Eliminating the desk and lamp would not appear to create space for the recliner. Eliminating them and the brown club chair? Perhaps.
What did the mural queen think about Alex Sanchez’s mural?
I actually thought Alex’s mural was great. I thought it was probably better than Casey’s.
Do you want to talk about some of the stuff that Emily’s said about you?
No, I don’t want to. That’s on her. That’s a reflection of her character and her personality. Not me.
Do you think you have an oversized ego?
No, I think that I am a very talented person. I’m very confident. I’ve been working in the field for twelve years professionally. Ego is something you don’t give yourself—it’s given to you. I’ve been praised for doing really, really well. Do I come off as maybe aggressive or as being egotistical? Yeah, maybe I do. I’m very used to speaking. I’m a good speaker. I’m used to being a project manager. I’m used to having people listen to me. The way that you get people to listen to you is you have to have a kind of authoritative attitude. If we were hanging out and we were friends, this is not the way that I speak to my friends and family. It’s one facet of my personality.
What is The Nina Show and what network would it appear on?
I don’t know. I haven’t looked into that yet.
You said that you were “on The Nina Show.” Tell me about that…why would you say that?
We’re five episodes into the show and every blogger—whether it’s positive things or negative things—people just can’t stop talking about Nina. You may look at that as a negative, but I look at it as a positive. Out of twelve people, I’m the person that everyone remembers. I’m the person that everybody is talking about. I’m getting the most recognition when I’m walking outside. People know who I am. I would think that in some way, shape or form, that’s a success. It’s something to be noticeable.
So you believe that any publicity is good publicity?
Listen, when you get into this industry, you have to believe that. If I read those comments, I mean, some people are writing really horrible, horrible things. As a blogger, I don’t know, when you read other people’s blogs, maybe it’s funny. When you write things about people and you say, “this person’s this or this person’s that”—I wasn’t raised that way. I don’t think that’s funny. I don’t think it’s cute to spend your time sitting behind the computer writing nasty things about people. It’s not nice. I don’t do it, I made that one comment in defense, but you know what? I had enough. That’s not a nice way to be. I may come off as being arrogant or egotistical about my work, but when you write about people in such a nasty light again and again and spend all your days writing nasty things about people, it says a lot about your character—about where you are and where you come from and your insecurities. (And some people display their insecurities by using manipulation to get ahead instead of succeeding based on merit.)
Who do you think is the strongest contender and who do you think is going to win?
I won’t say anything about that because I don’t want to give anything away. People should just continue to watch the show and see for themselves.
What’s up with the dead deer photoshoot?
A friend of mine, Thomas Bugarin, is a wonderful photographer. We went to Pratt together. He has been wanting to photograph me for a while. We photographed in his studio and he actually did a photoshoot for a friend of his who has a taxidermy business and it happened to be hanging on the wall and he said, “Would you like to take a photograph with it?” and it was just a creative thing. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to art school or whatever, but it’s about creativity. Art is meant to evoke emotion, it’s meant to be shocking, It’s meant to make you feel something. Obviously, that photograph was a success, so good for Thomas.
Do you like to stir the pot?
Oh, absolutely. One-hundred percent.
For the record, I am pleased as punch to say nice things while sitting behind my computer, provided there are nice things to comment upon, wrongs to right…that sort of thing. I am a design practioner and enthusiast, and bullsh*t caller-out-er. If you fall within the boundaries of bullsh*t in the design world, I’m liable to write about it. Don’t act like all publicity is good publicity and stoke the fires of arrogance and ego without backing it up with onscreen proof of your talents/abilities and then act like we bloggers are the ones to blame for your hurt feelings. A little preemptive damage control would’ve been prudent. If you hadn’t acted “nasty” on national television, no one would have anything “nasty” to say about you.