James Jean‘s art may seem unnerving at first, yet it’s his acute ability to narrate such abstruse concepts with meticulous detail that’s harnessed a loyal following, with the likes of Prada, ESPN and DC Comics among his fan base. Utilizing a variety of mixed-media styles with painting and drawing as core techniques, the Taiwanese-American toys with temperaments of life and death, enlisting mythical caricatures, morbid illustrations, and promiscuous symbols as accomplices in his work. We got a chance to catch up with the California-based artist for our Essentials series as he shared with us a list of must-haves he cannot omit. Alongside a plethora of stationary, the Killspencer Veil iPhone 5 case as part of the James Jean OVM line is also featured, alongside a moleskin sketchbook that showcases his dynamic Pen & Paper. Elsewhere Jean opts for a Killspencer Special Ops Backpack to keep his necessities safe and waterproof, and a banana by his side to keep those serotonin levels up.