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Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran for Ozy

Wahoo - more new work out! Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran is the Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), the government-in-exile fighting for an independent state on Sri Lanka. 

Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran, Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran, Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

After the Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - LTTE) in 2009 ending the civil war, the TGTE evolved from the LTTE civilian wing. Yep, that's the same Tamil Tigers that M.I.A.'s father was a part of. And the same group that's on the US terrorist list.

The history of Sri Lanka and it's people is way more complex and nuanced though. Begin an understanding by reading Adam Matthews's article - Rudra's Dream: An Independent Tamil State | Ozy

They're Weird, We're All Weird

Hope you were able to catch last week's Time Out New York (I photographed the cover!). It's on weird NYC. Yep, in an era of gentrified NYC and big box stores everywhere, there's still some character in the City. 

Coney Island Circus Sideshow performers

For the feature article, I photographed Coney Island Sideshow performers, the Reverend Jen and Blackwolf the Dragonmaster. Uh? Ok, I'll translate -

Sideshow performers: A contortionist, sword swallower, fire breather and the Outside Talker, the ultimate barker.

The Reverend Jen: Artist and proprietiess of the Lower East Side's Troll Museum. And she has elf ears. 

Blackwolf the Dragonmaster: Probably the weirdest of the bunch. He's the unofficial wizard of NYC. We're talking Gandalf-style with walking stick. And he's got an amazing video with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

All unique and cool folks. 

I'm still awaiting pdfs of the article, but in the meantime you can check out the online version here. More images used in the print magazine too! As soon as the embargo's over, I'd love to post some outtakes. 

Kai D Utility

If there's anything that sums up my consumer life, it's this…

Buy less, but better. Buy less often, keep things longer.
— Kai D Utility's Philosophy

(with the exception of baked goods - buying less that is)

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

In January I met up with Kai Fan, former Creative Director at Nautica, at his new Williamsburg shop Kai D Utility. Walking in you think -- Heritage. Utilitarian. Slow fashion. Durable. Explorer. Modern artisan. Craftsmanship. Stylish manly man.

Fabrics are sourced from generations old mills and all production is in New York City's Garment District, handmade using non-automated machinery. Leftover materials are used to create his ties and notebooks to waste less. It's the antithesis to disposable H&M.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I love his shop and you will too! Check out more photos in the new BKNY MADE II section. I'll also be posting a few more images next week but on the blog only.

Profile on Twig Terrariums

New work out on bkstyled! We met with Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano of Twig Terrariums. They've an amazing store on Gowanus' increasingly hip 3rd Ave (the uber-Brooklyn Whole Foods is a few blocks down). 

Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, owners, Twig Terrariums

OMG! Sooo cute!

It's not just succulents, airplants and moss. Michelle and Katy also create mini worlds within the terrariums.

Mini worlds created by Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano of Twig Terrariums.

See them? Teeny tiny people!

Head over the article to read about them and check out more photos - Decor Spotlight // Twig Terrariums | bkstyled