Meet Your Maker Monday: Blue Rooster
We first met Blue Rooster at art markets and shows in Houston's East End, showing all manner of work, from painted objects to assemblage pieces. We caught up with Rooster at his studio for this weeks' profile – read on to see how this transplant to the city enjoys Houston and his work.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
My name is Steven, but everybody just calls me Rooster; it's easier to remember I guess. The name of my company is Blue Rooster Customs; you can find me on Facebook and Instagram (@blueroostercustoms) under my company name or email@example.com.
What do you make?
I make art. I paint a lot, sculpt, carve, build – just whatever I want to do that day. I love creating something out of old junk. From scrap metal sculptures, tiki carvings to elaborate paintings on a rusty tool box. I love taking junk, cleaning it up a bit and making art out of it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I try to get up around 9, stretch, drink some coffee and just sit quietly for a while. I don't function well when I'm rushed; I need that quiet meditative time in the mornings to be at peace in my head and to think about what i need to do today. Then I head out into the world, either to work in the studio or go paint onsite for someone. I like to be outside though as much as possible.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I've always made art; I just never considered making a living off of it. A couple years ago I was really into carving tikis, so I signed up at Rock Baby to sell. That opened the door into the rockabilly, car kulture for me. I was living in Austin at the time and had a storefront/studio in Wimberley that wasn't doing well. I started going to more car shows and was beginning to do okay for myself – I had found my niche. It seemed like I was coming to Houston more than anywhere else, so a year ago I decided to give it a shot. Red Rocket over in the Heights set me up – Brendan started selling my stuff and let me set up out front anytime I wanted. That was really my launching point into the rest of Houston. I quickly found out how welcoming and loving everyone in this town is. I met other artists who quickly showed me the ropes and I began the process of finding out where I fit in here. Houston is coming up on every scene and I'm proud to have been welcomed into that. I can't even begin to list all the people who have shown me love and helped me out along the way. I just want them to know though, that I love and appreciate every one of them!
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
Anyone who is living life and enjoying the beauty of it all inspires me! Positive people, helping each other, loving each other inspire me! I don't respond to negativity very well – I try not to have it in my world. Life's too short for all that. There's so much beauty in the world if I remain open to it and I take the time to pay attention, it all inspires me and shapes my life and my work.
What's next for Blue Rooster Customs?
I just got back off a 3 week event for Converse/Fader magazine, so I wish a vacation was next for me! It's car show season though, so it's time to get out and sling some paint and meet some new people! I want to move my studio as well. I want to be in a space that allows me to set up my welder, saws, as well as a space for painting. I want to walk in and say, "Hmmm... What am I going to do today?" Right now, I'm limited to painting, and I don't like being limited.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I want people to know that my work is truly mine, an exercise in pure mental freedom for me. It's not for everyone, and I get that. It's low-brow at best. But I love it, I enjoy what I make and enjoy people's reaction to it. A lot of my stuff is just my twisted humor coming out; a lot of it is looking at an old car part and thinking it needs to look like something else. I will literally paint on anything you bring me. Life's short – kustomize EVERYTHING!!