Photo by @chris_edfi for ASOS menswear
I remember meeting Ethan for the very first time over at our Hype Influencers’ BMW experience. He was carrying a skateboard with him while slowly approached the rest of the group — he immediately stood out from the crowd with his fresh and witty style, and laid back attitude. I remember thinking that this kid definitely has really good people skills, and I think for this exact reason I levitated towards the guy. It wasn’t long before I found myself enjoying Ethan’s company, kicking back with tunes by the late Prince, and exploring the city in a convertible. Later his smooth dance moves put my own to shame and from then on we really started getting to know each other. Ethan joined in at our Hype Influencer night a couple of days later and after hearing his opinions about lifestyle, skateboarding and art, I decided to catch up and ask him a few questions about his own ifs and buts, does and dont’s
Barbara. What’s your story?
Ethan. My name is Ethan Robert Richards, but people call me Bushy, ’cause of my eyebrows. I’m 20-years-old, I was born in Leicester, but grew up in London. As you can imagine, I’m so happy we won the league, this has been a good year for Leicester and for me. I guess my passions are fashion, skateboarding and I guess art in general. I am a full-time model and an amateur street skateboarder.
B. What are your favourite cities for enjoying life?
E. That’s a hard question. Thanks to my amazing mum, I was able to travel a lot as a child, but I would have to say Florida and New York, also Montserrat and Saint Lucia — they may not be cities, but they are beautiful places. My mum’s side of the family are actually from Montserrat.
Photos by @deesixish
‘I want to create something beautiful — I love being a canvas for something someone has created. I’m inspired by my desire to explore and see the world, and by people doubting me at the beginning.’
B. What kind of places do you like to spend time at with your friends?
Image from @bushybroweth
B. How would you describe your personal style in three words?
E. Cool, simple and edgy.
B. Anything exciting you have planned for this year?
E. London Collections Men is next month, and I have a skate advert that I shot coming out soon. To be honest, I try not to plan too much — I like to take each day as it comes.
B. Let’s talk modelling. What inspires you?
E. My love for art, I guess. I want to create something beautiful — I love being a canvas for something someone has created. I’m inspired by my desire to explore and see the world, and by people doubting me at the beginning.
B. Can you tell us what led you on this path?
E. My friend Meldon told me to go to this casting, ’cause he said I would get it, and I did.
‘My goals are to inspire people to live their dreams, anything is possible. I didn’t have the easiest time in school — I want people to understand that there is nothing wrong with being different.’
Photo by @vickygrout for i-D Magazine
B. What’s your #1 good photo tip?
E. My good photo tip would have to be — treat the camera as your best friend. Let it compliment you.
B. From all of your photoshoots, which one stood out as being a real highlight and why?
E. The one I did for Pause Online. It was my first shoot for a magazine — it made me realise I had a future in modelling.
B. Do you have any limitations? Would you model any kind of clothing at all?
E. No. And I guess it depends if I agree with what the company stands for.
Photo by @photographybysiri for ASOS menswear
B. How has social media helped you?
E. It has helped me a lot, it allows me to make a living doing the things I love — and funny enough the first time I got scouted was at a party.
B. What tips would you give readers hoping to grow their own following?
E. Be yourself.
B. Where do you see yourself in, let’s say, the next couple of years?
E. My goals are to inspire people to live their dreams, anything is possible. I didn’t have the easiest time in school — I want people to understand that there is nothing wrong with being different.
Image by @eddyline for OurStory Magazine
B. What do you think about the industry’s beauty standards?
E. I think things have changed a lot in the past couple of years. Modelling is about being unique and standing for something.
B. What does get you the job: — look or attitude? Or both?
E. I think a bit of both. I’ve always been sociable and good with people, but i I think my look has gotten stronger with time.
B. What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of taking this path?
E. Free boards, clothes, food, travelling and I’ve met some amazing people.
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I cannot get away.
From the sea,
From seeing things,
From scanning you,
From diverting my gaze,
From catching yours,
From keeping silent,
From breaking silence,
From the turbulence,
From tremendous thinking,
I cannot keep my mind occupied anymore.
As I’ve been thinking of you.
The bittersweet taste of wine dries my already sore throat. You see… it is hurt from the dozens of cigarettes that I smoked today. And of course, there’s a nosebleed with the rest of the problem wagon, telling me to quit bad habits. I ended up pushing table napkins down the nostrils aggressively, almost with the strength of a mining man trying to escape being buried several feet underground in a shaft.
Yes, these bibs were used as if my life depended on it and I guess my anxiety is to be blamed here. It makes me slightly overreact. But somehow unpolished roughness of my actions suited this run-down pub. What do you think…? Even the person sitting next to me didn’t blink. You’d be surprised what you can see at this rat’s hangout. Speaking of which, the old man is chugging down a second in a row glass of Spiced Morgan’s with rocks to the top. The fellow must have it hard, yet every sip he takes eases the pain away or perhaps just relaxes his face muscles. Numbness feels nice, I understand.
I always see the weirdest bunch in here. I can even put a wager that the interior matches each of our moral compasses. And as you guessed it, this place looks like a horse’s shit. Even more, smells like one.
