Hey guys & Gals, this is Lenard Sayazake & you are now tuned into the FREELOADER network. Here is an interview I did with FREELOADER Magazine.
FL: Lenard Sayazake,Great to have you! How are you?
LS: I’m doing great thank you for inviting me out, Super excited.
FL: No problem. You’ve garnered quite a bit of attention on the internet recently, what can you tell us about what you’re working on?
LS:So I don’t really know what to call it. I’m doing things that other people would get labeled as “Crazy” or “ridiculous” for doing but that’s who I am I suppose. years ago I’d started taking naked pictures of myself and covering my junk and posting it on instagram and facebook and such. It was funny to me. People liked it, people kept asking me why was I naked and I used to ask “Why aren’t you?”
FL: What really started the naked phase?
LS: A friend of mine told me one day after we finished ice skating,” yo take some naked pictures of yourself and put the skate over your beef” So I did and I found it HILARIOUS. So the wave of naked photos came. I was actually hoping more people would join, I got support but no joiners.
FL: As a visual artist where do you pull your ideas from? Where does Lenard Sayazake get inspiration from? I ask because I’d read another interview you did for your brand Ex-Military, which was brilliant by the way.
LS: Thank you, I was really in a delicate space when I did that interview. I was kind of mad, kind of happy, kind of sad but ultimately excited. I call myself a “Visual Artist” but really what I am is a creator. I am always creating things, whether its an assumption or a story or a piece. I get inspired from death and observing how others react to me, How i react to others, Spirituality and thinking of how I can bend the laws of nature. These things come to me.
FL: What goes on in your head? What are some of your most dominant thoughts?
LS: Love definitely. I think about love and making love frequently. Living life as an adventurer or a shapeshifter. I don’t wanna go off topic but I think about the bigger picture always. I tend to get ahead of myself sometimes while trying to stay present in the now. I’ve got like a buddhist mixtape playing in my head saying ” This moment, Lenard. This moment” So between thinking of Love,sex, my bright future and spirituality, that’s me.
FL: Wow, that seems kind of stressful no?
LS: It can be , if I let it.
FL: I understand & is there someone in your life currently who is receiving all this love on your mind?
LS: Hahaha, Not yet.
FL: Okay, So I want to get into the Ex-Military brand. As I said earlier, I saw the interview and I was blown away. You spoke so powerfully and Brilliantly about society and moving forward with your dreams. Can You speak on the progress Ex-Military has made and where you plan on going with it as a brand?
LS: Absolutely. Once again thank you for the kind words. I first came up with Ex-Military early on in my artistic journey, it was a way for me to separate myself from the social norms and make a big statement. It’s ironic because I’m not a fan of going to the military and being subjected to that kind of training though I do enjoy the jargon and the aesthetic of certain military groups. Playing games like call of duty and being a fan of the shinobi culture really spurred Ex-Military. In it’s essence, it’s separation from the expected. Where I plan on going with it; I’ve got clothes being made ,stickers, a few events being planned. I’m creating a new culture/community, one where you can be whatever it is you imagine. If you want walk around as a shinobi,tree,furry, whatever feel free. Who is to tell you you can’t be who you want and forward the planet?
FL: Has “Ex-military” stirred up any controversy around the actual vets who have gone out and fought?
LS: No not really. If it does, don’t take the title so literal. Nobody is faking the funk, I’m just saying I’m not of the”militaristic fall in line because I have to” society mindset.
FL: With everything that you’re doing, what is the message that you’re conveying here?
LS: You don’t have to be afraid. If you don’t think you’re any good then you won’t be, but we’ve all had to start somewhere. Each and everyone of us is uniquely different than the next and so we all have skills that can further us and our society. Living in fear of being different than what society has planned will keep you in your head screaming “What if!” We’ve been brought to the planet to achieve something and sure you can think “I’m only one person.””People don’t care about what I want” “I have no money” but if you continue to say this, that’s all that will happen and you’ll wonder why nothing ever happened. I know this because I’ve experienced this. Stop being so afraid of how you’ll be seen in the eyes of others and get out there and tear it up. We’ve only got this one life to live so why wouldn’t you want to go after things that make you happy? Go after what makes you happy and if you don’t know then go out and fail but don’t say You’re happy where you are when you retreat in private and beat yourself up because you’ve been lying to yourself.