REDMILK LOVES OUT OF THE BOX MINDS! DISCOVER THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MCLAYNE YCMAT.
1. Tell me a story that has happened to you that could only happen in your hometown.
My back door neighbor had a trampoline throughout my childhood which my sister and I would bring our friends to regularly. As we got older we stopped using it, but one day in high school I decided to indulge my nostalgia and bring a couple of my friends over to jump on it late at night. We used to play this game called “Pigs in Space” where we would count down and cannonball at the same time to see who would bounce the highest. Unfortunately, we found “Pigs in Space” is better played with children as we fully collapsed the entire trampoline, screaming, four of us tightly enveloped into a giant pork burrito. Picture four teenagers ringing your doorbell to tell you that they broke your trampoline you’ve had for over ten years. Sweet memories!
2.If I gave you a 1.000$ shopping spree online where will you shop beside Amazon?
Probably a flight! I’ve never been anywhere tropical.
3. Currently who is your favorite artist what about their work inspires you?
This changes pretty often, but recently I’ve really been into the photographer Mark Peckmezian. He really seems to understand the silent codes of what makes a beautiful image without being obvious, and I like how he’s able to take on different lenses, from personal and romantic to graphic and irreverent. In a way his images feel both vintage and futuristic. He’s a species of photographer that I really resonate with and aspire to be like because he has a full understanding of his references, how the images are formatted, how his work compares to other contemporary photographers, and other traits that make him not only a great photographer, but a strong art director. I have to also include some of my favorite musicians, Bob Moses, George Fitzgerald, Amtrac, Jon Hopkins, Jamie XX, Lulu Rouge, Street Fever, and so many others that inspire me daily. In general, most of my best ideas come when I’m getting lost in their music.
4. Its apparent that you have a unique aesthetic and personality. So what was the threshold that made you share it with the world?
Definitely growing up gay in a Mormon community, knowing I was different, and reaching a breaking point where I had to distinguish who I really was through my personal style and what I wore became a very large part of my own identity. I ended up meeting some really amazing gay friends outside of my high school who were very expressive in what they wore, so it was easier for me to be confident and strut down the hallways in heels and makeup, even though most people didn’t understand it. These are all proclivities that really led to my creative process today and the attitude I still have in how I present myself.
5. There is a lot of concern with overconsumption of non reusable materials in everyday products. But how do you feel about the use of the same products in fashion items such as bags, clothing shoes and accessories?
I love it! I honestly feel way more special wearing a really gorgeous vintage piece than wearing something that just came out. My entire closet would be vintage if I could afford it!
6. What is your favorite jungle animal? And why?
A Toucan! I mean just look at it!!
Concept Carmen Julia Duran Garcia