One year of Grumming
February the 14th marks the 1 year anniversary of starting the Grum Reapur and what a year it has been, getting to go to the copious amounts of shows I have been involved with already feels like a dream come true. Getting the word out there about what I represent and how to affect change on the world, being a torchbearer for those going through what I once went through (and occassionaly still do), all the epiphanies of self, the ups, the downs, the rollercoaster journey of it all…I just want to say thank you for joining me on this journey. I never visualised myself getting to this stage of my life. If I were to travel back in time and tell my 15 year old self that he would one day become an artist that models himself around the aesthetic of the Grim Reaper, but with a different purpose he would probably tell me to ‘fuck off’, which is about right as I don’t believe time travel could ever occur and I would suspect it was just some creep trying to get into my teenage pants.
To be honest with you I can still barely believe it myself, I always wanted to create a business of my own that allowed me to be creative whilst also standing for something close to my heart, never did I realise it would be me being me to do it. I went through many iterations of business ideas in thepast, but never knew quite what I was doing, from ‘Faith in Truth’ to ‘MrShoeShineMan’ there were always characters and stories to be told behind them. Stories that were always based on what I knew, how I experienced mental health problems and I am sure in time I will get to put these things to paper to tell the story a little bit more.
As I move forward into 2019 I see big things lining up, I start university in September at the ripe old age of 30, with the goal of learning bigger and better techniques to project what is in my head into the world in comic, graphical and sculptural form. I am in this for the long run as it is simpoly who I am, most of all I look forward to bringing you on the journey with me.