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Meet T Money

Today we’d like to introduce you to T Money.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art is my creative outlet. It allows me to process my thoughts, questions and emotions. It is an important cog in my maturing process that compliments my daily life .The journey of my Street Art story has allowed me to meet new artist and friends, It has taken me to places I never thought it would have & given me the chance to see the city from a different and unique viewpoint.

I started with simply making stickers. It has been a slow but steady evolution of different mediums, from posters to murals. The contrast between how I see and think of my work and how the world experiences it is a truly fascinating thing to watch.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m what people typically label as a street artist… I make stickers, posters and murals… My work space is a small corner of my apartment. (With the exception to murals) I try to recycle/repurpose as much as I can to make what I do. I’m not technologically savvy so I do most of my work by hand… I usually have a standard character, my dino, that appears in my work. I use my dino as a way to work out problems I have drawing. by sticking to one character I can improve my technique… My inspiration is a mix of pop culture and my daily life. I mainly draw from music animation and philosophy. I can’t and don’t want to control someone’s experience of my work. That’s not possible… For me, the finished piece is not as important as the process.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
You got to keep grinding.. be careful of the pitfalls of the mainstream and politics of the scene… know your lines and your limits and be willing to make mistakes then learn from them. Challenge yourself and always ask yourself, is it kind, true and necessary.

The lesson I wish I had learned was to keep more of a distance between galleries and the scene… I listen to the advice of others and not my gut… But there is no use in crying over spilled almond milk…

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work mainly appears in the streets of Chicago… in tiny nooks and abandoned spots. I’m always on the lookout for places to paint or to place posters. inside and out… I am mostly a one-person show. It’s often a challenge to find new opportunities and make new work. So, if you or someone you know likes quirky street art dinos… please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can contact me via email or Instagram … IG is the main place to see my work…

Contact Info:

  • Email: tmoneydelarue@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @tmoneydelarue


Image Credit:
It’s all me with a dash of PennyPinch .
My streetheart on the truck.

The picnic table is at starlounge, dark matter coffee

The photo of a photo is at pilsen outpost..a collaboration piece with Action_street_art.

Pennypinch under my poster outside

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