Click here to watch an interview conducted by CBC’s 8th Fire with Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril about her 2011 documentary Tunnit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, which examines the lost practice of tattooing amongst Inuit women in Northern Canada.
As Arnaquq-Baril says:
“Tunniit is an intensely personal film. It is about my journey to learn about traditional Inuit women’s face tattoos before getting tattooed myself. However, I think (I hope) it also speaks to a universal desire to feel part of a community. A sense of identity is a necessary foundation for life that is often taken for granted by those who have never had their identity challenged or attacked.
This story takes place in the context of modern Inuit communities that are utterly confused by the staggering cultural changes wrought by the Canadian government, the Christian Church, and the reality of present day globalization. Today, evangelical Christianity is a shockingly strong force in arctic Inuit communities, causing tension around discussing anything that remotely touches on the old spiritual beliefs. The Inuit that attended residential schools, the generation that had their culture beaten out of them, and had their mouths washed out with soap when they spoke their native language – these people are hurting and confused. In some cases, the mere mention of traditional tattoos is enough to send a person into a spitting rage.”
For more information on the film see Unikkaat Studios’s website here.
Arek Barankiewicz better known as Glue Sniffer is the 28 year old Polish tattooer working from Warsaw. His use of intense reds, super bold lines and slightly unsettling appropriations of classic flash have been causing more and more interest over the last couple of months through the posting of his work on different internet platforms. Here we speak about the tattoo scene in Poland, what inspires him and what the ‘polish sadness’ in his work means.
How long have you been tattooing for and how did you get into it?
I started tattooing about four years ago but my first contact with a tattoo machine took place a few years before that. I used to mess around on the skin of some of my friends, but I had decided to set aside all the “tattoo plans” and got rid of all tattooing equipment. After some time had passed I got persuaded into coming back and started everything over from the beginning, tattooing volunteers in a room, which I was renting.
I got interested in tattoo art, when I was in high school, I liked browsing tattoo magazines. It was about 13 years ago, so most of those Polish magazines were dominated by tribal tattoos or poorly done realistic portraits.
It’s hard to get interested in the tattoo art when there are only horrible examples, right? Even the decision about getting my first tattoo had come after many years. I clearly remember my first visit to a tattoo shop, when my friend was getting his first piece. It’s hard to forget a visit to the tattoo studio, which was just a space separated in the beauty parlour and tattoo “artist” himself looked truly dissatisfied with the fact, that someone came in asking for a tattoo. When my friend chose the design (from the catalogue of course), the “artist” disappeared behind the curtain and made a sound of a jaded person – something between a curse and a sigh. You know… something like the sound, which you make when you do something for a really long time, it becomes a routine and you decide to give it up. So he disappeared for half an hour and after few years I found out he was a heroin addict. So over all it was a pretty dis-heartening experience.
What is the tattoo scene in Poland like?
The tattoo scene in Poland is getting bigger and better each year and in my opinion it’s heading in the right way. I’m not much involved in it personally, but there’s a lot of very talented and world famous artists. Tattooists in Poland are mostly working with portraits and realistic tattoos, but more has started to happen in a neo-traditional category. More and more young people are grabbing needles and are starting to re-interpret the traditional school of tattooing , which personally makes me really happy.
New tattoo conventions are showing up lately and are taking place in nine cities in Poland, where three of them are on a really high level both on an artistic and organizational level. A good thing is the fact that a lot of foreign tattoo artists are visiting our country, which is a nice change considering the very popular migration tendency in Poland.
Who have you been tattooed by?
I was tattooed mostly by the artists and friends from Poland like: Marcin Domański, Marcin Surowiec, Leszek BTS, Jakub Kujawa, Aga Jadu, Slawomir Nitschke, and few others like Greg Briko from France, Jonas Pedersen from Sweden and Jirka Keclik from the Czech Republic.
Why the name ‘Glue Sniffer?’
It’s from the Ramones song ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue’.
Which tattooers inspire you? You seem to particularly like a lot of pre-1950s American tattooers?
