don schrader

Don Schrader

A few months back I was lucky enough to spend a couple hours with Albuquerque icon Don Schrader. Truly a man of convictions, Don has purposefully lived under the poverty line for many years because he refuses to pay taxes to support war and violence. Simple living is his mantra and he happily carries out his days on less than $4000 a year. He grows his own food, walks everywhere and has not ridden in a car in something like 16 years.

As is often the case with people who have extreme beliefs and lifestyles, Don is the subject of much rumor, gossip and oftentimes straight hatred but I found that there is a lot to learn from this gentle and compassionate man. He was caught on video tape by Kyle Maier and Kamio Media, with illustrations by James Black, a former UNM art student who is no stranger to Don’s past career as a nude art model. Thank you guys for taking time out of your busy days to step into Don’s world for a moment.