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Adventures In Design

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America's only daily morning talk show for creatives just like you. Sometimes educational, sometimes off topic but always entertaining! New Episodes Monday-Friday!


598 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann  

Bang the drum for this week's Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and Mark Brickey rounding out another batch of AID goodness. The Cobra is in fine form today as he immediately strikes on everything from selling single pages out of a book to decoding another artist's layer laden file. Mark uses his deft investigative journalism to pry out some behind the scenes details on the recent Dave Matthews poster Delicious Design League took on. Things can get tricky when you're playing in the big leagues and Billy tells all to turn his experience into a learning one for us all. Don't miss their expert advice on color separations and how planning ahead with your file can save you a few headaches at the finish line. Most importantly, let this Shop Talk act as a much needed reminder to any creatives who feel beaten down that we all can strategically pick our battles as designers and fight for our ideas when the timing is right. Street by street. Block by block. Taking most of it all back.

Talking Points

A new bootleg poster scam of jpeg reprints or getting ahead of the vintage ad game? Cart logic.  Delicious Design League's unconventional diptych approach and the world of Dave Matthews.  Buying Chicago or Apple as a long term investment.  Who gets what cut of a gig poster? The problem when unqualified people get a taste of being the puppeteer without any applicable experience in their background.   Creating for approval instead of what is right and the rationale behind taking it just for sanity's sake.  Finding the rhythm between work and passion.  The art is just the start and the increasingly complex world of color separations.  Getting an education through hands on experience.  Industry expansion from coloring books to mezzotints and transparent inks.  Decoding another artist's file or just developing your own process.  Hitting yellow and seeing red. 
597 - May Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam  

Every month Mitch Putnam and Mark Brickey pour over to put together a Top Ten Countdown that seems to continually raise the bar of greatness contained between four corners. The month of May was no exception to this phenomena as artists vied for the top spot on the countdown or found their way into Mitch's Treasure Chest for worthwhile comments and observations. Piece by jaw dropping piece is picked apart to show what sets it apart from the rest by two heavy hitters in the design world that have seen every trick in the book and have some behind the scenes facts that illuminate the lesser known semantic side of the work itself. As their analyzation unfolds you can apply the same concepts to further your own career and use top shelf tips and tricks that other industry greats had to discover the hard way. With visionary artists like Daniel Danger, Becky Cloonan, James Flames, and more filling up the countdown its inevitable that you'll learn how they manipulate the two dimensional space to capture unforgettable moments and spark a viewer's imagination.

Talking Points

The best and worst designed sports city in the United States.  The watermark of superstar level success and breaking out of our art world in very unprecedented ways.  Intellectual discrepancies between how you see your client and how they see themselves.  Consumer products and marketing objectives pulling art in opposite directions.  Composition, collage, and unique perspectives on familiar themes. Achieving richness and subtlety in screenprinting.  The risks of one color prints, owning official Disney artwork, and screenprints that legitimately look like paintings.  The execution kills the concept that needed an art director to save it.  Getting your heart hooked into your work and albums you should listen to just once.  The leap into the metaphorical.  Becky Cloonan's seamless transition from comic books.  Soaking in a mentor's influence and making it your own.  A quick dip into the Marvel Universe.  Dual format designs and the difference between blouse imagery and poster illustration.  Evolving backwards from the Frank Kozik coloring style as printing techniques improve.  Powerful movie poster archetypes and developing a new approach to old properties.

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

The cover of the novel within the film that became a poster representing the time period it came from.  Watching an artist on an epic journey through space and time as they continually reinvent themselves.  Understanding your market and how you can gear your business model towards it.  Deliberately wonky work made by hand. Walking away from women and building out your poster to utilize the medium.  The difficulty in miniaturizing a film and multiple illustration styles that run the gamut. Client reactions to minimalistic approaches.  Managing your audience's varying artistic demands.  From scratch board to laser etching to continually innovate your medium.  Drawing from the greats to find a style that doesn't allow for revisions.  Living in highlight and a unique take on a fan favorite.  Giant comic book covers and banking off some very rooted hype.  Jim Fire is making the culture of screenprinting look bad with his new artistic direction. Determination, results, and cosplaying as James' agent.  Honoring icons and the murky waters of cashing in on celebrity deaths.  Making toys and more at Mondo.  The thought process behind timed editions.  Beating the game with a dirty little secret successful bloggers use all the time.  Transitioning out of the gig poster world into experimental new areas that highlight your skills.  Taking on ten challenges in one poster and the two voices of Landland. 


