Who are you? in one sentence.
NICK - I’m a 20 something year old kid from Christchurch living in Auckland, who likes doing and making things, usually with a camera, or taking a photo of a car.

What do you do to pay your rent?
NICK - I’m a Brand Manager at Public Library Showroom!

What’s your favourite tattoo or scar? Why?
NICK - Probably the ‘Stay Gold’ on my upper thigh. My long-time best friend Angus Maindonald did that about six years ago in one of the downstairs rooms in our old Wellington flat at 3am. (Sorry Mum)

If you could be someone from the past who would you be?
NICK - Anthony Bourdain

Best advice an ex has ever given you?
NICK - Be honest and open up.

If you could travel anywhere right now where would you go?
NICK - Mongolia or Japan. My Dad and I were supposed to mountain bike thru Mongolia the month that COVID kicked off in New Zealand. So that still has a place in my heart to happen one day.

Who’s your favourite artist? Share an image
NICK - Ricardo Bofill or Cole Barash, actually you should interview him.

Best eat out?
NICK - Singapore Noodles from Wok Express on Ponsonby Road. Tell Paul I sent you.

If you could have anything on the BB site, what would it be?
NICK - Either of the Japan shirts for sure. Or that leather jacket that didn’t make the cut…

What album are you taking to your grave?
NICK - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys innit

Who’s your best mate? Should we interview them?
NICK - I’m grateful to have some rad and inspiring people in my life. But you should interview Ryan Scott & Jarrod Saville.

What inspires you and gets you pumped?
NICK - Friends doing cool stuff. Music, art, my surroundings. Exercising with friends, exercising by myself. Staring out of an airplane window. Drinking beers with friends and talking absolute garbage.

Beach, Concrete or bush?
NICK - Half concrete half bush.

What film speaks to you?
NICK - Impossible Decision but ‘Into The Wild’. For that need and want to just leave.

Best advice you could share with your drunk self?
NICK - Just keep dancing.

What was the last thing you cooked?
NICK - Chorizo Pesto Pasta or an Omelette. I can’t remember what came first.

Who’s your arch nemesis?
NICK - The Heat. Or cold beers in the sun, which is contradicting to my first answer.

Who’s your angel?
NICK - Lily-Rose Depp, but also a big shout out to my Mum.

CHECK OUT SOME OF NICKS EPIC PHOTOGRAPHY WORK BELOW!!

WE CAUGHT UP WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND KINGSLEY ATTWOOD. LOCAL AUCKLAND LEGEND AND INTERNATIONAL SKATE PHOTOGRAPHER.
CHECK OUT SOME OF HIS TOP IMAGES BELOW THE INTERVIEW
GET TO KNOW THE DUDE HERE:

Who are you? in one sentence.

Kingsley - 24 year old photographer from Auckland, who enjoys an ice cold Kingfisher

What do you do to pay your rent?

Kingsley - I work in warehousing at Public Library during the Monday-Friday 9-5 and partake in freelancing photography work in the afterhours.

What’s your favourite tattoo or scar? Why? Share a photo.

Kingsley - Has to be this terrible home job on my ankle - I drew this guy up and convinced my flatmates to play short straws for who had to get it tattooed. I ended up pulling the shortest straw and half an hour later it was on there for life. Shit tattoos rule.
Close second has to be the ‘BB’ , Bean burritos for life brother!

If you could be someone from the past who would you be?

Kingsley - Damn this is a tough one ! Let’s go with prime Juicy J in 3 6 Mafia days, dudes got the best one liners, style and endless bangers. We trippy manee!

Best advice an ex has ever given you?

Kingsley - Shit, Ex’s are Ex’s for a reason right. Don’t chase em, replace em.

If you could travel anywhere right now where would you go?

Kingsley - Straight back to Oceanside California, without hesitation. It’s like Devonport on steroids. Start the morning with an Americano from Steelmill, meet up with the homies, go skate, eat at Johnny Tomorrows and drink whiteclaws. What else could you ask for - Someone get me a green card.
Sweden comes in just under that. Shout out Simon Rex.

Who’s your favourite artist? Share an image

Kingsley - This French Photographer – Jeanloup Sieff, his black and white work is beyond amazing. I draw a lot of inspiration from his work when I’m doing my B/W’s, the tones and final image processing in his work is insane.

Best eat out?

Kingsley - Parade Ponsonby, Thursday nights. Chicken burger. See ya there, thank me later.

If you could have anything on the BB site, what would it be?

Kingsley - Blue Lagoon Hoodie or the Soft Hoodie. Gotta love a tasteful nude - Good shit brother.

What album are you taking to your grave?

Kingsley - Denzel Curry – Imperial Album or Azizi Gibson – Backwards books.
Caters for all moods, good one to bang out when you need to destress.
Azizi is a goat.

Who’s your best mate? Should we interview them?

Kingsley - This is a hard one to narrow down to one person, probably both the boys I live with. Kiddy & Skelly - come over to the flat and interview both my flatmates. You’re bound to leave with some good content.

