Being an artist my entire life, every now and then I get to meet people I truly consider inspirations or (I’ll say it) heroes to me. If you’ve never heard of Wayne White, chances are you’ve seen his work. He’s one of three talented individuals primarily responsible for the design work on Paul Reubens’ PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, and the man who helmed visuals for Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” music video and The Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” music video. In recent years White came up with a rather ingenious concept that involves painting sayings or sometimes just a few words into pre-existing thrift store art… you have to see it, and trust me when I say they’re amazing. Wayne is one of those incredibly talented souls that has so much to say and so many ways to say it. He also recently became the subject of the documentary BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, directed by Neil Berkeley, which had its premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. While in Austin, White did a signing at Domy Books, a store so cool they still carry zines… those who know what zines are know that’s pretty damn cool. While I must admit I was more than a little excited to interview Wayne at SXSW, I was also pleasantly surprised to learn he will be appearing in Dallas (my hometown) at Marty Walker Gallery to do a private screening of his documentary, and a public show called “I Say A Lot Of Things” on Saturday, March 31 – a show that runs from March 31 to May 5. White will also be putting together a painting/presentation of sorts, and I’ll stop there so as not to spoil the fun. In the meantime check out my interview with the man himself below. If I seem nervous, it’s because I was. If you make it out to Marty Walker Gallery this weekend, you just might see me stalking Wayne.
As mentioned in the video, you can meet Wayne White in Dallas on March 31 at Marty Walker Gallery.