Hunter’s Words

In Interview on July 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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[Above photos by Three Fish Fiesta]

St. Petersburg-based artist, Hunter Payne, is the most kind, resourceful, enthusiastic, and oftentimes outlandish person you will ever meet. His drawings are humorous and remind you of how mundane and funny the world we live in can be. I finally met Hunter in person recently at Miranda July’s reading at The University of Tampa. He had found a dead butterfly that was in perfect condition, and asked Miranda if she would conduct a butterfly examination with him. Here is what happened. And here are his words and pictures that he’s shared with us. I hope you enjoy them.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

To be honest, I wanted to be a manager of a Bed, Bath and Beyond store or a bikini model. I guess art is the same thing.

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What are you reaching for with your art?

Huge amounts of ca$h.

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How does your garden grow?

I water that thing every damn day and I wear galoshes. You know what I’m tryin’ to say. Galoshes…. I freaking wear those.

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What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

dude hunter relax.

What’s something that art and working as an artist has taught you?

Same shit you can learn from babies.

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What kinds of human and self connections have you been able to make with you art projects?

People from all over the world visit my website, to me that is the greatest Masterpiece and my biggest project. Actually, a few times I even got hacked. Friends from around the globe subscribe to ‘The Best Mail on Planet Earth’ because it’s the most fun you can have with a mailbox. All of these people have one thing in common, they don’t like art. They don’t like comics. They want Masterpieces. I am able to build a strong community around Masterpieces everyday on the internet and I am thankful for all of the humans I meet ever.

What’s a goal you’ve set aside to accomplish this year?

Have fun, spread love, \m/ \m/.

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What has been your biggest obstacle?

Being 14.

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20 things that inspire you:

1. negative space
20. (That was a cool, imaginative, artistic concept I just came up with on the fly.)

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Finished these sentences:
I love when..people are good to themselves and each other.
I’m always looking for..a good shoe sale.
I hope to..God there is a heaven.
I’ll never..You’re damn right.

*Click here for the Google Doc version of the interview. There are a few gifs that couldn’t make it into this interview format.

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