WORKAHOLIC // COREY SMITH OF COMUNE

What do you do? I’m a multi-media visual artist, snowboarder, traveler, motorcycle enthusiast, Art Director for COMUNE, and curator of the Drop City artist collective. 

How did you get to where you are now? I started in Portland Oregon, and moved to LA 5 years ago. I’ve had a couple breaks but it’s mostly been hard work and perseverance. I’m pretty happy where I’m at but I’m always moving forward and looking for new ways to share ideas and creativity with other humans. 

What made you turn to this direction? I’ve always been a creative person and I knew I wanted to have a career that allowed me to do so.

Was this always your dream job? I’ve been able to land a couple dream jobs but I still have a few more I’d like accomplish.

How much of the week is work, how much is play? If you do what you love then you’ll never work a day in your life. 

How do you find your inspiration and do you find it easy to stay organized? I used to be hoarder when it comes to harvesting inspiration. But I’ve been working on stepping away from the blogosphere since too many people look at the same blogs for inspiration. It’s like a giant swirling trend casserole and if you don’t look away from the computer you’ll end up doing the same stuff as everyone else. The best inspiration comes organically from living life and putting yourself in places you wouldn’t normally go. I try to only stay as organized as I need to be functional. Too much over planning and organization can lead to really contrived ideas. I’m a believer that little chaos is necessary to get the best results in any endeavor. 

How important is your work, and do you feel it defines you? I think at one time in my life work was everything to me. Then I reached a certain point where anxiety and unrealistic expectations started to kill the joy. I had to step back and take a more relaxed perspective on what my goals were and where I wanted to be in life. I feel like I’ve been maintaining a pretty fair balance of work professionally and personally.

What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself?  Having the privilege to travel is always the most exciting situation to be in. I would love to be able to travel as much as possible. It keeps you fresh and open minded. I would like to keep creating artwork and working on my hand made snowboard project Spring Break Snowboards

How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?  My personal style these days has been less cohesive than when I was younger. Now I just where everything I like, rather than trying to fit into some style or hoard vintage clothes like I did years ago. I’d like to think I’m pretty efficient and minimal with my clothes. I also like a little humor and randomness in my wardrobe. There’s no need to be so serious all the time or be an historical re-enactor with all the vintage stuff. I think this style has also been coming through in my artwork as well, simple, fun, efficient. 

Do you listen to music during your work day?  I always listen to music. I like to always have some music or sounds on. Silence makes me sleepy. Even if it’s NPR or some random radio station. I need to have something on at all times.

What’s something someone may not know about you? I don’t wear underwear. Ever… Haha!  And I love my Land Rove LR3. I think it’s one of the most elegant and efficiently designed off road vehicles ever made. I’ve launched it off sand dunes, driven it through door deep water, and rallied the hell out of it in the snow. I love that truck! 

Anything else you would like to say or for us to know? Love, life, laughter, let the good times roll!

Lastly, basic Info: www.coreysmithtimetravel www.highpoweredstreetdrugs.com    www. Springbreaksnowboards.com  Follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

Photos by: Alice Davis, Mike Selsky, Alexis Gross

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