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Back Talk with Porous Walker

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010

Today, I feel:

Like making better art.



If you had three wishes, what would they be?

That I could have everything I wanted and than have it all kill me.



Do you consider yourself a funny person?

No. A little sick, but not funny. Michael Sieben, my brother Bobby, and my good friend Clay Copley are the funniest people I have ever met. I only wish I was close to the funny they are funny. The cool thing about Clay is that he could have had a very lucrative career as a stand up comic or actor, but instead chose to work as a Physical Therapist for kids and adults; I know his humor helps a lot of these people.



If you had one magic power, what would it be?

To be able to make a decision. And to be able to make people laugh.



Something that makes you happy?

Laughter and art. Oh, and when I see other white people get mad in their cars over parking spots, or someone taking too long to make a driving decision. I think that’s so funny, especially when it’s middle-aged white women getting all huffy.

But lately, the art of Jean Julien has been making me happy, you should be doing this with him, not me.



Something that makes you mad?



What was your favorite subject in elementary school?

I liked all of it; it was so fucking easy back than. And we were encouraged to go outside and play whatever we wanted -- what the fuck happened to that activity? You hear these people talk about “we want our workplace to be fun”, “lets have a blah blah blah”, and all of these make believe “HR Depts.” Fuck that; bring back recess. Most people I’ve met who do Human Resources are the last people I would want responsible for my emotional well-being.



If you feel a creative block, what do you do to jumpstart inspiration?

I don’t have any kind of routine; usually just get busy working. I have met only a handful of people in my life who have this strange energy they produce, which simply in being around them sparks a trillion volts of energy and inspiration. One of them is a certain legendary film director and his wife, and another is the co-owner of Solitary Arts skateboard company, Yong Ki Chang, as well as Eighty Four Films chief animator, James Dirschberger. So, any interaction with these types of folks is always a guaranteed remedy.



When someone is taking a photo, do you smile for the camera or turn your head?

Who gives a fuck? Really, I hate seeing myself in photos, it totally ruins the mental picture of myself, which is that I believe I look exactly like Jesse Pollock and the reality is that I don’t. (Photo by Ramon Felix for Blood is the New Black)



Are you a social network enthusiast?

No, I tried but haven’t really been successful at these things. Or popular. I’m not really popular, but I’ll never give up.



What is a quality you don’t like about yourself?

That I am such a hunk.



Last good book you read?

The Tucker Nichols Instruction Manual.


Who has had the most impact on your life?

My daughter. My wife. My parents. My brother and my older sister who committed suicide when I was sixteen. Ever since that day it has felt like my ‘guide’ in life has been absent and I feel the pressure to achieve things in life for the both of us.


Are you spiritual?

Sure, ok, I’ll do it. I believe in Ferris Plock.



One word to describe your artwork?




What’s missing in your life?

A job with Vans.


Are you a pet person?

Yes, but my owners would probably put me down, because I don’t really like being told what to do.



Is your artwork understood?

You’re asking me?



The most trouble you’ve ever gotten into:

I’m neck deep in it right now.


Where do you imagine yourself in five years?

Working in the Juxtapoz Offices, the Fiji Island branch.



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