Sean MacAlister is a young man born and raised here in Calgary. A natural with a pen, brush, or on a skateboard, he has made a name for himself in the Canadian skateboard world as well as the fine art scene. He’s a humble fellow, happy to live a simple life of coffee, cigarettes, family and friends. He often spends full days indoors painting, and then others outside skateboarding with friends. My fondest memories of skateboarding in Calgary involve Sean, and he’s also been the subject of many of my favourite photographs. He’ll soon be moving to Halifax with his girlfriend Maggie, and although many of us will be sad to see him go, we can look forward to many more good things to come from Sean MacAlister.
What makes Calgary so awesome?
It is a difficult thing to pinpoint, though I would say that Calgary doesn’t really have an identity beyond oil, the 88 Olympics, and the Stampede, so there is a lot of potential for our generation to have our way with it, especially in consideration to the arts.
What is coming up in the future for Calgary that you are excited about?
The small day to day things are what excite me. Going for coffee, walking through alleyways, portions of spare time to make things and play with my friends. I’m actually moving out of the city for keeps in about a month so all these little pleasures have been put under the microscope. Oh also, my friends and I are having a show at Artspot Gallery May 1st.
Describe your perfect Calgary day:
Wake up early with the lady, get coffee, make work and listen to the CBC. Eat a Tubby Dog for lunch, make more work, get another coffee, meet up with the lady, make dinner, relay our days, from this point either go on a date or drink beer and play chess.
Where’s your favourite place in Calgary?
My bedroom and the surrounding Beltline neighborhood.
Favourite Calgarian of all time?
I would have to say myself, in the sense that I am happy with the life I’ve been able to carve out for myself and have the ability to do pretty much anything I would like to do.
What’s the most awesome restaurant in Calgary?
Veggiehouse, The Coup, and Tubby Dog.
Best place to shop in Calgary?
Best place to be on a Saturday night?
My place or either of the two rivers if the weather is permitting
Best place to be on a Sunday morning?
Beano and surrounding area.
What’s your earliest memory of Calgary?
The parking lot of the foothills hospital on the day I was born.
For more of Sean’s work, check out The Straw on the web or go see it live here: