Designer Home(s) with Spike & Mies of Jouez Les Enfants.
Prates “Pop” Songtieng
Prates Songtieng nicknamed Pop is a freelance illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. He studied fashion design in Thailand and worked in the printing and fashion industry in Bangkok, Thailand. “During breaks from work, I’d always spend time drawing because I wanted to be an illustrator since when I was younger. My mum is an art teacher and I never owned video games…my mum just gave me papers and oil pastels to play with and I enjoyed it a lot.”
When did you Leave Bangkok to pursue Illustration?
In 2010, I left my hometown in Bangkok, where I was born and raised, to New York to study and work as a part-time illustrator. I have done projects for Stubbs And Wootton, Michael Bastian, Maison Kitsuné, Karmakura Shirts Thailand as well as collaborated with Louis Vuitton Thailand.
On the balance of art and commerce.
Art, to me, is supposed to be accessible to a wider audience, hence my name, Pop, which already lives in me. My work is a combination of art and fashion especially menswear. It’s not fashion illustration because my point is not to express the details of fashion, but to enjoy the humor in it. So I always spot how people carry themselves as a signature and how it would look as a portrait. It’s very enjoyable.