Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, it wasn’t uncommon to find a Playboy, cigarette, or beer can hidden beneath a friend’s bed.

However, under my bed you would have found a very different form of contraband for my age. Busty blondes and rolled joints were replaced with novels by Stephen King, Sandman issues by Neil Gaiman, and cassette tapes filled with Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. All recorded off the radio with precision timing.

What I wanted in my life was inspiration. Music, movies, and books inspired me to explore new worlds of my own.

So here are two lists. Music. Film. Each are comprised of artists and dreamers who inspire my work today.

My hope is that they can also help you find some escape of your own.