Breaking Barriers & Not Letting Hard Times Break You: Meet 'Jeremy The Artist'

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

"During that period I struggled with my grades , friends became distant, I was not able to leave the area to come home and mentally, I felt trapped with problems I was not sure how to deal with."

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“Jeremy Thomas , 23 years old, from Maywood, Illinois and I am a Graphic Design Artist. I create and curate art with the hopes to influence others like myself to be in tune with their creative side. Coming from where I’m from, the arts haven’t been something that’s encouraged and I’ve set out to change that.”


“There have been so many moments that stand out, but there are definitely a few that I hold dear to me. Starting out, I did a ‘Paid in Full’ series and Wood Harris ended up reaching out to me which was motivation to keep moving forward.

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I was also one of the first graphic artists to be featured on Revolts ‘Crowd Source’ Campaign. In 2016 I was chosen as #44 on Cut x Sewn’s ‘Top Creatives of the Year’. More importantly though, my most important victories come when someone tells me that I’ve inspired them in any way. Accomplishments and money are cool but I would like my influence to live on once I’m gone.”

“In college I was originally a political science major, involved in a fraternity, & basically enjoying the college experience. I got caught up up with the police and ultimately was put on probation. During that period I struggled with my grades , friends became distant , I was not able to leave the area to come home and mentally I felt trapped with problems I was not sure how to deal with. I found myself again by tirelessly working at my craft and not letting my hard times break me. All that pain and confusion fueled me to find my true passion."


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"I want the world to know that even though we are in the internet age where everyone’s lives seems to be perfect, it is still ok to mess up in life. The story that you feel to be unbearable will one day help someone else overcome. I’ve worked so long on building my catalogue and branding my style. Moving forward, I plan to transition into being ‘Jeremy The Businessman’ just as much as I’m ‘Jeremy The Artist’."


"There‘s a lot that goes into building your own business, especially if you plan on being the creative as well as the CFO. In a culture where art is being monetized in a profuse matter, please do not exploit something that I love. Please create for the advancement of the craft and money will come to you-- I promise. Work hard and innovate with your head down and focused on what you want to create and what you think the world needs.”

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