Why I’m Happier Using a Flip Phone as a Sporting Artist Posted on 4 Feb 11:29 , 12 comments

Using a flip phone in 2020 might sound extremely unconventional or even completely absurd. To be honest there were several reasons and several months of thinking about taking the plunge, and I honestly didn’t see many draw backs. I’ve been using this flip phone for the last 4 months and still want to keep using it. Here are two lists, one against smart phones and one for dumb phones.



Here are some things that smart phones do:

  • They make you lazy.
    • You don’t even have to think anymore. Type anything in and you have the answer, the directions, and the experience with out going anywhere, struggling, or thinking.
  • They make you anti-social.
    • Just look around at a restaurant or even across the table from you. Everyone is looking down on their cell phones.
  • They make you spend more money.
    • All a smart phone is, is a data collector to be processed through machine learning for large companies to be able to market to you extremely hard and accurate.
    • Not to mention you might spend $80/ month for a plan and $1,000 on the phone itself.
  • They make you distracted.
    • I read once, "The over load on information leads to distraction." To be honest how many of us go down long rabbit holes while on our smart phones?
  • They make you addicted.
    • The name of the app game is to have people actively using their app for as long as possible, as often as possible. The more views and engagement, the more money they make. So there are companies that their job is to make apps more addicting.
  • They make you lose touch with loved ones.
    • How often do we find ourselves visiting family, having a date night, or spending time with our kids and realize we all have been distracted the whole entire time. Your loved one feels subconsciously not as important as your phone. 


Here are some things flip phones do:

  • They make you think for yourself.
    • Real life problem solving. Makes you think on your feet if you run into a problem where you use to just be able to google or bring up a map. 
  • They make you work harder.
    • Apart from working harder mentally, actually figuring problems out. You don’t have this urge to be on your phone, so to pass the time I find myself being highly productive and fixing things around the house all the time. 
  • They make you save money.
    • You aren’t being bombarded all day long by marketing, and being influenced by wanting things you didn’t even know existed.
    • The cost of my flip phone was free from Affinity Cellular. And my last bill from them was $12.
  • They aren’t addicting- at all.
    • They are the opposite of addicting. You don’t want to use it unless you have to.
  • They make you spend genuine time with people.
    • This was the biggest reason why I got rid of my smart phone. I figured I would regret when I was older, all the time I spent on my stupid smart phone while I was with the people I loved.
  • They help you get away from work and worries.
    • This was my second biggest reason. I wanted to be able to leave my work behind after 5 pm and on the weekends. That time is reserved for my family and friends.


Most of these reasons weren’t enough for me to give up my smartphone. The only real reason that pushed me over the edge was realizing how much time with loved ones I was wasting by being on it. I’m not even saying to go out and buy a flip phone. It was just the easiest way for me to accomplish my goal of spending better quality time with my loved ones and friends, to be in the moment. When I leave work, I am completely disconnected.

You are probably wondering how I use Instagram and do anything else with my business. Well I now have an iPad Pro to run my business off of, but I try hard to only use it for business between 8am-5pm. Once I’m done for the day, I am ready to get off the iPad.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or think I should elaborate on anything then leave a comment or send my a DM on me Instagram- @jayboart.

Behind how and why Jay Talbot became an artist Posted on 14 Mar 12:01 , 13 comments

If you ever wanted to become a full time artist, this may an interesting article to read.

I am in the beginning of my 3rd year as a full time artist, and it's been more than a full time commitment. I'll give the story how it all happened- including my first art sale, my first style, the ups and the downs, and key motivators along the way.

It started in the fall of 2013, I was trying to come up with extra money on the side during my last semester of college that was coming up. I thought to myself "I can do simple art on wood that people would buy for $30 or $40, how hard could that be?" So I would go to my grandparents house in Columbia, SC to work on these pieces to try to sell. They had all the paint and art supplies already because they both painted a little bit. I came up with a style that was mixed between several inspirations including Tripp Art and Rep Your Water.

