Back Talk with Justin Fines

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 13 Aug 2009
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Now working in Brooklyn, and working under the moniker DEMO, Fines still addresses this nostalgic (sub)urban dynamic in his work. Get to know this talented designer and poster artist here.

 

How do you feel right now?

 

Tested, tired.

 

If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?

 

In the pharaoh’s gardens, 2000 b.c.  Just walking there, that’s what I would do.

 

If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?

 

Manual labor of some sort.  Punching holes in metal.  Painting souvenir statuettes.

If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?

 

I have no idea.  Someone smaller than me, probably.

 

Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?

 

‘Brace Yourself (remix)’ by mu-ziq

 

At what point were you particularly happy?

 

I don’t know, I would have to make a graph of some sort.  S’all relative.  Scoring a goal in Chinatown without hurting myself is up there.

No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?

 

Never.

 

What trait do your friends have in common?

 

Uncomfortable in groups.  Smarter than me.

 

If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?

 

Any living thing.

 

Greatest love of your life?

 

Music and spaces.

What is your favorite vice?

 

Pornography.

 

When you blow out birthday candles, what do you wish for?

 

Forgiveness.  Endlessness.

 

If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?

 

The Stalker in Tarkovsky’s film of the same name.

 

Do you ever lie?

 

Rarely.

Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?

 

My work lacks intent.  It’s purposeless.

 

What virtue can you do without?

 

Cheerfulness.

 

Do you even notice when you're swearing?

 

Yes.  Especially since having to keep it in check last summer for my girlfriend’s parents in Oklahoma.  It was tough.  Especially in Oklahoma.

 

What has been your proudest moment?

 

Learning to ride a bike.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Making people feel something.  My oration at the fifth grade graduation ceremony, Ardmore Elementary, St. Clair Shores Michigan, 1986.

 

How would you prefer to die? 

 

Quietly.

 

For more on Justin Fines aka DEMO, check out his website here...
 

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