Today I'm meeting Jeghetto in Chapel Hill. Jeghetto is a master puppeteer and key collaborator with the likes of Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams and Alec Baldwin. According to Jeghetto, "Puppetry is a high art like composing a symphony in 3-D." See more of his work here and be sure to follow him @jeghetto.
Hello, It’s Ann. It’s great to see you Jeghetto. Can I interview your closet? Sure you can Ann.
The Pharell and Missy Elliot puppets as well as the backup dancer puppets in the “WTF” music video have an amazing stylist. Can you tell me more about how their clothes were designed/procured? The puppets in the Missy video were designed by Zack Buchman and his team at Furry Puppet Studios. He actually hired a fashion designer/seamstress to make authentic hip hop themed clothing for the puppets. All the outfits were hand sewn. The shoes were the most impressive part though. They had hand painted classic Nike sneakers like Air Jordan's and Air force Ones.
What is your dream puppetry commission? My dream was to be in a music video of a famous rap artist. LOL. Now that has been done, I want to take my career to the next level and work on Science Fiction movies. I also want to start my own film production company and turn my puppet show 5P1N0K10 into a television show or motion film. It's a Hip Hopera about an android who wants to be a real b boy.
What’s your favorite pair of jeans? Where and why did you buy them? My favorite pair of jeans is a pair of gray slim fit Levi's that a bought from a thrift store. I distressed them, painted them, and put a stencil of Marcus Garvey on one of the pant legs.
Do you prefer television or movies? Which if any movies or shows has inspired your style? Movies are my thing. I rarely watch television, unless I'm binge watching a show on Netflix. As far as inspiration, I'm always ahead of the fashion trends. I like to see how characters are dressed in sci fi movies based in the future. The Matrix is one of my favorite movies as far as fashion is concerned.
Where did you go and what did you order? My wife and I went to see Bilal at the Motorco in Durham. Their bar food is awesome. I love their wings.
What song keeps showing up the most on your playlist? My current favorite song is " I BEEN GOIN THRU IT ALL " by Erykah Badu.
If you could travel anywhere with your favorite puppets to film a movie where would you go and which puppets would you take with you? I would go right back to LA to shoot my 5P1N0K10 movie. Most of the puppets are robots, but the few humans in the would be dressed in a "post apocalyptic" style of clothing.
Who is the most interesting artist you follow on Instagram? The most interesting artist I'm following on Instagram is Alex Gillis of Amalgamated Studios. They did the special FX for the Alien and Predator movies.
What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return? I had my eye on a couple of Fedoras, but that's about it.
Who would star as you in a movie about your life and most importantly, what would they wear? I'm not really a Hollywood type. When I was in LA shooting the video, one of the video producers told me that I would do well out there because I wasn't into the celebrity thing. I met people and had no idea who they were.
Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!
I should throw away this suit but I could never part with it because it's the suit I got married in.
I spent too much money on shoes and accessories but saved a lot of money on clothes because I mostly shop at thrift shops and discount retail stores.
I would love to appear on this late night television program The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
I love wearing this fragrance It's a body oil called Egyptian Musk but I love smelling my wife's pheromones. LOL (she's going to be so embarrassed).