Tuesday, April 24, 2012

brandie tan

Was commissioned by Real Living magazine to shoot the pad of ad agency creative director Brandie Tan. Luckily, he was able to squeeze us in his schedule right before he moved to Malaysia. :)

When we entered his unit, I was immediately drawn to his colorful bikes aptly named CMYK and RGB. They were custom-made by Ave Maldea, a local bicycle maker. Brandie's shelves contain a growing collection of Boba Fett toys. He is also an avid collector of Nike Air Max 90 sneakers --- he has 35 pairs! He also owns 2 cats, one was too shy to have his picture taken.

Photos as seen in the March 2012 issue of Real Living.
A Tibor Kalman vinyl Legal Paper paperweight

Brandie Tan
(Makati City, Philippines)

Occupation: Executive Creative Director at an advertising agency

Favorite toy as a child: G.I. Joe collection

Favorite toy now: Bobafett collection

Turn-ons: Things that look good. Ads that look good. And good looking people.

Turn-offs: Badly produced ads. Very cluttered ads - specially billboards on EDSA and print ads on magazines and newspapers.

What are 5 things that inspire you right now?
1. There's this twitter feed called Minimalist Living
2. This blog called jjjound.com
3. Getting to work with very talented creatives
4. Knowing that it's possible to do ads people will love and talk about
5. A blank sheet of paper

Who are your influences?
Tibor Kalman was a big influence on how I art direct and think. He called it Undesign.

Dave Ferrer, Manny del Rosario, and David Guerrero (original team at BBDO Guerrero) had a big influence on how I make ads.

Top 5 movies:
Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 (Pwede bang top 3 movies lang?)
Oh, two more... Back to the Future 1 and 2.

Top 5 books:
1. Generation X by Gouglas Coupland
2. Nuromancer by William Gibson
3. Hey Whipple Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan
4. Tibor (The book about Tibor Kalman's life and work)
5. Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo

Music you listen to: Air or whatever my friends give me a copy of and movie OSTs (at least naka-mix na)

5 Favorite websites:

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? Sleep. Ride around the city. Read. Catch up with friends. Run. Drink. Sleep.

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? I'd possibly be a waiter at a beach side cafe in the south of France. (Parang sagot sa "Who do you think you'd be in another life?")

If you can have any super power, what would it be? Teleporation. Bamph!

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? The biggest problem of the world right now is thinking about the problems of the world.

What do you think is the solution? Try not to think so much.

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? "The less you own, the more you own."
Ironic that is blog is about things. I read the quote after you took photos of my place.

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): If you're going to do anything, do it with style - An Autobot


  1. cute bikes! :) -therese

  2. amazing pair of shoes.if all are available to purchase then probably they might get sold out vary soonly

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