Introducing our latest artist, and the first of the evolved Art Bag Project series, the legendary Paul McNeil.
This punk-rock inspired, original Mambo artist and designer, has had work rock Black Keys and Rolling Stones posters, among many others. His regular café is The Top Shop, or ‘The Toppy’, which has been serving Single O since the days when we put coffee in blank bags and the biggest star in Byron was the surf, period.
So, sit-back, relax, grab a brew, and red-on for some fast-paced, coffee-fuelled answers from Paul.
Or grab your board and hit the surf. You can read this later.
Kicking-off of the Art Bag Project, we thought we’d start with some 'Fast Quiz Café Questions':
MILK COFFEE OR BLACK?
REGULAR OR LARGE?
There seem to be 3 sizes these days Small and maybe a piccolo in the afternoon
ONE OR TWO?
One’s fine thanks
AVO TOAST OR BACON & EGG ROLL?
Can I have both ?
SOLO TABLE OR COMMUNAL SEATING? Happy to be out and about
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Byron outside, Hobart inside
MUSIC SOFT OR LOUD?
And a couple more pertaining to you:
BEFORE A SURE OR AFTER?
SKETCHING OR OFF DUTY?
Always thinking and creating
CONNECTION TO SINGLE O?
Been drinking it from day one
Now we’ve got the café ritual established, a few questions about you and your art:
YOU’RE IN AN ELEVATOR & YOU NEED TO DESCRIBE YOUR ILLUSTRATION STYLE BEFORE WE REACH OUR FLOOR… AND GO!
Poppy , sad, funny
FAVE PIECE YOU EVER DID?
Smog video ( with my buddy brendan)
WAS YOUR PROCESS FOR CREATING THIS WORK ANY DIFFERENT THAN USUAL? IF SO, HOW?
It’s my art bought to life with music I love
IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
I get to work with so many people I like but maybe Neil Young or Greta Thunberg
IF YOU WEREN’T DRAWING WHAT CAREER DO YOU RECKON YOU’D HAVE?
Professional surfer for sure
IF YOU COULD HAVE A MAGICAL POWER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
The power of cooking
WHO SHOULD WE ASK NEXT FOR THE ART BAG PROJECT?
Some kids because they’re too little to drink coffee and it would be interesting to see what they came up with