Dennis Brown (Bagger43)

Biography

When I was in high school, my friends and I worked at grocery store. As part of our uniform, we all got these bagger pins because we were grocery baggers. My bagger pin was bagger 43, so I ran with that. I guess I was kind of shouting my friends out from high school but I really did like the ring of it, it’s kind of open-ended if you hear it, but don’t know the context. I liked that the name I chose for myself had a number attached to it because it gave me some room to play around with as far as having an option to have an alias but also have something to run with. I got that pin when I was seventeen and I still have it to this day.

Dennis (Bagger43 / Bags) Brown was born in the Phillipines in 1983, raised in Japan at the Kadena and Yokota Air Force Bases, and moved to the United States in 2001 to study illustration at college. While growing up overseas, Brown worked as a bagger at a grocery store during high school - and thus his pen name, Bagger43, was born. He graduated Florida's Ringling School of Art and Design in 2005, shortly before moving to San Francisco (where he currently resides) for the creative energy and diversity that persists beneath the heavy footprint of today's tech industry.

 

Bagger's clients include AKQA, Ecko, Zynga, Imagine FX, Scratch Magazine, Popular Science Magazine, and Brand Studio Publishing, among many others. Although he's skilled in a wide variety of mediums - from drawing, painting, and collage to photography, laser cut, and screenprinting - the artist has shifted course to now focus mainly on pen and ink drawing. Brown says he enjoys the brush pen tool most because "it’s really just about putting down a clean mark and working with a variety of different line work." 

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Bagger43 (aka Dennis Brown) is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and designer based in Francisco, CA. Although he's skilled in a wide variety of mediums - from drawing, painting, and collage to photography, laser cut, and screenprinting - the artist has shifted course to now focus mainly on pen and ink drawing.

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