TRAVIS BLUE : IN BLACK AND WHITE

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TRAVIS BLUE : IN BLACK AND WHITE

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OUR FRIEND : TRAVIS BLUE has an affinity for the macabre. (Growing up gay in rural Washington State will do that to a person.)  His story, as told by director Adam Baran in the documentary Northwest Passage, is a fascinating one.  As a matter of survival and as it is reflected in his art, he learned to find beauty in the blackness.  We were introduced to him only recently and have been wondering where he has been all our life ever since.   

As luck would have it, he was in need of our studio a couple months ago and we are so excited to finally share the work.  Using local male-model-on-the-rise, Bobby Rake as his muse, and NorthWest Hair Stylist of the Year nominee, David C Scott, he created a beautifully haunted picture of old Hollywood glamour.  We were able to catch up with him, in spite of his incredibly busy schedule, on the set where it all started - Twin Peaks.

Hey Travis!  Thank you so much for taking a second for little ol' Us.  

Is Travis Blue your real name?
No. But it I’ve answered to it most of my life. I was working on Gregg Araki’s Nowhere and he said that I’m just like Amy Blue, Rose McGowan’s character in The Doom GenerationHe insisted that we were so much alike that I could be her brother, Travis Blue. I liked the sound of it so I used it as a pseudonym for my punk zines and the name just stuck.

Where are you from?
Seattle, born and raised. I lived all over in my teens and spent most of my adult life in New York City.

What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
Developing and directing the first installment of my Cathedral Park series. 

What are you afraid of?
Mediocrity.

What are you listening to right now?
White Poppy, Lucifer, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. 

3 people, places, or things that have inspired your work.
Twin Peaks, Kieślowski’s The Decalogue, Antonioni’s Blow-Up. Extra credit: Madonna’s Sex Book.

What was the inspiration for this shoot with Bobby?
I’ve had an obsession with Hollywood glamour shots and the funhouse mirror scene from The Lady From Shanghai since I worked at Biography Magazine. I was working in the photo department and I had to sort 30,000 archival photos a month, mostly from the golden age of cinema. I saw so many great photos that will never see the light of day. It was A&E’s attempt to be a celebrity magazine but it was just a flip book of photos of old movie stars. Not a huge market for that. But it made a huge impression on me and how I light and photograph faces, not to mention casting.

Whats next?
Episode 2 of Cathedral Park. I’m also starring in a documentary about my life called Northwest Passage. Its like Twin Peaks on acid. 

 

Twin Peaks?  Acid?  What's not to like??  We recommend you pay attention to this artist, dear readers.  You can bet your ass WE will be.   Watch this space!!  

Art direction by Tod Michael & Travis Blue.
Photography by Travis Blue.
Model Bobby Rake with Option Models
Hair/grooming by David Scott at The National Beauty
Makeup by Jodi Vaughn
Photo assistant Toby Orvano
Art assistant Alex Vicari.

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CONTENT 2015 : CALL TO ARTISTS

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CONTENT 2015 : CALL TO ARTISTS

OUR FRIENDS : at Ace Hotel  were pioneers of the new Portland "cool."  A reflection of and concept from the mind of the late, great visionary, Alex Calderwood.  We had the privilege of calling him friend way back when, as he was just breathing life into this dream of his here, and he truly was everything people say he was: kind, curious, wonderfully odd, and unapologetic in his pursuit of inspiration and new ideas.  He was a kindred spirit.  That same spirit is reflected in many of the unconventional ways in which this boutique hotel provides a platform for and promotes the local culture.  CONTENT is one of the most popular and exciting examples.  

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"For the uninitiated, Content was originated by a team led by a pre-Project Runway Gretchen Jones, who envisioned an installation-based showcase for Portland's design professionals to translate their inspirations and identity in a format that was expressly focused on artistic expression, without the fundamental commercial aspect of, say, a trade show or even a runway event."  (Marjorie Skinner - The Mercury)

In our opinion, the hype around it is a result of a city starved of any REAL inclusive, creative culture or interesting, large scale social experiences.  And in it, CONTENT is a new and more progressive SCENE.  People, in droves, actually DRESS for it.  *gasp*  There are always a few stand-outs in the hallway of rooms, and getting to see Portland really participate, in an active and stylish way, is always worth the wrap-around-the-block line out front.  

Historically, each room's installation have been created by local boutiques and designers by invitation only.  So, we were delighted when the shows producer, a long time mentor and friend, Connie Wohn, hit us up to help promote a bit of change.  THIS year they are putting out a call to ARTISTS in an effort to diversify and #supporttheunderground!!  

Ya'll KNOW how WE feel about THAT!! 

Thank you, Connie, for ALWAYS being brave enough to push the culture forward, boss enough to get the Powers That Be behind you, and cool enough to do it with style.  

This is an opportunity for the underground to shine.  A call to all the motivated and brilliant weirdos to say something different, and do something dope.  If this is you, stand up and be great.  You KNOW we here at SERVICE will be there to support.

Read through the information below.  
Please send all submissions to content2015@acehotel.com

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**Editor Clarification: While it DOES cost money to participate, CONTENT is looking for specific artists that MAKE WORK that can then be sold at the event.  Therein lies the artists opportunity to recoup costs and make money.  We understand the upfront costs do not necessarily coincide with our mantra of supporting the underground, and we intend to suggest providing a certain amount of funding for a least a few especially dynamic submissions in the future.   However, the call to action would then be directed at the rest of us that attend to actually BUY ARTISTS WORK!! Thank you!  AND TO ALL OF US - #SUPPORTTHEUNDERGROUND

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HEEMS x SPANKROCK : EAT, PRAY, THUG

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HEEMS x SPANKROCK : EAT, PRAY, THUG

OUR FRIENDS: HEEMS, SPANKROCK, AND MESS KID came thru Portland on their rabble rousing cross country tour - EAT, PRAY, THUG.  We took it upon ourselves to show them a good time.  If you were bout it enough to be there, you know we did that and SO MUCH more.  If you weren't, the talented young homie, Tom Bender, captured it beautifully.  BIG UP to the entire squad for turning up and all the way out on a Wednesday night in Portland.  If only every night could be this lit...  #supporttheunderground.   

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