Friday, August 14, 2009

New School Dandy Profile: Brian Ness

Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people through our Facebook fan page. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature illustrator Brian Ness of Greetings From Dandyland.

Where do you live? Minneapolis, MN.

What’s your occupation? I work in Merchandising for Target, and as a freelance illustrator. I also write and draw a quarterly zine about young, gay dandies, called Kitten Punch.

How would you describe your style? I guess I’m the type of dandy you’d expect beach-side with an old, warn, leather-bound book... a little tweedy, maybe a little relaxed, but at the same time buttoned-up and covered in a sweater.

Who is your style icon? Yesterday, today, always, Gene Kelly.

Do you have a favorite website? Aside from Fine And Dandy? Planet Fabulon. They never cease to inspire, amuse, and mortify!

What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? When my grandmother died, I took her pair of never-warn, red bowling shoes. They are in the original box, and it’s shared with a few other artifacts of her’s and my father’s.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? My gold sneakers. They make me feel like Ziggy Stardust.

Tell us the best kept secret in your city / At which establishments would you consider yourself a regular? Blackbird Cafe. It’s this teeny little gem of a restaurant with simple, delicious food, and a great staff. Just about every day I crave it. Or Magers and Quinn, a fantastic book store that I can never leave without arms full of books.

What would you be doing ten years from now? More time drawing and designing, and less time on jobs that pay the rent. I’d assume that, in some fashion, I’d still be working on my zine, Kitten Punch, and I’d also really like to turn my stories about well-dressed sissies into animated shorts.

What is your current obsession? Back Bay Books has published Evelyn Waugh novels in paperback, with covers illustrated by Bill Brown. They are absolutely fantastic!

Currently inspired by? Maxfield Parrish illustrations, Hitchcock Films, tartan.

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1 comment:

thombeau said...

Thanks for the Fabulon shout-out! Both your blogs are terrific!

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