Getting to know Marq Sputsa: The Man Behind The Sakroots True Love print
The Sakroots True Love print is reflected by “the birds and the bees”, signifying animal instinct and the simplicity of love. As a company our main belief is peace and harmony among all things, and that love is the gateway to find this universal state of happiness. Inspired by a secret garden, the print reflects this philosophy by featuring a vine covered gate symbolizing the gateway to true love.” I absolutely love their different lines with prints created by different artists. Check out the short video below to get acquainted with “True Love.”
The print is available NOW on www.sakroots.com in an array of handbags and accessories such as wallets, wristlets, cosmetic cases and e-reader and ipad folios.
The print is very cheery and fun for the spring. I am also very enamored with several of the other prints!
Getting to Know Marq Spusta// The Man Behind the Art…
Sakroots True Love featured artist, Marq Spusta, is known for a variety of projects, from designing concert posters to exhibiting intricate paintings. His artwork and characters can be found on everything from children’s books to doom metal records.
About Marq Spusta: Marq Spusta is an artist. He gets into a variety of projects, from designing concert posters to exhibiting intricate paintings. His artwork and characters can be found on everything from children’s books to doom metal records. He currently lives in Pacifica, CA.
Panic, Band of Horses, The Black
Keys, Phish, St. Dinosaur Jr., Faith No More, Tom Petty, My Morning Jacket, Gnarles Barkley, The Black Crowes and The Roots.
What makes Spusta’s success noteworthy is that he’s achieved it by largely ignoring the usual imagery associated with rock posters—flying eyeballs, rose- draped skeletons, and long- legged, buxom women in various stages of undress. Instead, Spusta’s compositions are trippy and sweet, filled with mythical creatures, wide-eyed children, and flora that would surely puzzle Gregor Mendel. The result is a kind of storybook psychedelia in which the wonder years of childhood gently bump up against old-school surrealsim.
Spusta graduated from a northwest Wisconsin university’s design-arts program, where the principles of fonts, color, and form were drilled into students so they would be prepared for jobs in graphic design and—if they were really lucky—advertising.
At first, Spusta did both, but about eight years ago, California called. He answered, moving from Madison to San Francisco and then, eventually, Three Rivers, a small town on the western edge of Sequoia National Park.
“I bounced all over the West Coast,” he says, “but I feel like a really became a poster artist in Three Rivers. I lived on five acres and didn’t know too many people up that way. Being in the natural world was so much more inspiring to me than being in the city.”
Spusta’s break came in 2006. “I was illustrating a children’s book about pollution called All the Way to the Ocean,” he recalls. “The writer was Ben Harper’s younger brother, Joel. Marc Ford is one of my favorite guitarists, and the Crowes are one ofof my favorite bands. One thing led to another—I ended up doing a lot of work for the Black Crowes.”
Posters for Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, and My Morning Jacket (New Year’s Eve at San Francisco’s fabled Fillmore Auditorium) happened that year, and the Roots, Etta James, and Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood followed in 2007. Spusta also created a Fillmore poster for Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch project and supplied images for the Conscious Alliance’s food drives at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota and Langerado in Florida, teaming up with Richard Biffle for that last one. And through it all, Spusta produced posters, T-shirts, and other merch for the Crowes.
It’s fitting that a band named after birds should be so important to Spusta, who frequently uses birds as a motif in his art. Birds have starred in posters for the High Sierra Music Festival, My Morning Jacket, a Crosby Stills and Nash tour, and, most recently, Phish, in which an oriole appears about to land in a field of Black-eyed Susans, some of which wave their human arms in the air, as if in greeting.
Spusta’s work was already well known in the world of jam bands—he has created several posters for Moe and many more for Widespread Panic.
“They called me up out of the blue,” he says. “I felt I was on their radar, in that orbit, if you will, so I guess I was hoping they would.” Spusta was given minimal direction regarding the imagery. “The band was adamant that the poster relate to the venue,” he says of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. “The Black-eyed Susan is the state flower; the oriole is the state bird. The only thing Phish definitely did not want me to draw was a fish.”