Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Aicher.
Scott, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the 70’s in Redondo Beach during the boom of skateboarding and we lived a few blocks from the beach so surf culture has always been part of my art. My mother, Grandmother and I used to paint together when I was very young. I won three art contests in Manhattan Beach when I was 5 years old. After that I decided art was my path. I worked at a record store on weekends and a print shop during the week when I was younger. I met bands at the record store and drew their flyers at the counter. During the week, I would print them at the print shop. I met my wife at one of the bands parties and we settled down in San Pedro. I worked for action sports apparel companies and for a big company that made clothing for amusement parks. Mostly as an inker and on kids clothing lines.
When the economy fell, I got downsized by work and started to show my paintings at Gasoline Gallery in El Segundo for about 7 years. Then after they closed I opened Aicher’s Pop Kustom Shoppe at Crafted in San Pedro which is where I still am after 4 years. The folks who ran Gasoline Gallery opened a new gallery called El Cuervo Gallery a year ago and I have done a solo show and several group shows there so far.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I suffered from depression for many years. I feel one of my main priorities in life is to keep myself in as good of health as I can. I have always struggled with my weight as well. I had friends at school because I could draw well but I was mostly a loner and I liked the isolation of drawing by myself. I did usually manage to have one or two close friends most times so I got though okay. Today I have the love and support of my wife and my dog that have become the joys of my life. My wife is a teacher and she is my main inspiration and the reason I am so prolific with my art.
Please tell us about Pop Kustom Shoppe.
I sell canvas prints of my paintings as well as original art. My friends at Calimucho in San Pedro help me print all of my clothing and posters by hand silk screening them. I still make flyers and album covers now and then but mostly I take custom orders for paintings. I also make my own greeting cards.
I am most proud when I inspire someone else to paint by hand or get inspired to make art or flyers. All artists need inspiration. I know I do.
My friends say they can recognize my art without reading the signature and I worked many years developing my style which is a mixture of all the artists I love.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Drawing and playing with Legos in my room with my headphones on listening to Kiss records and AM radio.
I had a Honda xr75 motorcycle that I loved to ride any chance I got.
I used to enjoy playing the Danny character for my Sister and her friends when they played “Grease”. We also watched and sang along to the Muppet Movie too.
- 16×20″ Custom Painting $300.00
- 8×10″ Custom Painting $150.00
- Address: Aicher’s Pop Kustom Shoppe
At Crafted 112 e.22nd Street
San Pedro,CA 90731 in warehouse 10
- Website: Popkustomshoppe.com
- Phone: 13109440112
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Popkustomshoppe
- Twitter: Scott Aicher
- Other: Aicher.bigcartel.com