Illustrator Adrian Tomine’s Advice to Young Artists: “Shut the Fuck Up”


In an otherwise fairly unremarkable e-mail dialogue with Don’t Panic, illustrator Adrian Tomine offers a genuinely blunt, and for-once useful answer to this inescapable panelist birdie “What would be your advice to guys who’re trying to break in these days?” a/k/a How can we be you? Tomine’s response:

My honest advice would be: Shut the fuck up.

This is hardly on the level of calling Wall Street gluttons “shameful,” but 2009 is shaping up to be the year of real talk, saying the uncomfortable things that need to be said, hearing the things that we’ve all been far too polite to admit out loud both to ourselves and everybody else. Tomine, nicely done.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 30, 2009

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