Interview: Tom Huck

A no-bullshit conversation with a nationally recognized artist.

 

What is your current mood or state of mind?
Pissed off.

What makes you happy?
Hanging out with my wife and kids. And, strippers, making my blocks and Jack Daniels.

What is your idea of misery?
Academia.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
I didn’t.

What’s one word that describes you?
Impatient.

What trait do you value most in others?
People who do what they mean and mean what they do.

What’s your favorite occupation?
Printmaker.

Who would you most like to be?
Lemmy of Motörhead.

What’s your favorite color?
Black.

What is your favorite food?
Deep-fried pork chops.

What food do you like least?
Tofu. It’s cubed snot.

If you could have dinner with anyone, (dead or alive), would would that be?
Genghis Kahn, because you wouldn’t know what you’d get.

What vice do you most tolerate in others?
Vanity, if that’s a vice.

What talent do you most wish you had?
I wish I could play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix.

Who is your favorite artist?
Albrecht Duerer followed by a closed second by Jose Guadalupe Posada.

Who is your favorite writer?
David Fricke from Rolling Stone.

What excites you?
Finding really great work by unknown people.

What do you consider a turn off?
Body odor.

What do you love?
Hanging out at my shop, going to Blueberry Hill, having a drink or drinks and then going home to my wife, who tolerates it all.

What do you hate?
Airport security.

What are you most looking forward to?
Starting my next piece.

What is one thing you wish would happen?
That there would be a time machine so I could go back and beat up George W. Bush when he was a kid.

What’s something interesting that you just learned?
Starting to drink with my wife at 1:30pm on St. Patty’s day the day before an interview is a bad idea.

What is your personal motto?
Expect the worst and believe its real.

In another life, what would you be?
A blues musician. They get laid a lot.

What is your current obsession?
The New York Dolls.

What is your favorite word?
Fuck. It rhymes with Huck.

What is your least favorite word?
Any word that my wife pulls out in an argument that I don’t understand.

What’s something you want to do before you die?
Sample every American whiskey.

If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
It’s going to be okay. There are lots of boobs in your future.

 

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Photo credit: Photograph by Wesley Law; Art Direction by David Hsia

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