The Takeaway from Platform Talks: jeffstaple

I was for­tu­nate enough to attend the first-ever “Plat­form Talks” with jeffstaple1 here in Manila. For those that couldn’t attend, here’s a quick­strike of high­lights through­out this “ordi­nary” Tues­day, Octo­ber 30th afternoon…

The ori­gins of “Sta­ple

  • Life sucks. So just do what makes you happy.
  • There is no “magic wand”—hard work is the secret sauce.

Etsy’s Hand­made Por­traits: “The Sword Maker” (Kore­hira Watanabe)

Success/happiness, and their cor­re­la­tion to Kore­hira Watanabe:

  • There are basi­cally no direc­tions or for­mu­las… to make Koto (ancient swords) success/happiness.
  • It’s impos­si­ble to recre­ate the sword success/happiness.
  • Success/happiness doesn’t hap­pen over night. Kore­hira Watan­abe has honed his craft for 40 years, it’s only in the past five years that he have finally suc­ceeded in mak­ing a few sim­i­lar to Koto success/happiness.
  • Keep rais­ing the bar of success/happiness; if not, it will “wear thin with time.” (Watan­abe wants his dis­ci­ple to sur­pass him as a sword maker; a dis­ci­ple bet­ter than him.)

Well we hus­tle out of a sense of,
hopelessness.
Sort of a desperation
Through that des­per­a­tion, we come addicted.
But we feel we have nothin’ to lose.
So we offer you, well, we offer our lives.
What do you bring to the table?

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z). “Can I Live.” Rea­son­able Doubt, 1996.

Short doc of the event by Mar­gaux Sue
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I hope this keeps the fire burn­ing in you; if any, makes it even bigger!

Much thanks goes out to those involved in mak­ing this hap­pen: WIP Caps, Secret Fresh Gallery, Sta­tus Mag­a­zine, Grey­one Social, co.lab, Ronac Art Cen­ter, and last but not least—Sarah & Banj of Plat­form Show Manila.

PS. Haha… Apple x Banksy x jeff­sta­ple =) I now appar­ently have the one and only jeff­sta­ple Mac­Book Pro lol

  1. Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor of Sta­ple Design and Reed Space. []

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