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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. 

649 - Start Today: Inside Out

David Defeo


Inside Out released a small, four song EP called No Spiritual Surrender in March of 1990 that went on to quite possibly be the most popular release ever on Revelation Records. Despite disbanding one year after its release, their intense live performances and socially conscious lyrics left a lasting impact on the scene that still ripples outward today. This episode of Start Today opens with the in depth history surrounding Inside Out, the bands working alongside them, and how they came to leave such a lasting impression on the scene in such a short time. Burning Fight was the opening track off their monumental 7" where Zach wanted to remind us that the real struggle was to come down from the soap box and open our arms to anyone who would listen to the positive message we believe in. Mark Brickey and Biggie of Good Fight Entertainment go over each lyric of Burning Fight, share what it has come to mean to each of them, and how this poignant message continues to guide them to this day. Reach out your hand and get ready for the third installment of Start Today.

Talking Points

  • Youth Of Today calls it quits and hardcore begins to turn inward.
  • Familiar faces, new sounds, and the arrival of rivals.
  • Understanding 1990 from the 70’s.
  • Crafting a unique sound that took its time to explode.
  • Burning Fight becomes the slower paced anthem for the shape of hardcore to come.
  • What comes after Inside Out?
  • The revolution that came along with Rage Against The Machine.
  • Channeling your anger to take on the rest of the world. 
  • Coming back to the center where everything started.
  • Overcoming expectations to fulfill your dream.
  • Music as the background to a community, cutting through all the red tape, and understanding the "it" factor.
  • Comedown space, crowd control, and the ninety minutes bands fight for.
  • The changing of the guard in hardcore.
  • Expanding universes, shrinking circles, and finding your tribe.
  • Are you ready for the music that will change your life?

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Straight edge after thirty, violent misconceptions, and in-scene squabbles.
  • Not fitting in today, cutting the fat off the bone, and the engaging art of compromise.
  • Managing others expectations and managing your own.
  • The social structure in the scene changes as new discovery points open the doors to everyone.
  • Walking away when it’s time, the wormhole to heavy, and using the platform while you have it.
  • What is your burning fight now?
  • Spiritual surrender.



The very first Start Today focuses in on the band that this entire podcast took its title from, Gorilla Biscuits. Dive into the history of New York Hardcore and one of the most influential bands to come out of that scene that still sell out shows to this very day.

Corbett Redford spent the last four years of his life crafting the interweaving story of East Bay Punk with his documentary, Turn It Around. Learn about the people who made a community that thrived on letting (almost) everyone through the door.

Start Today turned its focus on a band whose impact is still immeasurable because it continues to morph and change with each new generation. Minor Threat changed forever changed the world of independent music and AID 588 captures that moment in time.

648 - Shop Talk with OKpants

David Defeo

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If you don't already have the drum out and you aren't already banging it then you're doing this whole thing wrong because it's time for Shop Talk. In this Circle Of Trust Exclusive Release Mark and OKpants take a look at where the creative field has been, where it is, and where it will be in 2027 (assuming the world still hasn't nuked itself within a bee's dick of oblivion by then). As the boys look into the future they also examine the present and uncover to make the most of it. Do you want to know the secret to a happy life? Will the end be what you thought it was going to be? Were you aware of your induction to the Juggalos? This Shop Talk isn't for the weak-kneed or faint of heart because all these ensuing antics will shake you down to your foundation and hopefully, when the dust settles, you're a better creative for it. Now get up off the mat and get back out there because there is plenty more fighting to do

Talking Points

  • Mid life dieting tactics and skipping a part of the art.
  • Looking at the past to predict the future. 
  • Analog rises again and the "workforce" fades away. 
  • Uncovering the only rule to survival. 
  • What can going back to school do to you?
  • Knowing who you are is more important than doing what you want. 
  • Altering your habits and feeling better. 
  • Time, money, and happiness. 
  • The open road, the success of your friends, and Emmy haircuts. 
  • The end might not be what you thought it was. 
  • Accomplishment versus Fulfillment. 
  • Problems, Juggalos, and jealousy. 
  • Getting off the mat for another amazing day. 
  • Learning to take criticism. 



A creative's work is never done and Esao Andrews is a perfect example of that. With his vast success and critical acclaim he still looks to continually adapt his craft to the ever changing landscape of consumption.

