COSMOPOLITAN, April 2017 - Daisy Clementine Smith Photographed by Zoey Grossman - Styled by James Demolet /
Piece Of My Heart ft. Walt Cassidy / Walt Cassidy Studio by Dusty St. Amand with music by Corey Ryan Matos /
Dusty St. Armand
Piece Of My Heart
ft. Walt Cassidy / Walt Cassidy Studio
Music by Corey Ryan Matos
Bella Thorne wearing In Honor Of The Coming Sun necklace on the cover of Seventeen Magazine's December/January 2015 Issue. Photography by Eric Ray Davidson. Styling by James Demolet.
Bella Thorne wearing The Seagull Necklace by Walt Cassidy Studio.
Walt Cassidy in his studio in Prospect Park
Wearing worn-out blue jeans and a white t-shirt, Walt Cassidy greets me at the door of his Prospect Park studio for our photo shoot. A hallway leads us to a living room filled with photographs by Kenneth Anger. His own artworks, including a large brass sculpture, hang across the room to the right. To the left stands a small meditation altar. The room is filled with the earthy scent of sage, the herb Cassidy uses to cleanse his apartment before daily meditations.
Standing at 6’3” and 220 lbs., Cassidy’s physique is impressive - arms covered with tattoos, bicep muscles bulging under his tee. With a closer look, his tattoos reveal to be not just ink on the skin, but rather like words in a diary - story-telling imagery intrinsically weaving together life and art in an expression of “chrysalis”, of evolution and transcendence. But unlike his toughness of flesh, Cassidy possesses a gentle disposition, and jokes that he feels like the "Rocky Balboa of the art world". He is streetwise and seasoned, as evident by his biography, but is thoughtful and soft-spoken as we engage in conversation about his latest projects.
Cassidy’s transformation as person and artist is extraordinary, as a simple Google search will show. During the ‘90s, he reigned as Waltpaper in New York City’s underground scene, an androgynous Club Kid who became known for complex style creations and over-the-top antics. Cassidy refers to the ‘90s as an exploratory period in his life, a time when self-expression was encouraged and creativity made it all possible. Although Cassidy is proud of that time in his life, he doesn’t dwell in the heyday of the Club Kids. Much like his art, he’s in constant evolution, transforming experiences into sought-after objects that communicate universal themes of violence, love, and healing.
In this Portrait Q+A, the artist talks about his Missouri upbringing, his life as Club Kid Waltpaper, and his recent collaboration with Derek Lam.
Jewelry by Walt Cassidy Studio for Derek Lam S/S 2016
New York Times - Derek Lam's Play On Texture