“Rappers, ballers, players, thugs and gangsters”, Gangster Doodles started immortalising them all using office supplies like Post-It notes and fluorescent hi lighters.
The simple concept, executed beautifully, led to a thousands of followers and a 336-page book. Ahead of his in-store at Hen’s Teeth we catch up with the enigmatic doodler for a quick Q&A.
For those who don’t know, tell us a little bit about yourself…
My name is Marlon Sassy, or Gangster Doodles. I’m a self-taught doodle artist that’s transitioned from working a regular nine to five office job to full time artist. Dreamz do come tru.
How long has it been now since you quit the day job to doodle full time?
Three and a half years.
You have a pretty interesting link with Dublin. Tell us a little about that, and how it came about.
It’s safe to say my career as Gangster Doodles officially started when Olan O’Brien of All City Records in Dublin agreed to let me create the cover art for Knxwledge’s ‘Wraptaypes’ release. That was my first real paying gig since starting to draw doodles. During the process of creating all the art I had the pleasure of working with the infamous botman (Brian O’Tuama).
After finalising all the art for ‘Wraptaypes’ me and BOT kept in contact. Maybe two years later I reached out and asked if he could help me design and publish my first hardcover book. Both of us had no previous experience self-publishing so we really started from the ground up. Fast forward one year and we both flew to Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the release at Marc Jacobs’ bookstore ‘BookMarc’. Hen’s Teeth and All City Records were the first stores to actually stock my book in Europe (and the world for that matter).
Now I’ve come full circle and am coming back to the place that started it all, Dublin! Super excited to have my book signing and booth set-up at Hen’s Teeth on March 10.
What can people expect at the signing at Hen’s Teeth?
People can expect lots of Post-its, Sharpie markers, hi-lighters and books. And a giant fuckin’ yellow booth. The last year has been pretty big for you…
You’ve published a book, travelled to LA, Tokyo, Luxembourg! What has the highlight been?
Gotta say the biggest highlight was travelling to Tokyo for my first solo show and book signing at BookMarc. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed about going to Japan and when I finally got my chance it didn’t disappoint. I’m actively planning on going back at some point this year.
I know you have a few exciting projects coming up. Can you tell us anything about any of them or are they top secret for now?
2018 is looking like it’s gonna be just as good, if not better than 2017 which is dope. Unfortunately I can’t discuss anything I’m currently working on. Hopefully some of the projects will see the light of day by the end of this year. I wish I didn’t have to be so vague but… Yeah.
Any interesting stories or responses from any of the drawings you have done over the years?
Most of the feedback for the pictures I post is generally positive. The only real pushback I get is when I post images of Donald Trump.
My Tumblr inbox gets at least one or two anonymous threats on my life or someone promising bodily harm which is always guaranteed to put a smile on my face. God bless America.
Anything you want to tick off the to-do list while you are in Dublin?
I wanna drink a real Guinness.
The Gangster Doodles book signing and photo booth will take place in Hen’s Teeth, Fade Street on March 10. Click here for more.