If you're looking to find yourself this is a great place to collect your thoughts, take stock of your talents, and gauge the time you have to pull off the next big challenge in your life. This is the first step. Do it.

Sonny Day joins Mark on AID 406 to talk about his pivot into the gallery world. He and Biddy bank on their confidence to accomplish and take on the Ludlow Creative Space in Orange to bring their world back to where they live.

647 - Corbett Redford

David Defeo


Every movement has somewhere sacred renowned as its birthplace and for East Bay Punk, that is undeniably 924 Gilman. For years this club has been the epicenter of a community formed by outsiders, freethinkers, and cultural revolutionaries armed with nothing more than determination and a few power chords. Corbett Redford spent the last four years of his life pouring over footage chronicling Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and countless others to create his documentary, Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. Who better could properly encapsulate all these vastly unique personalities sharing one common thread than someone who lived through all that triumph and turmoil themselves? Corbett applied what he learned from a fiercely independent scene to plunge headfirst into crafting a story that uplifts the powerfully honest principles behind punk rock and highlights how voices both big and small play a crucial role in shaping communities that matter. This interview weaves between Corbett's own involvement in the scene, how he came to make this beautiful film about it, and what is next on the horizon for him.

Talking Points

  • "You're cool... but fuck your band" and three friendly guidelines from Billie Joe.
  • A handbook for building a community with music as a backdrop. 
  • Remembering what you learned about what you are capable of building. 
  • Finding connections with the human element when you need it. 
  • A culture shift towards celebrating the outsiders. 
  • Eggplants in every scene and how artists see art. 
  • Is inclusivity the answer?
  • Learning to meet people in the middle. 
  • Not every band can be Fugazi and products of bad geography. 
  • Sitting face to face with real racism, putting out a helping hand, and getting someone on the path. 
  • The DIY mentality on being who you want to be. 
  • Silent contributors to Gilman and never forgetting where you come from. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Slipping into the next thing through music. 
  • Life always finds a way. 
  • Did everyone have their coffee today?
  • Where is the next place to go?
  • Collaborating with Iggy Pop and working with your heroes to get the real story. 
  • Who was Corbett in this film?
  • Finding your next steps and learning new reflexes.
  • Can you go back to normal life? 
  • Recalibration, responsibility, and the real creative crescendo. 
  • Exhaustion, art, and emotional lottery tickets.
  • Keeping the stoke. 



If you love documentaries and you love hearing from the people responsible for them then your next step is Hans Fjellestad on AID 425. He compiled together a film about the Sunset Strip in all it's hair metal glory.

From seemingly out of nowhere the DC scene exploded and Minor Threat was at the heart of it all. With a strong DIY ethic that was the through line of these musicians' careers, Start Today looks at Minor Threat.

Shane Valentino was a vital part in telling the story of Nocturnal Animals. As a Production Designer he lit scenes and set tones that would visually cast emotion across the actor's work. Hear more from the other side of the lens on AID 487.

646 - Hammer Time

David Defeo


Hammer Time X is upon us and the cast is taking on the McDonald's menu in all of its thirty two item glory. Mark, Tavo, and Hammer reminisce about the food that made them into men and use our tried and true system of democracy to determine which foods will advance and what falls by the wayside. Breakfast. Dessert. Sandwich. Snack. Division by calorie packed division square off in a food fight to the finish with only one true victor left standing when the carnage finally subsides. Along the way, your boys drop the secret to making a McDoogle, unmask the bagel industry not based in New York, and mix ethnic delicacies to create all new gourmet experiences. Toss in a few stories from Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks and a few other antics that ensue and you have yourself a Hammer Time that will have you say "I'm lovin' it."

