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After Incarceration, a Changed Man Finds Freedom in His Off Grid Tiny House


Hi I’m artisan Josh and this is Little
Red 66 massive square feet and 100% off-grid self-sustaining and eco
friendly fun. The tiny home movement as a whole
embraced me. I actually was not involved in the movement. When I first started I
went with what I knew. I built myself what I knew. When I was 9 I went to
juvenile for the very first time. I was supposed to be in a 30-day program. It’s
just supposed to be there 30 days, didn’t happen that way. I wound up being there
for 18 months. Nobody came to pick me up. I spent the rest of my juvenile life in
and out of group homes, foster care, institutions, and it was rough. I got
stuck on a cycle. I spent a lot of time doing the wrong thing in order to gain.
Once you get behind bars it’s very hard to not stay there. When you take an
individual and you put them into an environment with the downtrodden of
society, it doesn’t make them better. It doesn’t rehabilitate them and it
surely doesn’t correct that. It teaches you how to be worse. You have to actually
want to be better. The hand was formed and it was might and it was around my
neck since I was 9 years old. I got off probation in October of last year. It’s
my first time not being supervised since I was 9. I didn’t have to report to
anybody. I didn’t have a master. It was always the material gain. The material
goal. I need this to be successful. I need this car and need this couch, but
you really don’t. When I realized that you really don’t, it made a difference in
my life. I completely disavowed myself from the routines, the structure, and I said,
“I’m not going to follow your rules anymore, I’m done.” I took nothing at all
and I turned it into something and when I turned it into something
it was like an explosion. It gives me a sense of, not only sense of freedom, which
is always good for a man in my position but it gives me a sense of wonder every
morning. This is Little Red. She is a 100% eco-friendly and self-sustaining
structure. She was originally built on a 1962 Apache pop-up camper frame, stripped
her all the way down to the frame refurbished and reinforced the frame and
built her brand new from the ground up. All the exterior framing and electronics,
all the systems inside are brand new. All the interiors, all hand-finished,
refinished wood. With the unit this size I don’t have to worry about DLA, HOA or
Do2 restrictions. I’m only 11 11 long five and a half wide. It is designated a
utility trailer. I have 12 ply tires, that’s 6,000 pounds
worth of tire, on a five thousand pound frame. The entire unit weighs less than
three thousand pounds. I went for overkill because number one: I didn’t
want anything to come apart while I was on the road but number two: I wanted to
be as low maintenance as possible. I have a personal investment into this at
$9,100. On the outside I have LED lighting as well as a three camera
security system. The DHOL was a sponsor project for me. The door actually
took me two and a half weeks to do. She’s completely steel-reinforced. She has a
steel plate backing. She’s electronic and magnetic so you’re better off sawing
through the wall than really trying to go through the door. My handle gave me a
little bit of pleasure because I actually poured this when I was 9. I was
a young man and an entrepreneur sculptor. It’s been around with me for a long time
so I use it as a feature point on the house. I also have a high gain HDTV
antenna for the television inside but it’s attached to the side of the house.
It turns the entire house into an antenna. I can get anywhere between 70 to
150 channels. On the back I have the shower system and a sound system which just popped up works great. I’ve only had to fill it up
one time in the last six and a half months so it’s very efficient. On this
side she’s Plain Jane I guess the biggest
feature would be the, the window which I personally hand etched. That took me actually
three tries to get that right. The solar system is quite unique. I did it all
myself. It’s actually 520 watts of solar up top charging a 420 amp battery bank. Now that we’re inside I want to show you
a little bit about the features that are inside. First of all is the
monitor for the three camera security system, fridge-rota freezer combo, gotta
have a fridge or freezer so thermoelectric two point one cubic foot
down. In front of the refrigerator is the wet chill and the wet shelf is one
of the most important things. I found in a tiny house,
moving in and out of tiny house a lot, one of your biggest problems is dirt, the
second is water, so a wet shelf is always a great thing to have. Anything I don’t
know where it goes it goes into net. Come back from the grocery store you got all
those bags, stuff them up top. Got dirty laundry, don’t feel like doing the
laundry today, you know stuff the clothes up top.
No worries, great thing to have. Dual pane windows – I do have solar on them so keep them highly efficient. I actually got all my windows reclaimed
except for obviously the h1 shortwave radio. This is my game changer. There are
