Irreverence Justified


Running Time
24m 31s


Jim Riswold


BUCKLE UP! Iconic ad man. Cancer survivor. Artist unplugged. The genius of the Riz. (Disclaimer — This talk contains strong language & nudity)

You are arguably one of the world’s greatest creative directors at the iconic and revered Wieden & Kennedy agency.  

In 2000 you are diagnosed with leukemia and given a year or two to live.  Remarkably, a clinical drug works miracles and 11 years later you are as irreverent and provocative as ever.

Riswold retired from advertising to become a full-time contemporary artist, going from “a career of selling people things they don’t need to making things that people don’t want”.


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