He talks the talk, she “Waks” the walk… Who am I referring to? Aesha Waks and Liam McMullan, but of course. This avant-garde coupling is not your typical duo, yet despite their age difference (Aesha is Liam’s senior) they compliment one another in an almost fairytale-ish (albeit a Louis Carroll-type tale) way. If you can ignore the crazy stories you may have read about them in page six and actually take the the time to get to know them (*two of the most humble people I must add), it makes you wonder if it’s the rest of us that are just crazy and Liam and Aesha are actually the ones to take notes from when it comes to a healthy relationship.
Liam and Aesha represent a unique new era in New York; their individuality in both spirit and style has already begun to make them iconic in their own right and poster children for today’s downtown New York scene that is just as passionate about partying as they are about painting.
Liam, a tall, gangly, handsome blond chap with hair like a fuzzy young duckling, for years had a reputation as being a “boy about town with the ladies” so to speak. But like a bolt of lightening, it took one effervescent dubiously genuine and uncannily beautiful Aesha Waks to come down and sweep Liam away. Within months of meeting one another on an NYU film set, the two already had matching tattoos and became engaged. Crazy as it may sound, this was nearly two years ago now (right around the time that I met the couple) and even to this day, despite the public gossip and tribulations they’ve been put through, I can tell you that these two are more in love and more in-sync (mind you, on a completely different level) than any other couple I know.
Liam and Aesha may very well be the closest thing to an Edie Sedgwick and Bobby Neuwirth of our generation (and I don’t say that simply because McMullan himself spent time in The Factory with his father Patrick). Interestingly enough, the role of whom is Edie and whom is Bobby in this relationship is often blurred. Aesha’s fragile yet bold and unique physique (particularly enhanced by the recent pixie cut she let Liam give her) often lead people to mistakenly believe that she is simply shadowing Liam’s wanderlust happy-go-nutty path. Truth be told however, while Liam may be the one with the spotlight (or his father’s flashbulb) directly shone on him, it is Aesha who wears the skinny jeans in this relationship (metaphorically speaking).
Aesha has the confidence to let Liam shine when he is out socializing at various soirees around the city and DJing at nightclubs with his posse of followers because she is one of those rare breeds of women that, despite her frail stature, has a strong enough sense of self that not only does she have trust, respect, and faith in Liam, but better yet Aesha has so much creative ambition and unique conquests of her own that she simply doesn’t have the time to play the role of arm candy. I believe that it is these very qualities in Aesha, her confidence and ambition, that are largely in part what has made this dynamic duo so successful. Conversely, I believe that Liam’s wild imagination and laissez-faire attitude towards life inspires and empowers Aesha to achieve her (and what have now become THEIR) dreams.
I must note of importance that I use the word “their” when describing the dreams that Aesha and Liam share because although so many of their projects are shared (since there is always a new project every time I speak with one them, for the purposes of this article it was simply too hard for me to remember them all so I asked them to remind me of a FEW), it is important to note that they also both have very individual ideas and careers that they still maintain in those solo moments they have that are few and far between. Aesha counts past, current, and future projects as “acting, singing, book writing, song writing, professional dance choreographing, designing, motivational speaking, and modeling” to name a few, while Liam counts “DJing, writing, sketching, photography, acting, and making music” as part of what keeps him busy.
The most interesting part to me though? What they do together. Given that they both have some much going on in their own careers, one would think that they should open a Warhol-inspired “Factory” for the new generation of voyeurs such as themselves and their friends…oh wait, they are already working on that (*side note history fact: it was Mr. Andy Warhol himself who gave Liam’s father Patrick McMullan his start in the world of photography). While in the process of location scouting for The Factory 2.0 (which temporarily holds makeshift ground at Patrick’s downtown apartment), Liam and Aesha have started a band called “Danger” which they describe as having a “1960’s rock feel” to it (which would only be appropriate, really). Given that Liam and Aesha do nothing half-way, it was only suiting that Danger’s first performance was an opening for singer Bebe Buell at the Hiro Ballroom. DangerUS is also the name of the rock star-meets-superhero clothing line that both Aesha, Liam, myself, and another friend have dabbled with for awhile. Whilst at home (and Aesha can snag Liam away from the video games), the two have written a movie script called “Zombie High” that they are presently shopping around. Liam plans to direct the film and the two plan to both act in various parts. The creativity doesn’t end there; there are the comic books they collaboratively draw and write, the health and diet book they are working on publishing, the collage series they have produced and are curating for their own upcoming exhibit (typical Aesha and Liam style, their first piece already sold to legendary 80’s pop artist Donald Beachlor), and they spend much of their time (seriously) doing charity work particularly for the homeless as well as underprivileged children.
What’s next for these two? Well last time I asked that I found Liam in a tree he had climbed taking photos and Aesha discussing the meaning of life with me. So to be honest, I really can’t tell you what is next. The Aesha-Liam style isn’t a “what’s next,” rather, it’s a “what isn’t next?!” The two have chosen to live life on a path that is anything but straight, making it not always an easy one to follow. But if their pasts are of any indication, as they continue on their future path it is bound to be of great originality and success…a path we should all be so lucky to stroll (or skateboard) along on once in awhile.