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2015 - FEB / MAR

Episode 160 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 03 - Part II

Part Two Guests
- Dan Schlissel from Stand Up! Records
- Sean Hickey of VGKIDS
- Lil Tuffy

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- Circle of Trust Member Kevin Flanagan

Episode 159 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 03 - Part I

Part One Guests
- Chris White of We Three Club
- Andy Mac (EDIT)
- Chris Everhart of Silent Giants
- Tim Doyle and James Flames

Circle of Trust Content
- Manny The Poster Collector

Episode 148 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 02 - Part II

Part Two Guests
- Mike Davis and Ben LaFond from Burlesque of North America
- DJ Bird Peterson
- Circle of Trust Member Olamilekan Mabayoje
- SXSW Hip Hop performer JC The Great One
- Dan MacAdam of Crosshair Chicago

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- Dan Grzeca, Nate Duval & Sean Mort

Episode 147 - Live From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 02 - Part I

Part One Guests
- Luke Drozd
- Listener Victor of Happy Tuna Creative
- Dan Stiles
- Dan Black & Jessica Seamans of Landland
- Derrick Baker of Relish Brand

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- JP Boneyard oo The National Poster Retrospecticus
- Jeremy Wheeler of Bang! Media

Dedicated To: Randy The Juggalo, RIP

Episode 156 - Flatstock 48 Day 01

Featuring interviews with Tara McPherson, Sean Leonard, Methane Studios  DKNG, Sean Mort, Industry and Kyle Carter.

Please Note: Due to time restraints the Circle of Trust is minutes at the end of the file above. There will not be a separate file at this time.

Episode 155 - Ghoulish Gary Pullin “The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 2”

Horror illustrator Ghoulish Gary Pullin joins the show and shares his love of horror and his past being in the publishing industry with Rue Morgue. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 155
- Why bad guys make the best guys.
- Adding bright colors to dark
- Laving the publishing world to go freelance.
- Garry’s partnership with his wife.
- There is no shortcut to success.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 2
- Jason Edmiston joins us for the subscriber content.
- The bar for success and learning where the ceiling for earning is.
- Never wanting to be in first place.
- Putting your thumb print into pop culture work.
- The shame of not seeing our greatest talents tell their original stories.

Episode 154 - Jason Edmiston “The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 1”

Painter Jason Edmiston stops by to talk about his latest art show “Eyes Without A Face” and shares with us the techniques that makes him one of the masters of his time.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 154
- The intense planning and emotional payoff of creating a large scale art show.
- Talking about the unforgiven nature of painting.
- Learning to trust the brush.
- The process of going from pencil drawing to canvas for painting.
- Forensic design.
- The rise of Creative Cloud and the death of painting.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 1
- "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin joins us for the subscriber content.
- The value in having good friends that do what you do.
- Making a well rounded product line and hitting all price points.
- Getting yourself and work out into the world.
- Inspiration of others success.

Episode 152 - Derrick Castle “The Rising Sons of Anarchy”

Derrick Castle and Mark Brickey walk the floor at the SXSW trade show. Talking to many companies offering makers new tools of technology to develop their next great idea. We talk to Kinoma, Power House Animation, Eventbase, ZipRecruiter, Pixie Social and have Bit Coin explained to us by Crypto Art.

However the show changes gears when we visit the Japan section of the trade show. Where we are greeted by talented inventor after another. Totally blown away by the friendly and fun Japanese 20 somethings we see the future of robots, gaming and dance shoes. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We wrap up our adventures on the trade show floor.
- Derrick says goodbye and shares what he’s learned on this trip to SXSW.
- Lastly Derrick creeps Mark out by going in detail about eating a goat’s head the night before.

Episode 152 - Rob Jones “Accountable Paranoia”

Rob Jones is the senior art director for the officially licensed pop culture art factory known as Mondo. He has also worked directly with Jack White for over a decade creating gig posters and packaging for all of Jack’s various musical projects. Rob is one of the most well respected art directors in the business and shares how he gets amazing results out of today’s best talents in illustration, design and printmaking.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 152
- Why it’s important to have the respect of the artists that you’re wiring with.
- Using your experience as a designer to make realistic revisions and not wasting your talents time. 
- How to motivate your designers to give you their best work.
- The pride in finished work that you art directed.
- Knowing when work is good and not forcing your ego into others work.
- Working with the best talents in the field and what you learn on your own work.
- Why being polite and honest goes a long way.
- Why it’s important to have a good connecting theme in a art show.
- The importance of not apologizing.
- Having a best friend in your wife.
- What it means to have a Grammy and gold records in your house.
- Being motivated by the fear of losing it all.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Mitch Putnam joins in the fun.
- Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam talk about art directing and working together.
- How printers are the real heroes.
- AND MANY, MANY, MANY TOPICS WE WILL NOT PUT IN WRITING. CIRCLE OF TRUST ONLY

