From New York
Surf Daze Interviews: Tin Ojeda
Tin Ojeda is the Argentinian-born founder of Drug Money Art. Here we discuss his love of surfing, what inspires him, and his favorite quotes.
My name is Tin Ojeda. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I have been living in New York for the last 13 years, in NYC and Montauk.
What do you do for a living?
I surf as much as I can. I also own a clothing company called D/M Art ("Drug Money Art”). I do everything myself: dye tees, screen print and make all the art. I love shooting film—35mm and large format are my favorite.
Where did the name “Drug Money Art” come from?
The name Drug Money came out in 2008 after I spray-painted it on a surfboard.
When did you get started making art?
I’ve always done art since I was a little kid. I started doing big 10ft oil paintings back in 2000. I did that for a couple of years then I moved to screen printing in 2008 and I’ve been exploring that ever since. I started with the T-shirts and now I’m taking large format photos and hand screen printing them on paper.
What inspires you?
I get inspiration from street graffiti and late '50s surf style. NYC is a great place for inspiration.
Tell us about one of your favorite prints.
“Death to Hipsters” is a 4x5 photo of my friend's grandma wearing a T-shirt with that saying on it. We made the tee just for the shoot. She is very funny and always talking about "those hipsters."
How long have you been surfing for?
I’ve been surfing for 16 years. I do it as much as possible and I love it to death. When there are waves, it’s all I do. I ride mostly mid-lengths, hulls and ‘50s long boards—only single fin nothing else. I don't like modern surfboards or tri-fins.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite new quote is "Just another asshole." I found that very funny and real. “Beauty is boring” is on of my favorites too. It’s hard to pick just one!