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Hvntr: Profile + Interview

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Hvntr: Profile

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Full name

Hunter Hess

Age

23

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Norfolk, VA

Where you live now? (city, country)

San Francisco, CA

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

South of the Mason Dixon Line.

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Illustrator

How long have you been doing it?

5 years

Fav Song

Changes very frequently, but right now ‘Oh My’ by Boogie is in heavy rotation.

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Kanye West

Fav Movie

Right now, it’s Ex-Machina

Fav Actor/Actress

Donald Glover

Fav Clothing brand

Diamond Supply Co (shout out to the Haight St. fam)

Fav Artist (in any art form)

James Jean, Kim Jung Gi, Norman Rockwell, Robert McGinnis, Tomer Hanuka, Mucha, Aryz, Mrawg...and on and on

Fav Sport to watch

Snowboarding

Fav Sport to play

Skateboarding

 

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Hvntr: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Necessary, necessary, and necessary. I feel as an artist all of these things are necessary, but not the definitive things that make you an artist. Like motivation, inspiration can be fleeting - so you need some degree of self discipline in order to move forward and progress with your craft. If you sit around waiting for inspiration, you’ll probably never get anything of substance done. Work and work, and sift through the shit so you can find the quality creations. Passion is instinctual and intangible. You need strength in order to better your craft; strength to self-critique, strength to take criticism, and strength to work through self-doubt.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

A product of my experiences.

Why do you do what you do?

Because it’s what I’ve always done. I can’t put a finger on an early memory of doing art, it’s always just been part of my life. What i do remember early on is my brother always drawing, and wanting to be like him. Thankfully my parents caught on to it and encouraged it from an early age, and I was lucky to have great teachers that pushed me through middle and high school. Entrenching myself in the world of art was probably one of the best decisions of my life so far. There is too much beauty in this world for me to not do what I do.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I guess I always knew that I wanted to be involved with arts in some form, but late in high school it occurred to me that there are schools for it. From that point on it was just simply a matter of time until the move was to be made from hobbyist to straight artist.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I had to leave my home town in Colorado to go to the West Coast for school. Admittedly there was a certain amount of fear about leaving everyone/thing I knew, but it took no time realize what was good for me. What helped me was realizing that leaving friends behind doesn’t matter because the ones that matter won’t go anywhere - and, wouldn’t you know it, the ones that matter are still in my life in some form. And of course my parents and family. I wouldn’t be what/where/who I am without them.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

There are literally too many names to name, and too many events to recall for this one. But the short answer for both is ‘absolutely’. As for inspiring someone else, I can only hope that I have. Knowing my work impacted somebody else is ultimate gratification.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Wasting time with those who do nothing for you, or your craft. I’m not saying every relationship you have with other people needs to yield some sort of personal gain, but thinking a relationship has substance simply because it exists is a no-no.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

More art and more art.Gallery shows galore. Collaborations. Keep an eye out for the first print edition of Bob Cut magazine in the coming months as well.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

I cannot stress this enough, but associate yourself with those who operate on the same wavelength as you. Surround yourself with inspiration through media, experiences and people. Anybody who I’m friends with is better than me at something, because there is always something to be learned. It isn’t so much about a painter being different from a dancer being different from a writer - it’s more so about in life there’s people who are creatives, and people who aren’t. Some aspects of life work at dog whistle frequency, so some people won’t get it and that’s okay. Take time to admire and acknowledge, there is always room to humble yourself. Keep an eye out for fakes. Remember the emptiest cans usually rattle loudest, but closed mouths do not get fed.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Listen to the kids, bro. Be like Jiro. Kaizen.

 

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