With a mix of dark vibes, black humor, goth and feminism, Stockholm based artist Lisen Haglund has struck a cord with her dark illustrations. Her instagram account Nattskiftet (The Night Shift) has managed to get almost 30 000 followers, but that doesn’t stop the artist from criticizing the media platform that continuously censors her images.
It seems that in spite of the popularity of her illustrations of girls with a lot of attitude and don’t-give-a-fuck approach to life, this theme is still something that is bothering society. We had a chat with the illustrator about censorship, artistry and creativity.
Feminism seems central for your illustrations, what role does it play in your artistry? It’s everything. It’s the way I see the world. Equality is always most important and I only let myself get inspired by women. I refuse to see and give men more space in society right now. The women in my drawings are my friends and women I look up to. Women who walk their own way in life and who don’t care about the rest of society and what people think of them.
What is the importance of Instagram for your work?
I reach people all over the world! I just mailed a “satanic feminist t-shirt” to someone in Ecuador which is pretty cool. I don’t know why but Nattskiftet just seems to be needed right now.
I’ve noticed that Instagram has censured your illustrations at some occasions, how do you feel about that?
It sucks. And I don’t get why they are doing it! According to their rules it should be fine to show illustrated tits but they still censor my drawings. It pisses me off and now I’m posting as many tits as I can just to fuck with them. I think the reason is that a lot of people are reporting my posts, and when you report something you can pick a variety of reasons, not necessarily the nakedness. But yeah well INSTAGRAM SUCKS RIGHT NOW. Not only for the censorship but also for the advertisements and other shit they’ve started with.
Where do you get your inspiration and what does your creative process look like?
My inspiration is from my own experiences and the world around me. Chicks I hang out with, politics and feminism. Metal and mental illness. Drunkenness and failed relationships. Usually an illustration starts with something I’ve heard on the subway, at the club or seen on TV. I write down the sentence, make it my own and then make an illustration to it.
You’ve branched out doing hand painted leather as well as t-shirts. Do you see this as a new media to work with your art or a way to create fashion as well?
I would love to do that as often as I could, but sadly leather is insanely expensive. Sometimes I find reasonably priced leather jackets at vintage stores, but they are usually men’s sizes and it’s just not feasible in the end. It would be great to build a collection and I’ve actually been contacted by a bunch of people and brands that are interested in collaborating. The problem is that as interested as they are, they just don’t want to pay for it, which is insanely rude to me. We will see what the future will bring, but in theory I’d love to bring art and fashion together.
I’ve seen several posts of people getting tattoos of your art, how does that feel?
It’s sick! People are crazy! It’s so fucking weird but it’s the best compliment you can get as an artists. It makes you humble.