Below are the first pieces of art that I ever sold. I was selling them on Etsy, to friends, and posting on truck blogs (haha). Making $40 a month off my art was enough excitement for me to keep it up and to keep producing artwork. I still have several old pieces on wood that's signed "JAYBO" that never sold.


After I had been doing this kind of art for about 3 months, I had a dilemma with my minor and graduating college on time. I had received an email saying that I couldn't minor in Business (even though I had 9 business classes under my belt- more than how many I had for my major in Religious Studies). I looked into minoring in so many things like physics, finance, astronomy, geology... but I would have to spend an extra semester for a semester and I was ready to graduate. So that only minor that I could fit into one semester was Studio Art. The catch was that each class was 4 hrs long... some days would be 12 hrs long with classes. It was great though. I started developing a style in my drawing class. Which, by the way, was an advanced drawing class... I thought I was good at drawing... until our teacher made us draw a picture in 45 minutes and then have the whole class critique it. The talent was unbelievable... seriously mind blowing. I was literally in the bottom 10% in the class skill wise.

However, I drew 3 to 4 hours a day. The teacher was great and I was learning key things about the basics of shading, shape, color, ink wash, marker detail. I was slowly developing a style during this drawing class. Then it all came together when we had to do an iconic series... so naturally I wanted to draw flies (since I had just gotten into fly fishing and was falling in love with it). That was the first time I ever thought I had something neat. The flies that I drew weren't perfect, but they were very neat. Neat enough to grab your attention. All the classmates were crowded around my fly drawings and I was so confused why, but it made me look closer at the style I had.

I also was posting these drawings from my class to Instagram and was getting a lot of attention. A clothing company was buying the designs from my class and also was commissioning me 30 designs. It was amazing, and was the first time that I ever considered that I could do art for a career, but I didn't take that leap till a bit later.

When I graduated in May of 2014, I was doing commissions for t-shirt companies and for people to have in their homes. However, I took a job out of college to do Loan Origination (basically a mortgage broker). I was horrible at it. I was really nice and was great on the phone, but I really could of cared less about spending all my time trying to market and sell loans. Plus, I was spending more time on the phone about t-shirt designs and projects than about mortgages.

I didn't plan on quitting, I thought I was doing the adult thing that was driven into me since I was a kid- get a job after college. However, it wasn't doing anything for me. I started questioning so many things... like is this really all there is? Do a job that you don't care about that takes you away from the things you actually want to be doing? (I was also just getting into listening to the Grateful dead a lot during this time- haha) But I was thinking a lot about what the difference was between a billionaire fishing everyday and a poor man fishing everyday. Besides the obvious, I didn't see much difference. So I decided to take the plunge and do art full time in the late fall of 2014.

By this time, I was being commissioned regularly. Charging about $40 up to $125 for a large piece. However, I didn't have near enough work to legitimately be full time, but I was dedicated to it and when I didnt have work I would draw anyways and design. Plus I got to go fishing more, even though I was barely covering my bills- not including food.

For all of 2015, I struggled big time during my first year as a full time artist. I was sleeping on couches, never had any money to go out to dinner with friends, or to really do anything. So I just drew and created.

The next big moment in my career came in December of 2015. I was looking to go back to working full time to make ends meet. I got an interview to help on the sales floor of a tshirt business. Not the sales floor for screen printing which was the big part of their business, but literally just the 3% of revenue part where they sold already printed shirts on the showroom and I would do the cash register.

The owner of the place had looked me up before the interview on google, and asked me if I could bring in a drawing of a dog. (I had never drawn a dog before, and had no idea why he wanted me to do a drawing for an interview to run the cash register). However, I did it- the drawing came out great. Then at the interview he tore me apart- he was telling me that my art was at a low high school level at best. He told me that he thought I was trying to get into the company as a designer or a commissioned artist that they pay royalties too, and said they weren't interested.

That random berating filled me with something that made me take my art to the next level for 2016. I posted that dog drawing I did for the interview on social media and had over $1,000 in invoices in dog portraits that same week. I also was commissioned 52 large drawings for an office that same week. MAN! Thank God I didn't go full time working a cash register!!

