We had the good fortune of connecting with Logan Fulcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Logan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is everything to me. I’ve taken 3 leaps of faith that left me on the streets in rags, took me to millionaire riches, and left me back somewhere in the middle…
Currently, I am a web3/NFT industry professional (in addition to doing art,) but you’d never guess I was homeless 10 years ago…
After the 2008/2009 Lehman Crisis, I was injured and working without insurance – it got worse. That led me to my first leap of faith.
I threw away my belongings, stashed away $1000, and moved out of my apartment – thereby diving head first into homeless before my money ran out. I took that money along with some frequent flyer miles and flew to Japan… I just skipped the return flight.
My second leap of faith was in starting my first two companies. They failed. Despite the 100 hours weeks, a move to Thailand, and me giving it everything I had. I imploded dramatically. However, this all prepared me for everything which would come next.
On the 3rd leap, I allegedly became a millionaire in 2020 through “DeFi” (Decentralized Finance) protocols and lived life in the opposite manner I moved to Japan. Renting beachside artist houses for LSD parties, riding to game centers in limousines, and otherwise feeding everyone I knew wagyu for lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, I lost everything in a tragic boating accident and nearly became homeless again after I moved back to the west – Colorado – in 2021.
I am made of diamond now. I have lost everything. Earned everything. Lost it again. Found me. Forged under the crushing forces of the world we’ve all made. To risk – thank you, and to the world… Is that all you’ve got?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m still growing professionally as an artist, and likely will only stop when I’m done doing everything else too. I have gone from homeless to defending my art from government censors in the Yokohama Triennale and selling commissions and works for multiple thousands of dollars of piece.
During that time, the #1 lesson I learned about being an artist is this:
Almost nobody buys art, but they DO buy artists.
How did it start? I started doing photography after jumping into a dumpster after having imbibed mind-altering poisonous non-consumables and just enjoy finding beauty in so-called “ugly” places (and vice versa,) while the collages I do are actually just a coping mechanism for OCD and bipolar disorder. The rest of the stuff that’s not those two? Well, they just had to be made and I was in the place and time to do it.
I’ve realized I make all of this stuff to make all of you question your reality, and to help me figure out my own.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Denver and the surrounding area on day one of sight-seeing, After a first day strolling around the 16th Street Mall, I will simultaneously disappoint and wow my friend by taking them to pseudo-historic Casa Bonita.
I would take my friends to the Denver Art Museum and the oldest restaurant in Denver – The Buckhorn Exchange.
Next day, a show at Red Rocks after a day trip into Boulder for a Pearl Street stroll and brunch at Lucille’s.
I would take them to a couple of the regions best escape rooms and then take them dancing at “The Church” nightclub.
After a visit to one or two of our local cannabis dispensaries, we would go on a picnic-hike, followed by a massage somewhere in Cherry Creek.
Then leave a few days to spontaneity!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to Naoko Baba.
In Japan, after I had started to give up on marketing myself as an artist, Naoko allowed me to display my work in her cafe where I ended up selling several pieces and reinvigorating the marketing side of my artistic endeavors.
Not only did she provide me with a great opportunity, but an example. Naoko dropped everything in her life and took all of her savings to open ChaMa Coffee in Yokohama after receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. Despite the uncertainty and inevitable pain inherent in the diagnosis, she pushed on WITH. A. SMILE… Along with an impeccable sense of taste and grace despite it all.
She also introduced me to my wife, another feature in Shoutout – so BOOM!
Kudos to Naoko, and thank you.