Episode 151 - Derrick Castle “The Nebulous Job Fair”

Mark Brickey and Derrick Castle walk the floor of the SXSW Interactive Job Fair. Reviewing the booth designs and talking to brands such as McDonalds, IBM and Whole Foods. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Brian Behm of Rooster Teeth joins in the fun.
- The guys talk about the SXSW mentoring program.
- Review a portfolio workshop they attended earlier.

Episode 150 - Dan Kuhlken of DKNG “Pack It Up, Pack It In, Let Me Begin”

Episode 1 of SXSW coverage covers travel, booth and promotion tips for the upcoming festival. All this advice covers more than the upcoming week but acts as a good checklist for those making their way out to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 150
- Tips on taking your merchandise on the airplane and getting “free” shipping.
- The benefits of getting the double booth, a can’t lose upgrade in life.
- MOST IMPORTANT - Making a map of your booth before you leave. 
- We share our Flatstock first time booth setups and the mistakes we made as rookies.
- Never make the table bridge.
- Pricing advice and theories.
- Having good stories and talking points about your work to share with your customers.
- Good promotional items to have and best distribution of your promo items.
- Pacing your checkout time to go slow enough or fast enough to judge the crowd.
- Self confidence in retail.
- Using your customers to promote your booth.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The case study of pairing jakprints, with Fatstock 48 artists and promotion for AID.
- Making great relationships and strengthening your network.
- Dan shares his opinions on opening up the SXSW Flatstocks to non music posters.

Episode 149 - James Flames & Sean Mort “Shop Talk Friday”

Billy Baumann is out on vacation, everyone’s favorite Brit takes his spot for another Shop Talk Friday with Mark Brickey & James Flames.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 149
- Mark gets shut down on the idea of covering Disneyland’s 24 hour kickoff to summer. 
- Sean tells the story of letting down Mark by not staying a Disneyland till close.
- We debate the pricing and concept of the Apple Watch.
- A friendly discussion on the concept of being a Apple or PC user.
- Is it time for luxury electronics.
- British music festivals and why Oasis was the most rock n roll band of their time.
- James Flames SXSW product line and surprises. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Mark talks about the SXSW recording strategy.
- Printed table clothes.
- Detailed advice on creating a line sheet for wholesale.
- Not saying no but finding a profitable way to say yes.
- Mark consults Sean on how to take his business and give it a US home base.

Episode 148 - Kortney Hastin of Norman Russell Apparel 

Kortney Hastin wins the award for most aggressive entrepreneur to grace the AID airwaves. Listen to Kortney’s story of taking his life experience / life equity and betting it all on his apparel line named after his grandfather (No Pressure).

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 148
- How paying for a dirt bike inspired Kortney Hastin to enter the glamorous world of retail. 
- Building you future from lessons of your past.
- Improving from your mistakes.
- Networking and the power of your network. 
- Art directing and creating your clothing line. 
- Surrendering to the pressures of your business and letting the current of life take you where you need to go.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The false sense of security a job can give you, can entrepreneurship be the safe bet?
- Picking the right time in life to take the startup gamble. 
- Kortney tells the story of selling his home to fund his startup. 
- Breaking the major rule of success, feeling sorry for yourself. 
- A healthy ego goes a long way. 
- The tricky cash flow and timing for funding a apparel line that has to design 12-18 months out. 
- Be open minded to your dreams. 

Episode 147 - Ben Neuhaus of Snake Oil Provisions “Working Classic”

Ben Neuhaus is the Co-owner/Proprietor of Snake Oil Provisions, a mens clothing store available online and at their store in Long Beach, California. This is the AID spring fashion episode.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 139
- Trying to find your defining look as you get older but not necessarily more professional.
- Finding a classic look that lasts. 
- What every guy should have in his closet. 
- Quality not quantity when buying men’s clothing.
- How to spot quality denim pants.
- Spring fashion advice.
- Tons of fashion advice and fitting advice.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Online retail advice.
- Creating a community and neighborhood vibe through digital retail.
- The importance of having a brick n mortar store.
- Inventory buying decisions.
- Working with local vendors and focusing on exclusive merchandise to your market.
- In house brands.

