What’s this all about then?
I’ll tell you.
My name is Glenn Hustler (AKA “HustlerByName”) & I draw things.
That’s all you really need to know. If you’re that interested though, I can go on:
I mainly work in pen and ink, and almost exclusively in monochrome. The things I tend to draw can be described as comics about myself and my eternal struggle to be a decent and productive human being. I also sometimes make comment on wider political or social issues should my productiveness really start to get out of hand. . .
A little bit of history now if you’re up for it…
After finishing my studies in the field of illustration at uni, I gave it up for a few years to focus on a failed career as a professional barman in several establishments, winding up at the legendary delius bar in the few years before it sadly closed (R.I.P). I kept getting in trouble for drawing on things… So I took the decision to make that my job instead. Also, I figured it made more sense to actually try to use whatever I learned about crayons at university in my work. So I drew all over the pub and set about designing the food & drink menus, gig posters, staff shirts and was on constant chalkboard duty. Find examples of the Delius stuff here.
Then I took my crayons to other venues.
I drew all over the Bradford Brewery, which included a mural illustrating the brewing process going up the stairs to the toilets. While I was working on that, George Galloway, who was standing as a local MP, was involved in an argument on twitter with the guys running the Brewery. It was a very exciting time. I went on to do a mural in the Underground live music venue, though the owners weren’t in the middle of an argument with the powers that be, sadly.
You still with me? If so I’m rather proud of you.
Other work I have done, in no particular order, includes:
- A T-Shirt design for Courtney Barnett, a Singer, songwriter & founder of the awesome Milk records label based in Melbourne
- An EP cover design for West Yorkshire’s greatest hip hop/jazz export “Tough Crowd”,
- Numerous magazine covers for Bradford’s cultural magazine “Bradford Review“.
- An illustrated map of Bradford that has been used by the Drunken Film Festival, and the Capital of Cycling organisation.
- A poster/flyer for ‘Buy Nowt Day‘ hosted at Delius Arts Centre by Artworks Creative.
- A comedy gig poster for a design competition held by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I also briefly ran my own shop in the Sunbridge Wells tunnels development under the streets of Bradford in which I sold all my own original art, prints, and illustrated merchandise including tote bags, pocket mirrors, t-shirts, posters, greetings cards and postcards, badges and stickers (All still available to buy through the website you are currently on, nudge-nudge, wink-wink)
During this time, I did a really rubbish T.V. interview for the local news. If you saw that then I sincerely apologise.
If you’ve made it this far I actually love you. There’s just a bit more though if you can manage it?
I should mention that while there I also sold photography prints from Fellow Bradfordian & monochrome fanboy John Cade (An exceptionally talented photographer specialising in stark, gritty street documentary in trusty black and white) and Flame Griller albums on CD and Vinyl, (Hip hop music blended with jazz bristling with clever, witty lyrics about life and other such issues, their most famous fan at the time of writing is Frankie Boyle. So there’s my claim to fame). They’re both objectively bloody brilliant and I order you to check them out. Will you do that? Good.
These days, my time is mainly spent at my new HQ up at Delius Arts & Cultural Centre on Great Horton Road. I’m drawing on things all the time so, y’know, keep your eyes peeled and that!
Still reading? What do you want? A medal? Well I don’t have any for you. Bye.