In this week’s creative spotlight we introduce you to the young, hip and epically talented illustrator Tom Page! His love for surfing, the environment and his passion to eliminate world hunger and poverty is all uniquely conveyed in his art, sending out messages of good vibes and good times. For only being 16, he is one rad guy who should be on your radar as he navigates his way through getting his shit together.
What do you do?
I paint and draw stuff in a cool and groovy style where the colours are all different and it looks like another planet. I am 16 years old and still in school (I hate it, can’t wait to leave) but I am starting to get my name out a little bit in the surf and street art scene as I am hanging with some big names in that regard. I am on the rader with MAMBO and have worked a few times with Mulga the Artist. PLUS! I have tshirts coming out soon so keep ya eyes out!
What is your most recent obsession?
Definitely playing the electric guitar with no amp! I think this is so sick because I can go as nuts as I want without disrupting anyone else. And it sounds cooler with than acoustic. Skegss, Hockey Dad and The Bleeding Knees Club are favourites at the moment
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Climate change and global warming is screwed! To change the world I would go back to the industrial revolution and tell everyone how mucked up the future is and to ‘get their shit together’! Also I would eliminate world hunger and poverty. I have seen wayyyyy too much of it in my short life.
What is your definition of ‘having your shit together’?
Having your shit together is really difficult to define haha! I don’t know how to define it, but when I have my shit together is when I am painting, surfing or skating and not having a single care in the world because this is when I am the most relaxed and just focusing on myself.
What inspires you?
For me, inspiration is definitely the place in where I live, the people around me and the culture that I live in. Surfing and the environment inspire me just because they go hand in hand with each other and the environment is such a sick place! In my art I am inspired by all my favourite bands and artists (painters and stuff) who use bold colours and have such unique and distinctive styles such as Mulga, Lee McConnell, Kentaro Yoshida and Brent Smith (Biffy Brentano). They are all rad guys and I just love their stuff.
What advice do you have for an aspiring creative?
My advice for aspirin creatives is to get out there in any way, shape or form. Just put your hand up and get involved with community projects, message other artists and do your thing! Also having a social media page helps a bunch because you can reach so many people at the tap of a finger – Instagram works a treat.
What are your biggest challenges as a creative?
My biggest challenge would have to be liking my own works for what it is. I take inspiration from other cool people, but I can’t be them (which is a bugger!) but lots of people like my stuff so that is motivating! Where I live too is a challenge because I am nowhere near the city so there are no big names down here to help me get my stuff out – hopefully I can become that big name someday and help others out!
What role does Mindfulness play in your creativity and/or life?
All of it!.When I have the poos or not in a good mood, I notice the smallest mistakes and stuff-ups in my paintings which normally results in that canvas being in the bin. I am so much more chilled out when my head is on my shoulders properly and I can get one with what I am doing without a little voice in my head telling me how much I suck! People always say “no one else will notice that” or “they won’t notice it when it’s done”, but when I don’t have my ‘shit together’, that one small mistake will be the whole painting in my eyes! Fresh air and the outdoors is the key to mindfulness in my mind! (pardon the pun)
You can find more of Thomas’s awesome work and follow what’s sure to be a pretty rad journey here!