MT: When and how did you first become interested in art?
Fudemae: When I was three years old I saw my father scribble up something that he turned into art and I instantly became hooked. I was into American music and customs like motorcycles all throughout high school. I started to customize my motorcycle and started to do custom paint. Soon after, I began to work for K's Bodyworks that builds customs for the Outer Limits truck club and learned a lot.
MT: When did you make the transition to a fulltime artist?
Fudemae: I started my career while working at K's. I started to paint many cars and motorcycles, but in 2001 I decided to go fulltime with custom paint, designs, and art for worldwide companies, sculpting, pinstriping, and more. I enjoy many different styles and mediums of art so I enjoy making it my fulltime career.
MT: What are some of your biggest accomplishments as an artist?
Fudemae: I love working with worldwide companies, like designing art and shirts for Tribal Gear clothing. I enjoy doing custom car paint for Outer Limits Japan Truck Club and have had those paint designs featured in Truck Trends and Mini Truckin'. I'm really excited to have my work featured here in MT and especially honored to be on the cover.
MT: Who do you look up to in the art world or who's influenced your work?
Fudemae: I'm a big fan of So Cal-style art so artists that I look up to include OG Abel and Craig Fraser among others. I also like Alphonse Mucha, Rat Gjo (Japanese Silver Designer), and too many others too list.
MT: What is your personal favorite art medium to work in?
Fudemae: I really enjoy painting and sculpting as I can represent my artwork in different ways using the same motif.
MT: What style would you say your art can be categorized mostly as?
Fudemae: I really love to work with many different mediums and genres but most of my style is probably considered kustom car culture, American, or So Cal art.
MT: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Fudemae: It's an honor to be featured in Mini Truckin' magazine. I really hope everyone enjoys my artwork. If you want to check out more of my work, visit Fudemae.com. Thanks for your support.