King St. Q&A w/ Billy Veasey

September 23, 2011 |

Billy Veasey is an Art Director at Saatchi NY. He’s got a cool haircut and a lot of cool tattoos. If you’re interested in learning more about him, be sure to trek over to his website.

 WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
I create meaningful experiences that people want to engage with.
At least that’s what they pay me for. Mostly I try to bring The Fun into every situation that I’m involved in. And make things pretty.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Shoveling hundreds of pounds of sawdust from underneath industrial machinery at age 9 for my grandfather. Though I never got paid it was certainly a job.

WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
My father never even made it to high school and I grew up with moderate means so I always wanted more for myself my future family and my parents. Being a child of the 80′s the phenomenon of perpetual pop culture shifts made me aware of the potential of image and message as a driving force.

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVEMARKS?
Shimano Dura Ace, Brooks Saddles, Casio Watches, Leatherman, Subaru STI, VANS Shoes,

IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
Build ridiculously cool motorcycles and simple raw furniture. And churn out awesome and conceptual photography books.

FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Four wheeling through the jungle to see Mayan ruins. And the first roller coaster I ever rode, Space Mountain.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
Egg in a hole and paper airplanes.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Riding my bike from my apartment in Williamsburg (Disneyland) to Rockaway Beach.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
Hands down, no question about it the bright green truck one block north of the Saatchi office called Jalepeno. They serve up some nice authentic Mexican foods. My default is the Spicy Pork Torta with a mixture I like to make of their three homemade hot sauces.

WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?

Chorizo breakfast burrito with red chili sauce from  Maria’s on Paseo Del Pueblo in Taos New Mexico. It’s completely bonkers.

IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Fastest clipping of all ten finger nails.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Though Jaquis Qusto and Steve Irwin weren’t traditionally thought of as “creative” their drive for discovering the unknown is the basic principle of a creative field.

WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
(lame) NYTimes, (typical) ffffound,

WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
RED BULL MotoGP

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Be nice to everyone.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
This is just me experiencing someone else’s hard work and vision, but it’s one most of us can enjoy. I just flew a jet pack. For a long time. It was awesome. Thank you Lenovo.

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