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BEN AROGUNDADE

WRITER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

LONDON, ENGLAND

Q: What do you do and where do you live? 

A: I do two jobs: I write books and articles on subjects like race, Shakespeare, sports, etc. I also conceive and design coffee table books. I live in Portobello.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Two things: an article on ancestry DNA testing. I had mine done, and found out I am a mix of African (65%), East Asian (28%) and European (7%), although to look at me, you’d think I was just black. DNA science is amazing stuff. Secondly, I am working on an illustrated book called ‘Lost Art’, about all the famous artworks that had been lost, stolen or destroyed through the ages.

Q: Where are you working from?

A: A small corner of my studio flat at home. I find it tricky working in the place where I live, especially one room, so for a change in the afternoon I move to a quiet local café with Wi-Fi.

Q: What time did you start today, and what time will you finish?

A: 7am to 7pm, with 2 hours break in between. 
 
Q: What have you eaten today?

A: Plenty, I’ve got a big engine to fuel. Muesli with blueberries and yoghurt, steamed vegetables, omelette, grilled chicken, brown toast, soup, a handful of almonds and some cheese. So far.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Going to my girlfriend’s flat for more food, plus wine and conversation. The best pastime these days. No more clubs or loud bars for me. Age has tamed, and hopefully matured my ass like a fine wine.

Q: What is it like to be creative in your city? 

A: Hard, for sure. So many people doing art now, it’s crazy. There are more artists in London than cars right now, or so it seems. I think London still produces world-class creatives, but the town sucks at execution. Better to learn the craft in London, but go abroad to make it.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A: It’s a privilege to be able to make the imagination manifest, and for others to dig it, and maybe pay too. Wow.

Q: What will your day look like when you’re 70? 

A:Hopefully I’ll be living by the ocean, somewhere warm, and working half days, cooking and drinking and talking to my partner the rest of the time. I’ll be happy if my son is still talking to me, friends come to visit, and if I get an email every now again about one of my books.

www.arogundade.com

BEN AROGUNDADE

WRITER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

LONDON, ENGLAND

Q: What do you do and where do you live?

A: I do two jobs: I write books and articles on subjects like race, Shakespeare, sports, etc. I also conceive and design coffee table books. I live in Portobello.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Two things: an article on ancestry DNA testing. I had mine done, and found out I am a mix of African (65%), East Asian (28%) and European (7%), although to look at me, you’d think I was just black. DNA science is amazing stuff. Secondly, I am working on an illustrated book called ‘Lost Art’, about all the famous artworks that had been lost, stolen or destroyed through the ages.

Q: Where are you working from?

A: A small corner of my studio flat at home. I find it tricky working in the place where I live, especially one room, so for a change in the afternoon I move to a quiet local café with Wi-Fi.

Q: What time did you start today, and what time will you finish?

A: 7am to 7pm, with 2 hours break in between.

Q: What have you eaten today?

A: Plenty, I’ve got a big engine to fuel. Muesli with blueberries and yoghurt, steamed vegetables, omelette, grilled chicken, brown toast, soup, a handful of almonds and some cheese. So far.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Going to my girlfriend’s flat for more food, plus wine and conversation. The best pastime these days. No more clubs or loud bars for me. Age has tamed, and hopefully matured my ass like a fine wine.

Q: What is it like to be creative in your city?

A: Hard, for sure. So many people doing art now, it’s crazy. There are more artists in London than cars right now, or so it seems. I think London still produces world-class creatives, but the town sucks at execution. Better to learn the craft in London, but go abroad to make it.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A: It’s a privilege to be able to make the imagination manifest, and for others to dig it, and maybe pay too. Wow.

Q: What will your day look like when you’re 70?

A:Hopefully I’ll be living by the ocean, somewhere warm, and working half days, cooking and drinking and talking to my partner the rest of the time. I’ll be happy if my son is still talking to me, friends come to visit, and if I get an email every now again about one of my books.

www.arogundade.com

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NOAH GOLDSMITH
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
LOS ANGELES, USA
 
Q: What do you do and where do you live?
A: I am the Executive Producer at Safe Camp. We primarily make films and commercials. I live in Los Angeles. 
Q: What are you working on?
A: Some TV commercial campaigns, producing a pilot about car racing and digging into the edit of a motorcycle documentary. 
Q: Where are you working from?
A: The Crossroads of the World in Hollywood. 
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish? 
A: 7am-7pm, then sometimes after hours meetings or emailing. 
Q: What have you eaten today?
A: Oatmeal with peanut butter, cinnamon and honey. Triple espresso. Granola Bar Double Espresso, Carnitas Burrito, Can of Coke (in that order, but not in one sitting)
Q: What are you doing later?
 A: Relaxing with my wife and dog. Probably watching a film or two. 
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?
 A: Tough if you are trying to make a business out of creativity. However, the longer you live here, the more integrated you become to the vast network of creative possibilities and people, of which there are many. LA has a near perfect environment to make being creative something you can do all the time. There are few excuses to not create something. 
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?
 A: I wish I could say I was an artist. The last time I felt that way was when I noticed I could draw better than most people in my 3rd grade class. It tapered off quickly from there. That’s not false modesty. To be an artist is to fearlessly create something from your own perspective. We try to do that as much as possible at Safe Camp. 
Q: What will your day look like when your 70?
A: If the mind is still there, I hope I am still producing projects. I have to think there will be another dimension to making live action projects by then and I am excited to see what that is. If my mind is toast, I hope I am just hanging with my family, with my days centering around a few coffees or cocktails. 

