As a child I made my first paintings at age 5. I painted with my Mom and Grandmother often. I won three blue ribbons for my paintings in Redondo and Manhattan Beach art shows in the 70’s and decided to make art my path soon after that.
After getting help and therapy in my mid 20’s I found out I am bi-polar and I have been sober many years now. Although my art is very Psychedelic it comes from stream of conscious imagination. I need a clear sober focus to create the amount of art I make. At my professional day jobs I learned to have a strong work ethic and how to work effectively and fast.
I worked as an artist for many years at print shops and design companies. When my day job (working as an illustrator for a surf wear company and other entertainment companies) was downsized I began to show my paintings at art shows.
After ten years of successful art shows I decided to open my own shop. I wanted my Shop to look like my home studio...A sort of mini gallery featuring my paintings. I opened Pop Kustom Shoppe at a local craft market. business was good until the market slowed and became more about crafts and not “weird art” like mine.
After four years I went back to working from my home studio and started to focus more on art shows again and selling my art online.
Although I have many years of on the job art experience and often taking classes at some of the best schools when I could (such as Art Center College of Design) I remain mostly a self-taught artist.
I am inspired by Sunday Morning Newspaper Funnies, Comic Books, Underground Art, Album Cover Art, Surf and Skateboard Art, Illustration books I used to read at the public library as a kid, Vintage Bubblegum Cards, Mad Magazine, Art History and Modern Art.
I collect Vintage and New Toys, Guitars, Record Albums, Art Books and Comics.
My favorite food is Brown Sugar Pop Tarts. I love a good cup of Coffee or English breakfast tea.
I live with my Teacher Wife and little dog in a cottage home that we worked hard to get. We have a view of the Los Angeles Harbor from our back porch and my wife has a great garden. I try to paint every single day if I can.
I have a website (Scottaicher.com) or (popkustomshoppe.com) that has links to my online shops and Blog. It also has a portfolio page of samples of my art and listings of my current art shows.
What I try to put most in my art is Love and Passion. I am trying to show that sometimes strange and unusual can be beautiful.
I hope to meet you all at my art shows. Thank you so much for your continued support. It means everything to me.
Happy Trails! -Scott Aicher, Owner of Pop Kustom Shoppe, San Pedro, CA