Tom Otterness on Inspiration
Question: Who are your biggest influences?
Tom Otterness: God! It’s so, I get stumped with this question sometimes. It’s so broad based. I’d tried to make a kind of a… I try to keep a very broad eye. I’d tried to bring in influences from every source that I can get my hands on and sort of condensed them or boil them down to some kind of universal style. So, you know, everything from South American work to Chinese to Greek, you know, it’s traditional work… I get lost in that, you know. I’d like to think I’m influenced from everywhere. Oh, my dad was a poet who worked at Boeing in Wichita but I wrote poetry, and there was art around the house. My mom always encourage that, you know, we had our Van Gogh reproductions and Goya’s the little way with the bird on the [string], you know. I remember looking in the cats waiting to eat the bird. I remember that very well.
Tom Otterness tries to incorporate influences from everywhere.
No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap
- The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
- This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
- Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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