This artist’s live/work studio is inhabited by many a knick-knack from his worldly travels.
On a recent tour of the Southwestern United States, artist/illustrator Jeremy Fish saw parts of the U.S. that few have; from a perspective that even fewer of his age have seen: inside of a vintage 1970s van. His fascination with the bygone era of custom gas guzzling shaggin’ wagons is either an early onset of a mid-life crisis or a genuine appreciation for a brief era in automotive history. Whatever the reason, his interest has grown to include an offshoot of his famed Silly Pink Bunnies; the Vanimals are a crew of like-minded friends that share the love of the van. His love of motor vehicles is not limited only to vans, the favorite of creepy dudes everywhere; he also has a passion for Vespas and their larger, more utilitarian cousins that populate Italy. He’s a well-traveled man who has seen most of Europe and picked up some interesting items during those travels. The few curiosities that he has brought back reside with him in his live/work studio in San Francisco’s North Beach. There in his mini-maze of small rooms and doors, he keeps his life regimented. No surprise that the largest room in the place is his studio. His life consists of 10-16 hour days (depending on deadlines), spent hunched over his table, working on the next project, where he tries to get ideas involving a motorized vehicles, mules, and ill-tempered gnomes out of his head and made into his reality. The mad man of Union Street is at it again.