Interview with Garrett Hoffman

This is one of an ongoing series of interviews with contributors to The 3288 Review.

Garrett Hoffman is a 24 year old writer from New Jersey. He has been writing for over eight years. His poem “Drink of Life” was published in issue 23 of Instigatorzine, and “Science Lesson” was published in the Fall 2015 issue of Sheepshead Review. His poem “Moist Earth” appeared in our third issue.

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3288 Review: Your author bio says you have been writing for over eight years. How did you get started?

Garrett Hoffman: I knew I was going to be a writer when I was ten years old, it’s always what I’ve wanted to do but I didn’t know how that would take shape. What got me started seriously writing over eight years ago is a funny story. I had just gotten home from wrestling practice, this being my sophomore year of high school, and the sky had looked particularly beautiful. The sun was just setting and the colors were transitioning from orange to blue. When I got home I hopped on the computer and opened up AIM. Yes, you didn’t read that wrong. I started a conversation with my cousin Paige, just talking about random stuff. Now back then, for whatever reason, I lied all the time! Almost constantly. During a lull in that chat I told her I wrote poetry, no idea why. Naturally she immediately asked to see some of my work. I told her to give me ten minutes. On the spot I wrote about the first thing that I could think of. That sky. I’ve been writing poetry ever since. Continue reading →

Interview With Carl Boon

This is one of an ongoing series of interviews with contributors to The 3288 Review.

Carl Boon lives and works in İzmir, Turkey. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Neat, Jet Fuel Review, Blast Furnace, Kentucky Review, and many other magazines. Two of his poems appeared in issue 1.3 of The 3288 Review.

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3288 Review: How and when did you first start writing poetry? Was there a particular event or person which acted as a catalyst?

Carl Boon: I started writing poems in college to impress a girl who ended up rejecting me, anyway. Around that same time, a fellow named Brett Fitzpatrick from Buffalo showed me “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg. I never knew such a thing existed; I didn’t know a poem could look like that, do like that. So I was writing these miserable love poems to LuAnne and at the same time these Howl-ish poems about being 18 in Granville, Ohio, I suppose. A certain poetry professor at Denison, Ann Townsend, put me on the right path by making me take writing seriously.

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Interview with Darryl Love

This is one of an ongoing series of interviews with contributors to The 3288 Review.

Darryl Love is a self taught artist. Supported and encouraged by his family from a young age, his creative education includes being mentored by a tattoo artist, studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, and classes at Kendall College of Art and Design. He cites many influences, including horror movies, comics, heavy metal music, popular art, cartoons, insane asylums, Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, Joel Peter Witkin, Dante’s Inferno, and video games. Several of his ArtPrize entries have appeared on the covers of local newspapers and on TV; most notably Rorschach in 2013. He worked as a set designer, and acted in the TV commercials for Nights of Fear Haunted Houses where he “scared the owners with his twisted creations in the asylum”. He designed Dark Knight Rises promotional shirts with Design by Humans and Warner Brothers; a poster for Monster Piece Theater (unreleased); a poster and promotional t-shirts for the movie AmeriKan Violence; and promotional art for L.A.’s Shriekfest. He was contacted to work for Red Rock Entertainment in 2014. He has designed images for ECW/WWE legends Sabu and Genie, and has photography on display in Como, Italy. He is currently working on promotional designs for Woodstock 50, and dreams of working with occasional correspondent Rob Zombie.

Love’s work can be seen on his website, on  Facebook,  at TalentHouse, and at TeePublic.

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3288 Review: How did you get started as an artist? Was there a specific influence, either a person or an event?

Darryl Love: My dad once drew me a picture of The Incredible Hulk. It was mind blowing as a kid. Ever since then I wanted to be an artist!

When Mortal Kombat 3 came out, I was 7 or 9 years old. I bought a strategy guide which I still have, and I redrew a lot of the characters from that book. Teachers didn’t like it when I drew the ‘Fatalities’.

My parents divorced, and I moved from California to Michigan where I didn’t know anyone. I kept to myself and drew all the time. Doodled in class. I was a weird nutcase. I even exaggerated the twitches and jitters so people would leave me alone. Then I had a friend in middle school who saw me drawing the Undertaker. We became best friends and he played White Zombie’s La Sexorcisto: Devil Music vol. 1 and Astro Creep: 2000; Korn’s Life is Peachy; Seasons in the Abyss and Reign in Blood by Slayer; and Megadeth and Metallica. I had never heard anything like it before I could feel it—crazy and intense. I loved it! At the time, Slayer was way too intense for me. Now that I’m older I can dig it, and listen to them almost religiously—in particular “The Final Six”.

In high school I kind of got lost in the stupid high school life, and lost myself. My life during this time was hell. My aunt really supported my art. She was killed. God rest her soul. I had to seek therapy. Months later, my therapist had died. Three weeks later my girlfriend cheated on me. I was suicidal, but I used the pain to paint more and, remember my therapist’s advice. It is very healing. I keep hoping, and I’ve learned to live with “it”.

Rob Zombie is a very inspiring guy. We’ve met a few times, and his live shows are the best! I’m more inspired every time I leave a show. I am good at visualizing noise and music so I can see songs in my head.

Meeting WWE’s Torrie Wilson at my first Comic Con was like heaven! She is so beautiful! I was nervous to talk to girls before I met her. She was very nice and super cool. Since then it’s been easier to talk to girls. They inspire me too! Yeah, there’s a lot of things that inspire me. Continue reading →