Emerging from the underground art world of central Texas, Johnny Duncan, professionally known as Jenkins2d, stays hard at work whether it’s publication, murals, clothing, fine art, pretty much anything this dude can get his hands on. His work could be described as vivid, iconic, and deceptively simple. Inspired by street art, video games, and comic books, his work marries the attention-grabbing audacity of graffiti with nostalgic, classic cartoon imagery, inviting us into his world of sorbet-colored grotesqueries and fantastic visuals. Jenkins2d is currently resting his head in New Braunfels, Texas with his dog Sheeba.
TH: Who are you?
JD: Who am I? Just a human being like all the others. My name is John Henry Duncan III but that's way too swanky, so I go by Johnny. I just recently turned 23, according to Blink-182 nobody is gonna like me. Currently I'm New Braunfels, Texas. It's kind of a hidden gem if you're into it. It's definitely on a fast track to getting way cooler and I thank all the other talented bored suburb kids for that. I can't really claim one medium, I wanna do it all. Walls are addicting, but I love solo studio sessions on canvas, old vinyls, custom shoes, toys, even thrift store paintings. Whenever I'm too broke for materials I do a lot of digital work, just flipping through archives of sketchbooks and picking up lost ideas.
TH: How much planning goes into each of your works?
JD: The planning process varies for me. I feel like it's extremely situational. I could get hit in the face with an idea and immediately react without even making mental blueprints. In other situations I've had something schemed up for quite some time and won't begin execution until I feel as though it's fully cooked, which can take an hour or even months.
TH: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?
JD: As much visual inspiration as I get I believe music really weighs the most on the inspiration scale for me. Sometimes lyrics or a sick beat do something crazy in my head and I have what seems like no choice but to flesh out the feeling I got from the music, whether I wanted it or not.
TH: Once you finished a piece of art, what do you do?
JD: I used to get really hype and post it immediately, I've calmed down since then. Now, I walk away from the work and let both myself and it breathe. If I come back to it with some fresh eyes and ears and it's still as or even more satisfying I'll give it an invisible stamp of approval. Probably go eat a popsicle or something.
TH: Do you think artists see the world differently than people who do not create art?
JD: I think everyone sees the world in their own unique way. Sure, artists analyze things in a way that most probably don't. Even then each artist has their looking glass that is spun from each individuals experiences and memories. I often look at my dog and wonder what all of this looks like to her.