Aaron Meshon - September Featured Artist


Aaron Meshon

Brooklyn, NY (Portland East)

Your website: 

Last time you danced?
Actually this past Sunday, out of despair due to 40th birthday Karaoke and Billy Joel being played.

Favorite month of the year?

Favorite website besides your own?

Certainly not my own! Ikea.com or Apartmenttherapy.com

Give us a brief description of you and your work.

Hello. My name is Aaron Meshon. I am an Illustrator and Designer living in New York City. I have been professionally illustrating for 18 years for clients from all over the world. I have licensed work for 200+ products such as lunch boxes, watches, games, puzzles, toys, phone cases, t-shirts and more. I also love working for magazines and newspapers as well! My first children's book " Take me out to the Yakyu" was published in 2013, by Simon and Schuster. It is a story about a boy who has grandparents in both Japan and the USA, and he sees a baseball game with both his grandfathers.  It's a personal story as I love traveling and try to go to Japan (where my wife and her family are from) at least 2 times a year. I love nature and I love the city. I love baths and hot springs and love running and tending to our small roof garden and waiting on our French Bulldog, Chubu to grant all of his wishes and dreams.


What’s your goal as an artist?

My goal is to try to make others (and ultimately myself) "happy" or "positively distracted" by my work. I'm never really satisfied by my results for longer than a few minutes so pain is a frequent emotion ;) I draw inspiration (pun intended) from the fantastic, horrific, hectic, wonderful city that is my home...New York and also from traveling. I love the nature in Japan and waterfalls and most of all a nice soak in a hot spring or bath. Most ideas come to be when at least 75% of my body is submerged.

Why do you choose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I first was aware of Plywerk when I was having a show in Tokyo, Japan in a public bath house. I was looking online for high quality prints that had some sort of framing system or a bit more " weight" or presence than a print hanging from clips. I knew the environment would be a harsh, humid and wet environment  (Plywerk does not recommend this) as bath houses are so when I saw the bamboo backs and wonderful prints that Plywerk offered I knew I had to try it. Also Japanese baths are sometimes built from bamboo or hinoki wood so it really was a perfect match.


How and when did you get into illustration?

As long as I could remember I loved chronicling life's events. Maybe it was for the camp paper when I was 10, or on my first trip to Europe alone. Maybe illustration makes me take a longer look at what just happened and I then can focus on it and paint it thus making me able to understand it more. These are not deep things...Sometimes I just want to understand a donut or something better. So, I've been drawing for my whole life and I graduated RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 1995.


What is your working environment like? Do you have a particular time of day when you are most productive?

Being freelance I always have to be ready to work, or ready to play too. I think it's a rather manic profession. Ideally I work best before and after lunch. I work the worst when our 27 pound French Bulldog wants to sit on my lap while I'm on the computer.


What is a random fact about yourself that most people do not know?

I rode horses my whole childhood and competed in super tight pants and blue blazers. I could have been a contender ;)

What song best describes your work ethic?

Stripped- by Depeche Mode (since I work at home sometimes I am still in my boxer briefs past noon)


What was the best costume that you ever wore?

I was the H5N1 Bird Flu Virus a few years back...

What are the top three best bands from before 1997?

Depeche Mode, Billy Bragg, Crowded house


Win a Aaron Meshon print on Plywerk

Post a comment below and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win an Aaron Meshon print mounted on 3/4″ bamboo Plywerk!!! We’ll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early October to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the continental US for free. If you win and need it shipped internationally, you’re on the hook for shipping costs. Sorry to be so mean.





10 thoughts on “Aaron Meshon - September Featured Artist”

  • Karen Sacks

    I am a big fan of Aaron Meshon and his fabulous work! I have lots of his products and his new book is the BEST!!! He is also such a nice person. I email him on occasion and he always writes back! YAY for him being the artist of the month of September!

  • Stephanie Greer

    I love your artwork Aaron! It's hanging in my front foyer, on our bathroom wall, and now Yakyu is on the bookshelf in the nursery. The best part about your work is that it reflects your personality. It always makes people smile!

  • Mary MacGregor

    So glad I decided to pop into Plywerk and check out this month's artist spotlight. I'm smitten with Meshon's whimsical, animal-infused sensibility and now wonder where I've been treated to it before.
    Love the acorn-hunting city squirrel and may have to adorn my iPhone with a bamboo creation.

  • Paul Kim

    Love love this artists work! My daughter is a huge fan, too. Aaron's puzzles are her favorite and she's convinced his 'Take Me Out to the Yaku' is the official version of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'. How am I going to deliver the disappointing news that she won't be able to get edamame at Citi Field?! We're hopeful to see more Children's books from this awesome author and artist. Thanks for making things the parents can enjoy just as much as the kids! /paul

  • Kristin

    Great work, and great dog!

  • Allie

    Love Aaron's work and would love to have a Plywerk version hanging in my new apartment!

  • Mike Di Leo

    Nice stuff -- I like the combination of intense detail, recognizable urban symbolism and absurdity. I look forward to seeing more of it.

  • Minda Seibert

    I seriously just checked out his kid's book out at the library last week. The librarian had recommended it. So cool to see his other pieces!

  • Ronald

    I will hang it in the Rising Star Cafe for sure.

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