Brian Stelfreeze is known for being many things: a great artist, a skillful painter, a graphic storyteller...and a wearer of some pretty cool hats! But the hat he wears most often with fledgling artists is that of teacher. Watch him at a convention or during down time at Gaijin, the studio he co-founded in 1991 and you'll see it. Droves of young novices line up at shows, portfolios in hand, and Brian is always the willing and patient sensei. We met with him on the first day of summer at Gaijin and Stelfreeze talked about art directing for 12 Gauge, going Whole Hog, experimentation and the idea of paying it forward.
**The beeping you'll hear during the interview is Brian's studio mates, Cully and Karl, and the FedEx guy going in and out of the building.