I seriously can’t remember how I got to discover MLCK‘s work but it was love at first sight! His typography is completely amazing, he lives in Biarritz, France next to the waves and create artwork for fun and for a living. (I know I want his life too) Anyways, I had to show you his work and interview him about his techniques, inspirations and story.
When did your love for letters begun?
I was first attracted by typography during my design studies, whether it was on the computer or on the paper. However, 4 years ago I had a massive crush on the sign painters profession. They are artisans who kind of protect the work of letters. It is at this point, when discovering their work that I dedicated myself to create typography.
What is your process of work? How do you start a design?
I start with different sketches while listening to really loud music.
When I finally get a good composition, I redesign it to get a clean version. Concerning the engravings, I use tracing paper (the concept is the same as when you get tattoo) to be able to draw outlines. I need them because when I engrave a mirror for example, I cannot erase, I have no mistakes allowance!
Do you sell your artwork or is it mainly commissioned?
It is mainly commissioned with brands, blogs, bars, but some people came to me because they wanted to decorate their living room. Do it’s a bit of everything and everybody.
Why do you live in Biarritz?
For the living environment of course!
I was born in Paris, thus to live where I used to spend my holidays is more than pleasant!
We see your workshop in the MLCK : MONA video and it looks awesome! Do you share it with other artists?
It is actually my parent’s farm and it is where everything began.
I had in mind the idea of engraving my illustrations onto wood. I then settle down there for few weeks in my dad’s workshop.
The first piece that I created over there was “Skinny Love”, and having great feedback, I wanted to go further and engrave on old mirrors!
Any artists or people you admire that you want to talk about?
The artists whom I admire the most today are Jon Contino and Dana Tanamachi. They are for me, the precursors of the return of hand-made typography.
Projects coming up for 2014?
Yes a lot! I also want to go on a higher level by engraving mirrors even bigger and paint on giant walls! We shall see what the future holds for me!