Jai O'Stevens

 What evokes freedom in you?

No commitments, no responsibilities, time to yourself with no expectation. I’ve just spent the last two months driving up and down the east coast, a couple of surfboards and a bag full of necessities. I’ve never felt freedom as I have the last two months. 
What is your interpretation of masculinity?
I believe it is a necessary trait in a man, a  kind of essence, the very thing that grounds him in himself. I also believe there are varying degrees of Masculinity, some men don’t particularly relate to theirs and other men, well, embrace it too much. It’s a fine line and something I think a lot of men struggle with. One thing I’ve learnt in my own Masculinity is that it thrives with a healthy dose of Femininity, not from a female as such but from myself. Both femininity and masculinity thrive with one another and to introduce equal parts in yourself is the perfect balance. 
What is your relationship with clothing and how does this effect the way you wear them?
I adore clothing, really fucking enjoy clothes and wearing them. I get great pleasure out of putting together an outfit, and living in it for a day, sometimes even two. In saying that though, I am very aware of how vicious the production cycle can be in producing most clothing on the market today. With that in mind I try to do my bit with not encouraging that vicious cycle. My wardrobe generally consists of durable clothing, made to last and better with age. A quality over quantity approach. There’s been a big shift in brand consciousness and certainly a better understanding of the production process. Consumers want transparency, there’s a demand for ethical production and the brands providing that are being rewarded. If I invest in a piece of clothing it will generally be with a brand who is doing the right thing. 
What’s a personal ritual for you?
Yoga in the morning and a swim in the ocean. I start most of my days like this. Time alone is also important to me.
How has your work helped you understand your own existence? 
In regards to the modelling work I suppose the best understanding of my own existence that has given me has come from the travelling involved. Being immersed in different cultures, foreign cities and existing within that has provided me with some deep insight into myself. You grow up fast when you move over seas at a young age, life lessons hit hard and fast but through the that struggle comes great clarity in yourself. You have to know yourself and be solid in that or you get caught up in the struggle. I spend a lot of time Mosaic tiling swimming pools, it’s a craft my father taught me and relates to me as work more than anything else I do. That’s taught me to really slow things down in my existence and to have a detailed eye for everything.  


How long has your craft played a part in your life?
I’m still not sure exactly what my craft is, I wish I did, I wish I had one task I could tune into and perfect. I admire that in the masters. The artists the musicians, poets and physicians. I think I will be constantly trying to perfect any craft I take on board for the rest of my life, and that excites me. That’s the beautiful thing, the process, the learning, the perfecting. I think life in a sense is the craft.