Beautifully Human / Jon Buko

As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...


We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…


Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread strength, love, and humanity...


To show a common thread of beautiful humans…


This week we go to Tecumseh, Michigan with Jon Buko to hear his incredible story...


Buko is one of the kindest humans I have ever met. I moved in with my partner and at the time Buko was our neighbor. We hit it off instantly.

We had amazing driveway talks about life and the craziness that it brings.

He is such a beautiful soul. I truly miss our driveway hangs.

I hope for you that you have a friend as amazing as Buko!


Let’s all be beautifully human…


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Jon Buko / Artist / Nashville, Tennessee

Tell me a story that shaped your life…

- Moving to Nashville really helped shape my life.

Coming from a small Michigan town (population 7,000) to "the big city" was a trip. I've always been very independent and self motivated, and moving here pushed my self sufficiency to the next level. I was homeless living in my car about two months in because it was almost too much lol. No support here, no family, and one friend, I had to figure things out really quickly. Shout out to Don "Divebomb" Berger, the move here changed the trajectory of my life!

Tell me a story that almost ruined your life…

- The year was 2013 (lol), and i was finally starting to settle in and get into the swing of things, and a friend invited myself and my girlfriend at the time to hang out. So we're hanging out when my friend asked if I wanted to smoke some weed. I wasn't an experienced smoker but my girlfriend was, and we were all having a blast so i was down. The only catch was that he couldn't smoke actual weed but he had some K2. Having never smoked it wasn't a big deal to me, it couldn't be any different than actual marijuana.....I thought.

So all 4 of us smoked, everyone else was fine, except for me. The easiest way to put it was that I could start to feel my reality unravel. I was trying to hold it together but that wasn't going to happen. And then I started going into convulsions and choking on my own vomit. I wasn't breathing for about three and a half minutes and during that time I experienced infinity. I was seeing what was happening from a third person perspective. The sound remained the same but all four of us were constantly changing, our outfits, our races, our ages, it was like that moment was the only moment that was unified across every existence.

And then I was in pitch black with myself, another me and it was calm, maybe it was the void. Other me (or me?) said "Well, you can puke one more time and that's going to be it, you're not going to start breathing again and it's on to the next one. Or you can start breathing again. Choice is up to you." I made the decision to start breathing again. Ever since that moment I've had to deal with anxiety, my GF at the time broke up with me not too long after, and my best friend who I moved to Nashville for, moved away. Thank goodness I had art because that was a really rough time for me. As effed as it was, I also gained a ton of insight and found what my purpose a win lol!

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere, where would it be…

- Japan for sure.

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