The Unknown Hipster

The Selby is in the Unknown’s pad

Posted in Dwelling by unknownhipster on June 28, 2011

When The Selby called to ask whether he could photograph my place, it was a nice surprise, of course, but I  thought I should warn him :

-You know, it’s kind of small…

-Don’t tell me it’s smaller than Rockaway Taco ! Don’t be shy, I’m sure it’s wonderful!

But then I completely forgot all about it, and suddenly, on a stormy afternoon, it was Todd knocking on my door.

The bed was unmade since I was taking a little nap, and the kitchen was cluttered with the remains of yesterday’s spaghetti Bolognese (one day I’ll post my recipe, learned from an Italian grandmother). But what the hell, I thought, Todd is cool, he has done a lot of artists and bohemians.  I don’t think he was expecting my pad to be as slick as Pharrell Williams’ home.

Welcome to the secluded home of a poet !

But when he walked in, I could see disappointment and a little bit of anxiety on his face.

-What’s that funny smell…he said.

True, I just had a new goatskin shipped from Morocco for my tambourine, and since it’s 100% organic, it exudes a bit of an odor when the weather is hot and humid, but no big deal, one quickly gets used to it.

I used to grow pot on the fire escape, but the plants died while I was out at  Fashion Week last year. All I could offer him was a nice cup of Nescafé, straight out of the hot water tab.

Todd is a warm and sweet character, with a great sense of humor, and he knows immediately how to make you feel at ease in your own place. I was amazed, though, by his way of working. I was imagining him firing detail shots with the Eos. On the contrary, he was carefully looking at my stacks of cassettes tapes and my second-hand Beat Reader from The Strand.

I suggested that I play the guitar on my bed, thinking it would make a great wide angle panoramic shot for the opening.

Thanks, said Todd, but let me just do a quick close-up, and I’ll do a little water color from home. And he off, running down the stairs, forgetting to hand me his questionnaire.

Questionnaires, even from friends, are always a pain for me. I admire the spontaneity of most people when it comes to this. I studied the answers of my friends, Glenn, Andy, Xavier, and Pierre, how did they manage to do it ? Finally, it took me 4 weeks to fill it out. Hope it’s okay.