Andy Howell’s roots are simple: skateboarding, surfing, drawing, painting, punk rock, hip-hop. He grew up immersed in the 80’s Virginia and DC punk scenes, making ‘zines, traveling up and down the east coast for skate contests and building ramps with his friends in every place they could find. Late nights of snaking wood and nails and mornings of cutting transitions were among his first forays into alternative DIY creativity. An adrenaline junkie from the word go, he just wanted to move fast, whether on board, with brush, or spraycan. Skateboarding and art became addictions, and soon everything else fell victim. Howell turned pro as a skateboarder in1989, and became an influence in the style of street skating that would set the tone for the next 10 years. His skateboarding philosophy was like that of his artwork: do something different, stretch the boundaries, and make a statement. Howell’s skateboarding and creative work were all by-products of the prevalent punk attitude and the observations he made of the world around him. Howell's obsession with line meshed with his love of animation, cartoons, and comics while he was still a teenager, and his ongoing exploration of the two has produced a wide range of tangents including graffiti, tribal, and folk influenced work. Once described by London's The FACE Magazine as "Disney on Drugs", his work pokes a political stick at man's obsessions and excesses, confining his subjects to the interrogations room of his imagination, and barely giving them breathing room on the canvas. He paints “transcendental moments,” which he describes as “the actual moments when the layman transcends daily mediocrity, whether it be in discovery, triumph, or escape.” He works in sizes ranging from 4”x 6” to 24’x10’ and paints on anything from found doors and tabletops to electrical boxes on the street to skateboard decks to canvas and paper. Howell prefers mixed media, “anything fast, glue, gel mediums, tape, acrylic, aerosol enamels, pen and ink, anything loose and fast.”
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Hello Andy my name is Alyssa and i am currently opening a dance studio and i was looking for someone to do a logo for me. I know exactly what i want but i haven't been able to find an artist to put my vision on paper. I wanted to know if you did logos and how much you charged. Your work is amazing and its exactly what I'm looking for. Hope to hear from you soon.