There’s a good chance you have some Ron Jasin artwork in your house and you might not even know it. Jasin is the man behind Madpixel, an art and design studio he shares with his wife Mary Yates, who is also a local artist and photographer. They create many concert posters for local and national acts, and they also specialize in web design, photography, advertising, branding and logo creation.
Jasin’s full-time gig as creative director of brandy distillery Copper & Kings has allowed him to merge his artistic abilities with business and marketing — he’s responsible for the visual identity of the brand, and he created the logo, label design, all of the collateral material and photography.
And if a day job and an art firm doesn’t keep him busy enough, he’s also one of the masterminds (along with Yates and Scott Shuffit) behind the annual $20 Art Show, which was held Dec. 13 and drew more than 1,600 people in three hours. He says it’s hard to measure the show’s success, because they don’t usually make a profit, but he hopes all those who came out had a good time, supported the artists and got some creative, local gifts for friends and family.
Jasin was kind enough to respond to some very important questions.
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I have this weird fascination with truck-stop showers, and for some reason, I really want to take one some day. It’s an easy thing to check off my Bucket List, but maybe I just like having it on there. It’s good to have goals, you know? Or maybe I’m afraid it won’t live up to the hype …
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
Junior high? Probably G.I. Joe and Transformers. Music-wise I remember liking Duran Duran because my friend’s older sisters were into them, but I don’t remember if I had their poster or not.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Probably Mark Anthony Mulligan. I love his artwork and his attitude, and I don’t think enough people know who he is. I saw a couple pointing and laughing at him a little while ago on Bardstown Road, and it made me sad. He’s probably done more with his life than those two ever will.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
I’ve been stuck on the Indian Hills Pizza at Coals lately, so I’ll say ham, soppressata, bacon, basil and shaved parmesan.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I’ve been really enjoying my later 30s, and now in my 40s things are going pretty good for me. But since I’d only have to be this age for a week. I’d say 100. I’m starting to think more about my mortality, and I’m really curious about getting old, so this would give me a good feel for what it’s going to be like.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
I can’t recall a time anyone has told me I look like a famous person. So I just did one of those online celebrity look-a-like apps, and my favorite results were Elvis Costello, Jack Osbourne and Anthony Michael Hall. I like the last one because it’s so ridiculous.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
MacGyver, because he’d be able to get us unstuck the quickest. I’m not big on confined spaces or small talk.