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Daniel N. Ericson is an artist from Denver Colorado. He paints portraits on streetsigns. He is one of the funniest men I know. His friends call him Dunn, Dunnington, Dunston, McDunna and the Signtologist - we met in middle school. We were friends in high-school, we were roommates in college, we’ve collaborated on numerous projects since. We both share a passion for oriental aesthetics and second-wave hip-hop music. Mostly, we drink and smoke together and have a grand ol’ time. I’ve learned quite a bit from Dunn, particularly the power of free. The amount of work he’s created and given away is astronomical. For me he’s videotaped performances, designed posters and laid-out the cover-art for my records. Dunn was helping me frame some tribute pieces I was working a couple years back. He asked for a nominal fee, which lead to an argument. We exchanged f-bombs and I left at a slamming door. After I cooled-off a bit, I realized I was being an ungrateful jerk. I apologized and we were good. It’s incredibly valuable to have friends that can check you every now and again. The ‘One of Us’ series is a reflection of Dunn’s spirit of reciprocity. He’s a sweet and generous guy; a world famous artist. I’m hoping he dies tragically so my Signtologist art collection will finance my kid’s education. In addition, Dunn was nice enough to spend a little time with this Q & A:
I am Daniel N. Ericson. I grew up in South Denver. The most valuable thing I own are my ideas. The question I get asked the most is: ‘Did you steal all those signs?’
I like my creativity. I wish I had more hair. I’d love to live in the Caribbean or NYC. My greatest anxiety is crowds of people.
Extravagance: Toys Vice: Whiskey or White Russians Diet: Knowledge & water
Fictional hero: Homer Simpson Real-life hero: Andy Warhol Work is not work when you love what you do.
I connect online most on my Iphone or G5. Favorite person to follow on Twitter: @radioestes my college roommate & only person I can get to play to Shogi with me.
One thing the Internet really needs is an age limit. I had a great childhood with minimal computer interaction let a kid be a kid.
Greatest fear: Heights. Best place to vacation: Jamaica . If I could do anything I’d fly. Hobby: Cooking. Favorite book: Anything by Dr. Seuss
People are amazing, I get inspired by life. The best thing on TV is Robot Chicken. The person I most envy is Banksy. I spend most of my time creating & dreaming.
I wish I had is rhythm. My greatest achievement is having an art show with my mom. I’m just so sick of egos, check yours at the door please.
If I could switch places with one person for a day, it’d be Dali Lama. My favorite spot in the world is at home in my studio My Wife Gigi is the love of my life.
I can’t pick just one favorite song; too many that I love. I’ve been bumping a lot of Cee Lo Green’s catalog lately Goodie Mob, Gnarls, and solo projects in the studio.
Favorite podcast: Lately I’ve been listening to Hay House Radio. (Listen to Dunn on 8th Grade Ball here.)
Painting keeps me balanced, I’ve always used my creative outlet to relax.
My parents are great & super supportive of my art. The internet becomes self aware in the year 2012, around the same time all the other shit hits the fan would be a good time I would assume?
I would like to see Eric Matelski a.k.a The Art Pimp answer these questions
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The artists, entrepreneurs and digital gunslingers of our creative culture.
Rob Streisfeld is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a health food chef, an author, a consumer advocate and concierge for better living. He is known affectionately as Doc Rob. I met him 6 years ago at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. After nearly 10 years in natural products I’ve come to recognize the industry is split into two camps:
Health freaks, do-gooders, relaxed people. e.g. Sara Snow
I’d like to tell you I am in camp #2, but I’ve still got a bit of crazy to get out. Doc Rob is a champ. Old guard, hippie, health food evangelist he is not. His message is sympathetic and easy to understand. Happy living is about healthy choices. Doc Rob has taken me to little neighborhood pubs in Boston. Sent me to some good clubs in Chicago. We talked about watches in Sacramento. What really separates Doc Rob from his peers; he’s not going to lecture you. Many a dinner I’ve been wrist deep in a porterhouse when a vegan starts in on a PETA diatribe. It’s a real buzz-kill. I am a nut-bag health freak, but I like bourbon and tobacco too. Perhaps Doc Rob disapproves, but he’s never let on. He is a friend first - then a physician. He’s my ticket to Camp Champ. Doc Rob is from Monticello, New York, is willing to drop coin on good food, he’s gunning for Dr. Oz’s job and was good enough to sit down with this Q & A:
I am Dr Rob Streisfeld aka Doc Rob. My greatest anxiety is getting what I want, and not being satisfied.
I grew up just like most people, not much into health foods. I was sick as a kid. and most of my journey and education was focused on finding answers and ways to feel better each day.
I have an ability to be pretty flexible and tolerant. I wasn’t always this way, but studying philosophy and stress management has been a great reward in how I approach things day to day.
I’d like to be more organized. I have so many creative ideas and passions. I’m realizing more and more its about the follow through and finish.
I am a gypsy. I travel all the time, not sure there is one place i want to settle, at least not permanently. I think I’d like to live in Brazil for a bit, maybe Thailand too.
Diet: Lots of veggies. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but I’m not one to over obsess about it. I like all food for the most part. It’s about the quality of the ingredients that is important to me.
Dream job: Talk show host. Something where I can travel, help people, and make good money in the process.
The most valuable thing I own is my sense of humor.
The question I get asked the most is: How do I get healthy like you, Doc?
One thing the Internet really needs is: I can’t tell you, in the process of working on it :)
Parents: Awesome and always supportive.
If I could do anything I’d travel the world for a while, without concern of cost.
Favorite Book: aahh.. I can’t limit it down to one, but ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn is pretty good.
I think people are overwhelmed, confused, but generally good.
I get inspired by people incorporating small changes into their lives for healthier living.
I wish I could communicate via sign language and play the harmonica.