The Early Hours Presents: Truemarmalade aka Erik Binggeser

The last interview for February comes from someone I've known for a long time, but still haven't met - Truemarmalade aka Erik Binggeser (we need to change that, since we now live in the same city now after meeting online around 12 years ago). I'm not surprised we haven't met, honestly, because we both have similar personalities - you know, the "I'm going to lock myself inside and work for 12 hours straight because I want to" type. We met through an art forum, when I was just starting to get back into creative work as a teen.  

I was following along as Erik was producing these insane stencils - huge, bed-sheet sized half tone photographic stencils comprised of thousands and thousands of tiny squares or shapes. He would grind them out at an incredible pace with a method most would never try - he would cut one stencil, spray it onto paper, look for any problem areas, and cut it again - all over again. If you've ever worked on detailed, multi layer or super intricate stencils, this is enough to make your hand start cramping and your eyes blurry. 

I recently reconnected with Erik, who's still making quality work but has also become incredibly involved in the ATX cycling scene. He documents events on his instagram @truemarmalade, as well as some epic rides through incredibly hilly terrain. Check out his graphic design work here, and enjoy the following...

1. Time is the most valuable resource. Do you agree or disagree, and why? 

I've been thinking about this more and more lately due to a long distance relationship ending because of the lack of bandwidth we had for each other. Time really is the one resource that every issue can be reduced down to. We might be wanting time to slow down so that there is longer to spend working on something that you care about. Alternatively someone could be praying that everything moves as fast as possible so that you can recover from a broken heart. 

2. How DO you spend your time? 

Lately it feels as though I've been wasting my time. Caring too much about certain things, caring too less about certain people. I am absolutely in some sort of in-between depressed phase of whatever this early 30's time is supposed to be like. I spend far too much time thinking about things to do rather than doing them, unfortunately.
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3. Ideally, how WOULD you spend your time, if money were not an issue? 

I would spend a lot less time being stressed, that's for goddamn sure! Increased cruising around on bikes, planning photo projects, maybe some traveling even though I am far more a materials person than an experiential one. People and places let me down far more often than my bike do.

4. How do you plan to get from where you are, to where you want to be? 

Therein lies the master problem, doesn't it? We never know where the inspiration for change comes from and sometimes we barely notice once it has arrived. Trying to keep an open mind, trying to not lose hope, trying to not sound so melodramatic like it's high school and I'm still listening to Dashboard Confessional.

5. What is the one biggest time wasting habit or thing you endure in your life? Could you reduce the impact of this if you wanted to spend the time doing something productive instead?

I wish it were as easy to identify as something like 'call of duty' or 'daily commute' but it really is hard to define like porn, you just know it when you see it. Constructing a daily routine even without a career requiring it may be a good first step to help me in feeling as though my life is somewhat on track. Wake up at the same time, consistent breakfast, work out for X hours a day, consume inspiration while I drink an afternoon coffee, etc.

6. What one thing do you indulge in that takes significant amounts of time that others might see as a waste, but you see as a blessing or integral part of your life?  

It feels absurd even typing this out, but Pokemon Go has been a huge part of my life since it came out this summer. Since July I have walked more than 900km purely due to the game incentivizing it. The game catches on to some deep-set childish craving in the same way that dorking around on my skateboard still does. Austin also has a pretty solid scene with a community of players working together to research the meta-game of it all.

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