So we spent last night with a few iconic staples in New York Nightlife. We kicked off our night with an informal meeting with our favorite punk-rock-king-of -the-club-kids turned hairstylist/entrepreneur, Astro. For those of you who don’t know the extent of Astro’s involvement in the early ages of punk rock and club kid culture we will get you up to speed.
After breaking free as a runaway on the West Coast Astro found his way to the city that never sleeps and gave it a run for it’s money. As many of you know Michael Alig and James st. James made a huge statement in NYC in the early 80’s – 90’s. What most people don’t know is Astro was a huge part in making that happen. With his wild looks and even wilder attitude there was no way to ignore his influence on punk rock culture in the United states, but why would you want to?
In the early days of Limelight which most know as the future site of IHOP Astro spun his web and made himself a real life fantasy. One can only imagine what all of his experiences coming up in this city were. He’s seen everything, met everyone, and gave them a drink ticket, but talking to him about his up and coming projects you would never be able to tell.
To say he is grounded is an understatement. Astro embodies everything this city is lacking; an understanding and respect for creatives both young and old. To understand the brevity of this you would have to know that he has inspired some of the biggest movements and artists including the current flavor of the week, Lady Gaga. All of this aside he wishes everyone well,
“I don’t see the point in being a c*#t. There is no benefit from it. I hold nothing against people being inspired by me, and doing well. I am genuinely happy for other people’s success and wish them well.”
We are not at all surprised of these affirmations, and remember meeting Astro when we first started out in this city almost 6 years ago. He dubbed me David Kouture, and that set in motion the development of branding Kouturtion.com.
We are pleased to say team Kouturtion is collaborating with this mastermind of reinvention. Astro is doing something that I suggest everyone who has become a creative staple in this city should do, market themselves. Find a niche and take it for all it is worth. Astro is a rarity in this city and if he left the city it would be like losing the Chrysler building. This city is being crushed by the bottle culture and influx of new kids with more interest in makeup than personality.
It is a give and take relationship and as far as Astro is concerned he has been very giving. It is time to get something in return. We are very excited to work on the new the brand that is Astro and trust me kiddies you are going to want to follow his up and coming projects. Stay tuned for a more in depth look into the mind of Astro Erle.