AD 128 | Jerry Hsu
“The Beautiful Flower Is The World”

Jerry Hsu is an American professional skateboarder and photographer.

His newest photography book entitled “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”, depicts his fascination with life’s absurdities and showcases Hsu’s humorous approach to image making.

Show Notes: 
  • Introduction (00:00)
  • When Yoshino challenged Hsu to a Game of S-K-A-T-E (02:43)
  • Stories Growing up in San Jose, CA (04:43)
  • “Skate Vision” and Photography (08:02)
  • Choosing Skating as a Living and the Conflict of Deals (17:46)
  • His new book, “The Beautiful Flower Is The World” & His blog, “Nazi Gold” (22:17)
  • Story of Mass Shooting Insurance and Real Unbelievably Images (30:32)
  • How Jerry Got into Photography (32:35)
  • Impact of Films and Ethics of AI - Ex Machina (Dir. Alex Garland), Generation Wealth (Dir. Lauren Greenfield), Her (Dir. Spike Jonze) (39:40)
  • Skateboard Culture & Being A Child of Immigrates (50:36)
  • Hsu’s Skateboarding Career VS Family's Wishes (55:10)
  • Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky) & Imperfection as the Perfect Skateboard Film (1:01:06)
  • The Influence of Fellow Skateboarders: Louie Barletta, Ed Templeton, Marc Johnson (1:02:58)
  • Finding Like Minded People and Danger of Confirmation Bias (1:07:33)
  • The Delusional Reality of Fame and Creativity (1:11:08)
  • Injuries From Skateboarding (1:14:27)
  • Psychedelics Helped Change Perspective (1:17:02)
  • Advice to Artists (1:18:49)
  • Wrap Up (1:31:55)

Posted 09.06.2019


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino