Today we are talking with Alternative Pin-up artist Justice Howard. Justice uses real people in her artwork images. You can visit her blog, website and purchase PSP tubes from her store. Thank you so much for talking with us today Justice.
) How did you become a part of the psp tube community?
I was one of the artists on a large PSP website and that is how I became knowledgeable about the PSP community. It was then that I decided to set out on my own. The website took three months to build and I tried to make PSPtubes.net the " pretty site" since so many of the other websites seemed very sterile, lacking character and design. Therefore, I really designed my site for us women as it is all pink and pretty and the tags that are displayed on the pages were all designed strictly to match the site itself.
2) What does your artwork mean to you?
Well basically it's a running documentation of my lifeline. It's all the people that I photographed and all the people that I know, and all the people that I love that have been encapsulated for eternity. A friend of mine used to say that I was the keeper of time, that I saved little slices of time and kept them in a box. I think he's right, and what used to be a box is now a hard drive. I have over four hard drives with over half a million images stored on them. I have all of my hard drives backed up in different locations which is a smart thing to do in case of fire or other acts of God.
3) What inspires you in creating your artwork?
Well it can be anything really, it can be a person, it can be a prop, it can be a car or motorcycle, or it can be a piece of clothing. Or it can be an idea, some wacked wild idea that comes out of my brain pan and that I will decide to document. That's what happened with my fairytale series. I had this wild idea to do an erotic series of fairytale images after I realized that no one had ever done it before. The first one I did was a series that I entitled ” Once Upon a Tease” because a lot of the models that I used for the fairy tale series were burlesque dancers. The second one I did was entitled ”Alice in Thunderland" and I did that one because people went so crazy over the first one that I had to do another. And of course after I did it first, everyone else ripped it off from me and strangely enough one of those people was Tyra Banks. She must've gone directly to my website where they were displayed at the time and taken the idea, because I was watching her show and they did one of those model vamp-offs where they used every exact fairytale that I had chosen to document. In the Disney movie Enchanted, Disney had styled their Wicked Queen exactly as I had styled mine in my fairytale series. My Wicked Queen had very pronounced highly arched Goth eyebrows, long glamour lashes as well as black lips and I don't remember Disney's wicked Queen looking like that before this. You can even Google "ENCHANTED" and you will see just what I mean.
4) How long have you been selling psp tubes?
Not very damn long! The site only one up about two months ago so we are very very new. We have galleries that are very different offering a wide array of imagery. Some of these are LADY INK, which is named after my 2012 and 2013 calendar, a title that I now have copyrighted. Also FETISH, which is very self-explanatory, GARTERS & GASOLINE is obviously a pinup heavy folder. Then theres MAN MADE which is a gallery for the ladies and PRETTY MAIDS IN A ROW is just that, prettier softer more glamorous content. ALICE IN THUNDERLAND houses the fairy tale art before it was digitally backgrounded. And as it says in our MISSION STATEMENT if there's anything that any of you want to see let me know and if it is within the possibility of my control I will document it for you.
5) How do you create your artwork? Is it by hand or digitally? What tools do you use in doing the artwork?
My number one tool is my lighting equipment. And I have the very best, and it is this that I think makes a huge difference and also in the quality of my photographics. My second tool is my Nikon camera that was the price of a small car. Most everything I do is created with these two tools. I believe that if you document perfection straight out of the camera then you won't waste a lot of time in post.
6) Aside from psp tubes, what else have you created with your artwork?
There is a bar in Washington DC called THE TATOO BAR that houses about 30 pieces of my art. The TATTOO BAR has huge 12 foot light boxes on the walls as well as murals covering the bathroom doors. It's really a gorgeous bar, all stainless steel and slick and shiny and sexy! Myself and H. R. Geiger are the only artists who have monograph (meaning its all our own "mono means one") showings displayed in bars. South Beach, Florida has a hotel called the Lord Balfour and it is one of the historical hotels recently under renovation. The owner is a fan of my art and so he came to me with the proposition of purchasing seven of my tattoo girl photographs. Now I come to find that they are designing the rooms in the hotel to match the photographs themselves. Example: The primary colors in one photograph are orange and emerald green and they have matched the colors of the room furniture to be the same orange and dark emerald green that is and a bit of her role a in that photograph. There are 64 rooms in the hotel and my art will be showcased either in 30 foot wall murals or on easels.
They are even having a large rug made from one of the photographs. I don't know if that's what you meant by that question but I thought this was pertinent information, and it's something timely that I'm very jazzed about!
7) As you have developed your style and artwork, which artists
have influenced you?
I was always a fan of Helmut Newton's work and I think he is absolutely brilliant. I am also a fan of Weegee who did the New York street scene imagery as well as gritty crime scene photos. I loved Weegee's "deer-in-the-headlights" lighting technique so for a long time I only did work in black-and-white. Marc Seliger is a photographer who works for Rolling Stone and US magazine and he does some very wild and inventive stuff. Seliger did this one image of Rob Zombie where he is holding a pigs head and he's got mummies all behind him, its pretty rad. Roberto Vargas I also love!
8) Does the psp community help artists become more well known
with getting their names and artwork more visible?
Im sure of that. There's also a ton of new artists out there showing their work and I'm sure they will get more well-known through the PSP community.
9) What do you enjoy the most about being part of the psp community?
I love the passion people have about these tags! I love it when people are passionate about art. I also love to see whats up all the forums and all of the blogs.
10) What are some of your favorite art pieces which you have done and why?
My favorite pieces always seem to be the ones I have done most recently. So if you ask me that right now I would tell you my favorite art piece is the shots that I did last week of THE BLACK VEIL BRIDES. I photographed them last week for a magazine interview piece and they were really great and a lot of fun, and the shots from that session are, to date, my favorites. I shot them at my friend Vidal's autopsy room. Vidal also makes 'coffin couches', which are primarily couches made from real coffins.
Check out his website at 1–800–autopsy.com and you will see the couches and everything that has to do with his very dark and creepy profession.
11) Do you prefer tags with your art tubes animated or non animated? Or are both great to you?
I have a preference towards the non-animated simply because I like things that are "image heavy" which basically means that it just has to do with the image itself and has no "blinkies".
12) Do you do commissions for taggers?
YES, of course!
How about ideas for tubes which taggers may have?
Actually it says right on my website that if anyone has any ideas about what they would like to see to please hit me up with that, and I would happily document anything for them.
13) Is there anything which you don't allow to be done with your artwork? For example mirroring, animation, etc.
No not really. I feel that once you have purchased a tube from PSPtubes.net you are welcome to do whatever you wish with it. I want people to take my art and have fun with it. It says right on the website " have your way with us!" which is a sexier way of saying, you know, do what you want with it, and just have fun!
14) Would you like to receive tags which our readers may do featuring your artwork? We often love to send the artists tags by our members.
I would adore that. My favorite thing about owning PSPtubes.net is seeing the tags that all of you create. The tagline on the site is" real babes for real PSP art"……and thats just what we are!!!!
One more thing art lovers, if you see anything you like on any of my other web sites let me know which image it is and we will make it available to you. We try our hardest to accommodate everyone.