596 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 18: James Groman  

The Collection returns for its next installment with this year's Designer Toy Of The Year Award Winner, James Groman. Fresh from Five Points Festival, Mark Brickey, Huck Gee, and James look at the state of the designer toy world from a higher perspective as it hits a third wave. Just by looking at James' winning submission, King Korpse, you can see how the world of vinyl and resin toys has shifted to an artists first approach all the way from concept to production. That's just the start as The Collection keeps going through the world of kaiju, American Greetings, and giving birth in front of a live audience. James has been in the game from the beginning as he worked on Madballs, officially licensed Star Wars toys, and developed storyboards for the Care Bears. There's no stopping this juggernaut because he came up in a world where hard work was just the first bullet point on someone's resume. That type of determination is what put him in the same room with mega talents feeding their ideas straight to Peter Jackson and creating new components in the Star Wars universe through his toy designs. Now this episode of The Collection is going to put you in the same room with one of the greats so take notes and pay attention.

Talking Points

Seasoned veterans review Five Points Festival and the beginning of Death Star 3.0.  Following the stampede to the gore.  Designer Toy Of The Year Award and the fist fights for King Korpse. From cutting costs to craftsmanship.  How working for yourself let's you fight for what you believe in.  Trailblazers from the greeting card industry that birthed the creativity on the designer toy world today.  The rejuvenation and vindicated success of Gold Life.  Instinct Toys and finding the funding from people that believe in your ideas.  Working big, 3D sculpting, and overseas shipping.  Getting lost in the sketchy days of King Korpse.  The benefits of giving birth in front of a live audience. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

The reality of designing and adding to the Star Wars Universe.  Confidence, depression, and intimidating moments in front of mega talents with high standards.  Storyboards for Care Bears and staying relevant in the long run.  Buying into the dot com legend that has shifted younger generations mindsets away from the hard work of finding a job.  A look into the Garage Kit Culture (another Wild West sub culture).  Consumer culture, American culture, and the sad state of creating new intellectual properties.  Bootlegging's dark side with a potentially bright future.  Relating to your audience and the long road to hone your talents. 


594 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and Jason Edmiston  

Bang the drums and bust out your preferred note taking medium because this Shop Talk is so full of chicken nuggets you'd think it was sponsored by Ronald himself. Mark, Billy, and special guest Jason Edmiston leave no stone unturned as they rip through moral dilemmas and motivational hurdles in a creative's career path. Would you pay for likes on social media if it meant a positive uptick in your sales? Are big brands fleecing the public by supporting popular social movements? How do you keep your work loose when you work form reference materials? That's just a taste of what today's trio gets into as they explore each topic with an honest transparency you won't find anywhere else on today's adventure into design. Antics ensue.

Talking Points

Buying likes on Instagram (because you're a business).  Overcoming meritocracy in art.  Are you focusing on false metrics that don't align with your marketing goals.  Investing your time or your money into video.  Are you an anonymous artist? Standing at the intersection of brands, politics, and business.  The creative's ego.  Living with the perfect partner. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

The integral inside out process of preparation to make incredible pieces.  Keeping your work loose when using reference materials.  Exaggerating the movement.  Tracing secrets the world isn't ready to hear.  Harnessing the power of brainstorming.  The demise of hard work as we shift away from traditional media.  Creating and curating content to use as you work through projects.  You only need one buyer.  Vague emails and the response that takes longer than the question itself.


