Bob Recine

By
Photography Christian Brylle

Published April 4, 2017

PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN BRYLLE. SPECIAL THANKS: MILK STUDIOS.

Since we started Beyond Here Lies Nothing seven and a half months ago, we have been featuring models—from the well-established to rising stars. For April, however, we decided to focus on a few fashion industry icons, beginning with Bob Recine, the legendary hair stylist, sculptor, and visual artist. Born and raised in New York, Recine has an important history with Interview‘s founder, Andy Warhol. The two met through the New York nightlife scene in the 1970s when Recine was still a young musician, and it was via Warhol that Recine encountered Jean Louis David and began his career as a hair stylist.

Today, Recine, who considers himself an “adventurer” and aspires to be a “teacher,” is known for his many collaborations, both within the realms of fashion and fine art. There is the Barneys window display he conceived of with Lady Gaga, his exhibition in Paris with Norwegian painter Bjarne Melgaard, and his ongoing collaboration with the likes of Vanessa Beecroft and Mario Sorrenti. In 2012, he published a monography titled Bob Recine: The Alchemy of Beauty.

THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME:
I can’t think of much that does not.

THE PEOPLE I ADMIRE THE MOST:
Anyone with passion.

AN EVENT I WISHED I’D WITNESSED:
The building of the pyramids.

QUESTIONS I CAN’T ANSWER:
Most of these.

MY BIGGEST ADVENTURE:
A challenge.

THINGS I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF:
Drink more water.

GAMES I PLAY:
Thinking.

MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Patience.

MY GREATEST VICE:
Daydreaming.

THINGS I’LL BE REMEMBERED BY: 
Ask them.

SOME THINGS I’D RATHER FORGET:
Questions.

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
Silence.

ONE LAST FAVOR I’D LIKE TO ASK:
Listen carefully.

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