12 July 2008

Andy & Me

I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but I lacked the motivation to actually get up (or sit down, or whatever) and do it. Then I met the June/July issue of Interview, a tribute to Andy Warhol, the creator of the magazine. It was love at first sight. Not only does the issue contain a phenomenal interview with Marc Jacobs on the similarities between himself and Warhol, but it also includes an old, rather lengthy interview with the King of Pop Art himself.

Glenn O'Brien (current editor-in-chief): Do you think the underground will ever come back?
Andy Warhol: No. I don't think there was an underground before. It's a silly word.

If you know me, you probably know something about my interest in Warhol, but there's a good chance you don't know just how deep my interest goes. I've been studying Warhol, Pop Art, Edie Sedgwick, and the whole Factory scene for the past four years, and when I say study, I mean I've been reading as many books, acquiring as many prints, watching as many movies, and consuming as many Warhol decorated cookies as possible. As a result, I've found that over the years little bits and pieces of my personality have been replaced by brightly colored portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup cans, so to speak. My writing, my speech, even my sense of humor have all been greatly affected by my studies, but the area he's probably had the most profound effect on is my style, and apparently I'm not the only one. Every boy I passed on the streets of London this past spring was garbed in Warhol's standard uniform: black jacket, black pants, black boots, and maybe some black and white stripes every once in a while.

Do Andy's painting boots not remind you the smallest bit of these Marc by Marc Jacobs AW0809 boots? Coincidence? Probably not. I feel that if Andy's boots and a pair of trendy gladiators got together and made a baby, this is what that baby would look like. Beautiful.

I wish I could tell you why I like Warhol so much, or even when it all started, but I can't. It just fascinates me the way he spent his entire life doing a whole lot of little nothings that eventually came together to make a huge something... that in the end was actually nothing.

Marc Jacobs: When someone says, "Why did you do that?" and you say, "Because I liked it"--I think that's really enough... There's something about what I see every day, and the banal--I mean, what Pop was. I can kind of worship that, and I can look at that and smile, or I can just say I like it and that's fine. That's all I really want.

But anyway, there's a little scrap of information about myself for you. Welcome to my blog. This is the most writing you'll ever get out of me in one post.

(Both quotes and and pictures save the last can be found in the June/July issue of Interview magazine. The last photo can be found here.)


Kyle said...

Glenn O'Brien writes a magical column for GQ as well, just thought I'd share.

Meagan said...

that he does!