is a collection of portraits & stories of people by Fly.
Each page contains a new face surrounded by words - for the
most part the words are a story that the person tells about
themselves or about something they experienced or about something
they heard - it's usually a conversational dialogue - it's
all about my interaction with the person while I'm drawing
them. The idea for PEOPs happened while I was touring the
world in a band called God Is My Co-Pilot. Sometimes we would
be in a new place almost every day & there
was usually time between setting up equipment and the show to
get to know the locals. I always had my sketchbook and would
draw people just out of habit. The conversations were very
interesting because many time people were speaking English
as a second language so the way that they phrased things
was often very poetic &
beautiful...so I would write down the conversations. At some
point I realized I had a collection of drawings of people & stories.
I thought it would make a great zine. After that I started going
after people & making them sit for me & tell me stories.
The format became much more structured & refined.
important thing for me in doing these portraits is the idea of
a documentation of a hidden history of everyday life - all the
people I have met - artists, activists, writers, travelers, anarchists,
poets, cartoonists, pilots, musicians, psychologists, moms, kids,
dads, grandparents, punks, dykes, trannies, drug dealers, teachers,
squatters - you get the idea. The categories are endless, but
the idea is that everyone has an incredible story to tell &
everyone deserves a voice everyone deserves to be listened to.