Tommie Sunshine, Daniela and I in a cab on our way to dinner catching up on things like Tommie’s new remix album, Daniela’s Marie Claire article and the virtue of photobooth pictures… Here’s an exerpt:
Bronques: So, what was Michael Jackson’s like?
T.S.: Scary!
Bronques: How so? What do you mean?
T.S.: Like he… The first 2 are somewhat docile and then as it goes on, the last one he is like screaming. And it’s very telling of who he is.
Bronques: Wow.
T.S.: Yeah, it’s great. Like, I mean, it’s, you know… You leave somebody by themselves in front of a camera with no photographer and their real “them” comes creeping out. You know?
(All laugh)
Bronques: Well, even WITH a photographer sometimes…
(All laugh)
T.S.: Oh well, for sure.


‘Boys Wanna Be Her’ (Brooklyn Fire Retouch TS REMIX), Peaches



ONE AFTERNOON WITH TOMMIE SUNSHINE AND DANIELA

Daniela: So yeah… they found me on Myspace. Now I’m in the “Top 20 Most Creative Italians on Myspace” article in Marie Claire Italy. This woman Stefana found me and she was like “Would you be interested in being in it?” and I said “Sure”. And they asked me questions about everything from what I do, to Tommie, to why I think Myspace is a good thing… why I don’t think it’s a good thing, if I’m addicted to it… all kinds of crazy questions. And then they asked me to send in pieces of my artwork. So…
Bronques: That’s great.
Daniela: It was pretty neat! I was flattered.
Bronques: (looking out the cab window) Do guys know where it is?
T.S.: Uh, Café Havana is in….uh…. what’s it called? Nolita. It’s on, uh…. It’s right next to the…. I’ll Google it. (Googles it on phone)
Cabbie: Ok, where we going?
Bronques: Nolita. But we’ll tell you an exact address in a second.
T.S.: Havana. N-N-A?
Daniela: N-A. That’s fine. Let me do it…
T.S.: Why can’t I get a normal search?
Daniela: Just hit the arrow! See, I told you I could do this faster.
T.S.: Wait, uh, I’m feelin lucky…
Daniela: No, no no no…
(Bronques laughs)
T.S.: Where’s the other button?
Daniela: Come here, let me do it…
T.S.: Why do you think you’d have a difference experience by using the same Google?
Daniela: Because, excuse me, I do it way quicker than you. You’re too distracted by all the buttons.
T.S.: Uh huh.
Daniela: And you only typed in Café Havana. You know what you’re gonna get? You’re gonna get like every Café Havana in….
T.S.: No, just the one in New York is what every one of these is.
Daniela: Are you sure?
T.S.: Yes.
Daniela: Ok.
T.S.: Is there another Café Havana?
Bronques: Yes.
(Daniela laughs)
T.S.: 17 Prince St.
Bronques: I’m so happy to be the one to bring you there for the first time! It’s sooo good…
Daniela: I went there one night when I wanted to go to this little French place on Orchard St. that I know… I go there all the time but it was so crowded and so we wound up going there instead and it was so good. Bronques: (looking at pictures on Tommie’s Blackberry) Oh awesome! Who took that?
T.S.: Oh, yeah… the photo booth pictures…
Daniela: From the other day…
Bronques: Great, great, great, great, great… I love them.
Daniela: We took like, how many? We took like 4 rolls of photo booth pictures.
Bronques: Can I get a… Can you hold this for me? I just wanna get a photo of it…
T.S.: Sure.
(T.S. and Daniela laugh)
T.S.: From the phone?
Bronques: Yes.
(Bronques takes pictures)
Bronques: Yeah.
(T.S. and Daniela laugh)
Bronques: Thank you.
T.S.: Yeah, that’s a good one.
Bronques: Yeah, I like it.
Daniela: We had fun in the photo booth (laughs)
T.S.: Well, it’s uh, I’ve always found that that’s a very successful way of capturing people’s essence.
Bronques: Yeah?
T.S.: But, I mean, that definitely wasn’t my idea…
(Bronques and Daniela laugh)
T.S.: That was Andy’s…
Daniela: We took ones together and then we each took one separately for ourselves…for each other.
T.S.: There’s a guy, Brett… Brent? Brent something… He directed Rush Hour. He directed a couple other, like, big Hollywood movies. And he has a book out that is nothing but photo booth pictures. He owns a photo booth in his house and he has all these stars come to his house so it’s pages and pages of Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Chris Rock and all these people in a photo booth. Heidi Klum… Just all 4 pictures and just them being… He just says, like, “go in there and be yourself.” And everybody’s real personality comes out over the course of 4 pictures. It’s awesome.
