Here is another compelling read put online by Interview Magazine with the subject of topic Japanese designer Sk8thing. Having worked with countless labels that are renowned in Ura Harajuku from Bape and Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream to Neighbrohood, WTAPS, Undercover amongst many others. Providing us with a further insight to Sk8thing’s thoughts about the current scene in fashion, his inspirations amongst other topics amongst other topics.
HARSH PATEL: It has been a bit tough to find information on you. I’ve assumed that’s to protect the sanctity of your private life, and to put your work forward as a representation of your personality.
SK8THING: I usually turn down interviews… I just have no desire to do them, and I am always working for a brand with a “front man” I don’t feel a necessity to do it either. Maybe that is one of the reasons I have enjoyed working for brands with such visible leaders (Nigo, Pharrell, Hiroshi Fujiwara, etc.)
PATEL: Nonetheless, do you ever get recognized on the street in Japan, or abroad?
SK8THING: No! I’m not famous! If it’s at a Bape event or something, maybe, but that doesn’t represent the general public at large.
PATEL: What was your art or design education, if any?
SK8THING None. I was always drawing, but I was taught to use a Mac for the first time by Hiroshi [Fujiwara]. I learned from my friends.
PATEL: Do you maintain an archive of all your work? My guess is that the number of T-shirts that you’ve designed alone must number in the hundreds, correct?
SK8THING: I don’t have an archive. I haven’t ever counted how many designs I’ve done… I’m sure it’s a lot. I have been designing T-shirts for about 20 years.
PATEL: Do you work alone on most projects, or, do you maintain some kind of a team?
SK8THING: I work alone in my studio, but I feed into different teams at the brands I work with. So both, in a way.
PATEL: In a recent interview for this publication, Mr. Fujiwara said to Fraser Cooke about the continual emergence of “new” styles and cults: “If there’s a really good thing going on now and I don’t know about it, I think that’s kind of right. If I know what’s going on, then it’s not truly new, if you know what I mean.” Do you keep up or collect any current labels?
SK8THING: I do care about finding out about new stuff. I am always looking, although unlike Hiroshi I don’t travel, so I am limited to what I can discover from my studio. I do buy things I am interested in… I don’t find too much new happening in fashion at the moment, but there are a lot of new things happening in military wear, small independent companies innovating new products, particularly in Taiwan and Hong Kong. I don’t find Tokyo very interesting and never have, so I am always looking outside.
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