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ALBERT EINSTEIN ONCE SAID, “THE SECRET TO CREATIVITY IS KNOWING HOW TO HIDE YOUR SOURCES”. Albert Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”. He’s talking about keeping them under lock-and-key-tucked-underyour-mattress-hoping-that-your-mom-doesn’t-find-it-type of secret. But unfortunately we aren’t good at keeping things to ourselves so we’ve purposefully spilled the beans on our own sources of inspiration. Creativity is all around us. Whether you have a paintbrush or a microphone, a frying pan or yarn, you have the power to contribute something totally unique to the world. If you haven’t guessed it yet frankie 88 is all about art. We’ve got some awesome coloring pages to connect you to your inner Picasso. Plus, we’ve got a whole wodge of artsy notebook paper so that you can pen an eloquent poem for your love or maybe just for your grocery list. Yep, we’ve all got secrets to hide. And right now, we are sharing a big one with you: this magazine. So please, grab your nearest Crayola marker and get inspired. Hope you enjoy. xx Alexis and the frankie team
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letters frank bits tattoo stories fiber florals plant based face math ghost tales boot straps all natural coloring pages! yay! in the bag lucky charms one photo love yourself nature solving the backroads creative couples arty notebook paper! lunch wraps swipper swipped right house calls it takes two monsters under the bed writersâ€™ piece prom committee silverscreen a night in brandon terrell pots and pans turning tables david roby
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LETTERS@FRANKIE.COM.AU frankie, I completely related to Sinead Stubbin’s fear of having a less memorable face. But I realized that it was due to the fact that I am a face forgetter. I just wanted to let Sinead know it’s not because her face or anyone else’s face is forgetful. It is because I am socially awkward and the stress of talking to large numbers of people clouds my memory. On behalf of my fellow face forgetters, we apologize. Natasha dear frankie, after reading about Chloé Bulpin’s Bug Banquet I almost considered throwing out my delicious boxes of mac and cheese and my frozen dinners. But after a careful assessment of how I am a single, working woman who never learned how to cook anything without burning it. Also, factoring in that I hate bugs, I decided that bug dinners weren’t my style. But her article did persuade me to think more about where my food is coming from and how it’s being made. Yours Truly, More Informed xx ♡ Hi frankie, I was completely mesmerized by Steven Tai’s Worst Day Ever collection. I love how you picked his brain to get his inspiration
for the collection. I had almost forgotten how uncomfortable school birthday parties could get. Needless to say when I finished reading the last issue of frankie, I had to watch Freaks and Geeks to remind me of my old school days. I mean who doesn’t love a young James Franco? Patiently waiting for the next issue, Aleda frankie, I put your “How to Win a Pub Trivia” tips to the test. Good news: we had a killer name (Quizimodo and the Hunchback Kids). Bad News: I found out that not ditching the bottle is why we were losing in the first place. So we drank a little less than the usual and ended up winning for once. Thanks frankie, Travis dear frankie, As a self-proclaimed cat lady, I embrace any chance to get closer to my feline friends. So when I read Samantha Pendergast’s guide on how to speak cat, I was more than excited to finally be able to understand my cat. Now, when Mr. McFluffy follows me to do my lady business in the bathroom, I am no longer annoyed, I just remind myself I am a role model. Basically I am “catspert” now. Meow frankie, The Crazy Cat Lady
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There is no place we would rather be than running wild between the trees. Of course, this fantasy would include polaroid camera, awesome music, a vintage van similar to the Mystery Machine and rad clothing. Enter Mamie Ruth, an american-made clothing brand, designed to unleash your inner free-spirit. The girls at Mamie Ruth are more into how their clothing makes you feel than how it looks. But lucky for us they deliver both. Check out Mamie Ruth in-store or online at mamieruth.com.
KENDRA SCOTT Shine like the sun, with these beautiful Elle Earrings from Kendra Scott. The Elle Earrings come in a variety of stones from mother-ofpearl to a black irridescent stone. Grab a pair of these unique earrings for $55.00 at kendrascott.com.
TEA PLEASE Not only is this tea pretty to look at but itâ€™s also delicious. With a mix of organic rosehips, organic blueberries and raspberries and much more, this Berry White Tea is the perfect pick-me-up for any groggy morning. Taste this tea and many more at The Spice andTea Exchange on Broughton or at spiceandtea.com for 6.89 each.
