Bastards of Art: Too polished for folk art, too punk for fine art.

Bastards of Art is a podcast to reach out to lowbrow artist. We are helping artist to come together with a message of positivity and ambition. It can feel very lonely spending hours in the studio. We are here to help erase self doubt and cultivate the artist inside you.

Bastards of Art : Episode 70

By mlhodel | December 18, 2020 |

An Attitude of Gratitude! Saying goodbye to 2020 and reflecting on what I learned as an artist.

Bastards of Art : Episode 69

By mlhodel | November 11, 2020 |

Episode 69 Interview with EDM Artist Alex Bochel Sometimes the only way to follow your dreams is to jump in with both feet. Alex Bochel is an EDM artist from Washington DC that left his computer science degree behind to pursue his passion in music. In Alex’s words , “There was no backup plan.” It…

Bastards of Art : Episode 68

By mlhodel | November 4, 2020 |

Episode 68 How to navigate a Toxic work Environment I received a test message from a listener. He asked me to do an episode on the unhealthy work environment that tattoo shops can have. Here is his text: “Here’s an idea for a topic: How to navigate toxic work environment in a tattoo shop. Egos,…

Bastards of Art :Episode 67

By mlhodel | October 30, 2020 |

There is nothing worse than being inspired to art but not being able to art.

Bastards of Art : Episode 66

By mlhodel | October 22, 2020 |

Don’t Lose Clients! Understand Client Churn.

Bastards of Art : Episode 65

By mlhodel | October 14, 2020 |

Episode 65 Tattoo Education Most fields that require a license to operate also require some form of continuous education. The benefit to this is not only for the practitioner’s sake but it raises the industry standards as well. In the tattoo industry, formal education is frowned upon. From time to time a tattoo school will…

Bastards of Art : Episode 64

By mlhodel | October 7, 2020 |

Episode 64 I Quit. I Quit Drinking and my Art got Better A decade ago I made the change to quit drinking. The act of drinking had become a way of life for so long that I do not remember too many things that didn’t involve having beers. When I was 35, I woke up…

Bastards of Art : Episode 63

By mlhodel | October 1, 2020 |

Episode 63 There is a fine line between a foot in the door and a foot in the ass. Making the leap to self-employment has some hidden obstacles that will arise. Those who are not ready to grow will fail. The number one enemy people face when they go out on their own is themselves.…

Bastards of Art | Episode 62

By mlhodel | February 25, 2020 |

Bastards of Art | Episode 62 Good Artist Borrow and Great Artist Steal. How and when to use reference. No one starts off their art career being the most original and profound artist on the planet. It just doesn’t work that way.  While you are learning your craft it is crucial to observe how those…

Bastards of Art | Episode 61

By mlhodel | February 17, 2020 |

Bastards of Art | Episode 61 Darwin Vs Einstein The creative person is one of two different creative types: Charles Darwin was a great experimental innovator, who spent decades accumulating evidence on evolution and its mechanisms, and made his greatest contributions late in his career. Albert Einstein was a great conceptual innovator, who made discoveries…

Bastards of Art: Episode 60

By mlhodel | February 10, 2020 |

Bastards of Art | Episode 60 I have five ideas to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is a whole world of art out there and you not need to stick to the safe areas.  So for a minute, ignore your Instagram and consider doing something different today. 1. Make a fake company.…

Bastards of Art | Episode 59

By mlhodel | February 3, 2020 |

Bastards of Art | Episode 59 Three Personalities As you become more of the product and bridge the gap between Art and Business, it is helpful to take on a new perspective. Reading book the E-Myth helped me to see myself as three personalities: Entrepreneur The ability to see the future. Manager The ability to…

Bastards of Art : Episode 58

By mlhodel | January 28, 2020 |

Learn to balance your strengths and your weaknesses in this episode of the Bastards of Art.

Bastards of Art : 57

By mlhodel | January 20, 2020 |

No more time off! Back to work after not recording for a long while. Bastards of Art Podcast is back on the Air.

