Dmote Talks About His New Book “I’m Over Here”
Dmote (PS/Tats Cru) isn’t one of your run of the mill writers hittin’ local spots. He’s a world traveler that is constantly pushing himself to the next level. Whether it’s a 10+ color burner or a simple chrome n black piece, he won’t disappoint. Not to mention a throwie game thats on point and his variety of characters will definitely grab your attention. There isn’t much that we’ve seen from him that didn’t impress us. With that said, we’re not surprised to see Dmote wrap up some of his work into a book.
This 106 page color photo book has a black cloth cover with a gold embossed logo. It’s called “I’m over here” which originated from something Dmote wrote on a train in Germany in 1997. He says “it’s kinda tongue in cheek nondescript version of what I’m doing, where I’m at, and what I’m about.” There were 500 copies released worldwide and split between the U.S., Australia and Europe.We’re so stoked to see this book that we had to talk with Dmote to find out more. Here’s what he had to say:
How long was this in the making?
I have been collecting images for about 5 years, things that I don’t post or show was the intention. Originally I just started an InDesign document to put those pics somewhere. I just kept adding to it and the editing process was continuous.
What made you decide to make “I’m over here”?
I guess as I got enough images it just turned into a book. So I started to aim for that as an end result. I had always wanted to make a book being a collector myself. I never wanted to make a retrospective style book, more of a compartmentalized window of my work/interests.
Do you see yourself releasing any other books or special projects in the future?
I don’t but I’m not ruling it out. I’d like to do something again.
You’ve traveled all over the world, approx. how many countries are included in “I’m over here”?
There has to be ten countries if I had to take a guess.
What have you learned over the course of making this book?
Not much about InDesign but I think the editing process and combining images was beneficial.
What is your favorite part or experience from making “I’m over here”?
Getting it in the end and holding one in your hands. To see the project that at most times never seemed to have an end, come to reality.
And for those of you unfamiliar with Dmote this section is for you:
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 1985.
Who is/was your biggest influences?
Anyone who is good at it. I try to change my shit up everytime so I don’t know. I like a lot of peoples work; young and old. And I love looking at the classics.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
I don’t really wanna collaborate with anyone. I hate when people ask to do exchanges. I’d like to do a wall with PHASE2. He’s the greatest and you can’t just call him up to paint.
If you haven’t picked up your copy, we highly suggest you head over to dmote.bigcartel.com!
We would like to say “thanks” to Dmote for taking the time to meet with us at 12oz Prophet. Great job on the book and we look forward to future projects coming from you.