TEA PLEASE We absolutely love bold colors, I mean this is the artist issue. In light of our love for color we have to highlight Kate Spadeâ€™s colorful totes. Check out katespade.com to view this classic tote and more.
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EYES ON YOU
If these silk scarves could talk, they would totally be saying “BUY ME”. Whether you love this print in “Deep Webs” or any of the other designs by Paige Russell, go check out her website at www.eloi.us. The print above is availible for $120.00.
YOU’VE GOT MAIL Subscription boxes are the golden ticket to joy. Who doesn’t love getting a random box of goodies delivered to their home? One of our favorites is BoxFox. They take the grunt work out of present shopping by making and packing the boxes for you. So if you are shopping for the bride or the graduate, they have a box perfect for the occasion. Find their customized boxes at shopboxfox.com.
When in wine, make ice cream. That is exactly what Mercer’s in New York did. They have developed a wine infused ice cream modeled after traditional wine flavors. There is Peach White Zinfadel, Cherry Merlot and even Chocolate Cabernet. Best part? Mercer’s will deliver you a pint of their wine ice cream for only $7.95. Get your pint at mercersdairy.com.
TAMARA GARVEY Duck, duck, cluck! Catch this 8.5 x 11 print from artist Tamara Garvey at shopSCAD in Savannah, Georgia. If you aren’t in town head over to shopscad.com to have this clever artwork delievered right to your home. Best part is that this can be yours for just $20.00.
A LITTLE BIT OF A CHAT WITH OUR COVER ARTIST, CHLOE WALTERS What is this piece called and what’s it all about? The piece is called Up in the Clouds and it represents the abstract effects of ADD in a person’s mind. It shows positivity towards a disconnection with reality, but a harmony within one’s self. What materials and techniques have you used here? I used my go-to materials: graphite, India ink, and watercolor. Tell us a bit about your process. I sketched a portrait of my muse-my cousin--while also using watercolor and India ink to create dreamy like textures and line work. I then edited the final product in Photoshop. What’s your studio like? My studio is the kitchen table, with paints, markers and paintbrushes strewn all over the place. I seriously feel bad for my roommates. To see more of Chloe’s pretty illustrations, check out www.behance.net/chloewalter. 014 / FRANK BITS
If you don’t have a green thumb this is the planting kit for you. This small kit provides you steps on how to grow your own air plants. This specific kit includes pretty little jellyfish to hang inbetween your plants, making it the perfect item to update living room decor. This trio box is availible on boxlunchgifts.com for $19.99. As an added bonus box lunch believes in getting some and giving some, so when you make a purchase of $10.00 or more they donate a meal to someone in need. This product not only looks good but it makes you feel good.
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The Happy Planner makes planning and organizing fun through their creation of monthly sticker kits. That’s right, motivate your days by plastering them in colorful stickers. Grab your own Happy Planner at shop.meandmybigideas.com
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Since no one has ever been opposed to a relaxtion day, we might as well share our favorite place to get soothing bath bombs and creamy, delicious-scented soaps.Find their products in-store or online at nourish.com.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT We all could use a little zen in our lives so why not do it in style. These yoga mats come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit everyone’s exercise needs. Lululemon offers highquality yoga mats that will have you sporting your inner yogi in no time. Head over the Lululemon’s website at shop.lululemon.com to pick out your perfect yoga mat. Find these mats for $58.00-$78.00 each.
Nothing makes us feel classier than having classic, old honey out of a champagne flute. (Yay, for awesome pretty little packages!). The only thing is, that this honey is far from the ordinary. Hailing form the Appalachian Mountains, The Savannah Bee Company’s Sourwood Gold Reserve Honey is a must if you love spicy and sweet flavors. Find this holy grail honey at savannahbeecompany.com for $112.00.
STAY COOL Warmer weather means, summer dresses. What better way to stay cool than buying clothes from your own backyard? Like this Madison Dress from Custard Boutique. Find it online at custardboutique.com for $152.00.
