If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you be?
Probably on a sailboat across the Pacific Ocean sailing with my loved ones, pretending to be a mix between Haddock Captain drinking Loch Lomond whiskey for breakfast and French explorer-photographer Anita Conti, also known as the first French female oceanographer.
Best place you’ve ever traveled to? Why?
That’s a hard one but I’d say Oregon. This is far from being an exotic destination but I found a peace of mind there, an environment that suits my lifestyle and ideals open on the Pacific coast, the pine forests and the desert. People are nice, funny and are turned towards nature and the outdoors. Creativity is at the heart of everything but it’s not taken too seriously. I like that.
Worst trend right now.
I’m too old school to know the trends but the fact of following people you just met on Instagram… I don’t get it and I wouldn’t advice it cause you end up looking at daily pictures of a baby you don’t know, salads for lunch and receiving vegan advices from a girl you met one time in your life. They’re undoubtedly the first people you’ll unfollow a week after.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
« Be careful but don’t be wise »
They’re a few words that my mother has always told my brother and I since we’re young. She’s always pushed us to follow our heart, be adventurous and purchase our dreams. No matter what people think or say. Do what makes us happy. So that’s what we did.
What’s a mistake you’re glad you made?
Try Camembert (cheese) in my latte (Remember I’m French).
What’s the last book you read?
« Dreaming of Babylone: A private eye novel » by Richard Brautigan.
It’s a black comedy, published in 1977, which embodies perfectly Brautigan’s bizarre genre: Ironic, satiric, surreal and tragically funny. As a writer and poet introduced to the Beat Generation in the 50s, involved in the counter culture scene of San Francisco, Brautigan is often described as an eccentric genius. « She wore a loose bathrobe that covered up a body that would have won first prize in a beauty contest for cement blocks.....She had a voice that made pearl harbour sound like a lullaby.” A must-read.
What’s the last thing you googled?
« Schietwedder givt dat hier nich translation in French ».
It means something like « There's no such thing as bad weather. » I just came back from The Media Sailing Cup that took place in Hamburg earlier this month. We competed on the Alster River with my Panthalassa crew, under heavy rains and a thick fog during the 3 days of the event. That was truly epic.
What’s the last thing you made a note of in your phone?
I have a note always open on my phone dedicated to spontaneous thoughts, words and full sentences. There’re some combinations of words I think of at night and some conversations I hear. The last one is:
I love you like olive oil.
Oh… Sweet and fat?
It probably doesn’t make sense in english but it’s kinda cute.
Favorite accounts you follow?
Josh Jefferson is an artist from Santa Cruz. Fun fact, he used to do saxophone and picked up a paintbrush only four years ago. He’s colorblind and does amazing paintings. He also posts some very cool and exclusive old art documentaries from the 40s to the 90s discovered on British Pathé TV and archives from the INA (National Institute of Audiovisual).
Stanislas Piechaczek. One of my best friends and favorite artist. He’s based in Australia and is a crazy genius who lives barefoot.
@cassetteminds, love his style and the faded colors of his 35mm shots.
First thing you notice about another person?
Teeth in winter, calves in summer. Yeah I like muscular calves.
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Attending a rodeo in Oklahoma and having to laugh to racist jokes by a non-funny clown.
Name 3 things on your bucket list.
A, 8-meters sailboat
A new 9’ single fin
A trip to Alaska
What band are you obsessed with right now?
Kurt Vile. I saw him a few weeks ago at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid and felt like a 15-years old groupie yelling at his favorite Youtube vlogger.
What’s one lesson you had to learn the hard way?
Trust yourself, work hard, be nice to people but don’t be stupid. I added the last part just recently.
You wake up in the year 2145 as the same age you are now (just go with it.) What’s the first thing you do?
Take my flying van to have a quick post-lunch surf session in the warm waters of Iceland. (sad joke)
All time favorite movie?
Every Jean-Claude Vandamme’s movie is priceless. I’ve probably seen each of them a hundred of times as a kid with my brother. We know most of them by heart, from the beginning to the end credits. So it’s almost impossible to choose but I’d go for Bloodsport or The Quest.
- Aren't you a little young for full-contact?
- Aren't you a little old for videogames?
What’s your day job?
I split my time between my job as a journalist for print surf and travel magazines, community reporter for Instagram and editor-in-chief of Swenson Magazine. I also work as an editor for Panthalassa, a journal dedicated to ocean-related content.
What’s your dream job?
Write novels in a lakefront wooden cabin in a remote region of Canada, surrounded by high maritime pines without internet nor neighbors. Just a laptop, a wood stove, a garden, a nice left breaking down the hill, a nice collection of vinyles, some fresh Aunt Jamima pancakes and smoke salmon for lunch bagels. And have enough success to be able to write only a novel every 10 years.
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