One of our favorite return collaborators Gabriele Baldotto (aka GAB), has returned for our collaboration of the Wave Tee and Wave Sweatshirt.  GAB is an artist.  Its hard to call many people an "artist" these days, but GAB is indeed one in its truest form.  Read what he has to say on the matter, and hear more about his thoughts on the world below:


What does the first hour of your day look like?

At first everything looks blurry, then I slowly reach the coffee maker, play a morning record - (usually roots reggae) check on my plants before start planning my day. My brain really starts working once I am walking outside.

What makes an artist an artist?

I think it’s about having the ability to look at your inner instinct without any constraints and being able to represent it in some kind of form into something that others can understand. I like the idea that all art is grounded in a sense of belonging or place and it is a representation of who you are. I love the ability that kids have to approach it in complete freedom.

How is art affected by social media?

In many ways! Social media can be a way to show your work as it happens, to speak to an audience that otherwise would be hard to reach. I like its accessibility, the chance that everyone has to express themselves independently. At times, it can also be very distracting, you might find yourself worrying on how many likes or followers you get rather than actually enjoying what you are doing.

How do you answer the question “What do you do”?

In New York? It depends on who’s asking.

As a New Yorker, where do you go to get away?

It’s a constant exploration. Upstate, from Beacon to Woodstock. In Long Island, from the Rockaways to Montauk. There are so many beautiful places and activities you can do. The Caribbean is also so close, with all these beautiful islands and coastal towns. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited a few, such as Puerto Rico, Tulum, Cartagena, Cuba and Turks and Caicos - they all are very different. At least once a year I also try to visit my hometown in northern Italy as well as my other home, Bogotà.

Best place to get a late night bite in New York?

There are too many choices! I really like Aurora in Williamsburg for good Italian food but lately I’ve always ended up eating tacos “chorizo y papa” at Oaxaca in Bed Stuy. Can’t get enough of it.

If I gave you $500, what would you do with it?

Deposit it in the bank!

What’s next for you?

After 7 years in New York I’ve been considering the West Coast. It is so beautiful there. I love Big Sur and the idea of living by the ocean and the forest.

Check out the GAB X SALT SURF collaboration below, and purchase the TEE or SWEATSHIRT at these links!