William B Livingston III – Interviewed by Theo Mendez
“You have received a free hand-screen printed poster by me of a band that I like. I wish I could be there with you at the concert, but that is not possible. I do this because if I was there, I would love to receive something like this. I believe in doing things that are strange and that put a smile on someone’s face. Enjoy the show.
All of my inspiration comes from music. How could it not? I have been completely consumed with music my entire life. I have gone through so many years of my life where the only thing I wanted to do was sit in a room, drink whiskey, listen to record and cry. That has always been my favorite pastime. And as the nights would wear on, I would always end up painting.
Today, I am over nine years sober. I still have the opportunity to listen to music, paint and cry, and not need the alcohol and drugs to do so. Who needs them with all the torment I deal with everyday from taking another man’s life.
Just like many artists in prison, I love getting art supplies to work with, but they are not necessary. I will draw in the dirt; I will smear toothpaste on cardboard; I will make paint out of instant coffee; and I will bribe paint crews for whatever I can get. My desire is that some of my work will end up in someone’s home — on someone’s wall — that they will want to live with a piece of my art.”
— WB Livingston, Oklahoma Prisoner/Artist