WeTheUrban Magazine Issue 4
WeTheUrban, an online publication dedicated to fashion, art, music, and culture (and Tumblr's current most followed blog of the like) is set to release their fourth issue: The Creative Expression Issue. Creativity is the sense that brings out the best and worst of us, but the impact of that creativity is what makes this world worth living in. This fourth issue is an unfolding of brave, passionate, and unique individuals who choose to share their imaginative minds with the public. The cover features none other than Rick Genest, or Zombie Boy, as he is known to the public. Discovered by fashion director Nicola Formichetti, Genest is the epitome of boundary pushing creativity.
04 zombie boy +kreayshawn & lil debbie top 5 creative people in fashion men's increAsing inTeresT in fAshiOn shOp The wTu clOseT + neon hitch & more The ArT Of fAme hip hOp pOrTrAiTs by Dale edwin murray whO's On TOur?! 1 wetheurban co n t e n ts O C TO B E R 2011 140 150 204 94 150 kreayshawn 44 228 204 rick genest zombie boy 102 140 cody b. ware 94 mixed media collages by matt wisniewski 44 style chameleons 102 men's increasing interest in fashion 228 gordon holden wetheurban 2 turned 17 years old and knowing that i have an audience and knowing that i have the opportunity to curate and deliver beautiful content to this audience is still surreal. this issue is very much inspired new york city and my time during new york fashion week (which was an absolutely amazing experience in itself). i (along with 19 other tumblr bloggers) was hand selected to attend new york fashion week spring/summer 2012 by tumblr to visit shows, events, and dinners with key figures in the industry and to blog for the featured "nyfw" tag on tumblr. the 10 day duration taught me a ton about the industry and left me with a lot of skills and ideas to perfect the wetheUrban brand. along with being heavily influenced by NYC, the idea of creativity and creative expression really inspired this issue as well. creativity is the sense that brings out the best and worst of us, but the impact of that creativity is what makes this world worth living in. this fourth issue is an unfolding of brave, passionate, and unique individuals who choose to share their imaginative minds with the public. the cover features none other than rick genest, or zombie boy, as he is known to the public. discovered by fashion director nicola formichetti, genest is the epitome of boundary pushing creativity. with that said, it is my pleasure to present to you the fourth issue of wetheUrban magazine! our creW editor-in-chief willie greene art direction/graphic design sarah chiarot contributors John Johnson Jason o'toole eileen doneigo de france lexie toongson anthony syros danielle sonnenberg cover rick genest photographer meagan cignoli A editor wEThEuRBan Letter from the s this issue has come to a close, I've reflected back on life now as opposed to life when making issue three. the only word i can use to sum up the experience is: grateful. i've now Willie Greene wEThEuRBan.COm twitter.com/wetheurban facebook.com/wetheurban e d i to r- i n - c h i e f 3 wetheurban wetheurban 4 5 wetheurban wetheurban 6 7 wetheurban wetheurban 8 9 wetheurban wetheurban 10 11 wetheurban wetheurban 12 13 wetheurban wetheurban 14 15 wetheurban wetheurban 16 17 wetheurban october/november must-haves editor's S U N N I E S pick: EDITION these sunglasses will soon become synonymous with my name. i wear them almost everyday and they're extremely universal. classic black frames such as these give any type of look a little extra edge and keeps the public on their toes about where exactly you're looking! 1 flat Top Laca Black SUPER! Sunnies ($147) what's not to love? these brown print thierry Larsy's feature acetate frames with lace detailing, and brown tinted lenses. Ties in perfectly with most outfits and gives you a nice little extra flare to set you apart from the group! 3 made for the man who has spent countless hours shooting his own originals, moscot introduces the "terry" - a new limited edition colaboration inspired by iconic photographer, terry richardson and his signature aviator specs. Thierry Larsy Brown 4 Mocot x Terry Richard "Terry" Sunnies ($517) wetheurban 18 inspired by the geometric designs of the 1950s and 1960s, the mabel`s hexagonal shape captures the attention of onlookers while comfortably fitting most women. not to mention, for every pair of sunglasses warby Parker sells, a pair of 2 Warby Parker "Mabel" Sunnies ($95) optical sunglasses will be distributed to someone in need. adding a pair of fashionable frames to your collection while helping a cause? why not?! these handmade and hand polished black and yellow gradiated`asmara' l.g.r sunglasses are made from yellow 8mm cellulose acetate.100% UV and ir protection and an anti-scratch detail.it's always nice to have at least one pair of sunnies in your collection that stand out from the rest. these are that pair! n Lace Print Obsessy Sunnies ($497) LGR "Asmara" Aviator Sunnies - ($293) 5 19 wetheurban >>> BEAUTY BEAUTY BeAutY as we've closed the summer season and are transitioning into fall, it's not only time to change out our wardrobe, but it's time to change out our beauty products as well. this season, matte colors are a must! We've been all about textures and patterns lately in the fashion world, so why not play with a smoother and cleaner texture? the matte finish is subtle yet adds a great effect to your normal nail lacquer. To make an even bigger difference to your nails, add a shatter, crackle or blasted shade. all of these could be found either from oPi, sally hansen or sephora by oPi. To go for a classic color included with a matte finish, try out the oPi russian navy matte color, great for any preppy & nautical outfit. This new lacquer is such a big twist to the classic russian navy made by oPi. the key to using matte colors is to NOT put a topcoat over the finished nail. In addition to classic colors with matte finishes, MAC Cosmetics came out with a white matte finish from their Jeanious collection called frayed to order. it's a white color with some pink undertones. try this polish with the oPi turquoise shatter top coat. it's a way to mix the matte finish with the shatter finish, but be subtle about it. sephora by oPi has a phenominal nail design option in mixing their Urban ballerina collection with their blasted Collection. It's called "Distressed Metal." Start off with the Break A Leg-Warmer as a base and top it off with the blasted silver polish. this design puts on a glamorous yet textured feeling to your nails. wetheurban 20 make it matte-r words LEXIE TIONGSON a great twist to any classic color you might have in your collection would be to add the oPi white shatter top coat. in this design, the color underneath the shatter makes it pop! if you'd rather go for a topcoat that will make your nail polish have a matte effect, go for the sephora by oPi matte top coat. a must-have for your nail polish collection! With matte finishes or shatter finishes, personal style is a huge part of your first impression. Since there are many colors, the options really are endless. now go out and make your nails "matte-r"! sephora by o�p�i 21 wetheurban wetheurban 22 photographer matthew flores 23 wetheurban Janet, 21 greg "Casual and easy to go from school to work!" "a little bit hipster, a little bit grunge." wetheurban 24 carla "This is my take on modern prep!" 25 wetheurban "my style "I love a classic tailored look." is boho chic, with a nice mixture of patterns." neil,24 jessica,25 wetheurban 26 "This is just another everyday ordinary outfit for me. Punk casual." midori,19 27 wetheurban ONE words WILLIE GrEENE what exactly do you do? DJ, Stylist, host How long has the White Girl Mob been around? Let's see....probably since we met really. We've been mobbin around about 5-6 years now. how long have you, V nasty, and kreayshawn known eachother? since we've been about 14-15 yars old. Do people mistake you for Kreayshawn a lot? Almost all the time! It's crazy! Why do you think `Gucci Gucci' became so successful? because it's something new and fresh and that's what hiphop is all about. And let's not forget the swag. I love your style! Any favorite designers? Brands? not really....i just buy what i like and put it all together in random ways that turn out to be right for me. It's all about colors, textures, cut....not so much any particular brand. Is art/design a big part of your life? Yes, it's HUGE! I come from a very creative family so it's in the blood and i was always encouraged to express my creativity in all ways. what advice would you give to any creative young person hustling to make it big right now? work hard on what you love to do, don't be discouraged and be true to yourself. Favorite rappers in the game right now? carter, boosie, mac dre, db the general, Jay Ughh, mase, Kreayshawn....lot's of Bay Area artists. I really support them. do you like gaga? I love her fearless way with fashion...she's all out there! You've gotta love that about her.... she's spunky, she's a stylist, and she's always mobbin! An unusually effusive DJ LIL D3BB13 (Lil' Debbie) comes out about the industry, fashion, the current state of hip-hop and of course, the white girl mob. what do you think about the current state of hip-hop? i think hip-hop is in need of a breath of fresh air and we are that. do you think `hollywood' can change a person? it's important to stay true to yourself even with all of your successes, right? That's critical! Don't let it go to your head! And surround yourself with people you trust. They keep you grounded. what's something our readers may not know about you? that i'm very loyal....and i'm really a softy (ssshhhhh) wetheurban 28 " W O R K H A R D O N W HAT YOU LOVE TO D O DON'T BE & T O DISCOURAGED B E T R U E Y O U R S E L F " 29 wetheurban wetheurban 30 mY v l faLL 2 01 1 31 wetheurban wetheurban 32 faLL mY v 2l1 01 pAir onE of ThEsE BAd BoYs with your favorite boyfriend blazer & a pair of black leggings and you're good to go! 33 wetheurban q&a romoo fashion design and embroidery in dubai, odyll started studying fashion and communication design at the design department in d�sseldorf, germany. it was here that he channelled his love for fashion and honed his design skills to create his signature look. odyll completed internships at well known london based fashion houses such as giles Deacon, Carolyn Massey and WintleMan. His work embraces not only fashion but also art projects, the development of design concepts and creative consulting. i got the chance to sit down and chat with odyll about this craft. Pure genius! r ayan odyll is a 24 year old germany based fashion designer who has become synonymous with his experimental body contouring silhouettes and colourful prints. odyll creates garments with a provocative statement inspired by the human body and its unconscious mind. After completing an Internship at Haute Couture Designer Ali wetheurban 34 35 wetheurban in your earlier years, how did you eventually decide you wanted to become a fashion designer? i wanted to deal with the beautiful things in life. one of these things happens to be fashion or the outer shell of man. through my mother i had a very early relation to fashion. she created and sewed her own clothing. since i have always been very involved and my opinion was also sought after, i quickly became the reference person when it came to style and fashion matters. I think that has influenced me greatly. And if you drape dresses out of tablecloths at the age of 5, it's clear that you are right for fashion. do you have any other interests outside of fashion? of course! i am thirsty for knowledge. life is more than meets the eye. i love visiting cultural events such as design and artexhibitions, theatre, cinema, concerts as well as drawing, illustrating, doing sports and travelling. i do read and collect books, especially nonfiction books. when you're creating something, what goes through your mind? i developed almost the entire collection through draping. i shape the fabric directly to the bust, my eye then decides within seconds whether it works or not. it's about proportion, shapes, pattern and colour. this process is close to my heart because it can also happen that during the work process a jacket turns out to be a dress or a skirt at the end. this process is almost similar to a state of trance. you forget everything around you until you find the perfect shapes best fashion movement in your lifetime? (80s, 90s, now?) i love the 80s � just have so many things going through my mind when i think about this time � it's the area of grace Jones, michael Jackson, miami Vice, magnum, P.i., flashdance, madonna, annie Lennox and a lot more. The 1980s brought an explosion