What does it mean to standout in a city that is full of iconic inhabitants?
“My standards are I want to be one of them. I want to be an icon of appearance,” said R, a recent NYU graduate and active New York City artist.
Right now, New York’s downtown art and social scene is made up of people under thirty. R is among them. Directing a movie set to air this Fall on PBS, he attends hip parties at places like The Bowery Hotel because he’s curious about the other artists making headlines. But because he doesn’t carry his work with him when he goes out, R knows it’s important to cut to the chase and let people know right away that he’s one to watch and notice as an artist and individual with superb style. “My walking canvas is my body. I want people to know instantly so I don’t have bullshit with them. It sort of saves me time.”
Attempting to say everything without having to say anything, R has a specific image he wants to project when he goes out. “Old school Gap, early 90’s Paris, late 80’s Berlin, Steve McQueen, Choco-Chip Mint Ice Cream – the green kind. That’s about it.”
R achieves the naturally cool look that many people in New York want, but don’t always pull off with ease. That’s because looking cool is more than just appearing a certain way, it’s about having the attitude to match. Wrapping up his views on style, R added, “The closer I get to effortless, the cooler I feel.”
With incentive to dress a certain way, I wondered if R had ever felt pressures about the way his body looked. “Well my hips are sort of girly,” he said, pointing to the curve in his waistline. “But that has nothing to do with New York.”