern-day heroes the Beastie Boys and Wu-Tang Clan, Jim has done it all: Logos, album covers, photographs, illustrations, websites, and so many posters. He’s currently preparing a collaborative art project with LA graffiti pioneer Risk.

The key to his longevity is simple, but so difficult: "You've got to listen to things in new ears and see it with new eyes, or else you can't really possibly grow."

In our interview, he give us some valuable tips for staying out of creative ruts and how he stays tapped in as culture evolves.

Mix Engineer: James Soriano


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