Artist Look: Andy Warhol

I like Andy Warhol and all of his soup cans, but not particularly because I like the images of his art. I do like his imagery, but the important part of his contribution was his reflection on pop culture, and what he saw in society and what we now call social media. He subverted the entire social consciousness and made us confront what was actually important to us: Fame and Fortune. His outgoing lifestyle was a part of his art, And for the most part, his art is still out there doing it. I can’t go a day without seeing some contemporary art referencing his legacy, intentionally or otherwise.

"Muhammed Ali", 1978 Andy Warhol
“Muhammed Ali”, 1978

His understanding and perspectives on pop art, our culture, work, and fame are quite relevant today, so I’m just going to use a couple quotes like people use memes:

“The day will come when everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.”

Ah yes. This sort of thing happens all the time now. Because of access to social media and the way information spreads, you can go viral and be eradicated in the same hour. The true art starts to incorporate being a good marketer. Which brings me to the next quote.

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

People rely heavily on their creativity, marketing, and social savvy to get paid, Warhol kind of had it figured out. Seth Godin always talks about business as art, and echoes that perspective. (I’m sure he likes Warhol, but I’d have to ask him.)

So being out there and marketing yourself is a part of the gig. Even back when he was on the scene, he understood how his connected social lifestyle added to his art. He became a blueprint for the type of social self-marketing that we see today. And I can’t help but think about our current quality and quantity debate, so here’s my favorite quote, although I like it for different reason:

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

"Mammy" 1981, Andy Warhol
“Mammy”, 1981

So yeah…that brings me to Gary Vee. A guy that is all about leveraging pushing content out there.

Now I could go on and on about Warhol and today’s society, but instead,
I’ll go post some more content somewhere else like a proper content factory would do.

And I’ll end with this one, because it resonates heavily with me:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

So yeah. In the end, just make sure you’re getting things done. Now, if you’re looking for some Warhol material, here’s what I have for you:

Now go create something popular.

Nipsey Hussle – RIP

Nipsey Hussle wasn’t the most well-known artist, so I kind of feel the need to put a little bit of information out there about him. It’s hard to understate how much he meant to so many people, places, and things. And it wasn’t just dropping money or handing out turkeys, he was seriously involved in LA and abroad. I will probably update this as time goes on, and as I learn more.

First off, his legacy isn’t dead. He represents a force that’s been going through the Los Angeles community and will continue. He is survived by his wife Lauren London and his children.

Here’s one of my favorite songs of his. I had Outro on repeat during one of the shifts in my life. I have it on repeat now:

Nipsey was a positive force variety of ways.
Here’s a few that I know of:

  1. Was all about being self-made. Had a deal and then worked to do his own thing and ended up doing it better. He was a true entrepreneur.
  2. Was loved by his community and respected by both sides of the streets. (In other words, this wasn’t a “gang thing”.)
  3. Innovative mixtape marketer – Created and marketed the independently-released TMC marathon series of mixtapes that would all lead up to …
  4. Recently released his Grammy-nominated major studio album, Victory Lap. You can buy it now (or stream if you have Amazon Prime)<https://amzn.to/2TKsJZD>
  5. Represents one of the few artists that was able to successfully structure his business to own his publishing and his masters. This was possible because he never looked to the major labels for help.
  6. Never stopped learning or looking for more opportunities
  7. Owner of The Marathon, a popular clothing store in his neighborhood <https://www.themarathonclothing.com/>
  8. Innovative mixtape seller – created special-edition copies of his Crenshaw mixtape which he sold for $100 apiece. Jay-Z was impressed and bought a few. <http://bit.ly/2FLfGSA via Forbes>
  9. Founder of Vector90 – Co-working space, cultural hub and incubator <https://www.vector90.com>
  10. Was the driving force behind making Destination Crenshaw happen.
  11. Sat down and talked with many influential minds like Gary Vaynerchuk <http://bit.ly/2I3SiTf>
  12. Worked to end the problems associated with gang life (see picture)
  13. Opened a neighborhood fish market
  14. Opened a neighborhood barbershop
  15. Feature Mixtape 1 – The Marathon Continues – http://bit.ly/2uESuQR
  16. Feature Mixtape 2 – The Marathon – http://bit.ly/2UcpuiA
  17. Feature Mixtape 3 – Crenshaw – http://bit.ly/2ODeyEI
  18. Was working on a documentary featuring Dr Sebi because of the many health problems he saw around him
  19. Has a tattoo that simply says “PROLIFIC”, a sentiment I vibe with.
  20. Was an all-around cool guy

RIP.