@piphu and I have been to the beach, laughed at the cat, waited for the train and layed in the grass. I've seen him knit in his underwear, swing from trees and exit the ocean like Halle Berry.
But we've never met.
Piphu's was one of the first Instagram accounts I followed almost two years ago. I see Instagram as an opportunity for people to curate their own exhibition wherein they are the main subject. The really spectacular accounts are not always the ones the most followed. If you're super cute, get naked, post pictures of Miley and feelgood quotes surely you will have thousands of equally vacuous followers and you can all share in a world of highly saturated pop culture and puppies and ZOMFG-I-got-a-new-haircut-watch-me-twerk-in-it-at-Burger-King.
The ones worth looking at for me are understated, quiet and sometimes breathtaking fragments of real people's experiences.
Which is why I invited Piphu to be the first Guest Editor on The Boys for boys. Inviting men of interest to share a story is something I have wanted to do for a while and will continue to do. There aren't exactly any rules except to be honest. If you ask a question of a stranger you might just learn something. When Piphu began to almost exclusively post in black and white on IG (surprisingly around the same time I introduced color to my then black and white gallery) I didn't realise how important that was to him.
I'm Piphu Thanatwasukul - a Thai fashion design student. You may call me an Instagram geek. I always scroll through the photos from the people that I'm following whenever I have time including the photos of mine; my photos are never specific. They may be random moments I was facing during the day or may be a photo of me in various places. I'm fond of exploring other people's way of life and their attitudes - I think pictures speak louder than words such as, a taste, class, and state of mind in those moments which can be very different in each kind of way.
I also love to guess a person by their photos, its like when you are exploring society from the photos. Some I might like them and at the same time there are ones I don't, but I have also learned to accept others visions and their point of interests as well. There are so many new things I have discovered everyday just by scrolling through the newsfeed. I used to have fun editing photos with filters, I came up with styles of editing the photos to the way I like but I can't tell the differences in the colors, shades, and tones. I have wondered will the colors of my photos be terrible? Will all the colors go well in the picture? I'll never know because I'm colorblind. It has been like that since I was born. The doctor mentioned that it was inherited from my mother which means I can't tell the differences of colors. I have been having trouble to tell the differences of colors since I was very young until now. Because of the eye disorder that I have, I have chosen to make all my photos for Instagram in black and white mode. Since then I'm loving my photos more than ever, I quit worrying about the colors I have never really known of and the colors are not my problem anymore. I used to trick people that my world is black and white, the things seen by my eyes are only black and white. And most of them were excited and amazed by what they had been told.
I have cried that I almost ruined my friend's work by editing the colors of the photo for his 'Styling Class' homework right before it is handed. Obviously, that was my fault. I might have seen green as red, grey as pink, and blue as purple and many more that I could have seen wrong.
I have never used more than 5 colors in my designs, because I know that if I go farther than that everything is going to be ruined. I often ask my friends for advice about the colors. But I was happy and tried to look on the bright side that it is a gift to me, a present from life. I see things that others can't, I see my own kind of colors and naming my own colors is kinda exciting.
I think black and white is enough to share my visions with the world.
Some people get menswear right while others don't get it all. I took the chance to steal away from shooting a collection for young menswear designer Christopher Avery for a smoke break and to share his immaculate tailoring. At the back of Jimmy's studio (former stables) on the edge of the train tracks.
leather jacket - Christopher Avery / tshirt - Bassike / jeans - Nudies / boots - Dr Martens / cap - Deus ex Machina
I have had many exciting opportunities to work with some very talented (and stylish) people. A roster including many of my favorite bloggers, artists and designers.
This time I invited NY visual artist CHAR ALFONZO to reinvent the iconic Drawn&Quartered ID Nameplate. The result is a minimalistic, sleek design. A more masculine box-link chain and clean edges inject Char's sharp, futuristic aesthetic into the Drawn&Quartered classic.
Hand-made in sterling silver and customizable with letters and numbers on each side the CHAR X D&Q ID Nameplate is available HERE (use the code FREERIDE for free shipping)