Bronques: Yeah…
T.S.: Like, some people pose in the exact same position for all 4 pictures and then some of them do all these crazy things. They get up in the camera; they’re doing crazy stuff with their hair… And like, it’s just so funny to see, when given the chance, how hammy everybody is… in a photo booth.
Daniela: Yeah, no one can see you.
T.S.: Right. You know what I mean, like, you can be as outrageous and crazy as you want.
Bronques: Yeah.
T.S.: But it’s a great book. It’s like um…
Bronques: What’s the guy’s name?
T.S.: Uh… You know I forget. I’ll have to look it up but I got the book at Barney’s. It’s like one of those coffee table books, you know like, it was around Christmas time and they had it sitting around.
Bronques: It’s a recent one?
T.S.: Ah, a couple years…
Bronques: Ok.
T.S.: But just, you know, crazy to see how all these people just took it.
Bronques: What was Michael Jackson’s like?
T.S.: Scary!
Bronques: How so? What do you mean?
T.S.: Like he… The first 2 are somewhat docile and then as it goes on, the last one he is like screaming. And it’s very telling of who he is.
Bronques: Wow.
T.S.: Yeah, it’s great. Like, I mean, it’s, you know… You leave somebody by themselves in front of a camera with no photographer and their real “them” comes creeping out. You know?
(All laugh)
Bronques: Well, even WITH a photographer sometimes…
(All laugh)
T.S.: Oh well, for sure.
Bronques: You know? (laughs)
T.S.: Yeah, it’s great. But, it’s just such an abstract concept, you know what I mean? Like, you throw somebody in a booth and pull the curtain and they’re by themselves. They’re totally alone. It’s uh….
Daniela: Well, we weren’t alone in the photo booth because there were cockroaches in the photo booth.
(All laugh)
Daniela: He freaked out and then jumped out. He’s like “there’s-roaches-in-booth!” (laughs)
T.S.: There’s nothing like a little bug to add a little flavor…
(All laugh)
T.S.: Yea, I don’t do well with cockroaches. After living in the south for 6 years, me and the winged creatures do not….
Daniela: They’re survivors.
T.S.: See, in the south, they fly. They call them palmetto bugs, for coping.
(All laugh)
T.S.: But they’re roaches and they fly and they are about that big (hand gestures).
Bronques: That’s disgusting.
T.S.: And I had a very Kafkaesque experience with one, one time, where I was home alone and I was sitting in my living room watching tv or something and I saw it crawl across the living room. I was like “Alright, it’s on!” So, I’m like rearranging furniture looking for this thing. I’m like “I am not going to rest until….” (notices a Sunshine Anderson poster outside) Oh. (to Daniela) I finally see the Anderson…
Daniela: See, I told you.
T.S.: I got really upset when I saw that and thought her name was Sunshine. I was like “Huuuuh (deep breath in)…”
Daniela: He was like “No fucking way” and I’m like “Honey, it’s Sunshine Anderson”
T.S.: “My album is about to come out and there’s a fucking R&B artist named Sunshine and I’m like ‘come on…’ ” Anyways, so…
Bronques: Your album is coming out?
T.S.: Yeah.
Bronques: It is?
T.S.: Yeah. March 20.
Bronques: Wow.
T.S.: Yeah. It’s on. I showed you the cover.
Bronques: No. I haven’t seen the cover, Tommie.
T.S.: Yeah. I showed it you.
Bronques: When?
T.S.: (to Daniela) Didn’t we at dinner?
Daniela: I don’t know.
Bronques: No.
(T.S. shows Bronques the cover)
Bronques: Oh shit!
T.S.: Those posters are going to be to your right.
(Daniela laughs)
T.S.: All over the city. They will be… See the Naked Brothers Band, those posters? 2 of them together will be these and they will be all over the city.
Bronques: (To Daniela) Can you hold this for me?
Daniela: Sure.
T.S.: Everywhere.
(Bronques gets camera out)
T.S.: You can’t take a picture of it, though. No one can see it yet.
Bronques: I won’t post it right away. It’s for later.
T.S.: Ok.