by Tim Trueheart

   There is this artistic concept called the heroic gesture, and it’s an amazing vehicle for production.  I first heard about this in art school in regards to Jackson Pollock. He’s an Abstract Expressionist if anyone asks you. You know things like this when you go 20k in debt getting an Art degree. Wait…  What? You learned that on the internet, for free? fuck me…

    Anyway, apparently, Pollock would lock himself in his studio on a Friday afternoon and paint until he was “finished,” which was presumably late Sunday afternoon. Afterwards an exhausted Pollock would have all those drip paintings he became so famous for, and we’d have an excellent example of the artist’s heroic gesture.  

                                                        Jackson Pollock ,     No. 5, 1948    

                                                       Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 1948 

    Once, after already doing conditioning drills with an Olympic trainer for 2 hours (starting at 4:45 a.m.) Kobe Bryant then did shooting drills until he made 800 jumpers… another heroic gesture!  

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0

The self proclaimed genius Kanye West, (my hero, next to Rogan of course) is also familiar with the Heroic Gesture.


Kanye West, Consequence, GLC

Y'all don't know my struggle

Y'all can't match my hustle

You can't catch my hustle

You can't fathom my love dude

Lock yourself in a room doin' five beats a day for three summers

That's a different world like three summers

I deserve to do these numbers

The kid that made that deserves that Maybach

So many records in my basement

I'm just waitin' on my spaceship, blaow  

You have time today. Leave your mark on life while you have time.

Here’s a pep talk from Joe Rogan. He knows a little something about the heroic gesture.

Be the hero of your own movie!