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Episode 192 - Shop Talk “Spawn of Billy” 

Congratulations to Billy Baumann & his wife Anne Benjamin who just announced that the “Spawn of Billy” has been created. Mark & James are two of the most considerate fiends ta guy could ever have and spend over thirty minutes stressing Billy out before they decide to start a baby shower company titled “When It Rains It Pours Baby Showers”. Billy has other growing pains too, Delicious is contemplating moving into a space that’s twice as big and 4.5 times as expensive as their current studio. James offers calculated advice and while Mark demands they shit or get off of the pot and move as fast as they can. 

In The Circle of Trust (paid content)
Mark and Billy can’t say enough good things about Mad Max, in fact Billy says too much and the Billy Buzzer shows up. Mark opens up listener mail on air and asks James about the process of drawing perfect trees and other illustrated vegetation. 

Episode 191 - Sean Leonard of Cotton Candy Machine Part II

Sean Leonard is the director and co-owner of Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine. Recently after his last appearance on the show he initiated a one man fundraising attempt for his gallery. We asked him to come back on explain what’s going on with the gallery and explain it’s financial woes. Sean speaks openly about getting priced out of his Williamsburg neighborhood, letting down the facade of success on social media and speculates on the future shape of his business. In the Circle of Trust bonus content we talk about how professional stress can effect personal stress when your business partner if also your significant other, realizing your companies financial problems and making plans to react accordingly.

Episode 190- Two For Tuesday with Victoria Goldsmith & Caroline Beavon.
With Miles To Go Clothing and Connie of Print Mafia.

On Two For Tuesday we have two members of the Circle of Trust give us a basic breakdown on their business and ask questions based on their current biggest problem. Host Mark Brickey tries to talk them through to answers for the career problems. In the bonus content we bring in another professional to review their questions and the advice they we’re given. 

Case 01 - Victoria Goldsmith of
Victoria is fresh out of school and applying for jobs like crazy, but is consistently hitting brick walls. Mark helps her visualize how to take back the control of her career and to stop feeling defeated.

Case 02 - Caroline Beavon of
Caroline is self taught and very driven. Mark helps her carve out space to get better and better on her clients dime and learn her way to good design one small step, one project at a time.

In The Circle of Trust

Case 01 Review with Greg of Miles To Go Clothing
Greg offers Victoria some insight on getting started on truing her design into a brand. Greg also takes Mark up on suggestion has a Two For Tuesday surprise.

Case 02 Review with Connie Collingsworth of Print Mafia
Connie is a big fan of Caroline and praises her hard work and great attitude. Connie also gives Caroline some tips on learning on the job and some tips on bettering her body of work.

Episode 189 - Mad Men Series Review with Connie Collingsworth of Print Mafia

On a very special late night recording session Mark and his TV Wife Connie Collingsworth of Print Mafia wrap up and review the complete Mad Men series. SPOILERS are everywhere, so please listen responsibly. This show covers why Mad Men was such an important influence on our careers and the inspiration this fictional cast of characters gave us.

If Mad Men isn’t your thing never fear, the Circle of Trust content is 100% design related, where we review some recent topics on the show.

Episode 188 - Shop Talk With Mark, Billy & James

The boys are all back together to wind down the work week. Billy explains the art of the big pitch and breaks down what a deck is, James talks about being focused on the long term career goals and not getting tempted by the quick buck, while Mark brings up two words he never wants to hear from clients. It’s been a busy week so in the Circle of Trust, as a special members only release, Mark shares a 17:00 minute phone call from 2003. Trust us, when we say that applying for a credit card has never been so fun. Things are gonna get edgy, funky and pop on today’s Shop Talk! 

Episode 187 - Employee of The Month David Defeo

Meet David Defeo the first ever Adventures In Design hired employee. He’s part of the team and it’s probably a good idea that you get to know him.

Talking Points In This Episode
- Not allowing yourself to see limits on the people you can meet and opportunities that you can create.
- Understanding how to get your foot in the door and creating your own space.
- Trying to understand why full-time employees take on more of the same with their freelance time?
- Getting to know David Defeo the newest edition to TEAM Adventures In Design!

In The Circle of Trust
- Mark & David talk about the past, present and future of the podcast. What it means to them, what means to others and where they hope to take project.

Episode 186 - April 2015 Top 10 Posters with Mitch Putnam of

Monthly Mitch Putnam from stops by the show to give an update on Mondo and The VACVVM. Mark picks his top 10 posters from the month of April.

In The Circle of Trust
- Mark & Mitch share their accounting systems and talk about cash flow management.
- Mitch gives designers the top 3 skills that Mondo looks for when picking new artists to work with.
- Mitch also lets us know the number 1 problem new designers make when given a new job.
- Advice on getting involved and starting an art fulfillment business.
- The biggest thing each guy has learned in the first 6 months of their new projects The VACVVM and Adventures In Design as a daily podcast.

Episode 185 - Two For Tuesday with Buffalo Made Co. and Tanner Johnston. With Nate Duval and Dan Stiles.

This week on Two For Tuesday Rob Hopkins of Buffalo Made Co. tries to figure out how to get more time to work on his own brand in his freelance hours and Tanner Johnston has 5 months before he loses his current job and debates his next possible steps, in or out of design. 

Case 01 - Rob Hopkins of Buffalo Made Co.
Managing your freelance hours to make more time to create for yourself.
Setting higher freelance rates to better use your design time.
Remembering the art of negation exist even at your day job.

Case 02 - Tanner Johnston
Taking time away from design or fighting for your career. 
Evaluating if this profession is really the right one for you.

In The Circle of Trust

Case 01 Review with Nate Duval
Focus on what comes easy and realize that your day dreams may not be for you.
Not having a backup plan and doing what comes natural to you.

Case 02 Review with Dan Stiles
Don’t make excuses, create a plan of attack and make shit happen.
Production work is valued position in the world of design.


Episode 184 - “Hold On” Mort & Brickey

Favorite regular Sean Mort stops by to try and cheer up Brickley who is having a bad mood day.

