The Unknown Hipster

All that happened

Posted in Art by unknownhipster on August 10, 2009
Reading on my vintage Duke Kahanamoku Maui longboard

Reading on my vintage Duke Kahanamoku Maui longboard

I love surfing.

If you paddle a little further than the other surfers, beyond the breaking line, not only will it keep you away from the harsh competition, but it also leave you plenty of time to read, think, or simply do nothing.

And at the end of the day, when everybody’s gone, you just catch a wave back to the shore.

It’s upon my return to civilization that, looking at the Purple Diary, I realized all that happened when I was surfing.

Beautiful sunset in Biarritz

Beautiful sunset in Biarritz

While Terry was busy shooting a Pirelli calendar, Olivier was kissing more girls in a night than most people in their entire life. And he was also taking hundreds of new photographs of the sexy Natacha Ramsay in unexpected locations.

"Natacha Ramsay in Arizona", after Olivier Zahm

"Natacha Ramsay in Arizona", after Olivier Zahm

And this is how I learned about the death of Dash Snow, the fantastic artist with a fantastic name.

Before I read Glenn’s beautiful eulogy, I only knew of Dash from pictures in a 2008 issue of Purple.

Dash Snow, after Purple

Dash Snow, after Purple

Even the hipsters I questioned at the time were uncertain when it came to describing Dash’s work. Some said he was doing Polaroids. Others that he was handsome : « You have no idea with the beard, but he is incredibly handsome ! »

But even if you haven’t seen his collages or anything else, you could tell he was a true artist by these photographs, just like when you see a picture of Marcel Duchamp playing chess, Jackson Pollock putting own his paint-dripped shoes, or Picasso proudly standing in his briefs.

The effect is the same of Dash choosing an LP, drinking a beer in bed, or wearing a dress.

"Dash Snow in his Bowery studio", after Purple

"Dash Snow in his Bowery studio", after Purple

For this is how one knows he is confronting a real artist : when you feel a little square or slightly overcautious !

By the way, on my last day of surfing, I flooded my ipod while listening to « Perfection as a Hipster », by God Help The Girl.

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  1. victoria thorne said, on August 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    All I could think of reading this was, “God, this is beautiful,”

    and then I got to the the God Help The Girl part, and thought: well, here he has it back . . .

    because this post is Perfection as a Hipster.

  2. CHICMUSE said, on August 12, 2009 at 1:41 am



  3. smilla said, on August 12, 2009 at 2:47 am

    this mornung I felt kind of tired of everything. Then I klicked on your blog..
    You hav this wonderful ironic but heartful view to life,and put it in your great sketches. That just puts me closer to the easy part of life again, recognizing that there are people who seem to be aware of whats going on, cultivating their very individual feeling for reality.
    sorry for my english, i hope I could bring it out…
    Thanks for your blog. Its great.
    I love the eyes of Dash!!

  4. Ari Athans said, on August 13, 2009 at 7:12 am

    More posts pleeeeeease!!

  5. Chicsetera Paris said, on August 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Such a fan of your new website! Keep up these great stories!! 🙂

    Would love to work with you one day!


    –daily CHIC news from Paris–

  6. Marie said, on August 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

    je suis assez d’accord avec ari athans.
    j’ai decouvert ce blog assez tardivement mais pendant tout le mois de juillet et la première semaine d’août, quasiment tous les jours je venais voir s’il n’y avait pas un nouvel article..
    bref, j’ai plein de choses à dire mais pas le temps là de trouver les mots, je reviendrai.
    une question quand même, j’espère que vous pourrez me répondre à ça, juste ça, brièvement, est-ce que vous répondez à vos lecteurs lorsqu’ils vous écrivent?
    est-ce que ça vaut la peine si on a pas mal de questions ou bien vous ne le faites pas, par manque d’envie, de temps.. (peu importe pourquoi) (je me demande si ça vaut la peine de chercher les mots justes, de faire un effort sur la rédaction si vous ne comptez pas y répondre).

    si vous pouviez me répondre juste à ça, en une phrase, ici ou par mail, ce serait très sympa (et j’imagine que vous êtes sympa hein?).

    merci, bonnes fin de vacances.

  7. jacquieshambles said, on August 19, 2009 at 10:25 am

    great post – i linked it , hope ya dont mind.

  8. KPeach said, on August 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    this is so incredibly beautiful. you seem to have a lovely soul.

  9. Lilee said, on August 29, 2009 at 3:59 am

    great drawings!!!

  10. Nick Sushkevich said, on August 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Love your drawings and storytelling!

  11. Shervin said, on September 1, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Really enjoy your blog, it’s so refreshing and different than all the other ”fashion blogs” out there.

    what about a new post soon?

    Marc sounds like a douche..specially with that pathetic reply.

  12. ukesy said, on September 2, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Belle vue de la villa Belza !!!
    As tu été boire un coup aux 100 marches ?

  13. Kelly said, on September 12, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Your surfing tales seem much more successful, and interesting than mine. Such is the life of a non-hipster I suppose! Beautiful drawings as always.

  14. Agathe said, on September 17, 2009 at 6:14 am

    UPDAAAATE!! I am a surfer too and I want to see more surfing stories. I mean waves of hype, currents like trends, and the beach like a lounge bar.

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