Hi-Fructose recently got the chance to catch up with Mitch O’Connell, artist and author of Mitch O’Connell: World’s Best Artist (check out our review of his book in Hi-Fructose Vol. 27) at his home studio in North Chicago. Besides his paintings and excessive swagger, he is known for everything from rock posters to tattoo flash and magazine illustrations — all done in bright color palettes with mid-century inspired imagery. Not surprisingly, his studio is filled with nostalgic ephemera. But what is surprising are the 120 or so Jesus statues, an animatronic clown and a world class collection of thrift store finds. Mitch has recently had shows in Mexico City, Osaka and Nashville and is currently working on illustrations for Rolling Stone and the Wall Street Journal.