BTS With Ta-Ku & Anthony Lister For G-Star RAW
Street artiste Anthony Lister and producer/photographer Ta-ku have teamed up to make some art for G-Star RAW. With Anthony doing some DIY with a spray can, Ta-ku documenting the process, and some professionally good-looking gals wearing G-Star's iconic Elwood jeans, it's a winning trifecta that you can get a sneak peek of above.
We caught up with Ta-ku to find out more about the RAW collaboration, plus career goals, life goals and loving Kobe Bryant.
Amrita Hepi: You've collaborated with Wafia, Willow Smith and now G-Star. What makes for a good collaboration?
Ta-ku: I think the reason why I like collaboration so much is that it's a chance to network and work with people who are like-minded — people that want to create something with you, which is pretty special. So I think a good collaboration is when it's between people who think the same but are willing to compromise for each other — not in a confronting way, but willing to work with each other to get something done.
So you're always contributing with an offer or new elements?
Yeah, it's a learning process — if you're not learning something new in the collaboration process, it's not that it's void or that it doesn't have any merit, but I definitely feel like most collaborations that are good and have substance are the ones where both parties are learning from each other.
You work across different mediums as an artist — how do they influence each other?
I think all of my endeavours and collaborations are an extension of me, and the person I strive to be.
And who is the person that you want to be?
I was thinking about this the other day. Wafia sent me a message saying — and this sounds like I'm tooting my own horn, but I'm not [laughs] — she said I was a gracious collaborator, and when I first heard it I was like, "Oh that's nice," but I was thinking about it later that night and I got really emotional because all my life I've just wanted to help others, whilst helping myself. And I think that when you work with others, it's not to get ahead, that's never been my objective — it's been to create friends and networks and for all of us to move forward and that doesn't always necessarily mean up. It's never been about scaling to new heights of fame, it's just been about progressing as a human, and moving together towards a similar objective and creating quality work.
You've been described as a Renaissance man — is this true?
I had to Google that the first time someone said this to me — because I thought it meant being chivalrous or a gentleman, but it doesn't. I guess it makes me cringe a little because I feel that I just like to do a lot of stuff ever since I quit my nine to five, and I never wanna go back to that. So if I have room to do things, then I feel like I should. I piggyback everything off the Ta-ku platform, so I'm just fortunate I can do that and people can see it and like it or hate it.
What or who would you consider to be iconic?
The person who I admire the most — besides my Mum [laughs] —is Kobe Bryant 'cause I'm a big basketball nerd. I'm a big believer in God, so that is iconic definitely.
And how has this collaboration with G-Star been?
It's been great! Everyone has been really open and have been great in allowing me to be free in the what we wanna do and how we want to shoot. I think that's the first step in a really great collaboration, where there's that open communication and exchange of ideas. That's true collaboration.
The exhibition opens at 7pm on Thursday, 31st of March at China Heights in Surry Hills.