How would you describe your work to someone that has never seen it?
My work is fun if you enjoy a collection of non-fashion images built within the fashion genre. I still fulfill a few fashion cliché’s but my work tends to lean toward stylized cinematic, raw, sexy, smart, emotional, authentic, and bold images. I like to blend indie and underground aesthetics alongside mainstream and pop features to create my own world representative of my cultural affiliations.
Some people may get a little freaked because I openly play with taboo subjects (think a hard Rated R in the 80’s before things got weak) but the goal is to capture the human experience as a whole. I still produce a lot of Family Friendly G-Rated things for people looking toward that.
And of course women are a huge factor in my images. I simply love women and hold them in a very high regard. I feel that is a critical part of my work.
What does fashion mean to you?
Simply put: fashion is an element, which assists in forming personal and collective style. Left alone fashion is the result of abstract thinking coalescing in to a single item, which becomes the unifying solution for class, utility, tribal connections and more. Combined with other fashion it’s a single unit, which holds the potential to spark imagination through a person’s ability to form remixes, and mashups. Fashion choices are excellent ways for the spirit to express itself and place itself on display. It’s also a great spiritual protector and beacon for people seeking their tribe.
You lived in New York and now LA, what’s next? What drew you to LA versus NY?
I quit shooting for about a year following a spiritual meltdown. I was broken because I felt I was making art which contributed to unnecessary social and environmental issues. I sorted out those issues through conversations with guests on my podcast and decided to get back in the game. I started to flex the creative muscles in NY but found I was weak and lacked momentum, I was floundering.
So friends in LA called me and said “Yo dude, you’re tired in NY. Come get a tan and learn to swim. We’ll give you a free place all to yourself with an amazing pool and you will have a bunch of friends waiting for you while you get yourself sorted.” How could I say no to that?!
I got rid of all my possessions except a duffle bag, backpack and a carry-on then bought a one-way ticket to LA where I learned how to couch surf in luxury. My friends and the spaces helped me gather new momentum and steam. I found myself shooting things I couldn’t do in NY no matter how much I tried. I also picked up some new business skills I never built during my time in NY.
Now I’m heading back to NY for a few months. I have some speaking engagements and there are some projects that I simply can’t do here because LA isn’t set up for some of the things I like to do with fashion. I’m excited to bring back some exotic ideas I discovered while here in LA. I’m also setting my focus on Europe. I want to live in Paris for a few seasons and learn from their culture. I feel there is a special romantic between fashion and Paris that have enchanted women from around the world and I want to learn what that is about. I want to better understand that relationship with a hope it can unlock something inside of my creative and spiritual souls. I’m also looking forward to London, Oslo, and Moscow to see what I can learn from the cities. Overall the future looks just as exciting as this moment here!