of significant styles - Shoulder pads, power dressing, black leather pants and jackets, gloves, sunglasses, a lot glitter and colours etc.... The 80s to me just got an enormous character! what inspired the superman collection? i went into the collection with some kind of ideal man who liberates himself from the narrow confines of reality. I've always been very concerned with human psychology and the subconscious, which for me serves as an endless source of inspiration. greek mythology has also strongly influenced me, its representation of characters and hybrid creatures, fright figures, gods and supermen require a powerful force of imagination. but also the works of artists such as amir alzamora and daniel firman have inspired me. they reinvent scenes of the greek mythology and let them come alive in their installations and sculptures. you feel certain strangeness to these objects, which i feel very connected to. Are there any really specific qualities you look for when hiring models? Models have to fit into the collection concept. In general I like strong characters and faces. what are you currently working on? i am working on a unisex t-shirt collection which is based on sharp cuts and all-over prints. the collection will be launched within the next months. stay tuned! wetheurban 36 I went into the collection with some kind of ideal man who liberates himself from the narrow confines of reality " " 37 wetheurban wetheurban 38 39 wetheurban trendalert: c h r i s t i a n d i or herve leger by max azria kanye west valentin wetheurban 40 all photos courtesy of STyLE.cOm balmain mais on martin margiela no chanel 41 wetheurban ECO - THI NKING ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL words LEXIE TIONGSON with a push on all natural cosmetics lately, there have been many options for us to participate in these environmentally friendly products. But, there's only one brand that encourages something different by putting it on the label. STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!, a german based beauty product brand, encourages the movement to stop water waste. While using non-artificial ingredients, all the products stop the use of water. In addition to that, there's no use of animal testing, colors and preservatives, and non-biodegradable elements. the use of wasted energy during the production process is also stopped. wetheurban 42 BEAUTY BEAUTY BeAutY What's different? the brand literally has their name on the bottle, making us think about what we're doing each time we use items that need water. stoP the water while Using me! products represent something that most humans use while they waste water, such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste. all of their products also have the lovely fragrant smell that we live for in our everyday beauty products. From Rosemary Grapefruit Shampoo and orange wild herbs shower gel to a sesame sage body lotion and lemon honey soap, these all-natural everyday use products are absolute mUst-haves, while still thinking about our environment! 43 wetheurban >>> wetheurban 44 R i gh t Ou t O f t h e W e t h e u R b a n C lO s e t look one // mOdERn Casual l o o k t w o / / P u n k Pa R T y stylists erica laVelanet & daVid Pena photographer bryant eslaVa hair/makeup tiffany Pat ton all jewelr y frost lOOk OnE female Black Maxi Skirt Topshop male Green Trousers Topman Black Booties Steve Madden Black Dress Shoes Vintage Shoe Co. 45 wetheurban Black Button-Down shirt by Calvin Klein Black Blazer Zara Man models nic & laura o'neall wetheurban 46 Black and Gold Sweater Vintage courtesy of The Counter Culture Collective, His and Hers Vintage 47 wetheurban wetheurban 48 lOOk TwO Pink Blazer Vintage courtesy of The Counter Culture Collective, His and Hers Vintage Red & Black Flannel Vintage courtesy of The Counter Culture Collective, His and Hers Vintage Acid Wash Denim Jacket Vintage courtesy of The Counter Culture Collective, His and Hers Vintage Black Patent Leather Boots DocMartin 49 wetheurban wetheurban 50 female Cheetah Print Sweater Zara male Dark Denim Skinny Jeans Junky Jeans Black Trouser Topshop Black Leather Boots Vintage Shoe Co. 51 wetheurban words willie greene photography hannan saleh wetheurban 52 53 wetheurban it wAs A journey of serendipity EncOUnTERS And accidents " " wetheurban 54 f have you anny bourdette-donnon is a 20-something year old fashion and culture mastermind currently residing in one of the best places on earth: new york. born in the south of france in a little town by the mediterranean sea called hyeres (where her entire family and friends still meet every summer), she ended up being raised in Africa, which is still her refuge and biggest source of inspiration. Fanny currently is working at a professional Stylist and Creative Director. as and idealist who is passionate about every aspect of her work, it was only right to feature this ethnic power-woman as our october/november fashion muse. always wanted to work in fashion? think of Vahram muratyan's illustrations: Paris Vs. new york. i honestly could never live without both. they are very complementary cities in their approach of fashion and style. i've always wanted to work in fashion, ever since i can remember. my mom used to take me with her shopping, buying her magazines, to her tailor, etc. you know, in some cities in africa where i grew up, we didn't have access to designer stores, so we used to get inspired by magazines and movies, buy our own fabric and create new pieces for our wardrobe. sometimes the result was spectacular and sometime a real disaster. if in you fashion could (dead collaborate or alive) with who any would human it be? monsieur yves saint laurent without a doubt. explain your journey to becoming a creative director/ stylist? well .. it was a journey of serendipity, encounters and accidents. First off, I had the privilege to grow up in one of the most inspiring continents on the planet. all the colors, beads and smells played a huge part in crafting who i am (creatively speaking) today. after college, i moved to the states where i originally wanted to go to fit in ny. but i ended up in california instead and met my now husband who had a denim company at the time. we started working together and that's how everything started i guess! do you prefer a clean-cut and classic more conservative look as opposed to a move revealing? honestly it really depends on my mood, the city i am in, where am i going to, etc.... the most important is to be appropriate. what's a fashion don't for you? being inappropriately dressed! the only fashion don't for me is to not be conscious of your age and the evolution of your body. sometimes i see women in mini skirts who really should have thought twice. which is better: Paris or new york city? where do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I don't know... I've always lived in the present; ask me this question in 10 years! there's no "better". your question made me spontaneously 55 wetheurban he fashion illustration: an art form unlike any other. it's meant to capture the imagination while keeping true to fabrics, pattern, and color. fashion illustration conveys the mood of a collection and without it, the blueprints to some of fashion's greatest creations would not exist. in recent years, fashion illustration has come forth to be more than just a pretty blueprint. we see fashion illustration as the backdrop in Prada ads, mixed in with high fashion editorials, on college notebooks and stationary, and in art galleries in the form of both art installation and framed work. creatively holding their own in the worlds of art and fashion are these four designers and illustrators - each with their own vision and story. Ranging from charming to fierce to fiercly scary, these illustrators have created a world in which people are strong and confident in their own fashion. T words Eileen Do�iego de France wetheurban 56 FAs h i o n i l l u s t r at i O N 57 wetheurban above: daVid alexander illUstration DAv iD AlE xA n d Er a quick google search to david alexander's name, and you are immediately connected to celebrities such as dev, kylie minogue, britney, and even the inescapable kardashian family. his designs have graced the bodies of much of Hollywood - but his career did not start off as designer to the stars. more super hero than super model, david alexander's beginnings started from a love comic books. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wetheUrban: i heard that you love comics and started off designing super hero costumes. Are comics where you draw your inspiration from? how did you go from super heroes to fashion? dAv id Al Ex A nd Er: I started off drawing stick figures, then gradually got better and moved into anime and comics which helped me to learn fashion sketching which is a different process. Comics, movies, music, video games, and history they all influence me in different ways. But all in all comics and video games are what helps really fuel my imagination for design. well that is a funny story i was in my high school drawing class and my teach[er] simply walked up and was like "Ooh love the outfit, but the faces... eh, not so much." so i had this light bulb, "hey i could design costumes or fashion," and so far so good! wtU: what is your design process like? where else aside from comics do you draw your inspiration from? dA : well my design process with fashion starts a lot of times with a song and a story i make up. for example my newest collection which is currently in production, was inspired by the spoken word song "Victim" by the golden Palominos. it's a bit dark, but it is a poem of a young woman trapped in a trunk, trying to figure out if she will live or die, and what she has seen and what she will miss out on. that got me thinking about great actresses or people in general who have been killed or passed on - and my thought was, "if marilyn monroe was still alive, what would she be wearing? would she be sexing it up like mamie Van doren? wetheurban 58 or would she let age take its course and go super chic and classy like lauren bacall?" then i thought "oh wow, the black dahlia." she was beautiful she was on the verge of something, either fame or infamy, and then she was killed with so much mystery surrounding her death. basically that's a bit of the process [of how] i gather ideas. i research them, then turn them into my own story or question, and answer it with the clothing i design. not necessarily for any one type of woman, just for my art. wtU: i noticed that the women in your illustrations are all very strong and sassy. their poses show a lot of strength, is this the type of woman you design for? how do you come up w/these women? do you also see yourself as empowering and sassy as your sketches? dA : i pose them as i envision them, and i think my mom has something to do with that. she is a very strong and sassy woman who has really given me the strength and thick skin to deal with the harsh reality of living as an artist. but she always has a sense of softness to her, i think that is just an automatic sort of artist brain thing that i do as i draw. i mostly only draw my models as brunettes as well, as my little sister and mother are brunettes - except for recently i went all blonde, but it was a monroe thing. i see myself as goofy - literally tall, big ears, funny laugh and and a dopey look. But inside I'm definitely Mickey. That's the best way for me to put, since I don't fit the norm of fashion designers when it comes to inspirations and aesthetic. wtU: is there a particular art style that you prefer more? dA : i am slowly getting more and more hooked on digital drawing especially with my wacom pad (graphic tablet). the ability to draw on my table as if there is paper, and have it appear on the screen, throws me a bit off - but I think i'll get the hang of it pretty quick. "at the end of the day" the best thing is paper and pencil. it just has a feel and texture and allowance for detail that you can never beat. wtU: you're working on a comic book as well, will this be fashion based? can you tell me a little more about it? dA : no, it's not supposed to be fashion based - although my editor has told me my superheros are very chic and sexy for superheros. the comic is a story concept i came up with while watching the history channel's "nostradamus Effect," about the end of the world. It loosely follows a lot of different religions and myths regarding the end of days and the four horsemen. wtU: aside from the comic book, what's up next for you? dA : ya know.. i am not sure. i have a possible very big project (praying, crossing fingers, and etc.) in October that would take me to spain to show a custom collection that i really want to do. i am doing a few custom pieces for people