NOAH GOLDSMITH

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

LOS ANGELES, USA

 

Q: What do you do and where do you live?

A: I am the Executive Producer at Safe Camp. We primarily make films and commercials. I live in Los Angeles.

Q: What are you working on?

A: Some TV commercial campaigns, producing a pilot about car racing and digging into the edit of a motorcycle documentary.

Q: Where are you working from?

A: The Crossroads of the World in Hollywood.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: 7am-7pm, then sometimes after hours meetings or emailing.

Q: What have you eaten today?

A: Oatmeal with peanut butter, cinnamon and honey. Triple espresso. Granola Bar
Double Espresso, Carnitas Burrito, Can of Coke (in that order, but not in one sitting)

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Relaxing with my wife and dog. Probably watching a film or two.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?

A: Tough if you are trying to make a business out of creativity. However, the longer you live here, the more integrated you become to the vast network of creative possibilities and people, of which there are many. LA has a near perfect environment to make being creative something you can do all the time. There are few excuses to not create something.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A: I wish I could say I was an artist. The last time I felt that way was when I noticed I could draw better than most people in my 3rd grade class. It tapered off quickly from there. That’s not false modesty. To be an artist is to fearlessly create something from your own perspective. We try to do that as much as possible at Safe Camp.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70?

A: If the mind is still there, I hope I am still producing projects. I have to think there will be another dimension to making live action projects by then and I am excited to see what that is. If my mind is toast, I hope I am just hanging with my family, with my days centering around a few coffees or cocktails. 

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DAVID HOLLIER
ARTIST and TEACHER
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK


Q: What do you do and where do you live?

A: Other than produce art, I teach part-time at Parsons The Newschool for Design. I live on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, Brooklyn, New York.

Q: What are you working on?

A: Time Travel

Q: Where are you working from?

A: My Studio

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Today I was up at 7am. If I have to teach or drop my daughter at school then I’m up very early, otherwise I like to get up late. I usually spend most of the day doing chores and stuff, then get down to the real work by late evening and stay up very late.

Q: What have you eaten today?

A:  A bowl of cereal and a cup of tea.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: I have to send stuff to the UK. Head to the city to do some printing. I have to call my doctor, an old client and a few friends. Late afternoon I’ll meet up with my girlfriend, we currently have no plans for the evening.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?

A: Depends on who you’re talking to, I guess. With most people I get a very positive response, but not so much with certain people, like cops for example.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A:  It means I probably won’t be spending my golden years sailing my yacht around the Caribbean, or be able to buy my parents that Rolls Royce I promised them as a child. It means being smirked at when you describe yourself as one, and seemingly always having dirty fingernails. It also means constantly questioning the world around you and coming up with new ways to do and see things. It means being able to do whatever the hell you like, with justification, answering to nobody but yourself and The Big Picasso in the Sky. Oh, and odd blog site questionnaire, of course.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70?

A: See previous answer. 

DAVID HOLLIER

ARTIST and TEACHER

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Q: What do you do and where do you live?

A: Other than produce art, I teach part-time at Parsons The Newschool for Design. I live on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, Brooklyn, New York.

Q: What are you working on?

A: Time Travel

Q: Where are you working from?

A: My Studio

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Today I was up at 7am. If I have to teach or drop my daughter at school then I’m up very early, otherwise I like to get up late. I usually spend most of the day doing chores and stuff, then get down to the real work by late evening and stay up very late.

Q: What have you eaten today?

A:  A bowl of cereal and a cup of tea.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: I have to send stuff to the UK. Head to the city to do some printing. I have to call my doctor, an old client and a few friends. Late afternoon I’ll meet up with my girlfriend, we currently have no plans for the evening.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?

A: Depends on who you’re talking to, I guess. With most people I get a very positive response, but not so much with certain people, like cops for example.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A:  It means I probably won’t be spending my golden years sailing my yacht around the Caribbean, or be able to buy my parents that Rolls Royce I promised them as a child. It means being smirked at when you describe yourself as one, and seemingly always having dirty fingernails. It also means constantly questioning the world around you and coming up with new ways to do and see things. It means being able to do whatever the hell you like, with justification, answering to nobody but yourself and The Big Picasso in the Sky. Oh, and odd blog site questionnaire, of course.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70?

A: See previous answer. 

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QUADROPHENIA KAZ

GALLERIST and BAR OWNER

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

Q: What do you do and where do you live?
A: I was born and raised in Japan and Hiroshima. I want to live in London someday.
Q: What are you working on?
A: The name of the shop “QUADROPHENIA”. “And Cafe & Pub ~ SQUEEZE BOX”, “GALLERY SPACE 5.15”. I’m getting ready to start the “QUADROPHENIA PUB” from May.
Q: Where are you working from?
A: Home in his shop as “QUADROPHENIA”. Now, what is written in Tokyo.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: Get up at 8:00 am and open the store from 10:00. 24:00! I go to bed at 3:00. w
Q: What have you eaten today?
A: Lunch of Japanese food. Dinner of Chinese made Lover ! Was delicious.
Q: What are you doing later?
A: Beer in the shower!
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?
A: That you meet with strangers. It treasure of life.
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?
A: Cutting edge is not understood. To rough place ….
Q: What will your day look like when your 70?
A: While drinking beer in the PUB, to spend along with the lover. And I laugh.