593 - The DKNG Show: Chapter 9  

As the next chapter of The DKNG Show unfolds we find our favorite design duo busy as ever and actively pursuing new ventures. With so much work still under wraps Mark takes the opportunity to pour over some of Dan and Nathan's business practices as they weave between the last two month's projects. Even as the boys go over their Radiohead poster project, the subject matter skews towards how they reinvented their own process to reflect the band's shifting approach to music and business. In the Circle Of Trust bonus content we get a double dip of insider information about breaking into the wholesale world and a look at advertising through social media channels. Chapter Nine continues to push the boundaries of how much DKNG lets us inside their creative minds and how they have become a premiere boutique agency at the top of their game.

Talking Points

Respecting boundaries, uprooting bad relationships, and effective communication.  The challenge to even approach designing for Radiohead's multifaceted sound.  Reinventing your structure from the ground up and keeping things simple for your client.  How much do you initially show your client to allow your project to evolve into its final form.  Live streaming portfolio reviews and the tricky side of constructively critiquing work.  Common pitfalls in portfolios.  Initiative, ownership, and curation.  Diversification for continual cash flow. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

Starting wholesale at a local level and giving a little to get to the next level.  Growing your stockist list and the slow march to a smooth, automated process.  Presenting a line that tells a complete story to increase consumer engagement.  Business when you're at the top of the Wild West enamel pin game.  Pin-Pal-Palooza 2017 and gauging pop culture concepts.  Cracking the code of advertising in social media.  Boosts and the initial discouragement of getting into the game.  Understanding the true value of your product and targeting the right people for that. 


592 - Esao Andrews  

Step into the vibrant world of Esao Andrews. Just as his work reflects, he is a complicated tapestry of darker worlds concentrated around the bright spots of energy. Today's adventure takes us back through the story of his rise through the world of art and the unsteady ground that pushes him towards continual adaptation. With one foot in the gallery world and the other in commercial design, Esao is a renaissance artist not afraid to use his talents wherever they take him. From visually defining the world of Circa Survive across their musical career to crafting oil paintings ripe with contrasts that emotionally resonate with audiences around the world, Esao taps into the core of his message in any medium. Mark discusses facing your fears to cash in on the emotional lottery tickets you've put out into the universe and how Esao's interview is a perfect example of that. Be brave and remember that the true power of your art comes when you share it with the world.

Talking Points

The art that drew you in and designing decks in the days of screen printing.  Meat House, the unlikely powerhouse at a defunct learning website, and serendipitously moving into the art world in waves.  Landing on your style while making a living as a fine artist.  Designing with restriction to expand your creativity.  Finding financial independence in a shifting supply and demand economy.  Creative collaboration within your industry.  Planning versus jazz and getting lost in your work.  Capturing the narrative to overcome your reference materials.  A hand in hand relationship becoming the visual aspect of Circa Survive. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

The fickle, fine line between fine art and commercial art. Exposure, financial gain, and learning to say no.  Making Esao. Gaining control in the feast and famine lifestyle. Metaphorical opposites between Satellite and World Traveler.  Color, atmosphere, and contrast.  Being a control freak when new opportunities arise.  The struggle to tell your own story and the lifeboats left out at sea.  Humbly handling fame. 
589 - Shepard Fairey  

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. 
588 - Start Today: Minor Threat  

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. 
587 - Hammer Time Memorial Day BBQ Special with Mike Hammer, Mark Brickey and Gustavo Jaimes  

Once a month we ditch design, business and inspiration to just have a podcast party, besides nobody likes the friend at work that only talks about work, on Hammer Time we hang and listen to the good times roll with Mike Hammer of Violent Gentlemen, Gustavo Jaimes of Torch Tattoo and special co-host Mark Brickey.

On today’s episode we talk about what makes the perfect plate at a backyard BBQ, the guys play Chip, Snack, Dough and someone loses a big bet, we give an update on the diabetes and talk about our coffee rigs. So many more topics, so much more fun, in this special double Memorial Day episode of Hammer Time Volume 5. Enjoy the BBQ!

586 - Shop Talk Classic with Billy Baumann  

A return to what made Shop Talk a classic part of the Adventures In Design Network. Billy Baumann and Mark Brickey get together to talk about all thing professional and personal on this Circle of Trust free-view episode. As a Memorial Day Weekend bonus today EVERYONE gets both the free part of the show and the Circle of Trust. If you enjoy what you hear today? Sign up and join the Circle of Trust at


Talking Points Part One

When freelancing robs yours freedom and deadlines take away your holiday weekend.

