marcomastri
33 Modena, Italy
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My self-summary
“Untrained layman, underachiever and all-around procrastinator” is what i usually write on every fresh-started profile. I think every branch of human knowledge deserves a look so I tend to know next to nothing, but on a quite wide range of topics.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m a slightly colorblind graphic designer (colours are generally over-rated anyway) with a thing for typography living in Modena, Italy.
I have a conflictual relationship with photography as a medium of expression I’m trying to solve. Update: Apparently the conflict is on its way to be solved, I just finished a course on B&W printing and with a friend we’re setting up our own darkrom.
I’m really good at
Making shit shine. Which, in the words of my cousin means that I can find a good side in pretty much everything, from people to situations. She also said that sometimes i’m polite to the point that it turns around and i look like an asshole.
I’m also good at what I do for a living, which is graphic design. Not styling, mind you. As Bruno Munari put it “Le soluzioni basilari e essenziali non passano mai di moda; il resto è styling”: basic and essential solutions are never outmoded; the rest is styling. Styling sometimes makes me unconfortable, but i try to approach it from a projectual point of view.
The first things people usually notice about me
«What are you thinking about?». Normally is because I get fixated on some useless detail I don’t think the world needs to know. Just ask my opinion on the matter and I’ll flood you with my nonsense.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A list of books, in no particular order:

Also, I enjoy reading about the history of the ancient Near East and the origins of writing systems.

Movies/TV:
Dexter and Boris (a satirical series depicting the backstage of a typical italian soap). I generally like good cinema but I’m not keeping a list of favourites movies. I’m in love with Sarah Silverman and her delicate sense of humour.

Music:
If you put my iTunes on random play you’re assured to find something you hate: I listen to every kind of music, from electronica to the occasional classic piece, to some obscure ethnomusicological recording. I’m interested in musical traditions from every corner of the globe and I dislike the label “world music”. Every now and then I find myself wondering why Gala Rizzatto virtually disappeared after Come Into My Life.
Here follows a list of some artist I’m listening quite regularly these days:

A more comprehensive list on http://www.lastfm.it/user/marcomastri/

Food:
I really don’t like salt, when cooking my own food i use the least amount. I enjoy meat, but i find myself eating less and less of it. I love to try everything at least once, and the place i’m in strongly affects my “daringness” and perception of taste, ie. in Brasil i tried chicken hearts skewers (yum!), something i’m not sure i would have done here. I enjoy cooking even though i’m far from being grandmother-level… i’d like to have more time to hone my skills.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
No lists here, random thoughts are always running through my head.
When i was a child before bedtime i used to think about the concepts of infinity and eternal sleep until i scared the shit out of myself; sometimes I still do it.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about perception and self-perception.
On a typical Friday night I am
somewhere, doing something.
Apart from my regular commitments i don’t have “days” for doing things, it’s not a big deal wether someone feels like going out for clubs on monday or spending saturday night reading on the sofa.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once went to a Shakira concert… nuff said
You should message me if
you feel like it.

Oh, e si você é brasiliana o lusofona, porque só acabei um curso de Português :)
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