Celebrating World IP Day’s Focus on Young Creators With Teenage Artist Patrick Jackson

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year’s focus is on the ways in which young creators are making a big impact on safeguarding IP and making the world a more creatively vibrant place. As the World IP Day’s official site explains, “Across the globe, young people are stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and ingenuity, their curiosity and creativity to steer a course towards a better future.”

We thought one excellent way of celebrating World IP Day this year would be to shine a light on some of those young people who are going to help us create a better, brighter future. During our recent celebration of the Motion Picture Association’s centennial, some of our leading lawmakers shared their thoughts on the crucial importance of IP to a robust, thriving creative community. Now, we turn our attention to our future leaders for a crash course on how a love of creativity, fostered by protecting and supporting creatives, inspires them to become the next generation of creators.

Meet Patrick Jackson. Patrick’s a freshman in High School and is passionate about art—he’s been drawing since he was able to hold a pencil. Patrick’s inspirations are far-ranging, from iconic Japanese manga, including Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto,” to the beloved anime series Attack on Titan. Patrick’s also drawn (quite literally) to the work of legendary artists like Keith Haring, KAWS, Kim Jung Gi, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. You’ll also see in Patrick’s video how his own work has been inspired by music, with drawings of MF Doom and Earl Sweatshirt included, which has amplified his interest in becoming a streetwear artist.

Young artists like Patrick represent the future of our creative community, a future that burns brightest when its creators’ work is protected and championed.

Check out our video with Patrick below.

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Get the skinny on both classic movies and Canadian filmmakers from Kyle Perez.

Find out who would win in a matchup between Batman and Black Panther from superhero expert Lauren Claggett.

And learn about the importance of representation (and seeing boys cry on screen) from Addie Scheer.


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