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Luxist: Do you like True Blood?
Udi Behr: I love True Blood! I don't do anything I don't love.
L: What's your background? Where are you from?
UB: My background is very confusing. My father is Dutch, my mother is English, and they met in Israel, so I was born and raised in Israel. I moved to New York 26 years ago on Halloween Day.
UB: My first night in New York was the Village on Halloween night.
L: How old were you?
UB: I was 23.
L: Oh my gosh, that must have been the best night of your life.
UB: Exactly -- if you ask me what happened, this is all because of that first night in New York. I blame it all on the first night in New York! I live near the village today, and I still remember what I saw 26 years ago, but I don't remember what I saw last year.
L: So your True Blood designs are based around the infinity symbol?
UB: The infinity symbol and two fangs that link into it. If you look at my line, a couple of the specific iconic shapes are teardrops of blood with rubies, I'm doing the 8, eternity, and the chains. I use either leather or stainless steel, because vampires get very damaged if they wear silver, so, just in case Louisiana vampires or Texas vampires want to buy jewelry, tada! They can!
L: So, there's no silver in the collection?
UB: The rings are silver, and the earrings are silver.
L: So the vampires should shy away from those.
UB: Yes -- but there are people who want to protect themselves from vampires, too. Not all vampires are great. But, on a serious note, it's hard to manipulate stainless steel in rings, so all the rings and earrings are silver, and all the chains are stainless steel or leather.
L: So, who's your favorite True Blood character?
UB: That's a good question. Let's see, everybody likes Eric. Everybody wants to be Eric, he's the coolest vampire. He's so cool, you know? He's not in love, he doesn't want a girlfriend, and Tara, I like Tara very much, she's a really cool girl.
L: What do you think of her boyfriend?
UB: Well, for me, he just pisses me off every time I go to the gym. It's hard for guys to compete, you know?
L: I would imagine!
UB: I want to be a vampire. That's why I'm doing this. You sleep all day and you party all night! And you live forever! Only one thing: I like to go to the beach.
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Gallery: Udi Behr's True Blood Collection