Episode 146 - Beth Manos Brickey of Tasty-Yummies.com “What’s The Best Thing That Can Happen”

Beth Manos Brickey is a designer, gluten free food recipe blogger and wife of Mark Brickey.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 146
- Surrounding yourself with people that inspire you.
- Finding similar client problems even when switching industries.
- Your perspective of your brand versus how others see it.
- Finding engagement in your audience. 
- Saying no to morally wrong clients.
- Working on Access Hollywood.
- Using the knowledge of your first startup to make your next projects even easier.
- The power of thinking positive.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Growing a engaging social media following.
- Making the most of attending conventions. Planning your route, booking meetings and capturing follow ups.
- Tips on making great product photos.
- Why the Brickeys love Sons of Anarchy too much.(((SPOILERS)))

Episode 145 - Mike Davis & Wes Winship of Burlesque of North America - “Mini Mart of Awesome”

Mike Davis & Wes Winship are both designers, illustrators and printmakers. The co-own Burlesque of North America a influential design studio / printshop located in sunny Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 145
- The various famous looks of Burlesque of North America.
- Timing is a major part of a career that’s out of your control.
- A long working relationship with The Arcade Fire.
- The early days of working with Aaron Horkey and getting that illustration style ready for press.
- How digital printing has ruined many artists concept of color separation and traditional printing prepress. 
- Being jealous of your employees job and printing for others. 
- Mike Davis experience in being a popular designer for Kidrobot. 
- Wes Winship can dance. 
- Shampoop and being a DJ.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Learning the publishing for other artists process. 
- The success and history of publishing Aaron Horkey.
- How to recover from parting ways with your studios biggest star.
- With so many different signature looks, how to manage clients expectations.
- Talking streamline stylized design with Mike Davis.
- How two guys with such different styles enjoy working together.

 

Episode 144 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann & Sean Mort

It's time for another Shop Talk Friday. James Flames is out today and Sean Mort takes his place. The guys go all over the road on this one, expect more entertainment than education. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 144
- Football and Fruitball talks.
- AID at Flatstock 48 at SXSW 2015.
- Continued talk on the feeling fatigued by pop culture prints and superhero themed TV and films.
- The disconnect between Hollywood and average movie goers. 
- Billy’s ridiculous client requested project.
- Jimmy Fallon’s viral hits effecting advertising. 
- Twitter power user @Gasbag_Art.
- Picking on the Brickey’s dog food choices. 
- Worst name ever “Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse”.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Deciding on how to bill a growing client, can you become a “partner” through design?
- Treating every client like it’s a one time working relationship.
- Backend bonuses or being too generous.
- Sean Fires theory on Mitch Putnam, Aaron Horkey and Ken Taylor being the same person.

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Episode 143 - Mitch Putnam February 2015 Poster Review

Mitch Putnam stops by to give us all a monthly update on Mondo, The VACVVUM and PostersAndToys.com. Mark give his top 10 picks of prints posted on OMGposters.com for the month of February, 2015.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 143
- The fatigue of pop culture inspired prints.
- When the corporation is right and the artist is wrong. 
- The bullshit behind Valentines day as a holiday. 
- Mark gives his top 10 prints posted on OMGposters.com
- Mitch has some honorable mentions that didn’t make it to Mark’s list.
* To see the top 10 prints visit Reddit.com and search AdventuresInDesign

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We talk about the Flatstock booths were excited to see.
- Mark talks about the AID booth at Flatstcok 48 during SXSW.
- A friendly debate over the rules of Flatstock, the API and SXSW. Is it time to change the rules to reflect the new era of SXSW as a media festival not a music festival. 

