Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am curious about so much; I am continually learning. I live with passion, creativity, and uniqueness. I am sometimes difficult, but always compassionate.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am the creativity and artist behind STUDmuffin NYC; I make one-of-a-kind wearable pieces using hand painting, studding, and screen printing. Currently, I am putting together my debut spring collection of menswear and accessories to go on shelves exclusively at Patricia Field. It’s all about “blinged” out, one-of-a-kind, statement pieces that men don’t usually have tailored to them. I’ve always been interested and influenced by the downtown art scene in the 80′s and 90′s in New York, so naturally it’s a HUGE honor to be selling STUDmuffin at Pat’s boutique.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born and raised in the fabulous town of Roanoke, Indiana–with a population of about 1,700. I grew up in the middle of the woods with an amazing family, mostly of which all lived on the same street. As I got into my teens, I was getting restless for everything that awaited me outside Indiana. I fell in love with New York City on a trip I took at eighteen, and by twenty, I had the cash in my pocket to make my move. I love New York City more than anything; I don’t see myself anywhere else.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Not to have the stereotypical gay answer, but 100% my mother. She’s not an ordinary mom; she’s beyond accepting and loving, she’s like a super mom and has the most compassionate heart I know. Besides my mom, I would say anyone that has the balls to do what they love, chase their dreams, and doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks! Those are my heroes!
5: What book is your bible?
My friends all laugh at me, but I’m a Dale Carnegie fanatic. I’m a self-help fanatic in general, but that man was brilliant. What he teaches in his books is so simple, yet insanely effective. I feel everyone should read How to Win Friends and Influence People one time in their life, if not once a year.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love New York City, bedazzling, outrageous people, artistic people, Coney Island, seedy bars, and glamor!
I hate boring people.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I live to continually create things that I hope will someday leave a lasting imprint on the fashion or art world. I adore waking up everyday doing what I love and feeling I was meant to do. I love the feeling of people wanting what you create. It’s my new drug, and I’m addicted.
8: What is your favorite color?
Kelly green, royal blue, and black come to mind.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Storm, X-MEN. I wanted to be her growing up.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
The Cock, on 2nd and 2nd. It’s the place to be seen.
11: What turns you on?
Big noses, big feet, and beards!
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What’s your definition of happiness?
It’s no surprise that STUDmuffin NYC is quickly becoming a name everyone remembers. Since trading his Indiana upbringing three years ago for a taste of the New York lifestyle, creator Kyle Brincefield has melded his love of urban street fashion and downtown art into customizable collectabiles that those who are “in the know” know they must have. Drawing from inspirations as eclectic as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Stephan Sprouse, Kyle has attracted the attention of media icon Snooki, who personally commissioned her own her own hoodie, and Patricia Field, whose store on NYC’s Bowery will begin carrying original pieces next month. Whether for daytime, nighttime, or anytime, Kyle is at the top of his game, the art scene, and New York City, proving that all you need to succeed is a dream…and a hot glue gun.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Kyle Brincefield
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Kyle Brincefield, Self Portrait, December 2011, Photography by Kyle Brincefield