Karl LaRocca / Kayrock Screenprinting
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Name: Karl LaRocca aka Kayrock
This poster is available from Kayrock's Etsy store.
Current City: Brooklyn, NY
Current occupation: Owner of Kayrock Screenprinting. Artist.
Career defining moment: Quitting my job as a well-paid computer programmer during the Internet bubble of the late '90s to pursue a career as an artist.
Last design item you bought: a drawing from Ati Maier.
Praying Mantis vs Mirror
Most beloved item of clothing (past or present): A jacket I have that was designed by a friend of mine who lives in Berlin for A.D. Deertz. Or a zip-up hoodie that I got in Bogor, Java. It’s printed all over with pastel triangles.
Most treasured design object: A 100-year-old papercutter. It used to be in the library department at Bard. It can cut 30-inch-wide paper that’s two inches thick. It weighs 1,400 pounds.
Googa Mooga poster
Worst trend you regret embracing: The designs we do are all kinds of different things, not caught in a trend. So I feel like we’ve embraced all kinds of awful things happily. In high school I wore khaki pants that were really tight around the ankles.
Favorite room in the house: The kitchen.
Favorite museum or gallery: I print things for too many New York museums to pick a favorite, but the gallery I have been visiting the most recently is Lu Magnus on the Lower East Side.
Drink of choice: Yuengling Lager.
Artist/designer you'd like to collect: If I ever had the opportunity I would love to live with a piece of art by Sol LeWitt, Bridget Riley, or Agnes Martin.
Favorite album cover: Trans Am self-titled released by Thrill Jockey in 1996.
The best video ever was directed by: I am a big fan of Michel Gondry's music videos, but I may be biased since he lives on my block.
Secret obsession: Micro registration and the metric system.