I dig many old flash tattooers and I try to buy albums with olds school works and search in the internet for interesting pieces from people as much as I can. I love Bert Grim, Milton Zeiss, Owen Jensen, Percy Waters, Bob Shaw and Stoney. I know that it doesn’t sound all that innovative, because a lot of tattooers get inspired by their art but they are incredible. I also love tattoo artists from Sweden (Jonas Nymberg, Joel Madberg, Cezilia Hjelt), Italy (Rudy, Miss Arianna) and Spain (Deno, Monga, Rotor) and art of Daniel Higgs, Matt Bivetto etc. I also get inspired by old criminal tattoos seen on old people, who pass me by on the street. It shows how meaningful those simple, poorly done patterns are. No matter how they look, they’re still expressive and full of charm.
What inspires me the most is the opportunity to work with other tattoo artists – peeking on them during their work and getting to know their attitude towards tattoo art is at this moment, somehow my main influence in my works.
How important is the process of drawing and painting to your work?
The process of drawing itself is very important – I try to draw often to make my style more clear-cut. I’m trying to express more, by using less. Sometimes it’s hard, because of my education – I care too much about proportions and that’s what I’d like to get rid of. Drawing lets me express my feelings on paper and look for other ways to express myself. As I said before – clarifying my style is what I care about the most right now and drawing flash is what helps me to achieve it.
There is an sinister undertone to your work, is this something that you are aware of, and if so why is this?
I wouldn’t say my work is sinister – there is rather a grief or sadness standing behind them. One of my friends (also a tattoo artist) told me recently, that one of his foreign friends thinks, that it’s a kind of “polish sadness” that makes my works unique – which is kinda true. Of course I’m basing my work on traditional american tattoo art, but I’m trying to fill it with my feelings, my identity and what I’m trying to express.
Do you plan to do guest spots around Europe?
I’d love to! So far I’ve been on a guest spot in France and at few tattoo shops in Poland. I try to make contact with tattoo artists from other countries and hope that it’ll result in more trips. But if I do you can see on my Instagram or Facebook!
Find out more abput Glue Sniffer by following him on
Instagram here: www.instagram.com/gluesniffer
Facebook here: www.facebook.com/unknowngluesniffer
On tumblr here: www.gluesnifferelectric.tumblr.com
Gemma Angel is a PHD Student at UCL and the Science museum where she is exploring the skin archives of the Wellcome museum. This interview is about a year old and taken from the Huffington Post but it is well worth a read if you have not seen it yet.
What are people’s reactions when you tell them what you do?
Most of the time people think it’s really interesting, they don’t expect this kind of thing to even be out there. There was one occasion when I was talking to a barman in Manchester about what I did, and he just said, “no, that doesn’t exist”, he refused to believe it. Some people think it’s quite creepy, or strange, but I’ve got so used to handling these things and working with them now that it doesn’t seem that strange to me any more. But I am aware that human remains in museums are a contentious issue. It’s something that really splits opinion.
What was it like the first time you encountered the skins?
They fascinated me from the word go, but the smell of them took some getting used to! Because I trained as a tattooist, I was immediately drawn to the tattoos and I had a specific tattooist’s eye for looking at them. The longer you look at them, the more you get drawn in. It has a strange effect on you – you start to think more about what they really are. You turn them over in your hands and you realise that they’re pieces of somebody else’s skin. Then you start to really look closely at the skin and think about all the associations you have with tactility and touch, and whether you can categorise them as objects at all. Because they have this power of subjectivity, still. A tattoo is a mark of somebody else’s will inscribed on their body, which in this case has outlived the individual, and it’s very, very strange to look at them and think about that.
Do you have a favourite?
The chest piece. It’s more or less the entire torso, from just beneath the collar bones to just above the pubis, and he was clearly a very tall guy, easily six foot. The preservation itself is very well done, the design hasn’t been salvaged in it entirety, but the major parts of it are intact, it’s been preserved with care. The tattoo itself is very skilled, you still have all of this black and grey shading visible around the female figure on the right side, you can still see bits of the red pigment in the dagger and the roses. It’s just a really nice detailed work – it looks like it was done with hand needles, not a machine. It was definitely done by a professional. Of all the Wellcome Collection tattoos I could have come across in a photograph, this would be the easiest to recognise, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better result in that respect.
Because you’ve found a photograph of the tattooed man, haven’t you?
When I turned the page over in the book and I first saw this image I was so overwhelmed, I almost dropped the book. I came across this photograph after I’d been working with the skins for two years. So I had known this tattoo really well, I had handled the skin, they feel as familiar to me as the back of my own hand. So to then see the tattoo, in its entirety, alive, it was almost like seeing the face of a friend who you hadn’t seen for years in a crowd. I just wish his face was visible, I’d like to know who he was. The most frustrating thing about the photograph is that he’s headless.
