Eric (Stout Leather): Thank you so much for having me on your blog! Today ended on a good note, deadlines were met, meetings were productive, and I love what i do!
Eric (Stout Leather): Growing up in Malibu was a awesome experience, in the early to late 80's was the explosion of "Locals Only" surfing to protect your local break. With that came the legendary band, Surf punks, and the infamous Runman surf videos. Then, there was Bill Wall paving the the way to becoming a true pioneer in the leather and silver game. Also, in this shop was future hell man and a legend in his own right, Travis Walker. Travis and I became really good friends and I was always fascinated by the work they did.
One day Travis and I were chatting away and he mentioned that they needed help do to a big order, so I jumped at the opportunity. This was back in 1993. At that time, I was doing sound work in hollywood for television and films, but a chance to learn this craft was way more inciting to me...and I haven't looked back since. I will always be grateful for those guys teaching me this craft that I love so much.
Eric (Stout Leather): I feel very fortunate to be an artist in this field, I really enjoy constantly thinking about my next project and how I can make it better than the last, always evolving to be the best that I can be. The experiences that I remember and enjoy the most are the pleasant and blown away reactions I get from clients. When I do custom pieces, I ask them to give me a basic idea and to let me run with it. I show them a sketch and they are super excited. Then I show them the final product and they are even more excited! Exceeding ones expectations is a huge complement to the artist.
Eric (Stout Leather): Thank you! I use only the finest hides and exotic skins to give my wallets the look and feel of true quality. A wallet start to finish requires 35 to 40 steps from art concept to putting on the hardware. Most of them are unseen by the untrained eye, hence one wallet could take anywhere from 4 to 10+ hours to complete. I use a multi-layering process to give that depth and feel to make 2D art as 3D as I can. I use a vintage Pfaff german industrial machine that is modified to accommodate my tight turns and intricate detail.....The rest are trade secrets :)
Mr Skull N Roses: Your leather jackets are sick! What kind of custom work have you done for clients? How long does it take to create a custom leather jacket?
I had to make it based on a shirt he mailed me to get the size. The back made for a great size canvas for me to do the art which was a dragon inlayed with shark and stingray. In the end, it fit him perfectly and that was a huge sigh of relief because you don't want a giant mad you!!
Eric (Stout Leather): At the moment, you can purchase my products at my website, www.StoutLeather.com. I am working on stores and distribution, and any dealer inquiries are definitely welcome, nice plug huh!?! Thanks for the props on the bracelet and, yes, there is a full line of jewelry in the works. Just finished two styles of wallet chains, two new skull rings, and a lot more is coming. I will definitely keep your readers up-to-date and will send pictures as they get completed.
Mr Skull N Roses: Thanks for your time, bro, we wish you the best for 2010!