With all this extra expected money, I was confident to finally move to James Island in Charleston SC... as a full time fish artist. I went from couch surfing, barely paying bills, to living in Charleston, SC... which cheap rent is $1,800 for a small house and average dinner bills are $25. Somehow, someway I was paying all my bills and the commissions kept coming in. I was somehow booked 4 months in advanced for commissioned artwork in most of 2016. I also had started selling fish decals in December of 2015- and those were a big hit.

It's funny, but sad to say that I never finished those 52 commissioned pieces for that office. The safety net that gave me confidence to move to Charleston, never got finished. I had so many commissions that kept coming in, I never really got to the 52 pieces that I was using as a safety net for when the commissions ran out. I finished 6 of the 52, and can honestly not explain how or why I never finished them. I am probably going to send an email to the guy today apologizing about that.

Anyways, in late 2016 my Instagram reaches 11,000 followers, and I launched some tshirts that are a big hit. My t shirt and decal sales have really helped me move forward as an artist. It is great supplemental income that opens up more doors to expand.

In 2017, I am on track to double revenue from 2016. I am blown away that Jaybo Art has developed into a slow but steady growing company. I have plans to keep doubling and developing the business. I definitely want to keep doing commissions, that's my passion- especially draw your catch pieces.

I'm happy, and excited that I didnt stick to an office job and decided to grow in my own adventure. I don't have to check in with a boss, or ask for days off. I have the opportunities to say yes to any random fishing adventure. I'm by no means successful monetarily yet, but I feel successful to grow from nothing to a legit income making business that lets me live free.

I don't mean to brag at all with going into detail about my journey so far, because in the grand scheme I know that what I've accomplished so far is just a grain of sand compared to other successful artists. And I know that it could dry up at any time (part of owning your own business).

But I wanted to say all of it to show that if you actually want to work for yourself. If it's art or some other passion. Please stick with it and commit to it. I have put in 3 years of drawing every single day, even if there's no paycheck and have grown my Instagram to over 13,000 followers (which I know isn't that much in the grand scheme, but has allowed me to do what I love). We are lucky to be in the age of online and social media... It's way easier to make an impact and to grow certain types of companies now. Especially getting your art work out there in front of people.

I hope this has helped someone out, or inspired someone. Just stick it out and put in the time if you actually want to be an artist or whatever your passion is.



Jay Talbot


Angler Series: Bam "Double" Hall Posted on 20 May 11:49 , 1 comment

After a long break from the angler series, I am happy to introduce one of my good fishing buddies, Bill who goes by Bam.

He was a random dude from Michigan on my Instagram that was messaging me about fishy stuff, then we ended up fishing together when he moved to South Carolina. Then I learned that he's just a great guy that would do anything in the world for his friends and family. We've had a ton of fun fishing the mountains for trout, Columbia, SC for stripers and small mouth, and Charleston for redfish. We're always scheming our next fishing trip and there's no boundaries to where we would be willing to fish, so this dude is awesome and one of my better buddies for sure. Hope you enjoy his questionnaire.

Who are you? William Butler Hall III of Argentine Twp, MI currently blessed to call the Upstate of South Carolina my home.

What do you do? Vice President of a trucking and logistics company out of Flint, MI...YES...I drank the water...YES the people of Flint got screwed...YES I carry.

How do you do what you do? Listen hard and carry a big stick

What do you think you’ll be doing in 5 years? Gentleman farmer and part time fishing guide.

Preferred type of fishing... big flies, shallow water and big cast

Who are you? Son of the King, husband, father, business leader and always on time for fishing

Biggest fish caught? 30 plus king salmon

Best part of your day? When my wife wakes me up and tells me she missed while she slept

Worst part of your day? Leaving my dog behind

Bourbon, beer, or wine? Bourbon

Rage out on the town or quietly sip drinks at home? Backyard bombfire at home with drinks

Mountains or beach? Beach

Your dream fish to catch? GT while wet wading...has to be freaky good

Favorite restaurant? Roast at the Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit

Your biggest pet peeve about another fisherman? Fishing for others praise, lame

Last song that you listened to? The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Favorite band of all time? Dispatch

Other hobbies? Watching fishing

What is something no one knows about you? Attended college to play football and obtain a fine arts degree.

