While many a struggling artist is told "follow your heart" or "don't give up on your dreams," we think the most powerful advice is often not suitable for a Hallmark card. Today we're getting our NSFW inspiration from this explosive animated short that bestows the sage wisdom "Learn to say 'F**** you' to the world."
These raw words came from an encouraging letter conceptual minimalist Sol Lewitt wrote to his dear friend, sculptor Eva Hesse in 1965. An excerpt reads:
Learn to say “F*** You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!
Artist Aaron Rose added colorful animation to Lewitt's off-color inspiration, bringing Lewitt's iconic geometric imagery to psychedelic life. Rancid's Tim Armstrong adds fuel to Lewitt's fire, setting his words to a befitting punk tune. The whole animated video, made with some help from MOCAtv, is enough to get you off the internet and into the studio. We're definitely taking this nugget with us: "Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool." Thanks Sol!
For some more conventional inspirational quotes, check out Ryan McArthur's posters below: