Today we’d like to introduce you to JohnBorn.
Hi JohnBorn, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started painting at around age three. It began with my mom took me to the Kapona which is a fair in the city I’m from on the riverfront. You could buy sculptures that were all white and they would supply you with free art utensils to decorate them. We will go to this fair every year and I would decorate a new item each time. Gradually I would upgrade in size and eventually, I began to draw a crowd.
My older brother Ronnie was good at art as well, so I begin watching him at about age ten and mimicking what he was doing. This turned into me creating fashion as far as custom shoes hand-painted jeans shirts etc. The very first item I got paid for was a T-shirt I did on my front porch. My neighbor a man named Randy was walking home from cashing his check and purchased the shirt for $15. This is when everything changed for me and I realized that I could make a living off of something I was just doing because I enjoyed it. I’ll begin charging my friends and kids at school about $15 to do whatever it was. I eventually ended up inking a deal with a company in the city name sneaker Villa where I would then create close to 1000 pairs of custom shoes over the course of my residency there. I stopped going to high school for the most part to customize shoes in fashion full-time and I dropped off the first day of 12th grade.
From there, I hit the road with a backpack in a couple of dollars to figure it out. Countless homeless nights and many failed business ventures later, I left my hometown for good. I got into creating and putting out music around this time. This led me to collaborations with Mickey Shiloh very successful singer in Los Angeles. She invited me to her birthday party in Los Angeles. From the time I set foot in Los Angeles, I never went home again. I figured if I work hard every day I could make it happen. It didn’t take me long to find a niche before I knew it, I was creating custom items for some of my favorite celebrities. Now until this day some of them are still my good friends, the story is an over in this is the short version. So now here I am the guy you see you today JohnBorn.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It was the furthest from a smooth road to say the least. But that’s what keeps you humble that’s what makes you appreciate it. There were countless struggles but to name a few we can start with homelessness. Having to wander the streets or crash a couch or crash on a bus or train with your bag as your pillow. Or overstaying you’re welcome at that friendly person‘s house because you don’t have any other place to go. Not knowing what your next move is going to come from wondering if you’re going to have to steal it or not. All the while trying to make your mom and family proud and feeling like it may never happen. Of course that feeling of wanting to give up just got a job or go back home and try to stay were some family. You just have to be persistent and if you believe in it than it is. One thing that helped me was the music that I was creating. While recording it, I quite didn’t understand some of it; it just felt right and when I listened to it when I was in LA, it was describing moments that I was living in that time and that helped me a lot.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an artist, musician, and all-around creative. I paint canvases mirrors, cars, women just about anything that you can put paint on I’d paint it. I also make music. I write sing, rap, compose and coproduce all of my music. I also direct and curate my own experiences and galleries. I’m most proud of my four-year-old daughter because she already has over 60 paintings and I feel like she’s just a better version of me. I think one thing that sets me apart from others is my ability to do every single thing it is that I need done. I will write a song, produce that song, sing The lyrics and then write a treatment for the visual, direct that visual, act in that visual and create all of the artwork. I have a very broad vision.
My plans for the future consist of the following. Picture of me on the center of a massive stage. 22,000 people fill the stadium eight beautiful women surrounding me. I que the show And perform my Billboard hits while body painting the women. There are eight large jumbo Tron screens projecting the performance. The entire room is illuminated by digital artwork. It’s an experience is the JohnBorn experience.
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- Website: JohnBorn.art
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- Youtube: Youtube.com/JohnBorntv
- SoundCloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/johnbornmusic
Xavier Thomas @artlikeus