I’m Grant J. Kidney. I’m an artist and entrepreneur originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My goal is to help shape a better world through a combination of art, technology, and other expressive means.
In 2008 I launched ‘The Grant J. Kidney Revolution’, an experiment in the realm of ‘dark satire’. Fashioning what was essentially the role of an ultra-cynical mad man hell bent on world domination, I had sought to become the Marilyn Manson or the Ozzy Osbourne of the political sphere. There was even a manifesto released called ‘The Illumination: An Anthology of Truths’ which outlined a core strategy for instituting a dark, new world order with all the fixings.
Though some could not perceive the humor in my work, others took great interest, even pretending I was their ‘dear leader’. After three years of producing Onion-esque material however, I grew tired of playing around and opted for a more serious career in political journalism.
In 2011 I rebranded myself as a type of ‘people’s hero’, championing many a worthwhile causes but still keeping with a little of the hyperbolic flavor that had defined my character prior. At the time, I saw the need to provide the masses with a healthy dose of ‘infotainment’, as traditional journalism just wasn’t my cup of tea.
In the years that followed, I had authored hundreds of anti-establishment news and opinion pieces and conducted numerous interviews with like-minded individuals. I also produced many politically charged YouTube videos and podcasts which are still available for anyone to see.
Several big names I interviewed include filmmaker Peter Joseph, futurist and industrial engineer, Jacque Fresco, author Federico Pistono, documentary filmmaker and producer Holland Van den Nieuwenhof, and aerospace engineer Douglas Mallette. My work even received accolades from noteworthy figures ranging from author and Huffington Post contributor Mitch Feierstein, to Shaolin grand master Shi Xing Wu.
Then suddenly in 2013, I no longer desired to be some red-faced bloke shooting his mouth off over the issues of our time. In a single sweeping moment, I decided to end all political ambitions and pursue entrepreneurship instead.
Having gone to school for graphic design, I took a job as an artist with a national media company. This is where I am now- and I intend to grow in my new found career. I’ve said a lot of ‘mean’ things on the Interwebs for which I am truly sorry, but any serious employer can recognize talent over one’s past.
On the side I run a graphic design business called Vril Studio. I’m the Chief Designer and Chief Executive Officer. I’ve also launched a startup called ‘Vril Transport’. With this company I hope to disrupt the auto world by providing a truly affordable means to get from point A to B.
In 2014 I saw the need to combine my businesses beneath one umbrella. Hence, everything I now do is a product of ‘Vril Companies, LLC’. I’ve got some other interesting ideas I’d like to pursue- like a microhome company and a technology firm- but I don’t want to jump the gun too early and assume more responsibilities than a single individual can handle.
Born: July 21st, 1986
Majored in: Visual Communications
Occupation: Graphic artist, entrepreneur
Skills and know-how:
- Adobe creative software
- Web design
- Sound design
- Video editing
- Content writing
- Public relations
- Public speaking
- Business management