We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonny Pucci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonny, what do you attribute your success to?
As an artist, my business and my brand are essentially just me. It’s me presenting myself to the world. Because of that I see my success as being dependent on staying true to myself and to my work. My goal as someone who makes art is to create a positive impact on individuals, communities and if possible the planet/environment. I think as long as I keep that as my primary focus I will continue to be successful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My desire for making art comes from my wish to have a positive impact on the world around me. Of course it’s fun to make art and making art as a career has been my goal as long as I can remember. With that said, I look at my own craft as a tool to communicate ideas that can have a strong resonance and mean something to the people that encounter it. Getting to this point that I can pay my bills through the skill of my hands and through creativity has been (as I said) a life long process and it is still an ongoing one. I had a friend once who told me, “if you can make a living doing anything but making art do that. But if you have to make art then that’s what you’ll do.” That has always stuck with me and is a comfort when things are difficult, to know that if this is truly a calling then you have to roll up your sleeves and keep moving forward. It’s never easy but the best things in life take work and determination and no one is just going to walk in off the street and give it to you (probably). If there is one thing I would like people to take away from my work it is that I am trying to elicit positive change both in my community and the communities that allow my art to live in their space. I want people to see the work and ask questions and hopefully learn something along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It would depend on the friend, but lets say for arguments sake that they like to surf, I’d absolutely take them to my favorite surf spots. San Diego has so many good places to surf and I’m always amazed that despite how many people are here you can still find quiet little breaks to yourself or with just a few people around (if you know where to look!). After that it’d be tacos in Barrio Logan, we could stop at the Torrey Pines glider port for some epic views before heading to get Korean hot pot up in Kearny Mesa, for dinner it’s gotta be Italian, if not at my house then for sure at either Buona Forchetta or Piacere Mio in South Park. We’d also have to make a trip out to East county for a hike. If it’s one of my friends that loves cycling like I do then for sure I would take them on a ride to the end of Point Loma to see the Cabrillo Lighthouse and back along Sunset Cliffs. If we’re feeling ambitious there’s a million different ways to ride a bike up Mt. Soledad, all of which are challenging and beautiful.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Between the pandemic, politics, social unrest and natural disasters there is no denying that this year has been challenging in so many ways to so many people. But through it all we’ve seen people come together to help one another cope and deal directly with all the day to day challenges that 2020 has thrown at us. I’d like to give a shoutout to everyone that is making it through these difficult times. Everyone that has helped me, everyone that has helped anyone, and everyone who has had the courage to ask for help when they need it.
Elliot Ross, Stephanie Fong, Christian De Massis, Jacob Boll, Andy Bosselman