Where I Find My Inspiration

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Where I Find My Inspiration

Photography by Mikko Puttonen

What I’m Wearing

Oversized Bomber Jacket – Byther (click here)

Hoodie -Byther (click here)

Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans – ASOS* (click here)

Hi Top Sneakers – Artselab* (similar here)

One of the questions I get asked the most is ‘Where do you find your inspiration?’. Honestly it’s one of the most difficult questions to answer in a short amount of time because I get inspired by a lot of things in different ways, so I thought I would write it all down in one place and hopefully it will give you some inspiration too. The images from this shoot go perfectly with this post because it contains all my favourite things that really inspire me, clean architecture, harsh shadows, oversized streetwear and it was shot by a good friend of mine (Mikko) here in London.

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Friends

My number 1 go to answer when I get asked where I find my inspiration is my friends. The people around me, friends and fellow bloggers that I’ve met or still have yet to meet continuously inspire me. They show me that I can wear pieces in different ways or that certain colours look good together. I think it’s just exactly the same way that you might follow me on Instagram or read my blog, I do the same with other bloggers, I read their blogs and I watch their videos. However not only do my friends inspire my style, they also inspire my work ethic. I mentioned this in a previous post ‘7 ways to reach your goals’ (here) that surrounding yourself with like-minded people is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. My friends inspire me to push myself, dress better and constantly improve my work. I’ve listed a few of my friends/favourite bloggers Instagram accounts, it may be that they inspire me style-wise or by their work ethic and attitudes but each and every one of them inspires me in different ways.

  • Mikko Puttonen (here)
  • Olivia Emily (here)
  • Feralcreature (here)
  • QMike (here)
  • Lydia Elise Millen (here)
  • Ali Gordon (here)
  • Sarahhashcroft (here)
  • Blvckmvnivc (here)
  • Jameswlsh (here)
  • James Marriott (here)

Inspiration

Place

Locations inspire me an awful lot, if you read my blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you’ll definitely have picked up on the fact that locations and places are really important to me. I know that I don’t dress like every other guy and that my style is a little more niche. It’s sort of because I’m lost in my own little world, now I don’t want this to sound really cheesy or scary but when I look for places to shoot my outfits I imagine this post-apocalyptic world where only concrete and futuristic building exist. I’m really inspired by brutalist and modern architecture. Structures and shapes really appeal to me, I have no idea why I like them so much but I like to think that this also translates into my style. If you want to learn more about Brutalist architecture then just go on to google images and you’ll see what I mean.

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Picture

Being inspired my my friends and architecture all comes in the form of photography and imagery is the core of my inspiration I guess. I started obsessively using the internet when I was around 14/15 which at the time seemed like quite an unhealthy obsession – I like to think that now I’ve harnessed that obsession and use it in a much more productive way than just playing online games aha. I would stay up all night researching, when I eventually found fashion blogs and tumblr I developed an interest in fashion. Me and a couple of my friends would get together and do ‘shoots’ for either college projects or even just because we were bored and I think that kind of naive creativity is really inspiring. I think one of the best developments in all of this, photography wise was Instagram. I had my blog for years but would stick to webcam photos because I was too shy to ask my friends to take pictures of my outfits and I also didn’t even have a camera. However Instagram showed me that I could take pictures of my outfit, of my food of buildings that I liked and share them with everyone and it was ok to do that. It’s also fed my researching hunger and allows me to do it at 10x the speed, I’m constantly on my explore page looking for new styles, brands and bloggers. So I’ve listed a couple of my favourite Instagram pages below that aren’t necessarily about fashion but inspire me in different ways.

  • thismintymoment (here)
  • connorfranta (here)
  • stylesavage (here)
  • ihavethisthingwithfloors (here)
  • mocsow (here)

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Sound

I really don’t understand when people don’t listen to music that much. Music is the key to everything, different artists inspire me so much. I do listen to a lot of ‘pop’ music but even that inspires me too. Music sets the mood, photography and fashion can do this too but music for me is where everything starts. When it’s all pulled together, lets say in a music video, that’s where I find the most inspiration. When I was younger I used to just sit and watch music channels on TV, in fact binge watching music videos on YouTube is still one of my favourite things to do. My music taste changes constantly as does everyones, right? I’ve had phases, emo, screamo, pop, house etc but I’m currently listening to the likes of Mura Masa, Terror Jr, Drake, Tourist, Gorgon City and Dua Lipa. I think back in the day you knew what music someone listened to just from the way that they dressed but I don’t think that’s relevant anymore, everything has kind of fused together and I think that’s awesome.

