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 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
PEOPLE I DIG:
Aaron Adler, Chuck Anderson, Jessi Arrington, Jayson Atienza, Chris Baker, Kareem Black, Greg Brunkalla, Mikey Burton, Ivan Cash, Dan Cassaro, Greg Christman, Jon Contino, Kevin Cyr, Craig Damrauer, Jennifer Daniel, Brock Davis, Dress Code, Daniel Eatock, Ray Fenwick, Timothy Goodman, Greg Grabowy, Jeff Greenspan, Grow Interactive, Kim Haxton, Nessim Higson, Jessica Hische, Nick Hum, James Jean, Masashi Kawamura, Josh Keyes, Tim Knowles, Todd Lamb, Christopher Lane, Ji Lee, Aria McManus, Brian Moore, Olly Moss, Christoph Niemann, Lotta Nieminen, Kyosuke Nishida, Oak Studios, Partners & Spade, Jason Polan, Mark Svartz, Dana Tanamachi, Adam Tompkins, Rich Tu, Nick van Woert, Jessica Walsh, Wayne White, We Should Do It All
In a CPH shop + impressed the staff by eating an open-face sandwich sans utensils. Helping US int’l relations with no manners or etiquette.