What inspires you and gets you pumped?

Kingsley - Cheesy but I’ll run with that internal stoke that happens when I edit up a photo I’m proud of - watching other people’s reactions to it gets me pumped.
I try to take inspiration from everything around me, whether that’s the surrounds, my mood, music, movies, pretty much anything that catches my eye. The worlds a beautiful place.

Beach, Concrete or bush?

Kingsley - Concrete, Big city life!

What film speaks to you?

Kingsley - Don’t know if I had one – I just watched all the Hannibal movies for the first time. Those are pretty wild. Otherwise Waynes World is a timeless classic.

Best advice you could share with your drunk self?

Kingsley - Drink some water before you go to bed. The last roadie might not be a good idea and probably don’t send that message.

What was the last thing you cooked?

Kingsley - Other than my brain? Made a pretty fire Bagel, cream cheese, eggs, bacon and spinach. Little hot sauce on the top. You’re good to go!

Who’s your arch nemesis?

Kingsley - Pollen, Hayfever season approaches and I’m about to die.

Who’s your angel?

Kingsley - Kingfisher Premium Larger beer, shout out to that guy.

Beach Brains, Summer 21/22. We will build our own palace.

You stand at the water’s edge, wind whips sand against your skin. The ocean is dark and ominous. Nature has a gothic twist, you feel as though you are standing alone in the Notre Dame on the verge of a religious experience. The world becomes your cathedral, you feel brave, standing tall like a thistle in an open field. At the same time the calmness of your insignificance washes through your mind. The sand under your feet doesn’t match the number of stars above you. When feeling such magnitude do you run or do you make sense of the chaos, build your own palace, a safe place to exist in such an odd place.

Within the prints and patch work we have the Scottish thistle symbolizing the bravery needed to begin any journey and the eight-sided star representing the nautical tool of navigation to overcome obstacles that attempt to knock you off your path.

CUSTOM JEANS. FOUND LEVI'S. PRINTED WITH ECO FRIENDLY INK AND COTTON PATCHWORK.

Beach Brains and Blink Boys (BB x BB) got together and customised some converse chucks and Beach Brains work jackets!
A few hours were spent adjusting the laser strength for the etching. Once we had all the settings locked in we spent a few days laser etching the cross logo into the shoes and jackets. The final outcome looked killer!! Check it out below.

Beach Brains Meets: Nick and Will from the New Zealand music duo SACHI

Who are you? in one sentence.
Will - A semi-popular dance duo from New Zealand.
Nick - Two blonde soundmakers.

What do you do to pay your rent?
Will - Sit in dark rooms for long periods of time on a computer.
Nick - Come up with ideas.

What lead you to music?
Will - I guess just learning to play instruments at a young age. That then developed into being in bands.
Nick - A love of music lead me to music!

If you could be someone from the past who would you be?
Will - Mozart
Nick - Hunter Thompson

If anyone could shout out SACHI who would you choose?
Will - Barack Obama
Nick - Howard Stern

If you could travel anywhere right now where would you go?
Will - Istanbul, Turkey!
Nick - Tangier

Who’s your favourite artist?
Will - Right now, maybe Jungle.
Nick - Bowie.

Best eat out?
Will - Ponsonby Food Court
Nick - Ponsonby Food Court

If you could have anything on the BB site, what would it be?
Will - Custom Etched Jacket
Nick - Suits Me Pant

What album are you taking to your grave?
Will - Kanye West - Graduation
Nick - Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What inspires you and gets you pumped?
Will - Working with great people on great music!
Nick - Consuming music, film and books.

Beach, Concrete or bush?
Will - Beach
Nick - Bush

What film speaks to you?
Will - Borat
Nick - A Clockwork Orange

Best advice you could share with your drunk self?
Will - You don't need that big mac
Nick - Just one more

What was the last thing you cooked?
Will - Pasta
Nick - Pea and Ham soup

Who’s your arch nemesis?
Will - Humidity
Nick - Sweet Potato

Who’s your angel?
Will - Air Conditioning
Nick - Nietzsche

Who are you? in one sentence.
-A Lover, father, hustler, entrepreneur… 

What do you do to pay your rent? Are you enjoying it?
-Hustle and I love it… 

If you could be someone from the past who would you be?
-Robbin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor 

Best advice and ex has ever given you?
-Go..

If you could travel anywhere right now where would you go?
-Japan for sure..

Who’s your favourite artist?
-Gareth Hemmings, watch this space, kids going to blow up !!!!

Best eat out?
-Her.

If you could have anything on the BB site, what would it be?
-I have most of it but every pair of custom cons you do is unique so you can never get enough… once more pair please..

-What album are you taking to your grave?
-The Notorious B.I.G Ready To Die

Who’s your best mate? Should we interview them?
-Dan G, and yes hit him with the hard questions..

What inspires you and gets you pumped?
-family

 Beach, Concrete or bush?
-BEACH for sure

What film speaks to you?
-I don’t think my answer would be genuine as I honestly cant remember any movies, even on from the day before.

