100 Creatives 2013: Vincent Fink, Science Fashion
What He Does: Vincent Fink has been a graphic designer ever since he left the Art Institute of Houston in 2005. He found a nice high-paying job doing what he loved, but a cruel and verbally abusive production manager inspired him to strike out on his own. Now he heads Point 506 Clothing & Graphic Design. They're an independent fashion company here in Houston that aspires to produce unique artist interpretations of scientific concepts and to bring an air of enlightenment to modern fashion.
Every single design comes right out of the talented left hand of Fink, who feels that a trendy design should have a deeper meaning than just 'Hey, it looks cool.' Fashion doesn't have to be empty; it can show off centuries of expanded mathematical thought, and that's what he offers on his shirts.
Why He Likes It: "I always enjoy the process of creating the perfect design. The time involved in research and sketching takes weeks sometimes. If I have to draw a lion, I'm going to sketch at least 20 lions and pick the best one to ink. I like when me and Tina Lara, co-founder of Point 506, can get together and come up with some really great concepts for the designs. She pushes me to be a greater artist and businessman. Mostly, I enjoy knowing that our designs are causing people young and old to discover new theories in math and science."
What Inspires Him: "We are the universe reflecting on its self through consciousness. Carl Sagan, Nicola Tesla, Edgar Cayce, ancient civilizations, and as far as brands, really no one and everyone. My drawings sometimes get the M.C. Escher comparison, which is cool, to feel like I'm anywhere near his level. I consider most of my work to be graphic surrealism, or sometimes I create lucid surrealism. I am very fascinated with the subconscious and the unseen reality."
If Not This, Then What: Fink is a man of many talents. In addition to his work with Point 506, he's developing a career as a traditional artist, specializing in photorealistic painting. He's dabbled in sculptor and animation in the past, and admits that he's got at least one prog rock album in him that the world will one day hear. He's a busy guy.
If Not Here, Then Where: If Houston can't hold him, you'll find Fink in New York City. He just returned from doing two art shows there, and found the experience inspiring and invigorating. Plus, he has family there that he's visited regularly since he was a child.
What's Next: "Attempt to master all the disciplines I've currently set myself to. Get the brand in more of the right independent clothing stores, and the fine art in more galleries that see my vision. I hope I can focus less on all the salesman activities and more on creative processes, make more music and take some science courses. I would also like to be on one of the first colonies to Mars. Ultimately, just keep striving for excellence in whatever I do. No matter how many times I fall, I will always climb back up from the bile to smile at the ones who tried to drag me down."
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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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Maggie Lasher, dance professor and artistic director
Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre
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Barry Moore, architect
Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist
Ty Doran, young actor
Gwen Zepeda, Houston's first Poet Laureate
Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet
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Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center
Patrick Renner, sculptor of the abstract and the esoteric
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Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse
Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company
Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography
Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions
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Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist
Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer
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David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer
Danielle Burns, art curator
Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder
Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator
Ashley Horn, choreographer, filmmaker
Amanda Stevens, scary book author
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Michele Brangwen, choreographer and dancer
Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer
Kelly Sears, animator and film maker
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