Anonymous asked: I saw you at the Outs screening and you are incredibly cute.
that’s impossible i am only cute at this website
Anonymous asked: I saw you at the Outs screening and you are incredibly cute.
that’s impossible i am only cute at this website
likewe-redying 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 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.
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.
Anonymous asked: I want to *do* things to your jawline/ass.
That’s a tough one!
Creative process is different for everyone, and there are lots of ways to approach new ideas. Some people are much more research based, and curate inspiration boards or folders. I do a bit of that, but honestly, I do use this tumblr to save things that I find inspiring and then come back to them later… I’m pretty good about tagging posts.
I’m awful with notebooks but getting better, jotting down ideas and sketches for future work. Secret keeping is tough but I realize that some ideas deserve time to grow and then be presented in their best iteration, at their best time. The truth is I always have about fifteen ideas bouncing around and I keep a lot of post-its on my computer screen.
My advice would just be to keep doing your best in the way that works best for you. Don’t get too bogged down with what other people are doing or how they work because you are your own person. :)
Anonymous asked: for your topics mug: BUTTS. what kind of butts do you like?
This question seems like a perfect opportunity to retract all plans of Monday videos. I don’t need to make videos every week to talk about feelings… I talk about feelings all the time anyway!
It took me two takes this morning to address a question about coping with death… and that’s when I realized. Just because I have an opinion or thought or process for something doesn’t mean it works for anyone else. Everyone needs to cope in their own way. And shit, I am not a good example of “perfect human being” to be looked upon. If anything, having a weekly video series is just feeding my own narcissism, and that’s a lesson I’d rather not display on the internet. I already have a blog with my name on it, no need to talk about myself every single week (at least not in a structured format).
So, on death: Death is scary, death is inevitable, death is overwhelming, death is necessary, death is simply the end of life, but people live forever in their teachings, mannerisms, words, and actions. You don’t have to be Oprah to be remembered, you just need to be the best person you can ever be.
And, sure, on butts: I am not that picky but like, there is a song that addresses my feelings pretty succinctly.
Anonymous asked: don't u know true tumblr gays aren't allowed to like damien hirst anymore??
attention everyone, i am now officially defined by my sexual orientation and my blogging medium!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these two things will now dictate all of my tastes and choices. i will align myself accordingly and ignore content in favor of context forever!!!
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Anonymous asked: Why are you so full of yourself?
I am pretty self-aware and self-conscious (duh that’s sort of my whole “thing”), I don’t think people who know me would say this and mean it. People who know me know that I, like most people, have to work for confidence and work for that same fullness that you portray as negative. Here’s the secret: Having confidence is great! Who else should I be full of if not myself?
Tumblr spends a lot of time pretending to be the perfect person, we are THE MOST POLITICALLY CORRECT and THE MOST COOL and maybe THE EDGIEST and THE CLEVEREST but truthfully this is a blog and I am 1 guy and you know, I am whatever I am and this blog sometimes reflects that and sometimes doesn’t. It’s personal because it’s honest, but it’s not the full story because 1. I’m writing it selectively and 2. I don’t know what the full story is anyway.
Usually I ignore this sort of anonymous message, but lately all I want to do is respond openly and share because I simply don’t mind being recognized for things I work for, and sometimes confidence is one of those things. Thank you.
Anonymous asked: What are you creating these days? What has been on your mind?
My creative process is a bit scattered, because I’m basically always processing and don’t always remember to slow down. Things got really busy with Kickstarter and my 2013 planners and shipping a ton of stuff and so right now I am working on slowing down, drinking tea, trying to “be a good boyfriend” so this great new part of my life doesn’t slip away. Exploring offline ideas (like “eat more vegetables” and “drink less coffee” and “what if yoga helps you feel good”) and other good, healthy life stuff like that.
Otherwise, I’m keeping busy and happy with my SOMEDAY MY PRINTS WILL COME club, which is in of itself an exercise in slowness, positive messages, and collaborative engagement. I’ll also have a table at the Brooklyn Zine Fest in April, so there will be new good things to have in time for that, a new HOME-BREW from me, more postcards and tokens, and one or two collaborative projects to start thinking about soon. :)
Anonymous asked: Hi Adam, I have a question for you. What is the best place to get a pizza slice in New York. I'm going for my first time in March :) Also, if you wouldn't mind recommending a few things you think I should check out to really captivate the New York experience. I would really appreciate it! If you're too busy, that's fine too. I understand. Have a lovely day. X
Nobody ever asks me questions about life in New York, which I am usually pretty grateful for because I don’t really know how to answer them. I’ve been here for 8 months and it feels like 1, somehow. In New York years I was born tomorrow or next week, basically. The best place to get a pizza slice is probably anywhere.
