When I came across the work of Christopher Rozzi I knew I had to get in touch to learn more. His comedic quotes attached to his artworks not only make them endearing but perfectly match the breeds associated with the artwork. See the Tiny Confessions interview below.
What is your full name and role at Tiny Confessions?
My name is Christopher Rozzi and I am the illustrator/writer/creator of Tiny Confessions.
I came up with Tiny Confessions in May 2011 when my wife, Pauline, and I adopted our Bichon, Willie. As I was walking him through the streets of New York, I couldn’t help but imagine what he might be thinking. I’ve always found people’s hidden secret thoughts to be funny, so I made it specifically about that.
Do you have any pets?
Our dog, Willie, is a little fluffy white clown with a big black nose.
Favourite thing about your pet?
I love when Willie tries to play little tricks on me and fake me out. He’ll pretend he’s going one way and then quickly runs the other. He’s like a mischievous child in that way. I love that a pet could have intricate playful ideas.
Where do you draw your confession ‘inspiration’ from? It’s like you are actually reading that breeds thoughts!
When I’m doing a Tiny Confession about a specific breed I usually do research about its temperament online. Often someone will send me a picture of their dog and let me know a few things about their behavior and I take it from there. The best is when they are very specific. Is a good example of this: “My primary goal in life is to have my buttocks rubbed.” A lot comes from things that my own dog does as well.
What’s a typical day for you like?
I wake up, walk and feed my dog. When we get back I check on any orders for prints or other items. I then get into any new projects or ideas I might have. Every day is very different, which is fantastic.
Where can you buy your creations?
People may buy prints and mugs on www.tinyconfessions.com and the book is available everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We’ll have pillows, greeting cards, and other products soon as well!
What are your plans for Tiny Confessions in the future?
We plan to have Tiny Confessions on T-shirts and other apparel. I also have ideas for an animated series that I would like to pitch.
Favourite pet quote?
For some reason, my favorite is a cat that says, “I am destroying your furniture because my options for enjoyment are limited.”
Where are you based?
I am in New York City, where there are doggies everywhere.