Love this Style.com video on Tommy Ton. It’s interesting how he mentions that one of his favourite things is seeing his work appear on Tumblr because he likes to feel his pictures have inspired someone – I’ve been wondering how photographers feel about seeing their work reproduced on blogs without the syndication fee.
A friend told me a great story about Ton after last London Fashion Week. My friend got followed for several blocks by a ‘team’ of photographers after coming out of Somerset House. At first the incessant clicks didn’t bother him, but after five minutes he stopped and asked who they were shooting for. It turned out to be Tommy and his cohorts shooting for various international GQs. But the funniest bit was that my friend wasn’t wearing anything particularly ‘fashion’, in fact his denim jacket had a big tear in the sleeve. But it transpired that this tear was the exact detail that he was being pursued for. A few hours after laughing at this story, I noticed I’d posted a link to this Tommy Ton for GQ.com gallery on my Facebook page two days previously. And of course there, in all its glory was the prized picture. No face, no outfit, just a close-up of a hole in a sleeve. That’s dedication for you!
As a lover of paper, cutting shit out and cutesy knick knacks, I’m all over this Victorinox Tomo Swiss Army knife (that was sent as a gift – thank you!). A collaboration between the classic knife brand and Japanese designer, Kazuma Yamaguchi, the Victorinox Tomo comes in a rainbow of colours and weighs literally nothing.
In my package was a Rob Ryan stencil and special Japanese stencil paper but I think the best thing is this accompanying video – inspirational, no?