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Tyler Spangler: Inside the collagist’s digital toolkit

“I would describe my work as psychedelic, abstract, surreal, dada, and pop.”

Who are you, and what do you make.

My name is Tyler Spangler and I am from Pacific Palisades, California. I am a surfer and designer who studied psychology and graphic design. I make digital collages and illustrations. I was drawn to design because I always envied the graphics from the surf culture, punk/metal music, and video games. I thought how amazing it would be to be a part of that community and contribute to it. I would describe my work as psychedelic, abstract, surreal, dada, and pop. Since I spill into a ton of different styles I created my own description: A grape flavored Popsicle dipped in salt water and placed on a rock to melt.

What do you keep on hand while you work?

I have to be alone, listening to music with headphones, and snacking on something. I have tried working in different studios and I hate it. I feel the pressure of the people around me and it distracts me. I love to eat candy and fruit while working. My favorite candy is anything gummy and I love apples. My computer desk is situated in the kitchen which is basically our living room since I live in 250sq ft. half trailer on the beach. My desk is also next to a window that views to the ocean, which I love.

Your style is heavily rooted in the idea of collage and merging on seemingly different aesthetics — who’s an artist you’d love to collaborate with?

I don’t follow too many artists but if I could choose a couple, living or dead, I would choose: Kurt Schwitters, Wolfgang Weingart, Ozzie Wright, or El Lissitzky.

With several books and zines behind you, what’s the value of transforming digital art into IRL art?

I love translating it. I love making digital art because of how spontaneous it is. I prefer digital art because of this. However, I love seeing my work printed out and placed into the environment. There is something magical about creating something on a screen then seeing it outside.

Ask yourself a question and answer it.

Was Electric Wizard the best band you’ve ever seen live? Yes, they are the greatest band in the world and my ears still hurt.

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