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Like many of the famed illustrators to grace our viral pages, Joe King tolerated school as a child just for the chance to participate in art classes or any other creative outlet they could provide. After working at local skateshops after high school performing various odd jobs just to survive, the Southern California native enrolled in a few semesters at his local junior collage and uncovered his passion for illustration and design. Already with a large network of skatewear homies, King began designing T-shirts for brands like OBEY, Crooks and Castles and KR3W. Now the curator of his own brand, ROOK, with fellow longtime illustrator Jonathan Garcia, King has finally discover why the frivolous time spent in school is needed to help shape young creatives, uncovering their aspiring talents. Sitting down for our always controversial Essentials series, the Co-Founder of ROOK showcases the tools of his craft with hopes of inspiring and educating young artists. “These are tools and art supplies people may have in their house which they can start using now. Weather you have a crayon or number 2 pencil, the idea is to surround your self with the tools that work for you.” Keep in mind however, the tools don’t always make the artist. Be sure to peep ROOK’s forthcoming spring line mainly comprised of physically illustrated designs from King and Garcia.