We had the good fortune of connecting with Vincent Fink and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vincent, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The craftsmanship on the designs. I am very cautious to make sure I’ve explored all the best options and distill them into the best design in my drafting abilities to create something iconic and original. I don’t cut any corners. I will research for 10’s of hours sometimes on a design before I start drawing. My designs are the most scientifically accurate and mnemonic, meaning, with pictures I create graphics that help one memorize large amounts of complex information. One design can tell you an essay paper’s worth of info about any given scientist or theory.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I nearly killed myself on this last design, so you gotta go check out our Galileo shirt when it’s out and get one. I am hard on myself because the world is hard. Yet I lift myself up with affirmations because no one else will. I keep improving every day. Sometimes that means letting go of something that no longer serves me or the business. I’m still learning I can’t do it all and I need to let go of some of the early phase duties that, at one point, I needed to do. I now delegate. I am ever-whittling away the busy-work that is distracting to my main goals. Each day I focus on being a better creator and manager of business. I don’t hang out much, nor have I for at least a decade. Achieving something in life is all about focus so I don’t have time for BS. Wasting time isn’t fun for me. Work is. I’ve sacrificed everything in my life to be an Artistic Ninja and a Renaissance Man. The world is catching up to what I’m doing. So that’s it. My life is my work. I keep learning and evolving. Eventually I will be unstoppable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends from New York did that several years ago. I was embarassed cause I didn’t know where to take them. They wouldn’t like the things I would do though. I would show you around all the art and science museums first. Then some public artworks, like my Dodecahedron on Heights Blvd. or the House of Cards at Discovery Green which has some of my work in there as well. Then I’d show them some good places to eat like Star Pizza, and Buffalo Bayou Brewery’s food and drinks on a local brewery tour, hit up Holler Brewing, then hit the art studios on a Second Saturday Open studios like we do every month at the Sawyer Yards. Have them meet back at my studio, Winter St. Studio B8 at the end of the evening for more drinks and sing songs on acoustic guitar. If we have time for it, I’d invite them to a sit in at one of my performances inside my Dodecahedron on Heights Blvd. Yep.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to give a shout out to Tina, my wife. She is the other part of me and the business and helps out in innumerable ways. The support from having someone like her to help with some of the things I’m not as good at allows me to focus more on the art and things I am good at, while learning from her organizational skills. There’s also mentors like Linda Starr, my life coach, and Taft McWhorter a fellow artist who enjoys helping others with the art business. Of course without people who buy my work, I guess none of it would be possible so I thank the fans the most. But the business side of being. a creative is incredibly demanding and hard. So I greatly value the support and help I get.
Zeelum for photo of man in red Sierpinski shirt and woman in Icosahedron tank top posed together.