QUADROPHENIA KAZ

GALLERIST and BAR OWNER

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

Q: What do you do and where do you live?

A: I was born and raised in Japan and Hiroshima. I want to live in London someday.

Q: What are you working on?

A: The name of the shop “QUADROPHENIA”. “And Cafe & Pub ~ SQUEEZE BOX”, “GALLERY SPACE 5.15”. I’m getting ready to start the “QUADROPHENIA PUB” from May.

Q: Where are you working from?

A: Home in his shop as “QUADROPHENIA”. Now, what is written in Tokyo.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Get up at 8:00 am and open the store from 10:00. 24:00! I go to bed at 3:00. w

Q: What have you eaten today?

A: Lunch of Japanese food. Dinner of Chinese made Lover ! Was delicious.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Beer in the shower!

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city?

A: That you meet with strangers. It treasure of life.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

A: Cutting edge is not understood. To rough place ….

Q: What will your day look like when your 70?

A: While drinking beer in the PUB, to spend along with the lover. And I laugh.

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MADBUNNYMIXED MEDIA ARTISTLONDON,BERLIN & TOKYO
Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: doing drawing and photography.Moving between London, Berlin,and Japan.
Q: What are you working on?
A: Drawing and editing for my new coming out book 「BYSDNTCRY.」and also preparing stuff for a photography show in May in London.
Q: Where are you working from ? 
A: Basically from my studio in Japan. Travel a lot so Wherever places I stay as well.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: Around 6 o’clock am, I start and there is no end but trying not to work till morning, get sleep on the same day.
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: Cappuccino, Beer and Salad
Q: What are you doing later?
A: Get my self ready to move next town.
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: Enjoying being treated as wiredo, or stranger.
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: Dream. Working hard to be an artist one day.
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: Continue making Art and photography for sure, but also, a toast in Mr.wim’s cabin car, Touring with Adrian and Conrad, Drink a coffee with Gordon,Skiing with Jason at Naeba, maybe contenue hitting on girls with TonyBear.  And probably with young girl friend with me.

MADBUNNY
MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
LONDON,BERLIN & TOKYO

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: doing drawing and photography.Moving between London, Berlin,and Japan.

Q: What are you working on?

A: Drawing and editing for my new coming out book 「BYSDNTCRY.」and also preparing stuff for a photography show in May in London.

Q: Where are you working from ? 

A: Basically from my studio in Japan. Travel a lot so Wherever places I stay as well.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Around 6 o’clock am, I start and there is no end but trying not to work till morning, get sleep on the same day.

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: Cappuccino, Beer and Salad

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Get my self ready to move next town.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: Enjoying being treated as wiredo, or stranger.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: Dream. Working hard to be an artist one day.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Continue making Art and photography for sure, but also, a toast in Mr.wim’s cabin car, Touring with Adrian and Conrad, Drink a coffee with Gordon,Skiing with Jason at Naeba, maybe contenue hitting on girls with TonyBear.  And probably with young girl friend with me.

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CODE FC
ARTIST
LONDON / WORLDWIDE

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: Im an artist. I do mostly graffiti( street art) and motion graphics for projections or video installations.
Q: What are you working on ?
A: working on abstract asymmetric painting
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: from thailand now..hong kong in 2 weeks for painting then back to thailand
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: I didn t do any painting today . I did muay thai training..paintined yday some experimental ( at least for me ) stuff
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: I had 2 poached eggs on toast with beans and som tam ( papaya salad ) lemon shake.. on the beach
Q: What are you doing later?
A: dinner with some mates from ibiza also here on the island and then drinks on floating bar
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: to be creative is nice wherever u are
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: it means I m lazy and lucky at the same time 
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: at 70?..mmm I ll be the same I suppose maybe doing different painting.. hopefully I ll spend the day by the pool with some young chicks..and my wife too..yeah

CODE FC

ARTIST

LONDON / WORLDWIDE


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: Im an artist. I do mostly graffiti( street art) and motion graphics for projections or video installations.

Q: What are you working on ?

A: working on abstract asymmetric painting

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: from thailand now..hong kong in 2 weeks for painting then back to thailand

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: I didn t do any painting today . I did muay thai training..paintined yday some experimental ( at least for me ) stuff

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: I had 2 poached eggs on toast with beans and som tam ( papaya salad ) lemon shake.. on the beach

Q: What are you doing later?

A: dinner with some mates from ibiza also here on the island and then drinks on floating bar

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: to be creative is nice wherever u are

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: it means I m lazy and lucky at the same time 

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: at 70?..mmm I ll be the same I suppose maybe doing different painting.. hopefully I ll spend the day by the pool with some young chicks..and my wife too..yeah

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DECLAN BROADBERY
ARTISTLONDON

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: Artist, Kensal Rise, London
Q: What are you working on ?
A: At home writing a poetry book 
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: Home
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: 1pm to 7pm
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: A sandwich
Q: What are you doing later?
A: Playing live at the Paradise Music
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: Very hard
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: Everything we need to change
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: Hopefully surrounded by love, children, music and poetry

DECLAN BROADBERY

ARTIST

LONDON

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: Artist, Kensal Rise, London

Q: What are you working on ?

