We had the good fortune of connecting with Travon Greer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travon, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
One of my favorite quotes is “Art is an individual’s documented reaction to existence” – Chance The Rapper. This quote means so much to me because its my exact reason for drawing. There are billions of people in this world and everyone has their own unique story, with art it gives individuals the opportunity to express themselves their own way. I started drawing because I’m a quiet person that doesn’t talk much, and I sometimes find it hard to express my thoughts with words. When drawing it’s easy for me to express myself and I find it relaxing trying to turn my thoughts and experiences into something everyone can see and try to understand.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art started with me being in my room and being stressed about my first college final. I started drawing as a way to free myself from the stress of the real world. I honestly became an artist on accident, I was in my room and finished with finals but still had so much stress and anxiety built up in my system. I picked up two sharpies and just started doodling in a sketchbook, before this I only drew for my Architectural classes in high school but nothing more than that. While drawing that first doodle in my sketchbook it felt like a huge weight was lifted off of me and once I finished the picture a sensation of happiness rush through me. I started drawing my favorite things like my own version of ancient egypt, with psychedelic shapes and symbols. From there I began to draw more pictures in my free time, it became my favorite hobby after a while. Everytime I would finish a picture I would post it online. Then over time my art started getting more and more attention on twitter, I would have pages with thousands of followers retweet my work just so I can have more people see the things I made. I honestly only did it because it made me feel better that people actually liked the things I was making, it was never my intention to become an “artist”. The more recognition my art started to get the more requests I got to sell prints and do commissions for people. So I finally decided to do it, I started with a couple commissions then I found a way to make prints of the things I was making. From there my brand and art grew bigger and bigger. It wasn’t an easy process, everything I did I learned through trial and error, I made a lot of mistakes but that’s part of the process. I eventually got to the point where some of the people I looked up to started recognizing my artwork, like Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper and many more. At first my art started as doodle drawings now my art is on so many things like rugs, blankets, shirts, shoes and much more. The lesson i learned from all of this is that no matter what you should keep pushing to do what you love to do.
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 my best friend was visiting town the first thing I would do is give them harold’s chicken, the best chicken spot in Chicago. In no particular order I take them to the main sites in Chicago. A bike ride on the Lake Front Trail to see Chicago in its entirety and its beauty. Then I would probably take them to take them to the top of the “Sears’ Tower to see the city from a birds eye view. Late night we’d probably go to my favorite bar downtown called Duffy’s. Its so many things to do in Chicago its almost impossible to name all the things we can do in a week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One person that keeps me ground and inspires me to push for more is my brother Porter Hopps. Porter was there when I drew my first art piece, he was there when I got my first commission, and he was always there when I needed motivation to push my brand to the next level. We both are creatives, I’m an artist and he’s photographer/videographer, so it’s easy for us to both share ideas with each other and help one another. Without Porter in my corner I probably wouldn’t have had all the opportunities I were given with my art.