Recently, while discussing life/livelihood integration with a friend, I declared my three contemporary role models as astrologer Mystic Medusa, punk legend Ian Mackaye and artist/hustler David Choe. That last one, Choe, took some explaining. He’s your mother’s worst nightmare: sex addiction, gambling, jail time, prolific graffiti. He is exuberantly crude, wild and unfettered. But what makes Choe inspiring is that he does what he wants and he was doing it long before he made his mills. Life and livelihood are one continuum: He travels extensively, creates gorgeous art (like the horse pieces bookending this post) and has an unwavering commitment to personal freedom. If you have ever talked yourself out of some crazy awesome idea because that’s not how life works then you need to check every link below and pick up the Choe documentary Dirty Hands.
Choe + Anthony Bourdain. Choe rocks a red satin suit to Sizzler’s for meatball tacos then visits his awesome family for a Korean-Mexican dinner.