I’m a man who lives in Los Angeles. I’m in my late twenties. I go by Collage_Dropout instead of my real name. My birth name is very common, makes it tough to find me. I also like the anonymity of a pseudonym.
My collage art is inspired by a concept I’ve always kind of been obsessed with; when something is built or taken apart one tiny piece at a time or when tons of tiny pieces come together to form a larger picture. There’s something about the internal reflection of human insignificance I like to apply to a medium. Every piece has purpose and is necessary to form the complete image. When I make music, I have to use a ton of chords, a lot of composition. It’s just how I roll. Creating some lazy or simple art isn’t my style, I like to work hard for a long time on all of my pieces.
How important is music in your life?
More important than analog paper collage art, music has more of an influence on me.
Is there a book you really want to read, tried several times, and still haven’t finished?
Misery by Stephen King. It’s so brutal. When I read it, I feel like I’m being tortured with Paul, I feel the pain. I promised myself I wouldn’t see the film until I finished the book, so I pick it up now and again to try… but alas, my stomach begins to hurt and my mouth begins to taste like dirty grey mop water.
If stereotypes are often true, why do people have such an issue with them?
Because they assume judgment, and everybody knows better.
What is one attribute you got from your dad? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Morality. My father always raised us to do the right thing. Nothing is better than thinking “that was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life, and it was the right one.” When I was trying to stay in college I was only interested in philosophy, I learned a lot from Aristotle, who seemed to more or less share my father’s views.
What do you think about pro sports?
I don’t care about or pay attention to any sports other than Mixed Martial Arts, which I started watching regularly about two or three years ago. It’s the most insane sport. If there wasn’t a referee there to stop the violence, one of those people would die. Women are now taking over the sport, leading these really courageous roles as strong dominant figures that nobody would ever fuck with. Girls have these really strong role models now. It’s crazy that the oldest form of human interaction is such a new sport that is evolving right in front of us. I love it.