Jonny Popovich is creating murals and street art!
8

patrons

$86
per mural
          Ahoy folks! My name is Jonny Popovich and I'm a painter and street artist. I started painting murals while traveling outside the U.S. and I love it and want to keep doing it. The connection with local communities, the scale, the traveling, the inspiration people find in public art, beautifying outdoor spaces, are all super gratifying. Now I want to go bigger, better, and with greater impact. I've found that sufficient support for street art can be unreliable, so I think Patreon is perfect. What I want to be able to do is paint any wall I choose (given permission), without depending on a single individual or employer for all the costs or supplies. I've approached building owners who are interested in having my artwork but are unwilling or unable to pay me, or had people approach me asking to paint a wall somewhere but have no budget for it. 
          Even highly accomplished street artists can still be stifled. An article in the New York Times profiling Greek street artist Ino described how "even when a piece is commissioned, it is hard for an up and coming artist to make any profit. Clients can be happy to pay for paints, but they don't always include a fee for the artist’s work. Despite being a famous artist, Ino had paid for the piece himself, a cost that exceeded $1500." If there's a wall I want to paint, and I have permission to paint it, but nobody can pay me, I want to be able to do it anyway, renting a lift for $600 per week to reach 25 feet, and $400 worth of supplies to complete the project, for example. It probably won't happen overnight, but lots of other artists on here are totally doing it, and patrons like you will help me get there. 
         Your involvement through Patreon can help me paint more murals, in more places, with more creativity, freedom, and collaboration. I think it is simply smart, and perhaps even neglectful to not use it. It's also a way to forge a new community (aka you guys) and create more accountability for myself. Maybe patron could vote on imagery, or direct me toward certain causes, or come help me paint sometime (that'd be cool!).  
           If I work in a smart way at this, and, of course, create things that people value, then it could be amazing if I eventually make a living, through Patreon, traveling and (and writing) and painting murals. Thank you for your interest and support!
Goals
$86 of $1,000 per mural
There's a huge empty wall on the side of a building that sells pianos and hosts small concerts two minutes from my house. I already emailed the building owner and he is interested. There's another two-story wall even closer to my house and the property manager there is also interested in a mural, perhaps involving the tenants voting on imagery. With this amount of money, I could rent a lift for a week and all the supplies I need and walk out my door and start my first mural in Oakland, regardless of whether the owners are willing to pay me a dime.
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          Ahoy folks! My name is Jonny Popovich and I'm a painter and street artist. I started painting murals while traveling outside the U.S. and I love it and want to keep doing it. The connection with local communities, the scale, the traveling, the inspiration people find in public art, beautifying outdoor spaces, are all super gratifying. Now I want to go bigger, better, and with greater impact. I've found that sufficient support for street art can be unreliable, so I think Patreon is perfect. What I want to be able to do is paint any wall I choose (given permission), without depending on a single individual or employer for all the costs or supplies. I've approached building owners who are interested in having my artwork but are unwilling or unable to pay me, or had people approach me asking to paint a wall somewhere but have no budget for it. 
          Even highly accomplished street artists can still be stifled. An article in the New York Times profiling Greek street artist Ino described how "even when a piece is commissioned, it is hard for an up and coming artist to make any profit. Clients can be happy to pay for paints, but they don't always include a fee for the artist’s work. Despite being a famous artist, Ino had paid for the piece himself, a cost that exceeded $1500." If there's a wall I want to paint, and I have permission to paint it, but nobody can pay me, I want to be able to do it anyway, renting a lift for $600 per week to reach 25 feet, and $400 worth of supplies to complete the project, for example. It probably won't happen overnight, but lots of other artists on here are totally doing it, and patrons like you will help me get there. 
         Your involvement through Patreon can help me paint more murals, in more places, with more creativity, freedom, and collaboration. I think it is simply smart, and perhaps even neglectful to not use it. It's also a way to forge a new community (aka you guys) and create more accountability for myself. Maybe patron could vote on imagery, or direct me toward certain causes, or come help me paint sometime (that'd be cool!).  
           If I work in a smart way at this, and, of course, create things that people value, then it could be amazing if I eventually make a living, through Patreon, traveling and (and writing) and painting murals. Thank you for your interest and support!

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