We had the good fortune of connecting with Marco Alcala and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marco, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by everything and everyone. As cliché as that sounds, I think it’s important to open yourself up to allow for inspiration to come from anywhere around you. When one does this, creating becomes more fun and less stressful! That being said, it’s still important to find that little quirk that sets one apart from the rest. It’s all about finding balance between being open to anything and knowing what works and doesn’t work for you. For example, I enjoy drawing and designing occult artwork with a lighthearted twist. Even though it’s a specific style, I’m still open to grabbing my inspiration from anything and anyone that I see and hear.
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.
I would like to consider my art as a big contradiction. I enjoy drawing people, animals, and fantasy creatures that are usually on the creepy side of the spectrum. At the same time, I alway make sure that my creations are cute, cheeky and beautiful. I want the viewer to feel conflicted when looking at my work. “It’s so creepy but at the same time I want be their friend”, is what I normally hear from the viewer. Whenever I hear or read these remarks, I know that I was successful. Because the characters I draw don’t fit the conventional mold, people relate to them on a deep level. My goal with my art is to reinforce the idea that being different should be celebrated. I get so excited when someone tells me that my drawings ignite a fire in them to pick up a pencil/paint brush/stylus and start creating. When it comes to how I got to this point in my career, it was definitely not easy and still continues to be an uphill battle. I struggle most days trying to understand myself. I do feel like all artists have one thing in common and that’s having to wrestle back and forth with your inner saboteur. If it wasn’t for social media platforms like tiktok, I don’t believe that my career would be where it’s at in this moment. This is why I am grateful every single day for my friends and supporters, online and in person. They are the ones who push me everyday to be the best artist I can be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think it’s safe to say that as an artist, the best things to do in the city is to visit all of the art museums, LACMA, the Broad, Norton Simon, MOCA, California African American Museum and many more. You really can’t go wrong with any dining experience (aside from some sketchy places).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give credit to the whole lgbtq+ community. It’s more of a larger group that I am grateful for rather than anyone in particular. Being part of this community myself, I feel that we create a space where there is no judgment of who or how you choose to express yourself. There’s something for everyone.