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Featured Artist: Mitch Frey


This week’s featured artist is Mitch Frey, a Portland, Oregon native that began his career in the field of sociology and went on to explore his penchant for illustrating.  This turned into a career and now his pieces populate BoomBoom Prints.

BBP: How would you describe your art in 5 words?

Mitch: As for the art that is on BBP, I would use words like clean, retro AND modern, flat, and playful.


BBP: What inspires you to make art? How do you get motivated?

Mitch: It really helps if it is about something I care about or enjoy. I find that objects can have meaning as they relate to experiences and memories.  I enjoy classic cars and movies, and they carry memories, so any time I can refer to them is fun.  I also care deeply about our planet and issues of social justice especially as it relates to the disenfranchised.  In some of my art I celebrate the beauty of nature and animals in particular, as a way of saying “hey, these are precious and worth defending”.  The same goes for depicting the everyday life of people who struggle to make ends meet.  I have done some of this but would like to incorporate it much more into what I express going forward.


BBP: Do you have one creative process for making your art or does it change?

Mitch: I typically sketch on tracing paper, scan the image into the computer and work on it in Adobe Illustrator.


BBP: Do you have a special time of day when you work best?

Mitch: I’m a morning person…I begin to sputter around 2-3 pm!


BBP: How has your art style evolved over time?

Mitch: As a child, I was obsessed with detail and perfection.  I was rarely happy with my work.  Over time, I have become less compulsive about realism, and discovered that I actually prefer simple, less literal interpretations over the grind of detail.


BBP: What is your favorite part about being an artist?  

Mitch: Expressing myself and making a connection with the viewer.  I also enjoy much of the creative process.


BBP: What is the hardest thing about being an artist?

Mitch: Sometimes I have a difficult time translating my thoughts and feelings into the image.


BBP: What art supply/program/etc is indispensable to your process?

Mitch: My Mac and Adobe Illustrator.


BBP: Do you have kids?

Mitch: Yes.


BBP: How old are they, what are their names?

Mitch: 13, and her name is Hannah.


BBP: How did you decorate her room?

Mitch: We went with simple white furniture and white trimmed paint.  She loves turquoise, so we incorporated that into the walls and some of the bedding. She takes it from there and does her thing.


BBP: If you let them decorate their room, how would they do it?

Mitch: We do let her decorate, but she isn’t that into it.  Her main contribution is a messy bed, clothes on the floor and a few posters on the walls.


BBP: Who was your biggest role model when you were little?

Mitch: My parents.  A good balance of love and structure.  I new where I stood and always felt loved.


BBP: Did you draw/design as a kid or did you start as an adult?

Mitch: I always drew, and it was something we enjoyed doing together as a family.


BBP: How would you advise parents who want to encourage their kids to appreciate/enjoy art?

Mitch: Expose them to art, and let them explore creative activity.  If they discover a passion for a particular form of expression, then nurture that direction. Let them find their own way of expressing themselves, and give them tips if they are receptive. I would encourage them to learn from others, but to find their own way.


BBP: How was your room decorated as a kid?

Mitch: My parents were/are minimalists, and so am I.  I had a couple pieces of my own art on the walls along with an Easy Rider poster.  On my nightstand there was a pocket Bible(Good News for Modern Man translation), a couple of Peanuts comic books and a clock radio. I always made my bed and put things away…I liked it that way.


BBP: Which piece is your favorite on BoomBoom Prints? Why?

Mitch: Iconic Portland.  I like the way different elements of my city come together as a unit.  Again, it’s an example of how objects carry meaning for me.


BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it?

Mitch: Love your neighbor as yourself.  Mark 12:31


BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Mitch: I love fly fishing.


BBP: Summer or winter?

Mitch: Summer.


BBP: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Mitch: Vanilla with chocolate syrup.


BBP: Warm or cool colors?

Mitch: Warm


BBP: Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Mitch: Both!


BBP: Sweet or salty food?

Mitch: Salty.


BBP: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Mitch: Whining.


BBP: Dream vacation spot?

Mitch: Oaxaca, Mexico.





Check out more of Mitch Frey’s work here!

Featured Dad Artist: Miguel Cabrera

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 4.57.50 PMMiguel Cabrera, a BoomBoom Prints artist under the pseudonym Monfa, is the kind of dad everyone dreams to be. His compassionate stories send a message of love and pure kindness, the heartwarming moments he shares about his son are truly special, and there is no doubt that his artistic inspiration draws from his love as a father. If you want to feel reassured of love, read his story to fulfill your dose of hope:


“Having a child has allowed me to see life through my son’s eyes as he discovers new things every day.”