Best memory fishing? Watching my brother pick apart his new home waters of Colorado. Jelous and impressed.

Worst memory fishing? Laying on my face along the Chattooga River waiting for the mountain rescue while Kevin Poole sat over me for hours. Only after two days of slow fishing and back country camping.

Funniest fishing story you have? A 30 minute bent to cork battle with we thought was a tiger musky, boats surrounded us and had a great laugh when we boated a tail hooked common carp.

#1 person you’d like to meet? Jose. Reason I fish man. Guy was the salt.

Cheers! Next time we'll meet a dude who says fishing and hunting kept him out of trouble (for real though).

Angler Series: Harry Tomlinson Posted on 8 Apr 13:57 , 0 comments

The second angler in the series to answer a questionnaire is Harry Tomlinson. He and I went to high school together and he pretty much got me into fly fishing for redfish. Here's some quick questions for my bud.

Who are you? Harry

What do you do? Student of the medicine

How do you do what you do? One step at a time

What do you think you’ll be doing in 5 years? Saving lives

Preferred type of fishing? Sight

Biggest fish caught? Not big enough

Best part of your day? Folgers in my cup

Worst part of your day? Waiting for the folgers

Bourbon, beer, or wine? Each has its place

Rage out on the town or quietly sip drinks at home? Ha. Ha...

Mountains or beach? Both

Your dream fish to catch? Anything jako catches

Favorite restaurant? Rachael's kitchen

Your thoughts on fake people? Not worth thinking about

Your biggest pet peeve about another fisherman? Other fishermen

Last song that you listened to? Get down on it

Favorite band of all time? Too many. But Joe cocker

Other hobbies? Learning stuff

What is something no one knows about you? My middle name is Flinzuünheiffen

Best memory fishing? So many incredible ones but I hope the best hasn't happened yet

Worst memory fishing? Breaking stuff

Funniest fishing story you have? Is about taking random people fishing

#1 person you’d like to meet? Albert Hofmann and Rick Strassman

Tell us anything you absolutely want as a closing statement: do excellence

Next week we will feature a fisherman from Flint, Michigan who is a "suit."

Angler Series: DJ Dan Decibel Answers a Questionnaire Posted on 1 Apr 22:10 , 0 comments

Jaybo Art wants to do something a little different. This is a blog series on the person behind the fish. So many times we get too focused on the fish, but the reality is that people are more important. This series will high light several fishermen: some people you may know and some you've never heard of before. That's cool though... get to know some people through this interesting questionnaire as we start with @dj_dan_decibel in this series.

Who are you? My name is Dan Decibel well at least that's my stripper name my real name is Daniel Diez. I was born in Cuba and have been living in Miami, since I was 7 years old. Ive been fishing all my life thanks to my dad used to fish for a living and currently lives in Cuba. I love to make Fly Fishing films and love to document my time on the water for those people who aren't as fortunate to get out and fish as much as they would like. I am also a South Florida DJ for over 10 years and have gotten lucky to travel the world doing so.

What do you do? I am a Filmaker, I Edit, Produce and DJ.

How do you do what you do?

What will you be doing in 5 years? Hopefully in 5 years I will be lucky enough to have a family and kids that share the same passion for fishing as much as I do.

Preferred type of fishing? My favorite method of fishing is Fly Fishing.

Biggest fish caught? 20 inch Puffer Fish.

Best part of your day? Best part of my day is when I hear my alarm clock go off before a fishing trip.

Worst part of your day? The worst part of my day is coming to an end of every fishing trip.

Bourbon, beer, or wine? Bourbon

Rage out on the town or quietly sip drinks at home? Sip drinks with friends at home.

