Billie Danger: From Mexico to Vancouver / Artist Q&A
An Ello x Revel Exclusive
@billiedanger is a photographer, stylist, set designer, and creative director based out of Vancouver by way of Mexico. As an avid creator, Billie's expressive mediums explore a common theme of vibrance and a photographic narrative that extends past each still.
This is an exclusive interview and was featured in the Revel iOS app for men's fashion (See Revel: https://appsto.re/us/fcUP7.i)
I SEE YOU WENT FROM MEXICO TO VANCOUVER. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THAT JOURNEY.
I was a curious 20 year old boy, following his intuition to discover life. I distinctly remember when I turned 20 and had the opportunity to travel to Canada. It was of the most exciting moments of my adolescence. A few days after my departure, I learned that my grandmother was ill with cancer. My reality became dark. But at that moment, the force that has always protected my family helped me to find the strength to be able to face my destiny and fight for my dream. And my grandmother lives on. That was a big part in my life that continues to this day to push me forward to create.
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THAT JOURNEY THAT STRENGTHENED YOUR CRAFT?
Yes. After my grandmother's situation, I realized that life goes by as a simple dream. It made me push forward and work hard at my dreams. Ultimately, I learned the importance of putting action and intention in my thoughts. During that time, living in Canada make me to discover how combine two cultures and to recognize myself more and more. Being from a different culture gives me an advantage of more nuanced perspectives and experiences to add to my style of photography.
WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS ABOUT YOUR LIFE THAT EMULATE IN YOUR ART?
I live life with intent; to approach everything with purpose and meaning. For me it’s to display the beauty in moments, shapes, and colours through my craft.
IS THERE ONE SPECIFIC STYLE (PORTRAIT, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, FILM) THAT YOU FIND YOURSELF GRAVITATING TO MOST OFTEN?
I love to challenge myself with new concepts and to create the whole picture - styling, selecting the right equipment, objects, landscapes, etc … I love it all. My favourite thing is to make strong portraits with real people and my personal touch, always working on set to transmit the principal idea and to make models feel what I want to communicate.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
I've discovered my inspirations come from my childhood era: tv, movies, magazines, objects. As a sensitive person, I’ve always been curious of colours, shapes, people’s features, fabrics, materials... the entire realm. I'm always transforming and imagining. I’m a kid from the 90's and was exposed to a lot of neon colours, cool cars, motor bikes, bad ass heroes, dance music, super cheesy movies and best of all, 80's cartoons.
DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANYTHING ABOUT LIVING IN VANCOUVER NOW OR PREVIOUSLY IN MEXICO THAT HAS ANY EFFECT ON YOUR STYLE & ART?
Definitely. I’m grateful for the experience of understanding and being apart of both places. My perspective is a fusion of two worlds of beautiful people and cultures. Mexico taught me the simplicity of seeing life full of laughter and smiles - an important part of my personality that I reflect in my art. Canada gifted me the opportunity, tools, and vision to be able to make it all real.
BESIDES PHOTOGRAPHY, DO YOU FIND YOURSELF EXPLORING ANY OTHER MEDIUMS FOR SELF EXPRESSION?
Yes. Set design, styling, music … I am very active in these mediums as well. Whether it be in photography, music, or the film industry, I find fulfillment to continuously explore and find ways express my imagination.
WHAT OTHER CITIES BESIDES VANCOUVER INTEREST YOU AT THE MOMENT?
I love Palm Springs in California - there is a feeling there that inspires me. I love San Miguel de Allende and Guanajauto in my home state. Both are magical towns full of history, culture, art, and artists. Also, there is something about Mexico City and New York that draws me in. They are two very different cities that are similar in many ways from amazing food, fashion, art, beauty, interesting people, and architecture of all kinds. Tulum is one of my sanctuaries, as well as the Caribbean ocean, Mayan ruins, cenotes, and jungle. Lastly, Oaxaca, Mexico is a beautiful place where I connect to my roots and can feel human again.
ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS AHEAD FOR YOU? TELL US WHATS UP IN YOUR WORLD.
I’m looking forward to my solo art show next year at El Kartel - one the most recognized shops/galleries in Vancouver. I have upcoming art collaborations with amazing artists like Peter Taylor, Pablo Zamudro, Peter Ricq, and many others. I am also getting into making clothing, music production, and movie production … pretty much exploring and evolving my curiosity to different levels of creativity.
WHERE IS THE NEXT LOCATION THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK?
Tokyo, Japan. I have a great connection with the Japanese culture and I feel they will appreciate my craft and vision. I hope to collaborate with one of my favourite artists, Yoko Honda.
We want to extend a special thank you to Billie Danger for his time. For more information on Billie Danger, see his Ello artist page at: https://ello.co/billiedanger
The Revel x Ello Artist Series is a joint collaboration between both camps to explore the union of fashion x art.