A: At home writing a poetry book 

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: Home

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: 1pm to 7pm

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: A sandwich

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Playing live at the Paradise Music

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: Very hard

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: Everything we need to change

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Hopefully surrounded by love, children, music and poetry


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VICTORIA GRANT
HAT DESIGNERLONDON


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: I’m a hat designer & i live strategically near the park in a quiet street off Notting Hill.
Q: What are you working on ?
A: Several things always.   but this precise moment - I’m working with Simon Hammerstein (creator of the BOX nighclub)  I’m doing all the hats for the performers & staff at his new club The ACT Nightclub Las Vegas.   And setting up my Hat Boutique within the Club.  The hats are all inspired by old Vegas - they are all flashing neon signs, reading things like ‘Sex Shop’ - ‘Motel’ - ‘Striptease’ … But i am really excited about my latest collection ‘Sweet Paris’ - the whole collection is a collaboration with my favourite artist Antony Micallef, featuring silk printed hats of his paintings Sweet Paris & I Shit Diamonds.  And 6 art-piece hats hand-painted by Antony - a huge honour!! 
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: Right now - the Sky!  En route to Las Vegas.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: Finish ? !!!!      Never!!   - it Never ends - and i don’t stop - Ever.   My life is a high-speed car chase - but i love it!!
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: Starbucks Soya Cappucino (Sorry - yes i know!!!   I have been anti-Starbucks forever - until i unfortunately became addicted in New York when popping in for Wi-fi!   A better question would be what would i Like to have eaten - this would be anything prepared by Mark Hix!  (…I would also rather like to eat a certain gentleman I met in at an undisclosed location yesterday!!…mmmm)
Q: What are you doing later?
A: Not sure.   I’ll have to wait and see when i touch down in Vegas.   I have a few hats to finish - but i might just have to take a cab around town and soak up the lights!
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: Wonderful! Magical!    I cannot shut-up about how much i Love London.  Every time i return from a trip - i fall in love all over again.   I deeply treasure the depth that history gives our city - that’s what makes it truly unique.  We are lucky - the opportunity is endless.  
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: It means i get to live in this fantasy bubble that i have created.  And i meet wonderful people along the way who come and hang-out in my mystical world.  I guess i could say i live in my dream (but my god - i work for it!! … All hours!)
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: Do you have any idea how many cigarettes i smoke!   I doubt i’ll hit 70.   But if i do - you’ll find me playing the piano high in the hills to an audience of rich tropical nature - and vast crystalline ocean.   Dressed in a psychedelic kaftan and some outrageously eccentric headwear.   I’ll most likely be playing Let it Loose by the Stones - or Moon River…

VICTORIA GRANT

HAT DESIGNER

LONDON

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: I’m a hat designer & i live strategically near the park in a quiet street off Notting Hill.

Q: What are you working on ?

A: Several things always.   but this precise moment - I’m working with Simon Hammerstein (creator of the BOX nighclub)  I’m doing all the hats for the performers & staff at his new club The ACT Nightclub Las Vegas.   And setting up my Hat Boutique within the Club.  The hats are all inspired by old Vegas - they are all flashing neon signs, reading things like ‘Sex Shop’ - ‘Motel’ - ‘Striptease’ … But i am really excited about my latest collection ‘Sweet Paris’ - the whole collection is a collaboration with my favourite artist Antony Micallef, featuring silk printed hats of his paintings Sweet Paris & I Shit Diamonds.  And 6 art-piece hats hand-painted by Antony - a huge honour!! 

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: Right now - the Sky!  En route to Las Vegas.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Finish ? !!!!      Never!!   - it Never ends - and i don’t stop - Ever.   My life is a high-speed car chase - but i love it!!

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: Starbucks Soya Cappucino (Sorry - yes i know!!!   I have been anti-Starbucks forever - until i unfortunately became addicted in New York when popping in for Wi-fi!   A better question would be what would i Like to have eaten - this would be anything prepared by Mark Hix!  (…I would also rather like to eat a certain gentleman I met in at an undisclosed location yesterday!!…mmmm)

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Not sure.   I’ll have to wait and see when i touch down in Vegas.   I have a few hats to finish - but i might just have to take a cab around town and soak up the lights!

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: Wonderful! Magical!    I cannot shut-up about how much i Love London.  Every time i return from a trip - i fall in love all over again.   I deeply treasure the depth that history gives our city - that’s what makes it truly unique.  We are lucky - the opportunity is endless.  

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: It means i get to live in this fantasy bubble that i have created.  And i meet wonderful people along the way who come and hang-out in my mystical world.  I guess i could say i live in my dream (but my god - i work for it!! … All hours!)

