There is not a lot Sean Watroba (@thankyou_sean) leaves out in his art … or interviews. Possibly, from his perspective, not a lot needs to be said or improvised that is not already expressed in his pixelated mashups.
What other response does the 21st century need than dilapidated remnants of commodities mercilessly trying to off themselves? While the DIY or Die Pumpkin Dad Hat may err on the macabre, there is something lurking in Sean’s art that is irresistibly light-hearted and humorous. I have been a fan of Sean’s for a few years and it was a pleasure to catch up with him before the Boston Hassle Flea to talk about his art and potentially getting a tattoo of his art. If you want semi-permanent art from Sean, you can visit his website or, of course, come to the Boston Hassle Flea this Saturday December 7th from 12pm-6pm.
Boston Hassle: How long has thankyousean been making and selling their art?
thankyou_sean: We are approaching the 5th year of thankyou_sean.
BH: I hope this isn’t too personal of a question, but what does your mom/ family think of your art?
thankyou_sean: You leave them out of this OK!
BH: They say art is a reflection of life — would you say that is the case in your work— or are you secretly a straight edge Buddhist?
thankyou_sean: I don’t feel great, I think that probably shows ha ha lol.
BH: Where do you think a lot of your fans come from? Are they focused here in Boston?
thankyou_sean: I’d say my work is probably most recognized by people in this area because it’s where I show most of my work, but there are a lot of people in the world and some of them live in places other than Boston and some of them like my artwork too.
BH: Has there ever been a thankyousean tattoo? And if not can I be the first?
thankyou_sean: There are 5 that I know of, but you can be #6.
Chris Hues is a human & writer from Boston, Ma & Art & Extra Editor of bostonhassle.com. //// They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @crsjh_ via instagram & twitter.