Do you know why the specimens were collected?
This is the core mystery really. I think certainly there was a lot of interest in the tattoo in medico-legal circles during the late 19th century. There was a lot of debate about what tattoos meant, why people would get them. Amongst European populations, it was considered deviant by many scholars. Criminologists sought to connect it to criminality. But it’s not criminologists’ names that I’m coming up with, it’s anatomists and pathologists. It’s strange – these people had the opportunities to collect them, but their motivations are more obscure. There are probably a lot of different motivations, but it was part of a wider interest in the surface of the body, and what you could read from the surface about the person within. Trying to get to grips with the soul, the psychological workings of the other.
Do you think that attributes to the mystery the collection?
Absolutely. I think these collectors knew they were doing something that was a bit dodgy. I’ve come across references to one or two scandals which came about as a result of particular doctors harvesting and preserving tattoos – you might keep a pathological specimen from a human body for a teaching aid for medical students, but can you really justify keeping a tattoo? It seems there’s some aspect fetishisation involved, of the tattooed image, and the skin itself. It’s complicated, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the bottom of it, but I’ve got some time yet.
To see more of the photos from the original post look here.
I had the opportunity to create some images with and to briefly interview Photographer Rasha Kahil as we anticipate her contributions to SBL6.
SB: How much of a role does morality play in your work; in the sense that you as a photographer have been bestowed the power to share people in such intimate ways? Do you ever struggle with morality and/or censorship?
RK: I do actually; I very often have moments where I go what the fuck am I doing? Why am I doing this? I don’t know why Im doing this?! Its all over the internet as well; images of myself and those I know, and once it is there you can’t take it back.
In terms of morality; with the In your home series, there was a element of that, regarding invading peoples privacy. Even though I didn’t shoot people without them knowing, I did shoot in their personal spaces which actually offended some people, even those I knew personally. There are these occasions where I tread a fine line but I don’t feel that in doing so, I am doing anything necessarily wrong; just seeing how far boundaries between personal and private can be pushed, and working with emotions as well as thoughts. Even though I work with something really personal (whether its my stories or other peoples) I like the way in which they can be appropriated to anyone and for me the best part is having people come back to me and say I was really touched by this; or your work really speaks to me. It is nice to get that reassurance or validity, that people can see past the face value and interact with it on an emotional level especially when sometimes I feel like Im doing something that is a a bit out there and exploring things I maybe shouldn’t show or talk about so much i.e. vulnerability, sex etc. In things like fashion, nudity and sexuality is everywhere- its fine but once you re-contextualise it and make it within a personal sphere, you can begin to start offending people.
SB: I read in some past interviews that you’ve done that your aim is to seek truth in sex and relationships. Do you feel that the truth in which you seek, and wish to share can be truly demonstrated or shared through photographs?
RK: When I say to seek truth it really is for me, to not sugar coat anything and really telling it how it is. Because a lot of my shots are never really set up, it is what it issues This is what happened. Showing it and sharing it just becomes like a visual diary. I wouldn’t say Im actually seeking out a truth in sex or the issues that I photograph, but Im showing them as they happen; as they are and as I feel them. It becomes my truth; recording of an experience as it happens, whether it is an undone bed after sex or something else. Its interesting because they are things we talk about all the time and they’re never really perfect. Its interesting for me to portray that because they are an integral part of everyone; myself and my friends and they are always emotionally charged when discussed.
SB: Approaching sexuality in images, from a quasi-autobiographical approach isn’t at all endemic to your work, and seems to be a path gaining more and more popularity (with younger female photographers especially) but Im interested to find out what peoples reactions to your specific approach have been? “XI” for example, in being more explicit and closer to home than other series’…
RK: People have generally quite enjoyed “XI”; in the sense that they were shocked to read something that was so raw, but there is a lot of comedy in there as well. I had a cousin who read one of the stories, and said to me: All I wanted to do was give you a hug. Its that kind of reaction; no one was necessarily shocked with anything, because its almost as if people have experienced most of what was mentioned in XI particularly.
When I wrote those stories, it wouldn’t take long at all and I would write them quite intuitively. The photography side of it was un staged; on a few occasions I have had a camera available during a sexual encounter and taken pictures, but only when I knew the person really well. Generally, it has been traces of the event which was shown the most; an undone bed or stains.
