It’s hard not to give a fuck about what others think. Learning how to give zero fucks is an art in itself. But let’s face it. Most of us do care what people think, to a certain degree. As much as we’d like to believe that we don’t, we do because we’re human. We can even deceive ourselves into truly believing that we don’t care but most likely, we care. We put our all into our work so it’s only natural to care about your masterpiece is received.
Knowing that even the greatest artists of all time knew this is key in helping you conquer that self doubt.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962) by Andy Warhol
Of course the king of no fucks given would enlighten us with this brilliant quote. Just keep going and keep creating. Let people talk because they always will. While they’re talking, you just keep creating. Andy Warhol wasn’t one of the most successful artists of all time by listening to the haters. So follow in his footsteps and give zero fucks about what people think. As they say, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.
As a tribute to the King of No Fucks Given, here’s another brilliant quote to remind you not to care about the opinions of others. By measuring your success in inches, you’re proving to yourself and others that words don’t really matter. Impact matters and Andy Warhol made a profound impact on the art world during and after his death. “Measuring it in inches” can also mean measuring it by the size of your bank account and Andy Warhol had quite a sizable bank account! So while people talk, you just keep making that money, honey!
by Jean-Michel Basquiat
Of course, Andy Warhol’s most famous protege would think the same way as the King of No Fucks Given. Basquiat knew that art critics aren’t the ones that determine what art is, the artist does. So with that said, the opinions of art critics doesn’t matter. Opinions are subjective and although everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, it doesn’t mean that you have to give a fuck and internalize it!
“How do you see this tree? Is it green?
...Don't be afraid to paint it as green as possible.”
I love this quote. It almost sounds like he’s being shady, which I’m sure he isn’