I’m from the small country of Costa Rica, a place that many recognize for its ecology and tourism. I am an artist and a father of a brilliant boy named Santiago. Santiago is 8 years old, loves to draw, and he’s always interested in my new drawings. He is my inspirationand my motivation to draw- I do every drawing, every job thinking about my son. He is an important part of my style, and memories of childhood have always been a recurring theme for me.Miguel Cabrera 1

Having a child has allowed me to see life through my son’s eyes as he discovers new things every day. My illustrations have even started to reflect this with the sincerity and innocence that they emit. I want to give back to my son, so I draw things to make Santiago laugh and be happy. I am currently publishing a series of stories called the adventures of Santy (pictured, right), where my son is the main character and my partner in the adventure of making children’s books. I am also writing and drawing other stories that are all based on the stories that I tell him to sleep.

Unfortunately not everything is easy, for I live in Mexico to work currently. Every three months I go back to Costa Rica just to visit my son and to be with him for a couple of weeks. During this time we play, draw, and go on adventures together, and during the rest of the year we speak daily via video or regular phone. This hasn’t moved us away from each other, but rather unites us each day in our own way. Since I currently work freelance as an illustrator for a children’s book project, I speak with Santiago for inspiration. We talk each day, and sometimes up to three times a day, doing homework or playing on the phone.

BBP: What is your son’s favorite piece that you have made?

Miguel: My son’s favorite art piece is “The Ladder“, a piece of five parts that tells a story without words where he is the main character in a great little trip from the Earth to the Moon. I made this piece by asking Santiago about things he would find under the sea, up in the clouds, and how he would get to the Moon. “With a ladder,” he said. Recently he was looking at this piece when we were together and he said, “It’s my story!”

“I’m proud of my son because in any situation of his life, whether at school or in dealing with our distance apart, he always faces his little world with a smile.”

BBP: How did you decorate Santiago’s room?

Miguel: It’s an interesting question because the truth is that I have little say over how he decorates his room. He’s 8 years old so he has started making his own decisions, but it is very nice to see how his walls are filled with pasted drawings he made himself, sheets of paper, sketches, lines, and colors that he proudly shows those who visit his space. I have also tried to fill every possible space with children’s books and gifts I gave him or that we selected together. He especially likes animals and has a large hippopotamus, a big animal drawing, and a giraffe with a neck that goes as high as the ceiling.

BBP: What is your proudest moment as a dad?

Miguel: I can’t select just one moment because every time I do there is something new that makes me feel proud. I think the moments I remember most and that fill me with the most joy are the occasions Santiago discovered something new, a small detail that would seem insignificant to me but would be a big part of his life.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 4.26.42 PMAn example of this is when he learned to blow his nose as a small child: I told him he needed to make the sound of rabbits when blowing through his nose. When he did it I made an illustration of the occasion (pictured, right). Other favorite moments include how he learned to tie his shoe laces, or how even after rising after falling off his bike, he always continues to try again. I’m proud of my son because in any situation of his life, whether at school or in dealing with our distance apart, he always faces his little world with a smile.

BBP: What is your favorite way to spend time with your son?

Miguel: Since we only have 2-3 weeks together every 3 months, we always take it to the maximum. Our favorite way to pass time is doing everything possible together with the time we have: playing, drawing, talking, walking, doing homework, even cooking recipes that we invent like “Spaghetti Octopus”. I also love when he sits down with me at the computer and asks me to show him new drawings. He has told me he wanted to draw like me so we have started to draw together, too. Anything together is good, even when we do nothing.

BBP: How does art influence your life as a dad?

Miguel: Art opened my eyes at a young age. Even though I didn’t grow up in an artistic environment, I always found creativity in art. I learned about the lives of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, and I admired how even their lives filled with difficulties didn’t prevent them from trying to be the best. Art has taught me many things, and as a dad I want to teach my son that he can be the best in what he chooses to be. There is no limit to what he can do by using his imagination, creating, and being happy. Art serves as a tool to share feelings, so it’s important as a parent to know my child’s feelings and teach him that it’s good to feel. Above all, I hope to teach him that hard work and perseverance are necessary to enjoy life, and that if does what he loves, this hard work will lead to happiness.

