What do you make of this?
A smoking, predatory (see the fangs) extraterrestrial?
Found these gems on the bathroom wall at a little coffee shop at the beach.
Tim Burton — you know, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman — well, there’s a great article on NYTimes.com — Tim Burton, at Home in His Own Head — that synthesizes, via a simple anecdote, a few key subjects I’m interested in:
- Child development
- U.S. culture
“If you look at children’s drawings, they’re all great. And then at a certain point, even when they’re about 7 or 8 or 9, they go, “Oh, I can’t draw.” Well, yes, you can. I went through that same thing, even when I started to go to CalArts, and a couple of teachers said: “Don’t worry about it. If you like to draw, just draw.” And that just liberated me. My mother wasn’t an artist, but she made these weird owls out of pine cones, or cat needlepoint things. There’s an outlet for everyone, you know?”
Thank you Tim Burton for making a few things prophetically clear:
- Don’t limit yourself. Do new stuff. Even if it’s ‘weird’ or not your typical thing. Your life depends on it.
- Kids do best when they get to follow their instincts.
- A culture that compulsively values (demands!) grandiose perfection — Lady Gaga or bust — is headed towards irrelevance.
- Innovation stems from having freedom to roam and having the freedom to produce “mediocre” stuff.
When my kids (5 and 3) say “I’m going to be an artist when I grow up!” I say proudly: “Well, that would be the finest thing one could ever be.”
To be clear: it’s not that I envision them in an art gallery or behind a drum kit. It’s not the profession that I care about — it’s the mindset… the mindset that looks through boundaries — or doesn’t even see them at all.
So, let’s make some weird owls out of pine cones, shall we?
Follow Tim on Twitter.
If you’ve ever gotten to the bottom of my blog you’d have seen this quote:
“Find the theme, communicate it clearly, honor consistency, eat the audience.”
That’s Hillman Curtis.
He was inspirational. He’ll continue to be.
A nice little addition to the WC street art scene–it’s behind the Post Office on Gay St.
This is so poetic and brings you right into a unique reverie—if you’re a Nirvana fan (from In Praise of Not Knowing over at NYTimes.com):
Kurt Cobain once said in an interview that long before he’d heard any actual punk rock music, he studied magazine photos of punk musicians and imagined what the music sounded like.
I’ll call this a “reverse non sequitur”.
This stuff is too good to pass up.
I’m on record for thinking it’s an easy hop from being an artist to being a good marketer. And this Charles Bukowski quote reminds me ever more.
An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.
Marketing is about robust communication on the head of a pin. It’s about the ability to distill–to take the complexity out of a thing without taking out the thing that makes the thing a thing. Wait, I just turned into Bukowski’s intellectual!
I’m a big fan of HBO’s In Treatment. If you’re a fan too, then you know some of the episodes are wrenching–often times you have to sit for a few minutes before moving on (seriously).
During this ‘recovery’ time, I’ve noticed a lot about the credits: they’re there for a reason.
- They transition you out of the experience.
- They allow for time to fully digest the experience.
- They’re extensions of the specific show (or should be).
Next time, don’t just fast forward or turn it off.
Sit. Stay tuned.
Have. The. Complete. Experience.