here and there and sort of thinking about my next big thing. I mean I came out on the design floor in such a high octane fueled rush jumping from one show, to next show, to next - and then working on three movies. i want to choose something slowly and with more time and love. Ann A Bo Urs Style is synonymous with confidence. To be able to pull off a look one must have that certain swagger - and wear it well enough to charm any passersby. anna bours' fashion illustrations embodies that very je ne sais quoi. feminine and quirky with a strong self-confidence, the drawn women are lovingly known as dolls. they are inspired by the models of the runway and the stylishly street savvy. and just as her dolls, bours is a brave force to be reckoned with. in a pursuit to follow her own dreams, bours quit her day job and dedicated her time to the art she loves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wetheUrban: can you give us a little background about you, where you are from and where you are currently living? A n nA BoU r s : i'm a dutch illustrator & creator of dollhouse nestled in the beautiful city barcelona. i was born and raised in Utrecht, a city in the heart of the Netherlands. Once I finished my 2 studies into graphic design and all round styling, i moved 5 years ago to a place that stole my heart immediately: barcelona. a place that fulfills my daily need of inspiration. I happily weave my imagination for clients across the world, applying hand59 wetheurban "I l I ke cute, g i r ly t hIng s but I t always has to have s ome p o w e r or raw ne ss In It." wetheurban 60 drawn and computer-based imagery to a range of visual mediums; from fine arts to fashion, from editorial to advertising, to books and textiles and much more. wtU: i read that you quit your job to pursue fashion illustration. was this a difficult decision to make? How did figure out that it was time for a change? A B : since i was little i was always drawing, but to really quit the safe life of a secure paid job and start up your own company takes time and confidence. I've been working for quite some years in different areas of design. I've done graphic design, web design and apparel design. i felt the desire to combine all these different aspects of design and combine them in my real passion: drawing. it took me many years to realize that i couldn't ignore what i really would love to do 24/7. so once i decided to quit my job i've booked a trip to south east asia, which was always a dream for me, as it is a paradise for designers when your looking for inspiration for colors/patterns/fabrics and culture. my equipment was a backpack, camera and my sketchbook all i needed. once i came back after 4 months, i couldn't wait to convert all my sketches, pictures and fabrics into fashion illustrations. Asia surely influenced my style as a fashion illustrator. wtU: your illustrations are very chic and girly, yet have this whimsical quirk to them. Would you say this is a reflection of your own personality? A B : i like cute, girly things but it always has to have some power or rawness in it. you can see this as well in my personality, as people tell me often that they think i'm this cute little girl but...with great temperament and a strong personality. wtU: your dolls are your passion. what is it about them that you love? do youhave a favorite? A B : Mainly, I am inspired by the female figure and her world. I find inspiration in a wide variety of places. Many images are crossing my eye every day in magazines, internet and my surroundings, a print, pattern or a beautiful picture or song. girls with a unique style, walking on the street here in fashion metropolitan barcelona & runway shows that bring the urge in me to mix all this inspiration and convert it into a lovely drawing. It's difficult to choose just one as all of them mean something special to me. but i wanted to share one of my pencil sketches i've made in asia, which is very special to me as they are the starting of the creation of dollhouse. the creation of these dolls helped me gain consistency in my style and so, i still use it nowadays. wtU: do you have artists, designers, or illustrators that you look up to? is there anyone you would love to collaborate with? A B : i would have loved to work together with antonio lopez, one of the greatest illustrators in the world. i remember when i was young i saw an illustration of him and i immediately fell in love with his style. i'm always looking for new projects and collaborations with designers, writers and stylists that inspire me or challenge me to create new designs and/or styles. wtU: So what is next for you? Where else can we find your work? A B : i'll be taking part on several exhibition and fashion events in barcelona. some of my upcoming projects: fashion illustrations & illustrated look books for fashion designers, dollhouse prints for on [fashion] tops, fashion and comic illustrations for fashion magazines, pattern designs for apparel and textile, and of course more dollhouse illustrations, prints and cards. if you join my fb fan page you'll be updated with my latest & upcoming projects, contest and giveaway prints. if you're interested in a collaboration or you want to buy prints/cards/t-shirts or wall art, check out my website. for customized work you can contact me on my website w w w. d o l l h oU sE- o n l i nE .co m w w w. fAc E Bo o k .co m / d o l l h oUsE .o n l i nE 61 wetheurban vitA YAng Like fine cursive writing, Vita Yang's illustrations are wisps of beautiful artistry. each subject is delicately drawn and colored to create the most luxurious illustration. it is as if all of the finest of Europe were placed before your eyes but it is coming straight from the talented mind and hands of taiwan based yang. snagging the attention of Vogue and Elle Taiwan, and even the chic London "haress" Fifi Lapin, yang is an artist bursting of creativity. all of life inspires her, and from life she produces work that goes far beyond a simple drawing. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wetheUrban: your illustrations are very beautiful. did you always want to be an illustrator? was drawing one of your creative outlets before pursuing it professionally? v iTA YA ng: Drawing was definitely one of my creative outlets before pursuing it professionally. i didn't always want to be an illustrator, but i love art, design and everything related - i know they are something that will always be in my life. i majored in visual communication design in university, and when i was in the Uk, i majored in footwear design. at that time, i think i wanted to be either an illustrator or a footwear designer. there was a footwear design opportunity for me years ago, but i ended up deciding to be an illustrator. i wanted to do something that really shows who i am. i think my design background does reflect in my art work in someway. wtU: your bio says you are obsessed with fashion illustration. what is it about fashion illustration that speaks to you? vY: i am in love with fashion, it's such a creative world with so many things to be discovered and [it is] so inspiring. when seeing those beautiful moments, colors, textures, scenes, models...etc, i never stop thinking, "how great it wtU: Judging from your website and blog, you love to express yourself creatively in so many ways. is there anything other than fashion illustration that you would like to explore more? What else do you find inspiring? vY: other than fashion illustration, i love to do pattern wtU: we see your love of fashion through your illustrations, does your fashion style also reflect this? Who are some of your favorite designers? vY: I think my own taste does reflect my fashion illustration. those styles are either [styles] i love or the ones i'd love to try. but besides that, i still draw something very opposite. it doesn't really have to be the style i love, but maybe with the gesture, movement, color or models i like - i'll still draw that. my favorite designers are: Phoebe Philo, karl lagerfeld, coco chanel, guillaume henry, yves saint laurent, marc Jacobs, rupert sanderson... to name a few. would be if i could draw it down and become one of my art works?" besides, there are many great fashion illustrators who influenced me a lot, this is why I wanted to do fashion illustration. wetheurban 62 63 wetheurban w h En s EEing T hosE B E AU Ti fUl m o mE n Ts, co lo r s, TE xTUrEs, scE n Es, m o dE l s. . . i n EvEr sTo p T h i n k i n g, " how gr EAT iT wo Uld B E i f i coUl d d rAw iT d own An d BEcomE onE o f mY A rT wo r ks? " wetheurban 64 design. as i enjoy the process of doing repeating things, setting the order of objects, I can always find so much fun doing it. this is also why i did the work "this is why i miss london so much," and my other pattern design works. Pattern design is very interesting to me. i always love to see how my work could do with other things, such as fabrics, wallpaper, window display, package design... or any creative items. i believe there are great possibilities of it - so, i am still discovering! One thing I enjoy a lot and find inspiring is watching cooking shows - i always enjoy watching it, especially desserts. i also enjoy going to bookstores, coffee shops, the movies, flower shops, unique shops or exhibitions. Different places give me different inspiration. to me, this is how i usually get new ideas. everything in your life could end up to be your inspiration. wtU: do you ever plan to returning to london? are there any other locations you'd love to visit? vY: I'd definitely love to return back to London someday. also i want to visit Paris again, stockholm, italy, berlin, new york...etc. there are so many places i would love to visit reaching out to the world is very important to me, i believe it's where the inspiration comes from. wtU: so what can we look forward to future, from you? vY: I will collaborate with different brands with my pattern and illustration work, this will be announced on my website and facebook page then, please stay tuned! www.vi TA-YAng.com www.fAc EBook.com/v iTAYAng.illU sTrATor 65 wetheurban wetheurban 66 Ach rA F A m i r i he calls himself "the hidden son of the addams family" and has been embraced by the fashion industry - yet he doesn't see himself as dark or creepy, nor does he see himself as a fashion illustrator. however you choose to see achraf amiri and his work, there is no denying his passion, creativity, and honesty. amiri's art may evoke a sense of creepiness, but beyond that is a story to be told - like a mystery to be solved. Perhaps the truth can be a little scary, but put into the context of amiri's whimsical drawings - it can be quite beautiful. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wetheUrban: How did you get started w/illustration? Ac h rA f Amiri: i discovered the technique of drawing very early. When I was a kid, around the age of 2-3 years old, i was fascinated by how my mind could transmit onto paper with colours and shapes. wtU: do you consider yourself a fashion illustrator? or wtU: what is your take on the fashion world? you capture quite a dark side, but still have an apparent love for it. what makes this world so special to you? what inspires you to draw such creepy depictions? A A : i don't believe what i'm illustrating is dark. in all my pieces can you find lots of colours and humour. My illustrations are very funny when you can discover the stories behind them. everything i illustrate has a background and a source of inspiration. even if it's about fashion, i always have personal meaning to express it in a dramatic or cynical way. maybe this is what people in generally don't understand in my illustrations, and why they call it `dark'. 67 wetheurban The fact that I love to play about the fashion in a dramatic way does not mean that i'm creepy. the reason behind the allures and attitudes of my personages is a reflection of my personality. do you see yourself as an artist beyond that? do you have a message that you want to send out through your illustrations? A A : i'm not a fashion illustrator. i only use the fashion as medium or thematic. all of it is about communication in my works. an artist... i don't now if i am, but a creative person, yes. wtU: how do you come up w/your concepts? A A : instinctively, i love the improvisation and contrasts. wetheurban 68 69 wetheurban wtU: your bio says you love to express yourself in many ways, what other creative outlets do you use to express yourself? A A : all ways possible and imaginable. wtU: do you have a favorite collection or designer that you have illustrated? who is your favorite designer? A A : they are all for me particular and with a certain personality. i see fashion brands or designers like cartoon personages. if i have to chose some they will be: Viktor & rolf for their naivety, martin margiela for his simplicity, and Dior for her extravagance. wtU: how do you think people see your work? do they receive it well? was there ever an instance where someone was offended by your work? A A : fortunately, people appreciate my illustrations. it's a personal, different and fresh interpretation of this actually world. People get even inspired by them, so i believe that it's quite positive what i'm making. i'm happy. wetheurban 70 "my illustrations are very funny when you can discover the stories behind them. everything I illustrate has a background and a source of inspiration." 