Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photographed by Norman Seeff, 1969.
“We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet be free.”- Patti Smith
In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith details her intense relationship with
Robert Mapplethorpe in which they struggle to become artists in New York City. They lived together at the Hotel Chelsea – home to numerous writers, musicians, actors and artists. Patti supported Robert by working in bookstores, he soon flourished as a photographer and encouraged her to pursue visual art. As a writer, Patti eventually turned her poems into songwriting. For the cover of her debut album, Horses (1975), Patti used a portrait Robert took. Once Robert came out as a gay man their intimate relationship ended but they remained friends until his death from HIV/AIDS in 1989.
back in november my best friends and i snuck into an “exclusive” party at the soho grand hotel in new york city, met a bunch of cool industry people, drank rosé and got dosed with adderall by a very pretty artist, burned money and danced around the fire, stole a couple of bottles of wine, met a very sweet victoria’s secret model and later saw her fall and crack her head on the sidewalk (i have the photos, but i won’t post or tell you who out of respect), played the piano before we got kicked out, ran around chinatown, stuffed 8 people in a car and drove to crown heights to hang out at a big drug dealer’s house (another friends, of course), and talked about our dreams while we watched the sun rise as we went home. i slept for all of 30 minutes before i had to meet up and shoot for a clothing brand all day.
this is just one story from one of many, many nights. these nights happen so often that i forget that this isn’t something that happens to regular people. god, i’m so fucking lucky to have such amazing friends