Am $amstag, 17. März 2012 präsentieren die Diplomanden der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Mode-De$ign, ihre Abschlusskollektionen. Die $how findet wie jedes Jahr in der Reithalle, Ka$erne Ba$el statt. Die meisten Tickets dürften schon vergriffen sein, ich ermahne euch noch eins zu kaufen, falls ihr dies noch nicht getan habt….
Recently the De$igner of the French brand, Jean Touitou, told the GQ Magazine that he want to do a Collaboration with the US Rapper. It’s far from happening, but it’s “mentally in the pipeline”, the only difficulty is that Yeezy is too busy…
Is Fa$hion different for men than for women!? Fa$hion can be a difficult thing for men to follow. It’s not as literal. When I go to a men’s show, I find myself looking more at the boys themselves than what they’re wearing. The person is more important than the clothes in menswear.
What is the first word that comes to your when you think about a stylish man!? Effortless. It’s not chic for a man to look too trendy, like they care too much. You want the look to be cool. The clothes are part of this, but they are not everything.
How would you dress if you were a man!? It’s difficult to answer that because I’m always wearing skirts! But if I had to think about it, I’d probably wear a combination of Tom Ford, some pieces from Riccardo [Tisci for Givenchy], and some very classic pieces from Hermes. And oh, I’d always add a little piece of Rick Owens. That’s very important.
How should a real mean approach his wardrobe in daily life!? I like the word “nonchalance.” I don’t like things that look brand new. Cashmere that’s worn in and a little bit destroyed, or boots that have been worn for years…
Am $amstag 18. Februar 2012 stattet das Aushängeschild des Labels Kit$uné Zürich einen Besuch ab. Es handelt sich um den belgischen Künstler The Magician, dieser sollte nach seinem Remix von Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers” jedem ein begriff sein. Jene welche es besser wissen, kennen ihn schon von den Kit$uné Mixtapes…
Maxim Büchi from $ang Bleu Interviewed by Pull The Metall...
I wonder if you can introduce Sang Bleu. Sang Bleu is the realness.
How did the idea come!? Sang Bleu officially started in 2006 in London where I lived, but it had been an omnipresent idea for years before that. I moved to London in 2005 after a short stay in Paris. I don’t come from a very artistic family. At least no one was into the production, although they all had a certain taste for art, especially literature. I studied Sciences at high school, then Psychology at university, then “visual communication” , or in other words graphic design & typography at the ECAL. But I always kept the desire and made the effort to find some coherence between all these fields, and Art always seemed to be able to make all these interests function together. I have a very intuitive but passionate relation to Art. Like a friend of mine was saying: “I want to make art like we used to make graffitis: hardcore”. He meant “hardcore” not in the sense “pornographic” but hard-to-the-core – with such a dedication and passion that we would risk our lives (or our money…) for it. It is a vision from the collaborators and readers of Sand Bleu share, I think. Concretely, as soon as I started to work on the project, it started to draw an unsuspectedly high interest from people of all kind who seemed to have been hoping for more experimental and “crossover” publications, without finding them. I started to receive contributions from all over the world. Then issue zero came out and one quickly found a distribution deal. It sold out, then came issue II and issue III/IV, the real expression of what Sang Bleu is. For a while, but more seriously since issue III/IV came out, we’ve also been developing all kind of other activities such as curation, book publishing etc. It is very important to state the fact that Sang Bleu is a project more than a publication. It can be expanded and transposed to any of the fields the “magazine” deals with.
Why Sang Bleu!? Where does the name comes from!? Sang Bleu means Blue Blood. Blood and ink. Pain and beauty. It relates to the process of tattooing, obviously. But it also means relates to nobility and to my desire of presenting as noble things usually considered as “vile”.
How many people is working on the project and how do you manage it!? I manage it in a very organic way. The magazine is only the manifesto, but Sang Bleu is a global, multi-faceted projects with online communities, online publishing, art book publishing, art events, etc… The actual crew is Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Adrian Wilson and myself. But then there are our extended crew/editors: Thomas Hooper, Jérôme Rigaud, Jason Farrer, Florence Tétier, and then all the contributors, friends, supporters, lovers.
How many issues have you launched since the beginning!? 5 issues of Sang Bleu, about a dozen off-series and books, four websites, a dozen art events, and many other collaborations.
Explain the symbolism of tattoos. A tattoo has whatever symbolism you want to give to it.
Don’t you think there is a very thin line between art and fashionability talking about tattoos!? Yes/No. Tattoos are for life, they can’t be changed like a fashion item. But then, what motivates you can be a trend. However, once it’s on you it will not be anymore cause it’s there forever. Tattoos are not art. Which doesn’t mean the technique of tattooing, or its iconography can’t be used in the scope of an artistic work, but that’s another question.
Everyone should have one!? Absolutely not.
Could you suggest us any good tattoo artist!? It is not about who’s “good”, it is about who’s “right”. And that each person must find out for themselves. Getting a tattoo is a mystical experience, a ritual. It’s each individual’s quest and moral duty to figure out for themselves.
What was your first tattoo and how was the feeling!? A back-piece by Filip Leu. It was a revelation. It felt right.
And what about the importance of tattoo in the publication!? Tattooing is something that can’t be grabbed, defined and controlled like all the other so-called “sub-cultures” have been. Tattooing is at the crossing of so many fundamental notions for human beings: symbolism, erotism, identity, heroism. It is so intimate, it will always reveal the most obscure and fascinating sides of human mind. Tattooing is the most inspiring practice I’ve ever had. And whatever I observe there (I am a tattoo artist as well), I use in the way I deal with these other fields such as fashion or art.
Do you believe in the idea of printed magazines as objects!? I believe that print has to redefine itself. Like radio had to redefine itself when television arrived. The very notion of “magazine” is out-dated. We need new categories, new definitions for media. Some of them are fit for print, others for screen or even other supports.
Then, talking about paper what do you think about new technologies and the new challenges for classical publications!? We have to appropriate new technologies, tame them like animals. Classical publications (whichever they are) must question their very relevancy, like everybody. It is an amazingly exciting time. The virtual wild wild west.
Finally what about the future!? Future is an overrated if not out-dated notion. The future is now. Everything humanity has wished for is at hand…