“Have fun and stop overthinking.” Pop culture collagist Portis Wasp’s celebrity is closer to achieving pop culture status one cheeky collage at a time. The Scotsman opens up about not having queer role models he could identify with, the censorship of queer art, self care and what he would graffiti on the back of a toilet door.
YOUTH and ROLE MODELS
Growing up in a conservative country like Scotland did you have queer role models as a teen and what was your relationship with queer culture?
I wouldn’t say Scotland is a conservative country, it’s just that for my generation growing up there weren’t really any queer role models I can think of that I identified with.
If you were a Sailor Moon character who would you be and why?
The blonde one! I think she looks the fittest.
What is it about the locura of American pop culture that fascinates you?
I’ve loved American pop culture from an early age, so everything from music to films, photography to celebrity culture influences my work. I can’t say what it is about pop culture specifically that I love, but I imagine great imagery plays into it. I’m a sucker for a great visual.
“Self-care to me is eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and making time to do the things that make me the most happy.”
PORTIS WASP and FITNESS
Your Go-To workout track?
Hyphen Hyphen – Like Boys
In Russia we’ve seen the recent case of censoring queer centric content. How important is it to push the boundaries in your art and what has been your experience with censorship and instagram?
I think it’s important to remember that whilst we might not agree with how Instagram censors artists at times, they are providing a free platform which has allowed many of us to monetise our artistry. With that being said, censoring queer content for the very reason that it is queer is of course unacceptable and we must all work together to help create more inclusive platforms for all.
You’ve mentioned FUN as an important factor in your creative process and success. What advice would you have for starting out creatives who are trying to differentiate themselves in a saturated industry?
Have fun and stop overthinking. I’ve never once thought about what I should do to standout. I started making collages because I wanted to be creative and I found it an enjoyable medium to work in.
What does self-care look like to you and what routine do you have that incorporates it into your life?
Self-care to me is eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and making time to do the things that make me the most happy.
In three words how would you describe your aesthetic?
Could try harder.
Aside from photoshopping adonis like bodies on the reg for your artistry – what triggered you to start working out and where are you at in your health and fitness journey?
I wanted to become a better version of myself. Exercising is also a really enjoyable way to take a break from work for an hour or two each day.
“I wanted to become a better version of myself. Exercising is also a really enjoyable way to take a break from work for an hour or two each day.”
Are there any models or artists on your radar that we should know about?
Pietro Boselli and Derek Chadwick.
A personal development or wellness goal for the end of 2018?
I’d like to read more books and spend more time around dogs.
Can you tell us about any future projects you’re currently working on?
I can’t share any details but I have a number of fun fashion projects coming out over the next few months that I’m really excited to share!
What would you graffiti on the back of a toilet door?
Don’t forget to wash your hands!