20 Questions: Zack Fox
Taking a look at Zack Fox’s Twitter account, you might presume he’s the least employable person on earth. But somehow the LA-based illustrator’s relentless stream of obscenity and absurd humour has gathered around 153K followers, and he’s gone on to create artwork for Atlanta’s Awful Records crew and Thundercat while landing an role in Flying Lotus’ body horror movie Kuso. In one of the most disturbing movie scenes in recent film history, Kuso sees Fox’s character confronted by a giant bug called Mr. Quiggles, who happens to live inside George Clinton’s anus. Participating in this ridiculous questionnaire, Fox talks crunk, cornrows and being under the surveillance of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s security guards.
Who’s the best person to follow on Instagram?
Favourite member of Slipknot?
The dude who had the Hellraiser spikes coming out his mask [Craig Jones].
Who’s the best member of Awful Records?
Best just like at everything?
Who is dearest to your heart?
What’s your signature recipe?
I’m a fried chicken connoisseur. I do an overnight buttermilk and hot sauce marinade. Nashville hot chicken basically, and I serve it on a brioche bun with a 40z of malt liquor. That’s the speciality, that’s my breakfast.
Describe your most embarrassing haircut…
I had cornrows once in like eighth or ninth grade. I had a big ass afro and my mom wasn’t going to let me walk around like that.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I was at Asanebo, a small sushi place in north Hollywood. I was with Thundercat and two members of the band King. Like six security guards with earpieces and suits escort Jay Z and Beyoncé in. They recognised Thunder because of his relationship with Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar, they stopped by our table and said hi to all of us. Amber from King had just got these beautiful braids with some colour in them, and Beyoncé says “oh my god girl I love your hair,” and Amber just starts crying immediately. I remember trying to get out my phone and tweet but one of the security guards stood behind me watching my phone. He’d slap it out of my hand probably.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked at the Jimmy John’s chain as a bike delivery guy, delivering sandwiches in downtown Atlanta. A week before I started that job my bike got stolen, so I went to the job and didn’t tell them that I didn’t have a bike. I’d run with the sandwiches.
What’s your favourite painting?
The Harrowing of Hell by Hieronymus Bosch.
What was the first record you truly fell in love with?
The first shit I was obsessed with was the crunk movement, so Lil Jon Crunk Juice and Crime Mob’s first album.
What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
I remember one time I was at a hotel in south east Atlanta, there was a crackhead banging on the door at 4am because he thought I was his dealer.
Best character in The Sopranos?
Tony, James Gandolfini is such a good actor all around.
“I once worked as a sandwich delivery guy. A week before I started that job my bike got stolen. I'd run with the sandwiches.”
A lot of the genius of Gandolfini’s performance is actually down to his nasal breathing.
Yeah! That’s really interesting.
Name an overrated artist…
If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
The music from the first Halo video game. The title screen had some very inspirational, sensual music.
What’s your favourite emoji?
The running horse.
If you could pick a surrogate grandparent, who would it be?
Have you ever taken acid?
Too many times.
If you could give yourself a piece of advice 10 years ago, what would it be?
I would give myself all the lyrics to all the Migos songs ever and tell me to make them myself.
What would you like written on your tombstone?
“Shake yo ass, damn.”