Episode 142 - Sergie Loobkoff “Rock Actor”

Sergie Loobkoff is the guitarist for Samiam, Knapsack and a life long illustrator graphic designer. We talk about not letting yourself fall in love with your talents, so that they’ll never be able to break your heart.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 142
- The age that makes you freak out.
- How MTV changed the landscape of pop culture.
- Going with the flow and hoping it works out well.
- The reality of signing with a major label.
- When the big break, breaks apart.
- Being the guy that’s always a sucker for responsibility. 
- Admiring they guys that have learned to “let go”.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Why punk bands never really materialized with major labels. 
- Old records that should sound like shit. 
- Advice on expectations for musicians and artists. 
- The bond of music versus the looniness of design.
- Meeting the people that enjoy your music, art or podcast.

Episode 141 - Matt Terich “Selling Shovels Not Digging For Gold"

Matt Terich is a UX Director, a backend developer and a sailboat enthusiast. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 141
- Putting in your time to learn the corporate structure.
- Making your first career leap for greener pastures. 
- Dabbling in freelance design and realizing it’s not for you.
- The challenge of interactive and UX design.
- Leaving a company before you think it’s going to shutdown.
- What happens when your company gets bought out by a technology giant.
- Stock options that pay off.
- Taking a pay decrease for a happiness increase.


In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Working at Google.
- Tips on making career moves.
- What to look for in a future employer.
- How to negotiate when applying for a new job.
- Is buying Starbucks supporting local business when living in Seattle?

Episode 140 - Garret Klahn “I've Never Been Good At Anything Else”

Garret Klahn is a singer, song writer, guitar strummer and a world traveler. More than any person I know, he’s truly a free spirit and goes where the wind blows him. Garret’s not about tour support, merch sales or make believe downloads… simply put, he lives for the music he plays.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 140
- Surrendering to the “Compass of Life”
- Feeling free or feeling stuck in life.
- A bad time to get your big break.
- Learning that the impossible is more possible than you think.
- Punk rock success shame. 
- The magic of making music.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Learning to let go.
- Pushing yourself versus working hard. 
- Love is out there.
- Recording songs you know versus writing in the studio.  
- Life experience makes you wealthy.

#adventuresindesign #crafting #design #illustration #podcast #printmaking #circleoftrust #stationary #silkscreen

Episode 139 - David Smith, Miles Tsang, Zeb Love & Derrick Castle “Circle of Trust Volume: II - Young Gunz”

We’re back with second volume of the Circle of Trust. This time we’re joined by some of the young gunz of the COT David Smith, Miles Tsang and Zeb Love. We wrap up the last month of the AID universe, bring up a bunch new topics and get a big revile from all three of the young gunz. One drops a career change, one drops a new policy on commissions and the other tries to bail on a job. All of the drama and so much more is available to members of the Circle of Trust.

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Episode 138 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann & James Flames “More On”

We wrap the final free episode for the month of February with another classic Shop Talk featuring Billy Baumann and James Flames. The last episode in a seven week run has Mark Brickey feeling frisky. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 138
- The downside of having interns. 
- Momo stories and southern accents. 
- Small business gratuity insurance scam.
- Liberating the rainbow in 2025.
- The design of Tesla and speculating on a Apple iCar.
- A Secret Panel update.
- Not enough time in life to fit it all in.
- The evolution of James Flames illustration style. 
- Can you ever get real world work to match the visions in your head.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Your first radio. 
- Dream jobs or your own work?
- Reviewing LinkedIn’s “7 Things Young Designers Do Wrong” article. (Laughter Ensues) 

Episode 137 - Brian Talbert “Violent Gentlemen”

Brian Talbert is a Orange County based apparel designer and 1/3 owner of the very popular company Violent Gentlemen. Violent Gentlemen makes clothing for hockey fans with a mutual love for good looking design. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 137
- Punk Rockers learning to love sports later in life.
- Loving the challenge of commercial art. 
- The happiness of making a brand that you friends can enjoy.
- Applying the punk rock aesthetic to sports. 
- Starting smart with a small investment in creating a large company.
- Being “Inspired By” and existing in a 100% legal space.
- Using hot chicks and tattooed guys as models.  

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- How to go from 2 designs to 150 in 4 years.
- Determining size runs. 
- Committing to new designs.
- Going beyond blanks and getting into cut n sew. 
- Using social media in a smart way to build a interactive fan base. 
- Giving back to your audience.
- Best and worst in sports team designs. 
- Staying true to your niche. 