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Fashion

So the main source of my fashion inspiration, aside from my friends, architecture, photography, music etc is designers. There are hundreds of thousands of Designers and brands constantly creating new and exciting collections and it may seem like a lot to take in but you can pinpoint your circle of research – once you know your personal style, especially using things like Instagram and Pinterest you can surf a hashtag and discover new brands that are producing what you like and find others through that. Saying that nothing has hugely inspired me for a very long time, hype is so short-lived these days, possibly because of things like Instagram and pinterest but one thing that has inspired me greatly is Seoul Fashion Week. Guys in Seoul have these incredible silhouettes with really clean outfits from designers you’ve never heard of and that to me is something to get my teeth into, I’ve been to Seoul before, a long time ago now – infact I did a lot of blog posts about my travels there (here). It was full of inspiration and i think the fashion scene there is really new an exciting, especially for guys. All that being said I’ve listed a couple of my most recent favourite designers/brands Instagram accounts below so you too can get some inspiration.

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I could probably go on forever about my inspirations but I feel like that’s just the right amount of information for an insight into how I get inspired. I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, maybe we have some of the same inspirations? or maybe I’ve showed you some new sources of inspo? I love hearing from you in the comments section and always reply as soon as I can so if you want to talk to me just leave a comment below it would be great appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this article.

31 Comments

  1. 13/05/2016 / 22:43

    I absolutely loved this read, thank you for sharing! I think you’ve highlighted so many things that I also loon towards for inspiration; it’s like you have an idea of the message you want to get across with your outfit or your photos and everything has to translate that idea so it comes across as clearly as possible. Great bedtime read; loved it. xx

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:10

      Thank you so much Fahmida! for your continued support and your enthusiasm for my writing! it really means a lot! xx

  2. 14/05/2016 / 00:26

    Meowtastic, very nice! The young kitten has become a cat!

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:10

      Haha thanks!

  3. James
    14/05/2016 / 00:48

    This was the perfect read before bed Joel. Great content and glad i’m now subscribed to your blog!

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:10

      Thanks so much James :)! Hope you’re good!

  4. Santiago Triquell H.
    14/05/2016 / 05:51

    I recently discovered your blog, like a week ago and I love it, I’ve been reading your posts and they are amazing! I always buy things thinking about if the other people will like them and I was wrong, the most important part of buying something is if I feel confortable in it and if I want it I shouldn’t care about what people might think. Reading your posts has given me the confidence I didn’t had before so thanks a lot!! I’m from Costa Rica you should come here one day and vacation!

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:11

      Oh wow! thank you so so much! yeah definitely it’s your own opinion that counts! 🙂 I will let you know if I ever come to Costa Rica!!

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:11

      Thank you so much it really means a lot to me! 🙂

  5. 14/05/2016 / 19:09

    I also get inspired from what you have mentioned, but I would add people you find in the street. Sometimes, you can find really inspiring people (it may be hard tbh) that can surprise you a lot. I really liked the post, and I am glad you mentioned Seoul Fashion Week. I had never heard of it and, after having a look at it on Google, I am impressed. As you like Brutalist architecture, I would recommend you the Barcelona Pavilion (if you ever come). I think it is cool, and you may like its “style” haha Hope you had a nice birthday!

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.wordpress.com

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 08:12

      Hey Zoel! 🙂 yeah definitely street style!! Seoul Fashion week has the best streetstyle too!! and oh wow I just googled the Barcelona Pavillion and it looks amazing!! I would definitely like to visit there and thank you for the birthday wishes 🙂

  6. Eyman Asyraf
    14/05/2016 / 19:36

    I’ve always adore the way you dress yourself and how you manage to stick with your personal style. I love reading your blog especially when you give inspirational advices and whatnot. That bomber jacket looks dope on you 🙂

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 09:12

      Thanks so much man! Really appreciate your support and comment 🙂

  7. 15/05/2016 / 15:51

    Hey Joel! I’ve been following you on instagram for a while and am just now started to get into reading your blog regularly – specifically loved the article about ‘style confidence’ which I can totally relate too. Funny side note – I think you actually might have liked the architecture of my college (SUNY Purchase) in NY, most people I went to school with hated it but I thought it was pretty cool:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=brutalist+architecture&espv=2&biw=1143&bih=666&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3yIuNqdzMAhUBYT4KHd53DrgQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=purchase+college+architecture&imgrc=QbqvlFzd0I9jfM%3A

    I don’t know if I linked that correctly? Anyway keep up the great work!

