” … BASHTON IS A CYBORG, PROGRAMMED TO RUN THE CIRCUIT OF NEW CHINA, CROSS -POLLINATING PLANTS, ANIMALS, AND INDESCRIBABLE THINGS, HE HAS A CALM AND PASSES TROUGH ANY SITUATION WITH INVINCIBILITY, BENDING TO SUIT CIRCUMSTANCE WITHOUT LOSING HIS ESSENCE. AS THE PATH TURNS SO DOES HE, CREATING A BREEZE THAT SPREADS. HE ALWAYS HITS HIS MARK, NEVER REACHES A DESTINATION…….!”
–POWER MASTERS 3
MEET TOMAS SOLOSHENKO, HE IS A SPECIAL GUY, HIS WORKING PROFILE NAMED BIOTOM AND HE IS A NATURAL BORN GRAPHIC DESIGNER!
DT 500 MAG: – Where did you grow up?
TOM: – I grew up in the USSR! I did a junior high school in Northern Caucasus, then my family moved to Leningrad (today known as St. Petersburg), and then back to Soviet Latvia. When I was a kid, I was constantly asking myself what was before and what will be after? What is far away in space? Are there other worlds and how huge is space, really? Or what would it look like, if you zoomed in on all the smallest pieces?
” Because of this mentality, I always thought about birth and death as just a small part of existence.”
DT 500 MAG: – Tom, you were lucky enough to be born and live in USSR, please tell us more about that abandon detail?
TOM: – It was avantgardistic! We had a dream childhood and we were very happy. I went to a Miniature and Radio Modeling Club in early 80ies, we were building prototype space-rockets, radio controlled ships and planes, stuff like that. It took place in a castle which currently houses the Latvian president ha-ha! Soviets were leading in space engineering and many of us wanted to be spacemen and fly to distant worlds.
Soviets were the owners of a dream reality, a Communist System was building a Social Paradise! It was a great active civil system with all kind of possibilities. Everybody could get all equipment and environment to create or to build his own talent for free! It had an awesome social infrastructure and everybody was working toward future ideals of a better mankind! It was more opposite of an actual consumer-capitalist way of living today… One of a kind SOVIET NEO-ROMANTICISM! We all dreamed of peace and welfare all around the globe…
The most practical thing about the Soviet Union was that all citizens had a legacy to use services of the state for free. The Soviets was ensured with a free living-residence. You could have a right to get a free all -inclusive vacation a couple times a year etc… You had a rare opportunity to be free and creative without no worries about finance! There was no one unemployed citizen in the whole country… – all that seems totally unreal today! Everything was belonging to everyone, and it was fun exploring the world like that!
DT 500 MAG: – Dope! Thanx for sharing, awesome stuff! Tom, what can you add to your ID?
TOM: – I am always looking for different ways to express myself, from graphic design to physical objects, from making music to computer animation, from visual effects to directing big projects.
DT 500 MAG: – You have been traveling a lot, crashing in the world’s best cities, what did you like most about that?
TOM: – I like to compare living in different countries. I’ve lived and worked in several cities, usually a couple of years in each one! I’ve lived in Moscow, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Prague, and Riga. I also travel quite a lot, I have been probably everywhere. My favorite place is India, I often go there for a month or two, traveling across the country. It’s the deepest, in terms of consciousness, place on Earth! It’s like traveling to a Tatooine ( the fictional desert planet from Star Wars), a totally different planet living in a different time, probably 3000 years back in the past. They have working artifacts from the previous civilization in India, which really work, like temples and shrines that will teleport your mind to different levels, much stronger than meditation or any psychedelic drugs. It’s an awesome place! Our modern creations look like stone Hummers compared to the subtle energies that exist there. Some may say that people of the western world are like monkeys with glasses compared to the Indians, who meditate constantly from childhood to adulthood, and of course in terms of deep realization.
DT 500 MAG: – You are a graphic designer, how did it all start?
