My name is Kat. I'm just a homo sapien who made a website for a homeless artist named Reggie. Reggie is the real hero. He taught himself to paint with ketchup. He lost everything in a hurricane. He recently sold a painting for $5000 and gave all t...
Reggie Williams is a mixed media artist in Phoenix, AZ. He's originally from Miami and was a former construction worker, but lost everything in a hurricane in 2011. He's been living under a freeway for the last 5 years here. He used to hate showing his artwork to people but now spends all day painting. It keeps him off drugs, it allows him to express himself. He's created over 1,500 paintings to date. A month ago, he lost everything again in a good old dirty Arizona monsoon. He's used to starting with a blank canvas (you see what I did there). He likes to give his paintings away for free.
I'm just a gal who saw a news article about Reggie. I thought "hey, he probably gets donations all the time, but why don't I bring him some canvases and paint." Turns out people only bring him donations when they want something from him. He was weirded out that I drove 25 miles to bring a stranger a bag of art stuff. The Walmart cashier was weirded out when I told her I wasn't a painter. My therapist was also weirded out that I hang out with homeless people in my free time, but I digress. He made me laugh a lot so I told him I'd build him a website. I know nothing about building websites. He doesn't think anyone will buy anything. I've been looking at r/all on Reddit on my phone for the last 2 years with no account, just for entertainment. Please don't judge me. Today I finally made an account so I could tell the world about how awesome Reggie is. He deserves it.
He doesn't have Internet because, you know, homeless and all, so I am posting this AMA. Feel free to ask either of us questions about anything. Questions directed to Reggie will be asked of him via phone call and I will type his response. Beware - he can be very sarcastic.
Edit: For those asking, the art work for sale on his site is all donation based - it's name your own price! Not $5,000. :-)
Edit: Going to take a break for now! Will be back around 4 PM MST to answer more questions. Love all the discussion about values and homeless advocacy going on!
Edit: I'm taking another break! Gonna watch Castaway and eat some dinner with my husband...he's concerned at how long I've been staring at the screen today! I will definitely answer every question (and troll question), but some may be tomorrow!
Proof - https://imgur.com/a/ZwRompi
Additional video proof (a video from Reggie) - https://streamable.com/7jq61
The painting he sold for $5000 - https://imgur.com/a/aPBt8mP
Website - www.macmoons.com