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The Circle of Trust

The Circle of Trust is the paid subscriber content for listeners of the Adventures In Design podcast. Containing over 300+ episodes and 500 hours of design, illustration, printing and business tips n tricks. Hear every episode in it’s entirety! The Circle of Trust has the full Adventures In Design audio catalog, featuring every episode with bonus content added or you can choose to go straight to the bonus content. Every topic possible on following your creative passion as a hobby or career has been covered in this collection and we’re not even close to finishing the conversation adding another 200 episodes in 2016. 

682 - The Collector Consumer Food Chain With Brian Flynn, Dov Kelmer, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Kimberg

Mark Brickey


In today's show opening Mark Brickey looks at the competitive world of video streaming and suggests that we all take note of the business tactics being executed both the good and the ugly and breaks down how this Hollywood explosion could be the best thing to happen in a long time for both fans and professional creatives. 

What happens when you get a toy producer, distributor, artist, and store owner all together to talk about their industry of designer collectable toys? Well, you get more industry insight and business advice than you can shake a dunny at. Enjoy this great panel from DesignerCon 2017 led by Adventure In Designs Mark Brickey.

About Our Panel
Brian Flynn is the owner of Super 7 a toy company founded on the principle that no one made what they wanted. So they made it themselves.

Dov Kelemer is a co-founder of DKE Toys the largest independent wholesale distributor of designer toys, limited edition art objects, collectibles, and gifts in the world exclusively representing hundreds of artists, designers, and boutique manufacturers. 

Joe Ledbetter is an American artist and art toy designer from Los Angeles. He is considered part of the Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow Art Movement and Art and Designer Toys movement.

Josh Kimber runs the Clutter empire which is the world's premier media source for Designer Toys news and the trusted thought-leader of this global subculture community.

681 - Alex Pardee

Mark Brickey


Alex Pardee is a freelance artist, apparel designer, and comics creator-writer.

Episode Talking Points & Topics:

Mark opens the show with a look at 1,628 lies in 298 days and an exploration of the power of suggestion and how you can use your willpower to succeed or to create personal sabotage. 

Alex Pardee explains not only finding his path to entrepreneurship but eventually finding his voice as a creative after failing at early attempts at being a comic illustrator. Hear how Alex managed to get out of his comfort zone of being an illustration loner and not only finding a way to get out of his shell but finding a way to learn how to love meeting people that supported his art. When Alex was hired by Zack Snyder to help create the look of the major motion picture Sucker Punch, a project out of his comfort zone of self-initiated work, discover how it forced him to learn how to work quickly on unfamiliar subject matters. 

Circle Of Trust Paid Bonus Content Talking Points & Topics:

Alex explains his unique self-taught method of illustration, spoiler alert; it's probably the exact opposite way that you imagine. We also learn how a life of self-doubt is behind Alex and how he's determined to permit himself to be successful at chasing down his own projects. He's finally genuinely working for himself, Alex Pardee. 

680 - Johnny Cupcakes, Skinner, JRYU, Never Made Recorded At DCON 2017

Mark Brickey


Everyone on today's panel, recorded live at Designer Con 2017, started just like you with an idea in a sketchbook. Hear how each of the fearless creators were able to go beyond their day jobs and tackle the world of directing, streetwear, retail, and industrial design. Johnny Cupcakes, Skinner, and J*RYU are all far from being done making their mark in their respective creative fields, and Never Made's Francisco Reyes JR of Never Made is just getting started at crushing his. Hear each of them explain how they got started and at what moment they each realized what the real objective of being creatively satisfied truly is. 

Today is also the Circle of Trust's 3rd year anniversary, November 14th, 2014 Mark Brickey flipped the switch and took the biggest gamble of his career. Hear a heartfelt thank you to each of you for helping allow the show to grow and hear why 590 episodes later we are all hearing today's meaningful conversation with our crazy talented panel of guests. 

679 - The DKNG Show: Chapter 13

Mark Brickey


DKNG Black Friday Offerings

Special Circle of Trust Exclusive Sketches. PLEASE DO NOT SHARE