Compare, contrast, draw inspiration from, and even shake your head in disagreement at the answers from our special guest contributors. Today we talk to graphic designer Justin Craigen.
Name Justin Craigen
Field Graphic Design
Location Saskatchewan, Canada
Choose some analogue image that represents you.
1. Describe your first memory as if it were a still photograph
Dark patterned carpet, lots of orange. An open fridge, viewed from close up at about eye level with a toddler. A stream of urine is arcing towards the vegetable crisper.
2. What’s one quality you wish you had?
The quality of independent wealth.
3. Who or what was the first thing you fell in love with?
What: bacon! Who: the girl who lived across the back alley from my childhood home.
4. What would you rid this world of in a heartbeat?
Lawyers, politicians, bankers, economists, misogyny, racism, poverty, hunger, heartache, the band Coldplay, credit and debt based economic systems, house flippers, stubbed toes, dental problems, religious fundamentalism, social conservatism, anyone who embraces neoliberal politics & economics, small yappy dogs, Hummers, Crocs, Uggs, underwear, pants.
5. What decade in history would you like to step into and why?
The last half of the 1960s and first half of the 1970s. Or, 1954. Very interesting cultural shifts were crystallizing then, and I would love to be able to observe it first hand. the 1920s are also appealing…jazz decadence…sexy, very sexy.
6. If you could hang as a camera around anyone’s neck, who would that someone be?
Me. If that’s not allowed, my friend Kris. If it has to be someone I don’t know, children from economically depressed areas or developing countries.
7. Where’s your secret garden, where you can escape to?
Victoria Park—a small, not very gorgeous park in the heart of downtown Regina. Too many drug dealers and drunks from the nearby bars, but it’s a special place for me. Also, my great grandmother’s ashes were illegally interred in a flower bed there. Up yours, city hall!
Wascana Park—a decent park surrounding a manmade lake. It’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park, and a great place to walk around in and get a little (if artificial) distance from the city.
8. What famous person (dead or alive) would like to have a drink with?
Ed Land, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Redford, Amelia Earhart, Patti Smith, Gord Downie, Michael Stipe, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Wolfgang Weingart, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and a few others. Why have a drink with one person when you could have a party with lots of fantastic people?
9. If you could no longer see, what’s one image you’d like burned in your mind?
My friend Kris smiling & dancing.
10. Who’s your hero, in fiction or in real life?
Kris Brandhagen – a fiercely talented multimedia artist. Photography, stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, writing, art directing, modeling, cooking, she can do it all and does it all incredibly well. She’s the only creative whose work has moved me to tears since I was around 4 (I’m currently 32). Kris is the most widely and deeply talented creative person I have ever known. It’s an honor and a pleasure to call her my closest friend and occasional collaborator.
Thank you for taking part Justin!