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Back Talk with Patent Pending

Juxtapoz // Saturday, 08 Aug 2009


They prefer working side-by-side in their respective bubbles rather than crossing paths on design concepts, leading to a particular bipolar quality to their works.


The following is an excerpt from the Juxtapoz Poster Art book that was recently released:


“When we decide to collaborate, we try to do it in oddball ways. As just one example: Built To Spill played three night in a row, so we did three posters, one for each night. We each did a night and had our printer mix up the films to make up a third night without showing us what he was going to do. Jesse and I didn’t have a clue what each other’s posters looked like, or what the printer did, until the prints came back.”


Read on to discover Jesse LeDoux and Jeff Kleinsmith’s answers to our Back Talk below.

How do you feel right now?


Jesse: Pulverized inside out!
Jeff: Burnt.


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


Jesse: It would have the initials R&R and I would do as little as possible.
Jeff: My dog farm. Anywhere. Wrestling dogs.


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


Jesse: Does Ice Cream Taster require creative skill?
Jeff: Carpenter.

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


Jesse: You know who you are…
Jeff: See #4


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?


Jesse: If the song is anything like the kiss, it’s a total failure.
Jeff: Maybe a haiku but definitely not a song.


At what point were you particularly happy?


Jesse: See #7.
Jeff: Birth of my children.

No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?


Jesse: My sincerest apologies to Lou Barlow for requesting Iron Maiden covers throughout his acoustic set, and when his set was finished, taking the stage and showing him how it’s done.
Jeff: Too many to list.  So many regrets… Sigh.


What trait do your friends have in common?


Jeff: Humor and kindness.


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


Jesse: My dear wife.
Jeff: Kids, wife, dogs.

Greatest love of your life?


Jesse: My dear wife.
Jeff: Kids, wife, dogs.


What is your favorite vice?


Jesse: An ice cream cone is really hard to pass up, but perhaps that’s too mamby-pamby to be considered a vice. In which case, bourbon is sure enjoyable.
Jeff: Too many to list. So many vices… Sigh.


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


Jesse: People to be kind to me.
Jeff: To be content.


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


Jesse: Easy. Marty McFly: Back to the Future II (or part 3) = hoverboard
Jeff: Hawkeye on M*A*S*H*

Do you ever lie?


Jesse: This is a trick question.
Jeff: No?


Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?


Jesse: Intent is only important to me. I’m happy if viewers are able to find something meaningful to them in my work.
Jeff: Couldn’t say it any better than that. Jesse nailed it.


What virtue can you do without?


Jesse: I have a problem with full disclosure. I need to learn to shut up.
Jeff: Also, full disclosure. I keep thinking people can deal with my over-sharing. I feel the need to reveal all of innermost feelings but really it just makes most people uncomfortable.

Do you even notice when you're swearing?


Jesse: I’m moderately able to turn off the swear words. “Like,” on the other hand, is my true nemesis.
Jeff: I gave up trying. I LOVE to swear and feel no remorse for doing so at my leisure. I teach my kids there are no bad words, just inappropriate times to use them. My daughter’s first words were George Carlin’s 7 Words You Can’t Say On TV.


What has been your proudest moment?


Jesse: Life is just a series of small proud moments.
Jeff: Not so much a “moment” but I’m really proud of my awesome family.


What would you like to be remembered for?


Jesse: …all those little proud moments.
Jeff: For being a compassionate and kind human being. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m trying,


How would you prefer to die? 


Jesse: Vanishing.
Jeff: In my sleep and hopefully before the rest of my family does.


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