Treasures: Capote’s kong, Yashica camera, pencil sharpener shaped like a British phone booth.
Favorite Movie: Speedracer by the Wachowski Brothers (It’s underrated).
Favorite Magazines: Monocle, Worth, Businessweek
Listening to Now: Hip-hop, Dub Step
Catch It Every Year: Outside Lands
Last Meal on Death Row: My father’s pot roast
Doctor, Lawyer, Banker
I was born in San Jose, but my parents moved to Saratoga because the school system there was rated third best in California. But that doesn’t count for me because I ended up doing art. The American education system doesn’t support art. They don’t consider it a realistic profession.
Everyone’s an artist
…in my family. My dad’s in dentistry. He makes teeth, sculpts teeth, but he also makes tea pots. I grew up with a pottery room in our house. We had a full-size kiln. We threw a lot of clay. My mom was really into painting, my middle sister became a painter, my oldest sister is in design. I have an attraction to good aesthetics in general.
We had to design a hundred pages a month within two weeks max. You can imagine how hectic that was. When you’re dealing with those crazy deadlines you have to calm yourself down. There’s no other way to finish the magazine. You can’t waste time on panic. Gamepro? It just went belly-up.
I feel that magazines are going to be a lost art form. It’s going to be just for art now. I think online should look like print, should pay tribute to print. Magazines are the founding fathers of websites. Technology is moving so fast you want to slow down and go back a little bit. Same with books. Books are like luxury goods now.
He was an impulse buy. I was looking at dogs online, but I wasn’t intending to buy. I just wanted to look at the puppies. When I went out to see them it was hard not to buy a dog. After you’ve committed that much to see a puppy it’s hard not to go through with it. I declined at first. But somehow that dog got into my head. I named him Capote after the movie and author.