Butcher Billy is one of the most intriguing artist using graphical illustrations. Brazilian, 1978, in these years he has worked spreading his drawings mostly on the web. As times go by, his works captured the attention of Billboard, Footlocker, and many other important factories, and turned on in many towns all over the world. In his curriculum he can already show the presence on main anglophones magazines like Rolling Stone, NME, Wired, but also Vanity Fair, MTV and The Guardian.
All his porfolios are on the web. His creations immediately hit for a mélange of pop culture, street art, comics, elaboration of cult images with vintage effects. He keenly organizes all this in shapes and characters to provoke a strong reaction in the spectators. On of his series has been used during american electoral campaign showing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fighting as comics heroes, and in another one he imagines the greatest dictators of history as the historical enemies of Spider Man.
The other thing that strikes on looking at his works are the series of works about musical rock stars, becoming comics characters too. His passions are Robert Smith, the new wave from the ’70 and the ‘80ies, and, of course! David Bowie. About him he realized some different works, like the one that imposes all bowian egoes on pop or comics characters universally known. All of his works are visible and purchasable on his sites.
He kindly accepted of being interviewed by davidbowieblackstar!
How many times you worked about Bowie, why do you choose him and what does he represent for you?
BB: On a series, I worked with him as a subject once. I chose him because he’s one of my favourite musicians of all time. He represents freedom of expression, creativity and rebellion.
What is the distribution of your works?
BB: Just the web – I’m a digital artist. Eventually I do freelance stuff for magazines,
newspapers, TV series, …
Did Bowie know about your stuff?
BB: No, he didn’t know – as far as I know.
Your work seem to go very strongly in any kind of direction. It seems you could draw your favourite artists for murales, books or even miniatures. How do you choose to work?
BB: It could be a character, a song, a phrase, a movie, a book, a videogame, a tv series, a comic book, a musician etc – it has to have a certain iconic quality to it. Something that makes it larger than life and appeals to the collective imagination.
I see you live in Brasil, isn’it?
BB: Yes indeed.
In Italy there are few people really interested in music. Well, many people listen to every commercial shit, but, apart after Bowie’s death, he was a kind of rare cahracter that few could understand. Is it the same there?
BB: I think Bowie had his pop phase during the 80’s and early 90’s – after that I think he mostly got back to been experimental and so gradually stayed away from the mainstream. So it’s only natural that few people nowadays could understand him. I believe it was only immediately after his death that people started to look back into him and his career as a whole – thanks to the internet, of course.
All right. I see you have a good visibility on the web. Do you have to travel to take your drawings abroad?
BB: Not really, the internet totally does it for you, doesn’t it? Like we’re having this interview right here 😉
Yeah, it seems it works on. What do you think will happen that after this wave of commemoration? How do we will remember him after ten years?
BB: Well, he was around in the media since the 70’s. Loads of radically different phases and ways of doing music, so I believe he’ll keep inspiring people though his work, not his physical presence. Especially since there’s no freaking way there’s gonna be another artist like Bowie – not even close.
That’s true. I don’t know if this can happen again. Which are your favourite Bowie’s albums, Billy?
BB: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars and Diamond Dogs.
One last thing I would like to hear from you is about inspiration. I wonder how it works out on you: I mean, the road seems to be Bowie-something I would like to understand – You as an artist. Does it move really this way? And if so, can you check it?
BB: In which sense?
Maybe my question leaves from the way occurs between inspiration and creation. I wonder how it works on you, you know what I mean?
BB: You’re asking how do I get inspired to create?
That’s it. I wondered if Bowie could inspire you quite directly, maybe from listening his music while you create.
BB: I just keep constantly getting fueled by pop culture. I listen to music, watch movies, TV series, read comics, books, play video games, keep up with politics, news of the world, techonolgy, human behaviour. Eventually something twisted and sinister will come along from all that. 😉
Have you any other projects about Bowie in your mind now?
BB: Not right now, but eventually yes.
Man, I hope you’ll do that again instead! My very last question tonight (it’s 10.p.m. here now) is this one: do you think is there another artist as influential as David in cinema, literature, comics or whatsoever?
BB: As I said in the other answer, no way.
That’s all, then I thank you very much for your kindness. Take care and have a good time ok?
BB: Thank you!
Interview conceived and conducted by Alessio Barettini