I like Vinnie’s because there are a lot of vegan options so anybody can eat it and it’s like a fifteen minute walk from my apartment. But there’s dollar pizza everywhere and it’s pretty good for a dollar. There’s free pizza with drink purchase at a lot of bars. FREE! Some people swear by Artichoke but the other day I was right near there and there was an entire slice facedown on the sidewalk and I prefer to internalize that as “someone hated their pizza so much that they threw it on the floor.” Pizza in New York is like pizza in any other city. When it’s awesome, it’s awesome. When it’s shitty, it’s still kind of awesome. People will tell you that the pizza here is just better. I am not that guy. I don’t know the fucking difference. The best pizza is wherever you stop at your hungriest, when you only have 3 dollars in your pocket, and you’re with a friend.
Same goes for basically everything in this city. I don’t know how to help you captivate the New York experience because I can’t curate your experience I can only speak to my own. Life doesn’t happen in a plan or on a schedule. A good way to do it might be to plan 1 big thing that matters to you (shopping, a museum, a landmark, etc) in the morning and evening and let your food choices happen by accident. Have a random cup of coffee wherever you are at. It will probably be good enough. Have lunch from a cart or just eat a pretzel for lunch. It’s not going to be the best pretzel in the world but you will be in New York City eating a soft pretzel, that is your postcard moment.
All that being said, my favorite donut in New York is Peter Pan in Greenpoint. I love Prosperity Dumpling in Chinatown because it is dirt cheap and so good. I like brunch at Saxon + Parole or Habitat (both have bloody mary bars), and I really, really like The Bagel Store. Oh, and back to pizza, Slice Harvester might have your back.
-bluish asked: I got your postcard in the mail and I thought it was great. Getting real mail totally makes my day and I really appreciate it from you.
I’m glad it arrived and happy you like it. Thanks for saying so, and I hope you won’t mind if I post this publicly to balance the last post and then put the whole thing to bed. Besides, that postcard was soooooo January!
909miles said: The postcard ::is:: just a self-promotion piece you probably just had lying around and I guess then the message to me is “I don’t care if you’re a fan, this is all you get.”
All it’s promoting is “hey this is a surprise card and it is just for you.” And it does LITERALLY say that on the back. Read the LITERAL fine print! That is what “week in scraps” is. It’s a message and a story and it’s only as important as you say it is. I am sad that you don’t think it’s worth twenty cents but I also can’t care. This reply isn’t even for you and everyone knows that because it’s public and they can read it too.
I am sorry my card was an inconvenience to you. I hate driving and get jumpy in cars. I also know the post office can be frustrating. I am legitimately empathizing with you because since you don’t value the postcard, then all of that was for nothing. As for the postage itself, I don’t know what went wrong. Postcards are 33 cents now, I know because I had to place the old stamp and a penny stamp on it. And an address label. On 100 cards, which I paid to have printed, out of pocket, and sent, as a complete surprise, to people who didn’t know they were coming. Yes, you are one of 100. That’s intrinsically impersonal, but it’s also a lot more personal than being one of a few thousand on tumblr, digesting digital work, isn’t it? It’s a tangible piece of something, it is yours forever, to display, pass along, or throw away. It’s whatever you say it is now.
I am not trying to be a dick, but this dialogue is so useful. This is the whole point. This is what I wrote about right before getting off of tumblr at the end of December. This is the thing I can’t care about anymore. I used to spend my time looking at tons of other work, other people’s lives, tumblr’s own brand of teenage angst, and felt so insecure, felt the need to defend myself either with reason or just because. Not anymore. I am “UNFOLLOWING NEGATIVITY” both online and off, my own, and others’. If I want to be a fucking artist (and I think I might like to be that), I need to stop listening to everyone else and start trusting myself. And it’s hard. IT IS FUCKING HARD because you send someone you literally do not know a free surprise and they hate you for it. But the difference is that this time I don’t feel personally attacked. I feel happy to experience a negative response to some of my newer ideas and tactics, and to be able to dissect and share it in this tiny little internet space.
If anyone else received a card and would like to be removed from my list due to inconvenience, please let me know.
909miles asked: I got your postcard today. I had to drive to the main Post Office and pay twenty cents to get it out of hock cuz the stamps weren't good and then you didn't even write a message or anything?! :(
The postcard is the message.
kidsamich asked: Were you one of the WK12? I live super close to W+K, and I've always wanted to work there... What was it like?
I wasn’t, but I did get to go and visit the agency last fall in the final application round. It was really awesome to get flown to Portland and meet a ton of great and talented people at WK! It’s definitely a cool place, and the entire experience was really inspiring and useful.
Plus, my application video was a minor viral hit, so that’s… something.