His “work is very courageous,” a Rapid City festival official told The Journal in 2015. “It deals with mental health issues and shares personal stories. It will be an inspiration to young people who may be living something. something similar. “
Stilwell was interviewed by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at SoDak Con the following year. He said he had been drawing since kindergarten and started to find his own style in eighth grade.
Stilwell, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, said he was influenced by Native American art and the “peaceful Goth” aesthetic.
“I write mystery and dark themed poetry and really depressive stuff like that,” but I also loved comedy movies, he said on the radio.
Stilwell attended Box Elder and Rapid City schools before graduating from Rapid City High School, according to his obituary.
His father taught him to ride off-road motorcycles from a young age and Stilwell was “barely able to contain his enthusiasm when excursions were planned to spend the day biking in Farmingdale.”
Stilwell helped his mother when his father went on a trucking trip, was the “pack leader” of the three brothers in the family, and always helped his grandparents when they needed mechanical or ranching help – or just a little help. a fishing partner.