My first friend to have a blog started it 5 years ago. “Since July 16th 2004” can be read at the top, even before his playlist, his Twitters updates and other mini-applications available by Blogger. The other day I saw a blog that celebrated its 2.000.000 million visit. Anyway… everyone has its stage, and mine, 6 months of existence and 100 posts are reasons more than enough to be celebrated here. I say this because my life changed a bit. For anyone who spends the days sitting in an office with enough natural light to stop complaining about his life, that answers phone in a standardized way and acts in the way that best combines his own will and what the entity that rewards him expects, this blog represents a strong contrast. Approaching all these different people allows me to experience moments that all the social conventions from our life would hardly make it possible. And then, more than mine, The Lisbon Taylor… is me. That’s probably why I feel so personal about everything people write me: each critic, complement or simple warning touch me as if they talked about me, my hair, my integrity or lack of it.
It seems fair that I leave here a few acknowledgements. I should admit that it (still) is more fun for me to write for 1000 or 2000 people that for 100 or 200, to know that people liked my pictures and my writings and a number of parallel statements that, I believe, resume the feedback I get from comments, Facebook or e-mail. First of all, two fraternal thanks. The first one goes to Mário Fazendas, for his brilliant translations, that as you will see later have brought me great joys. Going through The Lisbon Taylor, the criteria is pretty simple. The translations that impress you the most are from Mário, and the ones that have at least half a dozen mistakes have been made by a consortium between me and Google Translator. To another good friend of mine, Rui Quinta, among other things, I thank him for the nicest business cards I have ever seen (capable of making Christian Bale in American Psycho sweat like hell), making it possible for the people I approach on the streets not to think of me as a disturbed guy kindly asking them to be a part of his blog.
I would also like to thank Time Out, TVI 24, SIC Mulher, This Is Our Thing, to Sancha Trindade and the coverage on Meia Hora and Time Out again (the hand that first feeds you is always the one you’ll never forget) for, in such distinct ways and through different resources, having shown a genuine interest and contributing for the revelation of the Taylor. Not forgetting all of those that were creating links and publishing posts about The Lisbon Taylor on their blogs. I would also like to thank Fashion Real Street Star and Shopping & Shopper for allowing me to find out that “global village” is not only a mere theoretical concept. I give special emphasis to the 3 monthly pages that Shopping & Shopper (a bilingual magazine, based in Beijing) plans to save for my work, in what was, up until now, the most striking proposition I’ve ever received. But more important, I’d like to thank to all of those that visit me regularly, especially those that are telling what they feel; and more than anything and anyone I’ve mentioned, to those that are pictured here, because without them… there wouldn’t be a Taylor.
All I have to do now is to dedicate a few words to the picture of the day. However, today exceptionally, this blog is more important than its guest. I can only say that, some day, the author of this all would have to be in the same place as were the ones he comes across with. The photo is from João Vieira.