Mountains or beach? Mountains

Your dream fish to catch? My dream fish to catch is a Tailing Mutton Snapper on fly on a flat.

Favorite restaurant? Taco Bell

Your thoughts on fake people? Not thoughts about them they dont matter.

Your biggest pet peeve about another fisherman? On social media, people who constantly post the same pics over and over again of the same fish to make it seem like they are catching fish. Ive seen people post 10 different pictures of the same fish.

Last song that you listened to? Baha Men- Who let the dogs out.

Favorite band of all time? The Jonas Brothers

Other hobbies? I built the Effiel Tower with my bare hands.

What is something no one knows about you? No one knows I actually created the first Pizza ever!! (Youre welcomed everyone)

Best memory fishing? My best fishing memory was when I got to take my mom fishing in a nearby lake and she ended up catching a huge Peacock Bass. Its definitely been burned into my memory for years to come.

Worst memory fishing? The worst fishing memory Ive had so far was reef fishing in the middle of the night with my little brother and my friends 3 other younger brothers. A summer storm formed out of nowhere and lightning came down as if it was the end of the world. I was scared for my life not because of what would happen to me but what could potentially happen to the kids on the boat. The storm was forming near land in the Florida Keys and we had to pick up anchor and jet out of our current location. We had lightning strikes hitting as close as 50 feet. I took the helm and had to head offshore a few miles in order to get away. That was definitely the worst memory fishing.

Funniest fishing story you have?

#1 person you’d like to meet? I would love to meet my idol "Will Ferrell". Since I can remember he has been an Idol of mine. I even have a bobble head of his in front of dashboard in my truck.

Tell us anything you absolutely want as a closing statement: I feel like this is that quote that goes under your picture for your school yearbook, well here goes nothing, "Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, here's my number, so call me maybe."

Cheers! Next week we will ask a Charleston, SC native the same questions... his middle name may surprise you.

Recent Fly Fishing Trip with Capt. Owen Plair Posted on 17 Feb 13:04 , 1 comment

From time to time I write about my fly fishing trips on here. So here we go again.

A couple weeks ago I was able to take a trip to Beaufort to meet up with Capt. Owen for a morning fishing trip. I don't think we realized how good it was going to be leading up to that morning, but it was just one of those days where the sun was shining and the water was pure glass... the whole time too. Not only was the sunrise freaking incredible, it was just beautiful the whole day too.

Out of 13 or 14 redfish trips in the last 2 years, I feel like I was plagued with 2 years of bad luck. Every time (it seemed like) the weather would be cloudy, 25 mph winds, and spooky fish. And even if the sun was shining, then the fish were just extra spooky or not eating at all. Anyways, I digress.

Before this trip, I had only caught 3 redfish on the fly in my life and never at low tide! In the past I was the guy who threw the fly in the worst possible place at the worst possible time and would spook the whole stinking school. Not saying I didn't do that this trip, but for some reason the fish were a lot more forgiving.

So we ease on a couple schools, and we worked hard to get the first one on fly. Capt. Owen was an awesome guide through it too. He was chill and encouraging, which was good because I was frustrated at missing fish and throwing it at the wrong spots. 

Then we get to another school of reds, and he says he's going to get the next fish I catch on slow mo video... so the pressure was on (lol). Sure enough, it happened and he got it on film-- in slow mo! It was awesome. Too bad I trout set the crap out of it- on the video. (for those who don't know, you're suppose to strip set redfish because their mouths are more underneath their face, and you'll have a lot more hook ups strip setting). But either way, it was caught and it was on film.

Then we go to the last school of the day, I manage to get a perfect feed and eat. So Capt. Owen told me to get up on the platform and pole him to the fish for a minute. Which was awesome because I've never poled a boat before but have always wanted to. So as he was coaching me on how to pole and where to go and what to do up there, he hooks a redfish on his first cast. It was awesome to see something like that from the platform for the first time. 

