Feast your eyes on this.
We caught up with Johnny Smith, the creative behind an Instagram account you’ve surely peeped once or twice. His M.O. is manipulating images into primarily sexual and surrealist connotations while commenting on pop culture in a humorous manner. Catch some of our favorite digital collages from him and read up on his love for The Bachelor, the weirdest place he’s ever done it and his dream of getting his very own dishwasher.
First thing you do when you wake up in the morning.
Hit the snooze button.
Having studied theatre in school, how did you initially get into art?
I’ve always made art, but digital collage is immediate. It brings me instant creative satisfaction and I think that feeling of artistic fulfillment is necessary and healthy. I am a writer also, which is a entirely different process. It takes months, sometimes years and not always reaches a audience. With my digital collage I get to express myself to a audience in real time which, I think, is what is so exciting about this medium.
Something you definitely won’t mention on a first date about yourself?
I talk about pooping a lot. It’s a favorite topic of mine.
How long does it take for an idea to get from your head to the screen?
I usually write down my ideas and then spend a day creating them.
Your work focuses primarily on sex, pop culture and surrealism. What draws you to these topics?
Sex is the greatest thing in the world, next to cheese burgers and Parker Posey. Everyone has sex, yet it is so taboo. It should be celebrated, not feared. Pop culture floods the media and always becomes a hot topic of conversation in my coterie (I do live in LA after all, so it’s stronger here.) And surrealism is the way I wish I could see life.
Sexiest date you’ve ever been on?
The one where we had sex afterwards.
Biggest turn off?
A tie between bad breath and whining.
What does success mean to you?
Success is when you’ve inspired someone else or created a discussion with your work. Or gotten over 1,000 likes on Instagram. (Kidding.)
Last thing you do before bed?
Set my alarm so I can snooze it when it goes off in the morning.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully still living in Los Angeles in a place that has a dish washer. I always thought that by my mid-thirties I would have a dishwasher. Maybe that right of passage will occur in my 40s.
Weirdest place you’ve done it?
In a closet at a house party in San Francisco. I was trashed. I woke up the next morning naked in the hallway by their entrance door. I couldn’t find my shirt, so I had to take the BART shirtless to reunite with my friends. Walk of shame times 100. I was 23 and the memory still ignites nausea. I’m going to go throw up now.