a lot of ham operators out there. I have found more primitive spots with the
shortwave radio than I have on any app and if you get in trouble and get stuck
out in the middle of nowhere it’s a great thing to have to let people know,
“hey, I’m stuck.” The other must-have in my tiny house is
obviously velcro all that stuff that you’d normally lose or that normally
jiggles around or normally gets lost inside of your couch cushions I can
stick em on my wall. Up top ceramic heater. In about five minutes
this heater has this 66 square foot so hot you’ll sweat out of it. It’s all R34
all the way around in the insulation so it stays comfy. I’ve had it in New York
in the winter and I’ve had it in Arizona in the summer. A lot of storage that I don’t
use. I actually think I have too much stuff. I keep all my dry goods in a
cabinet here and I keep all my cleaning / extra stuff in here. My closet is a simple being. It’s very easily rolled up. My white tux
which of course everybody always has a fitted white tux, right? Yeah, compost toilet. It is a phenomenal invention. If you’re in a tiny house no smell no waste
no worries about throwing anything out or getting rid of anything. You don’t
have to go to Aubrey Park to dump it. If you’re going tiny, go compost. So now we
get to the fun part. Now we get to the entertainment volume. The sink is actually
an instant hot water on demand. I’ve drawn the 40 gallon tank up front and
I have yet to run out of water. My house I have a GE water filtration system on
this sink too so that you get your hot water, your cold water, and then you can
get your clean water. By far the best idea I have ever had putting a washer
and dryer in here. Do you know how much money it costs to wash and dry a load of
clothes on the road? It’s ridiculous. At least seven bucks! My kitchen
storage underneath there. I have a three burner coleman propane stove and the
NuWave induction cooktop. It’s enough to cook Christmas dinner on which is kind
of the tell, isn’t it? You know if you can cook Christmas dinner you’re good. Up
top my spice rack / a jar rack. I can once a year and I usually eat for
about five or six months after. Underneath here that’s the bed storage
area and it’s my battery bank and all my electronics. This is everything that
controls everything in the house. Underneath here is a goody. Underneath
here is my fire safe. I also have an electronic safe in the back and, last but
not least, my ceiling of ceilings. I’ve wanted somewhere to be able to put all
of my memories from my time on the road. This is my personality in a nutshell
that makes me smile every time I look at it which to me is the most important
thing. I build these. I’m a fully tooled contractor. I travel to the customer. I
build on your site. While I’m there building I stay there, gives you the
added advantage of actually having your builder on-site for the entire time to
build. The Little Red as she stands is fifteen thousand five hundred dollars
completely off grid outfitted to your taste. The interior I can do
however you desire but the structure, the electronics, and the systems are
tried-and-true. Let my presence bring compassion and understanding whenever I
see you at traffic. If my silence speaks allow it to express a thousand words if
need be and when they are heard let them say and mean something to you. I am
curious of who you are enough to get on a highway and I don’t normally travel
but maybe that highway that person you maybe can lead me to the happiness that
I just can’t seem to find. Whenever this touches your hands may it send out my
sincerest thoughts of you and your well-being. How are you? I hope that you
were being you and they are being them. Our words are so powerful and more so
those who can put them in action so let my words if they may speak be the
substance to warm your embrace to my actions. I’m not a self salesman. I can’t
sell myself. I’m not desperate. I am a potential man.
Beware the action of a potential man for it leads to honesty. I’m not looking for
a come-up. I am looking for happiness. Your energy sends strength and
intelligence both of which I find myself attracted to. I would not put myself out
there for anything that I thought was weak. Now my life has a direction. For I
refuse to walk aimlessly around without a direction or destination. My destiny is
not solitude, yet my life is not peace. My present condition does not display Who I
Am. My actions and how I face my condition does, nor does my condition
measure my value. What I have to offer and receive constitutes real value. The
most important thing you need to know about me is that no matter what, I will
never quit, beg, give up, or lie down so don’t let my situation shield me from
you. In our subconscious mind we visualize that one person who is there
no matter what, but then our conscious mind erases them as if they don’t exist.
I do exist. Subconsciously and consciously too. The
question is do I exist for you? I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode. If you
did be sure to LIKE, comment & subscribe. Follow me on Instagram @artisan_josh, appreciate it. Peace out, guys! Have a great week!

