This morning is our favorite morning. Because a few days ago we found James Victore, and today, he wrote back to us. We always love a little give and take, and his take, kids, is funny. Which is pretty up there, for us at least, with “able to draw” and “makes cool stuff.” His clients include Moet & Chandon, the New York Times, MTV, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
James talked to us about getting kicked out of the SVA (where he now teaches, suckas!), how he sees the graphic design field as pinata, and the relative behaviors of cream and poop. We quote.
UnBeige: My google-stalking shows that you’re self-taught. How did it even occur to you to get involved with graphic design? And how exactly did you teach yourself?
James Victore: I am self taught by default. I failed out of college and then after moving to NYC was asked to leave the School of Visual Arts. They were both right — I was a miserable student. But I was curious and knew what I wanted. So I started looking around and, like a five-year-old, started asking, “why?” all the time.
So basically I learned design the same way I learned to swear. I picked it up on the street.
UB: A lot of your stuff is eye-catchingly controversial, both in subject and form. (The racism and the death penalty poster comes to mind) How do you make sure you don’t veer too far into salaciousness or shock value?
JV: I don’t believe in shock value. But I do believe in the truth. My choice of imagery always stems from an attempt to find some truth within the subject matter.