berryteeth asked: Hey! I'm Ruby. I'm an art student who resides in and is incredibly passionate about Baltimore. I was curious as to what some of your favorite places were/ why you love it? It's great to hear other people's experiences and favorite things about the city.
Baltimore changes so quickly, and I feel like every time I go back it’s less like home. But there are some great places that I always like coming back to, and last time we had a talk about the city, there were some great replies, too.
- Atomic Books, Soup’s On, The Crown, Tortilleria Sinaloa, Pete’s Grille, Baltimore Barber Lounge, Charles Theatre, Eddies in Charles Village, AVAM gift shop, Broadway Diner, Ottobar sometimes, Sweet 27, the waterfront area in Fell’s Point, and a handful of places that are gone now, like Village Thrift and The Phoenix…
- Leon’s is my favorite bar, happy hour is every day from 4-10pm. It’s technically a gay leather bar, but like, not really. I once wrote a sponsored Thought Catalog article under the pseudonym “Michael Branch,” and I conveniently left out that fact. There are some other watered-down suggestions there.
- I have no idea about show spaces anymore, seems like they pop-up and then disappear every other year, but I still follow SHOWSPACE to keep up with what’s happening a little bit. If you live in Baltimore you should be following them.
Baltimore is a great city, it has a weird reputation that I sort of understand, it is not the kind of city where you show up and get it all right away, but if you’re looking for someone to hold you’re hand, you won’t find that anywhere.
2:47 pm • 28 January 2014 • 19 notes
#opinions #ask #baltimore
Anonymous asked: when things sell out in your shop, (when) will they be restocked?
I generally don’t restock items. The shop is more a project in and of itself than an actual store, so I like to focus on new ideas and new things. I have kept up with a few items though, like the SORRY balloons.
There is actually a bunch of new stuff coming to the shop next month, but the Brain Subscription gets everything first and the rest is whatever’s leftover!
(Feel free to ask me this sort of stuff directly, or through email)
12:50 pm • 28 January 2014 • 9 notes
#for sale #ask
Answering questions from last week:
- What advice would you give to a graphic designer looking for an internship?
- favorite pizza toppings? also, last tattoo?!?!?
- If you could have a personal drone that would only do ______ for you. How would you fill in the blank?
- What was your coming out experience?
- What started the Unsolicited Advice planner?
- what kind of bread should i use for toast. additionally, should i use butter or jam? butter AND jam?
- How did you get into what you do now? Is it something that you can personally live off of?
- What is art
- what inspired you to get into graphic design in the early days? Have you always been on all the networking sites? And what goals and ~dreams~ do you have for the future?
- I just got my copy of unsolicited advice…
10:33 am • 16 December 2013 • 44 notes
#video blog #ask #talking a lot
Anonymous asked: What kind of pens do you use?
I only use very expensive artist pens, for artists. When you’re an artist, like I am, it’s important that you only create art with artist tools that are:
7:27 pm • 1 August 2013 • 47 notes
#or just buy whatever looks cool #papermate flair pens #office supplies #ask
Anonymous asked: I know its kind of a cliche, but how do you suggest someone find some "direction" in life? I recently moved for my emotional and financial stability, but even though internally I'm feeling a lot better, I don't know where to take life next?
it’s flattering you would ask me this! do i seem like i have figured out my direction? it’s flattering when i get asked design questions! do i seem like i know anything about anything? i am just 1 person out of billions. i don’t know more than anyone else, and i’m happy to admit that.
what is “direction” anyway? every single person is completely different, with different needs, desires, motivations, and happiness. what makes you feel satisfied might not be enough for the next person, what you find most fulfilling in life might be what someone else gave up to find their stability. you need to figure out what makes you the best version of yourself, for yourself. learn what you need to feel comforted, loved, useful, productive, accomplished, and content. learn where you need to be, what you need to be doing, and who you need to be doing it with. it might be sharing your creative mind, it might be raising a child, it might be exploring as much of the world as you can, or it might be enjoying a happy hour drink with the rest of a group you belong to after an engaging work week. the good news is you have an entire lifetime to figure it out.