Talking Points of AID 184
- Mark is in a bad mood and complains about his schedule for May.
- Work ethic, always be the best until your the worst.
- Pulling a Don Draper when Dick Whitman is done trying.
- Working construction and other shit jobs.
- Sean & Mark talk about the possibility of the Freedom Tour this fall.
- What amount of money do you expect to make per day at shows.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Sean talks about possibly expanding his printing setup.
- Taking inspiration from other designers, what’s the best practice in making others aware that you want to try a similar concept.
- Mark gives out a business model.
- When others take your advice in the wrong way.

Episode 183 - Happy Mother’s Day Barbara Ghrist with Andrew Ghrist, James Flames & Sean Mort.

A very special Mother’s Day Episode interviewing the most supportive mother to Adventures In Design Barbara Ghrist, Circle of Trust member and mother of the very talented Andrew Ghrist.

Talking Points of AID 183
- Spotting artistic talent in your child at a very early age.
- The decision and investment in sending your kid to art school.
- It’s OK to admit that you have been given an advantage in life.
- Being inspired and learning from your adult children.
- Finding your own voice when starting out in the art world.
- How youth affords you the luxury being broke.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Fake election day in the UK.
- Sean’s BIG announcement!
- We talk about Sean’s daily art series on social media and how important line weight really is.
- Praising Aaron Sechrist @OKpants and his No Justice No Peace pop culture print done correctly.
- Bad gallery deals and bad attitudes

Episode 182 - Shop Talk with DKNG Studios

A bonus Shop Talk on Thursday where we talk with DKNG Studios about negotiating, growing your business and surviving the “Blizzard of Cocks”.

Talking Points of AID 182
- Turning talent into leverage and using it as a power in negotiating.
- Adding employees or staying small.
- Staying in the sweet spot of profitability.
- The blizzard of cocks.
- First steps being the hardest, it’s more stressful to worry about $300 than $30,000.
- Evaluating live vending shows and figuring out are they worth the hassle.
- The work flow of high end freelance work for big agencies.
- Contract scripts. Keeping your clients following your work flow and keeping them responsible for time management and too many revisions. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Mark talks about the May programming of the show.
- How much is enough to show your clients in the first rounds.
- A case study on DKNG growing past the two partners. Using real math to breakdown the actual cost and potential gain of growing your business. The math that sadly many people don’t do before making a big leap toward growth.

Episode 181 - Jeral Tidwell “The Devil Is In The Details”

Jeral Tidwell is back for his 5th AID appearance and 3rd solo episode. The first time he taught us all the art of affordable copyright. The second time we all debated skill versus craft and Jeral made us all look at what we were doing differently. Today Jeral talks about letting go of money and saying hello to happiness. This is a episode for anyone that needs a little push to take the jump into changing their life for creative happiness. Find out more about Jeral at

Talking Points of AID 181
- We learn about a skateboard art show that Jeral created by chance and that has turned into big project with many moving parts.
- Mark talks about being a camp art counselor.
- Illustrating from the heart and forgetting the camera’s view.
- The childhood sparkle that allows you to see the magic in the world.
- Letting your inner 4 year old guide you in life.
- Pretending Mickey Mouse is real for the happiness of the kids around him.
- Character as an asset. 
- Learning to let go and following your passion.
- You don’t have to ANYTHING that you don’t want to do! You volunteer to do everything that you hate.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The Math Behind The Man (How does Jeral Tidwell make a living?)
- Jeral’s decision to NOT let money guide his career, happiness and life.
- Picking Passion projects that grow your business.
- Treating clients like clients not like bosses. 

Episode 180- Two For Tuesday with Matt Saunders & Corey Thomas.
With Derrick Castle and Jeral Tidwell.

On Two For Tuesday we have two members of the Circle of Trust give us a basic breakdown on their business and ask questions based on their current biggest problem. Host Mark Brickey tries to talk them through to answers for the career problems. In the bonus content we bring in another professional to review their questions and the advice they we’re given. 

Case 01 - Matt Saunders of
Matt Saunders has been hitting hard for 5 years and wants to know if he should edit up his portfolio, design looks and services. We talk about how these changes could help Matt get to the next level of his career and help him start to see some finical and personal growth. 

Case 02 - Corey Thomas of
Corey Thomas is a full time merchandise designer for Warner Music Group but want’s to get his freelance work and personal design to a better level while keeping up the high volume demands of the music industry. Mark gives him tough love about slowing it down to build from a better foundation.

In The Circle of Trust

Case 01 Review with Derrick Castle
Derrick points out stronger pieces in Matt Saunders body of work that he believes Matt should focus on to reach new levels in his career.

Case 02 Review with Jeral Tidwell
Corey Thomas gets more tough love from Jeral Tidwell who let’s Corey know that he’s closer than he thinks to his  current goals, but also thinks that maybe he should set new career aspirations. 

Episode 179 -  Derrick Castle “Straw Castle”

Mark’s favorite guest Derrick Castle joins us for another episode of the Duke Boys of Design. Wakeup Uncle Jesse and get Daisy to put some slacks on because it’s another hour of redneck radio.

Talking Points of AID 179
- Miss steps with first and early shows and making the best with what you’re given.
- What we would you do if you found a suitcase full of cash.
- Derrick’s wife Jennifer has joined Straw Castle and Mark has hired an assistant. First steps on expanding your team and setting yourself up for a return on investment.
- Fear of failure, feeling sorry for yourself and not allowing yourself to ever accept losing.
- Learning from your parents and realizing your parents we’re just confused kids and didn’t have it all figured out.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The honestly of Adventures In Design guests.
- Some insight and background to the Jim Phillips interview. 
- Derrick’s insight and opinions on last week’s “Two For Tuesday” episode.
- Mark hating when nature bothers his lifestyle.

Episode 178 -  Shop Talk Friday sponsored by Blue Pole

Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James Flames are back to wrap up the week that was with a filthy Shop Talk. Fast forward to about 40 minutes in for anything close to design talk. You were warned!

Talking Points of AID 178
- Michael John Houghton’s the Robin Hood of 99 Designs.
- Confessions of illustrating your own porn as kid.
- Mark’s blue pole.
- The porn effect on the internet generation.
- Everybody Gets Told To Fuck Off.
- Cosplay Is Not Consent.
- Billy reviews C2E2.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- James ask Mark and Billy advice on redoing his website.
- Mark talks a lot abut his love of using Squarespace.
- Billy and James are hit up to become future AID Mentors on Two For Tuesday.

