DailyMood.it interviewed Danny Casale (aka Coolman Coffeedan) to discuss his upcoming capsule collaboration with the hugely popular streetwear brand RipnDip, which will be launched in early September. Here’s what he told us!
DailyMood.it: Hi Danny, when and where did your passion for art come from?
Danny Casale: I started doodling when I was growing up and actually felt like an outcast for it. As I got older, I started to make new friends from my doodles. I realized that people actually took a liking to these doodles and it sort of became my thing – suddenly I was that artist kid.
DM:You are followed by millions, and this somehow makes what you publish take on a certain responsibility. What are the messages that you convey through your animations?
DC: I always make sure my characters preach kindness, self love, mental health awareness, and sometimes even a small nice reminder. Reactions range from euphoria to relief to a well needed laugh, and maybe even a well needed cry. I want to make sure my characters, although they are not human, celebrate how awesome you are as a human.
DM: In your latest book “UR Special”; you have introduced a new character and a new difficulty to face. In your experience, does it work to express important and delicate concepts through art/animation?
DC: I use simple characters to get across deeper messages about complex emotions. For instance, blue dude, a simple, blobby, blue character, always calmly explains issues around depression and anxiety. At the end of the day, these simple characters make complex topics easier to digest.
DM: Do you think the new generations are more receptive to this way of communicating with them?
DC: Cartoons have always been a part of communicating our world. I’ve found that this form of communication is receptive to not only younger people, but people of all ages.
DM: In your opinion, how important and at the same time dangerous is social media?
DC: I always said the internet is dumb, amazing, and scary. My first viral animation, “Snakes Have Legs,” was about how the internet is an amazing tool to do amazing things. However, many people use it for the wrong reasons too. As with any powerful tool you can either use it for good, or for bad. My goal is to try to help people to use it for good.
DM:How did your collaboration with the popular streetwear brand Ripndip start?
DC: I’ve been a fan of Ripndip for years now. Ever since I moved to LA in 2020, I was super impressed with how popular their store on Fairfax Ave was. I remember telling some friends at the time it would be cool to have my own store one day. Fast forward to one year ago, I started working with the RND team on some potential designs. And everyone fell in love with them right away. Fast forward to this weekend, the popup shop on Fairfax Ave opened its doors.
DM:What are you most excited for with this new collaboration? Do you have a favorite piece from the line?
DC: With a brand as iconic as Ripndip, I’m stoked to introduce my art and message to many more people in the fashion and streetwear scene. My favorite piece is the black hoodie with the all over print. It’s a beautiful Keith Haring style mixture of my characters and the Ripndip characters.
DM: Is there a theme to this collection? What types of garments are a part of the Collaboration?
DC: The garments all fit together to tell a story of Spesh and Nerm becoming friends. To really tell the story right, we collaborated with Ripndip to make a special animation to debut the collection and tell the story of how Spesh meets Nerm. The collaboration features three tee shirts, two hoodies, a hat, a jacket, and pants, all connected to bring the story to life.
DM: When does the collaboration officially drop, and how long will it be available for?
DC: The collaboration dropped on Saturday September 3rd.
DM:Any last words you’d like to share with our readers of DailyMood.it?
DC: Ur Special 🙂
Special thanks to Danny Casale from DailyMood.it for this wonderful interview!
di Emma Mariani per DailyMood.it
DailyMood.it interviewed Asian-American supermodel, actress and advocate JULIA LEE
DailyMood.it interviewed Asian-American supermodel, actress and advocate JULIA LEE (@ItsJuliaLee) she has walked numerous international runways, graced covers such as Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel and has been the face of some of fashion’s top brands and beauty all over the world to the point of becoming one of the most sought-after models of his generation. Now embarking on a new journey, she is honing her acting skills and moving on to work in television and film, following in the footsteps of some of her contemporary role models such as Cara Delevingne and Emily Ratajkowski.
Born just outside of Philadelphia, Lee is of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. An advocate for better representation of Asian Americans in the media and fashion world (known for their limited selection of Asians in the industry), she is working tirelessly to end stigma and stereotypes and for a more inclusive industry.
DAILYMOO.IT We know that as a young girl you were a talented pianist. What did music represent for you?
JULIA LEE: When I was young, playing piano felt more like I was living out my mom’s dream than mine. I wanted to play sports. Looking back, I really appreciate the skillsets they embedded in me such as memorization, focus, and consistency. Playing a song 10 times perfect in a row before I could go to bed will do that to you.
During the pandemic, I found myself drawn to the songs of my youth. It brought out a youthful joy from deep inside me to relive my childhood music through a new expression of my grown self. In a way it reminded me of that feeling when anybody could listen to and connect with the playing – which I did not necessarily fully appreciate as a child. Anyone can connect with my expression. There are no words, just sound.
