Kris Kidd’s “About Me” is simple. It reads: Teenage Train Wreck. At just 20-years-old, the controversial model and writer has made a name for himself with his quick, self-deprecating wit and his dark, deadpan humor. His work dissects everything: his life, his family, his parties, his drugs, and his eating disorder as well as the Y generation as a whole. His latest book, “I Can’t Feel My Face,” which is presented by The Altar Collective and available at createspace, is a small collection of essays and personal narratives. Though autobiographical, it often reads as a satire on Los Angeles and its relationship with pop culture. The book was also picked up by Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc at the end of January and is currently being sold in both Bookmarc New York and Bookmarc Los Angeles.
We asked Kris why he wrote ”I Can’t Feel My Face”: “You know, my generation has been a topic of discussion for a long time. We’re the millennials, we’re generation Y, we’re generation WHY ME? We’re lazy, we’re entitled, and we’re self-obsessed. The discussion about my generation and all of our negative attributes has never upset me nearly as much as the people who are discussing it has. I feel like it’s always someone too old— someone too incredibly detached— to paint the picture clearly. When I was approached to do “I Can’t Feel My Face,” I thought it was a great opportunity to go through my older essays and use them to discuss the idea of the millennial-gone-wrong in the first person. I am, and always have been, a parent’s worst nightmare. These essays gave me the ability to counter all of the “millennial pieces” written by out-of-touch shrinks and
assorted senior-citizens over the past decade, not by disagreeing with them, but by giving a backstory to the hollow image they’ve been portraying for years.”
Photography by Ari Abramczyk