What’s on your bookshelf?
Lots and lots of tattoo flash books, books about the history of baseball, various collections of old sign painting and calligraphy manuals, and random old books I find inspiring or useful in one way or another. Oh yeah, and lots of books about New York and the mafia.
What are the ten most important things in your studio?
A painting my daughter made for me, various artwork from my wife, mother, grandmother, and other family members, my Staedtler HB pencil, a cabinet full of Micron pens, a Mars plastic eraser, my iMac, my Canon scanner/printer, a ream of cheap printer paper, the ball from the game where I threw my first no-hitter as a kid, and the ticket to the Yankees pennant victory during Game 6 in 2009, which I went to at Yankee Stadium.
Has the recession had any impact on you and your business?
I thank the recession for who I am today. Before it hit, I was running a mediocre design studio doing run of the mill, boring work. I was comfortable and didn’t push myself. Once the money went away, I had to start getting creative about my business, and as soon as I did that, things started picking up and I really found my voice as a designer and businessman. If it never happened, I’d probably still be designing tri-fold brochures for obnoxious small business owners in Long Island.