Derek had always been interested in art, but it wasn’t until he met St. Louis artists Peat Wollager and Eric Woods that he realized graphic design could open up new and more public artistic horizons. “Just driving through the city, I realized how much St. Louis looked like those two guys,” says Derek. “I was like, ‘Okay, I want my work on the streets, too. I want this city to look like me—whatever city I’m in.'”
Derek graduated from the Art Institute of Indianapolis and went on to help lead the stellar rebrand of Indy’s beloved Heartland Film. When he’s not designing, you might find Derek deep in a book or shooting pool in a dark corner of Mo & Johnny’s.