The Most Important Tear, The Night Thira Baked Cookies
I really wish my mom hadn’t thrown away these pants. They were my favorite torn jeans. I now associate them with this night Thira baked cookies. I kept eating the cookie dough and then we plopped on the couch and watched some Zac Efron movie. Needless to say, Zac kept us thoroughly entertained for the evening. Three girls, one Zac. Lucky guy.
People You Meet Along The Way: Diego Santana, Brooklyn, NYC.
My favorite memory with Diego is dancing at a random bar in Brooklyn to some 80’s song, just hours before our flight back to Los Angeles. A glass of beer in hand and a horrible DJ on deck, we didn’t seem to mind what was playing. Letting the time pass without a care in the world, it was a moment I’d put on a necklace if I could.
1 - What are common nicknames you’ve heard people call you in the past.
I’ve never really had any nicknames in my life, although my best friend calls me “D”. Once I moved to New York, though, everyone at my job called me Baby D. I can’t really remember why. Oh, and my mum calls me “Diegito” but I guess that’s something I really don’t like to admit.
2 - Two favorite spots of all time in your neighborhood or anywhere in NYC.
One of my favorite spots in the world is Central Park. I know it may be cliche, but I love going there. I’m a real outdoorsy type of person, so I like taking naps there, walking down different paths, or even just reading a book and picnicking on the lawn.
Another favorite spot of mine would have to be my house back in Long beach. I obviously miss my family, friends, and the beach so much since I’ve moved out here, so anything that reminds me of home deserves a gold star!
3 - Item of clothing you can’t live without.
BROWN SHOES! I can’t live without brown shoes, more specifically I love this pair of vintage leather boots I found in my dad’s closet years ago. They are still in amazing shape and every time someone ask me where I bought my shoes from and I tell them ‘from my dad’s closet’, they ask me where that store is (My Dad’s Closet? haha).
4 - Biggest fear.
Biggest fear? Probably loosing my family/friends. That or Lindsay Lohan. She scares the SHIT out of me.
5 - Favorite artist or quote or movie & WHY.
One of my favorite quotes is also from one of my favorite artist, so I get to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" - Frida Kahlo
6 - East Coast or West Coast, WHY.
East Coast until I’m married and have kids, then it’s off to the West Coast. Or maybe Paris…. what coast is that on? haha
7 - You’re walking down a corridor and stumble upon a bottle, that yes, if you rub it contains a genie who will grant you three wishes. Thing is, two of them have already been used (not sure how), so you have only one left. What would you wish for?
I would ask to get back my first 2 wishes! That or an 8th question.
i. Photographed Diego at our trip to MoMa.
ii. Diego’s polaroids of friends and his Harry Potter book he always carries with him.
iii. A typical subway view but one Diego told me to photograph on our way home.
Collective Aesthetics Founder, Agapito Doronio, at work during Monday’s installation at Dragonfly Bar on Santa Monica Blvd. Petey’s strokes are to die for. Watching him hold several conversations at once while holding his paintbrushes, you almost think the canvas has a mind of its own, a separate entity. I met Petey a year ago at my first art show with Lovelin. He immediately took us under his wing and told us about this small network of artists he was a part of, Collective Aesthetics. Ever since then, we’ve supported each other in our tiny community through the various monthly Hollywood Artwalks at Dragonfly Bar as well as outdoor art & music festivals around Los Angeles. What I love about Petey is his free spirit, his permanent smile, and encouraging words. I told him on Monday that he’s the first to push and promote his artist friends before his own (amazing) work. He responded with a smile and said, ‘Thank you.’
The last one is my favorite. Walking across a busy street, nestled between two rows of high buildings, there’s no greater feeling. I had to buy new shoes because the cheap ones I’d utilized as my primary walking shoes decided to break down on me and water seeped in during the worst nights of rain. Foosball at Berry Street in Brooklyn, bar hopping, cabbing, walking, eating, and conversing. And repeat.
This was my first time meeting Ryan and it was easily one of my favorite encounters while in Brooklyn. I find it harder sometimes to take a photo of a friend whom I’ve known for years as opposed to someone I have just met. Ryan reminded me of home so it was easy and an absolute rarity to have someone as sweet as him showing us around.
The trip went by so fast, The process of settling back has not been the easiest. All I have now are images of memories captured to try and recapture the entire voyage. Luigi was a trooper through and through. Couldn’t have asked for a better friend to experience New York with.