A former film student, Idil Tabanca moved to New York in 2010 and soon molded the then-fledgling Bullett magazine into a prominent galley of the freshest stuff coming out of the downtown scene, both in New York and in Los Angeles. The magazine’s appeal comes from Tabanca’s apparently intuitive balancing act between high and low culture, luxury and kitsch, celebrated stars and reclusive indie artists. And she pulls it off well.
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? Am I Even Supposed To Be Here?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? I’d really like to go back to Barcelona. There is a really weird surrealist movement there – I think it’s really interesting. When I went there last I loved it. There’s also a really cool underground art movement there. So many weird crazy people. It’s really cool. People are crazy there. Crazy shit happens.
WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT? A real life pillow and trashy magazines hidden under Newsweek.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE? I’m not really a party person—maybe I’d want to see the theatre scene. Probably Blair Waldorf!
WHAT ALBUM OR SONG WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR SOUNDTRACK TO NYC? Kendrick Lamar, and A$AP Rocky.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DAY TRIP FROM NYC? I really like Montauk. I also really like Westchester—it’s so great with all the castles. You feel like you’re in London, or Denmark, for a second. All those stone bridges!
WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR VINTAGE PIECES? Okay, there is this crazy jewelry flea market on 26th between 6th and 7th. In a crazy parking lot. I’m pretty sure half the stuff there is stolen. It’s open on the weekends. You can find amazing jewelry there for nothing. For vintage I like Resurrection and Second Chances. There are a lot of secrets in Brooklyn.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOT? Peels!