What was your favorite snack as a kid?
Taties! They are a prawn deep fried snack. M&Ms also. (In reality we lived hours from the nearest city/decent town so they were more treats than snacks)
Now those treats have changed to coffee and cigarettes!
What was your childhood pastime?
Living in the rural part of New Zealand, I had many childhood pastimes.
Making forts, playing “war”, going on bike-rides, drawing, writing and reading. We watched TV sometimes with one of my favourite shows being The Snorks. As I got older my past-time interests haven’t changed much, except I don’t play ‘war’ anymore, or bike ride – and probably watch way more TV.
My earliest memory of something I enjoyed was when I was 4 and attended pre-school. I drew the biggest self portrait. So big I didn’t fit my actual head in the picture, but mostly my favourite overalls (they were red with gold coloured buckles)
From around the age of 12 or 13 my favourite pastime would be to try and replicate images I saw in my Fathers Tattoo Magazines, with this drawing – ‘Ice’, being a poor rendition of one of the images I was inspired by.
Spiders, snakes, and sharks! E.T. under your bed! Did you have an interesting childhood fear?
Funnily enough my fear were these nightmares my sister and I used to have about cats! Feral cats, prowling around the house, up the hallways trying to get to us.
I used to have a huge fear but fascination in ghosts/ghouls, wanting to see one but so fearful of it at the same time.
Who was your childhood best friend? (imagined, inanimate, or otherwise)
My twin sister – Tori.
Sendak, Carle, and Brown- your favorite childhood book or author?
I can’t really re-call any favourite books from when I was really young, I loved all of the books I had. But primarily my sister and I would read Fairy Tales to each other. We had two different books, but the Fairy Tales were almost identical word for word. On a side note, another Fairy Tale book we owned had the story of Cinderella in it, unknown to whomever purchased it for us, the Step-Sisters call Cinderella a “slut” in the book.
At the age of 11 I read my first Stephen King book “Cycle of the Werewolf” – it was my favourite book at the time, most likely because it had illustrations by comic book artist Bernie Wrightson included.
Butterflies, Pokemon Cards, Marbles- what special treasures did you collection?
I collected all sorts of things, stickers/magazines/images I liked (I still do that) – we used to collect ‘Pods’ (I think that was their name) and cards that came in crisp packets too. Mainly anything that came in crisp packets haha. In my teens I collected letters and notes, I wish I never threw them away now.
By artist Alana Moffatt