We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnny Draco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnny, how do you define success?
I think personally success if being able to live out a very specific lifestyle. Success is never really measured to me by how much money I can make off a project or my art, but rather have the opportunity and time to create in an environment of my own making.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
From dreaming about creating for a living, to actually seeing it in front of you is lengthy. To put it short, I never thought I could live off of art. After completing a couple of internships like ABV Gallery, I started to see that I could make money off of the art I did. Just had to get better at it first. Thank began a 5 year process of teaching myself design, painting, and illustration. With the help of freelance projects and practice, i was able to land a job creating toys at Kidrobot. Spent a couple years there and then decided to create pieces that I enjoy. My girlfriend and I started a duo design studio call wehaverealize. There we create a wide range of pieces and products for clients including design, illustration, animation 3D, and mural work. It definitely wasn’t an easy feat. It was and still is a learning process. One thing that I have learned is to create for the purpose of creating, and always remain a student.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend came and visited, the go to spot is always Little 5 Points. I’ve spent a lot of time there selling shirts in the past, so we would check out Vortex, the record stores, and wish. Spend some time around the beltline, and check out art galleries like ABV. Maybe spend some nights around edgewood at Joystick or even EAV. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to Shoutout my sister Sheonny Miller. I feel like throughout my life she has helped me with support, guidance, and so much more.
Instagram: @johnnydraco_ @wehaverealize