Day 2: Inspired Stupidity


“The essence of creativity is fucking around; art is that which is done for the hell it” — Tim Kreider

The quote above is from Cartoonist Tim Kreider’s book “We Learn Nothing: Essays & Cartoons”.

Initially I highlighted the quote because it might make me sound cool at a cocktail party. But then I began to think about it’s implications.

Maybe creativity, in its purest form, really is just fucking around!

Think of it like this…

A great painting begins as a sketch on a page; a finished symphony with someone noodling on a piano.

The painting or the symphony may be the end result of creativity, but they are not its “essence”. The “essence” is the playful drive to make something out of nothing.

Creativity becomes hard, painful work when we take it too seriously. When we approach it with the lofty goal of making something timeless or significant. When we do it for some ulterior motive, rather than just for “the hell of it”

With that said, I proudly present my latest work:

“Nice glasses. Nerd!”



Antonio Rengel

Educator and Copywriter Who Writes About Creativity, Marketing, Pop Culture, And Occasionally Mindfulness Meditation