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Brooklyn Bombshells launched in 2018 as a blog series featuring women movers & shakers, influencers, and makers & doers in our neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The blogs are an inside look at the everyday woman in our own neighborhood, her passion projects, and her inspirations on life, fashion, and travel.
Read on about our feature Bombshell: Ping Hatta, a talented illustrator, maker, and all around creative soul who's designed for the likes of Diptyque, Saks Fifth Ave, and Vogue.
What is your passion project? Why did you start it?
My passion has always been life-long learning and art. I’m into a lot of things: singing, dancing, designing, printmaking, drawing, and coffee brewing. I was a lingerie designer, and occasionally singer/voice-over artist back in my home city, Bangkok, Thailand. It wasn’t until recently that I shifted my focus to an illustration career, not only because I love to doodle people, but because this job also frees me from the 9-5 world and lets me travel more and move at my own speed.
What has been the most challenging and most rewarding part of building your project?
The most challenging part of freelancing illustration while managing my own paper goods shop is the ability to “think big” (e.g., having a vision of where I want to be, set up goals, strategies, and keys to measure my success) and “think small” (e.g., managing my work routine, setting up marketing campaigns, and cost-efficient art supply shopping) at the same time. It’s overwhelming. Sometimes I wish there are more hours in a day!
The most rewarding part is that moment when the passion, heart, and soul I put into my work pays off. People say to me that happiness is in the process, but to me, my biggest joy has always come from achievements.
What brought you to Brooklyn? How long have you lived here? What Brooklyn neighborhood do you live in?
I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. I have always been a “City Girl” but moving to a mega city like New York at the age of 18 was still a life changing experience for me. I lived with my best friend between Fort Greene and Clinton Hill when I was a Fashion Design undergraduate at Pratt Institute. Our little apartment was right next to a noisy playground and opposite of a strange, old house. There was always a man in front of the house's brown porch with a huge stereo (as big as him) blasting reggae songs in the middle of the day all year long! Just imagine walking by the area during gloomy February and hearing Bob Marley! We were there for a couple of years before we both graduated and I moved to Queens. I missed her and our fun times in Brooklyn. Those years were all about the crazy landlord, late night sewing, pulling an all-nighter in the studio, Garment Center, Mood Fabrics and my undying love for Go Go Curry!
Describe your style in 3 words?
Red lip. Cat Eyeliner. All-black everything.
What is the one fashion accessory you cannot live without?
Confidence. Does that count?
We love to travel and hope you do too. Where was your last trip and where is your next one?
As much as I love New York City, living alone in cold weather makes me feel down from time to time. To escape the cold, my boyfriend and I visited Miami last November. We walked around Design District, checked out Miami Beach’s Art Deco buildings and Wynwood Walls. Also, spending a day at Crandon Beach at Key Biscayne was a perfect recharge for me. I regret that I haven’t traveled as much as I would love to this year, but I would love to go on a road trip around the U.S. before another road trip to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore!
If you didn’t live in Brooklyn, where would you want to live?
Hua Hin, Thailand. It’s a small town with some quiet beaches, friendly locals, cute specialty coffee shops, amazing (and cheap) seafood, and a growing art scene. To me, Hua Hin is the perfect balance between nature and city life, minus crazy traffic and tourists. Plus, it’s only a two hour drive from Bangkok. It would be great to swim in the morning, get some tan and paint in the sun, cool off with some cold brew coffee in the afternoon, seafood and night market in the evening, and end your day with a good book by the beach.