Rik Corijn: Tintin in Lebanon's Ad Land
Posted on 2019 Oct,28

'When I am in Lebanon I miss Belgium' laughs Rik Corijn 'and when I am in Belgium, I miss Lebanon'. Exactly 20 years ago, creative director Rik exchanged

What gets you up in the morning?

A river of coffee.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The daily transformation of a silly sketch into a big idea.

Who do you ultimately want to become?

Me, just better.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Walking 900 km to Santiago de Compostela.

What’s your motto in life?

Do it well or not at all.

What keeps you in the game?


What keeps you up at night?


What would be your worst nightmare?


What inspires you most?


What music have you been listening to lately?

Joi Noir ‘Celeste’.

What is the gadget you cannot live without?

My phone, unfortunately.

What can we find on your phone?

I’m a big fan of the Gram’.

What quality do you most look up to in a woman?


What quality do you most look up to in a friend?


Who would you like to sit next to on a seven-hour flight?

Henry Rollins.

If you could live for one day the life of another person, who would it be?

James Hetfield.

If you could have dinner with someone, living or dead, who would it be; and what question would you ask him/her?

Tuba Büyüküstün – Just to catch up.

If you were to be reincarnated, what would you like to come back as?

An eagle.

If you were to change profession, what would you choose to do?

Art curator.

What do you consider to be the greatest headline of all time?

“We try harder” (Avis).

What business tip would you give the newbies?

Always be curious & generous.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Breakfast with that special one.

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

Mar Mikhael.

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

Time travel – relive all the great moments, undo all the bad.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Buy a house in the center of Ghent.

What is the one word you catch yourself saying too often?

‘‘Good, good, good.”

What would you like to be doing five years from now?


If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

Langkawi, Malaysia.

What’s the last book you read or movie you saw?

‘God’s Battalions – the Case for the Crusades’ (Rodney Stark).

What is the one thing you wish you had designed?

The Coca-Cola bottle.



I am... an extraverted introvert.

I like… positive spirits.

I want... to be a surfer.

I have... completed most of my bucket list.

I wish... to do the rest.

I hate... ignorance.

I fear... heights.

I Google... all day.

I wonder... about the meaning of life.

I regret... not being able to play guitar.

I love... creating.

I need... my own private universe.

If I ruled the world... I would save the rainforest.

I dream… too much.


My Favourite…

Dream Destination Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia

Restaurant Kale Café, Istanbul

Hotel Maximilian, Prague

Meal Roasted pork, croquettes, mushroom sauce on Xmas day

Quote “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” (Blade Runner)

Book Non-fiction: ‘The Great Game’ (Peter Hopkirk) – Fiction: ‘The Quincunx’ (Charles Palliser) – Graphic novel: ‘Quartier Lontain’ (Jiro Taniguchi)

Movie Das Boot

Flower Red tulips

Animal The great hornbill

Poet John McCrae ‘In Flanders Fields’

Music/band Britpop

Painter 15th & 16th century Flemish masters

Heroes Hergé / Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay / Atatürk