    • Gallucks
      23/05/2016 / 09:04

      Hey Brian! Thanks for following me on IG and for reading my blog!! 🙂 ah your college looked awesome!! I definitely would’ve taken loads of pictures of the building aha – thanks for your comment! 🙂

  8. 15/05/2016 / 20:34

    I have to say since the beginning of the year, my inspirations have definitely changed when it comes to style and blogging too and you’ve been one of my major influences as everything is so effortless and effective which is a real change from what I was doing!

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 11:55

      Hey Jay 🙂 or should I say IyaaJay haha! thank you for your comment and support it means a lot !

  9. 16/05/2016 / 01:47

    Hey Joel! I already commented but think I messed up somehow, so apologize if this is a double-post. Anyway just wanted to say I’ve followed you on Instagram for a while but am just now starting to read these blog posts and am loving them. Especially love the piece on ‘style confidence’ – which I completely related to.

    Your architecture inspiration reminds me a lot of my ‘alma matter’ campus – SUNY Purchase College. Almost everyone there hated the architecture but I liked it , and think you might too:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=purchase+college+architecture&espv=2&biw=1143&bih=678&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiq2KGar93MAhWj7IMKHRs2Aq4Q_AUIBigB&dpr=1

    Anyway keep up the good work! – Brian

  10. 16/05/2016 / 07:13

    Love this post. I’m now reading so much about brutalist architecture. It’s actually so interesting! I live in Korea and there’s so much inspiration everywhere. It’s such a trendy country, but I do find it super difficult to find clothes that fit me as I’m quite tall! How did you find it?

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 11:56

      Hey James ! thank you! Yes Brutalist architecture is awesome and you live in Korea?! Whereabouts? That’s awesome! I went to Seoul a couple of years ago and tbh I bought a lot of clothes that I didn’t need, how tall are you? I’m 6ft 1 and the clothing fit me ok but some sleeves were quite short!

      • 18/05/2016 / 06:20

        Hey, yeah I was kinda always interested in architecture but in a super lazy way and could never define what I actually liked. lolz, so thnx. ha. yeah i’m 6ft 3 which isn’t that much taller than you. Like jeans and stuff is fine. But when I go to local Korean shops everything is always way too tight or short for my liking which is super disappointing cos this place is so good for clothes.

        • Gallucks
          23/05/2016 / 09:07

          I’ve noticed that some korean stores online do larger sizes too now so maybe you just need to find the right store that has that ‘larger’ size! I know it’s difficult because everything is 1 size, maybe shop online? Stores like Byther and fabrxiquare usually do oversized pieces anyway 🙂 good luck and let me know how it goes!

  11. Eulices peñuelas
    16/05/2016 / 12:33

    Creo que cualquier cosa es una fuente de inspiración, sólo hay que aprender a apreciar lo que nos rodea . Disfrutar de nuestro maravilloso entorno, dejar que fulla tu creatividad defender y siempre confiar en nuestro estilo que es único .

    • Gallucks
      17/05/2016 / 11:57

      I completely agree with you Eulices! everything is an inspiration! 🙂

      Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con usted Eulices ! todo es una inspiración !

    • Gallucks
      18/05/2016 / 16:35

      Thanks Natasha! So lovely to meet you at the Dell event! 🙂

  12. stephany
    19/05/2016 / 22:59

    WOW! Where do I start?! Reading this post was so much fun! I am only starting to explore a different style, and I really find so much inspiration in what you wear. Reading about what inspires you was so interesting because I think that I completely understand you. I never thought that buildings were something that would end up inspiring me, but I was wrong, and I am so happy you feel the same way. I am currently starting to look into a minimalistic style, and it is so cool to be able to turn to people like you for inspiration. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Gallucks
      23/05/2016 / 09:04

      Hey Stephany! I’m so glad you find what I wear inspiring! 🙂 thank you so much for your comment!

  13. Franz Raum
    22/05/2016 / 13:49

    HeyJoel ,
    thank you so much for sharing this. I’m following you on instagram and I’m always finding inspiration in your style and work. I enjoyed reading this article and I now have more sources for inspiration. I like the aesthetics and the minimalistic style and I guess I’m gonna do some researches on brutalist architecture. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Gallucks
      23/05/2016 / 09:05

      Hey Franz! Thanks for following me on IG ! yessss do look at brutalist architecture – it’s amazing! Glad you like what I do 🙂 thank you for your comment!

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