Bruce Johnson Jr. considers himself a landmark of the UNM Duck Pond.
“Meet me by the hippie at the Duck Pond,” he would hear people say.
Johnson makes and sells jewelry every weekday to students and other passers-by for donations. Using hemp, Johnson has been making jewelry for 33 years.
“The jewelry I make symbolizes peace and love,” Johnson said. “We all have to live in this world and we all bleed the same color.”
Bruce adopted a puppy last fall, but he said he had to give it up due to the cold weather. He said he read rumors on the UNM Confessions Facebook page saying that he had eaten it.
“Rumors are just people’s ignorance,” Johnson said.
Bruce leaves the Duck Pond every weekday at around 3 p.m. with his new puppy, Midnight, to have a meal at local food shelter Project Share. In his leisure time, Bruce drinks coffee, smokes cigarettes and listens to Nikki Sixx’s radio show Sixx Sense while camping out in a friend’s yard for the night.