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Do you have any idea how many cigarettes i smoke!   I doubt i’ll hit 70.   But if i do - you’ll find me playing the piano high in the hills to an audience of rich tropical nature - and vast crystalline ocean.   Dressed in a psychedelic kaftan and some outrageously eccentric headwear.   I’ll most likely be playing Let it Loose by the Stones - or Moon River…

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NOMUS / TAKESHI NOMURA
PAINTER
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: I’m a painter currently staying in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Q: What are you working on ?
A: This. nomus.tumblr.com I paint whatever draws my attention, mainly in a positive way. In the future I’d like to carry a small digital camera so I can take pictures of things I see on a daily basis. I’ve got a Nikon D70 but it’s kind of broken. Yes I could have it fixed but it doesn’t seem like a good idea to be carrying a big camera here.
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: A friend of mine who I met in London invited me to this dodgy but yet wonderful city. His father’s kindly offered me a room in his house. That’s where I work.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: Right now I am injured and the pain is so much that I´m in no mood for painting. But usually I start late, some time around noon and finish late. I tend to concentrate late in the evening and sometimes work into the small hours. This is something I’d like to change though.
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: A soup with some meat and veges in it and some bread.
Q: What are you doing later?
A: I will continue icing my injured leg. It’s so annoying.
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: Well, I’ve been in this city for 6 months and I don’t even speak the language here so there is only so much I can say about it, but to me this place is full of inspiration. It is obviously different from Tokyo, which is completely on the other side of the globe. Before I arrived I was expecting for it to be similar to London where I spent some years in early 2000s, but it turned out to be very different. Things are rough and yet very interesting for the same reason. Do people buy art here? I don’t know. I will probably have to be good and make them buy my work. That’s my objective now.
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: In my definition there is ¨art¨ in a lot of things, and we have ¨artists¨ in many places. It’d be just amazing if I could make a living out of my art and become a true artist some day. It’d mean a very happy relationship to the world.
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: It’ll look blurrier and more beautiful, hopefully.

NOMUS / TAKESHI NOMURA

PAINTER

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: I’m a painter currently staying in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Q: What are you working on ?

A: This. nomus.tumblr.com I paint whatever draws my attention, mainly in a positive way. In the future I’d like to carry a small digital camera so I can take pictures of things I see on a daily basis. I’ve got a Nikon D70 but it’s kind of broken. Yes I could have it fixed but it doesn’t seem like a good idea to be carrying a big camera here.

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: A friend of mine who I met in London invited me to this dodgy but yet wonderful city. His father’s kindly offered me a room in his house. That’s where I work.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Right now I am injured and the pain is so much that I´m in no mood for painting. But usually I start late, some time around noon and finish late. I tend to concentrate late in the evening and sometimes work into the small hours. This is something I’d like to change though.

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: A soup with some meat and veges in it and some bread.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: I will continue icing my injured leg. It’s so annoying.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: Well, I’ve been in this city for 6 months and I don’t even speak the language here so there is only so much I can say about it, but to me this place is full of inspiration. It is obviously different from Tokyo, which is completely on the other side of the globe. Before I arrived I was expecting for it to be similar to London where I spent some years in early 2000s, but it turned out to be very different. Things are rough and yet very interesting for the same reason. Do people buy art here? I don’t know. I will probably have to be good and make them buy my work. That’s my objective now.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: In my definition there is ¨art¨ in a lot of things, and we have ¨artists¨ in many places. It’d be just amazing if I could make a living out of my art and become a true artist some day. It’d mean a very happy relationship to the world.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: It’ll look blurrier and more beautiful, hopefully.

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TEC FASE
PAINTER
SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

Q: What are you working on?
A: i m painting on canvas, a new serie, making a web flyer and drinking a coffee
Q: Where are you working from?
A: In São Paulo, Brasil
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: i wake up at 10 and seems to be a hard day night…
Q: What have you eaten today? 
A: Empanadas, i made it like the Salta style.
Q: What are you doing later?
A: see the novela, at tv globo, avenida brasil, with my girl.
Q: What does it means to you to be an artist?
A: i m feeling free to do what i want, but always thinking that i need to find a job
Q: What will your day look like when your 70?
A: a tropical style….drinking a caipirinha at rio.

TEC FASE

PAINTER

SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL


Q: What are you working on?

A: i m painting on canvas, a new serie, making a web flyer and drinking a coffee

Q: Where are you working from?

A: In São Paulo, Brasil

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: i wake up at 10 and seems to be a hard day night…

Q: What have you eaten today? 

A: Empanadas, i made it like the Salta style.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: see the novela, at tv globo, avenida brasil, with my girl.

Q: What does it means to you to be an artist?

A: i m feeling free to do what i want, but always thinking that i need to find a job

Q: What will your day look like when your 70?

A: a tropical style….drinking a caipirinha at rio.

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GAZ MAYALL
MUSICIAN, PROMOTER, DJ, LABEL OWNER
NOTTING HILL, LONDON

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?A: I live at the poor end of Notting Hill, the now up and coming North Kensington/Kensal Green with an amazing view of the cemetery. For the last 32 years every Thursday I’ve promoted London’s longest running one nighter club, Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues. I founded Gaz’s Rockin’ Records, my own label, predominantly to promote my band The Trojans and a couple of other ska bands along the way, since 1985.
Q: What are you working on ?
A: I’ve been a bit of a London institution putting on the biggest stage at Notting Hill Carnival, currently the only platform for live artists, featuring some big local names and classic old school reggae artists. As one carnival finishes it’s as if the next one begins. I’m constantly sourcing new live bands that I feature each week at the club and maintaining good relations with those that I’ve already worked with. I’m currently writing a whole bunch of new material for a new album with The Trojans, which I’m keen to bring out next year, having already been offered a potential Japanese tour.
Q: Where are you working from ?

