Back Talk With Invisible Creature

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009
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If you don’t know who this brother-brother duo is, chances are you will as soon as you peep their iconic imagery and masterful poster art design for all musical genres.

 

The bros, Don and Ryan Clark, take their creative grasp beyond illustrating by performing in their own musical concotion: the metalcore band Demon Hunter. Receiving their 4th Grammy nomination in 2008 for their design work on the Hawk Nelson Is My Friend Album, these dudes are seriously accomplished.

 

We were lucky enough to garner responses by both of the Clark men for our Back Talk feature. Read on to discover a little more about the men behind the posters.

How do you feel right now?

 

Don: Amazing. Better than I have in years.
Ryan: Overwhelmed, but calm, content.

 

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

 

Don: I’d like to wake up in 1951 and attempt to explain the iPhone to people. And see my parents as infants.
Ryan: If the stress of missing work wouldn’t kill me, I think I’d like to be in London and I’d spend the day shopping for antiques.

 

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

 

Don: I’d probably just end up being a clown for hire.
Ryan: Psychiatry or janitorial.

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

 

Don: Thomas Kinkade.
Ryan: Yoko Ono (being liberal with the term “artist” here)

 

Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?

 

Don: No way.
Ryan: I don’t even think I can remember, so I’d say “no.”

At what point were you particularly happy?

 

Don: When I met my wife almost 12 years ago.
Ryan: After I had found my career, my wife, Seattle.

 

No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?

 

Don: Most of my high school years was one giant regret.
Ryan: Everyone has regrets. The statement “I have no regrets” is either A. a lie, or B. an insanely selfish statement- because it implies that person has never made a decision that they feel bad about. And I’m not talking about those times in life where you learn from your mistakes. I’m talking about when you damage a relationship or get in a car accident, etc. No decent person has “no regrets.” All that to say, most of my regrets are personal.

What trait do your friends have in common?

 

Don: For the most part, they are all extremely hard-working and dedicated to their craft. They inspire me in various ways.
Ryan: They’re passionate about what they do.

 

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

 

Don: Home: My hard drive full of family photos. Studio: My hard drive full of work.
Ryan: Studio: computer. Home: wedding photos.

Greatest love of your life?

 

Don: My wife and 2 children.
Ryan: Jesus.

 

What is your favorite vice?

 

Don: Books and/or furniture. And ice cream.
Ryan: Reality TV.

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

 

Don: More presents.
Ryan: Most of the time I’m just thankful for what I have.

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

 

Don: Bruce Wayne
Ryan: Dexter

 

Do you ever lie?

 

Don: No. Wait, that’s a lie. Yes.
Ryan: Sure. Everyone does.

Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?

 

Don: We usually design for a pretty specific audience. The audience may be different for each project, but it’s usually pretty specific. I’d like to give the viewers the benefit of the doubt.
Ryan: Most of the time. Sometimes I might not want them to, so I’ll be purposefully vague.

 

What virtue can you do without?

 

Don: I’m not the most compassionate person, but I’m working on it.
Ryan: Tranquility. That’s a hippy virtue.

Do you even notice when you're swearing?

 

Don: Depends on where I am. If I’m at work, no.
Ryan: Yes

 

What has been your proudest moment?

 

Don: The birth of my children.
Ryan: Getting married, and Grammy nominations.

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Don: Who I was as a husband and father. My contribution to the art world would be second.
Ryan: For being a follower of Christ and a voice on his behalf. I care about a lot of things in life, but nothing else has an eternal importance to me.

 

How would you prefer to die?

 

Don: In my sleep, after I’ve said goodnight and “I love you” to my family.
Ryan: In my sleep, preferably after about 108 years.

 

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