The Avant/Garde Diaries presents: Colin Tunstall is the Creative Director and co-founder of Saturdays Surf NYC, the downtown clothing and surf boutique which also happens to serve great espresso. With their backyard patio, the shop has become a hangout for folks to linger, network, plot new projects, and talk shop about the surf in nearby Rockaway, Long Beach, and North Jersey.
With another NYC location just opened and also one in Tokyo, Saturdays is on the up-and-up, especially after being nominated by GQ Magazine as one of the “Best New Menswear Designers.” For The Avant/Garde Diaries, Colin introduces us to Curtis Kulig. The artist is probably most recognized as the man behind “Love Me,” a graffiti tag, sticker, and emotional imperative now found posted around cities worldwide. “He’s taken this one saying, ‘Love Me,’ and he’s made it into a brand through hard work,” Colin says. “It’s literally all over the city, which takes time and effort.” We met Colin at Saturdays’ TriBeCa office and showroom, stopping by his shop for a coffee, before meeting up with Curtis to check out his Chinatown studio.
In August of 2009, Saturdays opened its doors on a small, cobblestone street in Soho. Determined to suit a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living and working in New York City, Saturdays began selling boards and wetsuits while sourcing and selling books, fine art and other lifestyle accessories. Today, Saturdays creates, designs and produces its own line of menswear focusing on high-quality craftsmanship, authenticity and traditional style. In addition to clothing, the up-front espresso bar serves their own blend of La Colombe coffee brewed by some of the best baristas in the city. Out back, the fully planted yard acts as a wood-decked sanctuary from the streets. It is a place to enjoy your coffee, hang out with friends or have a quiet meeting.
In the years since Saturdays opened, it has served as a hang out for some of New York’s most influential artists, surfers and thinkers, all of whom have helped redefine what it means to live, work and surf in New York City.
Is an American artist, photographer, and illustrator who lives and works New York City. Kulig is known for his raw black and white 35mm lifestyle and portraiture photography, and his iconic “Love Me” campaign. Kulig was born in 1981 in North Dakota. At a young age he was encouraged to follow an artistic path by his uncle Phillip Salvato (American painter) and father Walter Kulig (silkscreener). in the year 2000, Kulig moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19. He then moved to New York City in 2008.