We’re not sure if there’s anyone on earth who knows B-movie monsters as well as this guy. And if you even think about messing with his dog, or any dog for that matter, he’s totally prepared to go full-on John Wick. He’s Shawn Money. He’s our new art director. And he’s legit.
1. What’s your beef with old Sharpies?
Not necessarily a beef, per se, I just always seem to grab a Sharpie that’s in its death throes whenever I need a new, reliable one the most.
2. What’s the most exciting thing about the future of design?
While they’ll still probably have to pry a mouse (the clicking, scrolling, pointing kind) from my cold, dead hand, I’m really excited by how tablets are becoming more viable for content creation, not just consumption. Of course, I use my tablet to peruse websites and watch movies, but I also use it to do research, take notes, draw and even edit video.
3. What’s the coolest B-movie monster?
So many to choose from. Way too many to choose from. However, here are a few of my favorites: The aliens from “Invasion of the Saucer Men.” The wonderful seven-eighths gorilla, one-eighth mechanical “Robot Monster” from the movie of the same name. The bulbous-brained, claw-handed invaders from “This Island Earth” are iconic. The mutant antagonists from “The Mole People” are pretty nuts. But the one and only Gill-man, star of “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” is definitely the GOAT!
4. Who’s your favorite artist right now?
Matt Cunningham, aka Moon Patrol. I love his digital collage work. His inspirations include everything from vintage cartoons and detective pulps to retro horror and science fiction, so my admiration is probably a given.
5. What’s something you love to do that has nothing to do with design?
My wife and I both love to travel and hike. We’ve developed a special attachment to New Mexico and regularly return there to hit the trails. I really dig the whole concept of being self-sufficient and traveling with everything you need in a backpack. I would absolutely love to attempt a thru-hike of some kind, like the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. However, the Camino de Santiago is definitely on the bucket list.
6. Do you think the internet will ever actually break? If so, what will break it?
I don’t think the internet itself will ever really break. I just have nightmares of infrastructure collapses that will relegate us all back to landline dial-up modems. I can hear the dial-up connection sound now, and it makes me shudder. But, according to my Russian friends on Facebook, there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about.
7. What’s your most useless talent?
Being a human IMDb while sitting on the couch and watching anything on TV with my lovely and very patient wife. She hates it — until she really wants to know why that actor or actress looks so familiar.
8. Which iconic movie character do you secretly wish you were?
John Wick. Nobody messes with my dog. Or anybody else’s dog for that matter.
9. What’s your go-to dance move?
The hands-in-pockets-shoulder-shrug sway. It’s a real thing, and I’ve got it dialed in. Maybe just one hand in a pocket if I’m holding a beer.
10. What excites you most about working at Jajo?
After 20 years of freelance and flying solo, it’s inspiring and energizing to be working under the same roof with so many other talented and creative people. Being able to brainstorm with and learn from others is truly rewarding, not to mention inspiring!