Jin-Soo Oh majored in fine arts, and now he works under the pseudonym of Lyrical Daniel. He rides a vintage motorcycle and listens to music wherever he goes. He came to New York to realise his dream of becoming an artist and now he DJs, photographs street fashion and works as a freelance model.
Lyrical Daniel emphasises the importance of always looking neat. He shuns colourful clothes, and accessorises with hats and rings. For this M. Magazine interview, he took us around New York, including its hipsters' paradise: Williamsburg.
Q: Describe your style
I like stylish and comfortable clothes, and to always look neat. These days I’m into mixing different ideas, using a combination of street, vintage and contemporary brands. Expensive or inexpensive, I always manage to achieve my signature look. For the shoot, I made use of the luxurious but casual style of the MCM backpack, and matched it to the hip style of young New Yorkers.
Q: Who’s your style icon?
I don’t have any particular style icons at the moment.
Q: What’s the most essential item in your backpack?
I carry a camera, MacBook Retina, diary, sunglasses and a water bottle in my backpack. They’re all essential!
Q: Do you remember your first backpack?
It was a Henrik Vibskov three-stage backpack that could be presented as a crossbody bag, a backpack, or a tote bag.
Q: What do you do in your downtime?
It depends. I like to cook and to take pictures of the process. And I sometimes paint and listen to music at the same time, or I play guitar. I always listen to music as I walk, and occasionally the surrounding backdrop will harmonise with the song, and I’m left with a powerful memory that inspires me forever.
Q: What inspired your choice of location?
I wanted to show you the parts of New York that feel most colourful to me. I showed you the artistic centre of SoHo, and the hipsters paradise of Williamsburg. I also showed you the Meatpacking District, which feels like classic New York. Many fashion brands have flagship stores in the area.