Classic Posters - Interview with Stainboy by Paul Grushkin
Classic Posters - Interview withStainboy by Paul Grushkin
Produced by Michael Erlewine(Michael@Erlewine.net)Known to the world as "Stainboy,"Orlando's Greg Reinel is no mere posterartist -- he's an all-purpose offender.He's an accomplished ink-slinger, nowpublished exclusively by Andy Stern'sDiesel Fuel Prints, and (although lessfrequently now) plays guitar and howlsin his two-man band, Nutrajet.Some say he's "the next Coop."Stainboy, who doesn't idolize rock stars,begs to differ. He's his own man, anentertainer, a stage-meister as adept atpissing people off (and turning them on)with printed media as he is with two fistsof Gibson Les Paul guitars. Hedescribes himself as "unschooled,undisciplined, and unstoppable." Yet,he's the consummate professional inpreparing his posters for screenprinting.His line work leaves everyone gasping.He's Stainboy, not some cheapimitation.I spoke with Stainboy over the phonelate one night, as he was busyunpacking a delivery from Diesel Fuel ofhis latest art print, a scorchingreplication of his own Mach 1 Mustang,complete with his requisite, trademark-like, hot chick.PAUL GRUSHKIN: You sound likeyou're huffing and puffing. What's goingon?STAINBOY: Unpacking boxes fromAndy at Diesel. Big boxes!PAUL GRUSHKIN: Well that's a goodthing because that means you're sellingposters.STAINBOY: Yes. A new batch ofposters ready for sale is always a goodthing.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Congratulations.STAINBOY: Well it means I get a littlebreak, talking to you.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Let me start out byasking you, what's with the Stainboycover-up?STAINBOY: It wasn't until two years agothat I started using it as a pen name. It'sbetter than plain ol' Greg Reinel andpeople will remember it, like a Pusheador a Coop. Plus, I've the signature tomatch anyone, anywhere. Oddlyenough, it's actually the same wayI sign "Reinel." I always sign "Reinel"that way with a big looped "I." I'vesigned that way since I was a kid. Thesignature makes the man, don't youknow?PAUL GRUSHKIN: When you were akid, were you a scribbler?STAINBOY: No, and I don't fillsketchbooks or folders. I approach myillustrations like I approach music. I don'tpractice-jam; when it's time to play, Iplay. When it's time to draw, I draw. I getthe idea and I'm off to the races. I'm likethat -- impulsive.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Let's say that I'vegot a gig for you, the Melvins, orMotorhead, and I say, "Stainboy, this iswhat's happening, this is the club, this isthe date, do your thing." Is what'simmediately in your minds eyesomething that leaps to the front, andthat's what you start pursuing?