Getting Away with Shit: Real Talk with Timothy Goodman

Our November book club, we’re featuring two page-turners (if not for the words then for the images alone, definitely!) from our upcoming speaker Timothy Goodman, 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment and Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World.

In 40 Days, New York-based friends Timothy Goodman, designer and illustrator, and Jessica Walsh, partner at design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, decided to participate in an experiment to see what it would be like to date one another under a set of agreed upon rules and record their experiences along the way, on what has turned into a viral blog and best-selling book. “This whole project came from a question, how do we work from our fears, our habits?” Goodman said.1

For Day 40, they posted a video of themselves reading parts of their posts from the last few days, the spiraling downward—their discomfort is palpable. Walsh stops reading at one point, Goodman’s entire head turns bright red. They talk about how much they like each other and all the reasons it’s not working anyway. And perhaps it’s not surprising that the part of this project that felt the most real was the end. 2

Walsh had herself pegged as the romantic, and Goodman as the commitmentphobe. The idea for this experiment was that it takes 40 days to change a habit. In an interview with New York Daily News, Walsh added: “the project forced me to confront past issues head on, and I am definitely a stronger person because of it.”3 Do you think you would benefit from an experience like this?

In Sharpie Art Workshop, Goodman shares some keys to working with his primary tools of the trade as well as getting some insight and project examples from contributing artists of different styles such as Erik Marinovich, Debbie Millman, and Mikey Burton.

When asked about why he chose Sharpie as his dominant medium, Goodman commented on how its actually quite an integral part of our every day lives, if you really think about it.

Sharpie is kind of the “everyman” marker: kids use them to draw pictures, athletes use them to sign autographs, artists use them in their work, some people might use them to touch up a scratch on their piano, my mom uses them to write a grocery list—I literally heard Big Sean reference Sharpie in one of his songs recently.4

So what about you, do you have a go-to tool you turn to? What about Sharpie, have you explored all of the different thicknesses, colors, metallics… oils, paint-based, on and on!? When asked about his favorite, Goodman says, “The Sharpie paint markers! I love the way they spread, the way they adhere, the way they smell, the way you have to shake them to get the ink flowing. It’s a very sensual process, which is probably why I dig it so much.” Have you ever gotten that in touch with a marker?

Come join us for discussion on all things Timothy Goodman, 40 Days of Dating, and Sharpie Art Workshop on November 7th at 9:30am at Prince Street Cafe! Register here.

1: FastCo:
2: The Atlantic:
3: New York Daily News:
4: Create.Adobe:
5: Sharpie:

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Published October 23, 2015
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