Chris Brown Gets Suited and Booted for Prestige Magazine
Chris Brown is looking very dapper on the front cover of Prestige magazine, a fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Hong Kong. This is the singer’s first real interview since announcing earlier this year that he would not talk to the media.
The article is your standard Q&A interview and there wasn’t any talk about Brown’s current love triangle between Karrueche Tran and Rihanna. There’s also a fashion spread with Brown dressed to the nines in outfits tailored for the winter season.
In the interview, the ‘Till I Die’ singer discusses his career, charity work, fashion line and his future plans outside of music.
Brown discusses his newfound love of video directing and what inspires him to create interesting visuals. “Whenever you’re sleeping, you have that dream or that nightmare and that’s your video. That’s how I kind of interpret it,” he says. “Or whatever I see when I hear the music, whatever vision I see, I put it right onto paper and put it out on the video. Like the video for ‘Don’t Judge Me’ — it was me going into a spaceship. Not to be arrogant when I say it, but I want to be the Steven Spielberg of music videos, to be innovative and young, not to put a bar on it just because of budgetary issues or certain capabilities.”
Brown also revealed that his secret hobby is painting, which also helps him express his creativity. “I’ve been painting secretly since I was a kid,” he says. “A lot of people didn’t know that it was my hobby. I focused on doing the bad stuff at first with graffiti and vandalizing as a kid. But as you get older, you start studying art books and sketchbooks in the libraries. I started getting better, like maybe three or four years ago. I met Ron English and Kid Zoom [Ian Strange] and they were just teaching me different techniques for painting. I don’t think I want to conquer painting. It’s just something I love to do.”
He also talked about his lifestyle website Mechanical Dummy and clothing line Black Pyramid. “Mechanicaldummy” meaning “brain washing,” like when we watch TV. The site is my way of brainwashing my viewers,” he says. “You can see whatever you want, from fashion to art houses to lifestyle, culture and music, everything in my everyday life. And my clothing line, Black Pyramid. The brainwashing is my choice. But it’s brainwashing in a good way. Not to facilitate anything negative with hate or racism or anything. All fashion-forward lifestyle.”
With Brown engaging in a myriad of mediums including art, music and fashion, the multi-tasker hopes to inspire his fans to pursue their own dreams. “As a 23-year-old young entertainer, I want the world to see my art and hopefully be inspired by it, promote positivity with what I do now — with painting, with fashion, with directing, with creativity as far as videos and cinema,” he says. “I want to have people admire that and hopefully have people follow in my footsteps.”
Watch the Chris Brown ‘Don’t Judge Me’ Video