If you have ever been browsing around on US Patriot Tactical’s website, you may have come across some field books with remarkable artwork on them! That work is done by none other than Sergeant First Class David Geig. A Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic turned MP; he is set to retire this year after being enlisted since 1995 when he joined at the ripe age of 19.
So with such great art what prompted him to enlist in the Army? Being only 19 he still lived at home, and his father asked him one day, “Well son, what are you going to do with your life?” The Army solved some problems: career, skills, discipline, a paycheck and a place to stay. Since then he has gone on to… you know what, I’m not even going to go there. I’m writing this on a 15-inch laptop, and his awards take up half my screen! If you would like to gain a full look at SFC Geig’s achievements feel free to check out his website! If you are interested in purchasing one of his field books click here!
On the home front, David tells that his favorite achievement to date is marrying his best friend and raising their amazing normal family that includes five children, a grandson and two grandkids that are still just buns! Like most drawing was a part of his life from a young age. According to David, in kindergarten, he realized he wanted to be an artist and just kept on drawing. Lucky for him, his drawings were actually good unlike some of us out there. My circles tend to turn into ovals.
So how did SFC David Geig get his artwork onto the website of such a company like US Patriot Tactical? He didn’t quit meeting vendors. Something he says is the best advice for other service members who may have a passion that they want to pursue. The vendor part may not apply, but his message is NEVER to QUIT. After meeting with everyone who would give him the time of day, one manager of his local US Patriot store connected him with the right people and before he knew it, owner, Paul Yoo, and purchasers meet with him to hear his pitch.
I asked SFC Geig how he wound up putting his art on field books. I don’t know why I was surprised, but it all started when he would doodle on his issued green books. Before he knew it, other soldiers were asking him to draw pieces on their books as well. Of course, he doesn’t just make art for field books, Geig’s art made its way the 91st Military Police BN, the 519th Military Police BN, Mental Health Association of Jefferson County, NY and two book covers among others. His favorite piece was one he did for a Veteran peer-to-peer outreach that he feels made a difference in Veteran suicide. He told me, “there are a lot of strong emotions associated with our service, and I love to be able to capture the pride we feel.”
Nearly all of the pieces that SFC Geig has done have some kind of story, whether from his deployments or another’s time in the service that they sent to him. “All of them are designed to represent and instill pride in our service. I hope that the folk who purchase my art are moved by it.” In all, his MP work is the bestselling, and with 20 years as one, it’s easy to see why.
With retirement coming to SFC David Geig plans to move to Holden Beach, NC where he plans to continue meeting with Servicemembers and capture their stories. The potential of oil or acrylic painting is being tossed around, while he plans to continue drawing of course and tattooing and enjoying his family. I felt it best to end with what he tells me is his mantra that he lives by:
Dream + Drive = Effort
Effort + Sacrifice = Hustle
Hustle + Patience = SUCCESS
I want to congratulate SFC Geig on his upcoming retirement and taking the time to answer my questions. Welcome to the civilian world, David!
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