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Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy

The work of Kristopher Kotcher, aka Frenemy, is the kind that provokes nostalgia; back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons, comic books and imaginary friends. It's a style that's stuck with him from his childhood, and something he holds sacred: the importance of never growing up.

We travelled the world over to his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to learn about his rough upbringing in Texas, how overcoming his past informed his work as a graffiti artist and illustrator, and the communal nature of picking up a spray can that defies borders and language. Check out the video, below! 

Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy Keeping the Kid Alive: Inside the Cartoon Universe of Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Frenemy

 

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Thanks to Blaine Suque, Late Night Friends and Sioux City!

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Rabin Acharya commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 7:33am
Expressionism by way of art is frowned upon and down right banned in many communist states. It is refreshing to see, at least to an extent, that is not the case in Vietnam. Truly inspirational video!
Anna Alekseeva kostolom3000 commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 7:40am
love this illustrations!
Swen Swensøn commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 8:12am
very cool !
Daisy Beatrice commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 8:36am
Awesome insight into Frenemy's artwork and lifestyle. And what a lovely guy! All the best Kris! :)
7115 commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 11:41am
You are aaaawesome!!! :)
Nick Villalva commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 12:39pm
so awesome!
akotcher commented on Friday, April 1, 2016 5:05pm
Love this! Awesome job Blaine with the video...you captured Kris and the art of Frenemy really well.
inktheboot commented on Saturday, April 2, 2016 7:00am
Frenemy's style! great artwork :)
pvl6 commented on Saturday, April 2, 2016 11:40am
Epic style!
Frenemy commented on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 8:06pm
Thanks all! Thanks for the visit Society6!
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:48am
great video! Great style & interesting story !!
Alex G Griffiths commented on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 9:05am
Very inspiring video. Thanks for sharing!
Pavs_Kreations commented on Thursday, April 7, 2016 9:48pm
Great Story and awesome work :)
Birdcap commented on Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:44pm
MAN I love this guy. Awesome work and and an awesome view on life.
One Artsy Momma commented on Friday, April 8, 2016 7:09am
Frenemy, you ROCK! What an inspiration you are! Excellent work as well! :~)
Cookie commented on Friday, April 8, 2016 7:41am
It's always interesting to learn more about the artist...and you get to see that their art in some form resembles them. Really inspiring stuff here!
Yanmos commented on Friday, April 8, 2016 10:48am
Truly inspirational artist and a beautiful human being
Michael Seymour Blake commented on Monday, April 11, 2016 5:03am
This man is my pal and he's a first rate artist. As a person he's just ok.
Frenemy commented on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:16pm
LOL I love you Michael Seymour Blake.
Michael Joseph Peraino commented on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2:28pm
hey Kris,

enjoyed the video and the toons. I got to Texas via Michigan and am also a cartoonist and also work in other media, but have been making a living as a sign painter and graphic artist for 30 yrs. I have some stuff on Soc 6 but I have more art on a site called Redbubble.com because it lets you use a slide bar to re-size your art on products which is tons easier to control then anything I've found on any other sites like Deviant or 6. How the heck did you end up in Vietnam is what I'm wondering?

I sure wish you and your wife all the success this life can offer.

Michael Joseph Peraino
Pamku commented on Monday, May 9, 2016 11:58am
Fancy artwork! I´m Frenemy´s fan!!

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