What I liked were: absurd paintings, pictures over doorways, stage sets, carnival backdrops, billboards, bright-colored prints, old-fashioned literature, church Latin, erotic books full of misspellings, the kind of novels our grandmothers read, fairy tales, little children's books, old operas, silly old songs, the naive rhythms of country rimes.
I dreamed of Crusades, voyages of discovery that nobody had heard of, republics without histories, religious wars stamped out, revolutions in morals, movements of races and continents; I used to believe in every kind of magic.
-Arthur Rimbaud, from "The Alchemy of the World," A Season in Hell (1873)
ASHKAHN (pronounced ash-con) is the studio & company of artist, designer, art director, director and all around bon vivant, Ashkahn Shahparnia. Ashkahn lives and works in Silver Lake, California. He loves bananas, poopheads, coconuts, burritos, 1985 300d mercedes, BORING, beer, gold, silver, centerfolds, neon, pastels, open bars, los angeles, tiki drinks, blah blah blah blah and heather to name a few.
Ashkahn has been featured in Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, The New York Times & Taschen to name a few. in 2011 he was nominated by Print Magazine’s prestigious Top 20 Under 30.
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"Picasso said it took him a lifetime to learn to draw like a child. It took Ashkahn a couple hours." - Gavin McInnes
"Ashkahn clearly creates work that he likes which is the reason I like it too and why I suspect many other people will like it as well." - Stefan Sagmeister
"Ashkahn is 100% hot-head. Hire him for sure, but keep him away from your daughters." - James Victore
"Original & Fresh!" -Walter Van Beirendonck
"Ashkahn is a miserable, worthless, no good, creep, but damn...the guy does some great fucking work." -Brian Rea
"Sweet & Naughty." -The New York Times
"Bold reds, banana yellow and kelly greens bedeck his work in a manner that calls to mind Babara Kruger on nitrous oxide." - Sylvia Adams
"Ashkahn has been heralded as the artistic hope of his generation." -David Lindy
"Nice to see some simple unaffected work." -Rebecca Wolkenstein
"This kid is it!" -Glenn O'Brian
"UNTOUCHABLE." -Charles Saatchi
"His work is sort of an irreverant Andy Warhol meets So Cal: its fun/cool/iconic." -Jenna Kozel
"Make noise, Ashkahn. We need to hear you." -Brian Collins (COLLINS NY)
"Ashkahn is taking names." -Richard Prince