Adventures In Design

Armed with an unwavering desire to create anything customized and a preserved sense of child like wonder, Paul Frank built a world filled with friends we have all come to know like Julius, Worry Bear, Bob the Brace Face Dog, Shaka Brah Yeti, and many more. These characters served as his catalyst to craft an entire world of tchotchkes that took hold of the hearts of millions worldwide who gravitated towards his personal touch on each product bearing his name. The gratitude expressed for all the opportunities that have come his way since his humble beginnings buying vinyl at a speedboat repair shop is palpable across this entire interview and really shows the genuine character that Paul Frank is. From wallets to a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, size and scale are no boundaries for Paul's endless imagination.  Mark opens with a monologue touching on the source of our motivations and treading the fine line between following your dreams and financing your life. It's time to meet your new best friend, Paul Frank.

Talking Points

  • A disconnect over the agony of defeat, a designer that truly cares, and creating a world of friends. 
  • Balancing what's real, what's really important, what fills you with pride. 
  • Becoming an emotional millionaire. 
  • Starting out at a speedboat repair shop and the art of discovery before a computer was in every home. 
  • Taking inspiration from Disney, Sanrio, and little tchotchkes from all over. 
  • Driven by shapes and details. 
  • Happiness in creation and working backward in the world of animation. 
  • The struggle in compromising your vision and the importance of an item. 
  • Character origins and collaborating with school kids.
  • Curiosity, the consumer, and the craft. 
  • The catalyst for customization.
  • Ten years of using everything but your name to further develop as an artist. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Bendy toys, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the joy of seeing your work in the wild.
  • Seeing the forest for the trees. 
  • The real profit for Paul Frank and keeping your fandom intact. 
  • Putting earnest energy out there with a few extra inspirational pieces to discover. 
  • What's next for Paul Frank now that he's back in the captain's chair?
  • Uncovering the trail to a happier life.
  • An honest look at a journey through Paul's head and the demand of the industry. 
  • The ingredients that resonate with audiences around the world. 
  • Treating the worst details with the most care and concern. 
  • Growing up a little out there in the woods. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Our resident Zen Master, Mike Giant, returns to the AID Airwaves with another dose of his hard won wisdom and self-taught skills during his visit to Pow Wow Long Beach. With his formidable stature and full sleeves, most people would deem it best to get out of his way but we know him as a grounded guru that speaks from a broad perspective about community and creativity. Art nights, bigger spaces, and spinning paper set the stage for a deeper glimpse into what immediately makes Mike a respected artist wherever he ends up. His decades of hard work put him exactly where he wants to be and his DIY mentality continually leads the way to each new project that sculpts his legacy. Armed with an endless supply of Sharpies, Mike's style has continued to evolve while pushing the boundaries between art, tattoo aesthetics, and the world as he sees it in black and white.

Talking Points

  • The importance behind a weekly art night that's always a random mix. 
  • You better start digging. 
  • A simple set of smooth marks and developing your drawings.
  • Working outside a particular paradigm as a part of the tattoo generation that had to say "yes."
  • I was born where I was born. 
  • Going from six inches as an urban athlete with one shoe to six feet in Boulder. 
  • Post career realizations about what's not worth giving a fuck about, the career building aspects of skateboarding, and leveling the market on a global level. 
  • Escapism outside of erroneous bullshit through present moment awareness. 
  • Mike's relationship with Buddhism and mindfulness. 
  • Man against the clock as a graffiti writer for Pow Wow and the high pressure of today's cans. 
  • Gun ownership, respect, and handling trouble when it comes for you. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Aaron Sechrist AKA OKpants is back and better than ever! Sharing how he has pivoted his career into partnerships instead of clients, murals over logos and pizza over everything else. The king is back!

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 11:51am PDT

Jerrod & Mark review the top 10 Disney Parks Announcements from D23 2019. In the Circle of Trust they share the exciting Disney summers they have both had from backstage to the parking lot.

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 10:44am PDT

Mitch Putnam of Mondo shares with us the current state of the collectable market from various perspectives, recaps SDCC & previews MondoCon 5

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 8:25am PDT

Hammer went off to get engaged, but in his absence, it gave us the time to finally sit down and have a one on one interview with Gustavo Jaimes. TAVO share’s his path to finding artwork, punk rock, straight edge, tattooing, and how his Mexican-American parents struggled to understand their proud Orange County son.

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT