Meet the New New York

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For FourTwoNine’s 8th issue, we went out to find the young talent that’s repping New York’s new cultural wave. These are just some of their stories. Photography by Jason Rodgers

Mister Wallace

@wallacewallacewallace

  1. How long have you lived in New York City? Why did you move here?

I’ve lived in NYC just over a year. I moved here from Chicago to take my career as a performance artist to the next level.

  1. Who are your icons? Why?

My icons are Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and Nina Simone because they are black, fearless, and genius human beings.

  1. The best part of living in New York City is …

… the energy. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

  1. How would you describe your style?

My style switches all the time and often daily. I can go from Eleganza to Banjee Realness in two seconds flat.

  1. What mark do you hope to leave on the city?

I want this city to know that a black boy from the Midwest can come here and become the IT GIRL she always dreamed she would be.

 

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Seashell Coker

@sleepy.angel 

  1. How long have you lived in New York City? Why did you move here?

I’ve lived in New York City on and off since I was in elementary school. After I left university when I was nineteen, I moved to NYC permanently. I moved here because I wanted to.

  1. Who are your icons? Why?

My icons are old photos of my mom from when she was my age. She had good style.

  1. The best part of living in New York City is …

… is having seemingly endless opportunities.

  1. How would you describe your style?

Afro-Latina Betty Boop with a gap tooth.

  1. What mark do you hope to leave on the city?

I don’t really feel the need to leave a mark on anything.

 

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Will Sheridan

@willsherridanworld 

  1. How long have you lived in New York City? Why did you move here?

I have lived in NYC for nine years. I moved here after playing professional basketball in Italy to be a writer! Now I write the illest queer rhymes for myself and others!

  1. Who are your icons? Why?

My background is sports, not art. So beyond my parents, Jay Wright, head coach of Villanova basketball, is probably the most iconic college coach of my generation. He told me early on to find my passion and make a profession out of it. That’s exactly what I did! Also, Dennis Rodman—he was so far ahead of his time. As far as art, Kanye West is hands down the most influential hip-hop artist of my lifetime. Jay Z is my favorite rapper, but Kanye is the most influential on me and my journey.

  1. The best part of living in New York City is …

No one double-takes or gives AF about the next person. In a way that sounds horrible, but it’s true. New York City is very much “I’ma let you run around the city in a pink tutu. Fuck you!” And I love that. New York City is like the jungle—some survive, and the ones that do tap into something inside of them that connects with the struggle to live in the greatest city in the world.

  1. How would you describe your style?

Athletic boy drag that comically translates into sexy. Body positive, radically bright, neo-Brooklyn, fearless in Ben Copperwheat prints or a BCALLA custom down! Literally brand ambassadors for both!

  1. What mark do you hope to leave on the city?

There’s no blueprint for success at what I do. I created a platform and a lane for myself! I worked my ass off to get where I am, and that’s #GIANT—GOING IN AND NEVER TIMID. If you’re big enough to be who you are, then you’re GIANT! I want everyone to be the best and most authentic them they can be! #GIANT

 

My remix album, G2r dropped on August 23 on iTunes, Tidal, Beatport, Amazon, etc. My next major concert is in Montpellier, France, at the EXPLICIT festival in November.

 

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Bailey Stiles

@baileystiles 

  1. How long have you lived in New York City? Why did you move here?

I moved in 2006 at first to dance for ballet school, but I have moved back and forth to Missouri to be with my family!

  1. Who are your icons? Why?

My mother and mammaw. They are the most amazing, strong role models I could have, and good old Mary Jane she keeps me calm and helps me make amazing friends.

  1. The best part of living in New York City is …

All of the amazing, different, sexy-ass people walking around in amazing looks true to who they are and the amount of confidence it takes to live here.

  1. How would you describe your style?

As nude or naked as can be while being as classy and sophisticated.

  1. What mark do you hope to leave on the city?

That everyone opens their eyes to true love with whoever makes them happy and feel good! And to see a human as a human and not as anything else.

 

Sussi

@thatgirlsussi

  1. How long have you lived in New York? Why did you move here?

About three years, now. There was nowhere else I wanted to be.

  1. Who are your icons? Why?

My friends, because they inspire me and push me to creative limits which wouldn’t be possible on my own.

  1. The best part of living in New York is…

…24/7 full fantasy.

  1. How would you describe your style?

Strict. Limitless. Timeless.

  1. What mark do you hope to leave on the city?

A big ol’ lipstick smooch.

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