Celebrity Art Party with Travis Falligant

Celebrity Art Party is a semi-occurring feature, wherein the artists we enjoy interpret their favorite song. This installment features Travis Falligant, whom we’ve become a big fan of on Instagram, mainly because of his excellent style and subject matter that ranges from horror movies to The Golden Girls.

You probably saw his “Scooby-Doo Lost Mysteries” all over the web last summer. If we could afford it, we’d buy everything Fallgant put up in his shop. As it is, we had him talk about his favorite song for Celebrity Art Party, and it’s a heartfelt tale of a first crush.

Travis Falligant - Foreigner 'I Want to Know What Love Is' web

Song title: I Want To Know What Love Is

Artist: Foreigner

Version of song (live, album, remix, etc.): Agent Provocateur album


Why this song?
I have to clarify: this is not a favorite song. It’s a song that holds a strong memory for me.

When did you first hear it?
I had heard it before but the moment this song made an impression on me was in the car on the radio. I was 8 years old and was riding in the car home from the grocery store. My mom had bought the Official Movie Magazine of Dune for me. I was in the back seat and flipping through the pages and looking at images of actor Kyle Maclachlan.

“I Want To Know What Love Is” came on the radio and I remember closing the magazine and staring at him on the cover and hearing the music and getting that feeling in the pit of my stomach, the butterflies. It was the feeling of getting my first crush on someone else and it was overPOWERING. I felt like I was becoming an adult at that very moment, hearing Foreigner belt out that ’80s power ballad.

How does music such as this inspire you in your work?
I think it’s the era in which I heard this song (the 80’s) that really inspires my work.
Music from the ’80s (my childhood) influences my work just as much as film, art, pop culture does from that era. It was a time of comfort and inspiration for me. Being that age and being surrounded by so much great pop culture: it was a good time to be alive.

It’s the optimism of that time period. As a kid growing up in the ’80s, I was exposed to bright color palettes, uptempo catchy pop songs, and unforgettable corporate mascots and merchandising (toys, film tie-ins). When I create, I tend to draw from nostalgic, warm memories. I like to refer back to that simpler time not only in my personal life but also in my work.

How has this song changed for you since you first heard it?
It hasn’t changed for me. EVERY TIME I hear this song though, I am transported back to my 8 year-old self, dangling my legs off the car seat in the back of my mom’s car and flipping through that movie magazine.

What upcoming projects do you have?
I am working on some new IBTrav art for sale (stickers, tee designs and movie poster prints) and am gearing up for the month of October and my next “31 Days Of Halloween” sketch series. I almost might do a return to “The Lost Mysteries” series to celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday. Stay tuned!

Travis Falligant’s work can be found at his website, which contains links to his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, as well as his online store.