100 Comments

SkinnyElbow

Aug 8, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

♥️

red alias

Aug 8, 2019, 11:45 am Reply

Nice no words

Mouse Vision

Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

Bleeding heart douchebags. This man is a criminal he's probably lying about most of what he says

chief Kieth

Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

That’s jacked up no one came , more power to you and great house ? I’d buy one

Yasin Warsame

Aug 8, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

Nice voice but bad childhood

Balder Asir

Aug 8, 2019, 2:46 pm Reply

Dude, please tell me you are writing your thoughts and words onto paper and a book. Beautiful words.

OftenUnderestimated

Aug 8, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

They tryna mask his real voice?

King Théoden

Aug 8, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

"I wasnt a crook on the outside. I had to get to prison to become one." – Andy Dufresne

Mr Beefy

Aug 8, 2019, 5:57 pm Reply

Ex con with money it seems lol. Most dont have enough for a
Truck much less that little shack

jared8455

Aug 8, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

The ending essay reminded me of vin diesel reading it, and then I'm like, shit, he kinda looks like him too. Cool video all around.

Michael Bocchino

Aug 8, 2019, 8:58 pm Reply

Look. This is so cool that you got to this point in life but is it going to last I hope your life fines meeting not a road to more jailing I wish you the bested keep thinking no more bull I to walked to long Mile and for 17 years not one thing wrong so we can change go in peace my bother, God has blessed you and ME,?

Anthony Jonas

Aug 8, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

Good for him

Road Runner

Aug 8, 2019, 10:35 pm Reply

He basically carrying his jail cell

Mark Drouin

Aug 8, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

Talented bright guy living a quality life we could all learn something from him.

Jonathan Elixier

Aug 8, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

He talks like he’s eating hot hard boiled eggs.

Y Sanchez

Aug 8, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply

soo many negative comments , trsut me , once you get detained , your life is a gonner, the system can put anything in you ,and no this story is not that positive….The highest two minoritys in the US..are black and Hispanics…and he mentioned something real it's cycle to keep you there…

Joshua Trosclair 2

Aug 8, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

Jesus loves you Never Give Up!

carbbedUp

Aug 8, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

Vin Diesel's long lost brother.. dude no fkn way this is a coincidence

smileandlaughs

Aug 8, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

The house feels cramped.

Kal Shokar

Aug 8, 2019, 1:02 am Reply

God bless you I really enjoy this video let no nobody stop you keep going

King Kaera

Aug 8, 2019, 1:18 am Reply

Way to go Artisan. You do matter, you are a child of God, Leave the pasr in the past, live for today, look forward to tomorrow and the future. You are somebody, and you do count. Awesome set up for a complete sense of freedom. Keep positive and all the best.

Aleksandar Lukic

Aug 8, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

glad you came to self-realization, just great to see that

Luis RP

Aug 8, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

Live on man live on

Acia Jackson

Aug 8, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

Damn, build me a house!

Tommy Dara Khmer

Aug 8, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

click on the video to see the tiny house … repeating the ending poem 20 times in a row.

Ariel Thompson

Aug 8, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

This man is too smart to be in the system … this made me cry

Jeanieart1940 Kowatsch

Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

Nice.

Jeanieart1940 Kowatsch

Aug 8, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

?????

Paz Banda

Aug 8, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

That voice tho

Prizzy Dee Dee

Aug 8, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

I'd love to spend a day with him. I'm sure he has amazing stories

doliverelliott

Aug 8, 2019, 7:55 am Reply

Great story of the indomitable human spirit.
Be good, do good, live good, it is all about good people.

Pyrex TV

Aug 8, 2019, 8:03 am Reply

What happens when you need a shit?

GXNT PROJECT

Aug 8, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

ladies don't even dare to go inside of that house, your vagina will be wrecked

F R A M E 62

Aug 8, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

You finally found your path , big plus + and freedom.

