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New York

My friends tell me I've become too obsessed with museums and art galleries. At this point, gallery hopping is probably the first thing I have planned when travelling, and if I'm being honest, that probably won't change anytime soon. In fact, it could only get worse. I've been visiting New York since I was about 16. At that time, I was going for crusades with my church; packed into a rented school bus full of God fearing folks driving for 12 hours while trying everything in my power to break away from the congregation and go sightseeing on my own. How did I ever endure that? I must've really wanted to see New York that bad. And it's possible that because of those previous restraints, what I'm really obsessed with is exploration; I can freely do laps around the island and each time I'm there I discover something new about the city and myself.

Above: The Oculus, a $4 billion dollar structure designed by Santiago Calatrava. It sits at the centre of The World Trade memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Above: Rashid Johnson's 'Fly Away' exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York. Coincidentally, I walked into the exhibit in the midst of the artist walking visitors through his work. You couldn't help but appreciate the large scale installation of Rashid's work. I'm positive I wasn't the only one picking apart the details of the massive architectural grid full of signifying objects, including video screens, mounds of shea butter, and live plants in ceramic vessels built and decorated by Johnson.

Below: Daniel Arsham's 'CIRCA 2345' at Galerie Perrotin. This show was as ambitious and futuristic as its intent. Also, Daniel Arsham is the co-founder of Snarkitecture, which you need to Google right now.

Above: Josh and I caught up at The New York Public Library. Even being a native New York'er he's still in awe of the library's interior. I've got no photos of it, but I can remember thinking how awkward it was to see people actually studying in the reading room while visitors (most of which I assume were tourists) flooded the space trying to get the best angle on their phones. Maybe its a good thing mine died.

Below: Tonal harmony in Frank Lloyd Wright's living room at The Met. I'll admit, museums of that size are too overwhelming, but I left feeling the need to attend a Met Gala just for shits.

There is a place I tried to get into but was stopped in my tracks by security. The TWA Flight Centre at JFK airport. I wanted to see it in person before they begin a huge commercial restoration this year. The original terminal opened in 1962, designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines. The security guard wouldn't even let me in for 5 minutes, even though I mentioned that I landed at Laguardia and detoured there just to check it out. Regardless, I saw a lot of cool shit on this trip, and I can confidently say that I finally know how to use the MTA without getting lost.

Amsterdam, London,
Paris, Barcelona

Recapping this recent Europe trip mainly because I'll feel awkward posting this in 2017, not that it should matter. I did four countries in a week despite missing a connecting flight to Paris by fifteen minutes. All good though, arriving to Paris late gave me the chance to visit Foundation Louis Vuitton the next day. Now I understand the need for escapism people have with Europe; it's like living poetry and everything is beautiful by default. It was awkward and challenging at times when I couldn't communicate, so in the coming year it might be time to learn a second language.

Above: The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Not only great design in terms of the museum's interior, but even the visitor information pamphlets were so well designed.

Below: Calvin's Mecca designed by Aziz Bekkaoui.

Above: The unzipped wall by Bjarke Ingels for Serpentine Gallery. I think the exhibit has since been removed so its cool that I had a chance to climb it before then.

Above: Doe-vah Street Maw-kit. Say that out loud it's funnier.

Above: Foundation Louis Vuitton (Paris) was on my bucket list. Frank Gehry's gift to Paris, an art museum and cultural centre care of the LVMH group. It was cool to visit the auditorium and hear a security guards recount of Kanye West's epic performance there in 2015. "T'was magnifique!", he said.

I love Barcelona. I was only there for two days but made sure to visit the Mies van der Rohe pavilion, and Museu del Disseny, which had entire floors dedicated to the evolution of fashion, furniture and graphic design. At one beach, ah I forget the name, but I could see a glistening structure about a mile away, which happened to be Peix OlĂ­mpic, another sculpture designed by Frank Gehry we stumbled upon by accident.

Man About Town: Stay Awake

Took me a while to get to the point of being totally aware of what existed around me. Its interesting to me how the phrase "stay woke" has taken on this new meaning of political awareness and correctness. But to go in depth from a personal stand point, I'm woke when I'm fully absorbing my surroundings; when all of my senses are active and I see something special in the things people tend to walk by and ignore. I mean people, places and things. Even before technology evened the playing field creatively and socially, it was still perspective that separated people with imagination. Most of us have eyes, less of us are using them for vision, and a few are recording or unearthing the magic that is hidden in plain sight. The more I started travelling the more I started to realize how inspiration and information are available to download (around you) at all times. You just have to stay curious, stay open, or stay...woke?

Above: I souped up this 1981 BMX Norco back in July. It obviously isn't what you'd take to a marathon, but it looks fire with white or gum tires. I made sure to grab a pair of both.

Above: Design as a weapon according to Philippe Starck. 18 karats that obviously remind me of a cheat code from Goldeneye.

Below: How to Build a House Museum by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. This was a powerful exhibit and a great use of space at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curated by Kitty Scott.

Above: We were coming home from Prince Edward County and ended up in a small town that was screening The Tragically Hip's final concert at the Air Canada Centre at this drive-in theatre. I didn't realize how many fans they had, but more importantly, legacy is a very very important thing, because the world will only study, celebrate or remember what you leave behind.