15 Questions with Bráulio Amado
Our friend Bráulio Amado is an NYC-based graphic designer and illustrator who’s made genius work for the likes of Frank Ocean, Robyn, The New York Times and a certain sustainable clothing brand you know and love (collection coming soon!). His lively club posters, album covers, music videos and editorial illustrations vary widely in style and approach – roaming freely between gentle psychedelia, punk subversion, edgy abstraction and other aesthetics too rare to have names. Though he’s something of a creative chameleon, everything he makes carries a playful sense of experimentation and a killer sense of humor.
First of all - vibe check. How are you doing and what are you currently working on?
I’m ok! I think? The weather is getting warmer in NYC so my mood has improved a lot. I’m working on 3 record covers that have been quite fun – weirdly enough they’re all bands from Australia.
What do you love most about the work you do?
I’ve wanted to design posters and record covers for a living since I was in high school, so it’s quite surreal that I get to do that (and more). I’m definitely lucky and I couldn’t ask for a better job.
Tell us about 5 things inspiring you right now:
It’s A Sin on HBO
Longer days and sunlight
Dogs (all of them)
What is your dream project?
Design a theme park or a gay sauna
"I would like for every human being to be more loving with each other – themselves and the world."
Something that has weird stuff I never heard before
How would you describe your personal style?
“I bet he smokes a lot of weed”
What is your favorite piece from Wasted Collective?
Right now I’m wearing the ReCraft Chore Jacket and love it.
Tell us about the item of clothing that’s been in your wardrobe the longest and why.
This colorful jacket…I forget where I bought it. Every time I wear it people confuse me with a delivery service man
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever bought secondhand?
My SP-404Sx. I got it on craigslist 6 years ago from a stranger that used to make music and eventually had kids and stopped using his gear. Not that I'm a musician myself, but I do like having fun with it and this sampler is one of my favorite things to play with.
What is your personal definition of sustainability?
Do some research, make your own decisions. Don’t be lazy – even small things help.
What does beautifully sustainability mean to you?
If you could instantly change the world in one way, what would you do?
I would like for every human being to be more loving with each other – themselves and the world.
How has your relationship to the planet been evolving?
Still not a perfect relationship but I’m learning every day and trying to do better. I think Covid-19 helped me see things with a different perspective and take different actions.
How do you bring your idea of sustainability into your everyday life? Any tips / hacks?
It’s hard to be 100% sustainable, mostly because the terrible companies we depend on don’t give a fuck and get away with it. But things are changing, and a lot of alternatives are starting to pop-up. You just need to do some research and look for them.
Your words to live by:
Don't be a jerk
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