Anonymous asked:

Why jockstrap rats?

The jockstrap rats were the original reflection on my time spent recovering from an illness.
The jockstrap was a necessary item of clothing during the recovery period of about three years.
Sometimes you just have to make sense of things through the mediums available to you and for me that was my rat artwork.
A cathartic practice.
Cheers

Anonymous asked:

Stylistically why do your rats have such massive testicles? Your tattoo seems to over emphasize them. Is this just your aesthetic preference or is there significance?

artofbrotherrat:

I get asked about that a lot and I plan on using the imagery more frequently so I’ll do my best to answer.
Rats, naturally have large testicles, but the over emphasis I put on them in certain pieces, is definitely significant.
I asked the tattoo artist specifically to over emphasize them because of this personal meaning.
Without going into too much detail, a few years ago I became very ill, the illness was a direct threat to my reproductive organs, and though I made it through in one piece, I deal with lots of scarring and chronic pain.
This has caused me to see the testicles in a very different way.
So the over emphasis placed on them is three things, a nod to the rats natural anatomy, a nod to my own struggle, and a commentary on the way masculinity is perceived.

I think this is important to explain further so I’ll be posting a tasteful statement concerning this topic in my art, rather than leave things vague, I enjoy explaining the thought process behind my work
Cheers

adrianskunk asked:

How long have you been making art and what got you started? Also, what artists inspire you?

I’ve been painting and drawing for about 6 years, I got started thanks to my first art teacher in high school and a few other folks, when I found art it became an obsession, like a cathartic compulsion. A few artists that have massively inspired me are Beatrix potter, Sam jinx, Anthony ausgang, art speigelman, jaunjo guarnido and mark Rothko. I also draw a lot of inspiration from religious work.
Cheers

Anonymous asked:

Stylistically why do your rats have such massive testicles? Your tattoo seems to over emphasize them. Is this just your aesthetic preference or is there significance?

I get asked about that a lot and I plan on using the imagery more frequently so I’ll do my best to answer.
Rats, naturally have large testicles, but the over emphasis I put on them in certain pieces, is definitely significant.
I asked the tattoo artist specifically to over emphasize them because of this personal meaning.
Without going into too much detail, a few years ago I became very ill, the illness was a direct threat to my reproductive organs, and though I made it through in one piece, I deal with lots of scarring and chronic pain.
This has caused me to see the testicles in a very different way.
So the over emphasis placed on them is three things, a nod to the rats natural anatomy, a nod to my own struggle, and a commentary on the way masculinity is perceived.