Episode 177 -  Sean Leonard “Cotton Candy Machine”

Sean Leonard is the director and co-owner of Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine. On today’s episode he gives a ton of insight into successfully running a art gallery, tips on how artists can expand their product range and insight on what he looks for when finding fine folks to display at Cotton Candy Machine.

Talking Points of AID 177
- The collaboration with artists to create a great show.
- Early steps and stages in turning a studio space into a gallery space.
- Helping artists pick proper price points for gallery shows.
- Celebrating the success of his partner  Tara McPherson’s career.
- The customer care culture of Cotton Candy Machine.
- The difference in one man, 2-4 man or group art shows and who’s ready for what.
- Value of your friends and network.
- Getting the best out of your artists. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Combining boutique retail sales with fine art sales.
- Not focusing directly on money to build a career but your passion and momentum.
- Original art, prints, merchandise making your career and collectors happy.
- Loving your business partner.

Episode 176 -  Brian Steely “Served With Soul”

Brian Steely has had the same agency job for over 18 years and just recently came into his own with his amazing mono line illustration style. Hear how he’s enjoying his new found freelance fame and adjusting to late nights at the trackpad.

Talking Points of AID 176
- Finding the perfect freelance and family balance.
- Mark and Brian have been working in the industry for the same amount of time. Mark is amazed at what life would have been like behind door number 2 and can’t ask Brian enough questions about the different life path.
- Creating his new mono line style has created a new passion for his career.
- The art of simplified design.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Brian shares his design process step by step and gives us his own personal style guide.
- How to make warm type.
- Finding peace with the day job and treating your freelance career differently. 

Episode 175 - Two For Tuesday with Bearface Design & Jetpacks And Rollerskates. 
With Sean Mort and Dan Kuhlken of DKNG Studios.

On Two For Tuesday we have two members of the Circle of Trust give us a basic breakdown on their business and ask questions based on their current biggest problem. Host Mark Brickey tries to talk them through to answers for the career problems. In the bonus content we bring in another professional to review their questions and the advice they we’re given. 

Case 01 - Jon Johnson of Bearface Design.
Finding more time to make your own products and designs.
Creating a system to manage your inventory.

Case 02 - Blake Stevenson of Jetpacks and Rollerskates
Blake is happy at full time day job but is curious on how to get his passion project more well known.
He’s also curious about how to get better network of designers hanging out in his neck of the woods.

In The Circle of Trust

Case 01 Review with Sean Mort
Finding inspiration to make excuses to make work happen and not to say no.
Getting ahead of the curve and committing to a personal work schedule.

Case 02 Review with Dan Kuhlken of DKNG Studios
Dan questions whether or not a guy who loves his day job is truly ready for the struggle of getting great and well known.

Episode 174 -  Weapons of Mass Creation 6 with Aaron Sechrist, Heather Sakai and Bryan Garvin

WMC Fest 6 emcee Aaron Sechrist of OK Pants joins talks about hosting this years festival and Heather and Bryan from Clevleand’s Go Media discuss their decision to keep the festival alive, bigger and better than before.

Talking Points of AID 174
- The process of public speaking and emceeing a live event.
- The decision to keep Weapons of Mass Creation alive for it’s 6th year.
- Big changes in this years festival.
- Focusing on what you’re known for and being the best at what you do.
- Learning about the new and improved home of WMC Fest.
- New attractions added to WMC Fest 6.
- The return of Ink Wars.
- Adventures In Design Live On Stage at WMC Fest 6.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Creating a business within your business. Managing large scale projects without bankrupting the parent company.
- Keeping a balance between day to day projects but still finding time to work on large scale productions.
- We breakdown the math of WMC Fest and talk about what it takes to make a event profitable. 
- The contagious excitement of Aaron Sechrist and his work.
- Using a beard to hide your double chins.

Episode 173 - Shop Talk with Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James Flames

It’s Friday. TGIF hashtag kill your boss, bang on the drum.

Talking Points of AID 173
- Can your studio go digital and sell digital design tools?
- Mark announces soon being the official voice of Jakprints phone system.
- How Design conference talk. Who’s it for and why are they going?
- What makes for a great or bad design speaker.
- The first Adventures In Design employee is announced.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Making a big decision about the summer craft shows.
- Debating future steps with Adventures In Design and trying to guess growth and expansion.
- A honest look at maximizing my own earning potential with Adventures In Design.
- The dream destination of where this project could go.
- A look at success and is it possible to make day dreams come true.
- The growth of Delicious Design League and the growing pains.
- Making a growth plan and getting over the lack of resources to make a big move happen.


Episode 172 - David Stowe Vannen Watches

Watch designer David Stowe of Vannen Watches talks about his inspirational moment of changing his life and starting his business. 

Talking Points of AID 172
- The magic of Swatch Watch in 1980s.
- Designing every piece of the watch to create an overall product experience.
- Selling IP products versus selling original art pieces.
- Working with Descendents.
- The balance of working with big name properties and trying to make great products.
- Keeping a balanced release schedule to use big releases to fund introduction pieces.
- The commute from work that changed David’s life, when he decided to spend the next year planning his escape into entrepreneurship.
- Making excuses to not try.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The cash flow of production
- Investing time into figuring out your product design and production.
- Creating a production relationship with your manufacturer.
- Thoughts on unlicensed work, when you’re paying licensing fees.
- Working with limited edition product lines.
- The behind the scenes story of his official Breaking Bad watch release.


Episode 171 - Tad Carpenter “Working Hard”

Illustrator Tad Carpenter talks about working hard and making his own luck in life.

Talking Points of AID 171
- Email management and frustrations.
- Working fast, moving fast.
- Our early days of coming out of the lost years.
- Tad talks about his father’s career as in illustrator and how much things have changed but stayed the same.
- Sharing the same career path as pops, the ups and downs.
- Working with your spouse.
- Identifying change and knowing when to make the big moves.
- Do the dream clients bring the dream paydays???
- Being addicted to good design, in all aspects of your life.
- Keeping social media under control. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- How Tad built equally great social media accounts.
- Living within a signature style and how to evolve while still protecting your brand.
- Using your internal work to land you the bigs.
- Making big moves

Episode 170 - DKNG Studios, The BLKSMITH, Lil Tuffy LIVE from CMND SHIFT at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California 

Live from the CMND SHIFT design conference we’re joined by designer Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios, typographer David Smith The BLKSMITH and gig poster designer Lil Tuffy.

