After months of releasing mostly male-centric editions, we’re taking the testosterone way down to focus on one of life’s most puzzling enigmas— Girls. Chapter 59 recent release features some of our favorite female personalities, all of whom we believe embody the idea of ‘modern feminism’— in other words, women who do exactly what they want, how they want, and make no excuses for it.
But why stop at the book? We want to continue the celebration of women making an impact, so we’re introducing you a new segment: Femme of the Month, where we’ll be highlighting women who deserve the spotlight.
No need to explain why we chose Gabbi ‘Goon’ Chantelle as our July Femmes of the Month. The digital, florescent, and blatantly hilarious works of Goon are just a small reason why we are highlighting the artist this month. Her works burst with color and amidst the chaotic prints radiating tacos, pizza slices, rainbows, and blunts—each piece happens to sit perfectly composed. We sat down with the funny and charming Pop-App artist and asked a couple questions about her inspirations and fixations with food.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – Where are you from and how old are you?
I’m from LA. I’m 28 going on 21. I don’t take anything too seriously—I would rather laugh than do anything else. My friends call me “Goon” because my sense of humor has always been a bit dark.
Who are some of your biggest influences behind your work? Are you inspired by other artists or do you look to the news and trending topics for bouts of inspiration?
Inspiration: Patrick Nagel, Piet Mondrian, and my weed man. I look to trends for inspo mainly because people will tag me in stuff, basically waiting on me to make an edit on it. My main inspo however are two goddesses in the net art game, Itzel Xoco and Ms Niina.
There are a variety of rappers in your work, who would you say is your favorite rapper?
Kanye hands down. Young Thug on the weekends and Gucci Mane is my spirit animal!
Is your work completely made graphically on the computer, or do you use your iPhone? What program do you use?
I use a bunch of apps on my iPhone/iPad.
At what point did you start making art? Do you remember the first piece you ever made?
Spring 2013 I made some V-day grams with rappers. Then I wanted to make a Kim Kardashian and Gucci Mane print on wrapping paper called ‘Rapping Paper’ but it never happened.
How has your childhood and where you grew up played a part in your work?
My childhood was awesome! I was always class clown. My family and I were always super open when it came to stuff like sex and drugs. It’s cool when I show my fam weed filled taco edits or booty worshiping wallpapers—they don’t even question it.
Do you have a playlist you listen to when working? If so, what is on that playlist?
Depends on my mood. My music library is so vast, I usually hit shuffle and let that move me!
Finally, what does the next year look like for you?
By next year I’m hoping to have a solo show and I currently have some sick projects in the works I can’t wait to see come to life.