Video: How to Draw a Hamster Like Tao Lin
Tao Lin is well known for his wily literary accomplishments, which include writing a book called Shoplifting from American Apparel and then selling it at Urban Outfitters, inciting the ire of Gawker with his mysterious Internet pranks, and basing his latest novel, Richard Yates, around the suicidal angst shared between a pair of lovers named Haley Joel Osment and Dakota Fanning.
But when he’s not busy changing the face of literature or sparking hip hop-level firestorms of blogtroversy between improbably irascible haters and die-hard fanatics, Lin indulges himself in the visual arts. His subject? Hamsters. His tools of the trade? MS Paint, Photoshop and construction paper. At a book tour stop in L.A. Tao took the time to chat about his process, share some juicy details on his forthcoming iPhone App, North American Hamsters, and gives us a quick lesson on how to draw a hamster.