Danny Mota Chats to The Idle Man

We chat to designer and photographer Danny Mota 

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In the Best Of The Web we chat to some of the most artistic and stylish men and women from all over the world. We’ve chatted to designers, bloggers, models and more, gaining their tips on music, fashion, social media and style. This week we’re with designer, visual creative and photographer Danny Mota.

With his creative vision Danny Mota manages to warp the city of Chicago into a dream landscape, sometimes vibrant and colourful, taking aspects we’re all familiar with and changing them into something magical, and sometimes bringing out the fresh grittiness of the famous city with dark, muted imagery. His stunning photography has gained him over 66,000 followers on his Instagram alone, and he’s worked with various brands on their campaigns. We caught up with this talented creative to see what he’s been up to recently and hear his views on fashion, style and more.

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Can you tell us a little bit about what you do and when you got into it?

I am a creative from Chicago, the city where I was born and raised. I work at Havas Chicago, a worldwide ad agency, where I have been for the last two years. I also freelance as a creative, working with brands on campaigns, for which they ask me to do mostly photography and design work for.

Danny Mota Chicago

How’s 2015 been for you? Any major highlights?

2015 was a great year for me from a personal and professional viewpoint. I was able to create more than I ever have at my agency and on my own personal projects as well. A personal highlight for me was being able to shoot A$AP Rocky in studio. He was a gentlemen and being able to see his creative flow was dope, because you can tell how much music and making mean to him. 

What song have you got on repeat at the moment?

Chance The Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something”, older track by him but I always find myself listening to his album “Acid Rain”. I guess it is a Chicago thing.

What fashion advice do you have for a man?

Don’t try too hard, but try. Also, be confident in the threads you wear, anything looks better with confidence. Finally, the right kicks are essential. A white t-shirt and jeans outfit looks way better with a pair of Yeezy’s or a fresh pair Air Max 90 in a dope colourway.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Create more. I was a strategist in my former professional life, but I always felt like being a creative was my true calling. I should have listen to myself earlier, as I have only work in the creative field for the last five years. All good though, I will make up for lost time for sure.

What are your favourite streetwear shops?

My two favourites are my homies at Kith (in New York) and my homies at Notre (here, in Chicago) Both of them stock all pieces that I need in my attire, from John Elliot to every kick collab that I would ever want.

Danny Mota skyline reflection

Danny Mota kicks

Danny Mota road skyline

1 tip to grow your Instagram account

Create what you love and make sure you continuously get better at doing it. If you enjoy taking pictures of tiled floors then take photos of them, but you have to make sure your work progresses as you continue shoot/create. Don’t stay complacent with what you do, even if you get audience that enjoys what you do. Think long-term, create better and your audience will always stick around and grow.

What’s the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?

Uggs. No guy, not even Tom Brady, can pull them off and look fresh. Plus, there are so many dope sneakers!

Any major plans for 2016?

Create more, learn more, and travel more. I honestly just want to continue to get to do more work on projects/campaigns with brands that allow me to push mine and their creative boundaries, because I know the ideas that sound crazy are the ones that will not only be the most exciting to create but the ones that will eventually produce my best work.

My biggest inspiration as a creative will always be Salvador Dali and I always get reminded by his quote, “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” I want to make work that fucks with people visually and honestly.

Danny Mota train tube

Danny Mota escalators

What is your one guilty pleasure?

There is this restaurant in Chicago called, “Fat Rice” and they serve Macau flavoured food that has flavours that I honestly can’t describe. It is is must go to, if you visit Chicago.

Who’s the most stylish man on the planet for you right now?

I would say A$AP Rocky. I think his style and entire aesthetic are on point. He is obviously super talented and confident which makes any attire look better, but he also cares about his style. Checkout his Instagram, because it is one my favourites for sure. 

A$AP Rocky leather jacket
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