71 wetheurban moi non PlUs mask edVard mess bloUse wetheurban 72 up light photography daniel Jaroszek www.danielJaroszek.com stylist edVard mess make up & hair magda mrUgallo model natalia dr. / rebel models assistant cezary rUcki 73 wetheurban h & m dress Vintage bracelet wetheurban 74 bloUse h & m dominic cybUlska skirt (from the collection of renoVatio) tights and shoes, stylist's own 75 wetheurban moi non PlUs bracelets necklace and dress h & m wetheurban 76 h & m corset &Jewelry Vintage skirt and Pantyhose ownershiP model shoes 77 wetheurban wetheurban 78 Vintage bloUse edVard mess skirt (from the collection of grenoUille) 79 wetheurban edVard mess dress (from the collection of grenoUille) ring and bag h & m wetheurban 80 body h & m Jewelry owned by stylist 81 wetheurban A common word to describe the fashion industry is "fierce". Anyone involved with fashion these days must be strong, creative, and most definitely risk-taking. A fearlessness, a ferocity - combined with unabashed sense of creativity. despite the overuse of the word (thanks to a one Christian Siriano), "fierce" is still a description that embodies some of the industry's top fashion tastemakers. These particular five creatives in fashion are not only fierce, but they are brave fashion soldiers who are stepping up the game for anyone seeking to make a name. bold, imaginative, and emotive - these are wetheUrban's top 5 creative in fashion. words Eileen Do�iego de France wetheurban 82 83 wetheurban _one in a dull gray business suit. for nicola formichetti, this couldn't be any less true. a child of the night, formichetti is the glorious lovechild of fashion and nightlife. A rogue born from an italian pilot and Japanese stewardess, Formichetti defied what was expected of him, convincing his parents that he was studying architecture in london. he quickly dropped out, and instead spent his nights and early mornings in clubs. for four years, formichetti lived and breathed london nightlife and street wear fashion. by day he would work at the boutique "the Pineal eye," eventually beginning his career when he was discovered by katy england, a fashion editor at dazed & confused. from that point on he was thrusted into the world of fashion and styling - and collaborating with an insane famed list of publications, brands, and celebrities such as friend lady gaga (he is touted as "the man behind the wetheurban 84 t he nightlife world is a contrast of both dark and colorful. a seedy and fantastical-vibrant world that many leave to their childhood days as soon as the bleak 9-5 society captures them Meat Dress"). Currently Formichetti not only plays the role of lady gaga's stylist, but is also the creative director for mUgler, as well as the fashion director of both Uniqlo and Vogue homme Japan. it is clear that he is the most sought out man in the world of fashion and art, but he is never one to forget his roots as a young party boy in love with fashion. it is for this reason that his designs exude the vibrancy and energy of nightlife, and for this reason why he keeps consistent communication between he and his legions of twitter and tumblr followers. he too remembers the days of standing outside a fashion show, hoping to catch a glimpse of runway glamour. It is Nicola formichetti's undying love for fashion and culture that built up much of his success. not by luck, not by chance, but through a genuine love and appreciation for the cultures he grew up loving. he has an incredible ability to cultivate his findings and inspirations to produce great art and design all without formal fashion training. for him, it is not about the "it" factor, but a bigger whole that everyone can be a part of - no matter their income. photo willie greene 85 wetheurban photo hannah saleh wetheurban 86 _two i t all started with a scrapbook: fabric swatches, magazine clippings, Polaroids and postcards anything that gave style consultant, celebrity stylist, and fashion/beauty/art/music blogger marian kihogo, inspiration. as she has stated in several of her interviews, the scrapbook was what gave life to her current weblog, mariankihogo.com - but what she hasn't mentioned is that her life is a living embodiment of a well curated scrapbook. Kihogo has the innate ability to find beauty and meaning in every aspect of culture. the ghana born, london based stylist is a world traveler. throughout her travels she collects ideas and items, carefully laying them out through conversation, blog posts, and through her own fashion style. Like a sociologist, her style not only reflects her sense of self, but is a documentation of the world as she sees it at the very moment. It is this very emotive personality that gives kihogo the eyes to see a world beyond her own. she is very aware of her surroundings and what moves and drives people, all the while staying humble should anyone pay her a compliment. her drive is not to only inspire, but to inspire others to stay true to themselves. Refreshingly fearless, Kihogo is considered one of the most influential people not only in fashion, but within the blogosphere as well. her blog has gained attention from several online publications in addition to british Vogue, Vogue italia, and lucky. even with the recognition paid to kihogo, it is her proud stance that sets her apart from the rest - and gives her the voice to shine a light on others who might not necessarily have the same platform to speak from. she is the ultimate curator of her many life scrapbooks. 87 wetheurban _three a movie. nor is it a commercial. it is not even a youtube video. the images described are the well loved and heavily reblogged animated gifs of photographer Jamie beck. in collaboration with web designer kevin berg, beck has created a higher level of animated gifs that are affectionately known as cinemagraphs. The popularity of the cinemagraphs have reached far beyond the tumblrworld and has seeped into industry territory - allowing beck to share her creative talents at new york fashion week and with the brand Juicy. her vision behind the cinemagraphs are as beautiful and inspiring as beck herself. known to her followers as one who stops to appreciate beauty, the idea for the cinemagraphs were to take a slower, more fluid look at life - and to appreciate the delicate subtleties that can speak for that moment in time. cinemagraphs are not quite a movie, not quite a still photograph. Like her cinemagraphs, the subtleties of beck are equally breathtaking. her beliefs on enjoying life and feeling alive are not only captured in photographs, but are also seen through her joyful spirit. her tumblog fromme-toyou gives followers a glimpse of her sunny personality and her world behind the lens as well as in front of it, styling herself in timeless looks inspired by wetheurban 88 A gentle breeze rustles the hem of a skirt. a gas lamp fire flickers. Taxi cabs drive past a seemingly still city. and a beautiful coco rocha leans against the city air. this is not notable women before her. Beck's zest for life appears to come from this appreciation of all things old and classic. a collector of vintage cameras and typewriters, beck doesn't box herself in the technological-fast-paced world everyone else seems to be caught up in. even when working on perfecting the advanced form of animated gifs, it is a seamless transition that does not rush into the future. her work is a great reflection of her personality, and perhaps if we all took the time enjoy what is in front of us, maybe we would see our lives are just as beautiful as hers. photo keVin bUrg 89 wetheurban admirer is more enamored with the artistic direction of all that surrounds the fashion. finding the balance between the two can be quite daunting for any photographer but the dutch duo known as inez van lamsweerde and Vinoodh matadin have not only perfected the blurring of art and the mainstream - but have been doing so for 25 years. The pair had met at The Art Academy in Amsterdam, and began officially working together in the 90s. It was during this time that their careers began to take off. Their thought provoking series "thank you thighmaster" and "final fantasy" bewitched all those who came in contact with the blend of doll-women+human models and adult features+adolescent bodies (respectively). mesmerized by the horrific imagery weaved into glamour in both series, the art and fashion worlds were abuzz. Upping the art ante, the duo currently forages their career into fashion film and music videos. they have already shot videos with bjork and have filmed several fashion campaigns for YSL. And of course the famous photography duo has collaborated with the equally intriguing Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti. With inspirations stemming from documentary photography paired with boundary pushing image technology, van lamsweerde and matadin capture their subjects in both alluring and disturbing ways. their aesthetic draws in a creepy sense of glamour that is beautifully jaw-dropping and questionable. It is quite difficult to make sense of the situation - are they being critical of society and the fashion industry, or are they glamorizing it to a fantastical dreamworld? for van lamsweerde and matadin, fashion is f ashion photography is unlike any other. it must appeal to both the fashion consumer as well as the fashion admirer. the consumer mind tilts towards the beauty of the product, while the _four wetheurban 90 freedom, and their art work captures that very essence. 91 wetheurban Very few people keep faith in their dreams and aspirations but for make-up artist karla Powell, the dream has unfolded in array of brilliant colors and the world is quite literally at her hands. Selected as one of the elite Tumblr 20 invited to new york fashion week, and with a new position as f or many people, society shapes how we feel about our progress in the world, and sometimes practicality takes the place of dreams. whatever happened to having the world at our fingertips? head make-up artist for mUa academy in london, Powell is living out the dream. hailing from a small town in england known as redditch, Powell knew that an unconventional approach to makeup would be her key to success. she describes her work as "emotion, Playful, fun, extravaganza, art, boldness, colourful, no rules!" and this description couldn't be anymore true. from splashy Jackson Pollocklike splatter lips to out-of-this-world airbrushed beauties complete w/bald caps. one of her most impressive looks photo willie greene wetheurban 92 is from a "food inspired" shoot with photographer rich hinton. the make-up looks included the unusual use of vegetables, fruits, chocolate, and even slimy and clammy sea food. Her love for makeup started with her father who was known for his detailed face painting. "i used to always go along and he would use me as the example. i loved it and was so fascinated [by] how he could create something like that." from this very creative beginning, Powell knew her career was destined to be in make-up. these days she looks to famed mUas Pat mcgrath and alex box for outof-the-ordinary inspiration. In addition to forging her own path, Powell hopes to break boundaries in the make-up industry by way of inspiring others. having taught at new college for three years, she will now be teaching at mUa academy. "i think i will always enjoy teaching and inspiring other aspiring artists, and that's why i started a blog to share all my industry knowledge, as well as showing others how i created looks on photo shoots - as in past experiences not many artists will share their secrets." With hard work and persistence (much of which involved working for free), Powell's dedication has opened such great doors for her. she states that working with tumblr was one of the most exciting experiences of her life, and another dream came true when she stepped in as a key artist for designer sergio davila. not many people can say their work has made it to the catwalk, but karla Powell certainly can - and she hopes to inspire others so that they mayl be able to proudly state the same. her words of wisdom? "your aspirations are your possibilities." _five 93 wetheurban wetheurban 94 95 wetheurban wetheurban 96 "i grew up in philadelphia and went to school for computer science at riT. i've been living and working in nYc as a web developer while i finish up my degree. I try to create as much as possible & my collages are a result." 