A: I have a little study in my flat that I call the office which I share with my partner Elinor. Surprising how much you can get done now with a desk and a laptop. Actually she has the laptop and I have a smart phone and boxes and piles of paper, pens pencils and a rubber.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: I have two shifts a week. My daytime shift is Monday to Thursday, that’s a three and a half day week, when I’m generally up at 8am, starting work sometimes before I even get out of the bath and keep going until I have to stop and eat, which, if it isn’t a business lunch, it will be my one dinner of the day in the evening. Being self-employed, it often feels like I’m just running around chasing my own tail, catching up with a backlog that accumulates quickly as my work tends to mean I travel a lot. A few stops around the country, Europe, Japan and America this year already.
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: Just about to have and egg on toast and digging stuff out of the freezer for the next couple of days. Missed the farmers market this weekend where we usually stock up on a lot of small producers’ yields. We do love our food, bit spent up after Carnival and trying to tighten my belt and the purse string before Christmas so last night it was a can of horse that we picked up in France this spring.
Q: What are you doing later?
A: In the office all afternoon. When we’ve downed tools after dinner, we’re going to go and see that film Beasts Of The Southern Wild at The Gate.
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: Though born in Manchester, London is my natural home. I can’t imagine running Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues in a village in Sweden, or even outside of London. When I perform in various countries, I continually meet artists and musicians who’ve been influenced by what I do back here and meet people who’ve visited my club. It’s been great to be an active part of the London scene these last 30 odd years.
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: I think I’d have a hard time gaining useful employment if I ever have to go and look for a proper job. I don’t know if it’s a genetic thing or just the environment I grew up in. My father is a very creative man and my mother’s very artistic. I used to get depressed as a teenager unless I was writing, composing, drawing or painting, keeping my mind and hands busy. I realised early on that the way to avoid the downs was to find a way of life that kept me creatively active. Maybe I’m a bit of a product of the teddy boy/punk generation, but no matter how small my voice is, ultimately, without finding a way to channel it I would be voiceless and feel like flotsam and jetsam in this world.
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: When quite young, I used to picture myself living forever. The older I get the more mortal are my years. My family are generally long livers. I eat well, don’t do drugs but probably need to curb the wine. I hope that the world hasn’t gone to rack and ruin and the sea levels rocking up Ladbroke Grove. I’m getting married next year, I’m hoping to have a family and in 20 odd years time, being a dutiful father, looking forward to being happily married with the grandmother of my grandchildren. Still touring the world with my band and DJing, keeping the Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues flame burning bright for generations to come.

GAZ MAYALL

MUSICIAN, PROMOTER, DJ, LABEL OWNER

NOTTING HILL, LONDON

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: I live at the poor end of Notting Hill, the now up and coming North Kensington/Kensal Green with an amazing view of the cemetery. For the last 32 years every Thursday I’ve promoted London’s longest running one nighter club, Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues. I founded Gaz’s Rockin’ Records, my own label, predominantly to promote my band The Trojans and a couple of other ska bands along the way, since 1985.

Q: What are you working on ?

A: I’ve been a bit of a London institution putting on the biggest stage at Notting Hill Carnival, currently the only platform for live artists, featuring some big local names and classic old school reggae artists. As one carnival finishes it’s as if the next one begins. I’m constantly sourcing new live bands that I feature each week at the club and maintaining good relations with those that I’ve already worked with. I’m currently writing a whole bunch of new material for a new album with The Trojans, which I’m keen to bring out next year, having already been offered a potential Japanese tour.

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: I have a little study in my flat that I call the office which I share with my partner Elinor. Surprising how much you can get done now with a desk and a laptop. Actually she has the laptop and I have a smart phone and boxes and piles of paper, pens pencils and a rubber.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: I have two shifts a week. My daytime shift is Monday to Thursday, that’s a three and a half day week, when I’m generally up at 8am, starting work sometimes before I even get out of the bath and keep going until I have to stop and eat, which, if it isn’t a business lunch, it will be my one dinner of the day in the evening. Being self-employed, it often feels like I’m just running around chasing my own tail, catching up with a backlog that accumulates quickly as my work tends to mean I travel a lot. A few stops around the country, Europe, Japan and America this year already.

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: Just about to have and egg on toast and digging stuff out of the freezer for the next couple of days. Missed the farmers market this weekend where we usually stock up on a lot of small producers’ yields. We do love our food, bit spent up after Carnival and trying to tighten my belt and the purse string before Christmas so last night it was a can of horse that we picked up in France this spring.

Q: What are you doing later?

A: In the office all afternoon. When we’ve downed tools after dinner, we’re going to go and see that film Beasts Of The Southern Wild at The Gate.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: Though born in Manchester, London is my natural home. I can’t imagine running Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues in a village in Sweden, or even outside of London. When I perform in various countries, I continually meet artists and musicians who’ve been influenced by what I do back here and meet people who’ve visited my club. It’s been great to be an active part of the London scene these last 30 odd years.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: I think I’d have a hard time gaining useful employment if I ever have to go and look for a proper job. I don’t know if it’s a genetic thing or just the environment I grew up in. My father is a very creative man and my mother’s very artistic. I used to get depressed as a teenager unless I was writing, composing, drawing or painting, keeping my mind and hands busy. I realised early on that the way to avoid the downs was to find a way of life that kept me creatively active. Maybe I’m a bit of a product of the teddy boy/punk generation, but no matter how small my voice is, ultimately, without finding a way to channel it I would be voiceless and feel like flotsam and jetsam in this world.