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TATTOOED STORIES ink tales sure to change mommy’s and daddy’s opinions of your permanent rebellion. INTERVIEW ALEXIS ATKINS PHOTOGRAPHS JESS FARRAN
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JACK FLEMING What are your tattoos of? I have a pair of scissors cutting the heads off of garden lilies, a ribbon that says “it’s so nice to be here with you”, and a deer antler. When did you get your tattoos? I got the pair of scissors in the beginning of last year, the ribbon a few months after that one and then the antlers a few more months after the ribbon. Where did you get them done? I’ve gotten all of my tattoos done by Pat Crump at the Butcher on Bay Street. What does they mean? Scissors: When I was really young I cut the heads off of my grandmas garden lilies to give to her because they were beautiful but I didn’t know I had just killed them so she put me in time out. Ribbon: “It’s so nice to be here with you” is something my grandpa always said so I got it tattooed on my arm. Antler: All the guys in my family would hunt but I never did. Any ideas for the next one? I’m thinking about getting some playing cards because I always played this card game called 500 Rum with my grandma or maybe some scrabble letters probably both to be honest. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 019
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ANNA SUHR What is your tattoo of? My grandparents’ anniversary date: September 1, 1948. When did you get your tattoo? August 21, 2015 Where did you get it done? Athens, Georgia with my brother What does it mean? My grandparents had the most amazing love story. They went on their first date in fifth grade. When my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my grandfather loved her through her disease. There were her bad days when she would throw herself on the floor and say she didn’t love him, but he loved her anyways. There were her good days when she would not let go of his hand and tell him how he’s the love of her life. We moved her to a nursing home, and he was heartbroken. But every time we brought him to visit her, their eyes would light up and fall in love all over again. The nurses would make fun of them for how much they kissed when they were together. In January last year, my grandmother passed away. My heart broke for my grandfather and for the loss of the most beautiful woman inside and out. A few months later, my grandfather passed away. His health had declined as his longing for his bride grew. They simply couldn’t be without each other. I got the tattoo on my ribs to be close to my heart. Their love was more genuine than any love I’ve ever known. When I see the tattoo, I remember the trials and hardships they loved each other through. I remember the way their eyes lit up when they saw each other. I remember their legacy of love. Any ideas for the next one? I am planning on recovering my back tattoo with a long stem sunflower. My sister has a sunflower on her arm. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 021
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ODNI DOHYUN LIM What is your tattoo of? I have an ice cream cone, parsley and simple geometric line drawn tattoos. When did you get your tattoo? I got those when I was 19, 20, and 21. I got the parsley tattoo first when I was 19, the line drawing tattoo on my arm at 20, and then I got the ice cream tattoo this winter break. Where did you get it done? I’ve got all of these in South Korea, which is my home country. What do they mean? I don’t like tattoos that have deep meanings, I got those from instant ideas at that time. I’m an animation major and my favorite film is Ratatouille, so I decided to have parsley tattoo because of the movie. The drawing is just a simple drawing with no meaning. I like that it has no meaning because whenever anyone asks me what it means I can make up it up on the spot. It’s really fun. I think it’s pretty easy to figure out why I got the ice cream tattoo, it’s because I love ice cream. I decided not to add any color to the tattoo because I have a ton of favorite ice cream flavors. Because it has no color, I can change the flavor to whatever I am feeling at the time. Any ideas for the next one? I think I’m just going to get small tattoos with simple black lines, especially on my thighs or fingers. Also, I want to try it in America. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 023
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HALEY KOCHERSPERGER What is your tattoo of? My tattoo is a back piece of a lion with a feather crown. When did you get your tattoo? I got my first and only tattoo the week of my 19th birthday. I didn’t want to do the irrational, spur-ofthe-moment, “because I can” 18th Birthday thing, so I took a year to really think about it and decide if I really even wanted a tattoo. Where did you get it done? Savannah Ink What does it mean? The initial concept was based on one of my favorite song lyrics “My God’s not dead, he’s surely alive. He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion.” Getting a Christian based tattoo is really just a constant reminder for me that even though I’ll go through seasons of life where I’m less spiritual or in touch with my faith. There’s always a path, there’s always a plan, and there’s always someone looking out for me. Any ideas for the next one? Not specifically. I’m more recently into tattoos for the sake of art. Although my first one had an important meaning, I’m not as obsessed with having something to commemorate or say for every piece of work. I have a few killer tattoo artists that I follow, that I would literally walk into their shop and give them free reign just because I love the art that they do that much. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 025
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TYLER ANDERSON What are your tattoos of? I have a crown on my ring finger, an anchor on my side, a circle on my forearm, a “self-portrait” on bicep and 7 map coordinates on my right shoulder blade. When did you get your tattoos? In 2014, I got the anchor and the circle done. Then in 2015, I had my first three map coordinates tattooed in May followed by my crown and the last four coordinates. Most recently, I got the selfportrait done in April of this year. Where did you get them done? I had the “self-portrait” done at Anonymous Tattoo in Savannah, Georgia by Dean Denney and then the rest were done at Chronic Tattoo in Ohio from my close high school friend, Emily Danesi. What do they mean? Circle: This circle is in memory of my grandmother. In my family when we find a penny it is supposed to represent her watching over us. When I have a bad day, I find pennies in the most random places which makes dealing with things a little bit better. I placed it there so she will always be on my side. “Self-portrait”: In the 80’s Marina Abramovic, a performance artist, created a video entitled “Rest Energy“ - It was a highly intense piece that revealed the fragility of the line between life and death, this work was one that depended on a close relationship and trust. She and Ulay used a bow and arrow that was strung out, pointed right at her heart. I wanted to create a piece that was a selfportrait showing my past and future and how I need to trust myself. No matter what I put myself through I will always make it through those high intense moments. I placed in on my bicep because I tend to cross my arms a lot and when I do that is the closest to my heart. Coordinates: Every coordinate on my back has a meaning and impactful memory - because every memory we create we carry with us. Any ideas for the next one? I will be adding to my coordinates, I’m just not sure where it will be, probably where I move next after graduation. Other than that, I am looking to add something to my arm or my anchor.
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CIERA BOWLBY What is your tattoo of? My tattoo is of the Keyblade â€œOathkeeperâ€? from the Kingdom Hearts series. When did you get your tattoo? I had it done April 9th. It was my first tattoo! Where did you get it done? Pat Crump at The Butcher was the one who did it. He did a phenomenal job with the line work and the coloring. What does it mean? Kingdom Hearts has been one of the most important influences in my life. In the game itself, Oathkeeper is symbolic of light. For years, I struggled with self-harm, and the darkness that comes with it. This tattoo commemorates the year that has passed since I made my last scar. It also serves as a promise to myself that I will never let that darkness overcome me again. Any ideas for the next one? My next one will probably be the weapon, Tessaiga, from InuYasha on the inner part of my right arm. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 029
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LYDIA DIZON What is your tattoo of? An origami paper crane with my aunt’s birthday below it. When did you get your tattoo? Summer 2016 Where did you get it done? Tattoorolo in Corning, NY What does it mean? When I was 5 years old my aunt got married I was and her flower girl. I remember everyone in my family folding 1,000 paper cranes to hang as a chandelier for the wedding. The Chinese believe that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes you will get a wish. Years later in 2006, my aunt began to recover after battling breast cancer for a few years, but got sick and passed away because of her weak immune system. She taught me so much and was a huge influence on the woman I am today. Any ideas for the next one? I’m not entirely sure on my next tattoo, but I’ve been really itching to get another one. I’ll probably get something for myself. Most of my tattoos are influenced by my family and heritage. CREATIVE PEOPLE / 031
fiber florals LORRYN ROSE A FIBERS ARTIST THAT LOVES FLORALS INTERVIEW LINDSEY CAPPS
Ok so tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a junior at SCAD in the Savannah, GA campus. I am studying fibers and I hope someday to design textiles for a company. So what areas of fibers are you most interested in? I do textile design and print and pattern stuff. 034 / CREATIVE PEOPLE
How would you describe your work? Lots of florals, I recently tried to move away from that but it is really hard. Going off of that how would you describe botanicals and how they impact your design? Most of my work is very influenced by nature. I have always been a nature person. We are so disconnected from nature nowadays, we are always on our phone and all of that. You know? Thatâ€™s what I am working on with my project now in my industry class my theme for throughout the whole thing is like how factories kind of replaced nature. The absence of nature in cities and how we like confine it to where we want it and we donâ€™t want to let it actually do its thing. Like in Savannah how we have it confined in squares like where we want it to be. In a way you are confining nature in your work too? True, yeah. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? I had three things in the SCAD Fiber Open
Studio, which was pretty great. Also working for Anna Sui was pretty great too. Do you like her textiles? Yeah they’re really cool. They are funky. Would you say that your styles are similar? No her style is more wild, I am more like grandma floral style, grandma chic. Do you have a favorite piece or work that you have done so far? Oh man that is a tough, probably my very last digital print with the Polaroid, “The Trip to Japan,” that was really cool. It all connected to my Grandma. It was about her trip she took to Japan. I didn’t know what to do for this project and I went through all my stuff and I found a bag of old Polaroid pictures from her trip and then a set of ink and bamboo brushes. And I found all of her bamboo floral drawings that she made with the ink. So my drawings were made with that ink and those brushes and I was trying to mimic her
we are so disconnected from nature nowadays, we are always on our phone and all of that. style of painting. My concept was all about her Polaroid’s so I traced her handwriting on all of them. The botanicals and floral were coming out of the Polaroid kinda like the story coming through the picture. How do you see yourself and your work developing in the future? I think I kinda wanna do, well you see working with the fashion industry is really wild and like crazy you don’t really have a life so much, so I was thinking interior. Like couch designs or like curtains or throw pillows or rugs or shower curtains.