A lot of people could relate to what was being discussed; whether it was something as funny as vaginal farts or something, but when you write about it, the whole experience itself becomes more grounded and less taboo. Unlike watching porn which is more times than others, fabricated and trying to serve some kind of usually unreachable fantasy, “XI” was literally as if I was telling a story to my girlfriends: thus generating a lot more relatability with viewers and audiences.
SB: I noticed that a lot of your work explores ‘Shame’ and ‘Pride’ as key themes. ‘Poses‘ for example, deals with anonymity in a way that could be interpreted as shame, or at very least, a desire to be distanced from ones own body. Is this a deliberate technique? If so, why?
RK: I also did a series which I called The Shameless which looks at it too. I think this fixation on shame is to do with this sense of the fact that at the very start, I am the one being shameless in a way; taking photographs of things people maybe tend to hide or not necessarily things people would want to put in the public domain. Where does it stop or start?! (laughs) We share so many images; whether its on Facebook, or tumblr and there is an over-saturation of shared imagery with more of a desire to do so now, than ever before. As a result, there is the question of Where do you stop; where do you draw the line? How do people portray themselves and how much do people put of themselves out there? They are interesting themes for me to pick up on in my photography; its not always as defined as in “Poses”, where it was literally a case of me asking these models to be in the images and pose in a way that they would want to be seen,with some protection given in the form of anonymity. With “The Shameless”, it was an edit of around 80 images that show that moment where people break down the barriers and let go within the moment they are experiencing. It featured a lot of private moments; where people are either drunk or crying, nude or vulnerable, dressing or undressing…. all of these moments where you don’t or wouldn’t usually take an image, is when I would snap something.
The element of anonymity is something Im actually exploring in one of my newest series’ (which will be exhibited at Art Taipei in Taiwan) entitled: Between 11 and Noon; not neccesarily anonymity by obscurity but moreso by leaving audiences little information about the subjects that have been shot and their relationship to me.
SB: But what is it about sharing (these types of images) that you like? Is it therapeutic…?
RK: Yeah definitely. I started photography itself after a breakup: I was in this very passionate relationship with someone and took about 5000 portraits of him over the course of the 11 year relationship. Then the photography just died down, but started back up after another relationship ended, and I began to realise that photography was a way for me to really hold on to things, as an antidote to loss or abandonment. I used to write diaries from age 9 to the age of 19, so I have probably always had this thing in me of wanting to record everything that was going on as a form of self therapy. Whereas I used to do it in writing, now I do it through images. In your home was that in a way, which was almost recording and consolidating relationships or experiences with people, because ultimately I was at that persons house for a reason.
SB: I was going to ask actually, how you managed to shoot that series with the owners of the homes being unaware?
RK: I was at each home, invited normally and would be hanging out with that person, but if I was alone suddenly I would just quickly snap a picture. Its almost as if that series was portraying that feeling of marking this experience with an acquaintance or close friend.
SB: Coming from Beirut originally, how are takes on sexuality compared from there to here? Are we as enlightened on the subject as we think we are in the West?
RK: Well thats the thing: I think there are a lot of misconceptions about Beirut. It’s quite a liberal city, probably one of the most liberal ones in the Middle East. It has a thriving art community and a lot of artists have dealt with the issues I have, so what Im doing isn’t groundbreaking in that sense at all. I think sometimes its hard to share my ideas because the last thing I want to be is shocking or sensationalist so for me to be able to show my work in Beirut, in a Gallery Space and having people respond to it in a positive way who understand the ideas Im trying to communicate through the work, was really nice. The fact that I could do that there, was a sign that I am being able to do what I want without people just dismissing my work as being nude or shocking for the sake of it. Over there, there may be some people who don’t agree with my work but on the other hand there are people in London who don’t either. But I wouldn’t be able to say that in Beirut Im seen as The Brave One- its nothing like that
SB: So when you were back in Beirut, did you produce the same work, focusing on nudity/sexuality etc?
RK: Not necessarily in the same ways, but I did used to use the body a lot in general. I did a BA in graphic design in Beirut, and even when doing that, I incorporated the body. My final year project was actually book which was based on the body and the day in the life of the body; so technically Ive been doing this since 1998. Its always been with me but Ive never turned it into a tool for personal work or academic work until I did my masters degree at the RCA where I realised that this was something more than just something I wanted to dabble in; I want to pursue this as a ‘proper way’.
