Richard Hackman and I have known each other for about 13 years, having met in high school. We were nerds. We did Speech and Debate (or Forensics, for those of you in the know), we wore suits for tournaments more often than any high schooler should have to on weekends, and we remained friends despite multiple moves and thousands of miles between us. That's the amazing thing about technology and social media, it truly can keep us connected, even if it's just seeing an occasional status update or uploaded photo of a recent life event.
That's why I was thrilled when we both eventually settled down around NYC! Not only is Richard good people, he is a supremely talented artist. On top of that, he is a generous artist. I'm not sure if I can explain how important that last part is to me personally and to people who are just starting out in their medium. He's someone I can always go to when I need feedback on an idea or when I just want to create something but don't feel like doing it on my own at the moment (let's be honest, creating can be very intimidating at times, especially when that crippling fear of failure sneaks up on you).
So I did my best to make one of my oldest, dearest friends look good in these pictures. And Richard, if you're reading this, I hope I've embarrassed you immensely with this post, as fewer things give me more pleasure in life.
To another decade of friendship!