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BC: Castle on the moon. Supreme vision. Animal telepathy. Who is this intriguing Homeless Cop?
HC: Homeless Cop is a name I came up with by literally sticking two interesting words together. I wanted something that really stood out as an art name for myself, and it seemed to get a response from people so I just ran with it.
My basic workflow everyday: 1. Fine acrylic paintings 2. T-shirt designs 3. Animated cartoons. My whole life I’ve been an artist, and thanks to Doejo (bad ass Chicago design agency) I get to do that for a living now. I’d say my style is just a product of time and hard work, and I am constantly trying to build a brand around my technique and vision.
BC: You drop the Adult Swim name on the site a bit - what’s the relationship there? Can you talk about what is brewing between Homeless Cop and Adult Swim?
HC: Homeless Cop did 11 bumps for Adult Swim, a national billboard campaign, and the official art print (sold out) for the Tim & Eric Awesome Show. They have one of my paintings in their lobby, and I hope to have my own cartoon on their network someday—working on that right now. They are basically the TV network I always dreamed about working with.
BC: You’ve done some stellar commissions, including works for some big and hilarious names. What are some of your favorite commissions you’ve done?
HC: John C. Reilly is one of the coolest, funniest, and most talented guys on the planet, and Homeless Cop is huge fan of anything “Tim & Eric” or Absolutely Productions. Eric Wareheim rules, and Conan Obrien is also one of the nicest people ever.
BC: Electronics, money, suits, and women all seem to be themes running throughout your pieces. What are some of the Homeless Cop inspirations?
HC: Money, Power, Commerce, Confrontation, Death, Technology, Nature, Dreams, etc…I can’t say I’m influenced by politics or public opinion, I pretty much stick to painting images that I like in colors that I enjoy looking at. There’s so much someone can take from looking at a painting, so I’d like to keep it pretty open to the mind of the viewer. “It is what it is” as they say.
BC: How is Big Cartel helping expand and grow the Homeless Cop brand?
HC: First off, Big Cartel makes the dream possible with a very fun and easy to use online store system, and we can’t say enough about how happy and excited we are to be here. There seems to be a community of like minded and inspirational people growing their business together and sharing cool and creative stuff. We believe the brand has been growing well so far and we look forward to the t-shirt friends we make on Big Cartel!