I had the opportunity to spend the day with Madison, Wisconsin based artist, Malcolm Bracey. Malcolm is a driven artist who has taken a path seeking controversy in his work, and is succeeding. We hung out, went to a variety of stores, shot some photos, walked around in the snow, and had a great conversation throughout. By the end of our time together for the day, we decided to do an interview over email. That night, I sent him these questions and at 3:34 AM he sent me back these answers.
Please introduce yourself. What kind of art do you produce?
HEY THERE, MY NAME IS MALCOLM BRACEY LOL
IM DOING THE WHOLE INTERVIEW IN CAPS BECAUSE IM CHILDISH
EVEN THO IM NOT YELLING LOL
BUT YEAH I MAKE ALL TYPES OF ART
MAINLY KNOWN FOR MAKING PORNHOODIES, BUT I ALSO MAKE ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTINGS ON WOOD CANVAS
AND ALSO IN THE MIST OF STYLING THE WHOLE CITY OF MADISON TO BE A BETTER PLACE IN MY FREE TIME.
What are some projects you are currently working on?
I'M PRETTY BUSY RIGHT NOW, CURRENTLY I'M WORKING ON ART FOR A TOUR I PUT TOGETHER WHERE I'M GOING TO BE TRAVELING TO SOME MIDWEST STATES ALSO CALIFORNIA ,NEW YORK , AND HONG KONG TO SHOW ART AND SELL CLOTHES THAT I MAKE .
ALSO I WORK AT A GAS STATION 3RD SHIFT
MODEL FOR THIS BRAND IN HONG KONG NAMED 1800 PARADISE , ALSO DO SOME MODELING FOR AUGUST SHOP AND GOOD STYLE EVEN THO IM UGLY LOL.
ALSO TALKING TO PLAYBOY ABOUT DOING SOME THINGS WITH THEM.
ALSO WORKING WITH A MILWAUKEE ARTIST ON A PRODUCTION COMPANY
ALSO WORKING ON A SHORT FILM WITH A FRIEND ABOUT SKATING AND CLOTHING
ALSO IM WORKING ON THIS HOODIE COLLAB WITH THIS BIG PHOTOGRAPHER IN LA AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A POP UP IN MARCH HOPEFULLY
ALSO A LOT MORE BUT THIS I CAN'T THINK OF IT AT THE MOMENT
You are known for your clothing line of Porn Hoodies. What is it like having started something often seen as controversial?
ITS COOL BECAUSE EVERYONE IS MAKING CLOTHES RIGHT NOW AND IM GLAD I HAVE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN TALK ABOUT IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY, AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE THINKING IVE DONE MY JOB AS A ARTIST I FEEL.
Some people think that your Porn Hoodies are disrespectful to women, for objectifying them, and profiting off of their bodies, without their consent. Others think that your Porn Hoodies are sexually liberating, and sex positive, in line with feminist beliefs and goals. What do you have to say regarding this ongoing debate?
IM A POSITIVE PERSON, SO I'LL ALWAYS THINK OF IT IN THE BEST OF WAYS
I MADE THE BRAND AS A JOKE (EVEN THOUGH I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING) AND ITS BECOME MY LIFE NOW AND SINCE IT HAS I'VE BEEN FORCED TO LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY.
I WAS RAISED BY ALL WOMEN(i mean you can be raised by all women and still be a dickhead too so that doesn't mean much but yeah im not ) , ALL FOR THE LADIES AND FULLY BEHIND THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT
BUT I REALLY TRY NOT TO GO INTO IT TOO DEEP
IF YOU LIKE IT YOU LIKE IT
IF YOU DONT THEN DONT BUY IT
You are going on a national tour showcasing your art. Can you tell us a little bit about that? What will you be doing and what should we expect to see?
IM GOING TO BE DOING A LOT OF TRAVELING TO GALLERIES ACROSS THE WORLD OFF MY OWN MONEY WHICH I HAVE VERY LITTLE OF SHOWING MY PAINTINGS AND SELLING MY CLOTHES.
I PUT ALL OF IT TOGETHER MYSELF ITS JUST ME DOING ALL THIS LITERALLY EVERYTHING
I JUST WANT TO GET MY WORK OUT THERE SO I WENT OUT AND MADE IT HAPPEN TO SHOW ITS POSSIBLE
YOU ARE GOING TO SEE ALOT OF GOOD ART AND GOOD VIBES COMING FROM ME IF YOU ATTEND A GALLERY
AND SEE PEOPLE OF ALL TYPES COMING TOGETHER.
Your paintings are often inspired by Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michelle Basquiat. What is it about these artists that you draw inspiration from? Who are some of your other biggest influences?
YEAH I THINK IF YOU ARE A YOUNG BLACK PAINTER YOU HAVE TO BE INSPIRED BY JEAN MICHELLE HE WAS GREAT VERY GOOD AT MAKING SOMETHING THAT BOTH PEOPLE IN THE ART WORLD AND EVERYDAY PEOPLE COULD RELATE TO , AND SAME WITH PABLO. I REALLY LOVE THE WAY PABLO FLIPPED THINGS AND MADE YOU SEE THEM IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
SO THOSE ARE MY TOP TWO, BUT SO IM NOT BASIC I'LL DO MY TOP FIVE
AND DAVID BRACEY( my dad)
How would you describe your art? What is your motivation? Are there any specific themes you like to explore?
I WOULD DESCRIBE IT AS FREE
MY MOTIVATION IS TO GET MY MOM A HOUSE AND TO HAVE FUN
PEOPLE ARE TOO SERIOUS
I LIKE TO EXPLORE SEX AND RACE AND POP CULTURE
ALL IN ONE PIC IF I CAN
Some of your friends may know that you like to spend a lot of your free time walking around in grocery stores. What is that all about?
GROCERY STORES ARE MY FAVORITE!!
AND I WISH I DIDN'T TYPE THIS ALL IN CAPS BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE THAT TO BE IN ALL CAPS IF ANYTHING LOL
BUT ANYWAYS YEAH THE GROCERY STORE IS AWESOME FIRST OF YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY FOOD AND YOU GET TO SNAG FREE FOOD AND EAT IT THREW THE STORE MOST TIMES AND I CAN WEAR MY HEADPHONES PLAYING LOUD MUSIC LOOKING AT FRESH FOOD AND CUTE GIRLS
I USUALLY GO TO THE GROCERY STORE ABOUT 3 TIMES A WEEK AND SOMETIMES SPEND A HOUR IN THERE ON A GOOD DAY
IT REALLY IS A PEACEFUL PLACE AT ABOUT 2 AM
I LOVE IT
IF WHOLE FOOD WOULD SPONSOR ME ONE DAY IT WOULD BE A BLESSING
You have quite a few tattoos. Do any in particular have a story you would be interested in sharing?
YEAP LIKE 25 NOW I TRY TO GET ONE EVERY YEAR
I STARTED TO GET THEM AT 14 WHEN MY FATHER PASSED AWAY HE WAS SHOT BY THE POLICE AND I GOT “DAD” INSIDE OF A HEART AND WINGS ON MY BACK BECAUSE I FIGURED I WOULDN'T GET IN TROUBLE FOR THAT BECAUSE I HAD A GOOD EXCUSE
BUT AFTER THAT IT WAS LITERALLY CHEESEBURGERS AND BART SIMPSON TATTOOS FROM THERE ON OUT LOL.
What else should we know about Malcolm Bracey?
I HAVE A YELP ACCOUNT WHERE I RATE RESTAURANTS WATER I'VE HAD ALL OVER THE USA , I DO THAT IN MY FREE TIME lol.
You can see more from Malcolm with the links below: