Patrick Wilson

Memphis, TN |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“My brother graduated with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, and I realized it was a way to produce artwork, make some cash, and create a lifestyle where I could have time for myself, hopefully.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“Being able to take what’s in your head and show it to the world. I like the fact that it makes the world a little more attractive, instead of making it more unattractive. Art brings out the beauty in cities; places that are not naturally beautiful anymore on their own.”

Do you think school has helped prepare you for entering the real world?

“Definitely. Whereas all of our other projects, we were basically told what to do and what to use-- it’s hand-off. Especially for me, thesis was something where I could finally just draw what I wanted. Hopefully it gets me the job I want to get; I guess I’ll find out, but I definitely think there are going to be major hurdles after I get out of college that I'll have to learn to adapt to.”

How would you describe your process when working on a project?

“I’m definitely a procrastinator. With thesis, I tried to get started as early as I could and gather my ideas. Usually it starts with sketching and, in my case, going into refining, transferring, and coloring. There are a lot of steps to keep track of. Usually with prior projects, I think about it a whole lot then wait until the last second to start working on it.”

Would you say that you have a personal design "style" in your work?

“I’m definitely working on defining my own style. I take inspiration from American trade tattoos and etchings. I borrow, then I try to come to my own original conclusion. I don’t think my style will ever stop evolving if I keep working-- I’ll hopefully push it and fast-forward.”

For designers, do you believe it's more important to work on projects you're passionate about or take whatever work is available?

“I think it is part of the reality of the job. But hopefully, through working on those projects, you’ll be able to get into your own projects that you enjoy. There are always going to be people you kind of have to trudge through to keep working with.”

The graphic design industry is doing more digitally-based work these days: are you excited about the evolution of design, or do you like more traditional mediums?

“Hopefully it won’t affect me at all. I’ll never have to work with a printer again, besides a Xerox machine. I would like to not use technology as much as I can, but that’s nearly impossible these days. They're already using laser gun machines in tattooing, and I’m sure they’ll come up with a lot more stuff. But I kind of like the original machines; it’s more authentic.”

Do you have any favorite designers, artists, or resources you like to get inspiration from?

C.C. Askew; firms like Shirts and Destroy and Hydro74. I definitely get inspired by everything I see-- or uninspired, haha.”

What are your plans for the future?

“My plan is to apprentice and start tattooing as soon as I can: turning what I learned in art school into a walking canvas.”

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