"I am a germophobe. I was extremely difficult as a kid. I am an only child. I would not wear corduroy because it would make noise when I walked."
When discussing family support, Joey DeRuy adds "[my parents] did not get to see. They introduced me to a painting class because of learning disabilities back in Montana, but they died within a week when I was sixteen. I was exhibited in a collective when I was thirteen, and was featured in a magazine by sixteen. I began modeling that year. My parents had the worry their child was going to be raped. I was loaded when they died and lived a crazy life. Other members of the extended family wanted to be protected, assisted and simply asked for things. I did it all."
His mother was an herbalist, and flower-stay-at-home mother who would sew his clothes and cook meals from scratch. "For a while I thought she lived solely to take care of me." Joey admits he probably did not begin eating sugars until his twenties.
His father was a doctor of psychology. He was silent and built a carriage house for Joey because he was loud and they did not know what to do with him and all of his energy.
"Can we talk about lines again?" DeRuy is eager to make a point about his current artistic lifestyle. His borderline nomadic world is mostly full of him painting and landing gigs to create content, promote them and then comes the next. "Most people like me [in public]. They say hi, know me as the artist, but that is it." He admits that there is something quite lonely about being that guy.
"I am married to my work. It is the longest relationship [in my life]. It is there when nobody else is there." Joey says that most people do not consider him when they make plans. It seems, he admits, that most individuals think of him as a lively, happy person whose world of art is so full of adventure, excitement and luxury that they automatically assume he will not be interested in socializing with them. "Nobody asks me to visit during the holidays."
Joey describes himself as a celebrity with no name. "I am still waiting to come home to [my parents]. I am not prepared to grow up. It is like being a young model. My license says 5'11" and it stays with you." Joey says he is probably 5' 9" at most. "I have really done it all. All the [queer personas]; boy next door, model, go-go boy, arm candy, kept and the artist."
"I am aggressively wild" he adds. He feels he can make it work as long as he can use a paintbrush "or [my] dick".
What keeps you wanting to create? "Art is having an opinion and sticking with it. People are afraid to look foolish, so they keep quiet. Not me."
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