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plant based KAYLICIA HAWKâ€™S JEWELERY IS INSPIRED BY ART ITSELF INTERVIEW JOCELYN NORRIS PHOTOGRAPHS SHANNA DUNLAP
Please explain your project. I created a botanical necklace and a Futurism-inspired ring. What inspired your design? For the necklace I was inspired by the art movement, Abstract Expression. I wanted to create a piece that that shows this art movement in how it is portrayed
in nature from my point of view. With the ring I was inspired by the art movement Futurism, I wanted to show the movement that is seen in Futurism paintings in this piece of jewelry. Which materials were used in the construction of your design? I used brass sheet, brass wire, green patina, and resin to make the necklace. I used brass sheet, silver, CZ, and green patina to make the ring. Is there a message youâ€™re trying to send through this project? With the necklace, I wanted to send the message of growth in nature. With the ring, I really wanted to interpret the feeling of movement. Where can we find out more information about the project? On my behance profile you can find more information on the projects. My link is behnance.com/Kaylicia. LOOK AT THIS / 037
face math HERE ARE SIX DELICIOUS FACE MASKS THAT YOU CAN COUNT ON WORDS PAIGE CHESHIER ILLUSTRATIONS AMBER NASH
THE ACNE BUSTER
BRIGHTEN UP, HONEY
4 Drops Rosehip Seed Oil 2 Dollops Greek Yogurt 1 Squeeze Honey
3 Scoops oatmeal 2 Splashes olive oil 1 Squeeze honey
1 Dollop Coconut Oil 2 Squeezes Honey 1 Splash Lemon Juice
With essential oils being at the frontline of conversation, this Rosehip Seed Oil hydrating mask is sure to be a favorite. The honey acts as a skin brightener while the Greek yogurt aids in replenishing moisture and soft and smooth skin.
This acne fighting recipeâ€™s secret weapon is the olive oil that helps to provide key oils and nutrients to the face while calming your skin. The oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliator while the honey brightens and hydrates.
Good news, this is one of our simpler mixes and chances are you already have all three of these ingredients tucked away in your kitchen. Coconut oil is just shy of a miracle worker and in this case, it acts as a key nourisher for your skin, replacing moisture and adding oil to dry skin.
Tip: Make a double batch of this one and store it in a small mason jar in the refrigerator to pass it along to a friend to make the perfect gift. 038 / ROAD TEST
COOL AS A CUCUMBER
1 Shredded Cucumber 1 Bunch Chopped Mint 3 Squeezes Aloe 4 Drops Lavender Oil
2 Scoops Oatmeal 3 Dollops Greek Yogurt 1 Juiced Orange 2 Pinches Orange Peel 2 Squeezes Honey
1 Avocado 1 Banana 1 Egg
Cucumber, aloe and mint actively work together to provide a cooling effect for the skin. The lavender oil will calm any irritation that may be plaguing your skin while simultaneously sending you into a state of deep relaxation. Tip: Transfer the shredded cucumber into a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel and gently squeeze to remove excess liquid, which will give your mask a thicker, more spreadable consistency.
The oatmeal in this recipe acts as an exfoliator before the honey comes in to brighten your freshly buffed skin. The acid from the orange juice helps to balance the skin and the Greek yogurt replenishes moisture.
This mash and smash mixer is perfect for all skin types and works to combat blemishes and wrinkles. Replenishing the skins natural properties, the avocado provides natural oils that hydrates and replenishes the skin.
