Cody Larsen is a self-taught artist born in Calgary, Alberta, where he currently lives and works. Growing up, Cody had a keen interest in art in the forms of doodles, comic books, filmmaking, and playing the guitar. His creative sensibilities brought him to study Landscape Architectural Design at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Upon receiving his diploma from NAIT, Cody took to traveling the world. From west to east, he eventually made his way to Japan, which is an especially inspiring place for him. The elaborate street art lining the vast city of Tokyo, and each fine detail spotted in Japanese traditional tattoos had a heavy influence on his current art style.
In recent years, Cody’s preferred artistic mediums include acrylic ink, gouache, and iPad procreate. With these materials, he creates illustrations strongly influenced by Japanese tattooing, while still maintaining his own unique style. Cody’s ultimate goal is to become a tattoo artist himself.
Which hood are you in?:
Born and raised in SW Calgary, with a short time spent in Edmonton.
What do you do?
I work for a landscape design firm full time. It’s something I love and couldn’t be happier doing.
What are you currently working on?
As always, I’ve just got a pile of drawings and paintings that I am working on. Lately, I’ve been using procreate on my iPad quite a lot. I find that it’s great practice for hand movements and muscle memory for drawing and painting. I’m also on the lookout for anyone who may be able to teach me how to tattoo… just scratching is not something that I am interested in.
Where can we find your work?
I post a lot of my work on my Instagram: @casperrthefriendlyghost