Curtis Kulig

Curtis Kulig is a New York based artist, photographer and illustrator, known for his "Love Me" campaign that can be found throughout the city on everything from lampposts and sidewalks to collaborations with big-name brands like DKNY, Vans, and Saturdays Surf. This North Dakota transplant enjoys daily headstands, aligning his chakras, and keeping up a healthy addiction to croissants.

What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Love Is All You Need”

What can’t you travel without and why?
My acupressure tool because it keeps chakras aligned. (Ohmmmm.) My passport and an Amex are musts too. 

What’s your favorite travel destination and why?
Anywhere with a beach, water, and sun. Bodrum in Turkey is amazing.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
John Joseph. He does tours of all the old punk spots in NYC, and he’s a living revolutionary and has the history to back it up.

What or who has inspired you recently, and why?
Yayoi Kusama, because she doesn’t just make paintings, she makes entire worlds.

What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
Jack’s Wife Freda & Maison O.

What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
I don’t drink very much, but I’m primarily addicted to croissants and get them at Ceci Cela or around the corner at Balthazar when they run out.

What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
The Box – it’s amazing if you’ve never been. People watching at Columbus Park in Chinatown.

What are some of your favorite NYC stores, and why?
The Colorhouse for developing 35mm film. The new Schott store on Elizabeth Street because it’s classic American leather and workwear that’s been made right for 100 years.

What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
Lou Reed. His passing is so sad, his legacy is larger than life, and his lyrics can swallow you whole.

What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
Wu Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M. I think it’s a mantra in this city.

When you think of NYC, what comes to mind?
Driving over the Williamsburg Bridge on the way home from LaGuardia or JFK you can see the whole city, and every time I think to myself that this is the greatest place in the world, and I know I’m home.