Anonymous: Big fan. Your work is brilliant. I'm basically wanting biographical information out of curiosity. Maybe you've stated elsewhere, but how did you start out selling art? Did you go to school for it? Did you take portfolios around to galleries? Just curious. Keep up the awesome work.

Thanks!

I went to school. I got lucky—of the professors that did not want to kick me out, one put me in a show at a gallery. I’ve been with them ever since.

In this business you basically have to find out a way to hang around other artists until one with more power than you likes you and decides to help. School is the easiest way to do that, but it requires taking out a loan.

If you’re scared to get a loan, there are alternate ways of meeting other artists, like sleeping with them or giving them drugs. It’s a pretty dumb system.

Opening June 28th—with me, Noboyushi Araki, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Mapplethorpe and more. See you there, 5-8pm.

Opening June 28th—with me, Noboyushi Araki, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Mapplethorpe and more. See you there, 5-8pm.

Ulorin Vex (close up)

Ulorin Vex (close up)

aids-clown: Would you ever consider flying someone out again to be a painting?

I’ve done it. Depends on whether I have an idea for a specific person and if they’re likely to end up in LA anyway anytime soon and whether they’re known to be reliable and what else is going on that month etc etc.

Skin Diamond & Mandy Morbid on our couch

Skin Diamond & Mandy Morbid on our couch

me and Nixon from the Gravity’s Rainbow pictures, p 755 “He ushers you into the black Managerial Volkswagen…”

me and Nixon from the Gravity’s Rainbow pictures, p 755 “He ushers you into the black Managerial Volkswagen…”

taylor-langone:

#zaksmith (at Fredericks & Freiser)

taylor-langone:

#zaksmith (at Fredericks & Freiser)

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