Ferris Plock

1. How did you get started in design / art?

When I moved back to San Francisco in 1999 it was a totally weird whacked out place full of start up companies blowing up the city and making it go through some significant changes (sound familiar). Anyhow, I got a production artist position at a dot com and got paid tons of money for very little work that I was barely qualified to do. This place had an arcade and free vending machines… it was pretty ridiculous… ANYHOW! I got fired… not just me… 3/4 of the company did all at once. The day I got fired I went to the supply closet and took every sharpie pen, every pencil, and every white out bottle I could find… I literally filled my backpack up with it. I went home and got a stack of my old skateboards out of my garage and painted on them. Then I asked a cafe in the Lower Haight if I could stick them on their walls. They said "yes" and then I sold them all. I also started making shirts with my cousin and selling them at a shop called Villains on the upper haight. Those shirts helped get my name out there a bit and get into some shows.

2. Favorite Shirt graphic of all time?

Probably my top favorite shirt graphic is Lance Mountain's crest shirt for Powell Peralta. Jack Burton's shirt in Big Trouble In Little China or Save James Brown shirt, I have a tattoo from an old Thrasher shirt that I wore into pieces.

3. What inspires you?

My wife and kids, good art, stoked people, opinionated people with articulation, coffee, many other artists who are busy doing their thing, cartoons, my music, my city.

4. Is there a design out there that you wish you did?

Not really… there is one that I think is probably one of the best things in the world and I love looking at it still… Jim Phillip's "screaming hand"

5. What's left on your design bucket list?

I just made a graphic for The Pizza Place on Noriega.

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