Everybody hurts… sometimes. An in depth talk about depression and how seeking help through medication doesn’t “change you” it actually allows you to “return to being you”.

Dealing with suicide and the aftermath of losing someone you love, liked or looked up to.

The lost years of your life between boy and man, girl and woman, how do you grow up when there’s no one to show you the way?

Old country traditions don’t always hold up to the new country’s expectations. The stress immigration puts on the parents and children of a massive cultural relocation.

Can our generation be the worst generation ever for creating the proper grit our children need to succeed.

How design icons are born not created.

The slow death of the Co. design trend and the pain of figuring out what’s next.


Talking Points Part Two The Circle of Trust

Why the Girl Scout’s logo is amazing and timeless.

When it’s time to create timeless or timely design.

Timeless design, the execution of without trend, how making a mark that last is the biggest challenge.

MTV’s endless diversification of their branding.

What’s the best timeless logo.

How Coke defined Christmas and Pepsi lost their way.

Apple Computer’s evolution of brand and icon.

Creating narrative for your brand or design agency.

Getting clients to realize how your current work transfers to their design needs.

How Disney’s Cast Members crushed the Pride Parade.

Getting over that client up of growing past the small clients but being perceived as big enough to get the next level of larger clients.

Putting your best into your work, because you know it will deliver the best results.

The importance of ownership for you work.

585 - JP Connelly - Production Designer  

JP Connelly is the production designer for NBC’s hit show The Voice, Top Chef, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live. Working with The Voice for the last 13 seasons has created a healthy flow of creative and financial success. Hear how JP Connelly guides his blooming design firm, personal goals and creativity into a future that builds upon this success and hopefully takes them all to great new heights. It’s not enough to just succeed anymore, but to learn how to lead that success into future growth and opportunities.

Talking Points

Set design and production design as a character, a added element of drama and traffic flow of contestants to hosts.

Creating the best work for the client versus doing your signature style.

Designing an experience, nothing has to be basic.

Getting started with small projects, killing yourself to earn your reputation for the big stage.

Running your business in a way where it doesn’t run you down.

A healthy dose of fear will help your next big creative project.

Learning the difference between “We” and “I” when you build a business based off your personal identity.

How Nick At Night birthed Netflix and binge watching.

Designing the flow of a game show through production design.

Trying to look at your own work like a stranger would.

In The Circle of Trust (Bonus Content)

Adding new textures to What's Happening Live With Andy Cohen.

Award Shows the greatest drama of unscripted television.

Making safe mistakes and realizing some rules can’t be broken.

Hear two grown men fight over “favorite” colors.

Dudes are always trying to pick up something whether it’s chicks or dudes, the early career paths we take via libido.

Being insecure about your success and scared where to go next.

How to transfer your success into other arenas and projects.

Giving creative ownership of your business to your team.

What does Mark’s TV set look like?

583 - Death and Taxes - A Shop Talk Special with Billy Baumann  

A Shop Talk special that takes a look at the policy, not the politics, of the current proposed healthcare and tax reform bills. Mark and Billy study both proposals from a freelancer, small business owner and  middle class creative’s points of view. How would these changes possibly change the healthcare and taxes of the Adventures In Design audience.


“Sounds like shit” -Jim Madison Print Mafia

582 - April Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam  

Mitch Is Back And The Show Is STACKED AND PACKED - 25+ Design Topics And Projects Reviewed 

A quick wrap up of Never Grow Up, the second Disney / Mondo poster show, and the social media value of decorating your physical space.

Masters of None returns to Netflix. We talk about Jay Shaw’s working relationship with Aziz Ansari and the show. As well as we learn Jay’s half sister, Caley Hicks, is a full on illustration threat.  

Jeremy Spears has our number 10 poster. We love it’s textures and composition but question a couple of items that feel out of place. 

Rob Jones at number nine shows us the deep personal thoughts of the continuing Grief series and how he remains on top of the collage game for a difficult Third Man Records poster gig. 

Poster number 8 shows us that a toned down print Daniel Danger is still much louder than most folks best efforts. 

Ghoulish Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston interrupt the poster countdown with some really great work that we believe will find its way into a future countdown. Mitch explains to Mark how a career renaissance for both of these Canadians came a boot. 

How color separations became an industry and the real star of the modern poster making process, even creating new careers for creative veterans like John Smith.

A listener asks “What’s the big deal about the text block rights in movie poster design?” we explain it’s visual and business appeal. 

The Thing, the game, Mondo dives into making their first movie themed boardgames and the creative mind of Jay Shaw is at the helm once again. 

Poster number 7 on our countdown by Sam Wolfe Connelly brings up a discussion on the difference between film posters and video game posters.

We Buy Your Kids pop up with our 6 best poster of the month and start a dialogue on creating truly original work in a saturated creative market. 

PART TWO - The Circle of Trust

Mike Mitchell celebrates May The 4th with a long awaited portrait of Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. Hear how hard it was to get those beautiful classic amber lenses in the final piece. 

Mondo celebrated the new Guardians of the Galaxy film with a new GOTG art print by Paolo Rivera and a Tom Whalen pin drop. We explore when it’s the right time to change your printing method to create a more authentic product and how Mondo masters the pin game with Strong Stuff.

Leslie Herman is sitting pretty at number 5 with his newest and most ambitious print to date for Ween. This print showcases how composition and detailing will show people you’re a master at illustration, even if you choose to do it a little loose and little sloppy.

Landland shows up at number 4 with a pending plagiarism lawsuit from Mark Brickey. But before the lawyers make us all enemies, we enjoy how much work goes into Dan Blacks process and how you can really tell he’s in it for the love of the game. 

James Jean throws everything at the wall on our third poster and we love it all. Any square inch of this crowded piece would be a reason for any other artist to hit a career milestone but for JJ it’s just another day at the office. 

We go back to midcentury design with Laurent Durieux’s second best print of the month for The Graduate. It’s a real beauty on screen but we explore how the printed version would be a masterpiece by comparison to it’s jpeg counterpart. 

The impossible to predict N.C. Winters steals the month and the countdown’s number one spot with his fresh take on the classic Aliens property. Taking a known element and presenting it in a new creative environment takes the month with this simplified and bright composition for a franchise that’s known for existing in the dark and the chaotic.  

But wait there’s even more!

Leigh Mulley confuses us with a painting that is so damn good it gets disqualified from the countdown because Mark foolishly assumes that it’s a photograph. Now we know Leigh is a painter, and a great one at that. 

Dark Hall Mansion just can’t seem to find the proper rhythm for their ongoing work with Peanuts. Just when we got excited about Dave Perillo’s new print, the best one DHM has made in a number of months, we get confused all over again with the Jeff Granito black light piece. It’s a great illustration and composition, but we just can’t get past the color schemes strange tone. 

Carlos Valenzuela gives us a crowed Masters of The Universe battle scene that is rendered very well, but could really use a hierarchy in it’s composition to make the battle seem more intense and in the process create higher visual stakes. 

Lastly we talk about the epic age of discovery that Kevin Tong has been exploring the last 4/5 years and how he may be the guy that invented many of the new tricks that forever changed what the industry and art world would come to think you could create within silkscreen. 

581 - LORNA BROWN - Painter, Author, Skateboarder, World Traveler  

Lorna Brown - Painter, Author, Skateboarder, World Traveler

Lorna Brown did it all the way your suppose to. She went to university, she got trained at her craft of Scientific and Natural History Illustration painting. Lorna got jobs, clients and an agent, but she never found professional happiness. As a teenage skateboarder, she had always felt free skating and left design to focus on the competitive sport of, you’ll never guess, Roller Derby. After nearly a decade of competition she felt a calling that took her to the Middle East, Palestine, where she taught young girls and women how to skateboard. Amongst the destruction of Palestine she found beauty in the urban decay and street art of war torn world. This inspiration allowed her to not only find her way back to painting, but also around the world documenting the art of the streets through her beautifully painted urban landscapes. Living the book that she’s literally writing, right now, Lorna sat down with Mark at his home in Los Angeles, while she took a break from documenting the streets and skateparks of Southern California. This is an inspirational episode, perfect for anyone looking for a change or any young woman trying to find the self confidence to live the life that she wants, not the one she thinks she’s suppose to live. 

