One of the trailblazers in this world of print media is Mr Ryan Fitzibbon who's publication Hello Mr. has been making waves since it's launch last year. Only 4 issues in and he's already got an enviable readership, visible to all in the
Ryan Fitzgibbon, Publisher and Founder of Hello Mr.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Midland, Michigan. After school I moved to San Francisco but did quite a bit of traveling with my job at IDEO during the three years I was there, including a five-month stint in Singapore. In 2012, I moved to Australia and spent a year between Melbourne and Sydney. Now I’m living in Brooklyn, NY where I feel the most settled I’ve felt in a while.
What's your star sign? Leo. I’m told that makes me loyal and easy to love, but that I need to work on my ego. I’ll buy it.
Current album on repeat? LP1 by FKA twigs.
Describe yourself in 5 words? Contemplative. Not afraid to dream.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? First a painter, then a chef. Both were my creative outlets as a kid and I’m beginning to think I should start them up again…
As an editor you have creative control over a huge amount, how would you describe your actual job? Traffic control. Being an editor, publisher, sales rep and creative director means there a countless conversations flying through my inbox each day. In order to produce an issue or plan a party, the most important role I play is making sure that no one is waiting on me for an answer. Things always have to be stay in motion. Of course, that’s a very mechanic way of looking at the business. The best thing I get to do is connect people to opportunities and share their work with the world. In less than two years, I’ve worked with hundreds of talented individuals whom I hope see Hello Mr. as a platform for growing their audience and experimenting with work they’ve always wanted to create.
As you said, Brooklyn's your most recent home. How has the city changed your point of view? It’s both caused and enabled me to step up my game. At the same time, ironically, it’s encouraged me to narrow the focus of what’s possible to what’s essential to creating an identifiable and consistent brand. It may be time to start dreaming again, and given my moving history correlated with professional achievements, it’s hard to say if staying in one place can provide the creative motivation I need to grow.
What is the best thing about Brooklyn? The separation from Manhattan.
What's the most challenging thing about living in NYC? Dating.
When we met, we got chatting about the huge international draw of New York based solely on media attention. I know so many people who's dream is to move there without ever having visited. What do you think the biggest misconception about life in the Big Apple? New York is the city that you love but doesn’t love you back. Everyone here has to work really hard to stay here, so the “off-the-clock” opportunities you get to actually enjoy all it has to offer are far and few between. Then again, I could just be doing it wrong.
Favourite place in the city for:
A dance? Friends and Lovers in Prospect Heights.
A drink? Joseph Leonard in the West Village.
A coffee? Five Leaves in Greenpoint.
A walk? The Williamsburg Bridge.
See the full interview below.