We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Josh, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Spend more time doing what you love”. I wrote this quote to myself first. It’s a reminder to follow my passion no matter what. This is a call to action for those who need to hear it most. It’s about spending more time with the people you love most, your hobbies ,no matter how embarrassing or following your career path. You have to break from suffering in silence and shout your affirmations to the world. Make small steps to the goals you see in your future.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel the difference between me an others is I don’t neglect the multiple disciplines I come from as an artist. From graphic design, murals, comics, paintings, to designing apparel and animation, I can do it all. I can create any one style in various medium. I’m most proud of the course of my art career at the moment. I have curated several pop ups and exhibitions around NC. I’m proud of my collaboration with Enderly Coffee Co. in 2020 creating a limited coffee mug with my art printed on it. We planned a pop up show for my 5th anniversary for Relax Clothing brand at the same location. Along with the pop up my art remained in the store for a whole year. Secondly im proud of having my work up on billboards, newsstands and digital billboards all over the city in 2020. I have Artpop Street Gallery to thank for that.

I got to where I am today from building genuine business relationships with platforms and people of all types of practices. Honestly the biggest lesson I learned was kindness can go a long way. It has paved a way for me. Its not a fast road but I’m here for the long game. I know that will sustain me longer than doing it the wrong way. The lesson is don’t be a jerk.

I want the world to know you can do what you love and be successful from it. It has not been easy. I spent many nights questioning if this was the right path for me. However, I always got clear signs and reminders that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I went for years making mistakes and trying my best with no clear results. Ive been taken advantage of with my talents and never treated anyone the way they acted toward me. Little did I know I was being prepared for much more. The work I put in and the dues I payed were small seeds to ripe fruit in the future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well knowing how most of my friends are, they would get in town by early evening. So we would start light by going to Common Market. Id have them try the drinks and vintage snacks, then grab a sandwich from the deli. My place is the meet up spot for most get togethers so they would meet all my creative friends following that.
The next day late in the morning we would grab some donuts from Pepperbox. You can’t go wrong with most of their flavors. Later in the day we would eat at Band Bang Burgers. I like to split up the visits so we would go to RuRu’s for tacos and drinks or Cabo Fish Taco. Later that night we would go eat at Link and Pin for a nice steak and glazed brusel sprouts. The next day I would go to Optimus Hall to skate around the trails and let my friend choose where to eat inside. They have good ramen, grilled cheese, smoothies, gelato, burgers, the list goes on. Right down the street from that I would go to Bloom and Bottle, a bar garden with the best aesthetic I’ve seen for a bar for my taste. For the following days I would visit the local skateshop at Armada Skateshop. I love the vintage video game store like Video Game World. They are right next to an Icecream shop with an arcade inside. The list goes on to different plant stores, boutiques, galleries and restaurants located in Camp North End, South End or surrounding areas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Id like to shout out my mother who never stops. Shes the hardest working person I know. From going back to school to earn her bachelors and masters, to shooting weddings and events as a photographer, shes the best. My mother and father have always cultivated my talents and buying me art supplies whenever they could. I never questioned their desire for my success as a creative.

I’m grateful to a few of many mentors. I have lots of teachers. Bryan Wilson was the first person to introduce me to graphic design and digital illustration in high school. His painting skills are one of a kind. John Hariston Jr is another painter who taught me how to spray paint and stretch canvas. He also keeps it honest and shares his experiences as an artist good or bad. The lessons he shares are gold. Marcus Kiser is a phenomenal illustrator. He doesn’t hesitate to share opportunities he sees im fit for. I have much to learn for these men and im beyond grateful for them.

Website: whatisrelax.com

Instagram: @whatisrelax

Other: Portfolio joshhendersonart.squarespace.com

Image Credits
Image credits Jamie Lucido Family Gloria Zavaleta Josh Henderson

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