The Interrogator with Nicolo Bianchino

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Sometimes telling a whole story does not require that you fill in every blank. A half-circle and three thick lines can smartly communicate a sunset. A towel can be simply rendered as two rectangles, one straight and one askew. Two dots, a pair of eyes. A broken triangle, a nose. It’s what you call–in Nicolo Bianchino’s own words–a “reduced graphic illustration style,” and it’s one the designer/animator is exceedingly good at.

The Brooklyn-based creative’s work is in demand commercially (he’s made content for Google, IBM, Anthropologie, amongst many others), but his personal work (read: full autonomy) has also garnered praise within the creative community. In Giorgio, Bianchino’s illustrated video homage to Giorgio Moroder, the man largely responsible for the Italo disco and electronic movement, cleverly pulls audio from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album and marries it with his own vision. The result is a delightful double dip–a creative’s narrative offered through the prism of another creative.

Below, the very cheeky and exceedingly affable Bianchino talks open waters, Fast and Furious quotes, and carbonated on-the-job perks.

Nicolo Bianchino studio

Place of residence:

Brooklyn, New York, the most important and relevant place in the world. You don’t need to hear about anywhere else when you live here; it’s saved me so much time.

Current occupation:

I do a number of things I like to divide with slashes, mostly design/illustration/animation.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a boat owner; I just need to get over my fear of the open ocean.

Quote to live by:

“It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning’s winning.” — Dominic Toretto, The Fast and Furious

First job you ever had:

My first job was stacking shelves at a supermarket. It definitely fueled my need to arrange things neatly. I also got free soda, which, at the time, I thought was the best perk a job could ever offer!

Least favorite part of your day:

That part right after lunch where you realize you have to actually do all those things you set out to achieve.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Windows down I’m slamming some classic Steely Dan. Just in case my dad walks past, I want to make him proud at least once.

Three guilty pleasures:

Limp Bizkit, Smash Mouth, and Will Smith’s Big Willie Style.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Encino Man, but I would want an edit that’s just all of Pauly Shore’s dialogue.

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

All the “art” they make for Burning Man saying inspirational quotes. I want to take them out of circulation.

Nicolo Bianchino animator

Plane, train or automobile for a trip?

I think you get the most peanuts on planes, so I’m partial to flying. But the nostalgia of a road trip is still always alluring, crafting the perfect playlist, then hours later hating every song on that playlist and every person in that car.

What IS your favorite trip?

Vietnam is great! One second you’re certain you’ll die crossing the road, the next you’re eating the best (and cheapest) meal of your life.

Personal travel ethos:

When you travel you can be anything you want. Last time I was a doctor!

Drink of choice:

Frozen margarita. Just thinking about it is giving me the sweats.

Beach house or tree house:

Beach house or tree house full of sand. I’m a sand fan. Growing up in Australia has instilled both a love of the beach and an extreme fear of sharks.

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

There’s a bodega near my house that’s 24-hour and serves amazing deli sandwiches all night. I can’t remember anything about it or even where I ate it. But it was the best.

What is the best news you ever received?

When I heard that despite Paul Walker’s tragic death they were still going to move ahead with finishing Furious 7. It made me proud to be part of the animation and post-production world.

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Self-confidence. I managed to get where I am with practically none of this.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

I first got interested in graphic design through making fake copies of concert tickets. I recreated a ticket for this big music festival in Australia. I had a perforator tool and even made the foil stamp. It worked a treat and I had a great time that I vaguely remember. In an ironic twist of fate, I ended up designing the real tickets for the same event years later.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

I’m still looking for that wharf in Seinfeld where Jerry and George always make their big decisions.

Photos by Atisha Paulson for SIXTY Hotels

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.