Talking Points

  • The Comment Piñatas get cracked open. 
  • A sticky syrup situation, rolls with holes, and PB Times. 
  • The Snowman Shuffle to the first Veagle. 
  • Quarter Pounder flounders.
  • Simpler times in America on the back nine and bringing people together. 
  • The McDoogle, the "presence of health," and sauce strategies. 
  • Defending the cheeseburger. 
  • Hammer makes you an offer you can't refuse.
  • Chef Jandora applies to Tavo's Tacos in full force.
  • Mark wins the Social Lottery. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Momo watches Sofia and Blanche getting that Nut Nut.
  • Potatoes aren't apples and owning all the blueberries in the world. 
  • Revisiting blizzards and understanding food adultery. 
  • The first Cheeseburger McFlurry. 
  • Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks earns him an extra nickel every hour... that he declines. 
  • Vibing since youth, The Pizza Song, and the varying levels of Coca-Cola Classic (including a secret level). 
  • Moments of silence as potentially planted moments of entertainment. 
  • Where are you Biggie in your life?
  • The Final Four Face Off and the grande royale battle to the finish. 
  • Hawaiian Pizza Alternates, Kung Pao-ritos, and a Would You Rather that's Dragon Ballz Deep. 



Where did the Eagle come from and just what exactly are Mark and Hammer trying to get out of Gus? It all starts here at The Unity Episode and we have a feeling it won't be stopping anytime soon. EAGLE!

Chef Jandora had some incredible menu additions for Tavo's Tacos but you need to know to hear it straight form the horse's mouth in AID 642 where Mark, Hammer, and Tavo lay out the originals. 

You like brackets? You like Blizzards? Well then we have a Hammer Time for you as the boys pit ice every flavor of this thick, blended treat against each other in a dessert off like the world has never seen.

645 - August Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam

David Defeo


The August Poster Countdown is here with Mark Brickey and Mitch Putnam of guiding you through a month chock full of raw talent and jaw dropping pieces. As we move higher and higher up the ranks, you can study how each artist harnessed their creativity to truly hone in on what each work attempted to communicate. These two captains of industry point out what makes each poster stand out from the rest and lend time tested, industry insight into the business behind creativity. Is a portrait or landscape layout better for your next composition? Are you great enough to be deliberately sloppy? Do you have the guts to put blue cheese on pizza? With such a wide array of style and subject matter exhibited across this month's selections, you are sure to walk away with countless chicken nuggets about the subtle finesse behind design expertly wielded by these artists.

Talking Prints

  • The slow decline of cinema and the evolution of its marketing tactics. 
  • Low budget horror films that make money but lack the quality Mondo would confidently stand behind. 
  • Hitting the tone of what you're trying to capture in your work. 
  • Making humor translate and avoiding likeness rights through illustrative styles. 
  • The power of portrait. 
  • Sturdy women, traditional styles, and Revolver videos. 
  • Metallica posters, Space Riders, and inspired hires who actually try something different. 
  • Consistently piling on your signature style with details and layering. 
  • A moment for Pizza that makes no sense. 
  • Reminiscent posters that harken back to a better time for gig posters and cementing yourself in the community. 
  • Existing in incubators and honing your craft. 
  • Grayscale grief online. 
  • A quiet breath of fresh air, your client's success is also your own, and inspired secondary photos. 
  • Challenging infographics that most artists want to take on. 
  • Making type that talks, lego pieces that work for you, and some new bookmarks you need. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Prints

  • When real world TLC backfires and the intense process behind James Jean's work that puts him in competition with no one but itself. 
  • Avant-garde client work that comes from a totally different world. 
  • Harnessing the power of white. 
  • Mood, silence, and tone, following the career path of Dan McCarthy, and the difficult lesson of restraint. 
  • Understanding finesse. 
  • Master Lego Builders and working the information into the composition. 
  • Mixing hand drawn illustrations and real world photos. 
  • Are you deliberately sloppy or just not talented? 
  • Experimenting outside the Star Wars universe and guessing at the long term cultural footprint of modern IP's. 
  • From marketing to meritocracy. 
  • Negative space is self confidence and Mondo teams up with Black Dragon Press. 
  • Form, function, and split fountains. 
  • Nailing line weight like a master. 



If you need an incredible detailed examination of how DKNG creates such compelling work then look no further than AID 473. The DKNG Show gives everyone the chance to hear from Dan and Nathan just how they do what they do so well.

Don't miss last month's poster countdown with Mark and Mitch bringing you the best that July had to offer. These episodes are such an incredible examination of talent and a long look behind the scenes of the scene that is poster design. 

Richey Beckett is a master of the old craft of crosshatching. He painstakingly inks line after minute line to create a rich tapestry of marks that draw the viewer into a time long ago. AID 224 is an introduction to a true artisan across the pond.