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Photo credits: banner by Jeremy Jude Lee | Profile by Hubert Kang Chairman Ting Vancouver BC Chairman Ting, aka Carson Ting, is one of Vancouver's leading street artists and foremost illustrators. His work with major brands (Nike, Toyota, Porsche, Microsoft, and Snoop Dogg to name a few) has brought him onto a bigger stage than ever, but he remains a humble and motivated artist that's keen to make a difference with every stroke of his brush. We caught up with him to see what makes him tick. ----- Hi I'm Carson Ting and I was born in Toronto but came to Vancouver in 2007 to work at Rethink. Why Vancouver? It was never on the radar, just happened for work. I waited two years and started to appreciate Vancouver. It was a slow transition to realize that Toronto was a merry-go-round and it was weird to leave work at 5pm at Rethink. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Discovered early on because it was the only thing he was ever good at. Dad taught him how to draw Tarzan. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Always seeking something new, trying new things. I have a diverse style and want to find something new, different approach and fresh ideas If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? That's a good one... first choice would be my dad, he's been gone for 11 years. In terms of idols, I'd say CJ Hendry. Her patience is incredible. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? My latest project I'm most proud of is the Whitecaps project because it raised over $150k for the Vancouver Food Bank. Two other notable highlights was my collaboration with Kidrobot for creating my own Dunny doll and more recently, my collab with Snoop Dogg's Cali Red wine for 19 Crimes.And lastly, I'd also like to mention my work for Nike's Jumpman 23 brand where I got to film a mini-documentary series on ballers around the world. I got to film ballers in a remote rural village in China, Amputee ballers in Forthworth Texas, and ex-gang members in the ganglands of Chicago. Your mural on Robson St during lockdown was unreal. What was the inspiration for it? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chairman Ting (@chairman_ting) on May 15, 2020 at 3:25pm PDT Literally just the word hope. Wanted something fun and not too serious because it was a dark time (April) and felt like world was ending. The Dog keeps coming back Movement is a recurring theme for me, and the dog is a character I created to represent that. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? Wants to hone in on more personal work. My whole career has been working for brands, and I want to do more fine arts projects like sculpture and painting. Max: It is so hard to break away from the commercial process... I struggle with this myself as a creative person that usually utilizes my skills for work more often than play. Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. How has is changed relative to the past? I think the biggest shift is just the sense of urgency now. It's basically now or never. As a dad, I worry about the future. Is there still going to be clean water? Now with the pandemic, people are realizing that we've been taking simple things for granted, like just going out for dinner. It's becoming more important than ever to stop just talking about it and take action now. What’s coming down the pipeline for next projects? I'm working on new apparel for Fox suspension. As a car nerd, it's really fun for me. I'm working on creating a Mad Max style mash-up vehicle. I also just finished a new project at Kabam Games that was really fun to produce. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chairman Ting (@chairman_ting) What’s your favourite flavor of Wize tea? How do you steep or consume it? Mango! It's the best-seller for a good reason. I don't find it super sweet and it really agrees with my palette. Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram
Krishna Curry Los Angeles, CA Krishna is an elite track athlete that breaks barriers with her genuine approach to training and her passion for athletics. She’s a certified bad ass that blazes her own trail, and is currently training for the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo. We actually met Krishna in a Sprouts grocery store in LA and connected over our shared love for progressive healthy and ethical food, and we kept in touch ever since. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? When I was 7, my PE teacher encouraged me to run track after I broke the school’s mile, 100 yard and 50 yard records, beating all of the girls and boys up to the fifth grade. That summer I joined a track club and raced in national junior olympic track competitions, which I did not win as easily. At 13, I won my first national title in the 800m. In high schoo, I was a 5-time Tennessee state champion and won a second national title in the 800m. My achievements as a youth and high school athlete earned me scholarship to run for UCLA. While in college, I worked part-time at the campus gym and coached youth athletes for supplemental income. I instantly loved adapting the strategies I learned as athlete to help other optimize their health and performance. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? At the end of a workout I feel refreshed and detoxified. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. After college, the motivation of team competition and training became a constructive outlet for relieving stress and challenging my fears. I used to overtrain and ignore pain signals from my body during workouts, which eventually led to poor performances and chronic injury. The rehabilitation strategies I learned while recovering from those injuries sparked my interest in functional training and corrective exercise. Injury forced me to creatively address my strength and mobility imbalances without losing fitness. At 30 years old, I am running faster and lifting more that I ever could during my peak in college. More importantly, I recover quickly and remain injury free. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Former USA first Lady Michelle Obama. I was studying Political science at UCLA in 2008 when Former President Obama was campaigning. The presidential race made was the topic of every lecture. I’m so curious to know what her future political and personal plans are. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? I’m extremely grateful for all of the sports and fitness modeling opportunities I have been granted. As a kid I collected posters and magazine cut outs of my favorite athletes to reference for inspiration. I hope that the projects I appeared in have motivated others to have fun through physical activity and lead active lifestyles. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I plan to be retired from competing in track in field, but hopefully still involved in the sport as a coach and assisting with LA’s preparations for the 2028 Olympics! Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Living with wizdom for me means being an informed and mindful consumer, especially with regard to food. Everyone should to research the ingredients, sourcing and health implications anything we consume. Additionally, I think living with wizdom means that we should all do our best to promote environmental sustainability in our daily habits. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? Functionally, I love Minty Marvel because the mint extracts promote smooth digestion. I drink it to feel light and energetic after a hearty lunch. For pure enjoyment, Mango party is hella good. I steep it in hot coconut milk, then pour it in my travel mug so that I can enjoy it on the go. . Mango seems to be really popular, that’s for sure! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram and Twitter
Ollie Cooper Vancouver, CA / London, UK Ollie Cooper, aka @oilycopperpen, is a London UK native and new Vancouverite. With incredibly versatile style and a fantastic dry wit (must be a british thing?), he creates illustrations that are bound to make you think, cry, laugh, and ask yourself where the last half-hour just went. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? Simply loving what you do and getting lost in it. Pushing that to new heights comes from being inspired in different ways and places. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Bowie. So humble and ever changing. Just to hear some stories in that calming voice... So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Designing a sticker with Donald Trump hair and spreading it in cities across North, Central and South America. People wanting to have and spread my work with was amazing. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? To be in a position where I can produce work in multiple countries and travel as much as possible Define your idea of ‘being wize’ or ‘having wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Making decisions wizely, living with wizdom and balance. What’s your favorite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you drink it? Jasmine. I like to cool it and throw it in a green smoothie.