Mitch O’Connell


It’s a massive honour for us to welcome the World’s Best Artist to the pages of le cool. Mitch O’Connell has held that title ever since he gave it to himself. His work is wonderful and we love it. You may well have seen it on the pages of Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, GQ or Playboy, or maybe on the skin of someone he’s tattooed or even on the pages of one of the books he’s published. We asked him the most important questions he’s ever been asked.

Has anyone ever given you a World’s Best Dad mug and crossed out the dad and written Artist? That would be a cheap yet heartfelt gift.
No. But I do purchase all ‘World’s Best Dad’ mugs and figurines I come across while thrift store shopping, then pretend that my kids gave them to me. As for “World’s Best Artist’ merchandise, I tried to get that title to be synonymous with my name by calling my book “Mitch O’Connell the World’s Best Artist by Mitch O’Connell”, but so far I don’t think anyone’s believing it.

Have you ever drawn with your own blood?
No. I like to keep my blood inside of me if at all possible. But sweat and tears might have gotten on my art at some point.


What’s the best thing you’ve ever drawn drunk – professionally or otherwise?
Children, don’t drink and draw! Haven’t you seen my national campaign against drunk drawing? You might fall off your chair and poke your eye out with a pencil!

Do you know exactly what you’re going to draw before you put pen to paper or does each piece start to draw itself once you’ve gotten going?
Yes, I have an idea when I start drawing that the finished piece never lives up to. If each piece would start to draw itself after I’ve gotten going, that would sure save a lot of time, but sadly I have to keep doing it all myself until the bitter end.

Where can we see more of your work?
Good Question! Start surfing that internet @

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