The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.
Catching up with illustrator Tuesday Bassen on the magic of a cat eye, running her eponymous line of clothing, pins, and home goods, and giving the (perfectly manicured) middle finger to corporate art thieves.
Tell us how you got your start.
I got my BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and moved to New York shortly after with no plans except to pursue a freelance career. I struggled mentally, emotionally, and financially for years, and ultimately moved to Los Angeles with no plans except to enjoy my life. I love L.A., and thought that even if my career as a designer didn’t work out, I could become a florist or enjoy the sunshine while doing literally whatever.
How did you develop your style of illustrating?
I’ve been honing my own personal style since high school, when I was especially influenced by pulp films, comic artists, and animators like Julie Doucet, Dame Darcy, and Sally Cruikshank. I often refer to my work as “Easy Rider Slumber Party,” which is basically my own fictional utopia of ’70s badassery rewritten by women, where intersectional feminism is embraced by biker culture.