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ghost tales A LITTLE ABOUT THE NEW AGE GHOST THAT THE DATING WORLD FEARS
WORDS LINDSEY CAPPS
Growing up my mother always told me that ghosts weren’t real. I’m in my twenties now and I can make my own mind up and I can tell you that ghosts are real, but more importantly, that ghosting is real. If you are a human dating in the digital age you have almost definitely experienced ghosting, by being ghosted or ghosting yourself. But what does ghosting actually mean? The Urban Dictionary definition of ghosting is: Ghosting: goh-sting -verb The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. This is done in hopes that the ghostee will just “get the hint” and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them he/she is no longer interested. Ghosting is not specific to a certain gender and is closely related to the subject’s maturity and communication skills. Many attempt to justify ghosting as a way to cease dating the ghostee without hurting their feelings, but it in fact proves the subject is thinking more of themselves, as ghosting often creates more confusion for the ghostee than if the subject kindly stated how he/
she feels. As if dating wasn’t already complicated enough. The fact that someone could end all communication with you, at any point, without an explanation is more terrifying than any ghost story I’ve ever heard. Ghosting ends the relationship, leaving you with more questions than answers and will ultimately leave you wondering what went wrong or, more destructively, what you did wrong. People tend to forget that there are real, genuine human beings on the other side of their screens. And how important it is to treat people with the same respect we want in return. There is, however, an upside to ghosting. It separates the boys from men. The girls from women. If you have enough guts to tell someone you’re not feeling them or that you just want to have fun and aren’t looking for anything serious, you have earned the title of “Grown Up” and “All Around Decent Human Being,” so congratulations. Since you’re so accomplished now, would you mind explaining to me why Aaron has stopped returning my messages?
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“ AMBER NASH EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF DR. MARTENS’
“Dr. Martens’ appeal to people who have their own individual style but share a united spirit – authentic characters who stand for something. People who possess a proud sense of selfexpression. People who are different.” However iconic these boots have become over the years, their roots stem far beyond just the thrashing punks of the 90’s. It all began with a soldier, Dr. Klaus Märtens, who in 1945, created a shoe with an air-cushioned sole in response to a foot injury. Intrigued by his creation, engineer Dr. Herbert Funck, went into business with Märtens and by 1947, production began. Interestingly enough older women became their main customers. In 1960, the English Griggs Company spotted an advertisement for the unique shoes and pursued a licensing agreement with the company. With this agreement came some notable and
they became a huge staple for underground, expressive, antiestablishment attitude and style.
now iconic changes including the use of the trademark yellow stitching and the tab at the back of each pair with the phrase “AirWair” and “with bouncing soles”. These newly innovative boots were widely popular initially with workman due to their functionality and accessibility. However, by the end of the 1960’s the subculture of British “skinheads” adopted the look. These individuals represented the working class with their shaved heads, suspenders, and alternative culture. Then when rebellious bands, such as The Who, started embracing the boot they became a huge staple for underground, expressive, antiestablishment attitude and style not limited to a specific group, which continued throughout the 70’s. By the 1980’s musicians spread the look all the way to America. Then by the 90’s grunge and punk music was in full force, and with it came the concept of a subversive lifestyle that young people were especially drawn too. The combination of colorful mohawks, flannel shirts, studded denim, and Dr. Martens epitomized the look of the time. The brand forged its way into becoming more than just a fashion piece but a physical representation of a way of thinking unlike any other. To this day, the brand is first and foremost associated with music and still reflects the cultural ideology of the time with over 250 different styles for rebels of all ages and personal taste.
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ALL NATURAL we asked five people how they stay au naturale everyday INTERVIEW JOCELYN NORRIS PHOTOGRAPHS KIELE TWAROWSKI
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GABRIELLE In what ways do you express your natural beauty? I express my natural beauty by making sincere human connection in everyday life and trying to make people’s days brighter as organically and genuinely as I can. What is unique about your natural beauty? My natural beauty is unique because this beauty starts from a small source within me. This natural beauty makes its journey through lessons I’ve learned from past experiences and thus I act and react to situations with as much empathy as I am able. I believe this empathy creates a glow that is uniquely attractive. Tell us about your natural beauty routine. I wash my face with a soap that suits the skin on my face’s needs, then I moisturize with face lotion that is slightly diluted with drops of water. As a performing arts major, I learned the benefits of doing facial exercises and a body stretches whenever I feel the need to release tension. All you really need is a solid foundation of daily showers and taking care of yourself by listening to what your body needs. Does being all natural make you feel more confident? Definitely! When I go out into the world all natural, I know that whatever happens, good or bad, it’s not because of a facade I put up. It really cuts away a lot of extra complications. How do you incorporate being all natural in your lifestyle? The beauty of living all natural is that you don’t have to think about incorporating it. It’s just an always wonderful fact about yourself because it’s just plain honesty and it needs no explanation. It’s straight up your face. I guess I incorporate it by simply accepting and loving myself inside and out. Definitely makes it easier to love and accept other people inside and out too.
