“Life itself feels no need to compromise” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Justin Broadbent by ©Camila Gargantini

I was so excited when Justin accepted to be part of the project. I was quietly hysterical, the day I met him and he mentioned he was thinking about collaborating on the portrait and maybe drawing on it.

Justin is a very chill, calm guy and super easy to be around. Our session was a combination of funny poses with random jumps and arm flailing. But this shot is one of my favourites. I felt the need to include his fashion style (read red Converse) along with his board and his other persona, Gary. Shot at his studio in  Toronto.

Drawings done by Justin Broadbent himself. A pretty awesome Toronto artist with some pretty darn cool stuff under his belt. Check out his work here

By © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Justin

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. When I turned 30, my wife and best friend, kid-napped me to Chile! I was literally carried out of the bar, blindfolded and put in a cab. I went through customs drunk and when I woke up I was in the sun.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I turned 26 I had 4 friends puke at my house. 2 of them in my bed. So that.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. When I was a kid, I obviously ONLY wanted a Nintendo. My aunt (bless her environmental soul), got me a weather kit. You could check the temperature, determine cloud patterns and wind direction. :I

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. Hamburgers and only hamburgers.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. I like that it is an activity that requires you to live in the moment. It is still a celebration from where you’ve come from, but mostly it represents the RIGHT now. You’re this old right now… now celebrate that!

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. We always sing happy birthday (obviously). But I come from a family of visual artists and scientists. Every year it is more and more shocking how bad we are at singing.