Raw, provocative and trashy are words that don’t even come near the style of graphic design artist Thomas Schostok. His works often challenge conformity and clichés in the most extreme way. Therefore the name: God of Trash (similar to his Twitter bio) just might be the best way to describe him. We interviewed this extraordinary artist who’s based in Essen, Germany – and asked him all questions different.
You say you often get the question: What influenced you – so we’re not going to ask that. We’re far more curious what things don’t impact or don’t influence you at all.
Family, friends and any kind of social interactions are absolutely not inspiring or influencing me. At all it paralyses me. But it makes me sometimes angry – and anger is definitely the motor of creativity.
You use a lot of explicit imagery in your artworks and mentioned that nowadays that’s even standard and ordinary.
How did that happened?
Probably because porn is everywhere. You don’t have to buy porn magazines or lend sleazy DVDs (or VHS, for the older ones). It’s easily available through the Internet. If something is available all the time, it will become part of your life.
What do you consider to be the most useless object in the world?
I found art itself is the most useless thing in the world. We should concentrate on making the world better by helping people, care about the environment, and such stuff. What is art worth? It’s a waste of resources. Hazardous waste.
What does freedom of expression means to you in a closed society?
Restrictions are good. Censorship is good. If everything is free and there would be no restrictions by the government, what would be my job? What is left for us if we can’t criticise?
How does your work change the world?
I can’t believe that anything I did or will do will change the world – and believe me, I do not plan to fly a jet into a building.
What recycle project still has to be invented?
The recycling of Time.
What would that look like?
At the end of the day you would get a handy list of all things you did. You can then choose which things were useless. After this you would head back in time and do something useful with it. It’s a great idea, but we need to invent time travelling first.
What do you say to companies that don’t make the world better but instead focus on the hype of recycling?
I can only give one advise: Always be sceptical about what others are telling you. Especially when it comes down to big companies whom priority it is to sell stuff. It’s good that companies try to be green. But this should be standard. There is no need to advertise it or make a damn hype out of it. What do they think how stupid we are?
Let’s say you could recycle one person (from the past), who would that be and what would you like to use him or her for?
I still have to come back to Elvis and mention him as anyone who knows me would expect. I would recycle the 70s Elvis and would let him give concerts for me, each day until he dies, after seven years.
What would you like to say to people who keep on recycling the same questions over and over again?
Do your homework! I wonder why most interviewers always ask the same questions to artists. But what’s even worse is getting the same answers.
Photo credit: Thomas Schostok
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