At Morbidly Beautiful, we are clearly obsessed with horror and film, but we’re also serious art lovers. So we’re beyond excited to add our newest regular feature to this site, the Artist Spotlight, where we’ll be featuring some of our favorite artists in the genre. I’m so honored to kick off this series by interviewing my friend Zach, owner/operator of ZachAttack Designs. He’s a great guy and a very talented digital artist. Get to know him better below, and be sure to visit Zach’s gallery on our site to see more of his awesome work.
Hi, Zach! I’m a huge fan of your art, and it’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. Would you start by telling me a little about yourself and your design background?
I’ve been creating stuff for about 10 years now. When I was in 11th grade, my friends and I decided to take a Graphic Design class for fun. And I ended up really liking the class. My teacher didn’t really “teach” us to use Photoshop and Illustrator…just said, “Play around with the programs and learn yourself.” It worked though. My teacher liked my stuff and asked me to join the yearbook club/class the following year. I got to make the cover for it and a bunch of inserts, and that really began my passion for graphic design.
What inspired you to open up your own design shop, ZachAttack Designs?
I don’t technically have a ‘shop’…it’s pretty much just me and my computer. I started selling stuff online about 6 years ago. It started with a design I made making fun of how people think we Minnesotans talk. It says “Oh Ya, I’m from MN” (you have to say it in the typical Minnesotan accent, Oh Yaaaaa, I’m from Minnnnnesooooootaaaa). My friends kept saying they wanted that design on a t-shirt. So, on a whim, I looked for the easiest way to sell stuff online. I set up my online store, and it’s taken off from there. There’s nothing like hearing that people like my stuff enough to purchase a variety of products with my artwork. Some of the people who have purchased from me live on the other side of the world! It’s such a great feeling.
Besides art, what are a few of your hobbies and interests?
I play the guitar, skateboard, go hiking with my lady, play with my dog & cats, photography, watching movies (especially having Horror Movie nights with Friends) write sketches/scripts with my brother, Collect Comic Books, action figures and Pop Vinyl’s & playing video games. Getting ready to have a baby soon too, so that’s gonna be taking up a lot of my free time, but I am really excited for it.
I don’t just work with Horror, but it’s the one that I love doing the most. I got into this style of art basically because of my love for the horror movie genre. I’d just pop in some of my favorite movies and get inspired by certain scenes or characters. I also do Stencil/Spray Paint art and Photography.
When did you first get into horror? Do you remember the first film that turned you on to the genre?
I remember watching family horror movies at an early age like Hocus Pocus and Ernest Scared Stupid, which I still love to watch. I remember my sister letting me watch Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. I confused Freddy Krueger for Edward Scissorhands back then. But my first actual horror movie that I loved was The People under the Stairs. I had to been around 8 or so. My older sister would rent that all the time. She and I would stay up late, sleeping on the pull out couch and watching that movie.
What was your worst fear as a kid?
Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Still freaks me out to this day. Oddly enough though, I love making designs inspired by the movie IT.
What are your top 5 favorite horror films?
That’s a hard one…too many good ones out there to choose from. However, in no particular order, I’d have to pick: Behind the Mask: the Rise of Leslie Vernon, You’re Next, Cabin in the Woods, Haute Tension (High Tension) & Return of the Living Dead.
One of my favorite artist of all time is Ralph Steadman. He did all the art for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and bunch of others for Hunter S. Thompson. I get inspired a lot when I listen to music actually. I’ll just put my headphones on and start designing. Sometimes I’ll listen to a certain song, make up an entire movie in my head around that song and then I’ll go make art for that movie. Hope to one day make some of them into a reality.
Wow. I love that. So where can people go to buy some of your art?
I have an online shop that I sell certain designs, zazzle.com/zachattackdesign . I sell everything from Apparel to prints to House Décor to Drinkware & other stuff. I am hoping to soon start selling more of my Horror Prints. I also do some custom work. If anyone would like to enquire about a custom commission or purchasing a print not yet available on my store, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderful. Lastly, how can people follow and interact with you?
They can follow me on Instagram at Instagram.com/zachattack_thedesigner. Just a fair warning though, it’s my personal account. I do regularly post art I’m working on, but I also post a lot of pictures of my wiener dog, cats and soon to be baby. I also have a Facebook page a little more focused on my art at Facebook.com/ZachAttackDesign. I am also working on getting my own website up and running.
Thanks so much, Zach. It was a pleasure talking with you!
Zach has generously donated some of his amazing work for us to use in a very special giveaway for Morbidly Beautiful readers. Stay tuned to our Instagram page for details coming soon!