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ANDREW In what ways do you express your natural beauty? I express it every day, I don’t do anything to enhance myself. What is unique about your natural beauty? My beauty is unique because I have very distinct features, most of them are similar to my mom’s. Tell us about your natural beauty routine. I shower, brush my hair and spray to set it. That is my beauty routine. Does being all natural make you feel more confident? I don’t know anything but all natural. I do feel a little insecure after taking off photoshoot make up off. How do you incorporate being all natural in your lifestyle? It’s a part of my everyday life, because I am always all natural and confident doing so.
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OLIVIA In what ways do you express your natural beauty? I try to incorporate a natural look into my daily look. I like to keep my makeup subtle and usually only cover blemishes, even out my complexion and fill in my eyebrows on most days. My eyes are my main focus. I never leave the house without filling in my eyebrows and adding mascara. My hair is also natural, so I like to wear it out in either loose waves or a protective style with braids or twists. What is unique about your natural beauty? If anything I do think my hair is unique; it's one of my favorite things about myself and I try to take really good care of it. But honestly I don't find much special about my natural beauty. Maybe because I've been taking care of my own hair for so long and I've only just started getting into makeup. Anything else seems foreign to me. I do it because it brings me comfort and I feel the most myself when I'm natural. Tell us about your natural beauty routine. My routine starts at night when I do my hair. Every night I brush out my waves and use a mixture of castor oil and lavender oil to keep my hair from getting too dry. Then I braid my hair into two French braids; in the morning I let out the braids and usually I'm good to go. I love taking showers in the morning, they always make me feel so refreshed and help me to wake up. I usually wash my face with honey and then with a facial cleanser by Burt's Bees, then I exfoliate. Castile soap does a great job at regulating my pH, so I use that all over. I make sure to moisturize immediately after every shower. Recently I've been loving cocoa butter; I apply that wherever my skin is really dry and use coconut body butter everywhere else. For my face, after my showers I spritz some tea tree water all over my face and apply a dark spot corrector to my blemishes, both from Lush. Then I moisturize and move on to makeup. Since I've been so busy lately I don't like the feeling of too much product on my face. So for a base I mix a tinted moisturizer and a bit of liquid foundation together. If I'm looking tired I'll add a little illuminator to the mix to brighten up my skin. Then I contour a tiny bit to give my face some more dimension, highlight my cheekbones and fill in my eyebrows. Does being all natural make you feel more confident? In a lot of ways, yes! I feel a lot more comfortable when I'm all natural, especially if I'm running around all day. But in a more professional environment, sometimes I feel self-conscious about my natural hair. For a while I was straightening it because a lot of people told me I looked more professional and put together, but it was starting to take a toll on its health, so I went back to my old routine. I still worry a lot about how it may affect people's opinion, but I love my hair no matter what, so that's all the really matters. How do you incorporate being all natural in your lifestyle? To me, it's all about taking good care of your body. Besides what I do in my daily routine, I try to eat healthy, drink a ton of water and exercise regularly. It can be so easy to run yourself ragged, especially if you have such a heavy workload. When I'm taking the time to be mindful and take care of myself, I feel so much better about everything. I'm happier and I have more energy. It takes a lot of effort and I have to set time aside to achieve this but it's so worth it at the end of the day.
