Phil Oh is not only the creator of a cool and extensively global street style website called Street Peeper , a Vogue contributor and foodie journal Snappetite‘s creator , he is also an amazingly funny person who is always great company . Famously a novelist, 12 time fired waiter and vendor of Beanie Babies before turning to blogging back in 2006, Phil has truly been every man on his journey to career success . Did I mention he is also really cute and completely and disarmingly humble ? I asked him a few questions.
Tanja Gacic: How did you come to be a street style photographer?
Phil Oh: I fell into it really. I thought it would be fun and a good excuse to talk to strangers on the street, maybe. I dunno, I actually can’t really remember the real story on how I started Street Peeper…
TG: Was it seen as a strange new job description when you began doing this? Was your mama scared ?
PO:Ha yeah, of course my mom was worried. Her Korean friends’ children were becoming like doctors and lawyers, and I was a “street-style blogger”? So embarrassing! Now though, I guess it’s OK.
TG: You are also passionate about food. What other things do you go crazy for?
PO: Basketball, Airline Miles, Bargain Hunting
TG: If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
PO: My mom tried to get me to take a job at the postal service, so I could get a government pension. Maybe that.
TG: What was the most influential movie of your youth and why?
PO: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I grew up in Chicago. My sister got a car, I got a computer.
TG: If you won a billion dollars in the lottery what would be the first 3 things you would do?
PO: Take care of my parents, buy a private island, become a recluse!
TG: What excites you?
PO: NBA Playoffs, Dinnertime, Well-Scripted Pornos
TG: Who is your female idol?
PO: I guess I don’t really have any female idols aside from my mom. She grew up during the Korean War and went from having everything to having nothing, then having a year of vague glamour in Saigon during the Vietnam war hanging out with diplomats, etc. She moved to the US to study library science and subsequently raise 2 kids. Every now and then she’ll break out an old piece she bought at Lane Crawford when she honeymooned in Hong Kong and wistfully say “oh i thought my life would be different when I came here”. It always made me a little sad to hear things like that. But now she’s retired so when I come home I take her to nice dinners, she feels more comfortable wearing nice clothes. Today she had on a St. John jacket with a vintage Hermes scarf I bought her in Tokyo. And for the opera, she’ll have a Markus Lupfer top that Susie Bubble gave her as a gift, along with a pair of super cute Miu Miu earrings and a Chanel 2.55 bag. She feels so chic again! I hope.
TG: What does the future hold for Street Peeper?
PO: I wish I knew!
TG: What do you love most about Australia?
PO: The Chinese food. The models. The sunshine.