This Thursday will be our collaboration Pop Up Shop launch at Pharmacie so I figured the final collab spotlight should go to the creator of my logo and repeat pattern; Brian Ness of LochNessMpls! WARNING: HEAVY PHOTO POST 😉
Malibu Casey: When did you decide to start up a business?
Brian Ness: “I started Loch Ness MPLS in January, 2014. The idea of starting up another etsy shop (this is my second stint as an etsy seller) for a couple months beforehand. I hadn’t been creating artwork for a while, because I was sick of drawings stacking up in my house, but I missed making things. I found myself in a day job that wasn’t as creatively fulfilling, and that made the desire to make stuff even stronger. Finally, I thought I would take a chance at illustrated stationery and gifts. It allows me to create new artwork that doesn’t just sit around collecting dust.”
MC: How did you come up with the name?
BN: “With a last name like Ness, there has been a lifetime of nicknames. Elliot is a common one, but no nickname happens as often as Nessie. Stories and Legends are a great source of inspiration for me, so figuring out a way to incorporate the legend of the Loch Ness Monster in my business name seemed fitting. I also know that my work is deeply rooted in who I am and where I’ve come from. I decided to call out Minneapolis in my name to keep me rooted in my history.”
MC: Your Paul and Babe depictions are ICONIC!
MC: What inspires you?
BN: “Like I mentioned earlier, legends and stories from all over the world has always been a great source of inspiration. I studied set design for a while, and then transitioned into creating graphic novels, and I still try to fit that same sort of storytelling in each of my drawings. Now I want to find ways of telling stories in a single image or pattern that you live with instead of read. Victorian pen and ink drawings, cartoon modern aesthetics, department store windows, old theme park attractions, theater and fashion people are some of my go-to’s.”
MC: I’m loving all of your new repeat patterns! SO GOOD! I’m also a huge fan of your mermen. 🙂
MC: You definitely have a distinct style that is instantly recognizable. I love a signature style. How did you nail my logo and pattern SO PERFECTLY?
BN: “I distinctly remember my sister’s Barbie storage case as a kid, and the way that Barbie’s hair was rendered in three shades of yellow. Those shapes have stuck with me. When you asked me to create some work for you, my mind went right back to those shapes and colors.”
MC: And, now for my favorite question combo! If you were in the top 5 at Miss America, what would you be wearing and, how would you answer the following question: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
BN: I mean, Peaches and Cream Barbie comes to mind…
MC: OH MY ZEUS! My cousin Erica got Peaches and Cream Barbie for Christmas. I loved her. I loved her boa/stole thing. I even loved her faux sequined top. LOVED HER!
BN: “If I had a magic wand, I would want to make everyone a little more weird, a little more sparkley, and a little more optimistic.”
MC: I feel like I have to mention the bunnies you did for my dining room. I was looking at some amazing paper that was $495 a roll and knew it was obscene. You chimed in and said “I can do bunnies. I’ve been drawing them for YEARS.” And then RuPaula (Ness’ right hand gal pal and now my adoptive lady friend, Paula. Ru if you’re nasty) echoed in with something like “Really he can.” So I bought some paint tubes and you headed over with some product for me to shoot. We put on some tunes and the rest is history. I am still amazed that you did it freehand with no base lines or ANYTHING.
Thanks for taking time out of your super busy schedule and move to answer a few questions Nessie! See you Thursday! #rosèallday
PS: Brian throws amazing color themed Halloween parties. Here are a few snaps from last year. Satan and Bachus’ Tiki Party: black white and red.
Satan (Brian) and Bacchus (husband Jon).
Brett as bearded Cruella, Ru as B&W Dorothy, Lumber Chad and Satan.
And a few more random product shots because it’s Monday!