Fierth iON Interview with Photographer Walt Cessna
Fierth gets to know the prolific Artist Walt Cessna. Walt’s talents have lent themselves to many different outlets from his beginnings in fashion as Stylist and Designer, as well as his inspired writing and serving as Editor to several magazines not to mention his overwhelming body of work as a Visual Artist and Photographer. Walt’s latest endeavor in publishing bears the fruit of two books to be released in 2012. The re-release his acclaimed “Fukt 2 Start With“; a collection of short stories, photographs and Illustrations as well as “WOLFPACK” a collection of intimate and visually innovative portraits. Get to know Walt Cessna.
Fierth Magazine: What is your name?
FM: Do you have a nick-name?
FM: What is your motto?
WC: Come correct or don’t come at all
FM: What exactly are you wearing right now?
WC: Pac Sun super skinny over dyed black jeans, white hanes tagless t-shirt from boys dept. , vintage grey suede Hush Puppy’s and a smug expression brought on by a half smoked spliff.
FM: How tall are you?
WC: 6 ft 2
FM: How do you keep it real?
FM: What were you doing right before this interview?
WC: Cursing under my breath because my model canceled at the last minute.
FM: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
WC: Shabby chic without the chic
FM: What were you like as a child?
WC: An ungodly terror
FM: Describe a time or event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.
WC: Pulling out of the Port Authority bus terminal heading toHollywoodwhen I was running away at age 14.
FM: As a teenager where did you think you would be now?
WC: The world’s greatest fashion designer
FM: What does your mother say about you?
WC: What doesn’t she say about me
FM: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?
WC: Fukt 2 Start With
FM: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
WC: Type with more than one finger.
FM: What brings you the most joy?
WC: Cookie Puss ice cream cakes from Carvel
FM: What motivates you in life?
WC: Waking & baking
FM: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this week?
WC: Not get stoned
FM: What makes you angry ?
WC: Ignorant & pretentious trolls
FM: Whom do you despise?
WC: Fame whores
FM: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?
FM: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
WC: Nightclubs, drugs & older men
FM: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
FM: Do you have any obsessions right now?
WC: Green Tea Haagen Daz Ice Cream
FM: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?
WC: A very worn in Dickies work shirt with a patch on it that said Mike that I used to wear for good luck when I was a rent boy inSan Francisco. My hooker name was Mike.
FM: What is your greatest extravagance?
WC: My camera
FM: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
WC: The most expensive hard body digital Leica camera that exists.
FM: What do you daydream about?
WC: Driving up PCH 1 toSan Franciscolistening to Luscious Jackson and eating Pirate Booty
FM: What do you think about and are the first three things you do first after waking up in the morning?
WC: Pray that my meds won’t make me nauseous
FM: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
WC: Editing film, eating Cheerios and lamenting the fact that I’m single and 47 lol.
FM: Who was the last person you talked to last night before you went to bed?
FM: What do you think about before falling asleep?
WC: How I’m probably NOT going to be able to fall asleep
FM: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
WC: Yes. By remaining stoned since the age of 17
FM: What is your guilty pleasure?
WC: Wanking off to tumblr
FM: What is your €œ Safety Word €
WC: Cut it out or I’ll cut you
FM: What is your favorite sound?
WC: My ex-boyfriend sighing
FM: What is your favorite song?
WC: Nothing Fails by Madonna
FM: Which sense- [touch, sight ,taste, smell or hearing] – could you not live without.
WC: Sight. I’m a photographer.
FM: Where is your favorite place to lunch?
WC: MUDD on E 9th St.
FM: Do you know how to cook? What do you most like to make ?
WC: Yes! Ziti!
FM: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?
WC: My best friend in high school turned out to be my half-brother
FM: Which stars, if any, leave you star struck?
WC: Edie Falco
FM: Who are your main inspirations?
WC: Avedon, Russ Meyer, Diana Vreeland, Larry Clark, Gus Vant & Michael Economy
FM: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?
WC: Chuck Palahniuk. He’s my favorite writer and I would love to see things through his eyes for just one day
FM: Do you believe in reincarnation?
WC: Yes, but I think this is my last stab at clearing up all my fukt up karma and I won’t be coming back again.
FM: Do you believe in karma?
WC: See reincarnation, above.
FM: Ever had a rumor spread about you?
WC: Too many to recall
FM: Do you have a bucket list? List some things on it.
WC: Giving a big kiss and warm sincere hug to everyone who’s talked shit about me over the past 5 years.
FM: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
WC: Stood vigil at my bedside while I was in a coma
FM: If you could choose a superhero power, What would it be, And how would you use it. [Invisibility, Ability to Fly, Super Strength, Read Peoples Mind’s ,Elasticity, or Super Stamina]
WC: Read people minds so I never fall into the trap of assumption again
FM: Which causes do you believe in the most in, and why?
WC: AliForneyCenterProtecting LGBT Youth. I wish there had been something like this when I was a gay teen trying to come out and running away.
FM: What are you going to do next?
WC: Destroy mankind
FM: Leave us a quote to carry on with..
WC: If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission
FM: How can we find out more about you:
WC: I am highly googleable. Trust.
FUKT 2 START WITH : Short Stories & Broken Werd by Walt Cessna
Available to order April 2012 @ http://www.desperanto.com/fukt
Featuring Photographs , Paintings & Illustrations by
Scooter LaForge, Natasha Gornik, Shannon Greer, Devin Elijah, Benjamin Fredrickson, Allen Todd Yeager, Darren Ankenbauer, Jeffrey Silverman( Jeffsilvermanphotography), Marne Lucas, Dick Mitchell,Scott Pasfield, Robert Siegelman & Walt Cessna
Come celebrate the release of Walt’s 2nd photography book
WOLFPACK! Photographs by Walt Cessna
Book / Calendar Launch & Photography Exhibit
Friday Feb 3rd @
SPLATTERPOOL Art Space
138 Bayard St. Bklyn NY http;//www.splatterpool.com
Take L train to Graham
WOLFPACK! Limited Edition 200 pg full color coffee table book art directed by Frank Gargiulo & WOLFPACK! 2012 Calendar art directed by George William Widmer. 140 dudes. Lady Rizo. DJ Sheba Legend. Bad Boy of burlesque Chad Ferro. 180 portraits. 20 first edition copies of book & calendar signed with choice of 1 print from show.
Early Viewing 5-8pm. DJ/Performance/Show 8-11pm
WOLFPACK! Exhibit & Gallery will be open on Satuday February 4th & Sunday February 6th.
WOLFPACK! logo by Frank Gargiulo