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Back Talk with Aesthetic Apparatus

Juxtapoz // Monday, 27 Jul 2009

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed by now that we have been highlighting some of our favorite poster artists to correspond with the recent release of the Juxtapoz Poster Art book.


Today we bring you the voices behind the incredibly talented, Minneapolis-based design team Aesthetic Apparatus.


Together, Dan Ibarra, Mike Byzewski and newcomer Jonathan Shuster find themselves far beyond the beer-fueled confines of their first studio.


The guys have taught design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, have been commissioned by renowned bands such as the New Pornographers, the Decemberists, and the Hold Steady. Also, they look like they are pretty fun dudes to hang out with.


Check out this video from Aesthetic Apparatus laying out their screen-printing process (*hint: you may want to turn down your volume for this one), view in-studio images, and read their answers to Back Talk below.



How do you feel right now?


About 539 pounds overweight and blind. Actually, not quite that much overweight and more near sighted than anything. There was a time when everything felt "icky" but not it's more in the area of "sticky" which is honestly a nice change of pace.


If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?


Waking up in Dick Cheney's secret document storage locker, stuffing it's contents into my mattress and delivering it to the New York Times might be interesting.


If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?


Competitive finger counting.

If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?


It depends on what happens after we punch them. Are we still there or do we get to suddenly disappear right after we punch them? Never having actually punched anyone before in our adult life we'd probably pick someone weak.


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?


Due to an ongoing court case we are not able to discuss this.


At what point were you particularly happy?


The moment right before question #5.

Aesthetic Apparatus Conference Room

No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?


Paying for a mustache made out of whale teeth.


What trait do your friends have in common?


Shared membership in an elite underground fighting force.


If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?


Hair piece.

Greatest love of your life?


Tijuana street tacos.


What is your favorite vice?




When you blow out the birthday candles, what do you wish for?


That someday Juxtapoz will ask me a bunch of questions that I'm not sure how to answer.


If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?


VICI (or Voice Input Child Identicant) from Small Wonder

Do you ever lie?


We just did.


Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?


Because we're commercial artists hopefully people understand we're trying to sell something. But with our more personal work we're more open to allowing people to see what they want in the work.


What virtue can you do without?


Sky Mall catalogs.

Do you even notice when you're swearing?




What has been your proudest moment?


Getting to keep my ghostbusters button on for my passport picture when I was 10.


What would you like to be remembered for?


Saving America.


How would you prefer to die? 


It would be pretty flattering to be assassinated.


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