Your Guide To A High Minded Lifestyle
Kim Hastreiter
Kim Hastreiter

  • Occupation
  • Artist, Editor, Curator, Cultural Troublemaker, Talent Seeker, Discoverer, Writer, Ideator who sometimes play percussion with the orchestra Pink Martini.
  • Birthplace
  • New Jersey
  • Zodiac
  • Scorpio

What do you actually do all day?
Look/explore for inspiration, connect with talent then connect talents with each other, dream up crazy ideas then figure out how to execute them.

Why do you live in New York?
I don’t. I live in New York.

If you had one day left in Los Angeles, what would you do?
Visit my friend Ron Finley and his amazing Gangsta Garden in South Central.

My motto is…

My alter ego is…

My secret crush is…
Beto O’Rourke who I am totally in love with.

What was your first job?
Selling sandwiches to rich people from my car in Beverly Hills when I was an art student at Cal Arts.

What is your favorite travel destination?
The Sea Ranch because I love northern California and love the architecture and the rugged coast.

  • Ron Finley's Gangsta Garden

    Ron Finley’s Gangsta Garden

  • Creative Growth

    Creative Growth

What is your favorite work of art?
I can’t choose. I love all my art and I have a lot of it. I have a special place in my heart for the huge amount of work I have collected from the artists at the amazing Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland California.

Favorite song growing up?
“Sparkle” by Aretha Franklin (theme song from movie “Sparkle”).

If you could be taken on a guided tour of anywhere in the world where would it be?
Northern California is my favorite place on earth. Although I’d like a guided tour of India please because India is so colorful and I adore hot pink.

Who would you invite (living or dead) to your perfect dinner party?
George Lois, Jim Walrod, Jean Paul Goude, Pedro Almodovar, Agnes Gund, John Waters, Divine, Joey Arias, Mickey Boardman, Paige Powell, Andy Warhol, Thomas Lauderdale, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Laila Gohar and Omar Sosa, Ford Wheeler, Gabriela Camara.

Favorite snack to munch on?
Atomic Fireballs.

What was the last thing you Googled?
Chavela Vargas.

What is a secret talent you have that people would be surprised to know?
I play the glockenspiel. (I played at the Hollywood Bowl this past summer with the band Pink Martini).

  • Divine


  • Pedro Almodovar

    Pedro Almodovar

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Male fragility.

Who is your style icon?
Mao Tse Tung.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t look on your computer to find ideas. A computer will never come up with ideas. Use your brain.” George Lois said this.

What are you most proud of?
Creating PAPER in 1984 which I edited until I sold the company in November 2017. I am also proud of executing amazing unique creative projects that blow minds and inspire others with ideas that have never been done before.

Do you collect anything?
Yes! I collect like a maniac: ceramic potatoes, ceramic peanuts, artist skateboards, artist album covers, mind bending art, cultural ephemera, Ted Muehling earrings, Donald Trump ephemera, fake luxury-logoed merchandise – just to name a few. There is much, much more.

  • Paper Magazine
  • Kim co-founded Paper Magazine in 1984 and edited there until she left/sold company in 2017.

  • Art21
  • Favorite
  • TV Shows
    • Better Call Saul

    • Art21 (PBS)

    • Friday Night Lights

    • This is Us

  • Paris is Burning
  • Favorite
  • Movies
    • Sparkle (the original by Joel Schumacher)

    • Happiness (Todd Solandz)

    • Nasty Habits (Pedro Almodovar)

    • Paris is Burning (Jenny Livingston)

    • Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati)

    • Polyester (John Waters)

    • Idiocracy (Mike Judge)

    • The Salesman (Al Maysles)

  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Favorite
  • Singers
    • Patti Smith

    • China Forbes (Pink Martini)

    • Rufus Wainwright

    • David Byrne

    • Yma Sumac

    • Prince

    • Michael Jackson

    • Aretha Franklin