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Babak Ganjei is the master of the witty typography print. His humorous inner-musings are the perfect mix of eccentricity and relatability. We sat down with the witty typography artist to discover what inspires him, how music fuels his work, and his unlikely connection to beetroot sandwiches...
BABAK: I don't know...I walk a lot...the start process involves leaving the studio...it usually takes about three years to realise where an idea had come from and join the dots.
BABAK: An overpriced Beetroot and goats cheese sandwich.
'Film Idea: Clip Clop' by Babak Ganjei
BABAK: I grew up through Grunge and spent years in bands and I’m always a sucker for a fuzzy guitar, but these days I listen to all sorts. I work to a lot of instrumental music, I have a radio show on NTS (Hot Mess) and I usually play the things I've been creating my artwork to on the show every month. I don't really treat music as a separate thing, all the arts are part of one giant chaotic mess.
BABAK: Instagram has been a major influence. I've always said I probably won't exist when it goes away. I never got on with the more transient platforms like Twitter, probably because I have a giant ego and need every nonsense posted firmly archived. Also, because I've always used it like a diary. Except I lost sight of the fact that I'm talking to a lot of people I don't know about things they really shouldn't have any interest in. Used properly it can help you find a voice and arrogantly shoehorn yourself into peoples lives in a way the conventional gallery system never could.
'I'm In The Bush - Hi Vis Green and Black' by Babak Ganjei
BABAK: Yes, I just don't know what it is.
BABAK: As is probably the case with most artists, my favourite piece of mine is the one nobody else seems to like. It's often just a poem or some music...I'm quite comfortable working on paper so it's always one of the things you feel more nervous about revealing.
'Fail' by Babak Ganjei
Are you intrigued? You don’t have to relate to Babak’s artwork to find it funny, but you do have to embrace the absurdity of it all. Take a look at his collection of original and limited edition artworks here.