Ozzie Wright is the “Wizard of Death.” He spanks bass and gets vocal in his rock band, The Goons of Doom, and creates works of art that are hung in galleries and purchased with multiple currencies. He grabs rail on dislocated wedges and wears fun clothing. It’s Ozzie’s creativity that allows him to move freely on this Earth. And on a recent SURFING adventure in Samoa, the punk-artist painted his style on every canvas available: wave faces, friend’s boards, even airplane barf bags. Our managing editor, Beau Flemister, was there to talk with Ozzie about his art. Psychedelic words were spoken and inspirations were revealed.
I was on a 4-gig tour to the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, just the boys. I was going to do a painting on the wall of one of the clubs we played at. I didn’t have any ideas and had to do it the day we left. At four in the morning, I bought this book and started drawing like crazy to get an idea. Then I couldn’t stop drawing the whole weekend.
We rented a car, it didn’t look like that, but that’s kind of how we are: old, vintage characters. We’re all just really ugly and drive around like cartoon characters. This was a movie we were watching with some downtime. It’s an Australian movie. This girl just got drugged and raped and they thought she was dead and they drove her out and left her at the beach - that was one of the scenes. It was good.
That teen movie. These kids we’re like running away and stuff. Such badasses, they we’re still in high school.
And this little zine, Wax Off, wanted me to do a little cover for them that weekend, so I was working on that.
Miley Grace is outer-space, that’s my girl. I’ve been painting heaps of cars lately. Everyone just wants their cars painted.
There was this guy that lived in the building where we were staying that we didn’t even know but his friend had the key to his house and apparently he had heaps of movies. So, we went to his house to use his movies but it took so long to work out the remote that I did these two drawings. His name is Brock. That’s his bike and that’s his skateboard.
That’s me on the way to the airport. That’s my kid. And that’s my girl. She recently dyed her hair white and got a bob. She usually has real long brown hair. And she started surfing, she’s just gone through this whole transformation.
That’s Vaughn, he’s the editor of Surfing World. That’s his drawing of the band - him, cowboy, me, and ray.
That was an idea we came up with - me and a friend - after one of the gigs at a party. This girl came up and she said, “I’ll see you at the gym” to my friend Nicky and she looked like she was a drug addict. And I was like “Aw, I didn’t take you as a gym junkie.” Just so wasted late at night, “I’ll see you at gym!” [laughs]. That’s my favorite one.
Cobras and lightning. "Love the lightening in your eyes." It's been a reoccurring motif for me for a while.