The son of a class clown and a real clown, JUSTIN GIGNAC was destined for weirdness. After three years as professional mascot Tater the Gator, he followed his childhood dream of making commercials to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he spent his spare time picking up, rearranging and selling garbage.

He went on to spend five years working stable, full-time jobs at various ad agencies before choosing to go freelance in 2007. In 2012, he co-founded Working Not Working, the real-time network that connects top freelance creatives with agencies and companies looking to hire them. Now, as his own boss, Justin splits his time between WNW and his many art and business ventures – including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale, Needs for Sale and QRapping Paper.

A prolific procrastinator, Justin is motivated by idea envy and an obsession to get in the New York Magazine Approval Matrix. He lives in downtown Manhattan with his favorite person, Christine Gignac, and their pet ping pong table. 


Justin's SXSW program with Jocelyn Lai has been selected: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL

Justin interviewed by Fast Company Create: How to be a Happy and Successful Creative Freelancer

NYC Garbage featured in PRINT Magazine: Throwaway Culture

Working Not Working on PSFK: Online Marketplace Looks to Disrupt the Freelance Game

Aziz Ansari tweets Justin's Halloween Costume to 1M+ followers: Crazy Swag


If you have an enthusiastic audience that would like to hear the stories behind Justin's work, email him.

SXSW Mar '13: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL 

HUMBER COLLEGE November '12: Everything I Know About Advertising I Learned by Selling Garbage (& Other Stuff) 

PSFK CONFERENCE April '12: UNICEF Good Shirts  

HALLMARK July '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well 

PSFK CONFERENCE April '11: Doin' It, Doin' It & Doin' It Well