Andhika Muksin rose to fame after his collages of real life pictures and Disney character went viral.Adelia Anjani Putri 27 April 2017 14:40
Andhika Muksin is an Indonesian graphic designer who likes to play with Photoshop in his spare time. He likes to mash different photos into a whole new image. The victims? His friends, celebrities and Disney characters.
Thanks to his series of Disney/real life mash-ups, Andhika started to get international recognition from big media such as Buzzfeed, Mashable, French Biba Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
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We met him to talk about this newfound fame and his love for Disney.
So, how does it feel to be on the spotlight?
Honestly it’s something I have yet to comprehend fully. I have been doing that, posting my work on Instagram, for six or seven years and I’ve had exhibitions before, but none of those gave an effect as big as what I’m experiencing right now. The Disney ones are actually just for fun, that’s just something I do to relax from work. Apparently, people are into it.
It started with Disney communities on Instagram that regrammed my pictures and it gave me constant increase in following, but after Buzzfeed wrote about me, it gets wild.
It’s been surreal. I just woke up one day and I got a lot of emails from here and there. But I’m ecstatic. I was expecting haters, but most of them have been positive.
Wait, you have haters?
There are several hateful comments, but there’s always two sides of everything.
Tell us more about you and Disney.
I grew up with Disney movies, because back then we didn’t have a lot of that. Now we have Sony , Dreamworks and a lot of options. Regardless of that, I’m a huge fan of Disney.
As I grew up, I developed myself artistically, from painting to graphic designing, and I alway love to put some pop culture elements into my works. Then, I started to revert back to Disney, by giving some twist to classic Disney stories. As I got older, I got more adult point of view on those stories. I just put them into Photoshop and made those pictures.
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When you’re not playing with Disney and Photoshop, what do you do on a daily basis?
I’m a graphic designer working 9 to 5. Now I’m the process of entering a new office, so now I kind of just stay at home.
My work is the usual but I do a lot of digital imaging for social media content, because my base is illustration so my graphic designs are mostly illustrations, not just layout, but creating images.
Do you consider yourself as an artist?
It’s tricky to say, because what I do now (with Disney characters) is considered collage art, but I’m reluctant to go into that argument (that I’m an artist) because this is what I do just for fun. Essentially, it’s still art because it’s creating a new content out of existing images — that’s why we call it collage art — but I wouldn’t use the ‘artist’ title for this.
What’s next for you after this? Will the fame become a stepping stone in your career?
I’m not sure because what I do for career is different to what I do for fun. If I do use this as a stepping stone, it wouldn’t connect to what I’ve been doing professionally. But I don’t know where this will lead us. I’m open to anything. After all, I’ve never expected big media to take notice on me in the first place anyway.