In a post titled Evolution? that we previously published, Dead Deco introduced you to the original stylings of Rabbit Man Rulez. Now after you have had some time to ponder this artist’s first impression, we would like to present Brian Mohler [a.k.a. Rabbit Man Rulez]
Dead Deco: How did you first learn about the Day of the Dead holiday?
Brian Mohler: I was born and raised in Southern California, so it’s always been around my in some way shape or form. And living in San Diego County, I’m not too far from the border and Mexican culture is found everywhere.
DD: What is your favorite Day of the Dead tradition?
BM: I love looking at all the skulls that people make. I tend to be one of those people who gets a lot of inspiration from random things. And I love to see stuff done by the everyday artist, the person who doesn’t consider themselves an artist, but still takes the time to paint a skull.
DD: How does your community respond to Day of the Dead?
BM: I live in North San Diego County, and we have an event held at The California Center For The Arts that has all sorts of activities for people of all ages.
DD: Do you have a particular Day of the Dead artist whose work you admire?
BM: I don’t have any favorites in particular. I’m more of a fan of the “anonymous” artist if you will. I get such a kick out of seeing something with really awesome colors and patterns on it, especially handmade Day of the Dead skulls, which I think comes out pretty clearly in my art.
DD: Is there anything else about Day of the Dead that you would like to share?
BM: My take on the Day of the Dead skull is quite different than most people. When I started drawing them, I view the skull as a symbol of one’s soul. After we die, our flesh starts decomposing and tearing away from our bodies until we’re just bones. A lot of my pieces reflect my Christian faith, and when I depict figures, I am attempting to depict more their core being, or soul, than anything else. I also love the fact that the skull protects our brain, which allows us to encounter God and be in a constant relationship with Him that no other living thing can. I find these to be some of the most beautiful things about life, and when I saw the artistry of the Day of the Dead skull, it just clicked for me.
DD: Thank you for your participation Brian. For more of Brian Mohler’s artwork, visit RabbitManRulez.DeviantArt.com