Here at Chrome City we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Jacob!
Jacob Fulton, Lead Designer and Co-Founder of Bare & Hatchet.
Q: Explain your job position.
A: When I’m not at Billy Reid helping the West Loop dress better, I make strange art that sometimes translates into products for Bare & Hatchet.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: Just being observant - it’s a strange world with a lot to look at. I listen to good music, read good books, and surround myself with people that I look up to.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: Well it’s a bit of a spectrum. Artistic inspiration can come from positive and negative places but both are areas worth investigating. I guess I’ll just say when you get to the place where you’re feeling strongly about anything you’re pretty close to inspiration.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I grew up in the Western Suburbs, and moved back here after college.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: Anthony Ott’s Beard
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: Jesus Christ, The Rolling Stones, and John Wayne
Q: What is your experience with Alex and Chrome City?
A: I ate dinner at her office once and was in attendance at her insane birthday party.
Q: What was your biggest challenge in 2016?
A: It’s been difficult trying to figure out how to balance a day job, a passion project, friends and family. Trying to be more intentional in all those areas and treat each one like a priority. Not enough hours in the day ya know?
Q: Any changes work wise? If so, tell us about your movements and growth
A: I just took over as Sales Director at Billy Reid. I’m looking forward to getting our brand introduced to more people in the Chicago scene. Pumped for the store we have here in the West Loop!
Q: What are you most proud of that was accomplished in the last year?
A: Bare & Hatchet and Cause A Scene collaborated on a concert at my studio space this last summer. Joshua James and Timmy The Teeth played. 100 people showed up and some guy flew in from Texas for the party. Not really an accomplishment but that was a fun night.
Q: How do you feel Chicago is changing? What role do you feel you play in that?
A: I know the West Loop is changing. I can barely afford to live here anymore. Hope my role doesn’t involve me living on the streets.
Q: What do you hope to see more of in 2017? In yourself, in your community and beyond.
A: I hope to be more explorative this year. Find new neighborhood, visit new landscapes, go to stranger building and talk to more odd people. So I guess I want to see more of a spirit of wonder in myself. Curiosity is a fun thing to chase.
Q: With so much uncertainty ahead of us, what keeps you feeling grounded?
A: Life is uncertainty; never make the mistake of thinking your plans mean anything. Its impossible to stay grounded without a foundation. And for me that foundation has only been found in Jesus Christ. I know that’s not a popular answer in the art community but he’s kind of a bad ass. Might be worth abandoning your ideas and checking out what all the fuss is about.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Jacob!