Best advice you could share with your drunk self?
-Stop drinking

What was the last thing you cooked?
-Myself

Your favourite tattoo? Can we share a photo?
-I equally love all 170 of them… feel free to share the photos

Who’s your arch nemesis?
-Myself..

Who’s your angel?
-My Mum

Beach Brains meets music producer Alex Wildwood!

Who are you? in one sentence.

  • I am a songwriter, music producer, maker and creator.

What do you do to pay your rent? Are you enjoying it?

  • I have an automatic-payment to pay my rent - which I don’t really get any enjoyment from but it seems to do the job pretty well so I leave it alone. I also write songs with really talented artist and try to create music I’m proud of which I really do enjoy.

If you could be someone from the past who would you be?

  • Leonardo Da Vinci. But it would be hard to decide between the real man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Honesty, I’d be happy with either.

Best advice an ex has ever given you?

  • Don’t give up.

If you could travel anywhere right now where would you go?

  • Madeira or Bali but I’ve been to Bali loads so probably go to Madeira.

Who’s your favourite artist?

  • Visually I’d have to go with Henri Matisse. Musically as cliche as it may be, I have to say the Beatles.

Best eat out?

  • Lillian in Grey Lynn. Close enough that if I have a few too many I find my way home.

If you could have anything on the BB site, what would it be?

  • I love the the ‘soft’ t-shirt and the ‘Bleach Brain’ shirt.

What album are you taking to your grave?

  • Revolver by the Beatles or The Reminder by Feist.

Who’s your best mate? Should we interview them?

  • I’m very lucky to quite a few people who could have the title ‘best friend’, I’d say my friend Sam McCarthy, known as BoyBoy. He’s also a sensational music producer and songwriter. We often talk creativity, philosophy and general bullshit.

What inspires you and gets you pumped?

  • A great song. Nothing hits like a really great song can. It kinda just jumps up and slaps you in the mouth. Surfing always gets me excited too, similarly to music the journey to work with something you can’t control or appears somewhat fickle, be it a wave or a piece of music, inside that struggle of working with something bigger than you is the real joy.

Beach, Concrete or bush?

  • Beach.

What film speaks to you?
-Tree of Life. An amazing piece of cinematography and storytelling. Also Petes Dragon, which is a kids movie but it will fuck you up.

Best advice you could share with your drunk self?
-Stay upright.

What was the last thing you cooked?
-Scrambled eggs on toast.

Who’s your arch nemesis?
-In a lot of ways I feel like it’s the internal voice saying “you’re a charlatan” or that feeling that wants to keep me in the state of imposter syndrome. Neither is true but it’s that noise in your head that wants to try to convince me I have no business contributing, raising my hand or being on stage. What I’ve realised is that the very nature of creativity and innovation is to act ‘as if’ because what you’re making doesn’t exist yet. It’s only while making stuff you discover what works and what doesn’t.

Who’s your angel?
-My Mum.

Beach Brains meets Totty Bowman.

Q – Tell us what got you into Jewellery design? Are you planning on this becoming your full time gig?

Early last year I was introduced to Sharon Fitness, one of the metal technicians at Auckland University who also happens to be an awesome contemporary jeweller. I am studying at Elam School of Fine Arts and had until then taken a very formal and antiseptic approach to art making. She taught me to not take it all so seriously and that anything can be art or jewellery, it doesn’t need to be polished or perfect.

I work in multiple fields of art and each field compliments and influences the other. I prefer this approach to making and do not intend to focus solely on one practice. Though jewellery making is quickly becoming one of my more prominent interests...

Q – What inspires you to make jewellery?

I have found a unique curiosity for the craft. I gain a sense of satisfaction and completion that I do not feel quite so often in my other practices (sculpture/installation).
Bringing a small object into the world is a great feeling, but the highlight is handing over these objects to another. And this is what inspires me to make jewellery. It is about people. The aspect of jewellery which intrigues and delights me is the tradition of these small objects staying close to somebody their whole life, and then those same small objects being handed down to the next generation. They function as personal relics, holding so many stories on their surface. I do not believe jewellery needs to be delicate and pristine to be considered special. Like people, it can be imperfect. I make sure that the processes I use are evident on each piece.

Q – Best drink spots in AK?

Anywhere with a good glass of wine that I completely can’t afford! Bar Celeste and Clay are my go-tos. Places with weekly menu changes and people who are passionate about what they do. Otherwise a generous glass of Campari at my flat tends to do the trick.

Q – 5 songs you can’t stop listening to?

Utu - Eno X Dirty
That’s O.K. - Jonwayne
Velvet Leaves - Puma Blue
Sweet Va Breeze - Shelly FKA DRAM
(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Q – 2021 design/business plans?

Next year will be my fourth and potentially final year (Hons) at Elam, this will be my main focus and priority. However I always find time to make jewellery and I will continue to work hard on refining my brand - with the help of some very talented friends.