97 wetheurban wetheurban 98 who or what inspires your work? i read a lot of art blogs so i'm constantly looking for new images to be inspired by. I've experimented with Photoshop for a long time so using those images for collage just seemed like the natural next step. do you have any formal training or have you learned everything on your own? everything important to me i've learned on my own. i learn best through experience. an education will provide some opportunity but if you're motivated to teach yourself you'll be able to spend more time and better be able to judge what you need practice with. lady gaga was recently quoted saying "art is a lie". do you believe that? It can be a lie to some people. If you create for fame you're lying to yourself because your legacy is as fleeting as your life. a lot of artist statements are lies. sometimes you just have a neat idea and you make it without any other intentions. what is "art"? certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? what statement do you hope to make? art is self expression. the way you walk down the street could be considered an art. the best i can hope for is that i make someone's day a little brighter and that my audience is inspired to create something of their own. i'm not interested in making statements. 99 wetheurban wetheurban 100 Tell me about your work-space and your creative process. i work on a small laptop so my workspace is mobile. i have a modest collection of portraits and textures. whenever i'm in the mood i experiment with combinations. if something catches my eye i run with it. who are some artists whose work you enjoy? i enjoy work with a sense of humor.Painting: melanie authier, oren eliav. Photography: dany Peschl, ben sandler. sculpture: maximo riera, helmut Palla. illustration: carine brancowitz, raymond lemstra. collage: ian addison hall are you currently involved with any projects/ exhibitions? i'm always working so i guess you could say i have some projects in progress. i'd like to do more print quality work in the future. never had an exhibition in my life. 101 wetheurban Me stupid, some of the most feted designers of the past century have been men of course, but kanye's collection of striking jewellery and grasp of modern glamour in skin-tight pants and low-bodice dresses does represent a shift in the male perspective. fashion shows used to be for girls and boys who grew up in extravagant worlds where only a room where every gaze is fixed upon their creation could satisfy their demands. Now? Now they are where a man doesn't have to immerse himself in the world around the catwalk. he can have interests outside. He no longer has to be defined by his fashion. he can be successful elsewhere. fashion is now an aspect, not a lifestyle choice of the man. It's not a new freedom that man has found. this is not male liberation from the oppressive gaze of peers and women; His hand has been forced. as the eurozone teeters closer to the edge of financial oblivion, while the American political system stymies man's best efforts to raise the leviathan of global wealth from the doldrums, while the industries that defined a man dissolve from a new world view, the very essence of man is being redefined. Like the gold price, man has found resolve in fashion. Fashion has two things that are alluring to the man seeking to reaffirm his place in the world. firstly, the yearning glances of the beautiful and the damned on the front row belie the importance of wetheurban 102 K words JOhN JOhNSTON anye west's debut at Paris fashion week highlighted one trend that wasn't visible on the catwalk; men are taking an increasing interest in the fashion world. this may sound inCReASinG in i n FA the fashion industry. a study by oxford economics for the british fashion council in 2010 found that the business added about �21 billion ($33 billion) to GDP directly in britain � twice as much as car manufacturing. while highfashion accounted for only a fraction of that, the trends set by it sit at the heart of the broader retail market. this retail market has its peaks and troughs, but is always there. People have to wear clothes, therefore an interest in fashion can means that it is prudent for the man involved in stocks and markets to have an interest right now. This doesn't answer for every man though. as hardy amies noted on catwalks, "Clothes are meant for private living; clothes that produce excitement and applause give the press things to write about but shock the man of taste." this is where fashion's second alluring facet comes in. When you feel down, you dress up. That figure-hugging dress that shows you what your ex is missing. that suit that let's everyone know you're ready for business. the colorful socks poking out under your city suit giving a nod that you're not afraid to play. everything you wear tells a part of the story about you. fashion is a narrative and as the world increasingly stacks negative facts and figure up against men making them question their place, themselves, men are looking for a new story to tell. Of course this is nothing new. We've had the regency period, the dandy's, new romantics, punks and goth man doing this all before � but what makes this new interest in fashion different is that there isn't one story to tell anymore. Every man is suddenly finding his own story to tell. every man has their own catwalk to demonstrate on. en'S G nTeR eST Shion photo WILLIE GrEENE 103 wetheurban photos JuSTIN chuNG wetheurban 104 105 wetheurban photos JuSTIN chuNG wetheurban 106 107 wetheurban photographer Patrick leUng PatrickleUng.ca models christie b. for rad kids for nobasUra getradkids.com katherVine slack of Vanity facebook.com/katherineJslack stylist ROSE RAFLORES AT QUEENS CROWNTHEQUEENS.COM wetheurban 108 Qu e ens [kweens] n., can be described in various ways, such as female sovereigns or monarchs; women that are foremost or preeminent in any respect; and even as the most powerful pieces on the board in the game of chess. In this case, Queens is Vancouver's premiere women's boutique based on a lifestyle influenced by urban culture. With an anticipated launch, Queens opened its doors in Gastown on Cordova at Carrall, May 2, 2011. Influenced by urban lifestyle rooted in music, fashion, art, and good people, Queens specializes in its own private label line, one-of-a-kind tees, and is the exclusive Canadian stockist for cubannie links and Sistargirl accessories. In addition to women's apparel and accessories, Queens provides nail design beyond the basic one-colour or french mani, offering incomparable nail art for those who desire a creative and unique paint job. Queens is founded and led by Rose Raflores, a young woman who wants to provide an alternative perspective to independent culture through fashion. "I want to offer the ladies in Vancouver a different style where you can be bold, wear lots of gold, and rock a men's tee with a twist of femininity.", says Raflores on announcing the launch of her first boutique. With a mission to "Crown the Queens", Vancouver's women officially have a throne to sit in. nail artists MICHELLE GILL AKA CANDY PAINT FOR QUEENS STEPH BERRY AKA HAUS OF LACQUER FOR NOBASURA/QUEENS nobasUra.com/CROWTHEQUEENS.COM makeup & hair allison giroday allisongirodaymakeUP.com producer natasha neale for en collectiVe encollectiVe.com 109 wetheurban kids IN THE street wetheurban 110 111 wetheurban photography christian rios styling tidwell & Perryman w w w.t i dw e l l a n d P e r ry m a n .c o m styling assistant hUnter thomPson wetheurban 112 113 wetheurban wetheurban 114 115 wetheurban wetheurban 116 117 wetheurban models clark chord (ford) marcel glaser (adam nyc) James wilson (dna) Joey slomowitz (ford) TIM DEVOS (REQUEST) wetheurban 118 119 wetheurban wetheurban 120 121 wetheurban wetheurban 122 123 wetheurban wetheurban 124 125 wetheurban wetheurban 126 127 wetheurban wetheurban 128 129 wetheurban black & beige stripe silk cape shirt [omar Piragino] chain shrug [Vii Victory Jewelry] python & leather belt [Primark, london Uk] black lace-up ankle boots [steve madden] wetheurban 130 NIGHTQUEEN photography angela marklew makeup chelsea allen hair Vanessa VanderPool styling Ja'niya walker model stePhanie kay (Pinkerton) 131 wetheurban black sequined trench coat [l'Une collection] black corset [Vintage, stylists own] black leather corset chain belt [Vii Victory Jewelry] black lace brief bottoms [stylists own] pearl collar necklace [Vii Victory Jewelry] black lace-up ankle boots [steve madden] wetheurban 132 kimono sleeve trench jacket [l'Une collection] black lace halter dress [stylist's own] black belt [stylist's own] black lucite and chain body jewelry [Vii Victory Jewelry] stacked cuff bracelets [Vintage, stylist's own] 133 wetheurban creme bodysuit [stylist's own] black & white sequin mini skirt [Vintage, stylists own] black kimono sleeve shrug [l'Une collection] gray fox fur collar piece [angelo estrada] knit thigh high stockings [stylists own] black cut-out booties [chinese laundry] double stacked chain necklace [Vii Victory Jewelry] stacked cuff bracelets [Vintage, stylists own] wetheurban 134 135 wetheurban wetheurban 136 NeoN HiTCH is aN ex-trapeze artist wHo makes BRiLLiAnTLy Buzzy SynTh-heAvy PoP ePiCS & easily qualifies as one of the most interesting people i'Ve eVer goTTeN THe opporTuNiTy To iNTerView. From growiNg Up iN a travEliNg circUs To wriTiNg HiT's like Ke$ha's `Blah, Blah Blah' To beiNg roomies wiTH amy Winehouse, words willie greene what part of the Uk are you from? kind of all over! my house burned down when i was little, so we moved into a truck and just started traveling kind of all over europe. we never stayed anywhere longer than 6 months. so yeah, i have lived in a lot of places! a traveler has really helped me get to where I am. I think it's very important to live in a free and liberating way. Being on tour is amazing for me, so i think i've sort of picked the best career for me! is it true that you and amy winehouse were roomies? yes, she's like a big sister to me. she's really helped me through some tough parts of my life. i've never met a more beautiful human being in my life. i love her! how long have you been into music? i've always loved music. i've always been a huge fan of music, but i started my singing career at like 16, i think. it just kind of all came together from there. i started singing at parties and the right person would introduce me to the right person, and somehow i ended up in america doing all of this! who are some of your favorite pop artists out right now? i love sia! i've been a huge fan of her for so long. i also love quirky artists like Nicki Minaj and just any fearless women in the industry. Girl power! you helped co-write ke$ha's hit `blah, blah blah', is there any other artist you'd like to pen for? This is true! That's actually the first song outside of my own music that i've ever been apart of. i've only ever written for myself before. but it ended up coming together beautifully and it was just a magical experience. how do you like the Us? i love the Us as a whole! especially the weather. i really love la too. i'm from the Uk, so i really appreciate this weather! are you working on any new music projects? albums? Well I'm still finishing up the first album. It's pretty much almost finished. We're gonna put out 2 or 3 singles before it's released. Look out for it! are you and ke$ha still in touch? yes, we stay in touch! well we can't see each other too regularly with our schedules and we're always on tour, but she's a great friend and we still do keep in touch! Any advice for any aspiring teens wanting to rebel off and do there thing like you did? if you know what you want, you're almost there. you have to just believe in what you want and go get it. Visualize everyday! my album isn't called beg, borrow, & steal for no reason. you've go to just do what you've got to do! i used to push a shopping cart up a hill every sunday for like 20 pounds and I'd have to live off of that for a week. Just stay hungry and don't lose your drive! 