100 Creatives: Browncoat, Pin-Up Pop Artist
What He Does: The man they call Browncoat, or alternatively, DJ Twinkle-Toes, is a graphic artists and DJ here in Houston. His work is pop art at its finest, mixing almost photorealistic faces with cartoonish hair and clothing in his figures. It's a mixture of toy store packaging mixed with communist propaganda that instantly grabs the eye and doesn't let go. Much of his inspiration comes from his wife, and you can see her face peering out of many of pieces recreated with loving detail. He's been a regular gallery exhibitor for the last ten years, having worked with Talento Bilingual de Houston, War House Gallery, Summer Street, and his second home at East End Studio Gallery.
Browncoat started drawing in first grade. Eventually he got good enough to have other children pay him to draw them custom portraits of Super Mario. It was light work, but it helped him hone his skills as an artist. By junior high he was actively pursuing a future as an artist, even applying to HSPVA, but it was a biography of Vincent Van Gogh which brought him to tears that cemented his future in the arts.
Why He Likes It: Well, there is definitely the perk of being able to take pictures of naked women and then draw them, no one can deny that. All flirting aside, Browncoat like how art allows him to express himself without apology.
If Not This, Then What: "Making Music I play bass and have played all around town, but it's slowed down now that I've gotten my art going. I've always been creative and that would be my next option."
If Not Here, Then Where: "It's never really crossed my mind but I don't think I would ever need to leave Houston. People that leave always come back and usually if you're just not happy it's not your city. It's you."
What's Next: "Focusing on getting my screen printing back up and running and painting new pieces for the Bombshells N Brawlers Round 2: Pin-Up & Tattoo Art at East End Studio Gallery September 6th. Anything else life throws at me I'm ready for. I recently became a new father this past December so that is a wonderful journey all on it's own as well!"
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