Over all it was an incredible day of fishing. I might sound like a kid when talking about all of this, and may sound inexperienced compared to alot of my readers. But I'm a big believer in never too late to start, and I think feeling like a kid while catching fish on the fly is one of the most important aspects to fly fishing. It's sorta like having a few hours where you have no other worries or concerns, other than where are the fish. It's a good feeling.

If you'd like to experience fly fishing in Beaufort, South Carolina, Capt. Owen's Info is below.

Be Outside and Be Thankful Posted on 26 Dec 21:13 , 1 comment

(Feel free to comment on these posts)

Lately, I've experienced having to put in a lot of time into commissions. Having to actually sit down at a desk and sketch subjects out hours at a time during the week. I've found that if I don't get outside and into the woods or onto the water then I didn't have a sufficient enough break. Without a sufficient break from the desk my creativity and the extra excitement for new projects is low. 

Simply put, I literally have to get out at least once a week. During deer season I've been able to escape to a small town an hour away and just sit in the woods. Haven't seen many deer at the stand I hunt this season, but it certainly has helped re-energized me each week. Before that, I was fortunate enough to spend weekends on Winyah Bay fishing with live bait. It also really helped me re-energize. (And that cold beer on that 20 minute ride in with the sun going down is unbeatable)

You may already know that, but that's okay I'm just reminding you. However, what I really want people to remember is to stay grateful. If you stay appreciative/grateful/thankful for all that you have and for the time you get to spend outdoors then that's the ultimate re-energizer.

Being thankful really does put life and everything a little more into perspective, and for the better in most cases. Such an easy thing to do.... go outside and be thankful. It's an incredible way to perceive the world around you and it's awesome. 




Think Like an Artist: Art Quotes to Help You Draw Posted on 7 Dec 17:08 , 2 comments

When I was in college I really developed most of my drawing style from the following quotes. Whether you are a professional illustrator, someone who wants to draw like a professional, or someone who just likes to think... then this a great list of quotes to check out.

  1. "The idea is to have no idea. Get lost. Get lost in the landscape." -Malcolm Morley
  2. "Dont resist anything. Do anything that is vaguely interesting to you" -Gary Stephan
  3. "Choose a purpose and see it through to an end." -Jackie Windsor
  4. "Draw something without making any two lines the same." -Tom Wesselmann
  5. "Keep yourself off balance because the process allows for a certain amount of discovery." -Benny Andrews
  6. "Try to make something so beautiful it hurts." -Dorothea Rockburne
  7. "It's easy to be an artist in your head. Do more." -David Salle
  8. "Paint faster than you can think." -Alex Katz
  9. There arent any definite procedures and there arent any definite tools. You have to decide for yourself what your tools and procedures are going to be." -Richard Serr
  10. "Draw something behind your back." -Tom Wesselmann
  11. "The viewer becomes more involved as the 'art' becomes more of a puzzle." -Will Insley
  12. "We are obliged to steal pieces of language, both visual and textual." -Barbara Kruger
  13. "It takes a lot of willpower and desire to be an artist hunting for what excites your imagination. It can be difficult because it takes so much discipline to continue." -Barry Le Va
  14. "The thing that keeps me going is trying to figure out what keeps me going." -Bruce Nauman
  15. "Work comes out of work." -Richard Serra
  16. "The worst thing that could happen to you is to make one style or one gesture all your life."-Komar & Melamid

What It's Like to Be a Fish Artist During Christmas (+ramblings) Posted on 24 Nov 11:20 , 0 comments

Here's a little blog post on a typical day in the studio and the ins and outs of being a fish artist during the holidays... Also, I am BOOKED through Christmas.


Being an artist is pretty awesome. I get to sleep in with no alarm clock to wake up to. I take my time and make sure I sit and drink my coffee for about an hour while I watch fishing videos and listen to grateful dead (If you know me this is as stereotypical as I get). Then I start thinking about what I have to do that day. That's when it hits and it's go go go.

