This 'creative worker' and 'human pocket knife' is just at home solving problems at Portland agency North as he is embracing life in the outdoors of the Pacific North West
“Folk art sculpture found on PNW roadside of the way I see myself.”
When Justin 'Scrappers' Morrison first started at Portland agency North, he requested the job title of 'creative worker'. This title apparently allows him to work as a copywriter, art director, illustrator, video editor, handyman, producer, and general creative problem solver. And with over 15 years experience in advertising, magazine publishing and art-making, Scrappers brings a hefty, diverse creative toolbox to the office.
When he's not scrapping away at North, there's a high chance you'll find him somewhere outside, enjoying the dues that America's Pacific North West has to offer. He even has his own magazine, celebrating life in the wild outdoors, and his personal blog is entitled Human Pocket Knife.
As you'd expect from a multi-pronged being such as Scrappers, his Essential List is a real goodie. Enjoy!
o Bonus culture essential: The City Park. Have you gone there lately? It’s like the last frontier of commercial-free non-curated experiences. Commercial free zones are essential for pure culture to grow.
Food and Drink
o Breakfast: Pie, if I can get it.
o Restaurant: “What’s local on the menu?” - Me, trying to be a responsible consumer.
o Cheap bite: The big bag of granola in my desk’s file cabinet.
o Working lunch: Same as above.
o Favourite dish: Same as below.
o Signature dish: A fish I caught, cleaned, and cooked with wild-foraged huckleberries.
o Snack: My fingernails while hunching over a computer.
o Guilty pleasure: Pretending to be confident.
o Bar: I’ve been kicked out of them all.
o Booze: Unfiltered Sake.
o Not booze: Yes! This is where I’m at now. It’s way better without booze. It’s like an act of rebellion to not drink in this industry.
o Bonus food: $25 monthly donations to three different homeless shelters downtown.
o Bonus beverage: Enough water to swim in.
“I live in the PNW because all the water is fresh and it refreshes me.”
o Phone: My Leash! My Whip! My Lover! My Obsession!
o Computer: Calm Pooter?
o TV: The kind with a VHS player built into it.
o Headphones: Yes. My head is full of phones.
o Camera: Canon T50 and a medium format Mamiya.
o Soundsystem: Some hands clapping and feet stomping a beat.
o Pen / pencil: Three pens in my pocket at all times: Le Pen felt tip, Stabilo ballpoint (0.5 fine), and a fat Sharpie.
o Where you document an idea: Public bathroom walls.
o Casual clothing: Moonlit salt water.
o Smart clothing: Hot spring mud.
o Footwear: Some butts. Sorry mum. They say I kick ass.