Patch Whiskey

Patch Whiskey

Boileryard

2017

Patch Whisky grew up immersed in pop culture. He credits classic American cartoons, Japanese video games from the 1980s, and a love for cryptozoology as the inspiration for his signature creatures, adorning and writhing on walls across the globe. He says he feels that his creations belong in "that realm with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster." His prominent mural in Camp North End is tethered to that mythology. The narrative of his mural centers on the theme of "revolution." One of his flagship Rainbow Monsters finds a new friend in a butterfly, intended here to embody the idea of change. It's a nod, the artist says, to "how the building has changed identities over the years." Patch Whisky is used to change. He’s based in Charleston, S.C., but his mural commissions bring him to an array of places and cultures. “I enjoy the interaction I get with the people and being in different surroundings,” he says. “It’s like camping in a lot of ways, and I enjoy the survival aspect of that as well. I get to do a lot of traveling, painting on different structures and sometimes, it’s just nice to not have to take the work home with you. I like to paint things and walk away from it. It’s my gift to whoever finds it.”