What characteristic do you most like about yourself?
My capacity to be ridiculous—a talent I inherited from my father.
And what do you like least?
Too much of a perfectionist but I’m working on it.
What was the last book you read?
Leave the Office Earlier by Laura Stack.
Who would you most like to meet?
I’d like to meet my doppelganger to see what I’m really like.
What are you going to be when you grow up?
I have no plans to grow up. I don’t want to lose my childlike curiosity.
Who has most inspired you?
Khenchen Palden Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche, my mother, and Camilla Dahl, who persuaded me to go to Berlin.
Who is your favorite artist?
Art—Avedon. Music—John Lennon. Lennon was so honest, and he loved fearlessly.
What are you most proud of?
I’m getting kinder. I’ve worked really hard at it.
I returned from Berlin with a new appreciation for all that I have here. More than I deserve.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The moments where I am too sure or unsure.
Are you happy with where you’re heading?
I like what I’m trying to do but can’t see any more of the movie than where I am today.
What’s your mantra?
At the end of the day, it’s about how kind you were.
What’s it like being you these days?
It depends on the day, but I am trending up. I’m happier, more creative, and I’m having more fun.
What talent would you most like to have?
Prioritization—wait, I’ll get back to you.
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your greatest regret?
I wish I’d used my time better. And I’d have said yes twice as much.
You have five minutes left to live; what are you going to do?
Pray and do my best to relax.
Hunter Armistead is a local fine art and commercial
photographer. Formerly Mel of college band Mel and the Party
Hats, he has recently returned from a year in Berlin, where he
created two photographic series, one of which was a flip book
of one hundred people he photographed on the street in one
day. His work can be seen in the Arcade during the monthly Art
Crawl at his new space, the Immediate Art Gallery, where he
will also be doing performance art.