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American Bandito

American Bandito

American Bandito is a podcast about trying to become a full-time artist. Each episode I meet artists of all types and places in their careers. Beginners, hobbyists and professionals. I'm Tom Ray and I started this show because I wanted to g...Show More

33:37 | Sep 8th

I recently posted about how we had to say good-bye to our family dog spike in my daily comic. And Vicki Liu, an artist that I follow on Instagram reached out to me and did one of the nicest things ever. She painted a portrait of our dog and gave it t...Show More

23:05 | Sep 1st

Margaret Dent is another person who contacted me from the American Bandito mailing list. Margaret is an artist in Canada who creates several things, including jewelry and portraits. But her favorite type of portraits to work on are of animals, espec...Show More
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28:29 | Aug 25th

Tim Togstad is an artist here in Madison who I actually met right outside of the train car that I'm renting that I'm trying to turn into my own business. He was loading in his paintings into the place next door. So I walked over to introduce myself. ...Show More

28:45 | Aug 18th

Chris Prunckle is an artist out of Illinois that makes webcomics. Then one day he started drawing bands and music reviews in his comic called "Wannabe The Comic". And we also talk about what it's like trying to make a living off of artwork that is ba...Show More

19:27 | Aug 11th

Brennen Reece is an artist and designer from Auburn, Alabama. He has also worked in film and makes music. But what really stood out when he contacted me to be on the show was he told me he designs Tarot cards. I learn more about that and what the wor...Show More

22:00 | Aug 4th

Jay D'Ici is the writer and creator of the comic "Conceptual Heist" a comic that is being created by using Kickstarter to fund it. I've always been too scared to start a Kickstarter myself, so I take the opportunity to ask him more about how he did i...Show More

22:42 | Jul 28th

Up to this point I’ve only talked to people that are in or around where I am in Madison. Matty Sheets is a musician from Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2016 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and playing music started to become much tougher tha...Show More

40:15 | Jul 21st

I mentioned in a previous episode of the show I had participated in an annual zine fest in Madison called Print & Resist. One of the people showcasing his work at the event was John Porcellino, creator of the popular minicomic zine King Kat. Went to...Show More

23:57 | Jul 14th

I went to a local coffee shop to meet the people I talk with today, Olivia and Elizabeth from the start-up UnderBelly. So from time to time, I like to do a nearby location search on Instagram just to see if there is any interesting artwork that's be...Show More

25:15 | Jul 7th

Lacey Smith aka Luluweird is someone that I heard about after I met Lauden from American Trash back in August. I had connected with her on Instagram and asked if we could meet at the train car I recently rented out. Lacey has played synthesizer in b...Show More

31:55 | Jun 30th

Sara Meredith and I have actually tried to set up an interview several times in the past year. I don’t know why we kept having trouble doing that. But we finally were able to sit down and talk. She goes by the name SmereTactics and is a Madison-base...Show More

26:52 | Jun 23rd

Scott Pyburn emailed me after he discovered the podcast. He is also someone like me who decided he wanted to get back into drawing and creating again and told me that he was going to be touring with a Comic-Con and one of the stops was going to be ri...Show More

30:53 | Jun 16th

In this season of the podcast, I decided to try and start my own business. It's going to be a multimedia podcast studio and retail space. And I'm doing it in an old 1930's train car! One of the things I need to figure out is what I'm going to sell ...Show More

34:47 | Mar 3rd

Today I get to meet Emily Balsley. She's a full-time self-employed artist whose illustration work I really admire. We've tried to get together to talk a few times. When she started working on a mural here at the University of Wisconsin, I stopped by ...Show More

33:14 | Feb 24th

Grant Baciocco is a puppeteer, comedian, writer and professional wrestling host from time to time. He also is the creator of the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd which I happened to make an animated cartoon pilot for. He is known f...Show More

33:09 | Feb 17th

Ben Walker Storey had listened to the podcast and contacted me on Instagram. The funny thing is I had actually been looking at his work online earlier that day. So I asked him if he wanted to meet with me on the show. He runs a podcast of his own ca...Show More

27:28 | Feb 10th

Peter Krsko had been listening to the podcast and contacted me. And meeting him was a delight! I had checked out some of his stuff on his website and one thing that caught my eye was these large sculptures that he did. They were these giant wooden th...Show More

