NICKNAME NATION

2018 / Video, banner, found phone / Designed, made and produced by Tenaya / ONGOING

Following a hunch that the bestowing of lifelong nicknames is a dying art, and trying to track them down before they all fade away.

My Uncle Matey is one of those rare individuals who has managed to pull off a permanent nickname for most of his life. My dad calls him Matey when he's mad at him. Girlfriends call him Matey when they're gazing into his eyes. Sometimes people give themselves nicknames, or ‘monikers’, but they are mostly bestowed upon us like unofficial knighthoods, stage names for the daily grind. 

 

 
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