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Murdoc Specializes In:

Graphic Design, Typesetting, Brand Identity, and Photography. Murdoc's approach is that every project is a story waiting to be told, whether the media is print or digital.

Depending on the time of day, Johnny Murdoc is a graphic designer, a publisher, a typesetter, a writer, an editor, and a photographer, a sex educator, and an activist. Most importantly, he's a storyteller. Murdoc splits his time doing freelance work and operating Queer Young Cowboys, a small press dedicated to intimate and honest explorations of gay male sexuality. 

Murdoc lives in St. Louis, MO, with his husband. They have an urban garden where they used to have a driveway. They ride bikes and drink beer and whiskey and don’t eat meat. Murdoc has one tattoo and it sums up his world view: “Truth is singular. It’s versions are mistruths,” a quote from David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. Some day he’ll have more tattoos. He likes stars, campfires, and floating down rivers.

Johnny Murdoc is the "better known as" of Jared Rourke.


Queer poetry on the porch swing while I wait for my husband to get home.
Any attractive #STL #instagay guys want to make a short art porn in less than a week for no money? 'Cuz I would like to write/direct one. #stlouis #gay #gaysofinstagram #actors #models
Printed for the St. Louis Small Press Expo, Pray Fuck Drive is a pocket-sized bundle of short illustrated stories. Available to everyone else today! Link in profile. #queeryoungcowboys #gayfiction #gaydesign #gayerotica #gayfiction #smallpress #instagay #gaysofinstagram
New for #stlspex2014! Pray Fuck Drive, three short stories with illustrations! #smallpress #publishordie #gayerotica #queerpress #instagay #instahomo #zines #graphicdesign #gayart
Check out all of these amazing small presses! Locally brewed books! St Louis Small Press Expo! #stlspex2014 #smallpress #publishordie
Join #queeryoungcowboys today at the St. Louis Small Press Expo! #publishordie #smallpress #stlspex2014 stlouissmallpressexpo.com
Not. Impressed. #firecrackerpress #stlspex2014
The wasteland from a few days of furious zine making. #publishordie #smallpress #queeryoungcowboys #stlspex2014
Is a "sit on the porch swing and question everything" kind of night.
Could you, perchance, tell me what the fuck I'm supposed to be doing right now?

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