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When I came back from my travels last year I realised I no longer wanted to be working a desk job, 9-5. No, I wanted to do a bunch of stuff all at the same time - it appealed to my melodramatic nature.
Whenever I meet someone who feels the same I ask them ‘So what exactly do you say you do?’ My favourite answer so far has been ‘I freelance. I don’t say in what - I just freelance.’
Take Nik Thakkar for example, he describes himself as a ‘Brand strategist, a writer (KARLISMYUNKLE, Huffington Post and my debut novel) and a fashion broadcaster.’ Suffice to say he’s kept busy.
‘I run a brand consultancy called Nephew London,’ he explains, ‘where we work with a wide variety of clients from major fashion designers to pop artists and consumer brands. I’ve also covered the Oscars for Sky News and recently announced Ada + Nik - a luxury menswear brand in collaboration with designer Ada Zanditon. We’re showing at London Collection: Men in June.’
So with all that in mind, there must be some interesting secrets in his perfectly slicked back hair.
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1. Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did you want to be?
The lovechild of Leonardo and Rafael – the leader meets the bad-boy.
2. What’s your favourite Mariah Carey lyric?
‘Heartbreaker you’ve got the best of me, but I just keep on comin’ back incessantly’ because she is basically singing about me.
3. What’s your favourite ‘high school’ movie?
Clueless. It’s timeless, pretty much how I grew up and speaks volumes on contemporary society.
4. Which group were you in at High School?
I would have loved to be in The Plastics, but we didn’t have them – I was completely middle of the road to be honest.
5. If you got arrested for stalking someone who would it be?
Karl Lagerfeld. Hello, my site is karlismyunkle.com – but I’ve worked with and met him now, so it wasn’t awkward at all when he found out the name of my blog, much.
6. Who is your favourite supermodel?
Gia Carangi. The original. Complete perfection and will never age.
7. What is the most expensive item of clothing in your wardrobe?
A pair of Bottega Veneta leather boots.
8. Which song do you wish you could hear again for the first time?
Elliott Smith – King’s Crossing, I just remember the first time I heard it brought me to tears. That, and Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Chelsea Hotel No2.
9. Would you sleep with Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock?
No. There are plenty of other fictional characters I would rather sleep with such as Faith from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Eric Northman from True Blood, Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries, Khaleesi from Game of Thrones… Shall I keep going?
10. Finally, tell us a secret…
I’m really OCD and wish I could wear leather gloves all the time so that I didn’t have to touch strangers’ hands.
Nik Thakkar, thank you.
If you want more, take a look at the below…
What’s sexier than one hot, scruffy, hipster bear cub? Two hot, scruffy, hipster bear cubs. Who are in a relationship together. And did we mention they’re Irish?!
Yes, Adrian+Shane have been taking artsy photos of their life together since 1998 of which you can see more of at the below links…
Now let’s see what secrets they’ve picked up over the years.
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did you want to be?
Adrian: I was never a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wouldn’t like to live in the sewers.
Shane: I didn’t really watch the TMNT but I did want to be He-Man, mainly for the harness and boots … and he rode a big cat.
What’s your favourite Diana Ross lyric?
Adrian: “Every time you touch me, I become a hero” from ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’. I was a teenager when this came out. One night, I got very drunk at a teenage disco and was dancing to this song on top of a table, grabbing my crotch, when suddenly a bouncer shone a flashlight in my face and next thing I knew I was getting my coat. It was the first and only time I’ve ever been chucked out of a club. The shame of it all.
Shane: “I’m in the middle of a chain reaction, You give me all the after midnight action.” Probably because I was an innocent 9 year old gay child singing about having sex …
It’s our first date. Where are we going?
Adrian: Yikes. Let’s go to Tokyo and visit a cat cafe. We can drink coffee and fondle pussy. So much fun. And Tokyo is the coolest city in the world.
Shane: It’s you, me and Anna Wintour in the front row of Tom Fords new A/W 2013 collection and we’re eating pot noodle … and Anna’s just dropped some acid in hers cos’ you know she’s mad like that … and then Tom comes out to take a bow and he spots me and asks me to leave with him … and I go … Thats an amazing first date … you’ll be talking about that for years … You’re welcome.
Which group were you in at High School?
Adrian: I hated sports so I definitely wasn’t a jock. I hated school. I spent most of the time daydreaming and fantasising about being anywhere else.
Shane: Probably girls who eat their feelings. I loved carbs … mashed potato in white bread sandwiches … for real.
If you got arrested for stalking anyone who would it most likely be?
Adrian: Maybe Geri Halliwell. Anytime I’ve seen her I make a show of myself…
Shane: I’m far too lazy to stalk but I’d probably stalk Tom Ford…and let him do anything to me…ANYTHING TOM!!!!
Who is your favourite supermodel?
Adrian: There’s something about Linda Evangelista. I loved her in the Isaac Mizrahi documentary “Unzipped”. She seems like such a spoilt bitch. Funny though.
Shane: Naomi Campbell, “babywoman”, Love and Tears, throwing mobiles at servants … she has got it all quite frankly.
What is the most expensive item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Adrian: Mmmmmm, I’m not really into spending loads of money on clothes. Having said that, I recently splashed out on a Karl Lagerfeld jumper/sweater.
Shane: A pair of Puma Black Label boots by Mihara Yasuhiro.
Which song do you wish you could hear again for the first time?
Adrian: ‘Hung Up’ by Madonna is such a great track. It just blew me away when it first came out. Amazing on so many levels.
Shane: ‘Scream and Shout’ by Will.I.AM and Britney … just for the shock value of Britney’s accent. We have started a petition for her to do an entire album of her singing in different accents, it would be so amazing.
Would you sleep with Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock (Alec Baldwin)?
Adrian: Erm, no. Maybe if he was 30 years younger.
Shane: Yes, he’s incredibly charming, beautiful eyes, funny … and hairy.
Finally, tell us a secret…
Adrian: I’ve never been inappropriately touched by a catholic priest.
Shane: I once peed at a urinal next to Will Young at Horse Meat Disco and I didn’t look … I’m a gentleman … a stupid, stupid gentleman.