The best way to describe Nate Morales’ illustrations is Wes Anderson-esque. He’s one of our top illustrators to watch and he’s only fifteen. It’s insane how much talent the young artist has. See for yourself– he publishes under the moniker @refinedacne. We got Nate to custom design us nineties-themed stickers (available in the new SM Mag in stores now!) and picked his brain on the decade. See the illustrations below and some of his newest work!
All illustrations by Nate Morales
Name: Nate Morales @refinedacne
Hometown: San Diego
Occupation: High school student/Artist
Who do you Insta-stalk? @rebeccasugar
Last thing you stopped to take a picture of? One of my drawings
Ultimate '90s style icon? Chloe Sevigny
Freaks or Geeks? Freaks
Best turn up track? “Kyoto” by Yung Lean
What were you wearing in high school? Considering that I'm still in high school, I usually just where whatever piece of clothing is clean in my room.
Best '90s movie for style inspiration? Kids
Spirit animal? Dragon
Favorite artist? Hayao Miyazaki
Best place to find inspiration? Anime and music
Last thing you Googled? refinedacne.bigcartel.com
What’s your favorite app? YouTube.
What’s on your playlist right now? Mac Demarco and Bsd.u
Go-to outfit? White T-shirt that I drew on, black Dickies, black Converse, and a 6-panel hat.
Favorite decade? The ‘90s.