Bastards of Art : Episode 56

By mlhodel | January 16, 2020 |

Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact – YouTube – Stitcher Who you know! Matt Hodel and Chris Boyle discuss in this podcast how who you know can help give you clout. Having a bit of clout does not hurt your worth. Name dropping is not the answer, but getting your art in the right hand so other people…

Bastards of Art : Episode 55

By mlhodel | August 28, 2018 |

First Impression In this episode we follow up on “What are you worth?”  This question has no direct answer but what to consider is a the elements that go into that question.  Episode 54 covers an overview of the subject but in this episode we discuss the impression you give to your future clients and…

Bastards of Art : Episode 54

By mlhodel | August 13, 2018 |

“How much should I charge for my work?” The answers will vary and nobody can give you a clear cut answer.  There is a way to narrow down your current worth.  You must take into account a few variables: What impression do you leave? Who can vouch for you? What do you do thats different…

Bastards of Art : Episode 53

By mlhodel | August 7, 2018 |

Burnout. Their is a guilt that arises when doing something you love starts to feel like a grind.  If you are working in a creative art field, you are probably in a service industry.  The service industry is very repetitive and this causes burnout. Chris Boyle and Matt Hodel discuss how they have dealt with…

Bastards of Art : Episode 52

By mlhodel | July 23, 2018 |

Helpful tips when Talking to a client for commissioned work: Inform the new client on how you operate.  Understand that your client has no idea what they want.  Be detailed.  Get on the same page as your client.  Don’t move forward until you have an agreement.  Have an approvals process. Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact –…

Bastards of Art : Episode 51

By mlhodel | July 23, 2018 |

Invention in Art. Whether it is technique or style, stretching the boundaries of your art career will reach out while you find your voice.  Struggling to be original for the sake of just being different may not always equal success. Our last two podcast (episode 49 and 50) discuss Imitation and Innovation. In this episode…

Bastards of Art : Episode 50

By mlhodel | July 10, 2018 |

Innovation. After social learning from imitation becomes futile, innovation starts to develop. As an artist you will start to problem solve with personality.  You ability to confidently find new answers for common problems will shine on you almost intuitively. Using the building block you learned from watching others your next step is innovation Matt Hodel…

Bastards of Art : Episode 49

By mlhodel | July 3, 2018 |

Imitation What is the difference between imitation and mimicking? When an artist copies someone else work, they have no interest in the intent of the original artist. They just want to to steal some glory. When you imitate art work, you are studying the original art. The process of dissecting someone else’s process in order…

Bastards of Art Podcast : Episode 47

By mlhodel | January 23, 2018 |

Sensory, Perception, Reasoning It is these 3 steps that challenge the viewer to understand what they are seeing.  Our eyes bring us information without prejudice. What we perceive from our eyes is not straight forward.  What we perceive from what we have seen should not be trusted.  It is the second part of the cognitive…

Bastards of Art : Episode 46

By mlhodel | January 17, 2018 |

Holy Moly! It is 2018 and you have already stopped making time for your projects? Don’t stop now! you have it in you to do great things. Matt Hodel is here to pick you up. Listen to Episode 46 and immediately revisit the promises you made to yourself. Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact – YouTube – Stitcher

Bastrards of Art : Episode 44

By mlhodel | January 10, 2018 |

Hello! I am very excited to introduce my friend Haram. I meet Haram last summer and she introduced herself as a person interested in learning tattooing.  It didn’t take much to convince me that she had the aptitude and commitment required for a true apprenticeship. Please take a listen to this special Bastards of Art…

Bastards of Art : Episode 43

By mlhodel | January 9, 2018 |

Happy New Year! 2018 brings us a clean slate to keep building on what we have accomplished.  Living in a world of art, I hear the words “do something different” quite bit. This is mentally hard to accomplish and there is a simple reason why. Logic + Data + Emotions In this podcast, I discuss…

Bastards of Art : Episode 42

By mlhodel | December 18, 2017 |

Everything you do does not suck, even though it can feel that way. Having an adjustable plan of attack and destination will keep you from hanging out in the float.  Write a mission statement of who you are and what you want to do with art.  Now that you have a path, start your journey!…

Bastards of Art : Episode 41

By mlhodel | December 11, 2017 |

“Marks or shapes can happen spontaneously as we explore with tools, media, or substances for pictorial, textural, or sculptural effects and, in the process, decide on what is beautiful or exciting without consciously knowing how and why. We may pour in feelings and emotions during the process, resulting in a kind of artistic expression that…

Bastards of Art : Episode 40

By mlhodel | November 27, 2017 |

New workflow can be awkward and painful.  If you don’t mix it up with some newness in your life, you will repeat the same thing for infinity.  I don’t think this is helpful to a long career.  No-one wants to look up after 20 years and wonder why everything looks the same.   Trying something…

Bastards of Art : Episode 39

By mlhodel | November 14, 2017 |

Plan for the unexpected. They say success is opportunity meeting preperation.  (Or something like that) I recently filmed a commercial.  What impressed me was how prepared the crew was onset. They had the day planned to the minute. The were ready to move and grove but even with their high expectations, the crew also rolled…

Bastards of Art : Episode 38

By mlhodel | November 6, 2017 |

Get Loud! Matt answers some questions about moving to a new market in a different city. It is always scary to get a fresh start in a new town.  Matt’s advice is to get loud! Start an Art Show! Get in the local publications. Meet everyone on your new circle. Do not sheepishly enter a…

Bastards of Art : Episode 37

By mlhodel | October 30, 2017 |

Understanding Money. As artists we work with abstract thinking. We see the world slightly different.  When it comes to money, we have a hard time understanding the abstract nature of a dollar.  What is it worth? What does it represent? Why can’t I keep more? Most people say “Time is  Money”.  In this podcast, Matt…

Bastards of Art Podcast : Episode 36

By mlhodel | October 24, 2017 |

A joke is only funny if the other person laughs. Drawing for others is how most artists are going to make a living.  Removing yourself from your art and listening to the client is important.  Helping someone to tell story with visual literacy is fun. In this episode, Matt talks about being confronted with the…

Bastards of Art : Episode 35

By mlhodel | October 16, 2017 |

Lead the Eye Making the eye go where you want it to go in a composition is a huge part of visual story telling. How your optic nerve and your brain work together is very clever. Understanding that relation ship is how we can get the viewer to read our images. In this episode of…

Bastards of Art : Episode 34

By mlhodel | October 9, 2017 |

Don’t Wait for Permission What are you waiting for?  An Invitation from the Art World? It is up to you to put yourself out there.  Don’t be afraid.  You don’t need someone to tell you you are ready. Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact – YouTube – Stitcher

Bastards of Art : Episode 33

By mlhodel | October 2, 2017 |

Mix It UP!!!   Getting stuck with your progression can make art feel like a task.  Creating art should be an adventure.  Exploring different mediums is a great way to push though a developmental block.  By trying art mediums outside your comfort zone, you will be forced to see art differently.  Enjoy Matt Hodel’s Monday…

Bastards of Art : Episode 32

By mlhodel | September 25, 2017 |

Sharing is Caring. “There was a Farmer who grew excellent corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford…

Bastards of Art : Episode 31

By mlhodel | September 18, 2017 |

Unless you are try to be an elusive artist like the infamous Banksy, you need a web page. In this episode, Matt gives a basic overview of where to go to get started! Itunes – Soundcloud – Contact – YouTube – Stitcher

Bastards of Art : Episode 30

By mlhodel | September 11, 2017 |

Anxiety and the Artist Sometimes I think I should have named this podcast “The Anxious Artist” This title would have been more appropriate and reached out to a lot more people. While I don’t think artists have more anxiety than the average human, I do feel that the effects on a creative brain are amplified.…

Bastards of Art Podcast : Episode 29

By mlhodel | September 5, 2017 |

Where is your Signal Line? Stop beating yourself up and and stop under valuing your worth.  This character trait that artist share may be the biggest flaw that holds us back. You are worth a lot more than you think. So stop thinking. When you are in competition with others, you get bitter. When you…