Patson Lim

Aug 8, 2019, 12:30 pm Reply

—-facebook is hopeless I will make it drop to less the 100$ before the end of this year I promise

Heartedly Tinman Adonis

Aug 8, 2019, 1:09 pm Reply

Dang This Guy Sounds Like Hulk Hogan

ChengWai Wong

Aug 8, 2019, 1:16 pm Reply

You should try fast and furious, man

Brawny Just

Aug 8, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

I love your story and I'm so happy for you I do believe you are a strong person after everything you been threw you certainly are very talented your home is gorgeous I could only dream to live like this God bless you buddy wish you the best ?

Brawny Just

Aug 8, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Omg beautiful eyes and yes your poetry is beautiful you have had a lot of time to think I guess that's what alot of people need I know I think about things alot more since I hit 40 you just process things different like looking at the trees looking at the stars smelling all your flowers ☺️ ok now I'm getting corny ?

INSPIRATIONAL POST BY LEVERSON DAILY

Aug 8, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

Not where you have been but where you are at.

Shakil Hashmi

Aug 8, 2019, 4:15 pm Reply

The gentleman has a great attitude: cheerful, creative, loves pets, DIY skills, contended, reads, does not blame anyone …..and does Radio Ham ?

Doc

Aug 8, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Gypsy.

Dr Lipschitz

Aug 8, 2019, 10:01 pm Reply

God bless

Michael Moritz

Aug 8, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

I love this video and this individual is truly amazing, his turned around life and his new life of adventure and travel. I honestly enjoyed seeing what he created and his explanation of how it works. I would enjoy meeting this gentleman and being able to learn much more from his world of common sense and modesty.

Shmaryahu !

Aug 8, 2019, 2:33 am Reply

Love the voice, sounds like Vin Diesel.

junebug 3

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

I think my voice is the complete opposite of his

usa kira

Aug 8, 2019, 3:02 am Reply

Looks like a prostitute only life

Charles Martin

Aug 8, 2019, 5:33 am Reply

That poem or the letter was so eye opening . But the voice and look I'm thinking Mark Sinclair.

Dwalin Fundinson

Aug 8, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

That voice. ❤️

TBD

Aug 8, 2019, 6:20 am Reply

Norwegian societies got this figured out. Why doesn’t the USA?

TBD

Aug 8, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

Badass!

jeff deathrage

Aug 8, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

Shocked he isn't institutionalized. Cool place- i'd prefer it to what i got now. Hope he makes it.

Oskar Aagaard

Aug 8, 2019, 8:27 am Reply

This guy should be a voice actor

Chanda Jhan

Aug 8, 2019, 11:51 am Reply

A wonderful presentation… a reflective and peaceful reading.

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Esther Cutts

Aug 8, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

Hi Josh – Thank you so much for sharing your story. You're an inspiration! You've made yourself a new and different life, with determination, courage, persistence and patience, after so many difficulties which is truly admirable. I wish you happiness, peace, Joy, and serenity as your continue your journey through life. Well done, and never give up.You're truly a self made man.You're burnishing your soul, and shining a bright and beautiful light into the world. With respect, and many blessings to you from Australia Josh.

lovereign

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

A fancy cell on wheels. Creative af but sad as well…

Mister Christopher

Aug 8, 2019, 6:30 pm Reply

Excellent share. Your tiny house is a well thought out in design. Wishes for success, happiness and prosperity.

Tieshia Jackson

Aug 8, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

I was so EMOTIONALwhile watching this….He didn't let his life stop him…He should be married or at least have a companion!!! Damn Josh I wish u nothing but the best!!!

Mark M

Aug 8, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply

I had an uncle talk like that. He wasn't all there and years later passed away. I often wondered if he must have been abused when he was an infant by being shaken. He exhibited the same voice tone and nobody else in the family had it. This was in 1983 Poland. My mother was told that when he was a small boy he fell on his head. Ps. I come from a rough background.

Avraj Sagoo

Aug 8, 2019, 9:22 pm Reply

He must be a CIA undercover hitman OBVIOUSLY

Sheri Cooke

Aug 8, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

Love you Josh!!! Love what you've done and are living and giving now…doesn't get any better than that brother!!! Mwahhhh!!! <3 <3 <3

Candice Dina

Aug 8, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

That horrible experience he went through was only preparing him for his successful future. You gain a lot of inner strength and self-sufficiency when people turn their back on you. Their loss. His win.

The Trucker

Aug 8, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

Bro . That voice wow .look out sam Elliott.