Episode 169 - Chris Parks & Monster of Pale Horse Design.
“Become Yourself”

Illustrator Chris Parks aka Pale Horse along with his friend Monster stop by to talk about Pale Horse Lucha, an impressive art experience they’ll be hosting on Cinco De Mayo this year in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Talking Points of AID 169
- What happens when you decide to dream up something impossible and then try to make it possible.
- Creating an art experience where no one can tell where the art begins and ends.
- How Chris and Monster created 4 new Lucha Libre characters and materialized them for their show.
- Going to Mexico and researching their subject matter through the eyes of famous wrestling families.
- Recruiting others to get excited about your project and take on a piece that they were passionate about.
- Creating inspiration to make big things happen.
- Keep moving, keep creating and not allowing yourself to worry about process.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Not allowing your self to be compromised. 
- The concept of creating Spiritual Warriors.
- Working with others and allowing them to craft your visions.
- Become Yourself.

Episode 168 - Shop Talk with Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann & James Flames

Talking Points of AID 168
- The origin story of Saul Rosenberg Studios.
- We create a new show available through Adventures In Design the NDACAST.
- Share our guitar setups.
- Riding your success, but keeping an eye on the future and changes in your industry.
- We talk about what wholesale means to our businesses. 
- A final review of the Mike King episode and what we learned from his brave episode.
- How outside elements can always rise and ruin your career. 
- Billy & James gush over Dare Devil.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- A final review of Sean Mort’s run in with street artist Space Invader.
- Bill Cosby.
- Billy feels scorned by a failed business deal through friends.
- James shares his romantic trip to New Orleans with Nate Duval.

Episode 167 - Summer Movie Game with DKNG Studios and Sean Mort

Dank Kuhlken of DKNG Studios and Sean Mort stop by to each wager $300 on the Summer Movie Game.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Sean Mort’s ruin in with street artist Sapce Invader invading Sean’s creative space.
- Monster booth design did DKNG and Hero over do it? Is Sean Mort doing it right?
- Everybody talks about how they love using SqaureSpace to create our websites.
- We review the Mike King interview and talk about avoiding his situation.


Episode 166 - Print Mafia “Cut Paste Destroy”

Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison have been doing Print Mafia since 1997. In their nearly 20 year run they have seen the glory pay days of gig posters and the complete crash. Even though rock n roll will always be there first love they are making some moves to change up their game and get back to the good old days. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 166
- The more things change the more they stay the same when running your business for 18 years.
- Creating art and prints without a computer.
- Being different, not cool and totally happy about it.
- Breaking your back for printmaking.
- The invention of Shirt Club a new weekly offering from Print Mafia.
- Birthing a large scale internal project,

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Digital distribution for analog art.
- Scheduling internal projects for success.

Episode 165 - Mike King “Crash America”

Mike King has been making posters for over 35 years and working for himself for over 25. This summer he’s retiring from posters and entrepreneurship… AND taking a job. Leaving his roots in Portland and setting up a new life in NYC. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 150
- The many degrees of failure.
- Shrinking music design budgets, where’s has that zero gone?
- When the American dream feels like American bullshit.
- What makes the seasoned professional more appealing than talented kids straight from art school.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We speculate on the future of Mike King’s career and talk about what he’s most looking forward to and what he’ll never miss doing again. Why in the end your philosophy on design is your strongest attribute. Being in love with design, regardless how many times it’s breaks your heart.

Episode 164 - Greg Kerr “Miles To Go”

Greg Kerr owns and operates Miles To Go clothing. From art direction, printing and even order fulfillment Greg handles it all. Recently with a improved focus on wholesale, his company jumped from just 3 accounts to over a 100. Greg is a straight shooter and shares with us all of new success and old failures. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
Wholesaling tips and working with wholesale reps.

Episode 163 - Shop Talk with Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James Flames

We recap our break away from the Friday show, talk Mexico and play Mitch Madness where we bracket out the 16 best poster designers and finally decide who’s the best.

In the Circle of Trust Mark interviews Billy about the growth and future of Delicious Design League. Billy gives a honest realistic view of how growing a business beyond just you and your partner.


Episode 162 - Mitch Putnam March Poster Review

Mitch Putnam from visits us and we review the month of March in printmaking. 

In the Circle of Trust Mitch is put on the spot to pick 16 of the best printmakers so that on the next epiosde Mark, Billy and James can play Mitch Madness and bracket out the best poster designer. 

Episode 161 - Jim Phillips “Greatest Hits”

We visit legendary skateboard illustrator Jim Phillips from his home studio in Santa Cruz, California. Jim started designing graphics for the famous Santa Cruz Skateboards (@santacruzskateboards) the same year the host was born in 1974. Ten years later Mark would see Jim’s artwork for the first time and this would change the course of his life forever. Thirty years later we’re honored to record this special interview where we get to hear the “Greatest Hits” of Jim Phillips legendary career and thank him for changing the way many of us see the world of skateboarding, graphic design and commercial illustration.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 161
- The invention of silkscreen illustrations on skateboards and how thick key lines saved the day.
- Being inspired by commercial art more than fine art and enjoying the challenge of this path.
- The organic shape of skateboards versus the boring shape of a canvas.
- We ask Jim about some of his most famous skateboard illustrations.
- The power of a graphic and thinking of information as logos.
- Having your son and now grandson carry on the family business. 
- The invention and celebration of the Screaming Hand icon.
- Getting on the other side of life where work is masked as fun.
- How the fine art world looks down on commercial art.
- The legacy of Jim Phillips.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Retired and 70 years old, Jim is addicted to creating and still stays up till after midnight making art.
- Earning Royalties for your work 30 years later. 
- The beginning of Thrasher Magazine and the famous ads that Jim created for the inside cover.
- Placing a story within a story, Jim’s love of landscaping and the biggest catch 22 of being a sport.
- Jim’s analog apple Z.
- Lifetime achievement awards and finding a lust for life

Episode 160 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 03 - Part II

Part Two Guests
- Dan Schlissel from Stand Up! Records
- Sean Hickey of VGKIDS
- Lil Tuffy

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- Circle of Trust Member Kevin Flanagan

Episode 159 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 03 - Part I

Part One Guests
- Chris White of We Three Club
- Andy Mac (EDIT)
- Chris Everhart of Silent Giants
- Tim Doyle and James Flames

Circle of Trust Content
- Manny The Poster Collector

Episode 148 - From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 02 - Part II

Part Two Guests
- Mike Davis and Ben LaFond from Burlesque of North America
- DJ Bird Peterson
- Circle of Trust Member Olamilekan Mabayoje
- SXSW Hip Hop performer JC The Great One
- Dan MacAdam of Crosshair Chicago

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- Dan Grzeca, Nate Duval & Sean Mort

Episode 147 - Live From Flatstock 48 at SXSW Day 02 - Part I

Part One Guests
- Luke Drozd
- Listener Victor of Happy Tuna Creative
- Dan Stiles
- Dan Black & Jessica Seamans of Landland
- Derrick Baker of Relish Brand

Circle of Trust Bonus Content
- JP Boneyard oo The National Poster Retrospecticus
- Jeremy Wheeler of Bang! Media

Dedicated To: Randy The Juggalo, RIP

Episode 156 - Flatstock 48 Day 01

Featuring interviews with Tara McPherson, Sean Leonard, Methane Studios  DKNG, Sean Mort, Industry and Kyle Carter.

Please Note: Due to time restraints the Circle of Trust is minutes at the end of the file above. There will not be a separate file at this time.

Episode 155 - Ghoulish Gary Pullin “The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 2”

Horror illustrator Ghoulish Gary Pullin joins the show and shares his love of horror and his past being in the publishing industry with Rue Morgue. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 155
- Why bad guys make the best guys.
- Adding bright colors to dark
- Laving the publishing world to go freelance.
- Garry’s partnership with his wife.
- There is no shortcut to success.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 2
- Jason Edmiston joins us for the subscriber content.
- The bar for success and learning where the ceiling for earning is.
- Never wanting to be in first place.
- Putting your thumb print into pop culture work.
- The shame of not seeing our greatest talents tell their original stories.

Episode 154 - Jason Edmiston “The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 1”

Painter Jason Edmiston stops by to talk about his latest art show “Eyes Without A Face” and shares with us the techniques that makes him one of the masters of his time.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 154
- The intense planning and emotional payoff of creating a large scale art show.
- Talking about the unforgiven nature of painting.
- Learning to trust the brush.
- The process of going from pencil drawing to canvas for painting.
- Forensic design.
- The rise of Creative Cloud and the death of painting.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
The Maple Leaf of Trust Part 1
- "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin joins us for the subscriber content.
- The value in having good friends that do what you do.
- Making a well rounded product line and hitting all price points.
- Getting yourself and work out into the world.
- Inspiration of others success.

Episode 152 - Derrick Castle “The Rising Sons of Anarchy”

Derrick Castle and Mark Brickey walk the floor at the SXSW trade show. Talking to many companies offering makers new tools of technology to develop their next great idea. We talk to Kinoma, Power House Animation, Eventbase, ZipRecruiter, Pixie Social and have Bit Coin explained to us by Crypto Art.

However the show changes gears when we visit the Japan section of the trade show. Where we are greeted by talented inventor after another. Totally blown away by the friendly and fun Japanese 20 somethings we see the future of robots, gaming and dance shoes. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We wrap up our adventures on the trade show floor.
- Derrick says goodbye and shares what he’s learned on this trip to SXSW.
- Lastly Derrick creeps Mark out by going in detail about eating a goat’s head the night before.

Episode 152 - Rob Jones “Accountable Paranoia”

Rob Jones is the senior art director for the officially licensed pop culture art factory known as Mondo. He has also worked directly with Jack White for over a decade creating gig posters and packaging for all of Jack’s various musical projects. Rob is one of the most well respected art directors in the business and shares how he gets amazing results out of today’s best talents in illustration, design and printmaking.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 152
- Why it’s important to have the respect of the artists that you’re wiring with.
- Using your experience as a designer to make realistic revisions and not wasting your talents time. 
- How to motivate your designers to give you their best work.
- The pride in finished work that you art directed.
- Knowing when work is good and not forcing your ego into others work.
- Working with the best talents in the field and what you learn on your own work.
- Why being polite and honest goes a long way.
- Why it’s important to have a good connecting theme in a art show.
- The importance of not apologizing.
- Having a best friend in your wife.
- What it means to have a Grammy and gold records in your house.
- Being motivated by the fear of losing it all.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Mitch Putnam joins in the fun.
- Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam talk about art directing and working together.
- How printers are the real heroes.

Episode 151 - Derrick Castle “The Nebulous Job Fair”

Mark Brickey and Derrick Castle walk the floor of the SXSW Interactive Job Fair. Reviewing the booth designs and talking to brands such as McDonalds, IBM and Whole Foods. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Brian Behm of Rooster Teeth joins in the fun.
- The guys talk about the SXSW mentoring program.
- Review a portfolio workshop they attended earlier.

Episode 150 - Dan Kuhlken of DKNG “Pack It Up, Pack It In, Let Me Begin”

Episode 1 of SXSW coverage covers travel, booth and promotion tips for the upcoming festival. All this advice covers more than the upcoming week but acts as a good checklist for those making their way out to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 150
- Tips on taking your merchandise on the airplane and getting “free” shipping.
- The benefits of getting the double booth, a can’t lose upgrade in life.
- MOST IMPORTANT - Making a map of your booth before you leave. 
- We share our Flatstock first time booth setups and the mistakes we made as rookies.
- Never make the table bridge.
- Pricing advice and theories.
- Having good stories and talking points about your work to share with your customers.
- Good promotional items to have and best distribution of your promo items.
- Pacing your checkout time to go slow enough or fast enough to judge the crowd.
- Self confidence in retail.
- Using your customers to promote your booth.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The case study of pairing jakprints, with Fatstock 48 artists and promotion for AID.
- Making great relationships and strengthening your network.
- Dan shares his opinions on opening up the SXSW Flatstocks to non music posters.

