Beachroad head to Gulf Historic at The Gulf 12 Hours to meet The Arsenale founder Pat Meignan and talk all things motion related. The Arsenale is the ultimate marketplace dedicated to style in motion.
NAME? // Pat Meignan.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Selling rims in a body Shop 25 years ago in the South of France, in Nice precisely where ids were super good in pimping their cars.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // I am CEO and Founder of Thearsenale.com, Publisher of Intersection Magazine, Art Director in Formula One and a creative consultant in the Motion Industry.
WHY PARIS? // Wherever should I live? I am so French ; ) I know that I live in a small village with no Silicon Valley, no skyscraper, no internal motorway, no waves and no sun but we still have a strong thing, the cultural lifestyle. I live 50 meters from Le Louvre (the real one) and its so important for me to feel this cultural athmosphere. It feeds my soul.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT, SHOP, SOCIALIZE IN PARIS? // My places are Colette where I go every week, its gonna be more difficult now as it closed, so sad. I do my sport outside in La Cour Carré one of the most incredible architectural places and I always hanging in Rue St Honoré my neighbourhood, the most iconic place in Paris.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT, SHOP, SOCIALIZE IN DUBAI? // I only spend some few days per month in Dubai and I mostly stay in my hotel and my office. The desert is really my favorite place I do not really socialise.
YOUR TAKE ON DUBAI AS A CITY AND ITS RAPID CHANGES? // Dubai is impressive in its development and architecturally speaking I appreciate seeing it growing every month. I am still waiting for some more cultural moves…
WHY SHOULD SOMEONE VISIT DUBAI? // Dubai is a hub for me not really a place where I stay but it's definitely a place to see once. A visit is necessary to understand how the Middle East is driving. For European people it’s a fantastic window on a world in motion.
WHAT VEHICLES / BIKES / WHEELS DO YOU OWN PERSONALLY? // I really had almost every car , and had the chance to drive every types of vehicles from planes, yachts, bikes, skateboard. Now my main ride is a uber and a crocodile leather fixed gear. I try to make my life more simple so I just drive some old Formula one in Dubai and bikes in Paris.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? // The freedom... I really succeeded in building a machine which allows me to do only what I feel and love. The arsenale company is my perfect tool for that, Its a project purely led by passion, the passion of design, movement, machines and creativity I know how lucky I am to do exactly what I want ...
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE ARSENALE AND ANY CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY? //
I have spent my life in garages, shipyards, plane hangars and designs studios.
A life dedicated to celebrating the men in motion, the guys building machines and trying to reinvent the wheel.
I Made some magazine, some events, some communication programs and discovered recently that a new industry was growing up on the side of the big car manufacturers.
I called them the indy builders and decided to decicate my next decades on sourcing them, helping them and celebrate their art.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE ARSENALE BEING IN 10 YEARS TIME? // Today Thearsenale is a marketplace, a creative lab, an agency and a publishing house centered around one nucleon (the motion designers) we have developed a really iconic image based on the famous Vénitien shipyard call Arsenale. One of strong headlines is International Motion Authority. The idea came from this desire to federate all the guys around the world working on some crazy machines. It could be seen as a parallel FIA, an alternative government of crazy ingeniors.
WHAT 5 CARS WOULD YOUR DREAM GARAGE CONTAIN? //
WHERE WOULD YOUR DREAM GARAGE / STUDIO BE LOCATED? // I am actually building it in Dubai under a tower level -3 with a crazy young Sheik A secret project Coming in 2018.
YOUR FAVOURITE AUTOMOTIVE BRAND? // It's a really difficult question and I could give 100 cool responses but I want to say Tesla as a no brainer for their smart road in less than 10 years where so many incredible others failed (I think about Faraday Future or Spyker.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE AUTOMOTIVE BRAND? // I love cars even when they are dumb and I can’t really find one I don’t like.
YOUR FAVOURITE CLOTHING / FASHION BRAND? // Rick Owens is my master.
I wear only black for the last 25 years and Rick is a genius to pop up my ninja style. My style is a remix of the Bosozuku, the Z-boys and ninja living in Rue St Honoré
MOTION ASIDE WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS? // i am hungry as hell , I need to eat images every day I am collecting books, magazine, images, paintings, drawings … I have a strong passion for images not just art but visuals, I love the visual identity and visual language…
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // I am sharing my life with 3 women who are incredibly strong and originals.
Lou my daughter, Laura my wife and Eleonore my mother.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // See response below.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // My earliest memory is with my father in his airplane garage , I was 4 or 5 and was holding a screwdriver in my hand under his plane. I still have the picture of it , its an incredible memory for me ….
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // 20 years ago I was 15°% in the riding culture, I was publisher of a skateboard and snowboard magazine and my partner was also my mentor. He was called Bruno Debauché. He was simply the coolest guy I met on earth. He passed away 10 years ago and left a lof of strong guys alone .. He was one of the most iconic guys of our era …
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // As we just past christmas I made a lot of presents to my family, I usually offer the book I wrote to every interesting person I meet.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Follow your intuition and stay real.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // It’s funny cause my Friends sometimes think my life is a movie and to be honest I am building my life as a movie, as a perpetual adventure so I would say that I am writing my own movie…
FAVOURITE MUSIC // I balance between, old reggae, rap music and minimal electronica.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Migos-Band and Boujee ft Lil Uzy Vert
FAVOURITE BOOK? // J’irais Cracher Sur Vos Tombes and Louis Ferdinand Celine.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // From Zero to One, Written by Peter Thiel.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // 10 years ago I had cancer, I had 11 months of chemotherapy in hospital, it was a complete nightmare and I was really close to death.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Flores in Indonesia where I bought land.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // I love every place in the World and I am always happy like a kid to discover new places.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // My exit Is yoga.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // I do sports every day, My training session is about an hour.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach for surf.
URBAN OR RURAL? // I would say rural but I appreciate rurality where you can meet true people.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cats, I have a 4 year old black cat that my wife and I found on a beach in Saint Barthelemy.
We brought it back to Paris.
COFFEE OR TEA? // I am a real coffee addict Late ones …
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // I love stupid French humanistic movie from the 80s.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Fake it till you make it ...