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: When quite young, I used to picture myself living forever. The older I get the more mortal are my years. My family are generally long livers. I eat well, don’t do drugs but probably need to curb the wine. I hope that the world hasn’t gone to rack and ruin and the sea levels rocking up Ladbroke Grove. I’m getting married next year, I’m hoping to have a family and in 20 odd years time, being a dutiful father, looking forward to being happily married with the grandmother of my grandchildren. Still touring the world with my band and DJing, keeping the Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues flame burning bright for generations to come.

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MR WIM
DRAWER
LONDON, UK

Q: What do you do and where do you live ?
A: i make drawings i live in London
Q: What are you working on?
A: a massive ever expanding drawing in & out of the universe
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: anywhere, right now straight from my desk !
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: round 7am, finish today, maybe
Q: What have you eaten today ?
A: muslim & granola, herring, houmous, a cheeseburger, and a pizza anytime soon
Q: What are you doing later?
A: try to get some sleep
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: nice it’s nice, i mean it’s ok, no big deal really
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: great!  it’s good fun & it only gets better
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: Waw! can’t wait! same or so but i’ll be more experienced

 Picture by Fumie Kurisawa

MR WIM

DRAWER

LONDON, UK


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

Ai make drawings i live in London

Q: What are you working on?

A: a massive ever expanding drawing in & out of the universe

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: anywhere, right now straight from my desk !

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: round 7am, finish today, maybe

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: muslim & granola, herring, houmous, a cheeseburger, and a pizza anytime soon

Q: What are you doing later?

A: try to get some sleep

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: nice it’s nice, i mean it’s ok, no big deal really

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: great!  it’s good fun & it only gets better

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Waw! can’t wait! same or so but i’ll be more experienced


 Picture by Fumie Kurisawa

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XAVIER BLEK LE RAT
FINE ARTIST
THE COUNTRYSIDE, FRANCE

Q: What are you working on at the moment ?
A: I am working on different new stencil. At this stage I am conceiving the stencil with my computer and soon I will draw the stencil on a sheet of paper and then cut it.
Q: Where are you working from ?
A: I work in a studio which is located where I live.
Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?
A: I started at 10 AM and I will finish when Alex will come back from college at 4:30pm
Q: What did you eat today?
A: It’s 12:30 pm and I had 2 coffees and I have eaten an apple
Q: What are you doing later?
A: nothing special
Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?
A: I live in the country side
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?
A: I am an artist by choice but you have to know that an artist life is not so easy to liveand I would not recommend to my son to be an artist
Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?
A: I will be 70 in ten years I don’t think I will be different if I am in a good shape. I am 60 now and I feel like 20

XAVIER BLEK LE RAT

FINE ARTIST

THE COUNTRYSIDE, FRANCE


Q: What are you working on at the moment ?

A: I am working on different new stencil. At this stage I am conceiving the stencil with my computer and soon I will draw the stencil on a sheet of paper and then cut it.

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: I work in a studio which is located where I live.

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: I started at 10 AM and I will finish when Alex will come back from college at 4:30pm

Q: What did you eat today?

A: It’s 12:30 pm and I had 2 coffees and I have eaten an apple

Q: What are you doing later?

A: nothing special

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: I live in the country side

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: I am an artist by choice but you have to know that an artist life is not so easy to liveand I would not recommend to my son to be an artist

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: I will be 70 in ten years I don’t think I will be different if I am in a good shape. I am 60 now and I feel like 20

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ANTHONY LISTER

FINE ARTIST

EVERYWHERE


Q: What do you do and where do you live ? 

A: I do me and I live everywhere.

Q: What are you working on ? 

A: My tan at the beach

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: The Gold Coast

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish? 

A: I start when I need to and I finish when I’m done.

Q: What have you eaten today ? 

A: A BLT made with love.

Q: What are you doing later?  

A: Probably going for a skate with my son.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: It’s like a shark out of water still hungry.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A:  That’s like asking Charles manson what it means to be a revolutionary or asking darth vader what it means to be a Jedi. I’d like to think both of them would look at you distastefully and shake their heads 

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A:  I hope the same as it does now. Wake up late, put on a movie, draw a bit, go back to bed.  I try to make decisions thinking of myself as an 80yr old and wondering if I’d regret them. 
ANTHONY LISTER

FINE ARTIST

EVERYWHERE


Q: What do you do and where do you live ? 

A: I do me and I live everywhere.

Q: What are you working on ? 

A: My tan at the beach

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: The Gold Coast

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish? 

A: I start when I need to and I finish when I’m done.

Q: What have you eaten today ? 

A: A BLT made with love.

Q: What are you doing later?  

A: Probably going for a skate with my son.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: It’s like a shark out of water still hungry.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A:  That’s like asking Charles manson what it means to be a revolutionary or asking darth vader what it means to be a Jedi. I’d like to think both of them would look at you distastefully and shake their heads 

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A:  I hope the same as it does now. Wake up late, put on a movie, draw a bit, go back to bed.  I try to make decisions thinking of myself as an 80yr old and wondering if I’d regret them. 