Episode 149 - James Flames & Sean Mort “Shop Talk Friday”

Billy Baumann is out on vacation, everyone’s favorite Brit takes his spot for another Shop Talk Friday with Mark Brickey & James Flames.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 149
- Mark gets shut down on the idea of covering Disneyland’s 24 hour kickoff to summer. 
- Sean tells the story of letting down Mark by not staying a Disneyland till close.
- We debate the pricing and concept of the Apple Watch.
- A friendly discussion on the concept of being a Apple or PC user.
- Is it time for luxury electronics.
- British music festivals and why Oasis was the most rock n roll band of their time.
- James Flames SXSW product line and surprises. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Mark talks about the SXSW recording strategy.
- Printed table clothes.
- Detailed advice on creating a line sheet for wholesale.
- Not saying no but finding a profitable way to say yes.
- Mark consults Sean on how to take his business and give it a US home base.

Episode 148 - Kortney Hastin of Norman Russell Apparel 

Kortney Hastin wins the award for most aggressive entrepreneur to grace the AID airwaves. Listen to Kortney’s story of taking his life experience / life equity and betting it all on his apparel line named after his grandfather (No Pressure).

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 148
- How paying for a dirt bike inspired Kortney Hastin to enter the glamorous world of retail. 
- Building you future from lessons of your past.
- Improving from your mistakes.
- Networking and the power of your network. 
- Art directing and creating your clothing line. 
- Surrendering to the pressures of your business and letting the current of life take you where you need to go.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- The false sense of security a job can give you, can entrepreneurship be the safe bet?
- Picking the right time in life to take the startup gamble. 
- Kortney tells the story of selling his home to fund his startup. 
- Breaking the major rule of success, feeling sorry for yourself. 
- A healthy ego goes a long way. 
- The tricky cash flow and timing for funding a apparel line that has to design 12-18 months out. 
- Be open minded to your dreams. 

Episode 147 - Ben Neuhaus of Snake Oil Provisions “Working Classic”

Ben Neuhaus is the Co-owner/Proprietor of Snake Oil Provisions, a mens clothing store available online and at their store in Long Beach, California. This is the AID spring fashion episode.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 139
- Trying to find your defining look as you get older but not necessarily more professional.
- Finding a classic look that lasts. 
- What every guy should have in his closet. 
- Quality not quantity when buying men’s clothing.
- How to spot quality denim pants.
- Spring fashion advice.
- Tons of fashion advice and fitting advice.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Online retail advice.
- Creating a community and neighborhood vibe through digital retail.
- The importance of having a brick n mortar store.
- Inventory buying decisions.
- Working with local vendors and focusing on exclusive merchandise to your market.
- In house brands.

Episode 146 - Beth Manos Brickey of “What’s The Best Thing That Can Happen”

Beth Manos Brickey is a designer, gluten free food recipe blogger and wife of Mark Brickey.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 146
- Surrounding yourself with people that inspire you.
- Finding similar client problems even when switching industries.
- Your perspective of your brand versus how others see it.
- Finding engagement in your audience. 
- Saying no to morally wrong clients.
- Working on Access Hollywood.
- Using the knowledge of your first startup to make your next projects even easier.
- The power of thinking positive.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Growing a engaging social media following.
- Making the most of attending conventions. Planning your route, booking meetings and capturing follow ups.
- Tips on making great product photos.
- Why the Brickeys love Sons of Anarchy too much.(((SPOILERS)))

Episode 145 - Mike Davis & Wes Winship of Burlesque of North America - “Mini Mart of Awesome”

Mike Davis & Wes Winship are both designers, illustrators and printmakers. The co-own Burlesque of North America a influential design studio / printshop located in sunny Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 145
- The various famous looks of Burlesque of North America.
- Timing is a major part of a career that’s out of your control.
- A long working relationship with The Arcade Fire.
- The early days of working with Aaron Horkey and getting that illustration style ready for press.
- How digital printing has ruined many artists concept of color separation and traditional printing prepress. 
- Being jealous of your employees job and printing for others. 
- Mike Davis experience in being a popular designer for Kidrobot. 
- Wes Winship can dance. 
- Shampoop and being a DJ.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Learning the publishing for other artists process. 
- The success and history of publishing Aaron Horkey.
- How to recover from parting ways with your studios biggest star.
- With so many different signature looks, how to manage clients expectations.
- Talking streamline stylized design with Mike Davis.
- How two guys with such different styles enjoy working together.


Episode 144 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann & Sean Mort

It's time for another Shop Talk Friday. James Flames is out today and Sean Mort takes his place. The guys go all over the road on this one, expect more entertainment than education. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 144
- Football and Fruitball talks.
- AID at Flatstock 48 at SXSW 2015.
- Continued talk on the feeling fatigued by pop culture prints and superhero themed TV and films.
- The disconnect between Hollywood and average movie goers. 
- Billy’s ridiculous client requested project.
- Jimmy Fallon’s viral hits effecting advertising. 
- Twitter power user @Gasbag_Art.
- Picking on the Brickey’s dog food choices. 
- Worst name ever “Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse”.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Deciding on how to bill a growing client, can you become a “partner” through design?
- Treating every client like it’s a one time working relationship.
- Backend bonuses or being too generous.
- Sean Fires theory on Mitch Putnam, Aaron Horkey and Ken Taylor being the same person.


Episode 143 - Mitch Putnam February 2015 Poster Review

Mitch Putnam stops by to give us all a monthly update on Mondo, The VACVVUM and Mark give his top 10 picks of prints posted on for the month of February, 2015.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 143
- The fatigue of pop culture inspired prints.
- When the corporation is right and the artist is wrong. 
- The bullshit behind Valentines day as a holiday. 
- Mark gives his top 10 prints posted on
- Mitch has some honorable mentions that didn’t make it to Mark’s list.
* To see the top 10 prints visit and search AdventuresInDesign

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We talk about the Flatstock booths were excited to see.
- Mark talks about the AID booth at Flatstcok 48 during SXSW.
- A friendly debate over the rules of Flatstock, the API and SXSW. Is it time to change the rules to reflect the new era of SXSW as a media festival not a music festival. 

Episode 142 - Sergie Loobkoff “Rock Actor”

Sergie Loobkoff is the guitarist for Samiam, Knapsack and a life long illustrator graphic designer. We talk about not letting yourself fall in love with your talents, so that they’ll never be able to break your heart.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 142
- The age that makes you freak out.
- How MTV changed the landscape of pop culture.
- Going with the flow and hoping it works out well.
- The reality of signing with a major label.
- When the big break, breaks apart.
- Being the guy that’s always a sucker for responsibility. 
- Admiring they guys that have learned to “let go”.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Why punk bands never really materialized with major labels. 
- Old records that should sound like shit. 
- Advice on expectations for musicians and artists. 
- The bond of music versus the looniness of design.
- Meeting the people that enjoy your music, art or podcast.

