Website lookup 4: DAVID CHOE


Korean American artist David Choe is quite a character.  Originally a street artist who wandered the streets of Los Angeles spraying images of giant buck-toothed whale (which is now his trademark) he now has a track record of many artistic accomplishments where he takes the crudely termed ‘dirty-style’ to the max (you’ll know what I mean when you see his work) as well as places he has traveled to as a hobo, the number of girls he had slept with and then his time in prison (the most famous being the three month stint at a Tokyo prison where he would produce series of drawings using pee, blood, tea, and soy sauce.  Yes you heard right, I’m not making this up).  But perhaps you might know him best for that one infamous commission for Facebook where he was paid an insanely large amount of money only other starving artists could only dream of.  He is the subject of a biographic documentary DIRTY HANDS: THE ART AND CRIMES OF DAVID CHOE, where you can get a front row look into his twisted brain.  Warning: Definitely NOT for youngsters and faint of heart.

You can watch his story on YouTube, surprisingly they have the full movie there.


Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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