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TREVOR Van Meter is a very busy guy. On top
of working as a full-time graphic designer, ani-mator,
and illustrator, he also runs a downtown
storefront on 2nd Street called Hey TVM Art
and Apparel. Most of the art inside the store is
Wilmington-inspired. Even his logo — a pineapple sprouting
an eyeball — evokes the signature stone pineapples found on
many of the exterior columns of historic downtown houses.
Like most of Van Meter’s works, the playful design of the
gazing pineapple holds a deeper meaning. The pineapple rep-resents
paradise, and the implicit message behind the image is
to never lose sight of what makes you truly happy, what lights
your flame, and what gets
you excited about life.
His art finds a way to
be playful and
potent at the
same time, and
T R E V O R V A N M E T E R • H e y T V M
get one life,”
Van Meter says,
“so how are you
The ethos is echoed in
his mission statement: “I’m
on a mission to live a fully charged
life filled with creativity, positivity, enthusiasm, and most
important of all... fun fun fun FUN FUN FUN FUN FFFUUUNNN.”
His enthusiasm is genuine and infectious. When he starts
talking about the projects that excite him it’s like talking to a
little boy about what he wants for Christmas. His eyes light up
and joy radiates from his face.
“Any time I’m in touch with the 8-year-old TVM who used to
draw and create for himself, it’s always better art,” Van Meter
says, “and 8-year-old me was drawing robot-pizza for sure.
There’s something so pure about making something ridiculous.”
Wilmington serves as an inspiration, and he uses his art and
ingenuity to give back to the community.
“I want Wilmington to be a part of the story,” he says. “I want
people to feel a sense of pride that they got a chance to be a
part of all this.”
Van Meter has been using the shutdown as an excuse to
work on a garden space. When complete, it will feature a
putting green, seating for guests, kombucha tea, and a few
surprises he has yet to unveil.
“It’ll be a downtown jam for sure, once I’m done with it,” Van
Meter says with a childlike grin.
He also regularly produces animations and a steady flow of
original art that can be found on Instagram.
Azalea Wave, 20 x 16 inches, giclee print of media art.
WBM october 2020