CJ NELSON COLLECTION

1. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN DESIGN / ART?
I was given art supplies by my father as a child. It was something I was naturally good at but never really connected with it until high school. A few of my friends, Johnny Farrer (revers), Rob Bextrom (cert) and Aaron Curry (orfn) were graffiti artist and they taught me how to write. That led into painting with color and shape being the primary focus. Everything just snowballed from there. That’s when I started to pay attention to graphic design in my daily life. 
2. FAVORITE SHIRT GRAPHIC OF ALL TIME?
Well I grew up a big punk rock and skateboarding fan. So everything attached to those cultures really resonated with me as a kid. There’s a few T’s that stand out for me. The JFA shirt with the band standing in the full pipe was a early favorite. I had this black panthers Oakland chapter T-shirt that was amazing. Also the classic OJ 2’s neon logo shirt will always be at the top for me. I dunno....just a lot of moments in my past are kinda attached to certain graphics I guess. They make me look back and remember good times. 
3. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Lots of things do. Music, Art, being out in the city or out camping by myself. I like positive drivin people who quietly knock out their goals. There’s so many opinions and arguments out there. All egoic bullshit like “if you don’t do it my way than your a kook”...it’s really laughable actually. I’m inspired by nobility and clean simplicity. Kindness and beauty. Put your head down and do you...don’t worry about outside opinion. That’s how you find your truths and become your own artist and person. 
4. IS THERE A DESIGN OUT THERE THAT YOU WISH YOU DID?
I'm such a huge fan of lots of different artists so there’s lots of things I wish I did or could do. It’s more about thinking of original mediums or the way certain artists draw lines. I think most artists like other people stuff more than theirs. If I could paint like Bray or Berry and sketch like Harry Daily then take pics like Joe Termini and Dane Peterson then have the eye and business sense of Thiebaud...that’d be nice...haha. 
5. WHAT'S LEFT ON YOUR DESIGN BUCKET LIST?
I'd love to do a skateboard again and get more into wearable clothes. More positive messages and less cool guy shit. I got my dream camera so diving down that rabbit hole has been rewarding and could harvest some cool art eventually. Drifting my design to reflect my personality today is where I’m at. Simply living with my head down focused on my goals. PMA ~

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