SB: Your contribution to Sang Bleu VI is a non-human series. I wanted to find out a little bit about the project without giving too much away as well as finding out what is like for you to approach a non human series compared to a human one?
RK: The series is basically a collection of images showing beach resorts that I had been seeing for years on the coast of Lebanon, on this main highway that covers the whole country. These buildings have always fascinated me because they’re kind of planted in the middle of nowhere; on stand-alone building surrounded by nothingness. For me, I do shoot landscapes quite a lot but its landscapes that give out the same sort of feelings that I get when I shoot people: that sense of vulnerability, bleakness etc. Its the same sort of feelings of awkwardness; empathy….so I approach them in the same way as how I approach friends and subjects close to me.
The Images in the series are created from the perspective of how they are perceived from the highway. I had my mother as a co-pilot and while driving, I would say stop! and quickly get out of the car to shoot a pictures, with these massive trucks driving past, beeping their horns at us. In Beirut, there isn’t the same accumulation of local knowledge as there is the West so I don’t know when these buildings were built, or their history since their conception. Ive actually been on Google maps, just to see what is on the other side of some of the buildings. I have found one of them (which took ages) and found out that there is just a little pool and five deck chairs; so it was a relief to my curiosity that there is life on the other side on the buildings (laughs).
Kahil’s New Series- “Between 11 and Noon” Will be exhibited at Art Taipei, Taiwan (Nov 9- 11th)
An Extract from an interview I conducted with Robert Ryan of ‘Electric Tattoo’, New Jersey, for Issue VI…..
“Your work is well known for its vibrancy; would you say that it is a calculated or intuitive characteristic? What do you enjoy so much about its use in your painting and tattoos?
I definitely think it started as an intuitive thing. At the start I was very attracted to brightly coloured tattoos, probably through the use of psychedelics and my attraction to psychedelics style painting from he 60’s and 70’s. As it began to become intuitive, it developed into being a more practical use up till now where it has evolved into being more calculated as part of my general motif…
With the rise in interest of the Old World; particularly surrounding Esotericism and the Occult, do you the overuse of such symbols within tattooing is dangerous in terms of preserving integrity? Or is it a positive thing, with such high usage ushering in a new meaning and identity?
I can see both sides of it. There is something that does exist in this world and it has done for a long time; other writers call it the symbol drain where you literally drain power from a symbol through overuse or reduce it to a mundane thing. Taking a powerful symbol and putting it on television, advertising a car with it, a political party with it…but I think its important for us as humanity in the current state and stage that we’re in to try to harness these symbols and take them back. I think there’s been abuse of symbols since way before tattooing started using them. I do think its good that people are starting to learn about them and start to get them tattooed, but we also have to ask why are people starting to get these symbols and using these esoteric symbols, and I think its because theres this invisible power struggle over these symbols as people are becoming more educated and learning about their origins…”
They’re pervy. But I like pervy men. Not like really creepy but some guys say, ‘You seem like such a slut but a really gorgeous slut and I love that. One guy was saying, ‘When I look at your photos, I picture you riding my cock’.
You could get yourself into some serious trouble couldn’t you?
Yeah I guess. There are some people on Fet-Life… A lot of kinky people. But they’re really lovely though.
I suppose you have to trust people….
Very few individuals can do what Isamaya Ffrench does, and even fewer can match the level which she does it on; working as a Body Artist across both editorial and fashion worlds and having had the chance to create timeless and ethereal works alongside the likes of Nick Knight, Matthew Stone and Rankin.
As we all anticipate Isamaya’s own contributions to issue VI, I did a brief interview with her in order to get a glimpse of the genius behind the woman in question.
SB: Do you have any Non-Western inspiration when it comes to the basis of your style?
IF: I love Japanese brush work! Although, I think people find it easy to categorise and distinguish between East & West when the reality is in regards to self adornment and body painting, the practice is universal. Almost every tribe, culture, clan or peoples throughout history and today have used body adornment and body painting to serve numerous significant purposes. Generally it is a celebration of identity and ritual in one way or another or to assist in a symbolic journey to a more spiritually recognised existence. Therefore, it would be difficult not to recognise, and implement in some way, all of these cultural uses of self adornment I have encountered, when making my own creative choices.
