Fly Orr: Peops #5
Fly Orr: Peops #5
5.5 × 8.5 × 0.25 in
B&W with color covers
5.5 x 8.5 in.
PEOPs is a collection of portrait stories–-each page containing a new face surrounded by words-–for the most part the words are a story that the person tells about themselves, about something experienced, or about something they’ve heard. It’s usually a conversational dialogue–-it’s all about my interaction with the person while I’m drawing them.
The idea for PEOPs happened while I was touring the world in a band called God is My Co-Pilot. Sometimes we would be in a new place almost every day. There was usually time between setting up equipment and the show to get to know the locals. I always had my sketchbook and would draw people just out of habit. The conversations were very interesting because many time people were speaking English as a second language, so the way that they phrased things was often very poetic and beautiful. I would write down the conversations and at some point I realized I had a collection of drawings of people, stories I thought would make a great zine, etc.
After that, I started sitting with people and having them tell me stories. The format became much more structured and refined. The important thing for me in doing these portraits is the idea of a documentation of a hidden history of everyday life. All the people I have met–artists, activists, writers, travelers, anarchists, poets, cartoonists, pilots, musicians, psychologists, moms, kids, dads, grandparents, punks, dykes, trannies, drug dealers, teachers, squatters, you get the idea–the categories are endless, but the idea is that everyone has an incredible story to tell. Everyone deserves a voice. Everyone deserves to be listened to. – FLY
This is the fifth in a seven-part series.