We were kids without fathers…so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves…Our fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced, but we took their old records and used them to build something fresh.
-Jay Z, Decoded.
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He recently gave a talk at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York on advice for artists. Here is a slightly edited version on his blog, entitled; How to steal like an artist (and other things nobody told me). If you are an artist, or at least an aspiring one, do yourself a favour and take 5 minutes to read it. Recommended. Click here to read the article.