Cryin' Cowboys with Hunter Patrick

July 24, 2020

When did you realize you were an artist?

I think my parents kinda pumped the idea of being an artist into me from a very young age.

For me, it always felt like a natural extension that I probably took for granted for the majority of my youth. I liked making things.... but I was too preoccupied with everything else my teenage years provided to take it seriously.

That was until my junior year of high school when I enrolled in the art program at my high school. My teacher Ms. Karr (Saint) embraced me and challenged me to push whatever was brewing in my noggin.

At the end of my senior year, she helped me submit an AP art portfolio and, to my great surprise... I got a high score.

I think after that I felt like art was a means by which I could accomplish things.

What is your earliest experience with ‘Art’?

A story in 3 Photos.

What is your preferred medium?

If I have the time, painting a big canvas w/ acrylics is my favorite. These days it seems like I end up sketching 90% of the time.

Pen and ink never fail to fight boredom.

Can you tell me a little about your upbringing and how skate was a part of that?

We were at the house with the ramp!

I grew up in the suburbs of LA and my parents were always the type of parents that didn’t mind all the kids hanging out at our house.

You throw a quarterpipe at the end of the driveway and all of a sudden a community develops around it. Skateboarding was a vehicle that led to friends, freedom, long hair, and sometimes.... girls.

You throw a quarterpipe at the end of the driveway and all of a sudden a community develops around it. Skateboarding was a vehicle that led to friends, freedom, long hair, and sometimes.... girls.
- Hunter Patrick

You seem to be an epic study in tattoo style sketch - where does that come from?

Well first, thank you!

Getting my first tattoo was kind of an obsession. I was at the shop on the day of my 18th birthday. However, I wasn’t adept at the process of working with an artist or choosing from their flash so I showed up with my drawing and asked for that.

Looking back I probably should have let the artist just do his thing, but it sparked the desire to draw more tattoos.

When I was 19 I attempted to apprentice at a tattoo shop in Venice, but found that working 10 hours shifts for free and getting bullied by a head artist who I’m pretty sure was smoking crystal meth hourly wasn’t a winning formula. Instead, I went to design school, but I never lost my love for drawing in that style.

Do artistic endeavors run in your family?

They do indeed.

My dad is also an artist/ musician/ designer. Mom is a stylist. Brother is a musician. I sometimes have to stop and think about how lucky I was to grow up in a house where making something cool was like getting a Harvard degree.

Why do you enjoy skating? What does it do for you?

I think I touched on it earlier, but skating was a bonding element for me throughout my life.

When I was young it helped me make friends and gave us all a way to get into trouble or get to the taco place that was a little too far on foot.

When I got older it stayed the same. “Do you want to skate to the bar and grab a beer and a burger?” sign me up every time.

Maybe that’s what it’s been... a constant. A constant that is always linked to a good little adventure.

Who are you listening to music-wise during the great ‘demic?’

Woof, a whole lot.. but these 3 on repeat. ‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo & Johnny | ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ by King Harvest | and probably the most listened to ‘Love and Mercy’ by the great Brian Wilson.

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2 comments


  • Mike Goefft

    Hunter, your work is amazing!!


  • Jenny Patrick

    ❤️ proud momma. How fun to see his little cowboy (I think he was 4) to this! No mistakes 💗💯


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