Nasty Pig has become a huge force in the fashion industry for its great and colorful designs, not to mention how well they look on a men’s body. With ads prominently featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race and seen all over New York City, its no surprise that this booming company keeps rolling out new items for men to gag over and for other men to gush over when they see these men wear their apparel. That statement couldn’t be truer than this past Saturday, when Nasty Pig threw a fantastic party to celebrate the unveiling of their S&S collection at their flagship store in Chelsea. [Read more…] about Nasty Pig Unveils Sexy S&S Collection in Chelsea
Sometimes in life, you meet someone in a truly unconventional way that leads to not only a great friendship but a chance to catch someone when their star is rising. This is someone that I have found in Nicholas Contrera. I met him a couple of months back and got to understand the passion that he has for his art work, his photography and ultimately branding a name for himself since he uprooted himself to New York City by way of Detroit merely months before meeting me. Something that I really like and admire about Nick is he is a lot like me in getting himself authentically to a higher level without having to use people or manipulate situations to better yourself. He simply relies on his talents, his wit, his humor, and above all his character to get himself to where he is.
In a short period of time here in New York City, he has been apart of an amazing Art Show which showcased his talents this past May and is now an official model of the ever growing & popular mens brand Nasty Pig. That’s quite a lot of accomplishment for someone as young as him and as green as he is in a city where making it can be tough at times. I recently sat down with one of my favorite chaps to discuss his move, his work in the art & photography world, his time with Nasty Pig and what he hopes for in the future. Take a look.
At age 11 I met my mentor, she is the mother of my best friend of 11 years. I found out one day that she was a photographer and as an impressionable kid I thought that was amazing that she took photos for a living. I always had a strong artistic side – I grew up with a learning and reading disability and never at the top of my class in the academic side. I also wasn’t into sports so I dived straight into the art world where I found that photography was the one god given gift I was naturally great at.
Her name is Judi Bommirito- she is my best friend of 11 years’ mother, a mentor to me, a teacher, and my own second mother. Her fine art photography work has always inspired me even though I’m nervous to bring work to her. Mainly because she will tear it apart. I know what she is doing is critiquing me hard because she wants me to grow into an amazing artist that I’m striving to become.
My ideals in the photography world are Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Mapplethorpe. I’ve studied their work to understand that it’s more then just a publicly known photograph. Their style of photographing amazes me. I practice in their form but I know I’m creating my own style with my eye.
Well to start off I’m a film based photographer. I still practice heavily in the art of film and alternative processing. I title myself as a “Fine Art Photographer”. To explain, anyone can take a photograph but in the cutthroat fine art world, you first need to understand everything that is the frame of the camera. I can’t just take a photograph because I think it’s pretty. When I photograph I am looking for symbolism. I have to understand what I looking at, how things are placed in my frame, why I’m keeping things in, etc. It get as deep as why I’m I shooting Black and White and not color for my conceptual work. When I walk into a critique I better know everything in my photograph and it comes down to – “why” did I do the things I did to produce this photograph.
Was your passion for art what inspired you to get out of the Midwest and into NYC?
Absolutely. I originally moved here for a studio art residency, but I always knew I would end up in New York. The moment I first visited New York over a year ago, I never felt so at home. That this was were I needed to be. This city can chew you up and spit you out. And I’m ready for it to do so, but I will be spitting right back at it.
What’s the transition been like, both in the gay community and out?
For once in my life I was terrified of this big move. I knew no one first off. Being away from my support back home, it was a huge leap that I made head first. It has been the best learning experience I could go through as a artist. It was hard at first but I got the hang of things. I adapt quite quickly. The gay community was easy to adapt to for me as I made friends fast here. I think people saw me as a good, loving and optimistic person which I like to think I am.
You are a Nasty Pig model (congrats). Tell me about your experience with them.
In my teen years I had zero confidence. When I was asked to model for them I was truly taken aback. I was beyond flattered when David, the CEO of the company, saw me as a fit for the brand.
Nasty Pig is known for its creative ad campaigns. Think you will ever impart your own creative edge into future ones?
After I started working in the store I soon realized that it is much more than a clothing line. We are a family that gets to bring our creative opinion to the table.
What’s next for Nicholas Contrera?
World domination! But before that I am in the process of finishing my degree then soon after getting my Masters in Fine Art Photography. After procuring photography for so long, I have grown to be cutthroat and hungry for success in what I am so passionate in doing.
Want to know more about Nick, and maybe hire him for an upcoming event? Check out his official website for more information!!
As someone who puts an importance on wearing things that are fashionable yet affordable, I find Summer to be that one season where you can get the best of both worlds and so much more. Colors are vibrant, skin in showing, and the options are limitless when wanting to show off what you are wearing in this fabulous beach weather. So where can you go to find the best trends at a great price? Check out some of these awesome stores (both national and local) and see for yourself!
If you want good pricing and fantastic outfits, you really can look no further than Old Navy. They are famous for doing both things and it isone of the reasons why they are one of the more successful clothing brands in the United States. Pairing off something as simple as a pair of board shorts, a classic tee and a lightweight jersey zip will only cost around $50 dollars. They tailor each season by what is on trend nationally and use that to keep themselves a cut above the rest. Check out oldnavy.com to see for yourself!
Urban Outfitters is trendier in certain areas of the country, most notably from what I have seen in New york City. They tend to have ahipster flair yet overall their outfits can translate very well with whatever you have going on. They have a great line of t shirts that add a lot of humor into them (like the one seen here) all for $15 dollars. On top of the t shirts they also have a great variety of henleys, polos and collared shirts to keep you on trend all summer long. Check out their website for more info!
Nasty Pig in my opinion is one of the most innovative clothing brands out there today. I did an article about them a couple of months ago talking about the brand and where they see themselves headed for the 2013 calendar year. And boy have they done a lot. Located in the heart of Chelsea, the store provides a bunch of great clothing options at really affordable prices. A lot of their most trendy items happen to be on sale right now, including this great skull tee pictured to your left. If you want to go outside the grain of stores like Old Navy and Gap for instance, this is the place to go. Go check out these sale items and so much more and don’t forget to visit Nasty Pig at 265 West 19th Street between 7tn and 8th avenue.