Haser: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. For those that are seeing your work for the first time, can you tell us who you are and where you’re from?
Distranged Design: Thanks for having me! My name is Jacob Root (Distranged Design) and I am a 20 year old stencil artist from Christchurch, NZ.
Nice to have you, I swear every artist I talk is getting younger and younger. You seem to have a pretty clear idea on what you’re up to with your art, so how did you get into it?
I got into the art I do after seeing all the amazing street art in Los Angeles whilst on a family holiday in 2017. It gave me a massive push to further myself in the art scene and be able to work for myself, doing something I love.
Nice work, travelling always seems to be a huge turning point in most peoples careers which is why I always encourage it.
Was there a particular moment that you realised you were good at what you do?
Hmm, I think I started to realise that I could do it after people were really interested in buying my art and once I started getting a roll on of commission work.
Well done, very admirable. You have a really nice contrast within your work, how would you define your style, and where do you pull inspiration for your subject matter?
Thank you! With my style I always try to have the "street" look in the backgrounds, with an attractive women in the foreground to show the theme of "Light through the dark" and more messages about love, heartbreak and other everyday life issues depending on how I'm feeling at any point in time.
A lot of my inspiration comes from what I see around me, the intertwining of happiness and sadness, coming of age, passion, love and heartbreak. Also a lot of music, movies and documentaries can lead to my line of thoughts / ideas for making my paintings. Most people may not see the message I'm portraying in some of my paintings, but they're always there.