Doug Abraham aka Bess NYC is an artist whose DIY (and often dirrty) aesthetic has earned him a cult following on Instagram and beyond. Doug has also owned a buzzy clothing store in NYC for a minute now, but describes himself as a “non-industry identifying” kinda guy.
We caught up with the category-defying artist to talk about New York vibes and the promise of a sexy future.
Natalie Shukur: Where’s home?
Doug Abraham: NYC.
What do you do?
What do you love about New York?
Do you feel the city still supports/inspires creatives?
Dunno about supports but it’s a great place to disappear and a great vantage point to view the world from at the same time.
How do you feel about the future?
I think the word future is sexy.
What are your thoughts on the current political/economic climate?
It’s an oxymoron, right? Thought and the current political climate, haha! But seriously, I think it’s a mirror of where we’re at right now, so let’s look into it and wonder.
What’s the best/worst thing about the internet?
What technology could you not live without?
See above and also coffee is important.
What invention do you wish existed?
iPhone 8, 9 or 10.
What characteristics do you believe define your generation?
I’m non-generational identifying — transgenerational. And, more specifically, I do not identify with any peer group category: age, gender, race, religion, geography, etc.
What characteristics do you believe define the current youth generation?
If you could change one thing about your industry what would it be and why?
I’m non-industry identifying — transindustrial.
What do you hope humans will achieve within the next 50 years?
The promise of a sexy future.
Who do you think is changing the game?
What do we need more/less of tomorrow?
More today, less tomorrow.
Photography: Zara Mirkin