About Triumphant Artists and the core ideas behind the network
The Triumphant Artists Web Network is owned and operated by indie artist Matthew Lyles Hornbostel, age 31. It's an assortment of interconnected websites showcasing his creative work and the work of his various friends and family members.
FOUNDING PRINCIPLES INCLUDE:
-Low or no prices on items, with hopes of making up for miniscule per-item profits with large volume of interested viewers. The texture content in the Triumphant Artists Complete Collection would probably sell for $60 or more some places, but I sold that and a lot more for well under $20. Then it was partly made available for free. This is typical. The only items I generally still charge much for are the physical, handcrafted or custom-made ones.
-Aiming to satisfy every customer, even if the sale results in a financial loss... I have a strongly positive feedback rating on eBay because I will go to great lengths to rectify conflict with customers on eBay or other customers, even over-refunding on items or sending 3+ copies of the ordered item if needed.
-Getting things done efficiently and cheaply by being willing to work many low-paid or unpaid hours on projects just out of passion for the project and an overwhelming, possibly pathological desire to see those ideas realized.
-Giving back to people in his life beyond customers, whether it's to his friends, family... or donations to worthwhile causes.
Matthew has been making videos and art projects for most of his life. These websites and this 'business' are a way that he hopes to eventually build a career doing the work he loves doing.
He also seems to be writing in the third person right now, which is kind of peculiar.
Who is this Matthew weirdo anyway? What is his raw, unvarnished confession? What does he actually believe in?
I'm a University of Houston graduate with major in Communications/Media Production and Studio Art minor. I graduated in the top 10% of my class with a GPA of 3.67 and Phi Kappa Phi honors.
I grew up in Houston, Texas and still live there at this time; notable social circles include a lot of people from the churches I grew up attending and the local Eastwood scout troop [Troop 4] where I attained Eagle rank and where I've volunteered and organized parties and activities as a scout leader for years afterwards.
I began doubting the validity of organized religion around the age of 17, and started to question the existence of God - ultimately embracing agnosticism and a certain degree of spiritual ambiguity. I'm not willing to claim to know that there is a God or that there is none, because truthfully I have no objective proof of either case.
I've been spending most of my time on creative projects as long as I can remember. I would draw all over my notebooks in middle school, and when at the age of 13 I gained access to an SD video camera and rudimentary editing software I inevitably began making video productions that became increasingly elaborate over time. I'm still hoping most of that will make it online in the next two or three years, along with a bunch of brand new projects.
I'm determined to do something to stop illness because I know how much it [mental and physical illness] has been a problem for me and for others in my family, others throughout the world. And while I'm no doctor, I would like to actively support medical aid and medical progress. I've suffered a great deal in my life and have some deep-seated emotional weaknesses, and a severe tendency towards self-doubt, shame, depression, I have poor social skills in person, and just generally I'm often in a bad mood. While medication helps, it does not solve my issues, and it's largely been my experience that my own emotional turmoil is ongoing and unavoidable. So if I can't fix my own weaknesses, maybe I should focus on doing something for those whose illnesses actually can be healed. I don't believe in God, but I want to do something to make a difference in the world. My creative work, realistically, will not accomplish that, unless it goes somewhere [somehow].
Yeah, there's my confession, there's the truth as I see it. If you agree with any of what I'm saying, stick around, or don't - and I hope you'll donate to some worthwhile causes. Try looking at GiveWell.org and similar sites that analyze and review charities and identify the ones that are most effective and efficient in acheiving their stated goals. Try making a difference in the world, whether you continue viewing my websites/work or not, do try to do something useful and positive with your life.