Meet Rick Azalea, sex-pest brainchild of London based illustrator Daniel David Freeman. His exhibition, which begins tonight at Beach in east London, showcases drawings of Azalea’s innermost projections – hench Amazonian women in mystical tribal wear (and slinky stuff), for the most part. We spoke to Azalea via Freeman, who was happy to take us through his most effective wooing tactics.
Daniel, when did you first dream up the character Rick Azalea?
About six months ago…
How old is he, when and where was he born?
The exhibition summarizes his teenage years. However, by now he’s in his early thirties. Rick is from Ruislip, a small town in the last stone’s throw of suburban London – hometown of megastars such as TV sweetheart Ferne Cotton and international disc jockeying legend Brandon Block.
What are his hobbies?
His impeccable physique could make him quite the sportsman, but his distaste for the outside world means he does little besides drawing and upper body work outs.
In his dreams, why is he such a hit with Amazonians? Can he offer us any pulling tips?
Rick combines the strength of ten men with the sensitivity of two Oprah Winfreys. Well-timed acts of heroism, a passion for interior design and a good knowledge of medieval weaponary are all great ways to woo Amazonian women.
What are his plans for 2012?
In Rick’s world, he and his warrior queens plan to finally overthrow Jaagfarn Lorn, the second emperor of chaos and peacefully rule the kingdom of the west that he believes is rightfully his, through the blood of his forefathers. However, in the real world he wants it to be the year he stops wetting the bed.
Where will he be this time next year?
In the real world – finally seeking employment to supplement his mother’s retirement. In his mind – knee deep in over-developed muscular clunge.
Azalea’s Amazons runs from 10am to 6pm daily until 1st February at Beach gallery, Cheshire Street, London.
Words: Jack Mills