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#21 — Fnnch — Art. Everywhere.

fnnch is perhaps the most recognizable name in street art in San Francisco with his mega-size honey bears, pop-art lips, poppy flowers and poodles gracing our city in the unlikeliest of places. He wasn't always pursuing a passion in art, much less attempting a career in it. And he rarely speaks publicly about what it's like to be him.


He is also known for being the only anonymous TED speaker to date, and this episode goes deep into the “below the line” version of someone that has very little “above the line” outside of his public work that —by design— is through the medium of street art so that everyone can enjoy the aesthetic upgrade in and around the city.


We talked about that very illegal act, and the acute fact that not everyone enjoys it. We chat about how he's taken the risks and intentional, exceptionally hard-working steps to become the prolific creator he is, as well as riding lucky waves to become one of the rare artists to make a living from his art within just a few years of picking up a spray-paint can. Enjoy this episode with fnnch.


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Updated on September 06
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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He was not always pursing art and he rarely speaks publicly about his life. He is the only anonymous TEDTalk speaker to date.

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Uncommissioned graphics that are NOT considered art.

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The traditional path is to go to art school and then get work placed in a beginner gallery. Then one progresses to solo shows and expands to additional galleries and higher level galleries.

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It is difficult to put one's work out there for people to judge. Artists must keep perspective that they are not always going to have successes. There will be hits and there will be flops.

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Art can be approached culturally, politically, and through the eyes of business as these are all elements that are part of the world of art.

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