137 wetheurban you traveled with a circus? tell me a little more about that. i did. my mom was a circus performer and when i was younger we traveled with the circus and freak show and when we were traveling around, her friends were in the show too, so i was always very involved. and to make a living, we'd also go to festivals during the summer and put on shows as well. so i've always been a performer! being wetheurban 138 photography meagan cignoli words JaSON O'TOOLE 139 wetheurban photography meagan cignoli wetheurban 140 Cody B. Ware is the amalgamation of our youth culture. Blowing in from Jamaica Queens, this black metal hip-hop force of nature is competing with Irene for red alert supremacy. both a fashion and musical savant, cody infuses what he sees with what he believes to create his sound. Adopting different religions, races, and musical influences; Cody is the portrayal of the melting spoon of music right now. The 23-year old carries a street swag and raspy New York hustle, captivating you with every word he delivers through his SM58. Seemingly introverted off stage, his effervescence on it blends a lyrical ferocity with a stadium-illuminated set of anthemia. his newest project entitled welcome home proves his hybrid lifestyle as a spiritual creator who adopts his Jewish and catholic heritage to formulate the soul of his song substance. he passionately exclaims Welcome Home is the reflection of this lifestyle, and he tells us why he created this world to foster the out-casted youth feeling the same way. we sat down with cody on a chilly fall evening in new york to hear his thoughts on music, life, the industry, and why cody b. ware is such a rare artist in today's pop culture. 141 wetheurban " Welcome Home My OwN SKIN, AND My OwN E N V I R O N M E N T. I DON'T wANT TO DO wHAT EVERyONE'S DOING-- I'm over that. " IS ME COMING INTO photography meagan cignoli wetheurban 142 cody, you seem to have a little of every sound in your musical arsenal. where did it come from, and what are your current influences? it was nas, it was outkast, it was big Pun, it was wu-tang, and it was goodie mob as far as hip-hop goes. but like that, and then later on in life, maybe late 90's, i got more into rock, and i started listening to sublime and korn, then shit got heavier, then i discovered hardcore and post hardcore. glass jaw, the deftones. that's one of my favorite bands. And then I started getting into more mature things--Jeff buckley, sade. so my palette just kept getting fed. and so now everyday i try to listen to something new. Before you were exclusive to creating music, you had a background in the industry. talk a little about that. i worked for columbia records, i worked for mercury, island def Jam. those two are the main ones, then i did management stuff. But I learned about the ins and outs of the industry--it's helped me so fucking much man. so, what were your titles at columbia and mercury? i was a scout there. a&r scout. yeah, and then i went on after that. and it was good, i mean i was good at my job. I was finding shit that was deep and fresh. It's hard when you're young like that, and you're dealing with higher suits. but it sucked, because they don't want to pay you. they don't fucking--they don't want to pay the young kids.... so i went on to do some managing shit. i went into managing bands. Um, like i managed a hardcore band from boston, and then a pop punk from Vegas. so i started doing that, and then i got picked up by a management company that was more in the heavier world. so i was on the same roster as bands like cannibal corpse and killswitch engage. so i was in a large, diverse environment of music, so like all those influences have really come into play with what I do. what's your nationality? I'm mixed man. My mom's European Jew, my dad's Puerto rican. so, i'm like costa rican- koher rican. yeah, i'm a mutt man. my shit's all over. on some of the songs from your album, there were some sample elements of jazz in there. can you speak a little bit about your influences from the jazz perspective that is otherwise pretty ambitious sonically? well like, the jazz shit man--that's like the rebel's music man. like a jazz musician does whatever he wants. i think white indian, the producers of the album, they have that influence in them as well. My dad, he grew up playing that type of style. He's a blues dude, so he has a lot of that in him. so i have always had that in me, and white indian has as well, so i think certain songs we wanted to have that--I don't know, jazz to me comes off as a funk. It's just funky, ya know? but like the songs that have that in them, like "ladybug" and "gangsta Party," is like kind of being aggressive, but being smooth at the same time if that makes sense. Jazz gives you the leeway to do that. like, jazz is one of the few genres left that is just straight up musicality. there's no way around it. you have to be a great musician to play jazz. so i really wanted to put that into the music, cause kids don't get a lot of that now... kids need to know about jazz. So if I'm gonna pull different genres and bring them together, ya know, why not? why not give them something that's intelligent like jazz? That's great man. That's great. yeah man. i'm glad you heard that too. not a lot of people hear that shit. it's a great album! welcome home is an album you can go places with. i appreciate it man. i'm doing it man. i'm going wherever the wind takes me. so, why the title welcome home? what does that represent to you? own environment. i don't want to do what everyone's doing--i'm over that. i'm over everyone thinking i'm a rapper just because, you know, my platform is hip-hop and i'm an mc. so i wanted to build my own thing up. so welcome home is like, ya know me shedding everything i was before, and I wanted to find my own place. And, one of the most 143 wetheurban O I got to really get that side in. I've seen a lot of shit, man. welcome home is me coming into my own skin, and my warming things they tell you when you've been gone for a while is, just like, "welcome home!" you know, so i titled that the album, and me really finding myself... at least the beginning steps of it, because there's still a lot of work to be done. Yeah... so it was that man. I found what I want to do. everyone can live where they live, but this is my world. you have rap music, you have hip-hop and you know it's kind of an open platform, and i'm sure a lot of artists want to be themselves but they don't, so they just in this world with everyone else, but it's the true artists that make their own worlds. and that's the ones who can die a happy person. industry. what are your thoughts on where it is and where it's heading? it's fucked up. fuck the industry. Where do you fit in? I don't fit anywhere in the industry. I mean I wanna make money and do what I do. I feel like the industry doesn't care for people who are original. And if they do care for people who are original, it needs to be something that someone else says is fucking amazing. i feel like people who are doing it from the ground up, and there are few artists who have done it and i respect, but i feel like times are changing, and i feel like if you are doing something really fucking left field, um, if certain people don't say it's cool, then everyone else looks at it like it's not right. i don't know man. My feelings have changed a lot since I put out this record. i just want to do it my way man. like, if i make a million dollars, a hundred million downloads, then that's just where my path went, but if i don't and i fucking, just stay here and play shows once a month, and ya know have people that love me forever, then i'll be happy. i just enjoy doing this shit. ya know? i enjoy being able to make art, cause not a lot of people can really wake up in the morning who are artists and say that they enjoy it anymore... i do it because it's all I have and it makes me happy. the industry sucks man. it's everyone saying "yeah." they say "we'll be the gatekeepers" and "we'll decide what people will like." especially the kids. they don't know what is real anymore. i'm really afraid for the kids. the people i surround myself with--my team. like, we are the kids we wetheurban 144 make music for; ya know what I'm saying? And as long as we make music for kids like us, we'll be fine. The industry will find me then i can say "fuck you guys" hey, i'm not anti-industry. i think there are great people in the industry. i think the industry could be a great place for music again, it just needs to be understood what realness is. let artists control it! but do you think that's changed with social media platforms you can really thrive on like youtube, tumblr, and facebook? Yeah, that's the thing. I feel like--yes and no. Yes, because it's true cause i cuts out the middle man completely. but then you have artists who get million dollar deals who have never played a live show in their life. and they can't hold their own on stage. so, ya know. it's good and bad. the one thing that i think has helped me a lot, and the one thing i think that every artist should do is not give a fuck what any other artist is doing. cause everyone's story is different, ya know? I could have been a Youtube sensation... that may never be me, that may never be me... but i could be playing my tape out of a fucking car in the lower east side and busta rhymes could walk by, hear it and sign me. I don't know. It's poison now. There's no formula anymore. you just gotta keep doing what you're doing. i just make music because it makes me happy. and it changes other's lives. i want to be an important artist, but i want to be important for the right reasons. lyrically you have a lot of spiritual undertones. talk a bit about that. It's something that a lot of people connect with me on. The people that listen to my music--they get that. And I talk about it a lot. I'm not from here; I'm from the spirit world. I'm a spirit that came here--doesn't really belong here. And I express that through music. This is my temporary home. on the album, i wanted to address those things, because in the world, they feel like they are the same type of people. That's a good question. I'm glad you asked that, because a lot of people don't understand--they probably never will. You know, we're not regular people. Some people are here to do things that are fucking monumental. I just don't think that we're normal people put here. I don't practice any organized religion. I'm a free spirit, man. I believe in spirituality. I believe in the universe-- cause the universe is everything. It's the fucking air you breathe, the leaves you walk on. It's everything, so that's what i believe and that's what this album has a lot to do with. I don't believe in everything, but I believe in that. WeTheUrban is first a fashion magazine, so we always try to incorporate music with fashion. how do you see your fashion playing into your sound and brand, and how do you think that music and fashion play together? I mean fashion and music go hand in hand. You have some artist just defined by what they wear. I mean it could be very important and it could not be. Right now, I like more of the 50's greaser type look. Like I'm getting more into that. The gentleman's cut with the slim Levi's and the black desert boots with the white t-shirt. I like simple. Very fitting, very classy. Kind of Americana type shit. I don't need the logos or anything like that. I like to perform in a nice pair of shoes, nice blazer, nice shirt. It gives the dynamic, again, of Cody B. Ware. It's just the mind fuck of it all. Like, people seeing me on stage and saying "he's fucking chic" ... and them i'm moshing. I just want to continue the mind fuck. I mean, I'm a broke ass kid, but I just wear what the fuck I want. My thing is always going left. Letting people assume one thing, then doing something completely different. cody b. ware. thank you so much for your time. before we let you go, what is something you'd like to specifically tell the readers of WeTheUrban? i want to tell them to just live the dream. whatever it is, ya know? my mantra is P.m.a., Positive mental attitude. you stick on that tip, your life gonna be good! stay hungry; stay humble. Be human always! And just know that everything gonna be okay. Always keep some form of hope in humanity. everything's gonna be okay. 145 wetheurban tre ndalert: BrA toPs made for the leAn Young & frEE sPiriteD! wetheurban 146 bra tops are a daring alternative for cropped tops. They reveal more flesh and look more tempting. the showstopping, head turning bra top trend was huge in every city (even the more conservative Paris)! 