I am so excited about today's post!! Not only do I have an awesome interview with this month's featured friend, Travis Wall, but I also have a fancy dance party video to go along with as well! Travis is one of my dearest friends and I'm so happy he agreed to the shenanigans that make up this blog. I always have personal dance parties when I'm feeling down, but I thought I would take it one step further by breaking out the snazzy clothes and making this a fancy dance party. Travis suggest a "no pants" dance party next. I'll probably need to stop eating so many cookies to make that happen. Anyways, let's get this party started. Check out the interview below and then enjoy the video :)
Kate: So we've known each other a long time I would say. When I first met you, you were wearing a lot of pink and rhinestones and I had a lisp and bad hair, so we've obviously grown into way prettier people.
T: (laughing) yes, we've definitely grown.
K: How has your style evolved into what it is today?
T: I guess you could say I used to express myself...
K: That's one way of putting it...
T: I loved to be different and I was very crafty. I used to decorate everything myself.
K: There were a lot of rhinestones.
T: These days.....I guess I just try to be as handsome as possible (Laughing)
K: Well that's a good goal!
T: I try not to dress up in anything that I'm not and these days my body is in a lot better shape, so I dress a lot more body conscious. Where as before, I would try to hide things a lot. I love to dress up in a suit, but that's not very practical for every day. I also tend to wear a lot of dark neutrals, like blues, blacks, and greys.
K: Have you learned any tips or tricks a long the way for dressing for your body type?
T: Well it's kind of hard, because I'm short and wide. Everything has to be somewhat altered and a good tailor is key.
K: Is there anyone or thing that you look to for style inspiration? Besides me that is.
T: I mean if I could look like I walked out of a GQ photo shoot every day, that would be fierce.
K: How does fashion impact your work?
T: I get very inspired by editorials for my choreographic work. The look or ambiance of the picture can be a driving force creatively. I'm always searching for costumes references and pulling inspiration from everywhere, whether it be Instagram or Pinterest.
K: Now you single handedly brought back the mohawk in 2007...
T: (Laughing) 2006
K: Oh 2006, sorry. What was it like being a hair icon?
T: Well what's funny is right before I went on Season 2 of SYTYCD, I just started shaving the sides off and experimenting. I had lines shaved in and then lightening bolts. And my hair just kept getting longer and longer, and I just sort of ended up on the show with it. And it had this big reaction for some reason, so the hair and makeup team just kept running with it. It wasn't ever this huge style choice I made, it just sort of happened. So when I went on tour, it was really funny, because people would make wigs to copy my hair.
K: I want one of those...
T: It just sort of became this thing. Travis the boy who turns and has a mohawk. It became a signature thing.
K: Screw your dance moves, it's all about the mohawk. Will it ever come back?
K: okay...Now you've started a dance company called Shaping Sound with three of your male friends. Is there a reason why you don't believe in gender equality?
T: (Laughing) Again, it's just kind of how it happened. We all grew up together and we were all working together and then living together. So it was just kinda like...
K: Bros before Hoes
T: Yes, always, Bros before Hoes
K: That's very sad to hear, now let's turn onto my favorite subject, myself...
T: Okay (laughing)
K: Well as you know my blog is called The Hag. As we both know for good reason. The number of my straight friends fits on one hand. What is it about me that the gays are drawn to?
T: First of all, you make us laugh. Your stories are really funny and we love the gorgeous girl who can hang and take a joke and still serve us an outfit on a daily basis. You crack our faces and that's why we keep you around you bitch!
K: Keep me around?
T: I'm kidding!
K: More like you need me!
K: I know you fucking shit shows! Is there anything you have coming up you would like to share?
T: Shaping Sound is going to have short film available on iTunes this fall. It's a collaboration with Olafur Arnalds. I'm choreographing for SYTYCD this summer and then going out on tour with Shaping Sound this fall. You can check out ShapingSoundco.com for tour dates coming up. We're doing about 30-60 cities.
K: Awesome, well thanks Trav! It was great talking semi-professionally today! Love you!
T: Love you!