An Interview with The Squibbles®
Tier 1 & 2: https://rarible.com/thesquibbles3d
Tier 3 (SquibbleFlumps): https://rarible.com/squibbleflumps
Autograph Editions: https://crypto.com/nft/collection/28037c0d6057f63f0df62092687fd654
Where are you from?
Colne, Lancashire, UK. Born in Burnley General Hospital in 1980.
How did you first get into crypto/NFTs?
My friend told me about NFTs in February 2021. I’d seen crypto but wasn’t majorly interested in that at the time but NFTs were a totally different matter, so I started working on my genesis collection Tyger Pawz.
What platform did you choose and why?
It was Opensea first on Ethereum because I didn’t know any better. Polygon wasn’t too strong at that time.
What are the most important things in your life?
My family, music, laughing, drawing, creating, friends and food!
What do you enjoy when not creating art?
I love gaming and playing in VR. One of my favourite things to do is play laser tag on Rec Room or socialise on AltSpace and Twitter spaces but I’ve been spending a lot more time on Spatial recently, as it’s ramped up and grown so much better. Facebook Horizons landed for us in the UK though, so there’s a MASSIVELY strong contender there now!!
Tell us about your project.
My project is The Squibbles® and it’s my children’s brand, expanded into various things such as colouring books, story books, NFT-linked books, NFTs, animations, printables, merch, school visits, a regular Twitter Spaces Tues-Fri at 12pm GMT, and a TV Show for kids. It’s growing exponentially at a rate that scares and excites me in equal measure and I’m on a mission to bring as many smiles, laughs, farts, and fun to the kids and big kids in the world as humanly possible.
What makes it unique?
It has British values and the characters are based around all the things I’ve experienced growing up in a working-class, northern town. There’s a HUGE DIY ethos at its core and I’m not shy to admit working on a shoestring budget, to maximise and create something far bigger than the finances that have gone into making it a success so far. I want a fully inclusive, non-gender-focused, happy, fun, and real brand with family values and love at the centre and I feel like I’m achieving that more and more each day.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from all over the place. I tend to just blunder through life fascinated by everything from the way bees gather nectar to the power of diggers. I have a lot of questions, so I try to find the answers by drawing. I don’t plan anything when I put pen to paper or pencil to tablet, I just go for it and see what characters come out. It’s only after I’ve drawn them, I can start to get to know them, which is a lot like people in life. A lot of my inspiration comes from the people in the Web 3.0 community, some of those guys blow my mind on a daily basis with the things they’re doing and they are a constant inspiration to me.
What motivates you/your work?
I’m entirely driven by the dream of being able to bathe in cold, hard cash while drinking champagne and listening to donk music on volume 11.
How has your style evolved over the years?
My style has always had an air of silliness and wonkiness to it, ever since drawing in my books at school but my style has gone from paper to digital right into 3D sculpture, which is my favourite thing to do. I love bringing my 2D drawings to life in 3D and now we have the Metaverse, it’s like a dream come true. Bonkers wonk in VR. Heaven!
What’s next for you/your project?
I’m focusing on the TV show and also producing 3D assets (mainly plasticine-looking rainbows) for people to buy for their Spatial Worlds and virtual spaces. It all helps to fund the production and keep business ticking over, which has to happen. I have to be able to make a living, even if it’s just the bare minimum to live, to be able to continue producing more content for The Squibbles and I’ve also got a small team on board now who need to be considered too. I’m also working on producing a new project on RMRK based around one of The Squibbles, which I am VERY excited about and can’t wait to show the world what that’s like!
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Paul McCartney. I’d love to write a song with him. I’d also love to collaborate with Hasbro!