Episode 141 - Matt Terich “Selling Shovels Not Digging For Gold"

Matt Terich is a UX Director, a backend developer and a sailboat enthusiast. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 141
- Putting in your time to learn the corporate structure.
- Making your first career leap for greener pastures. 
- Dabbling in freelance design and realizing it’s not for you.
- The challenge of interactive and UX design.
- Leaving a company before you think it’s going to shutdown.
- What happens when your company gets bought out by a technology giant.
- Stock options that pay off.
- Taking a pay decrease for a happiness increase.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Working at Google.
- Tips on making career moves.
- What to look for in a future employer.
- How to negotiate when applying for a new job.
- Is buying Starbucks supporting local business when living in Seattle?

Episode 140 - Garret Klahn “I've Never Been Good At Anything Else”

Garret Klahn is a singer, song writer, guitar strummer and a world traveler. More than any person I know, he’s truly a free spirit and goes where the wind blows him. Garret’s not about tour support, merch sales or make believe downloads… simply put, he lives for the music he plays.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 140
- Surrendering to the “Compass of Life”
- Feeling free or feeling stuck in life.
- A bad time to get your big break.
- Learning that the impossible is more possible than you think.
- Punk rock success shame. 
- The magic of making music.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Learning to let go.
- Pushing yourself versus working hard. 
- Love is out there.
- Recording songs you know versus writing in the studio.  
- Life experience makes you wealthy.

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Episode 139 - David Smith, Miles Tsang, Zeb Love & Derrick Castle “Circle of Trust Volume: II - Young Gunz”

We’re back with second volume of the Circle of Trust. This time we’re joined by some of the young gunz of the COT David Smith, Miles Tsang and Zeb Love. We wrap up the last month of the AID universe, bring up a bunch new topics and get a big revile from all three of the young gunz. One drops a career change, one drops a new policy on commissions and the other tries to bail on a job. All of the drama and so much more is available to members of the Circle of Trust.


Episode 138 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann & James Flames “More On”

We wrap the final free episode for the month of February with another classic Shop Talk featuring Billy Baumann and James Flames. The last episode in a seven week run has Mark Brickey feeling frisky. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 138
- The downside of having interns. 
- Momo stories and southern accents. 
- Small business gratuity insurance scam.
- Liberating the rainbow in 2025.
- The design of Tesla and speculating on a Apple iCar.
- A Secret Panel update.
- Not enough time in life to fit it all in.
- The evolution of James Flames illustration style. 
- Can you ever get real world work to match the visions in your head.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Your first radio. 
- Dream jobs or your own work?
- Reviewing LinkedIn’s “7 Things Young Designers Do Wrong” article. (Laughter Ensues) 

Episode 137 - Brian Talbert “Violent Gentlemen”

Brian Talbert is a Orange County based apparel designer and 1/3 owner of the very popular company Violent Gentlemen. Violent Gentlemen makes clothing for hockey fans with a mutual love for good looking design. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 137
- Punk Rockers learning to love sports later in life.
- Loving the challenge of commercial art. 
- The happiness of making a brand that you friends can enjoy.
- Applying the punk rock aesthetic to sports. 
- Starting smart with a small investment in creating a large company.
- Being “Inspired By” and existing in a 100% legal space.
- Using hot chicks and tattooed guys as models.  

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- How to go from 2 designs to 150 in 4 years.
- Determining size runs. 
- Committing to new designs.
- Going beyond blanks and getting into cut n sew. 
- Using social media in a smart way to build a interactive fan base. 
- Giving back to your audience.
- Best and worst in sports team designs. 
- Staying true to your niche. 

Episode 136 - Tim Doyle “No Apologies”

Tim Doyle is part businessman part artist. He works under the name Nakatomi, where he publishes his own illustrative work as well as a half dozen other artists. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 136
- Publishing other designers artwork.
- Building infrastructure into your business and using that base to create lateral revenue streams. 
- We ask Tim about the art galleries business model.
- A friendly debate on using intellectual properties without permission. 
- Patent laws and the changing of public domain rules. 
- The repetition of pop culture.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Breaking down others success. 
- The definition of open edition.
- How it feels to be the heel of printmaking. 
- Figuring out your business model. 
- Learning how to run your own business by being a great employee for someone else. 
- How to heal from getting the shit beat out of you online.  

Episode 135 - Brian Ewing reviewing the documentary “Making It”

Brian Ewing is a commercial illustrator based out of Columbus, Ohio. He recently was a featured artist in a documentary titled “Making It” available today on video on demand. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 135
- More Star Wars talk.
- We talk about themes and background stories of the documentary “Making It”.
- Not compromising to make money.
- College doesn’t mean you’re “Buying A Career”.
- Realizing you are a professional artist.
- Reverse discrimination. 
- Criticism online, when to type your heart out. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Brian and Mark have a “poor off” and bond about their brokest times. 
- The ladies in their lives that didn’t have their backs because they were broke. 

Episode 134 - Beth Manos Brickey AKA Tasty Yummies “Lover’s Week Volume: V”

Beth Manos Brickey is co-owner of Hero Handmade Goods. She is a fully trained yoga teacher and is food famous through her popular recipe blog She also happens to be Mark’s wife, but will tell you that’s the least of her accomplishments. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 134
- We briefly recap Billy’s trip to Disneyland and explain Monday’s cover image of Billy on Radiator Springs Racers. 
- Would you ever slap a stranger’s kid?
- Beth talks about returning from lunch and leaving her corporate design job. 10+ years later she never went back.
- The resentment of living two different lives from your partner in life. 
- Sunday night dread and hating Mondays.
- How California brought out the best in Beth.
- Creating a passion project. 
- How to monetize a blog.
- The warmest fart of all time. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- Finding a way to connect the Tasty Yummies fan base to the Hero product line.
- The promotion community in blogging.  
- Poster d ensign becoming more illustration based.
- Yoga queefs.