“I hope to teach [Santiago] that hard work and perseverance are necessary to enjoy life, and that if does what he loves, this hard work will lead to happiness.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 4.37.54 PMI have officially been an illustrator for 8 years, equal to the age of my son. I actually beganto draw seriously the day that I knew he was going to come into the world- I wanted to create something new, and to have a legacy to leave for him. I wanted to show him that he could be happy in life by working on what he loves, to show him a world full of color and imagination.

I am currently working on a character called Henry the Box, a simple box who shows that what really matters is on the inside. His message is one I hope to share with other parents and one for children to learn asthey travel through his adventures and stories. He has a website as well as an Instagram, and there are several products of Henry the Box on BoomBoom Prints.

There is so much more that I could tell, and there are many more stories and reasons explaining how I would not be the same if I did not have a son.

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Miguel and his son, Santiago; illustrated by Miguel Cabrera, Monfa.


ImagiNation”  Art Print by Monfa

Captain Octopus” Art Print by Monfa
ts101012-1-6The Happy Island” Art Print by Monfa

Featured Artist

Featured Dad Artist: Allan Del Barrio

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Allan Del Barrio is an artist with a fantastic sense of humor and a talent for creativity. Whether enjoying life daily as an artist or as a dad, this BoomBoom Prints designer does his best to make the most of his life. Read on to learn how he gets inspired, how he spends time with his family, and more!

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 4.23.35 PMAllan: I am inspired by the uniqueness of nature and the great diversity of cultures. The color, the traditions and emotions are a refection of who we are and what we can do with our lives. I am still learning and trying to do something new each day by creating something that translates my happiness through my designs. My wife Pilar is also an artist. She does watercolor and other mediums!

“I love my kids for who they are. In the good times, the bad and the silly.”

BBP: What is your favorite way to spend time with your kids?

Allan: I have 2 sons, Sebastian (8) and Santiago (6). We love to play baseball. I joined the Little League as a coach for T-ball and coach pitch.

BBP: What have been your proudest moments as a dad?

Allan: I love my kids for who they are. In the good times, the bad and the silly. We love Halloween, and we paint our faces and just make the best out of it. We are also big Minnesota Viking fans and enjoy hockey, too.

BBP: How did you decorate your sons’ rooms?

Allan: I have pictures of them at 2, 3, 4, and 5 years old, as well as 1,000,000 lego pieces.


Find more of Allan’s art here!


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Featured Dad Artist: Richard Rabassa

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Not only is Richard Rabassa a talented BoomBoom Prints artist, but he is also a dad to three adorable kids. His insight on fatherhood is filled with beautiful moments of happiness, showing exactly why dads are so incredible. Read on to learn about his life with children, his proudest moments, and more!

I have 3 kids who are currently 3, 4 and 6 years old, so for a while there I was changing diapers every 15 minutes. Their names are Harrison, Zoë, and Nicolas.

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My kids inspire me by letting me see the world through their eyes. They have no preconceived notions of anything. Everything is fresh, new, exciting and ultimately something to be taken apart. When it comes to art, they don’t hold back. They all have distinct opinions and favorite color. Everything I create needs to be in Blue, Green and Pink…

As for balance, still trying to figure that one out but I do my best.

BBP: Of all your art, which pieces are your kids’ favorites?

The boys both love the “Flying Pig” illustration. Zoe’s favorite is “The Dance Class” illustration which hangs over her bed.

BBP: How did you decorate your children’s rooms?

When my wife and I decided to start a family, I wanted to create fun imagery for them. I had just started teaching myself how to create imagery using 3D software.With so many popular 3D animated kids films out, I thought I’d try my hand at some illustrations. I started with one robot, then another and another. As each of our children were born, I created new illustrations for them – mainly robots and animals.

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BBP: What is your proudest moment as a dad?

When my daughter started art directing me at age 3. Her critiques usually revolve around the color pink.

BBP: What is your favorite way to spend time with your kids?

Creating with them. We often sit at the kitchen table and color. We create anything from drawings to hang in their rooms to pirate hats and Lucha Libre wrestling masks. These come in handy for our daily wrestling matches on the sofa.

BBP: How does art influence your life as a dad?

Art is a creative and passionate expression of ideas and emotions. It finds it’s wait into young minds from an early age, usually in the form of masterpieces on the bedroom walls and furniture. As a Dad, I’ve been able to draw upon my right-brain thinking to creatively problem solve things like splitting a cookie evenly, containing a toxic diaper, and getting cookie dough out of an Xbox.

I think art transforms an ordinary life into an extraordinary one, whether you are a mechanic, a president or stay-at-home dad.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 11.38.11 AM


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