VMAN39 Gets A Remix By Portis Wasp

VMAN39 Gets A Remix By Portis Wasp

The Scottish artist candidly speaks on his work and reimagines some of our Spring/Summer 2018 issue.

The Scottish artist candidly speaks on his work and reimagines some of our Spring/Summer 2018 issue.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Artist and blogger Portis Wasp, has quickly made a name for himself in the world of pop culture and men's fashion by merging the two worlds together in playful, sensual, and buzz-worthy ways. VMAN caught up with electric artist for a quick chat about his personal inspirations and the power of social media as a platform to promote creativity. Read the exclusive Q&A with the Portis, and check out the gallery of his "remixed" images from VMAN39, our Spring/Summer 2018 issue!

How would you describe the work it is that you do?

I create art that pops.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I have always wanted to create, I just wasn’t so sure how to go about it when I was younger which is why it feels so great that it’s starting to come together for me. I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else now!

Who are some of your biggest inspirations?

American pop culture has been a huge inspiration for me. Film and TV, pop music, fashion photography… I indulge myself 24/7 in all of it. I am also a huge fan of Steven Klein and David LaChapelle, their work never fails to thrill me.

Taking your entire body of work into consideration, what is the message you’re most passionate in conveying or creating in the work that you compose?

I would hope that people can see in my work how much fun I am having, but also how serious I take this. Film and music and art mean so much to me, and I want my work to reflect that. I have really great taste of course.

Has social media been an ally for you as an artist?

I wouldn't be where I am without the great platform social media has provided to showcase my work. Instagram, especially, is such an amazing platform for artists, and it's why I got to work with Nicola Formichetti and Steven Klein last year on our VMAN project. It’s a given that you have to put in a hell of a lot of work into what you love doing, but you’re nothing without a place online or in print to share that work.

Looking towards the second half of 2018, what’s next for you or some goals you have?

The second half of 2018 is gonna be really fun! I have some campaign and editorial projects I'll be working on, a fresh new collage series to debut, and if I’m lucky maybe even another VMAN project (A wasp can dream, right?). I’m definitely excited for the next few months ahead. The goal as always though is to enjoy the fuck out of what I’m doing.

KIT WEARS JACKET TOMMY HILFIGER, NECKLACE DAVID YURMAN
Credits: IMAGES COURTESY AND CREATED BY PORTIS WASP (@PORTISWASP1)

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