written and published by Angenette Navedo
Who is WolfJuice?
WolfJuice is a creator, cultivator, innovator, a visual artist for hire, an actual purple wolf, a satirical cynical fictional character, a social critic, a force to be reckoned with, a super villain, a wave lord, poet, lover, father and business person.
What do you do for the culture?
I have yet to do anything for the culture at large. I can't honestly say I've shot my shot with the culture yet. However, I'm one of very few people who is instrumental in the cultural development of Jersey City and I've made a more than modest contribution to urban art culture in New Jersey with help from a handful of friends.
How do you feel Jersey City has evolved?
Saying Jersey City has evolved would be the same as saying that its reaching perfection, and its not even close. What I can say is the art scene continues to grow immensely although the movement doesn't seem to reflect the heart of the city, the history of the city or the identity of life long citizens who have generational roots here. Nightlife is getting way better in Jersey City for young talent. The level of authenticity and rawness that venues downtown will allow is another discussion though. The city would actually evolve if officials, artists and party goers didn't focus all the cultural energy on the white dominant part of town. And fuck the murals but I love the murals.
Tell me about your podcasts
The FranknWolf podcast is a passion project I do with my business partner, co-host and good friend Frankie Metalz. We talk about a myriad of things on our podcast but its all usually in the vain of art, anime, culture, politics, conspiracy theory and a bunch of other wavy shit. We try to educate and entertain on our show. Put people up on alternative ways of thinking, new anime and our journey. We're most interested in delivering original storytelling with vivid sound design through our podcast network. Offering our audience a new experience in podcasting. We've recently published '3 Guys Go to Heaven' an original audio story by Frankie Metalz that people are really receiving well. And we'll be releasing new stories periodically. My goal is to produce an original audio fiction serial. The fact that the podcast gave birth to ownership of a our own creative facility is a blessing.
Who's part of the wolfJuice Team?
Me & Frankie Metalz run the day to day and we have allies, volunteers and fellow craftsman who join us in creating and doing great things. But for me the real WolfJuice team is my family at home, they're the foundation.
Do you have any upcoming podcasts or events?
Right now we're focusing on events we'll be hosting inside of our studio facility. Themed mixers that focus on intimate socializing and networking among friends, clients, artists and people who support our work. We'll continue to do our large scale off site events this year as well. Events will begin sometime in February. We'll also be hosting various public forums from our space. There's no real place that the art community can congregate regularly in North Jersey that's not some type of loud club or ambiguous bar, we hope to offer an alternative social hub for artists, as well as our friends, supporters and anyone who may be curious about what we do.
Highlights of 2017 for Wolf Juice?
In 2017 we ran Neon Tsunami which was an incredible art experience celebrating the woman form using neon paint, uv lights, over 30 lovely subjects and some of our favorite painters. I may recreate this event for 2018. We ran a number of parties and believed in ourselves enough to make the leap and open our own creative facility FranknWolf Studio. But my contemplations on the past are mostly focused on my missteps of the past year and how to not make them again. But I'll spare you the details of last years follies.
What are you trying to see more of 2018?
In 2018 besides seeing my own vision come to fruition and my various goals met. I'd like to see more people who indulge in the culture who may not be creatives themselves purchase more original works from their favorite artist of various art disciplines. I think a lot of my friends are talented enough to earn a living wage solely by using their craft.
Do you feel the artists of Jersey are putting out what they can or they could do better?
I feel like hard work beats talent when talent is lacking. I believe in the idea that the most undeniable talent will somehow go unseen or underexposed. And I also understand how a lot of great things went through rigorous development before it was even introduced to the market. Art is subjective and is not a monolith. I can't make any real definitive statements about artists in Jersey. But I do think a lot of us need to abandon the idea that theres no real economy for art in this state. I also think a lot of artists need to relinquish managerial control to someone savvy and aggressive so they can create with less worry. As far as achieving significant fame or substantial notoriety in your specific area of expertise, you have to be divinely chosen. If the universe doesn't say that you're the next Alvin Ailey or Ryan Coogler than you won't be. And you have no way of knowing whether or not the universe is conceding to your vision. However, if you're audacious enough to defy fate and successfully rewrite your own destiny, you'll be able to touch something tangible eventually. the stars will conform to your passion and align in your favor.
What advice would you give to the youth of this generation?
The only advice I can give to the youth of this generation is for them to consider the fact that time is absolute and depending on their socioeconomic status they probably don't have a lot of time left. Do what you want while you have the luxury of failure. Free work can be worth it especially if you're a novice with hardly any experience. And lastly hire us for anything art related you can think of. Stay Wavy, WolfJuice Is Forever!