Jul 1, 2016

Bonfire Nights 2016: Christian Watson

My name is Christian as you can probably tell by that little name hovering underneath the photo of that weird looking kid, yeah thats me.

I have travelled quite a bit and put myself in a lot of crazy situations. Life is one of those things that happens to all of us constantly and I am always surrounded by the best it has to offer, especially in people. From designing brands to photographing mountains, I’ve dabbled in about all of it. I wouldn’t say I’m a designer or an artist or an anything except for always willing to learn. I’ll never get it perfect i know that for a fact so in light of that I’m a bit prone to title myself: the journeyman.

“The devil WON’T keep ‘til morning”

The key to creativity is…

Kicking your own A**. The key to anything is working hard and making sure you are constantly going after it, I do not always adhere to these rules and when I slip up its an easy thing to tell. I end up falling into a funk where I don’t feel creative in any essence simply because I’m not doing a damn thing with myself. So, I work hard and I am constantly on fire when I do. I think creativity comes from gratefulness of where you are in your life and what you are capable of and even if things don’t seem to be working out for you – you work for yourself.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

I am a hefty advocate for the 10’s 20’s 30’s and 40’s of an era I don’t exist in. The 1900’s were a beautiful time in industrialisation in a lot of ways, we saw great technological strides, but one thing I will never forget is the perfect curation of so many things during the early times. I am inspired by uniformity and uniqueness through it. Every story is different even when things look the same. I love what people do with their stories and because of that I am often left inspired by people and what they bring to the table.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and what is the best advice you would give to someone just starting out?

To accept help when its offered, to say sorry once, and to work harder than my enemies. I would say the exact same thing to anyone i meet. Its all way easier said than done, especially when you have a lot of pride and not a lot of patience. Give yourself the chance to be better than you think you can. Buy into always being better and never settling, ground yourself in that and never stop learning. To this day I am learning new techniques all the time. Just because something works once for you doesn’t mean it will always work.

Right now favorites
a song:

When you’re all down and out by Ernest Thompson

a movie:

The Pianist

a book:

The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen

a place:

Austria

1924us Christian Watson

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