Jin Wicked

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About Jin Wicked

Hello, everybody! My name is Jin Wicked!

I am a 41 year-old, agender/non-binary multimedia and performance artist, illustrator, photographer, poet, writer, and actor on the autism spectrum who works with the guiding philosophy that, "Life is art." I use they/them pronouns.

My homepage is JinWicked.com.

I am most well-known for my multiple slice-of-life web comics, Crap I Drew on My Lunch Break (2003), A Dollar Late and A Day Short (2008), Have Tablet Will Scribble (2015), and Queen of Assholes (2018). You may also be familiar with my "Happy Happy Rat" mascots, meticulous ink illustrations, and vintage-inspired styling. My 2003 ink illustration, The Universal Turing Machine, has been included in many academic publications over the years. I have plans to make an updated version soon.

I am currently working on several art, comic, poetry, and photography books.

My personal journey of self-discovery has been a public process, unfolding over the course of two decades through my artwork, comics, and self-portraiture. Using collage-like illustrations and recurring symbolism, I unconsciously developed my own layered visual language to communicate the emotional and mental states I often do not have the verbal language to express. My autobiographical work explores the complexity of identity and self-image, and fearlessly bridges the gap between colourful humour and difficult subject matter such as anxiety, depression, love, mental illness, and neurodiversity.

In addition to my comics, I produce a personal blog and vlog where I regularly elaborate on my setbacks and successes, studio artwork and illustrations, occasional podcasts, and an assortment of videos ranging from musical montages to Q&A and skit comedy for my YouTube channel.

Many of my videos are cohosted by Trashy, a shabby-looking rat sock puppet.

I share political commentary via Facebook and Twitter.

My other hobbies/interests include photography, cooking and baking, crafts such as floral design and jewelry-making, poetry, language, musical instruments, singing, dancing, roller skating, health and fitness, weight lifting, education, and science. I am also a professionally-trained custom picture framer with twenty years of experience, and I have been both a paid and unpaid caregiver.

Though I take advantage of all opportunities to learn, I did not attend any secondary education, and I am primarily self-taught. After years of struggling with anxiety, depression, then watching my mother pass away before age sixty, I had an early mid-life crisis. I got divorced, lost 70lbs, and moved across the country from Houston, Texas, to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I began building a new life in 2015.

In early 2019 I was diagnosed with ADHD, and I began medication which, combined with a better understanding of how my attention span and focus operate, has helped me to conquer many of the frustrations and obstacles that have plagued me for most of my life beginning in childhood.

In late 2020 I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. My diagnosis, after a life-long search, finally provided me with answers and context for my persistent difficulties with communication, social and interpersonal skills, and feeling "othered." It has also helped me to make peace with much of the abusive treatment I have been subjected to, especially while growing up, as a result of my condition.

In early 2021, due to my family breast cancer risk and gender dysphoria, I underwent a total double-mastectomy. I came out publicly as agender/non-binary shortly afterward. I also live with OCD, PTSD, severe Major Depressive Disorder, and Panic Disorder, no doubt related to the aggravation and sense of failure caused by untreated ADHD and ASD. Some days are still hard, but I am doing much better!

On 22 November 2021, I remarried, forming both a creative and personal partnership with musician, writer, and visual artist Dan Bateman.

I am an advocate for progressive politics and a supporter of social justice causes. I do my best to give back and be involved in my community whenever possible. In the past this has included charitable giving, classroom activities with school children, work in senior/elder care, helping to organize and promote local events, being involved with/supporting small animal rescue, and speaking out publicly.

In an effort to be environmentally-friendly (and thrifty!) almost 100% of the colourful jackets and other clothing items I can be seen wearing at events and in my videos are secondhand/used, often purchased from individual sellers and small home-based businesses like myself.

My Patreon and Etsy storefront are my primary sources of income, and they are how I support myself. I personally pack and ship each order sold directly from my studio.

My whole life is dedicated to artistic and personal growth, and emotional, mental, and physical development.

In addition to making all of this possible, pledging $1.00 or more per month to support my work will grant you:

  • An ad-free, algorithm-free venue to follow my work, instead of social media, including optional emails.
  • Exclusive access to my work-in-progress photos and videos, as well as accompanying commentary and personal thoughts about my creative process.
  • Exclusive access to more frequent off-the-cuff and detailed personal blog updates.
  • Priority response to your comments, questions, and direct/private messaging via Patreon's Inbox.
  • The ability to see new artwork and comics at least one week (often more) before the general public.
  • The ability to purchase new original artwork before it is available for sale to the general public.
  • The ability to request custom 2.5" x 3.5" watercolour-with-ink and/or 6" x 11" Sharpie sketch cards.
  • The ability to request commissions and access my commission wait list. Please be aware that this is not a guarantee that I will accept a commission request, and that my wait list is frequently 12-24+ months due to the slow nature of my work process. I reserve the right to reject any request I am uncomfortable with.
  • Discounted/reduced pricing on original artworks and sketch cards if they are purchased before being made available for sale to the general public.
  • Discounted/reduced pricing on commissions based on your cumulative past Patreon contributions and length of your Patreon subscription.

Becoming a patron is the ONLY way to request custom art or commissions from me. I accept very few commissions. I am NOT available for commercial art, logos, sequential art, full-book illustration projects, or web design.

I hope you will consider supporting my work. Thank you!

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