147 wetheurban a r t i s t t o wat c h > > > > ARCHEO 21-year-old london based singer, songwriter, producer and fully-formed popstar Archeo (pronounced Arkay-o) loves pop. "i make pop music. Pop, to me, is a constantly changing landscape, and i'm proud to be part of that tradition." he is not part of a particular scene and is not trying to establish a new one � yet he is jaw-droppingly exciting and new. he is quite simply a 24 carat, 21st Century pop superstar in waiting. Antiauthority anthem `Mr General' is a 3-minute rollercoaster ride of 90s era max martin and dr luke pop, the funked up dancefloor grooves of Rick James, the cool edgy swagger of Justin timberlake and the futuristic robo-pop of Gaga. Archeo will release his debut single `mr general' on 28th November through his own label music mantra. wetheurban 148 149 wetheurban town: in words WILLIE GrEENE new gIrl there's a wetheurban 150 151 wetheurban kreayshawn // w Graphic - DesiGn - w yOuTuBE - 1990's - hi haters - V nasTy - Fil sEnsaTIOn - ovaries - nEO basic - BITChEs - oak hat was your reaction right when you found out Gucci Gucci has gone viral? well it was something that kind of kept building and building up. we were like watching it and counting it down (but counting it up really). we were like "oh my god! 80,000?! oh my god! 200,000?!". so we kind of watched the whole thing unfold and after like 3 days it had like a million views and that's when everything got really busy and crazy. you know? So my first reaction was just watching it go down and being like wow, this is really going somewhere else! What were you doing before you got into music? I've always been doing music on the side and stuff like that, but I was doing a lot of films and music videos. I was in film school for a little bit and just all kinds of other stuff like that. i've always been busy with all kinds of creative stuff/ whether it's like trying to be a painter for a week and painting canvases. Just all sorts of creative stuff like that. what do you think about hipsters these days? do you consider yourself a hipster? well where i grew up in the bay area, a hipster was someone who basically came from out of town and started wetheurban 152 going to all the parties and dressed a certain way. so i've never considered m, myself a hipster because I've grown up in the bay my whole life and i saw it all happen. from when it happened in san fran to when it started happening in Oakland recently. So I've never considered myself a hipster, but i do understand the whole hipster culture that's going on. but then like, everyone denies that their a hipster, but they still are one? so it's crazy confusing for me, but i do know a whole bunch of hipsters listen to my music and i love them! you know? but i wouldn't consider myself a hipster. What would you say to all of the neigh-sayers who think that you're just a one hit wonder? i think people who just saw the gucci gucci video and never saw any other video or have read about me or got to know me or anything like that, that's something like that would say. and so many people have watched the video, so of course there's gonna be a million people who would say that. It's just people who haven't done their research. white - GIRl - Mob wEEd - Gucci - Gucci ipsters - BOss - rap lM - CInEmaTOGRaPhy On - Meow - snoop DoGG klanD - hOOd - viral What kind of guys are you into? I don't know... I mean like, my first boyfriend was Asian and i dated all types of guys. i don't see race or gender when i'm looking for a relationship. it's kind of just like, whoever i feel a connection with. I definitely do usually feel more of a connection with gemini's and aquiris and aries. i'm a weird sign person too, so i'm like "oh! you're a sagitarious?!" are you a Blackberry or iPhone girl? i used to be a blackerry but i just recently switched to the iPhone. so i'm an iPhone girl! Have you had any recent collaborations right now? Are you in the studio? i did a song with my sister V-nasty and snoop dogg that we haven't put out yet that i've been like wondering when i'm gonna put it out. i've been mainly focusing on my music and making sure that my album is tight before i do a whole bunch of features and stuff like that. any new projects in the work? well now that i'm in a great position to do all these things, i'm kind of focusing on how to incorporate all of these elements into one thing. so i'll still be doing music videos, and curren$y just hit me up and wants to do a shoot in new orleans, so i'll still be doing that and just recording! 153 wetheurban how did you like the Vmas? the Vmas were freaking hella exciting! i think chris brown's performance changed my life. i've never seen anything like that! i grew up broke, so i never had a chance to go to concerts or go to these things. even when i grew up, i was busy working and had to pay rent and never really went to shows. so going to the Vmas was like going to the best concert ever! If you could describe Rick Ross in one word, what would that word be? i don't know... the boss? i don't know, he's a cool guy. the drama that happened on the red carpet (or the "black carpet" i should say) has already been squashed, so there's nothing to talk about there. T O u R wetheurban 154 w a T C h _ Fa l l 2 0 1 1 [ Don't miss it ] [ L A N A DEL REY ] november 4 - manchester, england - ruby lounge November 5 - Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor November 7 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino November 10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Upstairs at Paradiso November 12 - Cologne, Germany - Gebauede 9 November 14 - Berlin, Germany - Roter Salon November 16 - London, England - Scala November 17 - Birmingham, England - HMV Institute November 30 - Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club December 5 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom December 7- Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 155 wetheurban [ DEMI LOVATO ] november 16 � detroit, mi � fox theatre november 18 � mashantucket, ct � foxwoods november 19 � hershey, Pa � hershey theatre november 22 � kansas city, mo � the midland by amc november 25 � houston, tx � Verizon wireless theatre november 26 � grand Prairie, tx � Verizon theatre at grand Prairie november 27 � new orleans, la � mahalia Jackson theater for the Performing arts november 29 � st louis, mo � Peabody opera house december 1 � atlanta, ga � the cobb energy Performing arts centre December 3 � Chicago, IL � Rosemont Theater [ The C h errytree Pop Alternative T o u r ] fearturing: Lmfao, kay, rye rye, frank musik, far east movement, & more! November 13 - Quebec City, QC - Pavillion De La Jeunesse November 14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre November 15 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre November 16 - Ottawa, ON - Civic Centre Arena December 14 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre December 15 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre December 16 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre December 20 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral December 21 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place December 23 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum wetheurban 156 [ Odd Future's `Golf Wang' To u r ] october 15 � cincinnati, oh � bogarts october 16 � detroit, mi � royal oak music theatre october 18 � toronto, on � sound academy october 19 � new york, ny � terminal 5 october 21 � boston, ma � royale october 22 � Philadelphia, Pa � Union transfer October 23 � Washington, DC � 9:30 Club october 24 � baltimore, md � sonar october 27 � carrboro, nc � cat's cradle october 28 � atlanta, ga � center stage October 30 � New Orleans, LA � Voodoo Fest October 31 � Miami, FL � Fillmore november 2 � tampa, fl � ritz ybor November 3 � Orlando, FL � The Beacham november 6 � austin, tx � fun fun fun fest november 8 � tempe, az � marquee theatre 157 wetheurban photography nathalie odette www.nathalieodette.com wardrobe styling mariska groothUis make-up and hair charlotte mailh� model dilys @ de boekers wetheurban 158 atmosphere 159 wetheurban wetheurban 160 161 wetheurban wetheurban 162 163 wetheurban wetheurban 164 165 wetheurban bridalstories wetheurban 166 167 wetheurban wetheurban 168 Basically, we took the core idea from late Miss liz taylor and her marriage life, the men in her life etc. we descriBed the lady as a `Man Eater', strong yet very feminine. 169 wetheurban wetheurban 170 171 wetheurban wetheurban 172 models shir taPiro / Passion management anton / Passion management leV / Passion management ron alUf / Passion management dean alUf / Passion management alex / Passion management tomer / Passion management dror / Passion management 173 wetheurban wetheurban 174 photographer shay kedem / a. watts agency, antwerP-belgiUm / tel aViV-israel styling and art chen babani / kedem ProdUctions makeup zhlil shai / bili.k hair bili.k a. of photography alexandra harshtain www.shaykedem.com 175 wetheurban not only to find them, but also to keep track of them. That was when she and Hannah Kreiswirth came up with the idea for Join Bklyn; a website that showcases a curated collection of blogs across arts & culture. Join Bklyn's diverse team of cultural junkies hand pick the best of blogs across art, fashion, photo, food, design, music, design, and life. some of lee's favorite blogs include not eating out in New York, Anchor Division, Thought Catalog, and A Photo Editor. Join Bklyn launched last month and already others are taking notice. But, the Join Bklyn team is just getting started. "Users can currently customize their experience by choosing what blogs they want to view, but soon we will be introducing user profiles, a more robust music player and an editorialized homepage. Our goal is to become the Huffington Post of arts and culture. We are focused on bringing users the best content out there to discover, share and be inspired by." says Lee. When Lee is not busy being an entrepreneur she is recording records. Her first album "this comes after," was released last year. her band has performed all over the New York City area including The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge and Death by Audio. The songs she writes are not love songs, but life songs. "there's no main topic whether it's heartbreak, first love, or the journey of finding yourself as a young adult. They evolve at the same pace and then sometimes i have no clue what they are about, but, I guess that is sort of what life is like-- you figure it out as you go." Lee is more than figuring it out - in February they were listed as one of CBS's best local musicians.This is just the beginning. Stay tuned to find out where her art and business ideas take her. words DaNIELLE SONNENBErG a mber lee doesn't wait for others to give her what she needs; instead, she creates it. Lee was compiling lists of music blogs for her band amber and Little Criminals when she realized it was hard wetheurban 176 photo meagan cignoli 177 wetheurban wetheurban 178 ic ns in vinyl words JaSON O'TOOLE art's beauty lives in its ability to cross genres and reinvent itself to influence future generations. Designer and illustrator alejandro de antonio fernandez does just that with his stunning collection of artistic vinyl pieces, musing the faces of iconic 20th century pop artists. Fernandez welds his passion for exhibition design, illustration, and interior decor to bring to life these musical legends using actual vinyl records, which he then prints out on aluminum sheets. The project, entitled the BSO Collection, was inspired for the Unco_ma Project (Unconventional Material Project), focusing on the adaptability in specific client taste for the avant-garde. Fernandez's passion for cultivating today's innovations with the classics is why we love him and think he is perfect for WeTheUrban. For more information on alejandro, and to see his other collaborations, please visit his site: cargocollectiVe.com/aleJandrodeantonio 179 wetheurban wetheurban 180 iconsinvinyl 181 wetheurban wetheurban 182 "there is no algorithm to define cool, you just know it when you see it." this is the quote that set the cogs in motion for r+i creative's latest short series, "the Pursuit of (cool)." r+i, a creative label specializing in video content, branding and "big ideas," has attempted to define what is cool in a series of night trips through the streets of new york for their latest work, "The Pursuit of (Cool)." The films, as R+I puts it are "just about hedonism, sharing and meeting cool people with stories," essentially exploring individual perceptions of "cool" and the influencers who have shaped these views. in the most recent installment, coltrane curtis, mtV personality, fashion critic, and managing partner at team epiphany, shares his thoughts on the jazz musicians who have impacted his own sense of fashion and style. In this episode, curtis elucidates on the "acceptable elegance" of jazz artists like duke ellington, wynton marsalis and mos def. he expresses that, beyond the music, these jazz musicians have shaped his fashion modality, from ellington's distinctive off-white denim jacket (the popularization of which many falsely credit to James bond), to marsalis' wo rd s a nt h o ny Sy ros respectable arrogance, and the "supafly" Mos Def. Cool. 183 