Artist Series, Carrefour Laval, Greater Montreal: David Brown
Renowned Montreal street and tattoo artist David Brown’s signature style has evolved over the years, morphing into an eclectic fusion of sketch drawing, dot work, and realism that captures the rebellious spirit of street art. As an artist that is celebrated for going against the grain, Brown was naturally the perfect candidate to bring his creative prowess to Psycho Bunny’s Artist Series. You can see David Brown’s artwork, “Ceci n’est pas un Lapin” in-store at Carrefour Laval, Greater Montreal.
However, Brown’s artistic endeavors took an unexpected turn when his band, The New Cities, were signed to Sony Music in 2009—a turn that would result in ten years of focusing on music and touring. “The band decided to call it quits after a decade and I started tattooing. It was very organic and just the natural path for me to take at that point, since I already had loved tattoos—having gotten many myself—as an artform and pretty much everything else about it,” Brown says.
Brown relates to Psycho Bunny as a brand. “It wants to give an edge where it was missing before. Most brands with a similar aesthetic have kept things low key and too classic for my liking. Pops of neon colors and a skull is a resounding yes from me,” Brown laughs.
His love for Montreal, the birthplace of Brown and his two sons, is one that he compares to two other cities that inspire him, New York City and Los Angeles—although Montreal has a bit more of what he needs to fuel his creativity. “I see the Olympic Stadium (an impressive retro-futuristic structure that hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics) literally every day when I head to my tattoo shop. It’s such a powerful piece of architecture. I feel like you can be real in Montreal. People don’t judge you for being different. Being yourself is one of the most important things in life—cause being you is okay,” Brown concludes.