This interview series features the same 4 questions to a variety of noteworthy people and a fifth question, specific for them.
I met a lot of great people in my many years of skateboarding and one of those was my friend and now globally recognized multimedia artist, Nick Z. Back in high school and college, we bonded over skateboarding, music, and printing T-Shirts. Nick even designed the logo for my first company, Goon reigN. Well, years have passed, but Nick and I are back in touch more frequently. And wouldn’t you know it, we’re both pretty passionate about reusing. As you will find out below, he even works with cereal boxes!
Nick’s art is anything from murals to commercial design; mainly influenced by “the defiance and attitude of youth, color, and everyday interaction and adventure.”
DEFINITELY check out Nick’s work… after you read this interview of course.
1. What’s the best thing that you ever got used?
One of the best things I ever got used was my Ford Festiva from the 90’s. It was about 4 years old when I got it and since it was such a tiny little car (with amazing gas mileage), it lasted 12 years. Best used deal ever in my eyes.
2. What’s the last thing that you took out of the recycling or trash to reuse somehow?
Wood, wood and more wood!. Every time I see wood in the scrap, I have to pull over and check it out and take it; such a waste if its not reused somehow.
3. What’s your favorite hot drink to get in a reusable travel mug?
Hot cocoa of course; maybe with a crushed York Peppermint Patty at the bottom.
4. How could YOU reuse a cereal box in your daily life?
I have been collecting old cereals boxes for a while now and repainting them. I showed a bunch I repainted in Chicago in 2008. I felt great about giving them a second life.
5. What’s your favorite used material to repurpose with your art?
Well, right now I’m using a lot of old envelopes for collage work; collecting them from bills in the mail, trying not to waste them; also, because the insides of them have cool patterns usually..