Vienna, Austria
Dominic, 28
UI/UX Designer & Streetwear Brand Owner
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a bit about Dominic

What do you do and why?

I’m working for my own independent streetwear brand “Biaschtlbude” which I founded in 2013. As a designer I think it is very important to have your own personal projects to keep your mind vital. While I work as UX/UI Designer during the day, I’m able to experiment with new things during the night. One night I rent a screen printing studio to work on a new design, another night I hand paint a denim jacket, take care of orders or do my taxes (hopefully). And from time to time there are nights where I just enjoy Vienna and go out with my friends.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked as a mailman, a electrical worker, a cook during my military service, a guy who sells hot dogs out of a food truck (s/o Kimbo Dogs), a web designer and as an unpaid intern at a local magazine. But I hated none of them because I learned from all of them, plus they paid my rent. Except for the unpaid internship, this one just sucked, you should never work for free. NEVER.

Were you born and raised in Vienna?

I was born and raised in a small village near Vienna, but I was always mesmerized by the urban life style. So I moved to Vienna as soon as possible. I also liked the anonymity you get from the city which made it much simpler for me to out myself as a gay man.

What’s your current hood in Vienna and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Currently I live in the 14th district called “Penzing” which is an outlying district of Vienna and therefore very green. I enjoy that on front side of my apartment it feels very urban and on the back side I can go for a run in the viennese wood.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to so many different genres so it is really hard to summarise.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I really have no idea.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

OC California. Because it was pre Netflix and truly important to me. Now I just binge watch one show after another.

Name some spots in Vienna that are good for a Tinder date?

I found my man before Tinder existed and also never tried Grindr so I really have no Idea. Maybe visit the Museumsquartier with a bunch of beers.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Most of my shirts are my own designs since I run my own streetwear label but I included a few good stores in my map.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Club Passage or Prater Dom.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Visit some cool flea markets or eating “Steckerfish” (fish grilled on a stick) at the Danube Canal, just check my map.

Where do you go in Vienna for a casual night out?

For a BYOB Beer at the Museumsquartier and Donau Techno afterwards. Donau Techno as a wurst stand inside so it is just brilliant.

Where would you go in Vienna to celebrate some freaking good news?

I would take my boyfriend out to pizzeria Disco Volante. In my opinion the best pizza in town and their oven is a huge disco ball.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vienna and why?

My bike or the metro, it’s fast and you don’t have to wait longer than 5 minutes. Sometimes when I’m very lazy or have to transport a little bit more I take a car2go.

What are the Vienna spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Museumsquartier, Danube Canal and The Great Palm House.

Where in Vienna should tourists run from screaming?

The Bermuda Dreieck. I mean it speaks for itself.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vienna. How do you spend it?

If it’s my last day in Vienna and I haven’t plan anything I would just drive to the city center and walk around. See what the city has to offer.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Barcelona, which I visit almost every year for the OFFF design festival.

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