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!


What an inspiring man. I'm so pleased that his life is now going in a positive direction. Obviously very talented….lovely poem and beautiful home. Thank for sharing those things with us x

A real God given gift to be able to make , built houses, ouah Congratulations to you. You could get paid making tiny houses for a government program , who knows , don't be shy to use your gift to afford your best life, that gift is given to you for a reason.

Man I am so impressed and happy for you. I'm not ready for a tiny home yet but possibly in the future. I hope you continue on this path…

Amazing!!! So much talent from building, to drawing, to writing, and that voice is mesmerizing!!! Interesting character, love it!!!!

Don't leave the LORD out! He's been with you ALL these years! It seems no one has told you this. Maybe you haven't been taught that way, because you've been speaking for quite some time and you haven't mentioned JESUS! THIS world is shutting down.
St John 3:16! 💓
JESUS is coming again SOON! ALLELUIA! Love GOD and love His people to be ready to go back with Him when He returns! AMEN!

You my friend have more to offer the world than you might think. Not only a contractor with designer ability you are a phenominal artist. I believe you can sell that what you create, be it on window glass or within picture frames. Sometimes people carry their gifts their entire lives only to understand and find them later in life. Then tiny house is amazing and broadcasts to the world…SIMPLICITY. I myself have never been materialistic and desire simple things over exaggerated overbuilt hardly usable STUFF. Feed the SOUL the SPIRIT and not the ego. Thanks for sharing.

You are a hero!!! Someone not blaming anyone for their life, taking charge & coming up on top!!! Wonderful poem, Thanks for sharing.( Dogs r better company than humans, hands down.)

And people say no God. Can't you see.him working in this man's life? This gives me hope. I'm not in. Good place right now and I havnt been for a long time

Hi everyone, I interviewed Josh on my podcast, here is the post if you want to learn more:

WOW You got Every Thing You need in a Home and the best part You can take it Anywhere… You really should do radio Great Voice 🙂 xo

Born in the bottoms & dug your way into freedom! Not just physical, but spiritual as well.. You will find your soul mate in this lifetime.. Only if you are straight with yourself.. Fly high lilRed

Josh I am so proud of you man! You saved yourself in a wonderful way… your story is close to my heart, because my sons been incarcerated for 16 years now, he's got 2 more, we're all waiting for him to get out to get him back into life.. in at 23 out at 43! Keep killing it man! Big props 👍🏽👊👊👊💕💕

God bless u Josh! Finally someone mentions what they do for a living to live on the road in this manner! It’s rarely mentioned on the mobile van/tiny home videos how people make a living traveling across the country. Thank goodness Josh has great carpenter/cost ruction skills that is a blessing! He can use those skills anywhere and get clients and make a reasonable amount of money to live off of. Proud of him being self employed and best of all free! God bless u Josh in ur many travels, your story is inspirational and should be heard in schools, foster care homes anywhere that has at risk kids! It’s life changing! 👏🏾👏🏾

A truly amazing and gifted man. He could have been a lot of things, but he chose this and he is making himself a well rounded, content person; despite how bad things were as a child. He is an inspiration for others who had to rise above. He should be proud of who he has become and what he has accomplished 😊🌻🌈

Such a strong soul to be able to change, and such a great mind to design and build your own tiny house and break the cycle.

I'd really love to do the tiny house living, I just don't know where I want to be. And trying to figure out how to do it on one level.

The voice… man, could play in a movie just like that!

By the way what i always wonder is..

How do they finance that all and with insurance and adress all the things? How does that work?

Dude I'm so proud of you…and any person who handles his own business! Fantastic home and righteous outlook on life. Booyah!

