Thinking. Making art is really about thinking. You have to think while you do it. It should make people think when they view it as well.
Craft. Art is supposed to be the pinnacle of craft.An artist needs to be a master of his craft. That is, after all, the definition of an artist. Too often these days poor craft is applauded as being "arty."
Music. I'm a child of the Punk revolution. The idea that things don't need to be machine-made by giant corporations but can be homemade and show the hand of the artist changed the way I saw everything. It doesn't have to be glitz and mass market to be good. It has to be honest.
Pop culture. It's ludicrous to me that so much idiocy is idolized these days. Paris Hilton? C'mon. Reality TV? C'mon. Sleeping pill ads that tell you not to drive while taking them? It all weaves a sad, funny tapestry that makes artistic commentary a walk in the park.
Humor. Ultimately, I want my art to make you grin. America has become a humorless place where everyone is ready to sue everyone else for the slightest impropriety. If we can't laugh at ourselves we are in dire straits -- or at least Elvis Costello.
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