Today's Chicken Nuggets

- Traveling to Palestine and becoming an ambassador for skating boarding and western feminism. 
- Learning how to care for someone else, teaches you how to care for yourself. 
- The perspective of the Middle East conflicts from someone who has lived it. 
- Going to school for illustration and feeling let down by the path that lies before you. 
- Feeling emotionally lost in the client driven design industry.
- How loose is too loose, how tight is too tight, finding your rhythm as a illustrative painter. 
- A healthy personal conflict when depicting other creatives in your own work. 
- Street art versus murals versus graffiti versus tagging… The reason why each exist.

In The Circle of Trust

- Being attracted by the why of art? Instead of the final results of art. 
- Finding your quest in life, getting lost and ending up exactly where you’re meant to be.
- Living your book and chasing your dream. 
- Struggling to relate to the life that your “suppose” to be living. 
- Evaluating the life that you really want to be living.
- Living in the present. 
- How do you break free? 
- Facing your fears and learning to go straight toward them.
- Allowing yourself to change, giving yourself permission to be free. 
- Being prepared to give up what you have, being ready to succeed.  
- Skateboarding as a life long inspiration. 
- Roller Derby-ing away from your problems. 
- Finding a way to put all of your passions into you love for work.  

579 - Chasing Clients with Billy Baumann  

After going out on the road and talking to designers and small business owners, that Mark has met after speaking and giving his workshop, he realizes many people are falsely chasing clients in stead of chasing themselves. A Shop Talk Special Report where Mark stays focused while also trying to keep Billy awake. In part one of the episode the guys breakdown, for everyone, the concept of chasing the best parts of you to land the big job. In part two of today's episode, for Circle of Trust members only, Mark & Billy show you how to buckle down, how to get started and most importantly how to finish! 

Talking Points

Promotional plans, infrastructure, and managing where your work will go.  Does your dream client need what you're trying to sell them? Trying to patch the gap that hundreds of other agencies are also going after.  Girlfriend stealing and chocolate buying cut throats competition.  Visualizing the dream work and what clients could fit into that aesthetic.  Be sure to show the world the work you can do.  Holding your clients hand beyond the branding alone.  Setting a promotional goal, defining the objectives for it, and maybe getting a sweet rebate in the process.  Leveraging social media ads with look alike audiences to achieve your number one goal.  Realistic timelines and the elephant in the room.  From a cringe worthy Brooklynn illustration to working for Mickey.  Where is the most bang for your buck when you're chasing clients? Get your work out into the world and selling yourself instead of giving away work for free.  Are veteran designers pissed that Billy is giving away the secrets of screenprinting during The Double? Start with a timeline, make a schedule, and hold yourself accountable with deliverables.  Budgeting out finances and your time.  Beware the wormhole of fun that keeps you from the final moment.  Calculated risks, effort, and starting down the path.  Make in roads before you're done.  Researching from the front lines and getting involved to figure out your launch strategy.  Hard deadlines and finishing.  Different animals in different times. Setting yourself up to do better the next time around.  Get your head out of your phone to see what works and what doesn't work in the world.  Analyze the design elements of any environment you walk into to figure out how it was done.  Chicken Nuggets from USA Today's Money section.  Don't forget to evaluate what worked and what didn't work. 
578 - Seasons of The Snake No.006 - Summer 2017 with Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy of  

Seasons Of The Snake returns bigger and better than ever as Ben and Miranda take on the summer season. With a brand new location and a larger footprint in Long Beach your favorite high end men's fashion retailers have hit the ground running with the latest drops from Stevenson Overall Co., Rogue Territory, and more. SOP also has a new face around the store taking photos and helping to visually define the look and feel of every piece that makes it through their doors and onto their shelves. Even with all the changes these two California transplants have recently fought through to open their new spot, there is even more on the horizon for them. Between landing an account with Double RL and the addition of some very sought after Vans this summer is sure to once again redefine what Snake Oil Provisions can do.

