The quick sales pitch: I'm an artist and designer. I'm financially stable in a career that I dig. I own a modest home buried in suburbia which I've worked on and fixed up through the years. I live in and area which has a strong art presence and is beautifully progressive. And it's here I have befriended some of the greatest people I've ever known.
My passion for life, art and people are boundless. I love to create, to work with my hands. I love the act of self-introspection, of improving and expressing one's self. I love learning and discovering new passions.
I travel as much as I can while still living below my means. And now I seek that one who will elevate everything, who I can learn and grow from, one to commit to being selfless for.
The long sales pitch:
Dean is an American designer and world-wide adventurer.
One day it was revealed to Dean that all of his friends had been kidnapped! These perpetrators, known to some as "spouses", shone a harsh light on Dean's derelict quest for love. Undermanned, in search of his own kidnapper, Dean set out on his quest with high hopes!
I love it all. Well, not sports. Everything but sports. Well, more specifically, watching sports. I guess I would just rather go outside and have fun burning some of my own calories. Live sport events are somewhat more tolerable, but still super low on my amazing list of super fun shit to do with the rest of my life. Except hockey. I'm always up to grab my scarf and head down to see a live ice hockey game.
I also love learning, improving. I am passionately curious about everything. I like to challenge people's ideas because I think how someone defends their beliefs says a lot. I dig chats about film, science, literature, politics, religion and the such. But pop culture small talk drives me bonkers.
I'm constantly trying to find the balance between wanting to improve myself and being content with who I am in the moment. All the while appreciating the now and never taking anything too seriously.
I also have the memory of a concussed goldfish. It's totally endearing.
I landed a full-time gig at Oakley playing in Photoshop. It's kind of rad. My workplace filled with brilliant, wonderful people that I don't want to strangle on a daily basis.
Also, for the last 5 years I have enjoyed bossing myself around at my own ≡design company≡, creating posters and marketing material for independent filmmakers who are too lazy to do it themselves.
-WORK BUT NOT WORK-
Each year I challenge myself with a single year-long project in order to pretentiously brag about for years after.
Once I volunteered 12 different places in 12 months. The most rewarding and impactful being Comfort Zone Camp where I am mentor and friend to children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Another time I created something new every week and posted it up online for everyone to praise and ridicule. It's an affirmation to my creed -- always be creating. Check it out ≡here≡.
Two years ago I created/hosting a book club in order to utilize the power of peer-pressure to start reading all the books I've been collecting.
This year I'm traveling the world, with two big trips across the US, one giant international trip and a bunch of trips up and down the west coast from Mexico to Canada.
* Flying down large snowy hills with a plank strapped to my feet.
* Discovering how to best hurt myself while mountain biking.
* Planning the next step in my exploration of the planet.
* Starting a skateboarding gang at work.
* Writing essays on various subjects.
* Rolling twenty-sided dice.
* Memorizing Wikipedia.
* Bettering the world.
I also make a mean Old Fashioned.
And that I like listing things with asterisks. You'll see.
* Conversation with stimulating people
* Freedom of expression
* Books I haven't read
* Breakfast foods
* Ability to count
* Arbitrary lists
My opinions about everything are always in flux, always susceptible to new information. I appreciate people who challenge my views, it makes me dig deeper for better answers. The key is and will always be open-minded discussions, disseminating information, and filtering out the bullshit.
It's ≡bigger≡ than you think. It's bigger than I can think.
Nutrition. GMOs. Environmental impacts. Animal cruelty.
What to grow next. And what new recipe I'm cooking tonight.
How I can make this a better world for everyone here now and for those that will come after I'm gone.
Why we do the things we do.
Why things are the way they are.
I greatly enjoy the pursuit of knowledge.
And the betterment that follows.
Specifically, ≡explaining my answers≡ to clarify poorly stated questions.
Unless it's the first Friday of the month, then I'm most likely at Fullerton's art walk. Come join me!
Also, I don't make over a million dollars, my apologies to all the diggers out there.
If you're someone who encompasses a passion that can overtake you, who revels in the spontaneous beauty of life and also inhabits an insatiable need to fill your mind, if you understand that a scientific theory is essentially fact, if you grow your own food, have hipster tendencies, can talk in fake accents, read for fun, you're ≡unique≡, you occasionally skip while walking down the street, play on playgrounds, you read xkcd, you'll break into dance when you're overcome, if you are a fan of Carl Sagan & Noam Chomsky, if you want to go on ≡the craziest OkCupid date ever≡ or if ≡this≡ resonates with you.
-TAKE A HIKE-
If you have no appreciation for art, believe in supernatural beings, you enjoy watching football, poor grammar/spelling mean nothing to you, complained about writing a self-summary, need me to complete you or if you want to be worshiped.
There are so many of you, so much beauty, so much passion, so much...insanity. And I alone am supposed to find the one, the you, that embodies the complement to everything I am?
This is a delicate dance, please do not wait for me to stumble upon your amazingness. Be daring, shoot me a message or simply a hello and I will find you amongst this chaos. Not to mention whenever I log in and my message icon is pink ≡this is my reaction≡. But if I don't reply, it doesn't mean I don't think you're amazing, it just means I don't think we'd be amazing for whatever reason.