Adventures In Design

If there was only one name that could be included in the art history books to represent street art and youth culture at the turn of the century, Shepard Fairey would be it. From a few wheat pasted posters and a posse rallied around Andre The Giant, Shepard Fairey became a household name in a matter of years by sharing his punk rock ethics with the world and creating iconic imagery opposing the powers that be. The only problem is that fame comes at a cost on both a personal and professional level and this interview takes you behind the hype and inside the mind of a cultural icon who's been on both sides of the coin. From doing time to calls from the Commander In Chief himself to spearheading the next steps in social justice, Shepard Fairey's true story reveals a focused and humble creative using his influence to better the world he came from and the world he wants to live in. Mark opens the episode to get everyone in the proper perspective to understand the weight of first place and the struggle to convey your intentions when you're only trying to help.

Talking Points

  • Being the guy going down in history books without ever thinking you even had a space in the art world.
  • The freedom inside a whole new genre without any past expectations.
  • Red toner leads the way to a unifying aesthetic and developing your arsenal of paper stock.
  • Straddling the digital age and the limits of science.
  • Speaking directly to your audience and the fear of getting too big.
  • The outside inside strategy that can subvert the machinery you're trying to undo.
  • Viral messages and a humble reminder about the responsibility behind creating socially responsible art.
  • Evolving past the pole position of privilege.
  • How does Shepard pick his battles?
  • Celebrating the positive while critiquing the current political regime. 
  • Building a toolset with your life's graphic and philosophical foundation. 
  • The Obama Hope Poster project, being the antithesis of Bush, and risking your street cred to build a better world. 
  • Low self esteem, other talented artists, and staying busy. 
  • Balancing the risks of public art with the people who rely on you. 
  • The AP Trial of the century. 
  • No good deed goes unpunished, standing up for racial justice and equality, and a rainbow coalition. 
  • Exploitive offers, donating to charities, and privileged problems. 
  • Staying cool to people in the face of conjecture. 
  •  The occasional legitimate piece of criticism. 
  • Staying motivated and switching gears when you hit a creative wall. 
  • Building a business with your wife and how Mark becomes Mark after he gets his first tough love from Amanda Fairey. 
  • A couple firsts in Shepard's life. 
Direct download: AID589i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Mark Brickey and Biggie of Good Fight Entertainment look at the music that made them the men they are today on the second installment of the Start Today: Music Business Inspiration Podcast. Minor Threat existed for three years out in DC but their impact was immeasurable in not only the music they wrote, but how their lyrical themes shaped the DIY scene to this very day. Whether you've never heard the name Ian MacKaye or you have a black sheep tattooed on your arm, the first part of this episode brings you the history behind the band and how they built such an avid fanbase in a word of mouth only, underground world. With that perspective in mind, Mark and Biggie tackle the lyrics to the song Minor Threat line by line and look at what it meant to them when they first heard the song and how it still effects them now. The themes of holding onto your youth, finding your own path, and standing by your beliefs are what we all strive after everyday in a world that wants you to fall in line and do what your told so let the words of Ian MacKaye inspire you for the first time or all over again on Start Today... and that's a promise.

Talking Points

  • Something from nothing in DC, Bad Brains, and the Sex Pistols.
  • Iggy Pop, Black Flag, and finding the right attitude.
  • The birth of a Minor Threat.
  • Post-Threat life.
  • Inventing DIY.
  • Being a part of something that changed the world from a baseline of zero. 
  • Literally looking at lyrics like scripture including looking for loopholes. 
  • Three monumental accomplishments in three years. 
  • Two Ian anecdotes. 
  • You can't fake the funk. 
  • Discovering yourself with a larger perspective in mind. 
  • Cyclical trends in culture. 
  • Defying that adult crash in your mind and not aging out. 
  • The ultimate equalizer and deciding how to best utilize your time. 
  • Learning to live in the moment. 
  • Uncovering the proper promotional schedule based off momentum. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Learning to lean into your success where you find it.
  • Fighting back for your dreams no matter who is looking.
  • Run at your opportunities and work within your restrictions to make your best art. 
  • Working twice as hard when you live life outside the rails. 
  •  The key to staying young at heart. 
  • Higher education and other templates for success. 
  • Staying optimistic and avoiding the paranoia that will ruin your good times. 
  • Dreams, expectations, and taking your time. 
  • Remember where you came from and grow from it. 
Direct download: AID588i.m4a
Category:Music Business -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

On the first episode of Start Today co-hosts Mark Brickey and Biggie breakdown the 1989 Gorilla Biscuits track “Start Today” and go line by line trying to fully understand the songs greater meaning and influences that it had on their lives. However, before we get to breaking down the walls of this inspiration, first Mark provides a rich audio documentary explaining the influences, origin and history of the short lived New York Hard Core super group the Gorilla Biscuits.


Talking Points

- Controlling your temper, not blowing up like you used to and realizing work isn’t worth getting mad over.

- Understanding that you’re never too old to hangout and the importance of finding your tribe.

- Location, location, location, where you are plays a huge part in how you play.

- Staying one step ahead of your current career and always planning for the next big thing.

- Not just working hard, but working hard toward a focused life plan.

- Procrastinating solves nothing, only creates more work.

- There is no seniority in the arts, which leaves zero room for laziness.

- The importance of movement, keeping moving to keep surviving.

- Trusting your gut, you always know what’s right.

- Put in the hours, it will always show in the work.

- The importance of saying sorry face to face.

- Time is your enemy, friend and greatest love.

Circle of Trust

Mark talks about his lessons learned from both the song Start Today and the creating the first podcast episode. As well as plays audio that didn’t make the final public cut.

Direct download: AID574.m4a
Category:Music Business -- posted at: 12:00am PDT