TYLER WILSON — model
THEN: What made me feel good as a kid was spending quality time with my family — I have a very big, close family. So it’s probably that.
NOW: Knowing that I’m living in my purpose and that I’m on the right path.
NEXT: Knowing that I have motivated, inspired and empowered people with what I’m supposed to do in life.
DARREN LE GALLO — artist, director, writer
THEN: Going to the movies. That was always a special thing because you’d have moments that you’d kind of escape — not that my reality was that horrible to escape from, but it was just nice to get lost in films, get lost in stories. I also loved going to the arcade — I was a big fan of Tron. And hanging out with friends. I had a friend who lived across the street and I used to go to his house all the time. His name is Rod Cadswell and he was a great artist. I was inspired by him as a kid, and we actually created comic books together.
NOW: Time with my daughter, time with my wife, getting quality time. It could be hiking, it could be walking our dogs, watching horrible TV shows, documentaries, animation shows. I’m kind of out of the loop now, but my daughter keeps me in it so that’s fun. I just really enjoy my time with them.
NEXT: This is where I get kind of idealistic, and a bit of a dreamer. I think it would be great if we could all be on the same page, as humans, and be a little less selfish. Maybe that’s me just getting older and being more aware of how selfish I can be at times. I feel like we’re moving there a little bit, but I think it would be great if we acknowledge that, as long as people aren’t trying to hurt each other, everyone should have an equal right to experience life the best they can, regardless of what they believe in, what their sex is or what they identify with.
JONATHAN SPOSATO — tech entrepreneur
THEN: I think what made me feel really good as a kid was the warmth of my grandmother. I was raised by a single mum, and when she was at work I was with my grandmother and she pretty much raised me. She was unflappable and she was so warm, never without a smile on her face. One time we got mugged and she stayed so calm and immediately afterwards she got on the phone with her friends and she started laughing about it! That is exactly the kind of thing that, at the time, a six-year-old boy needs and I miss my grandmother very much, but that’s what made me feel good as a child.
NOW: Frankly, when I can provide that same kind of stability to my 12-year-old son. We live in a really chaotic world. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be a kid now with everything that’s going on, so much that they get exposed to, with the news, political unrest etc. I think many of these changes are a great thing to happen. But when I can actually explain things and be a source of comfort, encourage him to think about things, that’s what makes me feel good. It’s like sticking the landing — I’m not an Olympic gymnast, but sometimes there are moments when you have the right conversations with your kid.
NEXT: That’s a great question. When I consider the future, I hope very, very soon that we can enjoy ourselves, enjoy the planet, celebrate each other. I think there has to be a lot of pain first, before there can be peace and happiness, and I think that we’re transitioning to that time. I really hope that we can begin to have great constructive conversations and dialogue, and learn to celebrate our successes and also our differences together. That’s what would make me happy.
CAROLINE BELHUMEUR — creative director, Vince
THEN: I think I loved being in the countryside and surrounded by nature.
NOW: Still the same thing. I’m always trying to find nature, be surrounded by it. I love being with my kids. And the creative process that I have at the company I’m with.
NEXT: Maybe just keep going the way I am, creating things, being with people who can spark imagination, the whole collaborative process is so exciting for me, but also making sure I get out and I can be in nature.
CHRIS BELHUMEUR — artist, aka himofthehills
THEN: I really liked having dinners with my family and everyone being together at the holidays, I really liked that.
NOW: Being in my studio when it’s really clicking and not being conscious of the time passing. I enjoy that a lot.
NEXT: To have some sort of critical acclaim with my work, some success there, to get what I’m doing into galleries.
JAXON ROSE — lead singer, guitarist, Sunrose
THEN: Playing outside barefoot, playing with swords made out of sticks with my friends.
NOW: Playing live music, playing for my fans… and sex and rock and roll!
NEXT: If everyone did their part to make the human race a little bit better…recycling, keeping plastics out of the water, being respectful to everybody. I think just more LOVE.
BRYCE SCARLETT — hairstylist
THEN: Fashion magazines.
NOW: The beach.
NEXT: More of the same. Consistency. I feel very lucky, as I love what I do very much.
MONICA AHANONU — artist, illustrator
THEN: As a kid, what made me feel good was being creative and creating things for my friends.
NOW: Right now, I feel good when I’m being bold.
NEXT: In the future, it would make me feel good to continue to be true to myself, live my truth and continue to explore new ways to use my art in the world of fashion.
AARON BERNARDS — model
THEN: Discovering all my dad’s records, on vinyl.
NOW: Playing music at home, hanging out with friends, life’s simple pleasures.
NEXT: To continue to have the freedom to figure out what makes me happy.
JOHNNIE SAPONG — hairstylist
THEN: I guess one of the best things about being a kid was mangoes, eating fresh sweet mangoes.
NOW: What makes me feel good now is the love of a good woman.
NEXT: For the future? I just wish there was a bit more kindness.
BERTO REED — artist
THEN: Surfing, definitely surfing. And my dad’s biscuits and gravy in the morning every Sunday!
NOW: Still surfing…and painting, which is quite the therapeutic adventure for me.
NEXT: I’d like to see more harmony in the world, that would be nice. People taking care of each other. That would be wonderful. And hopefully we can beat this environmental impact for the future of our children. That would make me feel VERY good, Mr Feelgood.
RYAN REHBOCK — jewelry designer, the Crown Collection
THEN: As a child, I was inspired by colors and musicians. Anything bright with great vibrations to it, and I feel like that’s what translated into what I do now as a creative, a designer, as an art dealer and an art curator.
NOW: I’m fulfilled by finding my amazing clients special artwork and timeless pieces to keep in their hands and for them to enjoy forever.
NEXT: I just want to organically grow my visions, be true to myself, and as long as I can do that forever, I will always stay fulfilled.
LEE MORGAN — photographer
THEN: What made me feel good as kid would probably be beaches, and seafood, and the ‘aquatic lifestyle’, I called it when growing up. We were always near the water, always in the pool, always in the ocean, always on a boat, always jumping off of a diving board… and thinking about that still makes me feel good.
NOW: Now, I think being able to look back at my life and how it has given me a different confidence, that’s what makes me feel good now. My journey.
NEXT: The future is family … and friends. Family and friends. We just went through a pandemic and a lot of us lost loved ones, myself included, and it has inspired that energy to contact people, to be around people and to love each other.
BEN NORDBERG — pro skater
THEN: All sorts of stuff really, but obviously skateboarding. And river swimming back where I grew up in Bath [UK] — that was probably one of my fondest memories.
NOW: These days I am happily engaged, soon to be married, I have a very cute little dog and I’m still skateboarding — I just turned pro — that’s got me feeling pretty good!
NEXT: I never look too much into the future, that’s never been my thing. But for now, just more of the same and to keep building on it… maybe a little house one day, a family … we’ll see.
Hair by Ric Pipino
Make up by Jo Strettell
Fashion Assistants – Margrit Jacobsen, Cameron Greene
Photographed at Hubble Studios, Los Angeles
Thanks to Bauerfiend Productions