24:03 | Feb 3rd

Spencer Blesi and Rob Griffen are two guys I used to work with at a corporate job. They were in the video department. Spencer even recorded a video for my band Lorenzo's Music. After I left that company I later heard that they also left and started t...Show More

22:08 | Jan 27th

Steev Baker & Shauna Koszegi work at the library. They spend their whole day trying to get people to think about it as a place that has tons of resources for creative people. So how do you get people to come to a place that has just always been there...Show More

21:06 | Jan 20th

There was an art installation at a local coffee shop in the fall and the artist, Bradley Flora heard my podcast and asked if I wanted to stop by and check it out. We ended up sitting down to talk, and he told me about how he’s been expanding on what ...Show More

23:26 | Jan 13th

My wife and I were taking a weekend trip to Minnesota. I took that opportunity to meet someone that lives there that I'm friends with on Instagram, Emily Mehr. Listen to the episode Listen on: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube ...Show More

31:01 | Jan 6th

What cool way to start off the new season of the show, I got the opportunity to meet Jessica Abel!! Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube She is the comic book writer and artist who has made so many books, ranging from stor...Show More

36:39 | Sep 30th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Previously on American Bandito, I spoke with artist Rachal Duggan and I discovered we had a mutual person that inspired us both. After I posted that interview, I got a silly idea in my ...Show More

23:02 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Back in the first season of the show, I talked to a young artist named Salma Carreon. During the interview, she told me about how she briefly apprenticed at a tattoo shop. And it occurr...Show More

24:12 | Sep 16th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person that I meet today I read about in the Isthmus. He was creating a stop-motion film with the students he teaches in his art class at Crestwood Elementary school. And the film t...Show More

21:02 | Sep 9th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The first thing I saw by Heather Boggs of Stitch Boom Bang, was a portrait of Hall & Oates she embroidered on a doily. After seeing that, I kinda needed to meet this person. And it turn...Show More

20:43 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person I asked to meet with me today I contacted out of pure curiosity. I’ve driven past the lakeside press on Willy street like a million times and have never known a thing about i...Show More

29:43 | Aug 26th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I met Rachal Duggan at the Tone Madison anniversary party. She had a table set up to do butt portraits. People would turn around and she would draw a picture of their butt. Afterward, I...Show More

18:54 | Aug 26th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Eli had contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. He's an illustrator and also tells me about work he's done as a 3D artist for game design. And it turns out he created t...Show More

18:05 | Aug 26th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I went to a local animation meet up in February and afterward Gavin had posted a stop-motion short he made on the meet up's Facebook event page. I've only made 2D animation and have alw...Show More

20:09 | Aug 26th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I found American Trash while looking at stories located in the Madison area on Instagram. I liked the style. It reminded me of the type of skateboard art that has always appealed to me....Show More

24:22 | Jul 29th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I saw Hailee's work on Instagram while searching for local artists. She is a fashion designer turned embroidery artist who recently graduated with a B.S. in Textile and Fashion Design f...Show More

26:30 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube James Kreul has been very involved with films in Madison, he runs programs like The Rooftop Cinema at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the upcoming Mills Folly Microcinema at ...Show More

17:39 | Jul 15th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Linda is a writer and blogger. She has a site called "Mixed Metaphors, Oh My!" that she has been doing since 2013. She joined a Facebook group called Madison Indie Filmmakers and after ...Show More

15:10 | Jul 8th, 2018

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Kelly is a writer who contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. She's written a book called "Om Namah..." available on Amazon. As she explains it's a story of healing fro...Show More

30:22 | Mar 11th, 2018

The shop owners this season should have some wisdom they can pass along to those of us trying to make it in the world creatively. So this week I ask the question: What mistakes do you wish you would have known when you started? Listen to the episode ...Show More

19:54 | Mar 4th, 2018

If you do create your own things it's really easy to let it take up all of your free time. But you don't want to do it at the expense of enjoying life, family or friends. There has to be a balance, but when you're in charge of yourself how do you man...Show More

27:47 | Feb 25th, 2018

When you make things the goal is usually you want people to come check it out? Like these local shops do? But how do you promote something like that? And where do you find the people to tell about it? That leads to this weeks question: "How do you te...Show More

19:20 | Feb 18th, 2018

I get following your dream as a creative person and artist. And so far, learning that was inspiration enough. But is it worth it? Lifestyle-wise that is. The question this week is: "How Do You Pay Yourself?" Listen to the episode Subscribe to the sho...Show More