Talking Points

From four hundred to eight hundred square feet.  Volume Three for Snake Oil Provisions.  Running or crawling to filling up the new, even larger spot.  Strategizing for smart business.  Finding the face of SOP and living the trash panda life.  Sticking with authenticity for organic success.  Buying efficient pieces for your wardrobe.  Stevenson Overall Co. bringing their best for the latest spring drop.  The boutique side of Levi's sold in select retailers only and made by Americans all thanks to Number 45.  Cutting through the noise to land a new brand at Snake Oil Provisions.  Welcoming Double RL and their working classic look as a brand inside the brand.  The quest for RJ, using out of office replies, and the two prerequisites that were already met.  Separating the men from the boys and tapping into California's greatest resource.  Stop dying on the vine.  Getting Off The Wall in June.  How does the world know you're wearing premium quality clothing? A monumental acquisition to overcome the (literally) back breaking work of making Snake Oil look so damn good.  Shooting Mark at Disneyland.  The 0.03% of guys that try and pick you apart in explicit detail instead of figuring out how to do it themselves.  Think critically and lean into your success.  Dancing around the big zinger for the new spot and saving the day by working inside your network.  Store homelessness.  Becoming your own contractor and still shipping out your product under some less than ideal circumstances.  Appreciating what you have when it gets temporarily taken away.  Life costs money and negotiating high.  How badly does Snake Oil Provisions need a brick and mortar location? Your customers can see the ups and downs of your life.  Tied down to your open hours. A tribute to the left of center who brought downtown back.  
577 - Dave Shapiro of United Talent Agency  

Dave Shapiro comes to us from the world of representation at United Talent Agency. From his early days behind the kit and as a tour manager to where he sits now in Beverly Hills, Dave's grasp of each component for his clients success is what sets him apart from other agents. By understanding the role of a mentor and creating his own lane wherever he worked allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks. In a world without seniority or privilege, it is Dave's strategic manipulation of human psychology that keeps him at the top of his game and continually confirming more deals for his diverse roster of talent. Learn to negotiate and find your creative value as we hear from a real life Ari Gold about fighting for the best deal on today's adventure. 

Talking Points

Is UTA the biggest talent agency in the world? Finding representation with some leverage and what that means for your career.  It all starts with someone in a band.  Taking your hands on experience to the other side so you can completely relate to your clients.  From tour manager to drum tech to promoting to booking bands and getting them on the road.  Taking the talent on Equal Vision Records to the next level and get them an agent.  Going from short term goals to long term deals with a future.  Riding your boss and gaining respect both ways to create your own lane.  Three years, three job offers, and breaking out of your comfort zone to learn more.  From Devil Wears Prada to Nickelback in their "prime" years.  Mentorship instead of paid for degrees that mean nothing.  Getting bought into UTA and becoming a real dude with a real title at a real agency.  You are as good as you are today. Period.  Finding your Ari Gold.  Living in a high stress world while staying three steps ahead with or without personal outlets.  Delivering news the right way to change the conversation.  Greatest misses.  Good Cop and Bad Cop get paid... by working together. Mastering the art of flight.  Loop di loops, barrel rolls, and ghost riding the whip fifteen hundred feet above the ground.  Great rates at the airline pump, commuter planes, and bypassing airport security.  Going solo.  The first real flight by yourself and the soundtrack to flying high.  What do most people get wrong about owning a plane? The pains of flying commercial. Looking deeper at negotiations and the different approaches people take.  Using the phone to push people as far as you can based off their tone.  Psychology over dollars.  Know your audience and know your negotiation points.  Balance where you want to be and where you need to be.  Can you get over taking it personally? Managing expectations case by case to humanize the process.  Don't forget that you need an escape.  Percentages, discretionary bonuses, and hitting the not so straightforward factors.  What's next on Dave Shapiro's horizon?
574 - Start Today Music Business Inspiration Podcast  

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.

