Like genuine compassion, the human character trait of badassness (sometimes referred to as badassity) is often forgotten or overlooked precisely because the trait is regularly defined by its subtlety.
Enter MEGA, a French artist currently living in Bali, where he eats hallucinogenic peppers like an old school Japanese warrior, studies languages and philosophy, and invents through his work, among other things, a tribe of former Parisian riff raff turned babybosses of the jungle.
A choice excerpt of a little Q and A we did with him back in March:
I currently live in Indonesia where I learned to love chili. I eat a lot of it on a daily basis, and as a matter of fact those fruits (yes technically chilis are fruits) contain capsaicin, which helps the body to produce adrenaline and get kind of addictive. The more you eat, the more you need, and my relationship with chili is a lot like the one I have with illustration.
Back in the days, Japanese warriors would eat chili before going to battle, as a way to get stronger and not to fear what they were about to face. I eat chili before drawing, and as a matter of fact I feel invincible.
About the ghost pepper, here in Indonesia we call it “devil chili”, which gives a good idea about how spicy it is. Actually the chili get spicier according to the environment, because the more insects try to eat them, the spicier they get. Now I’m full of it, and nobody can mess with me.
You can see his full TTP collection here, all starting at $19.99.