An Interview With the Mouth from Things In My Mouth

Taking It All In

Sure, might look like a URL you don’t want to click on at work, but you definitely should. Things in My Mouth is more a take on our age of over-consumption one photo of an object in the Mouth at a time than whatever it is that you were first thinking. Part photo project, part activism, TIMM’s motto is “To Inform,” and it does just that, but with a dazzling set of pearly whites and perfectly made-up lips.

On the occasion of our New York City Issue (are there many places that inspire more consumption—of sights, sounds, hot dogs—than New York City?) we sat down with the Mouth to talk lipstick and toothpaste.

Who does your makeup?
We have a few MUA wunderkinds we work with, including @glossipirl and @kariithinks.

What lipstick do you wear?
For that fresh-off-a-makeout pink, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip. For red, we love the YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Carmine Statement (no making out with that one!)

What’s the worst thing you ever had in your mouth in the line of duty?
Tie between raw egg and fishtail. The fish may have been a couple of weeks out of the ocean, so it takes the (rotten) cake.

Do you eat the food in your photos after you are done with it?
No eating on set. But we like to serve it to people after!

Where’s the best place to eat in New York?
Brighton Beach for caviar, Sweets By Chloe for sugar and Dean & Deluca for free samples.

Part photo project, part activism, TIMM’s motto is To Inform.

What are you saying about the consumption epidemic?
We are living in a society that condones overconsumption of all kinds—from shopping to drugs to food and alcohol, to the way we interact with media. Things in My Mouth highlights this concept of excess and channels it by offering relevant, well-researched information in a “digestible” format.

Have you ever been injured in the line of duty (opening that wide must be painful sometimes)?
Does burning off all your eyelashes with lit birthday candles count?

Those pearlies are white. What kind of toothpaste do you use?
Sensodyne and Photoshop.

What do you think of the Rolling Stones logo?
Role model.

You often look like you are smiling, but what makes you sad?
Plastic pollution, gun violence, human greed and ignorance.

Besides @thingsinmymouth, what three Instagram accounts should we be following?
@time to stay on top of it
@emilygarthwaite for a glimpse at the real world
@butlikemaybe for a daily dose of LOLZ