I first met Cody at the Shred Collective Launch Party. I wanted to find out more about what he’s about so I went to the Buygore HQ in Hollywood, took a shot of their ghost-pepper clear whiskey and documented his story.
Q: Tell me who you are.
I’m Cody Diodato, Creative Director at Buygore Records. I’m a freelance illustrator, graphic and apparel designer based out of LA.
I like to skate and draw cool shit. My background is in apparel. I’ve been designing clothes since I was 11 years old.
Q: How did this whole journey begin for you?
My old skateboard sponsor and long-time friend Bryan Thrasher, yes that’s his real name, gave me a screen printer when I was 15 and that changed my life forever. It really gave me a sense of purpose and saved my life. I’ve been building my skill set since I was 15, by running a screen printing business out of my parents garage.
Another big influence for me is one of my best friends Steven Pahel, owner of SlvyVll and label manager at Buygore. Without him, I wouldn’t be doing half of the rad shit I do. I owe 100% of my career to Steven.
Cody & Steven.
Q: So you didn’t come to LA to work in EDM?
No. I am actually not a big EDM fan. Most of my influence lies in hip hop and punk rock. I first got into dubstep when my friend showed me Caspa & Rusko’s Fabric Live 37 album, it went hard. Somehow I ended up working in music and I love it.
Q: What does your creative process look like?
For release artwork, I start with speaking with the artist and hearing what vision they have. I’ll listen to their music over and over until an idea sparks in my head. Once I have a concept that the artist agrees with, I’ll start with a sketch. I’ll just start sketching away until a really cool concept pops in my head and I go with it.
The best shit I’ve made was when I was pissed off. My favorite pieces have come out of being in a bad mood. Getting that out there and creating something instantly makes me feel better. My favorite pieces have come out of me feeling angry or depressed.
Space Yacht’s logo was created by Cody.
Q: What message are you trying to send with your art?
I like to create very dark shit. Most of my personal art has reference to death, horror and anything controversial.
I like the idea of my creations making a person who I’ve never met feel something. A good example is when I made the “666” piece and like 20 minutes after posting it, I had some christian page on Instagram send me a prayer in a DM. It was so funny to me that this person took time to send me that. It was a good laugh for me. I don’t believe in God or Satan.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
Skateboarding above all. I owe my whole art career to skateboarding. I’m really influenced by old punk rock flyers and album covers. Music of all kinds, but especially hip hop and punk rock.
I’ve also always been fascinated by the mysteries of death and like exploring that in my work.
I’m really inspired by Raymond Pettibon, Somehoodlum, Aaron Draplin, Braelinn Frank, Erik Brunetti, Jim Phillips and more. Also brands like The Hundreds, Huf, Baker, and Fuct have a huge inspiration on my work.
Q: What are you favorite pieces and why?
My current favorite is the illustration I did of Spock as Satan for his latest release ‘Demons.’ It was good mix between funny and evil, which is how I see myself. LOVE YOU SPOCK!
Q: What would be your dream project?
I would love to work with Lana Del Rey. I would fuck her album art up.
Q: Do you have anything you want to announce?
I just finished designing the next Buygore apparel launch. This whole Q3 line is punk-rock inspired. You can check out the new merch here.