DM: Art has many faces, do you feel like an “Artistic” person?
JL: Absolutely. I think everybody is artistic. It’s just about finding a medium to channel ones expression. Growing up, it was through sewing my own belts and making jewelry. Now, it comes out even in simple things like cooking.
I think being artistic means doing something with love and putting passion, fire, and life into it. If I sit in a chair and am naturally posing and expressing myself with my body, that’s artistic. You can literally be artistic with anything and everything you do in life!
DM: How did your modeling career start and what is the best memory you have of this profession?
JL: As a teenager, I was scouted at my local mall for Philly Fashion Week. I was picked as 1 of 10 finalists to walk the show, but my Mom wouldn’t let me participate. After thinking about “what if” for a year, I tried out the next year. When I was picked, I didn’t tell my parents and skipped school to do the fashion show. The REBEL was born!
My favorite memory was shooting for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam. I worked with an incredibly talented team including stylist Kevin Parker who heads Philly Fashion Week with Kerry Scott. Philly Fashion Week is where my modeling career started, so it was one of my full circle moments. Vietnam is where my father, who had passed not long ago, was from. I may not have known it in the moment, but the kismet was undeniable. This whole journey of pursuing modeling as a career was not always smooth. My traditional upbringing did not lend itself to the wanderlust career of modeling, and my parents unknowingly made sure I knew that. There were moments where I felt unsure if I was making the right decisions because it felt like everyone close to me wanted me to go on a different path. So getting this cover was an affirmation in my belief in myself, and that chasing my dreams was worth the leap.
DM: What does it mean to you to be an Asian model? Have you found particular difficulties in establishing yourself in the fashion world?
JL: Being an Asian model means that I am being picked or cast by clients with one of the fundamentals reasons being: I am Asian. There was meaning behind picking me: whether that is to effectively market to a certain group (often the “Woke Approval”), or to fill a specific role (the “pretty Asian girl”). Asides from filling checkboxes, being hired as solely a model means that I am being picked because of statistics like my measurements and how I fit the clothes (plus being likable – which helps determine who clients decide to work with).
The biggest difficulty I face is feeling like I’m not being seen. I’ve been told by the industry that I’m too pretty, I’m not Asian enough, that I just don’t fit their standard for how they think Asians should be portrayed (which is looking exotic or traditional). As an Asian American, specifically a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese, I often felt like I didn’t fit in the box that clients, casting directors, and agents wanted to put me in based on seeing my stats like Asian ethnicity, height, hair color, eye color, etc.
DM: In this regard, we know that you are particularly active in improving the representation of Asian Americans in the media and in the world of models. What does it mean to be “Activists” nowadays?
JL: I think being an activist means taking action towards a cause for the greater good with the intention of making a positive impact. I think it’s about moving through life pushing for a purpose that’s much bigger than oneself. It’s about inspiring others to think about the way they act and make a change collectively.
DM: Are you attracted to the world of the ‘seventh art’? In what kind of film would you like to act?
JL: While I will always cherish my experiences as a model, I’ve been exploring new creative outlets and have been pursuing more acting opportunities. I’m ready to express myself through words, body language, and bring characters to life in a way that modeling doesn’t always allow for.
I would love to play the role of a professional athlete. I admire professional athletes for how committed and in love they are with their sport. I think I could bring my experience playing piano to the table to make for a dynamic leading role. It would certainly be interesting to highlight a female Asian athlete since they are almost entirely overlooked, and severely underrepresented.
DM: What would you recommend to a girl who wants to start your profession?
JL: Take your time with it. Your career is not over once you hit 18 years old. Be yourself, that’s the best selling point you have rather than trying to fit into what you think the industry wants you to be. The camera does not lie and picks up what’s real – like your emotion and imperfections, so it’s important to make sure you’re bringing your true self forward.
DM: Can you tell us about your future projects?
JL: I just returned from the British Virgin Islands where I modeled at Summer Sizzle, an international fashion and lifestyle event. I walked for many designers and created some interviews with them that I am really proud of and will be posting on social media soon. It was nice to have intimate moments, getting to know the designers one-on-one, since during fashion shows quality time to just sit down and talk is nearly impossible.
I plan to go to NYFW and attend and walk some shows. After that, I’m planning a trip for Fall or early Winter to travel to Vietnam and connect with my Vietnamese heritage. In between model bookings and content creation, I’m focusing on my acting and building my brand.
DM: Social Media: how important have they become for a person who does your business?
JL: Very important! I can’t name a casting or audition where I didn’t have to put down my social media handles. It lets clients get to know you a bit better than a 2 minute audition tape. The added colour is invaluable to maximizing the impact of marrying your interior with your exterior.
DM: Do you find it right and correct that often fashion and the choice of models, is influenced by social media?