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STEVEN ALAN GREEN
COMEDIAN & WRITER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: I’m a comedian and writer and am spending a month in glorious San Francisco.  I lived in London for 20 years and have been back in LA for 3 years.   Born in New York,  and lived there at The Hotel Chelsea for many years.  But, I grew up in Beverly Hills, California and Phoenix, Arizona. 

Q: What are you working on ?

A: I’m working on my weekly blog for The Jewish Journal online.   “Enjoy the Veal!” is a weekly blog review about live comedy in LA, with political and social opinion and personal diary  http://www.jewishjournal.com/enjoytheveal  I’m up in the Bay Area to work on “Enjoy the Veal, San Francisco!,” which is a chapter in a much larger ebook called “Enjoy the Veal, America!”.  I also just acted in a mockumentary, playing the most despicable fictional comedian of all time, Archie Black.

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: My local Starbucks. 

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Today I started late, after 1:00pm, but that’s because I was out singing Karaoke late.   When I finish is when I’m too tired, maybe 2 am. Normally, it depends on two winds.   The wind of night when I see a comedy show and review it and the wind of the next day or even a week later when I get inspired an find “my way in” to the piece.  

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: A really good (but WAY too large) submarine sandwich from The Yellow Submarine in the Inner Sunset section of San Francisco. I had the Italian sub. Delish!

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Probably still working on the blog (I write on average 5,000 words/week) and then meeting my friend and fellow comedian Howard Stone and we’re gonna maybe go visit the Punchline comedy club, see some comedy and harass some young punk comedians.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: I’ve lived in Los Angeles, where creativity is encouraged because there’s no available work; In New York, where you are forced to create just to express your frustrations and inspirations; In London, where creativity is good, just as long as you don’t ask anyone else if they give a toss; and in San Francisco, where creativity seems not to be as outlawed as it is in some parts of Hollywood; and indeed may be a prerequisite towards citizenry.   

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: To me, being an artist is like being the manager of a baseball team, with the opposing team being reality (that’s going on my Facebook immediately!)

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Rise at dawn, chow down on a big English breakfast, then turn to one of my many young non-English speaking (but very dedicated) wives and tell them I love them all equally.   The rest of the day includes writing, cooking, making movies, walking in the forest behind my estate with my favourite horse (a stallion named Fred) having drippy candle wine parties with the intellectual and weirdos of the day, followed by a light dinner of Ox and Mutton with my invited guests from PETA, after which I will retire to my chamber to dream the little death of which Shakespeare knew all too well.  (A wank, basically…)  
STEVEN ALAN GREEN
COMEDIAN & WRITER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


Q: What do you do and where do you live ?

A: I’m a comedian and writer and am spending a month in glorious San Francisco.  I lived in London for 20 years and have been back in LA for 3 years.   Born in New York,  and lived there at The Hotel Chelsea for many years.  But, I grew up in Beverly Hills, California and Phoenix, Arizona. 

Q: What are you working on ?

A: I’m working on my weekly blog for The Jewish Journal online.   “Enjoy the Veal!” is a weekly blog review about live comedy in LA, with political and social opinion and personal diary  http://www.jewishjournal.com/enjoytheveal  I’m up in the Bay Area to work on “Enjoy the Veal, San Francisco!,” which is a chapter in a much larger ebook called “Enjoy the Veal, America!”.  I also just acted in a mockumentary, playing the most despicable fictional comedian of all time, Archie Black.

Q: Where are you working from ?

A: My local Starbucks. 

Q: What time did you start today and what time will you finish?

A: Today I started late, after 1:00pm, but that’s because I was out singing Karaoke late.   When I finish is when I’m too tired, maybe 2 am. Normally, it depends on two winds.   The wind of night when I see a comedy show and review it and the wind of the next day or even a week later when I get inspired an find “my way in” to the piece.  

Q: What have you eaten today ?

A: A really good (but WAY too large) submarine sandwich from The Yellow Submarine in the Inner Sunset section of San Francisco. I had the Italian sub. Delish!

Q: What are you doing later?

A: Probably still working on the blog (I write on average 5,000 words/week) and then meeting my friend and fellow comedian Howard Stone and we’re gonna maybe go visit the Punchline comedy club, see some comedy and harass some young punk comedians.

Q: What is it like to be a creative in your city ?

A: I’ve lived in Los Angeles, where creativity is encouraged because there’s no available work; In New York, where you are forced to create just to express your frustrations and inspirations; In London, where creativity is good, just as long as you don’t ask anyone else if they give a toss; and in San Francisco, where creativity seems not to be as outlawed as it is in some parts of Hollywood; and indeed may be a prerequisite towards citizenry.   

Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist ?

A: To me, being an artist is like being the manager of a baseball team, with the opposing team being reality (that’s going on my Facebook immediately!)

Q: What will your day look like when your 70 ?

A: Rise at dawn, chow down on a big English breakfast, then turn to one of my many young non-English speaking (but very dedicated) wives and tell them I love them all equally.   The rest of the day includes writing, cooking, making movies, walking in the forest behind my estate with my favourite horse (a stallion named Fred) having drippy candle wine parties with the intellectual and weirdos of the day, followed by a light dinner of Ox and Mutton with my invited guests from PETA, after which I will retire to my chamber to dream the little death of which Shakespeare knew all too well.  (A wank, basically…)