TOM: – My father is an architect and a graphics artist, my mother is a painter and also has architect degree. Art has been in my family ever since I was born. Art is the best way to express your world and to inspire other people.
DT 500 MAG: – How did you become what you are?
TOM: – Cathedrals and churches are very inspiring places. I like that they are usually open, they are monumental and usually empty, with only echoes, cold air and some weird sense of deepness. It’s like a checkpoint on life’s path, you enter and your whole life up to this point rolls in front of your eyes. Another thing that really has influenced me is science fiction, movies like “Blade Runner” for example, I saw it in the 80’s and it went very deeply into my mind. And of course the rave culture of the 90’s with all its freedom and creativity, experiments with consciousness and playing with reality.
DT 500 MAG: -You are a hot artist working with really heavy names, how do you recommend to start and how did you make it?
TOM: – You really have to be crazy about what you do, be a total fanatic! You should not think about money, the only important thing is your message. It’s not that important what exactly you are doing, most important is that you try to do it as well as possible, even better. And you have to put a meaning into it, hidden messages on different levels of “reading” … something. Seeing a bigger picture is also important, most people are not interested in details no matter how fine the details are if a whole product is meaningless the details will not make you a genius….
DT 500 MAG: – Do you feel as a part of a creative community?
TOM: – I wanted to walk a path of declining all material.
” I was renting a huge apartment and inviting people like me to share it with. It was an artsy collective and we were smoking weed and hash daily, experimenting with psychedelic drugs like acid, mushrooms etc…”
We were doing art, installations, composing electronic music, DJ-ing, we organized huge rave parties and performances, making magazines and flyers. We were using our bodies as tools to blow our minds into deepest space. The most important moment in this path for me was when I tried ayahuasca, I was really dying and watching the reality from the side, you can dive into any time or any place you want… after that, I realized that I have seen enough and I was starting to prepare my mind for death. You know, when you die you can’t take drugs with you, so that means your mind has to be strong and stable and be able to be wide and open without drugs.
” So I decided to explore spiritual places and do meditations instead. The most important thing is to explore your own mind, you know. Because when you die, the mind is all that remains, and you can’t take anything from this world with you, except your consciousness.”
As before, I still don’t have a lot of needs, except I have decided to keep my body healthy because it allows me to focus on mind development, especially later on, when my body gets older. I do all kinds of projects to be able to travel the world as often and as far as possible.
DT 500 MAG: – Which personal achievements do you feel most attached to?
TOM: – I have written my own movie script, and at the moment I’m building props for it. Writing a script is very exciting, it’s like living in this world you have created, you know all characters, all locations. You can close your eyes and travel to different places of your imaginative universe and explore it as you want because you have a huge amount of details in your mind for any place and character. At some point, you can live there anytime you want apart from in the story-line.
DT 500 MAG: – Something you have been banned from, for sharing your unique form and your talents?
TOM: – Things in life just add to my mind, things come and go, you can’t hold on to them because everything that comes to your world will sooner or later disappear. People, objects, places, feelings, attachments, money, your own body, everything is temporary. This understanding keeps me strong and I always know, that I can’t lose more than I have because nothing actually belongs to me. It’s like living in a five-star hotel, you can use and enjoy all those cozy things, but you can’t take them with you.
DT 500 MAG: – How would you classify yourself?
TOM: – Pacifist, Buddhist, even Krishna devotee. Artist, musician, director, a human being (after all), free spirit and time traveler.
DT 500 MAG: -We know you are a quite spiritual person, what is that like?
TOM: – You should always keep in mind, no matter what you do, you have to be 100% true to yourself, never ever lie to yourself, and do not harm other beings. The rest is up to you, there are no written rules.
DT 500 MAG: – What are your future plans?
TOM: – I want to better myself in fields I am involved with, art projects, all kinds of videos and of course movies. I really hope to bring my movie script to life, I’m still needing some extra money for my budget because science fiction needs it more than any other type of cinema. I have filmed some parts of my script with best actors and it looks really great, so things are going well!
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Interview by DT 500 MAG