The necessity of a thousand dollar lighter is an absurd question, but the joy of its luxury is an experience to relish. The degree to which an object can communicate or evoke a state of mind is a mark of its magnitude. Art is communication, and art has the ability to affect how you feel. Just as a work of art can uplift the spirit, so too can an everyday object bring joy well beyond its function. And if it does, it may well be art, even if it looks like a key chain. I think it’s a noble pursuit creating goods wrought for beauty, pleasure and the purpose of uplifting the spirit.
I started GOOD ART in 1990 in Los Angeles after thinking I could do a better job at making the stuff I wanted. My first pieces were for holes in my body and my first showroom was me sitting shirtless at a card table on Venice Beach. My first big sale was $550 to NaNa on the 3rd Street Promenade (look 'em up if you don’t know). I showed that first check to my boss and immediately gave notice. Since then my purpose has been to put aesthetics into daily life. I make things to uplift the soul.
I tend to look at most things with the viewpoint that they're good, or they could be better. Either admiration or in terms of how I could make them better. And if I think there’s room for improvement then I may have my next project. Better is the disconcerting knife-edge every artist worth their salt skates across in the Eureka moments. And I'm always after that feeling of getting it just right. I also think the really good stuff gets better still with the scars and hallmarks of adventure. What we do at GOOD ART is distill the arrogance and exclusivity of the clubhouse down to the truth and grit of a good old-fashioned fistfight. Our ethos is to make the best of everything we do and create good effects doing it. We are here to share our aesthetic and to help you find the beauty in everyday objects. Hearty construction, clever mechanisms and the tenacity to do things well are the hallmarks of everything to leave this foundry and workshop. The good God is in the details and that’s what will move you or not.
I'm so glad you’ve found GOOD ART, now be sure to tell only your most favorite people, and then again only those who are pirates. Only the true pirate has the insouciance and moxie to trade a fortune for a trinket, and they’re the sort who squeeze pleasure from the finest details of life. I’ve had a 30-year education turned lifestyle of making things, traveling, riding motorbikes, spending time with good people, eating & drinking the world over. It’s been a long strange trip for sure and I’m still enjoying the ride, hope you are too.