• adidas + UO Gabriella Bechtel and Lucas Bin

    The future is now. For our new + exclusive adidas campaign, we teamed up with 19 up-and-coming creative minds that our shaping our cultural landscape. Scroll on to go behind the scenes of our Fall 2016 campaign and meet the creatives who are working to #createourfuture. 

    Gabi Bechtel and Lucas Bin are two young artists in love, who show us that some things are only possible when you work together. Together they tell us the story of how they met and how they continue to inspire each other every day. 
    Lead photo by Petra Collins

    Photo by Petra Collins

    Hi, Gabi! Would you tell us about Lucas?
    Gabi: Lucas. He’s an all around artist. He play the guitar very well, and he makes art, too. He’s building a robot right now, it’s really cool. He’s still in school, but it’s not his thing. He’s really into creating, I don’t know how many times I can say that, but it’s really true. He loves…

    Lucas: Dogs. 

    G: He loves dogs and he loves his friends. Not just hanging out with his friends, bu the has a really special relationship with his close friends. They’re like his second family. I’m happy that I got to meet him because they feel like my family too. He’s crazy, he’s kooky, and he’s fun. 

    When’s the robot going to be done? 
    L: The head is basically done. It’s like a sculpture. I’m having an art show in August, so I’m mixing a bunch of mediums. I’ve been building 3D art, but I’m also going to be doing doodles with different mediums, things like that. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

    That sounds awesome. Lucas, can you tell us a little bit about Gabi and what she does? 
    L: Yes. Gabi is a very nice, sweet girl. She’s very mysterious. Secret and mysterious. She loves to dance. That’s like her favorite thing to do. She’s very active. If there’s music on she’s just full throttle. She’s also very calm a lot of the time. She’s very happy. 

    When did you guys meet? 
    G: Almost seven months ago. 

    How did that go down? 
    L: Instagram. 

    G: He DM’d me. 

    It really does go down in the DM. 
    It really does. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

    You both create art and work on photo shoots and dance. What makes an image powerful? 
    G: I think personality is a big part of what makes a piece powerful. With dance, when you can see someone’s personality, of the performer, or of the piece. It’s always powerful. 

    L: To me, the point of art is to elicit emotion from people. It’s about achieving whatever that emotion is and making people really feel that. What makes an image even more powerful is if, more than just eliciting that emotion, it makes people act. If you feel something that is so powerful that it can change the way you are and make you work towards some sort of goal, whether it’s part of a movement or not, if it can make people work towards fixing an injustice, that's amazing.

    Photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz 

    Are there any pieces or artists that have helped shape who you are? That have had that sort of impact on you? 
    L: Basquiat is probably my favorite artist. His art is just raw emotion without any of the fillers. He shows it in the most basic way he can and that's so cool to me. You can tell he’s making it without anything superficial. Whether it’s words on the piece or if a figure is posed in a certain way within the piece to show what emotion they feel. That's why I think he's really important.

    G: I look up to an am inspired by the people that I’ve worked with. A lot of dancers that I’ve work with in high school, taking workshops. Even here, working with Petra Collins, who so many people look up to. 

    L: Petra started things too. Like what I was saying about people creating art that makes people act, she’s started a movement. 

    G: I’m even inspired just being around Lucas. He’s so determined to do so many things. There aren’t a lot of people who are like that, who wake up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do something and use my hands and create.” 

    Photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz 

    What’s something that you guys can achieve together that you couldn’t achieve separately? 
    G: I think we totally work off of each other. 

    L: Being around her all the time obviously influences and affects how I do things. Not in a bad way that changes who I am. But there are certain things that I might not feel as determined to do unless she’s with me. Whether that’s a boring night where I have to work on a piece, like the robot I’m working on, I had to put lights around the teeth for hours. Stuff like that. But if she’s there I can talk to her. It helps a lot. Her mood, and who she is, and what she likes influence who I am. 

    G: Yeah, exactly. I learn from you. One specific thing that I’ve really taken away just from being around you, is to not really care. I would go into things super nervous and over think what other people thought of me. Then I saw Lucas walk into a situation and he would be jumping off the walls and climbing things and talking to everybody and totally being himself. I’d never seen that before. I’d never seen anyone like that. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

    What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome? 
    L: I'm very sensitive sometimes and I don't know why. That's just how I am. I think I just have really intense emotions, so I've had to learn how to suppress those because in certain situations. Obviously people are not always going to be happy and nice. It's not how everybody is. Certain people are just naturally not cool. I've had to learn how to take stuff lightly and realize that just because one person feels one way doesn't mean that everybody does. If you're going to be making something different or something that isn't normal and you're trying to achieve something larger, certain people aren't going to like it. They're going to say, oh, since it's not normal, it's not good. It's about hearing what other people say and taking note of it if you want to, but not thinking that's the objective truth. 

    G: For me, it's just been like more of a physical kind of struggle. Even just growing up in Laguna Beach where everybody is blonde and goes to the beach everyday. Just being around people who I clearly don't look like and then going into an industry that I really love but does not accept me at all. Even in dance. I was not accepted in ballet of course because I have an ass and curves. It's such a common thing and it's the worst thing ever. That's been a really big struggle. 

    Photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz 

    Do you feel like you are helping to transcend boundaries through your work? 
    G: I hope so. I've gotten some feedback from girls who are just curious how I've done what I've done. Hopefully they see in some way that it's possible.

    If you could talk to every person in the world at once, what would you say? 
    L: Don’t listen to what other people think is important. Worry about what you think is important. Think about what they’re telling you, but don’t take it as truth.

    G: You can tell this to people a millions times, but it takes a very, very long time to set it. It’s really a personal journey. And the people you surround yourself with really do impact who you are, what you do. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

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