TEEL One is an accountant by profession, but art has been a part of his life since a very young age. He joins us to share his journey into the art world, from graffiti artist to muralist, graphic artist, painter and toy designer.
It was TEEL’s mother who would introduce to art at an early age and mentor him into adolescence. So it was no surprise that after her passing during his teenage years, he found ways to cope with the pain through art.
Struggling with the loss, TEEL sought what he calls ‘street therapy,’ by becoming a graffiti artist. Turning that experience into something fruitful, TEEL now creates multi-story murals for corporations in and around the Chicagoland area.
“I became friends with this famous artist named Mark Bodē, whose dad is a super famous artist, Vaughn Bodē, who started a comic book called Cheech Wizard. He sent me my first toy to remix.”
Through the evolution of digital art and specifically NFTs, TEEL shares how he’s used the technology to take back his power as an artist while creating another stream of revenue.
“I don't know any artist that doesn't know how to use Photoshop. If you're an artist and you've done murals or any kind of art, you’ve tried using Photoshop for something.
It was just easy for me to fall right into. It was like, ‘wait, what do you mean? My stuff that I do digitally can be sold and create another revenue stream?’ Then I found out that a lot of people don't actually understand. I could probably do a whole podcast about NFTs, but what some people don't understand about NFTs is that it gives the power back to the creator.”
Tune in to listen as TEEL shares how he’s evolved as both an artist and person through his work and the community he’s built along the way.