INSOMNIAKS... It is a trademark, a graphic style, the history of a guy who does not know the road to be followed but which has continued for 27 years... From Punk to skate culture, from painting to graphic design.
Nicolas ARGENTON alias Chanmé, cofounder of punk label DIY ChanmaX Records in 1999, created INSOMNIAKS in 2002 in the form of graphic performances of many kinds, without constraints of supports or political correctness.
Between 2002 and 2005, INSOMNIAKS was involved
in many graphic productions (Posters, flyers, Internet sites, CD covers) for various bands and record labels: CHANMAX RECORDS, VATSA PROD, DECKADE PROD, NOTHING MORE, NEMLESS, KYMA, DJ FYSH... In parallel, various series of paintings on canvas and skateboards were born. Various series of graphic performances computer-assisted were also published: Illustration for the magazine IL FAIT BEAU ET CHAUD, illustration for the biographical project of the Italian site UBQ, internal project REDROOM, I KIFFE C CHIC...
While remaining faithful to its old activities, INSOMNIAKS was exported and resettled to Berlin in the SCHMILBLICK ATELIER, 46 BaerwaldStrasse in January 2006. More space, more time, the productions were connected ever faster:
A multi-media project with the poet Daneen Bergland was carried out for BORN MAGAZINE and a series of paintings were exhibited in September 2006 at the HU-HA Atelier.
In the year 2007 a new collaboration was born in form
of a new partnership between INSOMNIAKS and ANGST SKATEBOARDS: Realization of a series of skateboards, INSOMNIAKS FLOWERS. In parallel, new paintings are
grown in the SCHMILBLICK ATELIER and their
INSOMNIAKS... It is the history of a guy not really like the others. There would be many things to add, but it would be best to visit his atelier in Berlin and to meet the guy around a good beer. But do not speak to him about these few lines, he will answer you that it is masturbation for pseudo-artists.............................