We chat to Michael Ziobrowski; Father, Visual Artist and the man behind X Is The Weapon.
HOW DID “X IS THE WEAPON” EVOLVE?
X Is The Weapon was a concept birthed back in ’08. I Lost my job upon returning from an awesome trip to Puerto Rico, I knew EDD would not be enough to pay the bills. So I hustled for as much freelance design work as I could muster.
Always playing with ideas, I was inspired to create a Shirt based of the lyrics to a Jay Electronica song I could not get enough of… after some convincing from friends, and a well timed tweet from the man himself, personally requesting a shirt, I ventured on the journey of selling T-shirts and I needed a name for my “brand”.
This is where X spawned, where it has gone to since, is much more. I gathered like minded creatives, built friendships and explored ideas together, curating art and music shows, doing some gorilla marketing, and creating digitally and on canvas to spread the word and gather more work. This started a movement and has since stayed connected with all my creative endeavors. X Is The Weapon is technically me, but like an amoeba, it constantly shifts and evolves, expanding and contracting, and adapting to the current creative climate.
WHERE DID THIS INITIAL DESIRE TO COLLAGE COME FROM?
I have been into collage from an appreciation stand point, for some time, but I’ say within the last few years, as I was playing with different tools and techniques to create my art; photo transfers, aerosol x stenciling, wheat pasting printed designs and wood working with a Dremel, I organically fell into mixing my mediums and collaging with a combination of Xerox copies, adhesive tapes, and magazine/book clippings.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW MOST OF YOUR INSPIRATION?
My inspiration comes from, music, fashion and the internal need to continually be creative, I’m hungry to succeed as a creative; as a designer, a visual artist and forward thinker. Daily life and my family are at the top of my list as inspiration, I want to be successful enough in doing what I love and have a passion for, to take care of them, show them a quality life; nice home, family travel, and opportunity to experience new and amazing things.
WHAT AIDS IN YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
Coming from a design background, is foremost. Experience with layouts, color theory, appreciation for different movements in design and art history. All these pieces help me to put together the puzzle that art can become.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR X IS THE WEAPON?
Continued practice with my craft, continued marketing efforts to get my name out in the public eye, sharing my work, and working on more out of state and out of country gallery showings and opportunities. more mural work and opportunity to travel with my art as the catalyst.
QUICK RANDOM ONES:
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
This is honestly a tough one for me. I enjoy film a lot, but can never nail down one single favorite. If I really had to name one movie, I guess I could revert back to childhood and watching BeatStreet over and over again. It introduced me to New York and Hip Hop Culture in a way that had me wanting so badly to go to NY to be a part of the magic, the music, the B-boy battles, the graffiti. It was influential and opened the door to learning about other films like Style Wars and Wild Style, again more Hip Hop and more New York.
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
I can’t think of any one particular item I own that would be most prized, maybe my records or my books, but if I had to give them all away, I feel like I could… If I may, I guess my reputation would fill that void. I work hard and I do my best to treat everyone well. That is extremely important to me, and I want people to know me as a creative, hard working and a kind individual. I want folks to have respect for me and remember me for having just as much respect for them.
WHAT ALBUM OR SONG IS DOING THE ROUNDS IN YOUR CAR/IPOD OR STEREO?
The Nerves “One Way Ticket”, Flying Lotus “Day of Your Dead” and Julian Casblancas & The Voidz “Tyranny”.
DREAM CLIENT OR COLLABORATION?
I would genuinely love to do some work for Julian Casablanca’s (The Strokes) Label, CULT Records out of New York, and other music and film based clients. As much as she has been a muse lately, working with Deborah Harry and Blondie would be fun. Of course I’m very open and receptive to any commercial opportunities that come my way. The goal is to live off my design and art, and not just get by, but live a comfortable life that will support my family and allow me to do what I love most.