573 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 17: Josh Kimberg  

Josh Kimberg joins The Collection with Huck Gee and Mark Brickey to talk about the many hats he wears in the world of designer toys. From a Managing Partner at Clutter Magazine, to organizing Five Points Festival, all the way to running the Designer Toy Awards can keep his schedule more full than a house of Tanners. His unique perspective and heavy involvement in the designer toy world makes him an important pillar for The Collection and highlights the passion it takes to succeed when you follow your dreams. Huck and Mark get some insight into Kaiju, the vinyl world in New York City, and navigating through the murky waters of a difficult break up. If you don't know what Sofubi is, how dredge taxes kill profitability, or the odds of winning against yourself instead of thousands then this part of The Collection will teach you all that you need to know. 

Talking Points

Understanding the lo-fi music of the designer toy world.  Are murals graffiti and is graffiti a mural? A Skull Fucker bigger than a Shogun Warrior.  The Collection gets an exclusive Gold Life scoop, Dapper Little Scoundrels, and glow in the dark giant jellybeans.  Where did all the tentacles come from? Behind the scenes of the Designer Toy Awards and how the winners are chosen.  The thankless role of a steward to kick the tires and define the scene.  An Inside Man brings the gravitas.  5 Points Festival creates a home that can elevate the scene and celebrate in New York City.  The slow second coming, dredge taxes that kill taxes, and getting a garage secured.  Content creators in the early days of the internet and beyond.  Transitioning is weird and painful addiction to overcome.  Just beat yourself instead of thousands of people.  Finding your drive again.  The Walmart-ing of the web, overcoming the grid, and the death of Flash.  A Generalist Nerd makes a disclaimer before his dive.  The origins and current categories of Kaiju.  What is Sofubi? Huck debates about bringing soft vinyl into his fun factory.  A time and a place for every style.  So terrible it becomes amazing... like The Room of toys.  Indisputable materials over concept.  Bullseye Art, Mini Disco, and earliest days of Kid Robot. 


570 - March Poster Countdown with Billy Baumann  

Gather around and get ready to hear the Top Ten Posters from during the month of March. The Godfather of Adventures In Design himself, Billy Baumann, has selected the creme de la creme from countless posts to analyze and obsess over with Mark. Their insight on composition, color, and craftsmanship will help you unlock the secrets behind what makes a successful piece and how to utilize those same skills in your own work. With decades of experience between their respective creative careers, Mark and Billy spot every trick in the book and explain what has set each unique entry apart from the rest of the pack. This month has a few familiar faces, a few up and comers, but most importantly exhibits a wide range of both style and approach to the world of posters.

Talking Points

A chance to meet Billy and analyzing what DDL is offering and at what price.  Going beyond design to adjust in an uncertain economy.  The Double gets retooled and returns with a special coupon code.  Stylization, texture, and subtle artistic choices that make the difference.  Billy's color warming tip.  Suggesting a narrative to keep your audience a little longer.  Why you need to layer your composition.  Heading straight for the keyhole, pulling back, the foliage foreground cock off.  Gauging your reactions to artwork that truly stands out.  Designing to the era.  Do you sign your work? Loosening up for a focal gradient. The world of the teardrop shape and identifying an illustration trend.  What's jazz and what's planned? Finding efficiency in your workflow.  Is the poster market saturated? Star Wars has fatigued its consumer base so don't expect a sell out.  Deliberate emphasis on deliberate focal points.  Catching the in between moments and throwing people off your scent.  Abstracting your subject matter and the point of illustrating instead of copying.  Where a hare let's its hair down.  Making your own rules just to break them.  Graphical compositions in illustration work.  Building a brand in subject manner over style.  The importance of a congruent color palette.  Searching for themes with a broader appeal and carries some of its own weight.  Making art, making money, and looking for the sweet spot in between.  Watching modern poster companies trying to find their own voice in the scene.  Reacting to the Euro.  Avoiding the negative from the nineties.  A screenprint that looks like a giclee.  What can you accomplish on a screen? The Pepsi Challenge on women illustrating women and the predator angle. 
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