JL: Absolutely. I think nowadays, clients want to know more about the model before booking. After all, there’s more to it than being just a pretty face. Today, I think that there is a lot of crossover between models and “influencers” when clients book talent. I think ideally a client should book a model who is experienced with posing & walking, and it’s a plus if they have a social media presence. This industry is competitive and social media brings another layer to it. I think it is a positive when the social media is an additive to the model, but not the defining factor. Think of it as more of a partnership with You than just hiring your looks.
DM:Do you like Italy? Can you leave a greeting to all DailyMood.it readers who will soon read your interview?
JL: I LOVE Italy! I’ve lived in Milan for a total of 7 months and had life changing experiences. I related to the cultural similarities like the importance of food bringing the family together and even little things like hang-drying clothes. I would love to visit Capri next. My friend recommended La Minerva Capri to stay. I heard it’s a beautiful romantic getaway!
Ciao, sono Giulia. Sono entusiasta di condividere con voi qualcosa su di me e spero di poter venire presto a visitare l’Italia!
Grazie a te Julia dalla Redazione di DailyMood.it
di Emma Mariani
Venezia 80 dietro l’obiettivo. Intervista a Matteo Mignani
La redazione di DailyMood.it ha intervistato Matteo Mignani, il fotografo che per tutta la durata del Festival, ci ha accompagnato con i suoi incredibili scatti.
DAILYMOOD.IT: Ciao Matteo, si è appena conclusa l’80a edizione della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. Un commento a caldo su questa edizione.
MATTEO MIGNANI: Commento a caldo!
Ancora un Leone assegnato, ancora mille discorsi sentiti su film che non potevo vedere durante in festival! Che voglia di andare al cinema!
DM: Hai promesso di essere sincero, cosa ne pensi di questa sovrappresenza di personaggi, anche distanti dal mondo del cinema, sul red carpet? E quanto incide questo sulla presenza dei grandi BIG del cinema, se secondo te incide.
Gli attori fanno un altro mestiere e sotto festival hanno programmi serrati di promozione film…
DM: Questa edizione della Mostra del Cinema ci è parsa un po sottotono, sei d’accordo o essendo li presente, l’energia è stata differente?
DM: Quale è lo scatto fatto a Venezia, che ti ha reso più orgoglioso?
E poi uno scatto di Philip Seymour Hoffman con uno sguardo indolente e quasi doloroso. Manca.
DM: Ci vuoi raccontare un aneddoto da “dietro l’obiettivo” che ricordi con particolare simpatia?
MM: Beh nella bolgia dei fotografi non c’è pietà e il battutaro è sempre carico.
DM: Non possiamo non parlare di moda… L’outfit maschile che ti è piaciuto di più, e quello femminile.
DM: Quale è la star che non vorresti mai smettere di fotografare sul red carpet?
MM: Ana D’Armas
Selene Calloni Williams annuncia una data dello spettacolo “KIintsugi, ripara le ferite dell’anima” al Teatro Orione di Roma il 1 dicembre 2023
Selene Calloni Williams annuncia una nuova data del suo spettacolo “Kintsugi, ripara le ferite dell’anima e rendi prezioso ogni istante della tua vita”, che sbarcherà al Teatro Orione di Roma il prossimo 1 dicembre 2023 alle ore 20.00 dopo il debutto milanese dello scorso maggio, andato sold out in pochi giorni dall’apertura della vendita dei biglietti.
Lo spettacolo, ispirato all’omonimo libro dell’autrice, vede in scena Selene che, in un’inedita rappresentazione teatrale, accompagnerà il pubblico in pratiche meditative e rituali per riparare le ferite dell’anima, superando ansie, sensi di colpa, rabbia, insoddisfazioni e ritrovare libertà, entusiasmo e gioia di vivere.
Sul palco anche gli attori Michelangelo Chini e Dasha Shumilova che insieme a Selene e accompagnati dalle potenti sonorità dei tamburi taiko racconteranno la commovente storia della guerriera Tomoè.
“Kintsugi, ripara le ferite dell’anima e rendi prezioso ogni istante della tua vita” intreccia musica, narrazione e pratica rituale con il coinvolgimento del pubblico. Il kintsugi è l’antichissima pratica giapponese di riparare gli oggetti rotti con l’oro. Rappresenta la possibilità di trasformare le nostre ferite fisiche ed emotive in una eccezionale occasione di crescita e cambiamento.
Dopo il grande successo con sold out del debutto milanese al Teatro Manzoni lo scorso 7 maggio, la data romana rappresenta una nuova tappa di un entusiasmante percorso verso la piena realizzazione di se stessi e della propria felicità.
I biglietti per la data del 1 dicembre 2023 al Teatro Orione di Roma sono in vendita dal 1 settembre a questo link: https://selenecalloniwilliams.com/event/kintsugi-il-libro-diventa-spettacolo-al-teatro-orione-di-roma/
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