An Interview with Crew Emblem Artist-in-Demand: YourTaxesAtWork
Helping to set the standard for Crew Emblem Editor excellence at the Social Club is YourTaxesAtWork - the first Emblem artiste to be featured twice in our Newswire Crew Cut report. With a great vision and keen eye for proportion and color, he first made a name with his own Crew, Emblem Addicts ("Emblematic of Obsession") and soon found himself taking requests and becoming ubiquitous for joining Crews and blessing them with a fine custom creation. We decided it was about time we got in touch with YourTaxesAtWork to ask him about his work, and how he gets such incredible results with the editor.
Which of your works are you most proud of?
The Kong Whiskey emblem is by far my favorite. It really wasn't complete until I added the fly in the glass because it helps tell the story of Max Payne. The guy just can't catch a break.
How long does it take you on average to complete an emblem?
As well as your own Crew Emblem Addicts, you've created custom emblems for a lot of other Crews such as DOGS OF VVAR, Epic Ninjas and Bachelor Frogs. You must get a lot of requests. Why did you decide to do emblems for the Crews you did?
I get a lot of requests. It can be hard to keep up, but generally speaking I don't discriminate. It's just a matter of whether I have time or not, which I usually do. Sometimes I like to do them on my own then surprise the crew with the finished product. I'll do that for a crew like Sterling Cooper because I love the show Mad Men and it also relates back to Rockstar because of the Mad Men-inspired cast of L.A. Noire.
How do you get the minute detail like the unicorn being abducted in your version of Mona Lisa?
Detail is tough once your shape gets overrun by little blue squares but the ability to type in the value of your X and Y scale is invaluable. You can also do this to define the coordinates and rotation of the shape, which helps especially when you're trying to maintain a level of uniformity like in lettering.
If you press Escape while in the Emblem Editor it will remove those little blue squares while still giving you the ability to control the shape.
Thanks for the tip. I did not know that!
And now, in what may be considered his debut solo exhbition, we are proud to present a selection of YourTaxesAtWork finest emblems - all created from the ground up with the Crew Emblem Editor: