A Fine artist with a love note that traveled around town(s). Fast.
Kulig was born in 1981 in Minot, North Dakota. Kulig moved to LA at the age of 19. He then moved to New York City in 2008. Now comes the New York hustle that he has been setting new standards for the art world.
Curtis Kulig is an American artist, photographer, and illustrator who lives and works New York City. Kulig is known for his raw black and white 35mm lifestyle and portraiture photography, and his iconic “Love Me" campaign. As a painter, Illustrator and Photographer, Kulig’s work can be seen in cities ranging from Berlin to LA, Paris to Tokyo, New York to London.
I had the pleasure of meeting Curtis a few years back in SoHo, Nyc. I found his work very interesting and wanted to learn more about how his mind works and where he finds inspiration in New York.
His genuine charm and talent kept me inspired. Lucky for me, he lived and worked in the area, so running into him and picking his brain was a weekly-monthly occurrence. Even though he is a very busy bee (often on phone running to meetings or headed to travel) many times our chats consisted of speed walks and fun and quick conversations. New York never stops. Neither do we.
A few days ago I was welcomed to his studio to shoot a few pictures and hang out.
With my family consisting of artists, I was very intrigued to learn about his was of creation. Art ranging from: vintage porn pics, paintings, neon signs and a LOT of eye candy. His studio was like an artists playground.
I am very excited to see whats next for this guy. Stay tuned.
Pearl Paint- Founded in 1933.
The iconic Canal Street art shop known for its bold red and white exterior and bargain priced art supplies closed its doors to customers close to two weeks ago. Pearl Paint has served artists for over 50 years. For those who invested many hours roaming and testing and purchasing art supplies here, understand the unfortunate closing of our New York gem.
The art supply destination, located at 308 Canal Street, first opened its doors on Church Street in 1933 selling house paints. Pearl evolved over the years, providing artists with a large spectrum of art supplies, from paints and canvases to beads and crayons. With the staff’s fabulous product knowledge and passion for art, It was obvious why most downtown artists felt at home here. I certainly did.
Although many often commented on the worn out and messy conditions of the store, loyal customers sought out employee expertise on the application of certain materials and differences between the products offered. It sure was an organic (artists) feel.
I mean, are artists work spaces supposed to be clean cut and perfect? No. Thats what gains authenticity and respect.
Being a born and raised New Yorker, This was truly terrible news that hit my heart strong. My father is a painter. That being said, I have many childhood memories of shopping with my dad for supplies since a little girl.
Scribbling on doodle pads, roaming the floors with my brother and always knowing we had a legit community art store where we could brows for hours and learn from the staff with art (product) knowledge where they were happy to teach and inform.
One of my favorite parts of Pearl Paint was riding up and down in their freight elevator with my brother. Yes, shaky and a little risky feel, But always was the coolest part.
There are not many GEM’s left in New York City anymore. Well, ones that come with a history of inspiration, love and price points new yorkers can actually afford.
Hanging out with my good friend Mordechai Rubinstein on my lunch break I noticed he was sporting an vintage Pearl Paint snapback. It was a GO. I asked him if I could shoot a few pictures of him out front the store (before the dreaded “paint over” begins) He was down. We ran over and did our thing.
Pearl Paint vintage snapback
Blue Jeans and sneakers.
*TRUE NEW YORKERS, I know this is a heartbreak. Lets keep the respect and love for Pearl Paint alive for as long as we can. Document. Share. Love.
PEARL PAINT YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!
Yellow Python with a hint of Sterling.
Girl: Martina Kubinyi
I met this fierce girl at my shop last year, around winter time. She came in looking for Nike runners, And we both left with a friendship that I hold close to my heart.
I mean, I love downtown girls. LOVE. From their epic style with no hessitation to attitudes that I think run the city in the right direction.
This chick had it on lock though. Style with personality that lit up a dark rom like a match in a closet.
Something about Martina was epic, and needed to learn more about her.
We started shopping, laughing and playing dress up. Immediately the “Style trust” was there and I got to see her pretty face monthly for new releases and endless coffee breaks. Her energy is amazing and style is always a winner.
So, The other night we ended up bar hopping around the east village.. We walked around, stopping and posing in front of paint peeled walls and grungy stoops. (manhattans untouched gems). We needed up at the lovely http://rochellesnyc.com . Great drinks, Great bartenders and crowd.
Definitely stop by for a drink from the Handsome Owen Marvel. He is a true NY character and babe ;)
Stop by for a drink from
Dress: Maison Martin Margiela
Shoes: Maison Martin Margiela
xx Sabpass xx
WET VISER & BABE
Shot and Styled by yours truly #Sabpass
Epic Epstein’s BABE- Shawna
My girl Shawna is forever holding down Epstiens bar in NYC.
A local spot since day one serving up realistic prices drinks with the best bartenders in the Lower East Side.
Drink specials that DOG any other offerings for “Happy hour” in the area and have the cutest servers in town!!
Shawna’s welcoming smile & everlasting good company has yet to be beat. A rare server with charisma and endless smiles to turn a shit day into sunshine.
She’s the absolute best!! Last week I spotted her at the bar and asked her to come outside with me to snap a few pics of her everlasting steez. She was down.
She was rocking her vintage Cubs jersey and (funny enough) a PBR in hand, I knew i had it.
We took pictures. Laughed and had a lot of fun posing.
-Not only can this girl hold down the spot, but is always up for new projects and fun creative projects with our locals of the 212.
I met this Shawna close to two years ago and knew I had grabbed up a new friend that would end up being a very close girlfriend to me.
Now, I admit, I love stopping in when I see her working, Knowing ill be blessed with Inevitable giggles and local love I endlessly can’t get enough of.
Stop by! Say hi, and grab a PRB at the bar.
Le Petite Mort X 78 West Collective -NAIL DAY
@LEPETITEMORTNYC / @78WESTCOLLECTIVE
Flipping through Instagram, My inevitable morning routine, I saw @LEPETITEMORTNYC ’s IG post
about a dope collaboration with Downtown artist’s- They created limited street graphics and printed the art on vinyl. If you are as fanatic about nail art as I am, This was truly a dream come true.
I quickly jumped out of bed started rushing up the block to catch a seat and peep some rad stickers.
When I got to the shop I quickly hopped into a seat and was introduced to Nicole Nicholson. She was a beauty from Hawaii and had her nail game on point! (literally). She had talent with a side of polish- I was stoked.
When I sat down I eagerly asked her to show me ALL the graphics. With no hesitation on her part, she whipped out piles of stickers and even a mustard colored velvet vintage box (from under the table) holding a few more goodies.
I browsed through all the eye candy graphics, over and over, and had chosen the “PPP” Logo.
My nails were already painted but I wanted to upgrade to a “PPP” Logo on each ring finger. simple yet bossy.
If you haven’t checked out the NYC GEM, aka Le Petite Mort - Stop in for awesome vintage gear, cool locals and insane NYC trinkets from all over.
Say hi to Kara who holds down La Petite Mort and is a absolute doll! xx
-Thursday night’s Game 6 between the Canadiens and the Rangers
Entering the arena was insane. The energy started off the luck. The floor was rumbling with Rangers fans chanting, jumping and waving flyers like a huge parade.
Once we found our seats- Hot dogs. Candy. French fries. Soda. Beer. (Repeat)
The game was amazing. The fans were intense and the custom fan gear excited me. Unique and general NY Giants fan gear was spotted and forecasted the trend for the arena. We owned it.
-As I was leaving the arena, I spotted a young lady with a vintage custome Rangers “63” Denim jacket. I chased her down. She was getting into a taxi, I and asked eagerly if I could take some shots of her “getup”. She was a doll and posed proudly. She told me she had the jacket made in the late 90’s and every part is custom. The trim of the inner sleeves -creeping to the back of the jacket mesh material was actually cut from an old jersey paired with custom patch work done on front and back. (Handmade is always a winner in my opinion ;)
-A man with a 24 carat gold Stanley cup pendant with rope chain paired with a vintage jersey pin & wearing bold USA jersey to keep his look strong.
-Next was a girl rocking a fully sequined Rangers snapback she said she scored at a vintage shop in downtown Brooklyn. She was awesome. She told me she rocked her snapback all week for the luck of the game.
Last, Fans chanting outside the arena. Everyone started joining in. Kids, parents and people off the street. We owned the Garden!!
“WE WANT THE CUP, WE WANT THE CUP!!”
“WE WANT THE CUP, WE WANT THE CUP!!”
“WE WANT THE CUP, WE WANT THE CUP!!”
*NEW YORK OVER EVERYTHING*
Amazing night. Great win and great crew. Go Rangers!