19:57 | Feb 11th, 2018

We've talked about how seeing the work in public makes a huge difference. But what about insurance in those places, not only for you but the items you display? What about planning for the future like emergencies or health issues? So, the question thi...Show More

35:37 | Feb 4th, 2018

The question I ask this week: "How do you find creators & the work you display?" With all the things we've learned about the people I've talked with this season, I wanted to know how do they find the people they work with? And what should an artist o...Show More

32:20 | Jan 28th, 2018

The question I ask this week: "Why open a physical place instead of an online business?" With the ability to sell and promote anything you make online, why would anyone spend the extra time and money opening a brick and mortar store? I wondered about...Show More

16:58 | Jan 21st, 2018

The question I ask this week: "How long did you give yourself to succeed?" How long would it take for someone to figure out if the risk they took to pursue their passion full-time was successful? I wanted to know if there is a timeline or some kind o...Show More

33:05 | Jan 14th, 2018

This episode I ask the question: "When were you ready to take the leap?" It's one thing to say you want to open your own shop or gallery. But what does it take to go against everything you know and actually do it? Listen to the show: Subscribe to the...Show More

39:18 | Jan 7th, 2018

This episode I ask the question: "What made you decide to start your own business?" It's the first episode of the second season. This time I travel around Madison and meet with people that own or operate galleries, stores and other places that sell a...Show More

37:21 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet painter Philip Salamone One interesting thing I find out in this conversation... my studio is literally across the street from his and we have never met before. So I'm glad I got a chance to talk to him. Philip's work is all over tow...Show More

26:38 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet author, Chris Lester. Chris saw my post about looking for artists in Madison for the show. He responded with the question, “What about writers?” I thought he had a good point. Writers are creative people also. So I set up a time to m...Show More

25:44 | Dec 22nd, 2017

In this weeks episode, I meet Salma Carreon. She makes ceramics, etchings and paintings. This includes hand painted shirts and a few commissioned murals around town. But what she really wants to do is become a tattoo artist. All this and she has only...Show More

31:43 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This weeks episode I meet Jason Scott. Jason is a sculptor of large and small-scale pieces, which includes jewelry. And it all seems to relate back to when he studied to be a sushi chef years ago.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f...Show More

24:45 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet Colin Holden. Colin's work has a cartoon style, but he prefers to work on a large scale format, usually around five feet tall. He uses this platform to make pieces that express a timeline something that dates back to when he returned...Show More

22:30 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet Sharon Bjyrd Sharon is a painter who moved here from Chicago. She started out going to school for commercial art, which I realize is what we called it before it was graphic design. The story for the inspiration that started her inter...Show More

36:39 | Dec 22nd, 2017

I begin my quest to meet artists in Madison, WI with Holly Meyers. After moving to Madison she was inspired by life changes and her new city's creative energy to devote herself more fully to art. She tells me about how early in life she lost all of h...Show More

20:32 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet Hanifa Debling. Hanifa had a career in banking. During that time she went to school for Jewelry and Silversmithing. She made jewelry and other pieces for friends. Then, when she retired from banking she decided to launch her own bout...Show More

23:26 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet Jake Jensen. Jake is a house painter that has the luck of being able to use an endless amount of art supplies thanks to his job. He recently changed the entire concept of what he makes because of an obsession he has with something sm...Show More

05:33 | Dec 22nd, 2017

I was out riding my bike the other day. For some reason, I decided to take a different path than I normally do.  I saw three people, one of them was on a ladder. They were just finishing up what looked like a mural that said "You are beautiful" on i...Show More

32:52 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week we get to meet photographer Melanie Jones. Melanie is an editorial photographer now based in Madison, Wisconsin, specializing in making portraits of companion animals, families, small business owners, and contemplative landscapes. When she ...Show More

27:39 | Dec 22nd, 2017

In the last episode this season, I meet Stephenie Hamen. She does crafts and helps teach people how to do them. But when it comes to her personal artwork she likes to paint and make things that are more abstract.  --- Send in a voice message: ...Show More

25:45 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week I meet Robin Leigh Kling. Robin is an artist that has made watercolor landscape paintings over the years. She took time off to raise her son but still managed to find ways to stay involved in the arts. She recently launched a Facebook page ...Show More