Just look at what we have at the left corner circle booth. Those two ladies asked for the cheapest Sauvignon Blanc on the menu. Nothing bad with that, we all barely have green in our pockets, but I say choose something real if you’re drinking at this place. Wine is clearly outdated, but it went unnoticed. Rob (manager/owner/bartender and chef) rarely enjoys an occasion of opening a new bottle and the last time I checked – only a single one has been opened for a couple of weeks now. Minus the pretentious hags, others just admit reality and live peacefully with their stench: drinking all sorts of nonsense without even taking the flies out.
This all-encompassing blob of a phase leaves me lurking, talking to you. But a couple of Tullamore’s and I will shut you up for today. Sorry, you are a bit annoying sometimes. I really just enjoy being numb to people, to the breath-taking and sometimes ugly surroundings and noises that are passing me by in the slowed and more often forwarded motion.
Is that guy next to me choking or coughing? How funny… No one even lifted their heads, except Robert, but he looks kind of pissed. I hope this guy is not planning to die here. I don’t know what the old guy could do to a dead person, but I believe he could come up with something. creative. Like a little haunt for the rest of his life on the other side?
Haha – Came out loudly.
But as I thought, not a single glance towards me.
I wonder if a lack of sensation is a twisted outcome of growing-up? Throw a kid or two in this place and we would get totally different reaction to the freak show.
Oh, what the hell… This nose of mine started bleeding again and now it feels like my chest is carrying a weight of a grown-up man. The one who goes to a gym every other day and lifts loads, chugs down protein shakes and rounds it up with a t-shirt free selfie.
Am I a mad woman? Feverish, yet empty. A collection of clashes. I stopped for a second whatever I was doing. To take a breath and light up another cigarette… To find myself almost throwing up. I was far overdoing my limits, overdosing my capacities. This empathy was somewhat pleasing and I guess that kind of saddened me for a second.
Oh, here it is. An emotion and it is usually followed up with a shutdown.
I guess I’m/you’re drowning. Please, just have a single breath left somewhere in you/me. I/you will need it to find my way back home. Before you/I go, check the face. Does our grin look at ease?
Recently, (if you are the type to think that two months are recent) me and my loca friend packed our green backpacks of adventure time and went for a petite journey to Portugal. Having Finn and Jack’s coolness levels, we hustled our way to Porto. Before all the fun began we decided to plan a little ergo picked a couchsurfer with an ideal tree fort to match our theme. Besides that, the plan for the rest of the trip was left pretty much unsorted. We like intrigue, you see.
Plane landed our tipsy bottoms safely yet a slight hint of exhaustion was coming our way due to all that bottle popping at 7am. It’s not an addiction problem: The fear of flight made us do it!!!
Still though, waviness did not get in the way as Porto is small and easy to navigate your way around.
Really a no brainer: pretty much all metro lines cross the city centre. Our stop was Casa de Musica, an area boasting of a very modern city opera hall. Distance from there to all hustle and bustle was also walkable. It was a good start.
If you are planning your next holiday ridiculously early, I would advise to pick dates between June-July. April (that’s what we chose) is still the season of rain, so if you are looking to get a serious tan, push the date slightly further. Despite mere rain drops, we did get time to enjoy the beach for a day and I dare to say that we might have got a bit browner.
To make your life easier get a map from one of the information centres, it has all attention worthy places marked. As some may know, the main attractions there are wine cellars, which we ended up not making to. But during our stay of 4 days we enjoyed Porto wine straight from the shop. If you are also on a budget trip – we might be sharing a storyline here.
Firstly, I would advise to wonder around. Porto is designed for that. Personally, I walked till my feet burnt but enjoyed all of it. The night Porto is as beautiful as during the day, so go on and explore nocturnal mysteries and daylight wonders. You will get to see unique architecture that boasts of very colourful scheme, various shops and cafes.
If you are a planning-type sightseer you should definitely visit the following:
1. Livraria Lello & Irmao (Library that inspired its counterpart in Harry Potter )
2. Clerigos Tower (Um… A tower. You can enjoy the view of the city)
3. Casa da Musica (Try to see a performance, but even the building itself is astonishing and worthy of seeing)
4. Cafe Majestic (Truly majestic cafe)
5. Crystal Palace Gardens (Beautiful views, and an excellent place to rest)
6. Cais de Ribeira (Great place to grab a bite, especially seafood)
7. Foz (Take a stroll by the sea and enjoy one of the bars)
8. Marcado Do Bolhao (An authentic Portuguese market)
9. Art Gallery street down Rua Miguel Bombarda.
Also don’t forget to visit the beach, you can easily get there with a bus or metro from the city centre (we took bus 202 from Casa de Musica)
As for the night life, I would recommend to get out on a Thursday evening – the streets are filled with thirsty people (it’s like a student night; drinks are the cheapest). Everyone’s drinking and then heading to the clubs. Really, just visit one of the pubs in the centre, chances are they all packed. Stick to where the crowd’s going and be happy go merry. (Unless you hate the scent of cigarettes – they all chain-smoking indoors, basements or whatever you’ll find yourself at during your night out).
Overall, I think four days was about the right amount for Porto. We have seen a lot of it. I think, it would have been better if we visited during the warmer season and could have spent our days on the sand, baking our bacons. The city is small, yet full of hidden charms waiting for you to stumble upon.
If you like the sound of cats, beach, wine, seafood and Pastel del nata – Porto is a must see for you, pal(-s).