To back up a minute, I start getting Christmas commissions in the beginning of November and it's like a flood. This year I had 25 Christmas commissions and another project of 12 pieces to do in that time, so 37 total pieces in 2 months. 

So back to a normal day. After my coffee, I scramble to package and mail out finished pieces and other ordered products. (The days when I have to run to the store to grab packaging supplies are bummers.) I run to the post office about 3 times per week this time of year. Then I come back to the studio and check out my hand written list of commissions and figure out how I can maximize my time today and complete as many pieces as possible. 

Then I get to work on those pieces during the afternoon. After I complete the goal for the day, I get on my website and start editing areas that I feel that could be improved. I start answering emails. In November alone I had over 200 threads of emails. After emails are returned, I think about and look into opportunities of having products on my website. A lot of times that means more emails, and also time in the evenings designing things. (For instance, designing stickers, also I can see what drawings will look like on cliff fly boxes in photoshop, and I am designing belts that I'll be carrying right around Christmas.)

It's all fun for me though. I love seeing Jaybo Art grow and I love having a vision for it. Christmas time really allows me to venture out and do new things. The extra income allows me to invest in new products and helps stabilize the months following December. I love being transparent to everyone who keeps up with me, and I really like engaging with everyone too.

I think people are surprised when I take time to talk to people, especially kids and high schoolers. About everyday I get messages from aspiring young artists or people who just love my artwork. I really like that social media allows you to talk to people like that, and even give some pointers when asked. 

I dont know, but I do what I do for people. I feel an odd pressure from society maybe that I should have a mindset that "I should have the same passion all the time even if no one sees my artwork." (Side note: I am like that with fly fishing... most trips I dont bring a phone or camera) But with art, I think if I didnt have an audience to show my work to then I wouldn't be as motivated to do it. I definitely do what I do for people, and don't get me wrong- I really love drawing. 

People ask me "don't I ever get tired of commissions?" And I always say, "well at first I did, but now I get worried when I don't have any." So I have really learned how to manage commissions and I really love drawing for people.

Thanks to everyone for the support (and if you're still reading then you rock extra)! Really mean it!

-Jay Talbot



Grateful Dead and Inspiration Posted on 2 Nov 16:56 , 1 comment

You may of noticed a heavy influence in a lot of my work from the Grateful Dead and now a little bit of Phish. 

To tell you the truth, I didn't even know about the grateful dead until about a year ago maybe. I was fishing with Capt. Harry in Charleston, and I was pulling his truck up from the boat ramp and he had it playing in his car. That was the moment where I thought "man I dig that band." It was awesome because not only did I really like their music, but there was a lot of depth to it. Pretty much as much depth as I would want to give the band. 

At first I listened to studio albums, then I started listening to the live concerts. That's when you really become a big fan. I think the lyrics and their example of doing what you love really impacted my career as a fish artist. I really do get inspired by bands like them, even though they seem so-so on the outside... there is a ton of depth and a ton of success. It almost seems like they are doing exactly what they want (or maybe even meant to do) and it sorta fits perfectly in that moment of time.

I love that when you are so into that moment of doing something you love, but there is really no logical explanation for you to be doing it and then it turns out to be exactly what you should of been doing. I feel that way when I am truly being artistic in the sense that I am drawing or painting something that I've never done before in a way that I've never done before.

Sometimes if I get too into my work and get in a rut of commissions (no offense, I love commission work) then I break away for a day or two. I try to get back to why I'm an artist. I sorta take time to think, maybe explore a little bit and get refreshed. Then I come back to the drawing desk and think about what hasn't been done before and still would fulfill me. Often times, these are the pieces where the original sells quickly and where companies are contacting me to buy the rights. 

That's sort of a glimpse into my creative side. Grateful Dead has forever inspired me to do what I love based on their example. Even their lyrics like "a foolish heart will lead you astray, then turn around and blame you for the way you went astray" inspire me. On the other side, I've had a great deal of simple grateful dead- fishing association. Meaning I always listen to grateful dead either on the way to go fishing or while fishing and it's the perfect combo.

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