For Dmitry Shadrin, Only One Thing Matters: His Work

 "I think my art and everything I do is much more interesting than my blah-blah-blah.” 

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Dmitry Shadrin is a 23 year old artist from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, who is very short with words and unapologetically creative. He instigated pencil to pad at the tender age of four and was inspired to further explore when a friend of his father’s peeped his talent, encouraging him to continue. He first started with scary faces and has since evolved to much scarier ones that include colorful, psychedelic imagery. His dedication shined at 17 years old when some of his drawings were purchased as t-shirts. Now, seven years later, he has a full-fledged art-wear clothing line called Laser B.

Shadrin utilizes his art to poke fun at many different subjects like superheroes and, even, religious idols. He doesn’t take his platform for granted and has recognized the need to command his space, bringing forward topics that are important to him.

“I want to be an influence on people’s cultural consciousness. I want to turn something on in them. I want them to evolve culturally.”

It is because of this mission that Shadrin tends to distance himself from those who believe big dreams are impossible. For him, that is the hardest part about following his passion: staying focused in a world of naysayers. “I’m trying to remove such people from my life.”

As he should! I can relate to such a sentiment. Many other creatives can, too. It is a familiar, protective growl that makes you feel so dedicated to yourself that you will allow nothing to distract it. Shadrin is so dedicated to his work that I was left astonished. He says, "I think my art and everything I do is much more interesting than my blah-blah-blah.” 

This had made me laugh.

Starting out, he admits, his inspiration to create art was angry, destructive and negative. Although the specific events are unclear, it is evident that something deep inside exposed him to creative living.

“I had a lot of paint-by-numbers books. But I didn’t liked them because they bounded me. The same with the kindergarten drawing classes. These limitations made me feel angry and I started to draw what and how I wanted. I’m trying to think outside of myself. Mostly I get inspiration from love and positive emotions.”

Like with this image here (below). I love the imagery in it because it reminds me of my chakras. The flower, to me, symbolizes the blooming that can be accomplished when in meditation. Why is one chakra missing?

“It was inspired by a recent acid trip. There was a moment when I was laying on my bed and listening to mantras. I started to see visions. This one was the first and the most vivid I had that night. The emblem in the middle consists of a yellow circle that is of various energies. It is drawn exactly as I seen it.”

With his work, he hopes to be a source of inspiration for young people who aren’t attracted to art. This is the foundation based on why he uses such vivid colors. “I’ve always used a lot of colors. From the very beginning I realized that the more colors you use, the more intensive the work can be. For me, full color spectrum is like a palette of feelings and expanded consciousness.”

He reaches the young people by descending onto their level, understanding the need to be cool. He pokes fun at these two here (below).

“I was trying to make fun of popular characters. I was using some serious characters and wanted to show the other side of their persons. I also wanted to show that there is also something funny in them. And that you shouldn’t always perceive them as something very serious. And the other guy relates to a religion, let’s not talk about that.”

This, too, made me laugh.

It is also good to learn that Shadrin is working on something at the moment. What? We’re not allowed to know, yet.

To be excluded from someone’s creative process makes me excited, in some way. It is like knowing that they are making their best work, allowing it to evolve and will present when ready.

“I want young people to be interested in contemporary art. And to show and prove to them that the world without art is grey. The world should be colorful and full of art.” 

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