PLAY AS YOU ARE
#playasyouare I 11 characters who are not "in search of an author" since they successfully play as they are in their everyday life: a bunch of cool kids come together to tell their own stories/to be lensed by one of the most coveted visual storyteller at the moment. Whether they stand out from the crowd of upcoming street culture, or run millenial business in fancy industries such as Arts, Sports, Entertainment and Fashion, they all share a common attitude, a peculiar sense for present-day lifestyles and a personal glow as powerful tools of self-expression.
1. AMEDEO @ame__2.0
1. Moving to Milan: first impact? Confusing at first but soon enough I realized that after all the life I imagined was actually possible, and it was possibile here.
2. Any artwork from your former life as a small-town teenage writer you would channel today as a pro? I’m very self critical, I eventually end up “hating” 90% of my old projects. There’s still some good old collages though that I think led to the development of my current creative process and style.
3. Origins, beliefs and influences: how did you find the balance? Did you? Still haven’t. I think that til you keep creating, exploring and researching you’ll never find true balance. It’s an eternal work in progress.
4. Biggest thanks you feel to say for your achievements? Myself.
Luca:Born in Bergamo, living in Milan, dreaming internationally. 25 yo artist coming from Brera Academy of Fine Arts with a passion for body and performing arts, currently involved in a Milan-based artistic collective project and modeling at times. Techno lover with a punk attitude looking for new underground scenes to set in.
1. Next city you're gonna move to: Hamburg
2. Rave parties or performance art? Performance
3. Fave body painting subject: Body art is not body painting. Marina Abramovic is a body Artist like Yves Klein, Joan Jonas and more.
4. Is modeling an art form? Not really. Voguing can combine modeling and art instead.
Ughy:Born 22 years ago in Lithuania, raised under the sun of Sardinia, currently studying and modeling in Milan. A cultural mix of Soviet heritage and Southern Italy vibes, coming from a family of journalists and musicians, since always experimenting in music and arts, with a natural writing talent to be soon turned into a job as copywriter.
1. What's your biggest family legacy? The natural sense for music and creativity.
2. And the strongest one from both Lithuania and Sardinia? Women empowerment and family.
3. Is modeling a kind of training for your next professional life? Yes, it helps a lot in developing your own mark in self expression and confidence on every level
4. Playing: piano, guitar or violin? Can’t really choose one. But I’d love to play sax next.
2. Digital snaps or analog lens: does it really change your point of view on things? Analog lenses but also digital shots are not bad, but I prefer the vibe provided by analog lenses.
3. Should you go for just one big thing in life: photography, streetwear or skateboard? Skateboarding is my biggest dream, so skate and destroy!!
4. Would you ever shave your head? did it long ago, but at the moment, if I had to do it, I would do it just to change my wave pattern.
2. What’s Joy’s fave work from your portfolio? His fav work from my portfolio is the moment I stop making music to take him to the park.
3. All time sound which inspires you the most? 808 kick drum.
4. L’Aquila, Rome and now Milan: next stop? Mars?
2. Fave artist: to be channeled in painting; to work with in image making? Currently, my biggest inspiration comes from today’s new graphic artists such as _mi_ki_kim , I love scouting new cool names on social media.
3.Top 3 style essentials? Attitude, for sure. And something disruptive, unexpected.
4.Venice, Milan and Cuba: biggest influence in your personal background? Cuba, basically. Even though every place leaves something peculiar behind. But Cuba if the one I feel deep inside every time.
2. Your best tennis skill? Staying focused, never giving up.
3. The one you should still train for? Serve is what I’ve been more focused on lately, concentration the one I should further improve.
4. Things you like out of the court? Spending time with my friends and my dog. I’m such a dog person.
2. Pesaro to Milano: round trip or turning point? Small-town boy, big-city tattoo artist, or both? Coming from a small town has taught me to seek for and catch opportunities, so traveling is defintely a things in my whole life. After 12 years here I can say Milan is a place I can call home.
3. Your signature drawing on paper as a kid. And the one today on skin. Skulls, since always. A very strong, but still quite simple subject to start from to experiment with drawings and colors.
4. Choose an artwork to be: tattooed on your wife; street painted. It wouldn’t be the first time I ink my wife, for us is a kind of couple ritual and we never planned it, just going with the flow when together. But there’s a new drawing from my portfolio - a necklace of butterlies and spiderwebs - she’s considering.