We had the good fortune of connecting with GERARDO YEPIZ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GERARDO, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve worked in print shops, design studios and computer labs for over 30 years. I’ve always had side jobs, side projects until I decided to open my own art studio.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a mixture of graffiti, folk and naive art, pop culture with the vibe of the US-Mexico border and it keeps evolving constantly, I try to not settle for the obvious and the cliches. My messages are often hidden, distorted and left open for interpretation. I was selected by Pushead to be in Thrasher’s magazine April 89 column “Puszone” when I was 18 years old. That always makes me smile, Pushead pretty much showed me where I needed to be. My career hasn’t been easy, I’ve paid a high price for my commitments, my personal life has been impacted. Poor choices brought consequences over the years, some that I am still dealing with. Being honest, work hard and smart, ask for advice, always document process, help others when possible. Acamonchi Art Studio started as “Acamonchi Fanzine” a home made, xeroxed little magazine, But I’ve dragged that name to countless other things. To me, Acamonchi is DIY, the grown up Skate Punk that has branched into the fine art world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I relocated to East Cobb Georgia from San Diego about a year ago, so I haven’t had a chance to explore much, plus since the Covid-19 Pandemic started in Late February and early March, We pretty much cancelled travelling plans and other events, Here I’d personally recommend the High Museum of Art, the Botanical Garden, Chattahoochee River. The landscape here is just amazing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Eric Wixon, Justin Pearson, Sergio Hernandez, Justin Cota, Kevin Marks, Prayers, Pokez, The Cretins. AWLF, Jess Stephens, Retrogression, MJ’s Cyclery, Katie Loftus, Visual Shop, La Bodega, Thomas Bike Shop, Mission Hills Bike Shop, Kindred, The Lumps, Batwings, The Dabbers
Gerardo Yepiz photo by Mark Stone