Peter Davis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of SCENE magazine, which he launched with the Observer Media Group.
A native New Yorker, Davis studied painting before penning columns for Paper – he wrote the social column for years as well as more than 20 cover stories. He says Gwen Stefani was his favorite. Davis also worked at the Daily Front Row and Avenuebefore founding SCENE. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, and the Daily Beast.
Meet Peter Davis
Expertise: Editor in Chief/Avenue, Editor at Large/Paper, Senior Editor/Vs.. Contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Daily Beast and others.
Location: New York City (Manhattan- born and bred)
Interests: Tokyo, Ice Blendeds, Surfing, street art (Banksy, Neckface, Space Invader), Gay rights, Supreme (the skateboard store), Martin Margiela, photojournalism, travel
Background: 1/2 English, 1/4 Scottish, 1/4 Italian
Why did you curate the Vicodin and Percocet pendants by Cast of Vices and what do you love about them? I love the subversive nature of everything that Cast of Vices produces and the mix of high (no pun intended) like fine semi-precious stones and low (cigarette butts, flies, prescription pills) culture. And the pieces are so beautifully made. I never take off my Xanax charm necklace.
Favorite meal: Cotton candy, most desserts.
Recent purchase: Supreme skinhead style flight jacket in ox blood, Stubbs & Wooton leopard espadrilles.
Hidden talent: Great dancer
Book/film recommendation: Biutiful - the best and least seen movie of 2010/11 and Javier Bardem is astounding. The film haunted me for days after.
Restaurant recommendation: Sasubene for omakase sushi (locations in New York and L.A) - just don't dare order anything so common as a spicy tuna roll.
If I had $20, I’d… : Give it to a homeless person.
Transformative travel experience: Big Sur - Going to Esalen (a hippie spa/retreat) and the Henry Miller Memorial Library was like being no where else in America and there are more creative cute people there than in all of California. I am going back in two weeks. I'll probably retire there and just write books.
Favorite neighborhood: Harajuku in Tokyo for shopping, photographing the street style kids and eating crepes with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and bananas at Angel Hearts.
Dream holiday: Anywhere there are great waves to surf.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: Homophobia.
I wish people cared more about: Gay Marriage.
Recent big aha!: People who were not brought up in New York are pushier and louder than native New Yorkers.
The world would be a better place if: There was no racism, homophobia, anti-semitism or bigotry - and thus no wars.