Bug Cru

I’m a multidisciplinary visual artist, illustrator, and tattooist. My practice is my livelihood, passion, and voice. I come to this from the perspective of being queer, trans, nonbinary, neurodivergent and disabled. As well as being a white and mixed person of 3rd gen Dutch and Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Scottish and Spanish ancestry. I am a settler on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territories, specifically those of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish nations, “Vancouver, BC,” where I have lived over the past five years. I grew up primarily on Lkwungen territory ‘Victoria, BC’ and moved around a bit both as a kid and young adult.

As someone who feels the world visually, art has been an intrinsic focus. I fell in love with drawing the first time put a pen on paper. Along the road, I’ve fallen for illustration and tattooing as well. Finding myself wrists deep in work like comics, zines, poetry, writing, printmaking, painting, and more. I’ve come to know all of this through frameworks of radicalism and D.I.Y. and hope to offer this art as a tool to the autonomy of my communities.

I believe there is a subversive and deeply vital source of empowerment to be found in the unapologetic documentation of personal histories. Survival moves through stories. This one is an active narrative of trauma, magic, emotionality, queer bodies, human connection, and healing. Understanding self, reality and time as fluid. Imagining gay dreamworld futures and beautiful possibilities made tangible in outsider art and magical realism.

About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.