Episode 136 - Tim Doyle “No Apologies”

Tim Doyle is part businessman part artist. He works under the name Nakatomi, where he publishes his own illustrative work as well as a half dozen other artists. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 136
- Publishing other designers artwork.
- Building infrastructure into your business and using that base to create lateral revenue streams. 
- We ask Tim about the art galleries business model.
- A friendly debate on using intellectual properties without permission. 
- Patent laws and the changing of public domain rules. 
- The repetition of pop culture.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Breaking down others success. 
- The definition of open edition.
- How it feels to be the heel of printmaking. 
- Figuring out your business model. 
- Learning how to run your own business by being a great employee for someone else. 
- How to heal from getting the shit beat out of you online.  

Episode 135 - Brian Ewing reviewing the documentary “Making It”

Brian Ewing is a commercial illustrator based out of Columbus, Ohio. He recently was a featured artist in a documentary titled “Making It” available today on video on demand. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 135
- More Star Wars talk.
- We talk about themes and background stories of the documentary “Making It”.
- Not compromising to make money.
- College doesn’t mean you’re “Buying A Career”.
- Realizing you are a professional artist.
- Reverse discrimination. 
- Criticism online, when to type your heart out. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Brian and Mark have a “poor off” and bond about their brokest times. 
- The ladies in their lives that didn’t have their backs because they were broke. 

Episode 134 - Beth Manos Brickey AKA Tasty Yummies “Lover’s Week Volume: V”

Beth Manos Brickey is co-owner of Hero Handmade Goods. She is a fully trained yoga teacher and is food famous through her popular recipe blog Tasty-Yummies.com. She also happens to be Mark’s wife, but will tell you that’s the least of her accomplishments. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 134
- We briefly recap Billy’s trip to Disneyland and explain Monday’s cover image of Billy on Radiator Springs Racers. 
- Would you ever slap a stranger’s kid?
- Beth talks about returning from lunch and leaving her corporate design job. 10+ years later she never went back.
- The resentment of living two different lives from your partner in life. 
- Sunday night dread and hating Mondays.
- How California brought out the best in Beth.
- Creating a passion project. 
- How to monetize a blog.
- The warmest fart of all time. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Finding a way to connect the Tasty Yummies fan base to the Hero product line.
- The promotion community in blogging.  
- Poster d ensign becoming more illustration based.
- Yoga queefs.

Episode 133 - Allison and Craig of strawberryluna  “Lover’s Week: Volume IV”

Allison Glancey and Craig Seder are a husband and wife design and printmaking team that works under the name strawberryluna. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 133
- Craig announces his huge career move since last time on the show.
- Working together but creating a healthy separation.
- The benefits of taking time off.
- Strawberryluna’s reentry to doing shows and getting back to the grind.
- Avoiding the long print days.
- How craft fairs and markets have changed over the last 10 years.
- The traps of web design.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- When you pass your mentors. 
- How to learn more about your trade when you’re one of the elder statesmen. 
- The decision to buy a home. 
- The balance of a 2 income family. 
- 1099s
- Having your art space at home.
- Learning from friends.

Episode 132 - Biddy & Sonny of We Buy Your Kids “Lover’s Week: Volume III”

Biddy & Sonny are a husband and wife illustration & design team working under the name We Buy Your Kids, located in Sydney, Australia. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 132
- We Buy Your Kids shares with us the major benefits of having a design agent.
- Learning the art of saying no.
- Sonny & Biddy share with us their unique way of working together and passing the files back n fourth. 
- The benefits of having a office.
- Working as a team and not painting your partner into a corner.
- The 3 tiers of a art career.
- Enjoying the challenge of a commercial art career.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We talk about the pregnant pauses of telling people your business name is We Buy Your Kids.
- Ministry of Grim is a over stylized blog that WBYK created to separate corporate work from their more flashy work. We discuss sub branding your career.
- WBYK have created several videos. We talk about the world of film editing.
- Being more Rock N Roll than your Rock N Roll clients.
- Realizing where your efforts should be spent with your business. (The Road Block, Building Block Theory)
- The power of saying NO!
- Dream projects. Meeting your heroes & their American wedding story.

Episode 131 - Cricket Press “Lovers Week: Volume II”

The pride of Lexington, Kentucky, Cricket Press’s Sara & Brian Turner stop by  for volume II of Lovers Week.  