11:38 am • 18 June 2013 • 19 notes
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Anonymous asked: recently i've gotten a LOT of negative backlash from family members (mainly mom and grandma, but from other assorted fam. members as well) from choosing to do graphic design. I'm set on my plan but I constantly have people trying to dissuade me from pursuing something I'm extremely interested and set on doing. any advice on how to stay positive?
here’s the thing — half the time, you’ll earn a degree in one thing and do something else entirely. think about how many people graduate with fine arts degrees versus the number of full time career artists. it’s not just art, it’s everything. ultimately, what you choose to study does not define who you become.
if graphic design is literally the only thing you’re interested in, then maybe it’s the right choice. work hard, learn as much as you can and pick up additional skills like printmaking, web development, motion graphics, whatever is available and interesting. be the best graphic designer you can be, and then take all of that to your first, second, fifth jobs. do your best and hope for the best. that is literally life.
are there are career paths that are maybe more predictable and traditional? yes, i think so. i have friends who took other paths and landed into jobs immediately after graduation, or those who are on pretty standard med school tracks. those are probably great options and i hope that they will do, or continue to do, really well.
but i also know lots of people who earned degrees in one thing or another who aren’t actively doing anything related to what they studied. or aren’t actively doing anything at all, really. what you study doesn’t define you forever. you can always try, learn, and explore new things. life will surprise you, jobs will push you down different career paths, and you may find that you’re really good at, and enjoy, something you did not expect.
your family is worried about you because they know what we are just figuring out — that life is hard, that priorities and dreams change, and that nothing is guaranteed. they want you to have the best foundation possible so you can achieve everything they know you deserve. choose to be happy by doing something you know you love, but make them proud by being the fucking best at it.
11:05 am • 18 June 2013 • 25 notes
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Anonymous asked: Can we be pen pals?
Adam J. Kurtz
P. O. Box 550
Brooklyn, NY 11211
9:18 am • 18 June 2013 • 21 notes
Anonymous asked: Do you still make new friends online?
not as often as i maybe once did — i think the age of making friends online has changed a little bit, as our interactions become less personal and more like shouting into space in each others’ directions.
that said, i have made some new “internet friends” and collaborators and inspiration over just the last year, sure. and living in new york helps, because people inevitably come through and then we get to meet up!
also, sometimes i meet people in real life who know me from the internet first and that serves as a sort of ice breaker. i am usually flattered and not creeped out when this happens and it has led to some good things.
2:27 am • 18 June 2013 • 13 notes
Ask Me Anything
ask me anything you want except for:
- negative comments about me
- anything about graphic design
- current employment status
- my relationships or any part of my body below my neck
- opinions on literature, art, film, or culture in general
- questions about new york city, baltimore, or toronto
- anything related to food
- thoughts on my awkward mid-stage hair
- my appearance or mannerisms “in real life”
- anything else
1:46 am • 18 June 2013 • 9 notes
Anonymous asked: Who the fuck do you think you are mocking Joy Division? Do you think its fucking funny to deface a band like that?
i generally think i am “adamjk” but sometimes i’m not even sure, honestly
what is “joy division,” i keep hearing about it??
3:20 am • 12 June 2013 • 60 notes
eeeeeeeeeric-deactivated2013070 asked: what type of reactions have you got regarding the "personal space" on your resume?
i think as a whole, my resume design does a good job of incorporating my cleaner and messier aesthetics and serves as a well-rounded introduction. it’s a good way to get to know me — if you hate it for being untraditional, you’ll probably hate me.
5:13 pm • 4 June 2013 • 12 notes
Anonymous asked: I saw you at the Outs screening and you are incredibly cute.
that’s impossible i am only cute at this website
6:09 pm • 20 April 2013 • 18 notes
b4twenty asked: what are three things you are glad you achieved after moving to NYC, and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
three things (not in order)
- i redesigned my website
- i got a haircut
- i made an instagram
i am not very good at “the future.” in five years i hope to be on my “career path,” working with my brain and with people instead of mostly coding. my spine won’t hurt constantly, and i’ll have my own apartment and no pets. my humor will evolve past self-deprecating, and i will have married sarah jean in at least 1 more state.
11:19 pm • 14 April 2013 • 17 notes
Anonymous asked: top 3 favorite places to eat?
- at my computer
- in bed
11:14 pm • 14 April 2013 • 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Do you have a "real" job next to your tumblr/designer/whatever-kind of employment?
“Designer” is actually a “real job.”
I have a “real graphic design job” with an “internet marketing company.” It is “on my resume.” I organize visual content (“design”) on our client sites, code email newsletters, and do various special projects. I like my boss & co-workers, and appreciate the flexibility it affords me.
It’s not always the most fun every day, which is why I have my “whatever-kind of employment,” where I employ myself to make myself happy for zero dollars an hour. I spend a lot of my free time making and doing, and this blog is obviously a major part of that process. Support from people on tumblr is what allows me to keep moving forward.
My personal projects are not “work” to me. Maybe one day they will be my work, or maybe one day my brain will be employed at a “dream job,” I don’t really know.
2:37 pm • 3 April 2013 • 41 notes
#ask #design #aboutme #work