Petchimommy

Aug 8, 2019, 11:26 pm Reply

Wow! Good for you! Inspiring.

john mac

Aug 8, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

dude $15gs

Artemis Chemistry

Aug 8, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

You are so resourceful and brilliant, Josh, and you seem like such a nice guy. I hope you have a long and happy life.

Moki Me

Aug 8, 2019, 3:49 am Reply

Awesome tiny home!

Ppv Murica

Aug 8, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

I give it a year until it's a meth lab.

Ravi Prasad

Aug 8, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

So what about the rest for the kids or people who were following the law and didn't have help from others….just because they don't have any stories of sadness….lol

Vanessa Torrado

Aug 8, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

I need to find him ?

Mike Mike

Aug 8, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

proud of you bro!

David Jischke

Aug 8, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

As a Man thats done over 10 years locked up 7 years my longest bid. I really RESPECT you for making your own way. Great video… MUCH RESPECT BROTHER…???

nuvamusic

Aug 8, 2019, 11:49 pm Reply

Very inspiring

Dawn

Aug 8, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

As much as this man has had a hard life and has been through bad times…..he has dusted himself down and his life is now truly beautiful, he can go wherever he pleases and be safe + he is a dog lover, so he has a beautiful soul !! Wish you and your dogs luck on your travel of life !!

Justin Meyer

Aug 8, 2019, 2:01 pm Reply

And then a tax collector shows up.

Marilyn Gervais

Aug 8, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

You did an amazing job, congrats!! ??

Douglas Dishroon

Aug 8, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

Extremely impressed. Wicked guy with a bad ass house. I wish you the best…

Celtic Jay

Aug 8, 2019, 9:38 pm Reply

JEWS ARE RUINING THE WORLD

bunning63

Aug 8, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

Amazing! He invented the caravan. Hangon, someone's already done that?

Patric Rivas

Aug 8, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

Beautiful. Inspiring. His words hit close to home.

michael adair

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 am Reply

Cool.

Mary Fowler

Aug 8, 2019, 7:15 pm Reply

Good for you, God Bless.

Z P

Aug 8, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

The pride and quality u put into that house! I felt pride just watching! ??

devolutionone *

Aug 8, 2019, 12:15 am Reply

You're winning the game of life Sir, very inspiring. ?? ? ??

Le Le

Aug 8, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

WOW! What an inspiring story. Beautiful voice and poem. Your tiny house is beautiful. I'm happy to see you have a security camera. Good job and enjoy your travels.

Paul #777

Aug 8, 2019, 9:34 am Reply

Your a true success story. God bless you ?

joshua morales

Aug 8, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

It’s like a lil jail cell

Holly Banks

Aug 8, 2019, 12:56 pm Reply

You are so inspirational!

Claire Osborne

Aug 8, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

This is so heartwarming ❤️ what a talented lovely guy, what a beautiful way to live, glad he found his happiness xx

william lobur

Aug 8, 2019, 5:51 pm Reply

Best Wishes to you and GODSPEED ???

Jonee BeeGudd

Aug 8, 2019, 9:11 pm Reply

Good for him i wish him well

Ryan Billiet

Aug 8, 2019, 6:11 am Reply

Cool jerk off shed bro ?

Fank Daggot

Aug 8, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

Drop the tiny home my dude become a voice actor or radio personality dayum

ANNABEL COOLIO

Aug 8, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

Jesus Christ can be your greatest friend. He died for you.

André Nim

Aug 8, 2019, 9:00 pm Reply

Wow the way Josh ended this video was right in the feels

Nelson Gonzalez

Aug 8, 2019, 10:31 pm Reply

I can not even begin to contemplate where to start in terms of putting a tiny home together be it inception, electrics, plumbing, woodwork …. Josh has done something absolutely astounding! He should put pen to paper and sell a guide for folks to make a trailer like his. I hope he does. Good luck brother!

Diogo C

Aug 8, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

I dare anyone to find a realtor that is better than him. He could sell anything.

Jess Connelly

Aug 8, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

About a jail cell size home?????

ACS402010

Aug 8, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

You and your tiny house are absolutely delightful. Thanks for sharing your tiny house story with us.

Nae Ru

Aug 8, 2019, 4:53 am Reply

@2:13 I see angel wings.

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