Name: Massimo Mongiardo
Profession: NYC based artist and illustrator, with work ranging from murals to children’s books.
1. What stirs your passion?
Seeing art and then seeing things in real life that I’d like to make into art. Like, “I like that truck, that could be a cool drawing”. A lot of times I’ll like the way something looks, paint or draw it the way it is, and a deeper concept reveals itself as I work.
2. What has shaken your faith?
Won’t go into too much detail but close friends falling victim to bad habits shook me up pretty bad the past few. In the end though, it’s given me a lot of life perspective which I think has made me a more sensitive person. Everyone makes mistakes and a lot of the time if there’s an issue there’s a root cause that has nothing to do with ill intentions.
3. Who (dead or alive) would you like to have a martini with?
Prince. Might be awkward but I think he takes the cake. Or Shigeru Miyamoto. And the also Jean “Moebius” Giraud
4. What’s your poison? (The trait you most deplore in yourself?)
Impatience and indecisiveness!
5. What do you see as the ultimate buzzkill?
Ugh, I think in 2019 it’s gotta be climate change and politics. Both scare me in a real way.
6. How do you want to be remembered when the glasses are raised?
I want people to be honest!
7. What’s your happy place?
Abraco Espresso in NYC
8. What is your signature drink? (We’d love to know what you like to drink, but what we REALLY want to know is what is your favorite expression or motto?)
There was a day a few years back when my studio mate and I took, mezcal, lime juice, san pellegrino grapefruit soda, and a dash of san pellegrino chinotto, stirred it on ice and it was delicious. We drank them out of these little panda cups that were used sake containers. They had pandas all over them. We mixed the drink in a Chemex Coffee pot so we can call the drink Chemex Panda.
Some of the phrases we’d throw around the studio were “Think Boring” (as in don’t over think!) “Let Go” (don’t cling to things that hold you back) and “Why Do Anything?” (meaning before you do something, give yourself some good reason behind it, or better yet, why would you do nothing??).
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