How true? The question is do I exist for you? The so called culture or society???? The question is does God exist – thank God it's a YES! In ways we don't understand neither God plays by human rules/human imagination and human understandings!!! Thank God He doesn't! This guy is a classic example that God exists – He has helped this guy to come to this level just because this guy has cooperated with God to come to this level – because God doesn't twist our arms to be good – He doesn't twist any human arms – it's satan's characteristics to do so by manipulating lying tempting … As satan's final goal is to destroy God's children therefore use these destroyed God's children to spread aethiesm or blame God for all the bad things!!!! Hope this guy stays this way and don't let evil/satan to play in this guy's mind by tempting him to go in the wrong way- anymore. Yes God Jesus has forgiven ALL his past sins just because HE loves him, unconditionally now and forever and ever- he just has to explore and experience Jesus in his life! I pray so!!! I pray that he continues his life in a spiritual level .. as well. BECAUSE everything else is just material that just only belongs to the mere Earth not beyond!!!!! May God continue to LOVE – which He does!!!! May this guy continue his journey in Jesus's path!!!! May this guy be protected under His mighty powerful safe arms! God bless you every step of your way!!!! No need to seek mere human attention and approval! As human attention is utterly flawed one day it will say you are GREAT and the same mouth will change and say you are PATHETIC!!!! So the answer is – live for God! Then the more you experience Him and the More you get to know Him… The more you will know why I m messaging this way! Stay Blessed all of you who is reading this comment – too!

It teaches you how to thrive, by your wits . . . your senses ! Quite original, while incarcerated, you obviously enhanced your skills . . .

Okay so a couple of things I felt/thought as I watched this: always appreciate when somebody doesn't become their history and they develop their potential in spite of setbacks. Second, I was wondering if this was some sort of infomercial or dating video??. No problem if it is but just saying… it had that undertone. Lastly I hope life continues to go in this direction for you. I'm sure it will if you don't forget what it takes to stay straight.

Wow- such an inspiring and cool story- and well done video! Thank you! What a strong, intelligent,talented, sincere and loving human this man is! So sorry he got lost in the penal system for so long! Good for all of us to hear his words about that experience- brings awareness!

his positive energy can be felt through the video and i’m honestly awestruck. he crafted the window and eagle handle by…hand???!! a genius.

You are Awesome. I to grew up in a girls home in Alexandria, VA . I believe it has made me the person I am. I built my son and myself a Habitat for Humanity home in 2006. My son passed away in 2009. I am ready to build me a tiny home near the water. I only hope it will be as nice as yours. Stay strong it works for you. Great job.

That is so wrong that no one picked him up when he was 9. A society that cannot take care of its own young is doomed. I’m glad he turned his life around. He is a very good writer. He’s right, don’t ever quit being good for yourself.


God bless you beyond measure. This is the most, what I feel is total honesty, video I've seen. Thank you for sharing your life.

You can put your story up on line. Charge 50cents a series (your life, your story, your travels, your buildings, your poetry. You'd be a rich man.

Hello Josh, I loved your never give up attitude, as well as your many talents which I imagine helped you to sustain a positive outlook on life even when you weren't allow to explore the places that you dreamt of. That's why I'm in love with time because it allows circumstances to catch up with maturity and new skills and ideas. Josh, I too love words especially when they have the ability to help people reflect and heal. I absolutely loved your spoken word of expressions captured and penned in your letter, I hung on to each word as it was read…..I was moved. In your youtube video about your clever, well designed (RED) tiny home. Josh, if you have time can you please educate me on the legalities of owning a tiny home like your specifically ……Where are you allowed to park it? Are you limited on how long it can stay on a certain property or area for a certain stretch of time? You mentioned that you visited NYC……are you allowed to park your tiny home on the city streets? Josh, please answer my questions if you have time. Thank you in advance. I wish you everything positive.

Beautiful! So talented. I wish I can be that trying. I love watching these videos of tiny houses and bus house, vans. I find it so interesting. Good luck, guy! Oh, u remind me and sound like the actor Vendiesel

Wow he really worked hard on this. Pretty awesome. I hope he's happy and enjoys the rest of his days.
He is a good man. Wow. Impressed.

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