I like Ian Mackaye a lot. He's quick-witted, sardonic, and his music rips. Because of this, and so much more, I've watched a whole lotta Ian Mackaye lectures on YouTube. This video was the trigger. Out of the 8,792 viewings it's had on YouTube, I've probably contributed to 50 of them. It's about 90 minutes long and I watch/listen to it beginning to end every time.
"Here’s how I define punk: It’s a free space. It could be called jazz. It could be called hip-hop. It could be called blues, or rock, or beat. It could be called techno. It’s just a new idea. For me, it was punk rock. That was my entrance to this idea of the new ideas being able to be presented in an environment that wasn’t being dictated by a profit motive.”Ian Mackaye on punk
At about the 11 minute mark, Mackaye gives the (above) definition of what punk means to him. And it blew my mind. The notion of a "free space" completely struck a nerve and made me rethink the way that I was doing things.
I took those words to heart and applied them to what I wanted to do. With all of the projects that I've taken up, the motive is to do interesting work. I want to figure out ideas and build out on them until new ideas emerge. Profits and everything else comes (or doesn't) after that.
I wanted to draw more and make something personal — I did the SNFU project.
I wanted to make more logos — I did the Ghost Towns projects.
So as much as I love Waiting Room (I've also watched this about 100 times), the free space is the most important place that Ian Mackaye has taken me .