thanks to nyu for pre-screening the film and having
the crew on a 'top floor' panel. it was incredible.
the premiere was held the next evening at the am studio.
love to the production and everyone who came thru.
and i wonder if i'll ever provoke standing ovations, or get a stranger to feel so much it makes them cry. i wonder if high school girls will ever stick photos of me in their textbooks, if i'll ever meet morgan freeman or if one day i'll ever be the name you type on google to find inspiring movies on sad and lonely friday nights.
in the meantime i am documenting scenes of my life that are half true and half staged, because i truly built this fort but only had 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button of my one and only friend that day to fall into a pose that represents my emotional state.
|photography by paul labonté|
i remember the first time i ever walked in a black scale store, in nyc. it was dark and calm, like the few minutes of silence before a thunderstorm hits. i admired their presence, in that tiny hidden spot, slightly disconnected from the buzzing nest of fashion in soho. i felt watched, in a curious way. like someone was observing my reactions to the designs, trying to learn from the way i'd wander around the black hoodies and black tees and black jewelry. i didn't buy anything, but i walked out knowing i'd come across this brand again in the near future.
a little while ago, my friends over at mehrathon in montreal, who have been running a successful distribution company, representing some of the greatest in the skateboarding industry, and also who gave me that used shut skateboard to ride with on the streets of new york when i really had no idea what midtown and lower east side and yellow cabs were all about — hit me up and asked me if i'd model for their cvnvdv collaboration capsule, with blvck scvle. i knew it.