Tom Hendricks is Art&Seek’s most frequent poster of comments. Ever wonder about the person behind the opinions? Tom not only works in the box office at the Inwood Theatre, he uses that peculiar space as a venue for his very own arts extravaganza, featuring the one-man band Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar. Tom and I had a chat through the box office window; here’s a sample from the Night I Finally Met Tom Hendricks:
You talk a lot about innovation. How would you describe the innovations in your work?
This music is called post-bands music. I’m leading the indie movement not only in music, but painting, writing, all the arts, into kind of a separate group. And I do Musea, which is a zine. It’s like reading somebody’s journal. One night while I was inside of a Taco Bueno, I imagined a conceptual art event where a gallery was in my head and I turned out the lights, and I wrote that up. I’ve programmed a TV network on there and did all the shows.
Did you try to pitch that to anyone?
No that was on my zine. I actually wrote out a fall season of my own and made up all the shows. I’ve done some innovations in music and writing, too. I’ve invented a couple poetry forms; I started rock operas. I was working on my first rock opera when Tommy came out. I was scooped. So some of the frustration of being an independent artist is that corporate art has passed me by, and that gets me mad because I think I’m pretty good.
Do you ever review other art forms?
I started the world’s first and only zine art review service. I can’t get reviewed in Spin or Rolling Stone. Neither can about 99% of the other artists. So I started a review service for all the arts. Each artist has to pay a processing fee for his review. Then I put them on the internet.
When people are paying you to do the review, do you feel a sense of – since they’ve given you money for it – that you should…
Give them a good review? No. Everybody’s paying the same amount, so if you don’t pay me ten bucks, then the next person will. I do the hardest reviews there are. If ABC had a brand new TV show, and they wanted me to review it, it would be ten dollars just like the person walking down the street with a guitar. See how fair that is?