wetheurban trendalert: head to ToE Prints wetheurban 184 designers this spring/summer season didn't hold back! models graced the runways of alexander wang and dkny wearing these prints loud, proud, and bold! 185 wetheurban PSYCHIC S o F A wo rd s a nt h o ny Sy ros wetheurban 186 w hile society has become accustomed to the 90-degree angle of the average sofa and the 180-degree backache that is the common mattress, neither of these is natural to the human body. in fact, a recent study by Pfizer blamed these unnatural angles coupled with our constant state of sitting (from school, to the office and back home) for the back pain that more than 1,200 of surveyed 18-34 year-olds admitted to experiencing regularly. Alexander Rehn, a Swiss designer known for the multifunctionality of his pieces, may have taken the first step toward eliminating these unnatural positions with his Cay sofa. Part tangram and part origami, the Cay sofa seems to anticipate your movements, adjusting, shifting and folding contingent on where a person sets himself on the sofa. It's not some sort of futuristic robot couch, although it looks like something straight out of star trek. the cay doesn't actually have any electronic parts to speak of. it is instead an intricate combination of uniquely shaped cushions, angled hinges, and a series of multilength legs that adjust based on weight and weight distribution. The sofa combines the mobility of a dorm room beanbag with the sterile beauty and intelligence of modern interior design. While Rehn is still working on the Cay sofa in prototype, he expects a worldwide release soon. 187 wetheurban meric artist highight>>>> who Turkish artist, mEric cAnATAn what photographs and illustrates his own sketches and portraits on his ipad how shoots using instagram and sketches using the popular sketch App. wetheurban 188 189 wetheurban wetheurban 190 191 wetheurban lost in paris photography alexander Jordan model rose Jocham @ profile styling emily hawkins hair and make up alexis day using label m for hair and ysl for make up photography assistant ryan welch trousers, shoes and top by maison martin margiela. wetheurban 192 193 wetheurban dress by trussardi wetheurban 194 195 wetheurban shoes and fur jacket by maison martin margiela, Jumpsuit by azzaro. wetheurban 196 dress by trussardi 197 wetheurban skull vintage wetheurban 198 at by trussardi, top by cos, skirt and shoes by maison martin margiela. 199 wetheurban dress and shoes by maison martin margiela. wetheurban 200 shoes and dress by maison martin margiela. 201 wetheurban dress by margiela dedile and shoes by maison martin margiela wetheurban 202 203 wetheurban A Q&A WITH rick genest photography meagan cignoli words willie greene wetheurban 204 205 wetheurban photography meagan cignoli stylist JaVon drake assistant John ha wetheurban 206 have you always been interested in fashion, or is this just a cool facet that kind of landed in your lap to help you do what you really love? you can say that i have always had an interest in diy fashion. I have created my own style of jackets, pants, my own cap. and i have my own taste in footwear. it all relates to the punk hip hop world of fashion. have you become more personally fashion conscious since beginning your modeling career? i have become exposed to a wider range of styles. but i have maintained my previous interests in the clothes I like to wear. do you feel generally welcomed by the fashion industry? oh absolutely! i have met some very interesting and creative people, talented artists in this industry. I feel very welcomed by the industry. what's a chill day like for rick genest? how do you like to relax? i enjoy chilling with my friends, going to private parties, listening to music, going to underground shows. And for the past number of months i have enjoyed working with my trainer and acting coach. do you listen to any current music? have any favorite bands? i enjoy listening to the music of marilyn mansion, tom waits, The Unsettlers, Bjork, Psalters, and some local Montreal bands like bad Uncle. what was childhood like for you? my parents instilled a strong sense of family values and hard work. I have fond memories of my earlier years. In my formative elementary school years, my teachers considered me to be near the top, strong in maths and sciences. I did really well during my early high school years too. 207 wetheurban " ... i'm still a PROjECT in development " navy cotton zip-front sweater, acne Jeans, levis photography meagan cignoli wetheurban 208 209 wetheurban grey cotton sweatpants, nike photography meagan cignoli wetheurban 210 211 wetheurban wetheurban 212 i haVe met some Very i feel Very welcomed by the indUstry photography meagan cignoli 213 wetheurban how does your mom feel about the tattoos/your lifestyle? she's cool with who i am. where were you in life, this time last year? i was in my 25th year, attending the university of life! do you go on dates often? is zombie boy a secret hopeless romantic? what's a date? sure i'm good at keeping appointments! But seriously I like to chill with my friends. I'm surely not hopeless!! describe your ideal woman I like to hang with many types those who enjoy my interests; performers, artists, musicians, and generally down to earth and unpretentious women. Any other body modifications in the works? i just did some nice work on the front of one of my legs. i also did some nice additions in rio this summer. so yeah i'm still a project in development. Would you ever do any extreme modification like removing your nose or ear to help further complete your look? woah! no such plans in the next few weeks! if you weren't doing what you're doing now, what would you be doing with your life? i have not changed my life that much. so i would not be doing much different than I am doing now. I would still be perfoarming and enjoying the world of life's experiences. who's rick genest years down the road? eventually i hope to get a place for my friends to hang out, with me or without me. I want to be able to give back and help my friends and people in need. wetheurban 214 navy silk & cotton sweater and black cotton trousers, acne neon green trainers, nike silver w/ black diamonds bumble bee ring, david yurman photography meagan cignoli 215 wetheurban the Art of wetheurban 216 fame words John Johnston mortals. no matter who we idolised though, we would always be disappointed. there would always be one point that would shatter the illusion. the stars would fail us. some were small failures, but more often than not these stars would fall from their constellations to the ground with such ferocity and with such an explosion that we would be giddy with excitement and demand more. in popular culture we replaced god with monroe, kennedy, hendrix, amy winehouse, or whoever else and ask them to repeat the bible story of redemption, resurrection before they attempted salvation. most failed. most died trying. It's different now though. We don't require our stars to create a cultural product for us to be able to fawn over them. fame is no longer a by-product of talent. it is talent. since Paris hilton showed us that she knows how to fuck, fame has become its own art form. the story of Paris is one that we all share. in the digital age we are the generation that grew up broadcasting, supported by digital archives that give us a copy of a life lived. everyone is now their own celebrity � the idea of fame is woven into the fabric of our life. it's the culture of me. we update everyone of our whereabouts because they want to know; tweet every thought because they want to hear them. surely they want to listen, we say, because we are fascinating. but that's the problem. we are not all fascinating all of the time and with everyone broadcasting to invisible audiences it has become harder to be heard. to be heard you have to understand the art of fame, like lady gaga has. she knows the rules. she knows that what people crave is what Jack kerouac saw in neal cassady in on the road, "the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "aww! what did they call such young people in goethe's germany?"" she understands that everything must o nce upon a time we used to idolize film stars, rock stars, sport's stars. we would hold them up as bastions of moral integrity, unable to be corrupted by the vices that blighted us mere be extravagant � it's why every move is planned for maximum effect. She knows what the people want. She knows the artistic devices to get people interested. after her 2009 mtV music awards performance, where she staged her own death, she told anderson cooper, "that's what everyone wants to know, right? what is she going to look like when she dies...when she's overdosed on whatever they think i'm overdosing on...everyone wants to see the decay of the superstar." she knows that repulsion brings fascination. she knows that the messier it gets the more we get excited. it's what amy winehouse knew but unfortunately she fell too deep into it, lost in the darkness scratching at the walls until they fell in on her. lady gaga isn't the only one who understands the art of fame. katy Perry, rihanna, nicki minaj � they all play the fame game well but have learnt not too live it like the Jim morrisons and keith moons, who took it too far by actually dying, and not to take their sexual politics as far as bowie or madonna. today's star knows that the real art of fame lies in recycling not breaking new ground. a comfortable re-hash of shock in what is a most shocking and uncomfortable world right now. for instance, their outfits bear the flesh but never give a whiff of sexual appeal � although katy Perry is undoubtedly beautiful, who can say they fancy her in her cartoonish outfits? this is how we want it though. we don't identify with powerful voices. the art of fame requires you to know your audience and lady gaga et al know this. they know we don't identify with powerful voices anymore, that we communicate in voiceless ways to invisible recipients. we have resigned ourselves to the freedom of being lost in the noise of the digital age. lady gaga has shown herself to be the master artist of fame � she knows that fame is to give us a taste of human vulnerability and misery whilst cocooning us from the true misery. she gets it. she calls us her "monsters" but that we are all beautiful and special. we are everything and we are nothing. 217 wetheurban wetheurban 218 219 wetheurban wetheurban 220 221 wetheurban fh-stUdio ProdUction photo & concept fai�al haJJi model JUlia d wardrobe stylist weronica deJneka make up Joanna rUdowicz hair tal fisher ( carte blanche salon ) wetheurban 222 223 wetheurban 225 wetheurban wetheurban 226 227 wetheurban wetheurban 228 229 wetheurban wetheurban 230 231 wetheurban wetheurban 232 opposite. starting out just over a year ago producing pop culture infused art for his website has morphed into a bog and a store selling items from shirts, paintings, and digital art to sunglasses, stickers and postcards. all can be found at his online Market Shop. His work captures visual and tactile expression through a backwards mishmash of past and present pop culture, and personally-derived abstract apprehension. his complex marriage of text and imagery is a playful cynical observation that produces works that are both whimsical and thought-provoking. g ordon Holden is an artist and designer that doesn't call himself either of those titles. "I know what i do, I make things, but i'll leave it up to everyone else to let me know what i am". born in 1985 in suburban United states of america, gordon has discovered that the only way to live in a world that strives for perfection is to do just the i believe that art is just a huge... i believe that art is just a huge painting to some people- and to other people, they are a part of the painting. those are the people that make it exciting to look at. in 2012 the earth will be... in 2012 the earth will be cloned. not once, but twice. wait, never mind. we don't even have hover crafts yet. this is bullshit! i've never been the type to... i've never been the type to dress accordingly. seasons are confusing. especially when it comes to being fashionable. fashion is great though, only if you don't take it too seriously. school is for... people who want to follow the rules and spend alot of money for a fancy receipt with your name on it. Ben Affleck went to the same school as i did for a semester, did you know that? infusing art together with fashion is... Pop art. People like fashion. It's disposable. But then again, so is art. 233 wetheurban where hiP hoP heads // original artwork. freelance artist liVing and working in london what wetheurban 234 235 wetheurban wetheurban 236 237 wetheurban WETHEURBAn TWITTER FAcEBOOK wetheurban 238 239 wetheurban