We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Pearson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how do you think about risk?
From what I can tell, so far in life, I don’t consider risk as a normal person would. I think I can trace the way my mind works in relation to risk back to the threads of my DNA. But on a more tangible level, I suppose the way I was raised allowed me to take risks, and do so as often as possible. I think I had a weird childhood and never had what one would consider security. Anything from lack of parenting, to lack of safety and lack of decent food as a child, I’ve developed ways to navigate in this world and have survived for 45 years. I should have physically died a handful of times, and should have plummeted financially into the gutter over and over. Granted, I live below the poverty line, but I have done so on my own terms. As much as I like to consider myself an anarchist, I don’t think humans in general are capable of self-governing themselves. But I feel that I have a moral compass, ethics, and more importantly, empathy. I started off with nothing, aside from the idea that I can pull off crazy shit if I want to put effort into doing so. I need no convincing to try to release a square 7″ record for the sake of art, or tour in a van that was purchased for $200 cash from a sketchy cop and run it into the ground just to be able to travel with my band, or more importantly I will take the risk and adopt a dog that instantly looks into my soul for real companionship. Sure, I will donate a couple thousand dollars to a human rights organization when I only have a couple thousand dollars, or prank some jerk TV host as a tribute to the original Situationists, but if you don’t take risks, are you really living? What is risk anyhow? My grandmother told me two and a half decades ago that I lived more than she has in her entire life. She is now in her 90’s. I love her, and wish she took more risks in her life. Perhaps she is part of the reason I will take as many risks as I can.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is speculative, so I do what I do for mainly for myself. If I had a goal, to say be professional, or create financial stability, I would limit myself. With that being said, I have no clue about me getting to where I am now being easy. Honestly, I have no idea, in comparison to others. I just did whatever I could, and however I could. I’m not sure what is easy or hard. I can complain about life sucking but it always sucks more for someone else, so I ry to never complain. Therefor, I might not be inclined to really need to tell the world about my story. I do what I do and it’s a means to communicate, which goes beyond language, but I think I just put it out there and whatever happens to it happens. I’m not professional with anything. I just live the life I know. I’m not a brand.
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?
Some of my favorite spots to hang out would be Sunset Cliffs and LaJolla Shores. I’m a food snob, and some of my favorite places are Kindred, Ranchos, Peoples Co-op. I rarely drink, and I don’t hang out much. I just work and try to create stuff. However, I am a huge fan of anything with my dog, such as the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I mentioned Situationists, my grandmother who’s in her 90s, and to add to this, I think my dog and I have telepathy.
Photos by Becky DiGiglio