What do a warehouse foreman and a famous artist have in common?

Phillip Kremer, a Houston resident whose passion is making belly fat a replacement for foreheads, has made those two things symbiotic.

Photo by Phillip Kremer

 

Kremer’s Instagram account has been through the limbo of non-existence and back, having been deleted by the site several times before reaching the success of a third go-round. His account features a portfolio of distorted political figure-heads, cops, and celebrities, far from withstanding the principles of decency that says he can’t tinker with the face of a smiling child—he already has.

Photo by Phillip Kremer

But why does he do it?

Kremer boils it down to a cathartic release of pent-up boredom that he says is “better than drugs.” He has 65,700 followers and receives over a thousand likes per photo.

Photo by Phillip Kremer

Kremer has attracted thousands of willing viewers including Katy Perry and John Mayer. Though flattered by his celebrity following, Kremer is more excited about the variety in demographics his content receives. Tattoo artists appreciate having blank faces (like Mao Zedong’s) to practice on. Christian youth groups call his work an abomination, yet pay close attention to is. And the art world is buzzing with relentless attempts to understand the work of an anomaly.

Photo by Phillip Kremer

The artist is beholden to musings like, “I like anyone who is using the 11th percent of their brain. The third eye sees all!” Which, of course, was in response to a question by the Humble Art Foundation: ‘who is your favorite photographer?’

And Kremer’s description of his day job is in the same spirit. The warehouse he works in sits on a plot of land, alongside others just like it and a stretch of train tracks northeast of downtown Houston. His says the office smells like stale cigarettes. “I took the job for the atmosphere,” Kremer said.

Photo by Phillip Kremer

When asked about allegations of censoring Kremer’s work, an Instagram spokesman seemed to withhold more than he was pressed for. “Although I’m not allowed to comment on individual accounts, I can tell you that the depictions of Donald Trump had nothing to do with the account being removed,” said Instagram’s Director of Communications Gabe Madwayto KUHF.

Check out the Instagram photos Madway is referring to:

Photo by Phillip Kremer

Photo by Phillip Kremer

Photo by Phillip Kremer

Photo by Phillip Kremer

Photo by Phillip Kremer