SB: Your work seems to delve within a range of textures; with visual mergings which arise with as much harmony as subtle dissonance. What is it about adding to the body, through texture and brilliant materials that you love so much?
IF: With all my artistic work, I try to capture a little emotion or add a little context to my designs and materials are a prime signifier here. They serve so many purposes during the creative process, before, during and after and ultimately are one of the most important considerations when creating something. Not only will they serve a visual purpose to the audiences reflections on the piece, they also play a role in determining the overall process of the work, as the artists creative choices will be manipulated by the materials and the way they organise themselves in relation to it. I tend to use mostly natural materials (as opposed to synthetics) as I strongly believe, aesthetically and practically, they are already pro at this manipulation business. I tend to gravitate towards those subjects bound by The six Kingdoms of nature as they are able to stand effortlessly beautiful. Why change something perfect?
SB: Was working as a body artist on such an elaborate level, as well being a makeup artist all part of a natural progression?
IF: I actually studied product design but quickly realised it was far too intolerant for conceptual thinking or exploring scientific or philosophical topics. It is objective design for the masses (often at a computer) and my work is subjective creativity for the individual.
I started with the face because I like characters and stories and the subject of identity, but these days I am lucky enough to take on an art directional approach to most of my work rather than just ‘makeup’ or ‘bodypainting’ and oversee the bigger project as a whole – something I hope to continue doing.
SB: As someone very interested in science, are the two realms of art and academia part of a complementary balance in your life?
IF: My interests are predominantly science related but there is still a strong impulse to try and slow down, capture and organise a little of life before it’s gone forever.
I spoke to my good friend Josh about our creative impulses and he managed to express our desires as artists perfectly, he said ”Have you ever experienced the sudden excitement when you learn something new and you just have to run off that minute and tell somebody about it? For the creative, the problem with that is always on how to reduce such a strong impression into its objective elements. To recount these stories as a passage of time. Freud said that he believed the point of existence was to return to a unified whole i.e. The opposite sex, I reckon beneath even that is the realisation that we’re all going to die.”
SB: Does science have any bearing on your visual work at all?
IF: Of course! I was lucky enough to interview the Head of Mycology at the Jodrell Institute of the Royal Botanical Society at Kew for a recent project on Fungi.
Sometimes I would be happy to stop at the science but I have to force myself to translate these interests into something visual.
SB: What about fixed disciplines such as sculpture?
IF: I don’t really feel that sculpture is a fixed discipline. I wrote a really lengthy answer to this about the context and placement of sculpture but it sounded really OTT. I suppose I just like making stuff and its up to you to decide what it is I do. Sometimes I don’t even know what it is I do!
SB: Traditionally in western art, female subjects are usually the main focus as far as being observed, is concerned. Are female subjects easier to work with/paint than males because of this? Do you have any preference?
IF: I find the opposite. I much prefer working with male subjects as I find I can push my concepts further. Beauty is a strange thing, you can more or less put anything on the face or body of a beautiful girl and she will look amazing, however, sometimes this can be at variance with the work as beauty can get in the way and can actually depreciate the work to the point of indifference – and the work loses its power. With men, you have to work harder to make your painting look good – they are almost like a blank canvas you can work directly on to, whereas female beauty, you have to work around.
Men are also less fussy about getting grubby.
SB: What photographer would you say has been the most in tune with your creative character? What commission has been the most reflective of you as an artist?
IF: Undoubtedly Daniel Sannwald. He is brilliant. I love everything I do with him.
SB: Do you ever work with Non-Human canvas’?
IF: Yes, I occasionally paint and I perform and dance with The Theo Adams Company.
SB: What is the creative process like in working out how a mood is to be conveyed in a shoot? How important is it for you, for a shoot to be experienced, albeit temporarily (if printed or online), as remembered, by viewers?
IF: I suppose you just have to have good instincts about the people you chose to work with and trust that they understand your direction. Conflicting ideas within a team can destroy the project so you have to make sure everyone knows where they are going with it. Sometimes you can have happy mistakes though.
I believe it is always important to live in the present. There is so much information out there, you just have to remain true to your impulses, interests and beliefs and if other people like what I do, then that is a massive bonus.
SB: What are you looking forward to the most, about Sang Bleu VI?
IF: The genius to come from 2 years of Maxime and Jeanne Salome planning…