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 131
• Investing in your home market. 
• Using gig posters to recruit better paying jobs. 
• A healthy division of labor between married business partners.
• Buying a equipment to expand your services.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We break down Cricket Press’s perfect way to work with new clients. 
• The major benefits on creating in-house releases. 
• Using social media as a way to connect as quickly as possible with your audience. 

Episode 130 - Anne Benjamin & Billy Baumann “Lovers Week: Volume I”

Anne Benjamin and Billy Baumann are both illustrators, designers and partners in marriage. Anne is a freelancer and Billy co-owns Delicious Design League a boutique level design studio.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 130
• Couples collaborating together. 
• Having two different working schedules. 
• The stress planning a wedding puts on a freelancer. 
• Benefits of having your partner in life understanding your career love.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
A true Circle of Trust where Anne & Billy just give plenty of funny personal stories. 

Episode 129 - Billy Baumann “The Making of Billy"

We call an audible and decide to scrap Shop Talk and instead interview Billy Baumann. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 129
• Being an outsider and learning to be an artist with all of your free social time.
• How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way.
• Being a Target Guy and NOT a Walmart Guy.
• Getting first jobs.
• Getting your foot in the door of life.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
According To Billy
• When he knew it was time to make the jump into working for Delicious Design League
• When to get a studio space.
• When to hire your first employee.
• How to decide upon payment between you and your business partner.
• Creating your network of social net worth.
• Getting to the point to earn high profile passion projects. 

Episode 128 - Mitch Putnam January 2015 Poster Review

Mitch Putnam is the founder of OMGposters.com and stops by to review January 2015 in posters. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 128
• We get an update on why The VACVVM has been so quiet in 2015.
• How in printmaking  people that do the same thing you do may have a completely different customer base. 
• Mitch tells a story about collectors jumping on a poster release sight unseen for the movie Aliens.
• What have we learned from seasoned veterans that have shown us all signature styles for the last decade plus, but continued to grow successful careers. 
• Mark gives his favorite 10 posters featured on OMGposters.com for the month of January.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Mitch gives his opinion on when artists should and should not get involved with private poster commission groups. 
• Young designers pissing off the big companies and possibly hurting their longterm growth.
• We break down actor likeness rights and how effects making intellectual property projects.

Episode 127 - Nicole Stevenson “Greetings From Craftcation”

Nicole Stevenson is cofounder of Craftcation a 4 conference for makers and creative people looking to start a business or better their current endeavor. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 127
• Understanding how to determine pricing for your product line. 
• Establishing your wholesale cost before producing a product. 
• Marketing is something you can’t afford to skip out on. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• How to properly apply to a craft show to make sure you get accepted. 
• Things that can make your booth and sales better.

Episode 126 - Biggie “The juice is worth the squeeze”

Biggie is the manager of many popular loud rock bands such as Terrier, Every Time I Die and Circa Survive. He is also co-owner of Good Fight Entertainment a music management company steering the careers of over 40+ notable bands.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 126
• Making great decisions when you’re young and how those decisions can change your life. 
• Learning the world of rock n roll on the road.
• How good managers earn their keep and pay for themselves in the long run.
• Delegating what you’re not good at to others. 
• Working on percentages, owning some of the action and sharing the action is key to good work relationships. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Biggie shares his tips on productivity. Which includes no text messages on his phone and a empty inbox in mail.
• Being honest while negotiating and creating long term partnerships. 
• Why there is little to no money in merchandise design.
• How to realize your means and how to live within them. 
• Happy wife, happy life. Picking a great partner in life is one of the fist steps to success. 

Episode 125 - Circle of Trust with Mark Brickey, Derrick Castle, Colin Frangicetto, Justin Kamerer & Todd Slater

Mark gathers up 4 design “celebrities” that are members of the Circle of Trust to talk about all things AID and to review highlights from the last month of shows.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 125
• We revisit the Jeral Tidwell concept of Skill versus Craft from AID-106.
• Colin shares with us his method of fulfilling orders from hotels while on the road with Circa Survive.
• Thoughts on the Anne Benjamin interview on AID-116, hearing from the “Artist’s Artist” perspective.
• Colin talks about playing benefit shows and how great gestures can leave a horrible taste in your mouth at times. 
• Talking about keeping your chin up when the chips are down.
• We talk about podcasting in general, what we think makes for a great host. 
• Mark shares the daily workflow of making the show.
• Using the show to rally the troops in effort to create better practices for the community that AID represents.