Hey, gidday mates! Continuing my #notatourist travel series with Visa, let’s talk Instagram. Everyone coming to NYC knows you can get a great futuristic shot in Times Square; an amazing cityscape from the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock; and a cracker of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry, but there are a ton of other locations that show up on native New Yorkers’ grams that you might not know how to access. I’ve got your back. These are the top nine spots to get the perfect NYC Instagram.Click to Continue!
Hanging with Jimmy Q at the Dolce & Gabbana party. I’ve never really spent much time here in London (and the last time was way back in 2011), but every time I’ve ever come here I have loved this city. On the plus side, it’s incredibly beautiful, the parks remind me of my native New Zealand, the weather is way warmer than New York (12 degrees here today VS minus 17 when I left NYC), the food is amaaaazing (roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for lunch and dinner!), and the British sense of humour is unbeatable. To be fair itClick to Continue!
Me and Ashika, Runyon Canyon conquerors. The first time I left the South Pacific, I was 21 years old. I flew to Los Angeles and caught a shuttle bus to The Standard in West Hollywood – passing Crenshaw Boulevard, Inglewood and a cop running into a pawn shop with a shotgun cocked and ready to go. It was the real deal. When I arrived at the hotel, I walked into the lobby and ran straight into a woman I recognised. “This is so crazy!” I told her. “I’ve just flown halfway around the world and the first person I seeClick to Continue!
The big dog Tom Bull finally arrived home after a two month European hiatus, and I’m not too proud to say that it was the most exciting thing that’s happened in ages. It meant a degree of normalcy was reestablished at my apartment (if normalcy includes nobody ever wearing a shirt, permatanning and trash-talk over games of FIFA). It was a week of money poorly spent – $12 on the worst haircut of my life, $28 on two tickets to Total Recall and $22 on a garlic-heavy Brazilian lunch that left three overgrown men-children burping and farting like 14 yearClick to Continue!
I’ve spent the past two months waiting to shoot the pilot for a new webseries that my fellow Kiwi/blogger/New York resident Gala Darling and I auditioned for almost four months ago, and this Friday, here in Williamsburg, we finally got it done. Without giving too much away, it’s a bit like a cross between Oprah and MTV Cribs, with a little Backstage Confidential thrown in for good measure. The photo above shows us going crazy 11 hours into filming, after I spotted the most extreme Richard Gere lookalike of all time (see below). Besides that, the week’s highlight came inClick to Continue!
If I had friends who loved me, this entire photo series would be dedicated to stills from the new Batman film, but sadly, despite the fact that it was so popular that even attempting to buy tickets was a hazardous endeavour, I couldn’t find a single soul to go with me. Instead, what we have here is a jumble of menswear, meals and meetings; of drawings, desserts and drips. The week started with the menswear tradeshows, which I attended with Richard Haines (see his sketch of me at the Man Show, above), and where I saw some of the bestClick to Continue!
Me, Simon Oscroft and Jenny Albright on top o’ the world. On Monday of this week, I shot the first half of a pilot for a new online TV series I’m working on with Gala Darling. I’m dying to talk about it but I can’t, so all I’ll say is that it was the most exciting 11 hour’s worth of work I’ve done in months. Luckily for me, it involved the swimming pool at the Thompson in the Lower East Side. Also staying at the hotel was Australian photographer Jonas Bresnan (who shot me and Ashika for the NZ HeraldClick to Continue!
Ashika after a trip to Handsome Dan’s Snocone and Candy Stand. The most exciting thing that happened to me this week was buying an iPhone and downloading Instagram. Since Tuesday I’ve been going buck wild on the photo front, and it’s taken me back to the days when I used to spend hours on my old Blogspot photo diary before I switched it to Tumblr. (If you haven’t already, FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM! My username is isaaclikes_.) Besides that, this week has been full of good times – I hung out with Yvan Rodic at a pool party (watch himClick to Continue!
A few of my favourite things – Moscots, Burt’s Bees and my new iPhone. It’s not often that I’ll be embarrassed into spending exorbitant amounts of money, but yesterday I had a meeting with some savvy social media types who took one look at my Blackberry and started laughing. “So… You’re not on Instagram?” they asked. I shook my head. Then they started talking about Viddy and I had to admit that I’d never heard of it. (If you haven’t either, don’t feel bad, it’s like Instagram for video.) At that point I realised what a bad blogger I’ve become.Click to Continue!