Watch: John Waters gave the 2015 commencement address at RISD and CRUSHED IT

The Rhode Island School of Design is the alma mater of Talking Heads, the school that gave William Gibson his honorary PhD–and now it's the school where culture hero and filth elder John Waters delivered his magnificent, world-beating rant on what design is for.


Go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully. Design clothes so hideous that they can't be worn ironically. Horrify us with new ideas. Outrage outdated critics. Use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. Make me nervous!

And finally, count your blessings. You got through college. You didn't commit suicide, O.D., or have a nervous breakdown, and let's remember the ones who did. It's time to get busy. It's your turn to cause trouble – but this time in the real world, and this time from the inside.

John Waters Commencement Address, RISD 2015: Vimeo, YouTube.

(via Wil Wheaton)