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Where did you go to school?
Popephoenix is a graduate of the University of Barnes & Noble, where I taught myself illustration, web design and graphic design. Graduating Valedictorian of my class, I have worked hard to prove my talent to employers who only respect a diploma.

What is the benefit of being Self-taught?
I have always felt my education was a hindrance but in reality it’s my greatest asset. It has allowed me to find new avenues to achieve outstanding results with every project I’ve worked on, while other designers/artists rely only one what they were taught.

Where has Popephoenix worked?
The determination to be an artist has allowed me to work within many fields: magazines, fashion, non-profit, animation, as well as web design. My latest endeavor in fashion has placed my designs on the shelves of Old Navy, Target, Walmart as well as other retailers across the country.

What is his focus?
With a children’s book, an art book, T-shirt line and a show planned for this year, I’m clearly focused on illustration and graphic t-shirt design.

To follow my exploits head over to the Atlas of Pope

  • Joined: September 2010


How bad do you want to be good?

I wrote this three years ago and the message still rings true so I decided to repost it. / A simple question with a difficult answer. This question was posed to me by an ad for School of Visual Art’s Continuing Education a few years back. At first it meant nothing to me, just another poster on the way to work. During the course of riding the train each morning and reading the question it sa…
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Why I am Self Employed

Because the alternative is unacceptable. I’ve worked my entire adult life. Even part of teenage years starting at age 14. I’ve worked for small businesses and large corporations. I even did a stint working for a non-profit for 5 years. At each opportunity the outcome was the same, either I walked away or I was asked to leave. / Most people shun the times they were fired but I wear them as a badge…
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