A guide to art

Art is the ability to get lost and navigate by the gut.

Art is teachable but its answers require no education at all.

Art is the act of perpetual innovation.

Art is expression on canvass, a business product, a speech, and countless other remarkable creations.

Art is controlled randomness, a collection of disparate things.

Art is a messy mastery of movement and environment.

Art is fun, a playful and professional act.

Art is a wave of endless inspiration.

Art is both free and commercial.

Art is deliberate work, sweat and tears. Failure to acceptance is a long process.

Art is ultimately undefinable. But when you see it, you know it.

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Creativity Culture

Wearing your heart on your sleeve


The individual wears no logos. Punks wear studs and diamonds. Fashionistas signal their hipness with cashmere scarfs.

We all brand ourselves in one way or another whether we sport plainness, tattoos, or Prada.

We speak through our clothing. Design reveals some of our inside expressions. But most of us are more complex than that.

We can’t judge a book by its cover no matter how much or how little it stands out.


Don’t Compete, Create

Competition is zero-sum. Someone always has to win, as in sports. It’s either this or that.

Creativity is non-competitive. While creatives may steal ideas from each other, they also mash up, reinterpret, and recast ideas into something completely new and personal.

In the case of business, creativity still comes first. Companies that improve lives through ingenuity get ahead. Apple develops more useful products than Dell and Microsoft, and jazzes them up with cool, outside design. The deliberate approach to think different rather than compete sparks innovation which ultimately benefits the customers.

Art is ultimately about personal expression, not competition.

I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life. – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artists try to project their inner thoughts onto a blank canvass. They speak through their work. Getting some recognition here and there is an appreciation for their difference.

Artists rise above the competition with deviation, not increments of sameness and conformity. Don’t be afraid to show people what you got.

Culture Life & Philosophy

Freedom of Speech

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Maybe the best way to express something is just to say it how it is.

People like honest opinions because they are most likely what they think too but don’t know how to express.

Someone’s got to speak up; someone’s got to clarify without restraint.

Everything can be explained if you just let go and try to understand the essence of the issue.

Simplicity is also hard to come by because of the resistance of the truth. Once you express yourself rather than impress others, words come more naturally.

You don’t need more time. You need to raise your words. Tell it how it is, and how it could be. Give yourself permission to speak up.


Bridging the offline/online persona

What you see is what you get. I try to act offline as I do online: showing an interest in the world, creativity, and technology. The online/offline worlds should mirror each other.

Of course, it’s difficult to live up to ideal expectations. Some of us (like myself) are not as expressive in the real world as they should be.

So what’s the resistance?

The resistance is the inability and/or disbelief that anything said will actually create change. It takes a long time to get people to understand your vision even of you’re being 100% clear.

I believe we can all get better by not doing the same things, or continually tweaking something we’ve mastered. Constant change creates happiness, no matter how small.

The reality is that most things we post online are soft dreams and expressions, shortcuts. The point of setting expectations is to live up to them.

If we don’t hold ourselves accountable to goals, no one will. At the least, it’s better to evolve through failure than sit back and passively hide behind a screen.

Proceed as you are and wish to be in both physical and digital worlds.


Mirror Mirror

Outcasts rebel. Conformists over-assimilate. Observers blend in and identify with the mass and all sorts of tribes.

When you’re open-minded, the world opens up to you; understanding reigns over ignorance.

Personal identity is built off the reflection and contrast of others. You’re never superior or inferior, just different.

Plurality and individuality work together.


“You can smile but not show teeth.”

Half-way feels safer than all in. If you leave an emotion or an opinion up to doubt, no one will know your true feelings or true voice.

Suppression is a mind killer. So is coercion. Freedom from constraint is released through a combination of confidence and care.

Passion is scarce. Fence-sitting and compliance is a common injustice. Don’t do it to yourself. Gain an expressive muscle.