Episode 133 - Allison and Craig of strawberryluna  “Lover’s Week: Volume IV”

Allison Glancey and Craig Seder are a husband and wife design and printmaking team that works under the name strawberryluna. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 133
- Craig announces his huge career move since last time on the show.
- Working together but creating a healthy separation.
- The benefits of taking time off.
- Strawberryluna’s reentry to doing shows and getting back to the grind.
- Avoiding the long print days.
- How craft fairs and markets have changed over the last 10 years.
- The traps of web design.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- When you pass your mentors. 
- How to learn more about your trade when you’re one of the elder statesmen. 
- The decision to buy a home. 
- The balance of a 2 income family. 
- 1099s
- Having your art space at home.
- Learning from friends.

Episode 132 - Biddy & Sonny of We Buy Your Kids “Lover’s Week: Volume III”

Biddy & Sonny are a husband and wife illustration & design team working under the name We Buy Your Kids, located in Sydney, Australia. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 132
- We Buy Your Kids shares with us the major benefits of having a design agent.
- Learning the art of saying no.
- Sonny & Biddy share with us their unique way of working together and passing the files back n fourth. 
- The benefits of having a office.
- Working as a team and not painting your partner into a corner.
- The 3 tiers of a art career.
- Enjoying the challenge of a commercial art career.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
- We talk about the pregnant pauses of telling people your business name is We Buy Your Kids.
- Ministry of Grim is a over stylized blog that WBYK created to separate corporate work from their more flashy work. We discuss sub branding your career.
- WBYK have created several videos. We talk about the world of film editing.
- Being more Rock N Roll than your Rock N Roll clients.
- Realizing where your efforts should be spent with your business. (The Road Block, Building Block Theory)
- The power of saying NO!
- Dream projects. Meeting your heroes & their American wedding story.

Episode 131 - Cricket Press “Lovers Week: Volume II”

The pride of Lexington, Kentucky, Cricket Press’s Sara & Brian Turner stop by  for volume II of Lovers Week.  

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 131
• Investing in your home market. 
• Using gig posters to recruit better paying jobs. 
• A healthy division of labor between married business partners.
• Buying a equipment to expand your services.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We break down Cricket Press’s perfect way to work with new clients. 
• The major benefits on creating in-house releases. 
• Using social media as a way to connect as quickly as possible with your audience. 

Episode 130 - Anne Benjamin & Billy Baumann “Lovers Week: Volume I”

Anne Benjamin and Billy Baumann are both illustrators, designers and partners in marriage. Anne is a freelancer and Billy co-owns Delicious Design League a boutique level design studio.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 130
• Couples collaborating together. 
• Having two different working schedules. 
• The stress planning a wedding puts on a freelancer. 
• Benefits of having your partner in life understanding your career love.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
A true Circle of Trust where Anne & Billy just give plenty of funny personal stories. 

Episode 129 - Billy Baumann “The Making of Billy"

We call an audible and decide to scrap Shop Talk and instead interview Billy Baumann. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 129
• Being an outsider and learning to be an artist with all of your free social time.
• How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way.
• Being a Target Guy and NOT a Walmart Guy.
• Getting first jobs.
• Getting your foot in the door of life.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
According To Billy
• When he knew it was time to make the jump into working for Delicious Design League
• When to get a studio space.
• When to hire your first employee.
• How to decide upon payment between you and your business partner.
• Creating your network of social net worth.
• Getting to the point to earn high profile passion projects. 

Episode 128 - Mitch Putnam January 2015 Poster Review

Mitch Putnam is the founder of and stops by to review January 2015 in posters. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 128
• We get an update on why The VACVVM has been so quiet in 2015.
• How in printmaking  people that do the same thing you do may have a completely different customer base. 
• Mitch tells a story about collectors jumping on a poster release sight unseen for the movie Aliens.
• What have we learned from seasoned veterans that have shown us all signature styles for the last decade plus, but continued to grow successful careers. 
• Mark gives his favorite 10 posters featured on for the month of January.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Mitch gives his opinion on when artists should and should not get involved with private poster commission groups. 
• Young designers pissing off the big companies and possibly hurting their longterm growth.
• We break down actor likeness rights and how effects making intellectual property projects.

Episode 127 - Nicole Stevenson “Greetings From Craftcation”

Nicole Stevenson is cofounder of Craftcation a 4 conference for makers and creative people looking to start a business or better their current endeavor. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 127
• Understanding how to determine pricing for your product line. 
• Establishing your wholesale cost before producing a product. 
• Marketing is something you can’t afford to skip out on. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• How to properly apply to a craft show to make sure you get accepted. 
• Things that can make your booth and sales better.

Episode 126 - Biggie “The juice is worth the squeeze”

Biggie is the manager of many popular loud rock bands such as Terrier, Every Time I Die and Circa Survive. He is also co-owner of Good Fight Entertainment a music management company steering the careers of over 40+ notable bands.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 126
• Making great decisions when you’re young and how those decisions can change your life. 
• Learning the world of rock n roll on the road.
• How good managers earn their keep and pay for themselves in the long run.
• Delegating what you’re not good at to others. 
• Working on percentages, owning some of the action and sharing the action is key to good work relationships. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Biggie shares his tips on productivity. Which includes no text messages on his phone and a empty inbox in mail.
• Being honest while negotiating and creating long term partnerships. 
• Why there is little to no money in merchandise design.
• How to realize your means and how to live within them. 
• Happy wife, happy life. Picking a great partner in life is one of the fist steps to success. 

Episode 125 - Circle of Trust with Mark Brickey, Derrick Castle, Colin Frangicetto, Justin Kamerer & Todd Slater

Mark gathers up 4 design “celebrities” that are members of the Circle of Trust to talk about all things AID and to review highlights from the last month of shows.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 125
• We revisit the Jeral Tidwell concept of Skill versus Craft from AID-106.
• Colin shares with us his method of fulfilling orders from hotels while on the road with Circa Survive.
• Thoughts on the Anne Benjamin interview on AID-116, hearing from the “Artist’s Artist” perspective.
• Colin talks about playing benefit shows and how great gestures can leave a horrible taste in your mouth at times. 
• Talking about keeping your chin up when the chips are down.
• We talk about podcasting in general, what we think makes for a great host. 
• Mark shares the daily workflow of making the show.
• Using the show to rally the troops in effort to create better practices for the community that AID represents.