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CATHY In what ways do you express your natural beauty? One way I express my natural beauty is by towel-drying my hair. I do not own a blow dryer or straightener nor use products or color in my hair, daily. Although it’s thick and won’t hold a style for longer than an hour, I like the way it looks without any of that. What is unique about your natural beauty? I think a great smile goes a long way. I’m not sure if it’s really a unique feature but I do receive a lot of compliments on my teeth, which is always a great feeling. It’s also a lot like my moms, who has the biggest grin you’ll ever see. Tell us about your natural beauty routine. I’m very much into all-natural products. I found this really great product while shopping for groceries at Whole Foods, that I now swear by! It’s called ‘Argan Stem Cell & Chlorella Growth Factor Brightening Facial Scrub’ by ACURE Organics). After washing my face, I apply Hyaluronic Acid (as a moisturizer), a splash of Benetint rose-tinted cheek and lip stain, and a swipe of mascara Almay) and I’m ready to conquer the day. Does being all natural make you feel more confident? No, being all natural makes me feel naked. I usually do receive more compliments when not wearing make up; but I do believe that make-up has the power to enhance beauty, not create it. How do you incorporate being all natural in your lifestyle? I try to eat clean and use only organic or natural products.
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SHAUN In what ways do you express your natural beauty? I express my natural beauty by just being myself. I hate wearing things that make me feel uncomfortable, and trying to enhance your god given features just doesn’t come off genuine. Expressing my sense of natural beauty just comes down to me accepting who I am as a person. What is unique about your natural beauty? Personally, I don’t think there’s anything unique about my natural beauty. I guess the unique aspect comes from me being grounded and not trying too hard to impress others with high end brands or changing my physical appearance. I’ve been told that I dress pretty simple, so that simplicity is what makes me come off as unique. Tell us about your natural beauty routine. I don’t have a concrete routine. I’ve been told I spend a lot of time with my hair, but aside from that, I don’ really do much out of the ordinary to keep myself up. Does being all natural make you feel more confident? It does make me feel more confident. It feels good when someone compliments you on your natural qualities. I think that’s why I tell my female friends that they don’t need to use make up and what not. Sometimes people use stuff like make up and texturizers to gain a false sense of confidence, but in reality that type of stuff isn’t necessary. How do you incorporate being all natural in your lifestyle? Being all-natural in my lifestyle just means taking care of myself. Everyone has their own perspective on what’s best for them. So as long as I don’t allow outside things to influence me both physically and mentally, then being all natural just comes more naturally.
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COLOR ME PRETTY a few coloring pages inspired by master works of art
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in the bag PIPER REESE HAS FOUND HER NICHE IN ACCESSORY DESIGN. INTERVIEW ALEXIS ATKINS PHOTOGRAPHS JUSTIN CHAN
Hello! Who are you and what do you do? My name is Piper Reese, I’m from a cozy beach town in Maine. Currently I’m an incoming senior Accessory Design student, at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Describe your style to us, please. Comfortable! The second I’m not comfortable, I have to change. My go to look us jeans, a cashmere sweater and
heeled ankle boot, and of course a big pair of sunglasses. What kind of materials and techniques do you use? As far materials in my designs, I used predominately leather. For footwear especially, leather is tough to avoid. For my handbags leather is also a go-to, but I like to experiment a bit more, with wool felt, neoprene, and fabric. When did you know that you wanted to focus on accessory design? As soon as I realized that it was actually something I could study for four years I was hooked. I knew it would be creative and hands on but I also knew that I would get to be a part of a massive ever-changing industry. What was your first attempt like? The summer before I started at SCAD, I wanted to take a try at sewing with leather and try to make a bag. I bought a leather sewing machine, and my mom took me to a furniture factory that had bins and bins of scrap upholstery leather. I got a couple of swatches and zippers and just started
messing around, then I Googled how to make a tassel and stuck the tassel in the zipper (not what you should do). When I look at its now it’s totally crooked, but that one bag got me so excited to learn. What is your creative space like? When I’m not on school campus, I work on a 9 ft. turquoise 60’s dining room table. Every time I start working, mounts and mounts of material, markers, and magazine clippings pile up and create a total mess, it can be stressful but I think it’s good to be surrounded in color and with a variety of inspiration.
I’m always thinking about my customer: what would they wear and how do they live.
and I, which is think is fine because I know that market the best. What is your motto? Work smarter not harder. Where can we see more of your fashion creations? You can find me on Instagram: @piper_ott.
What of your personality is reflected in your work? My personally is definitely reflected in my work, I like things classic but with a twist. I think all of my pieces have stuck to that format. What inspires you? Fashion and interior design inspire me, I’m always thinking about my customer, what would they wear and how do they live. Most of the time, my customer is my friends
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LUCKY CHARMS your favorite breakfast cereal could actually be the inspiration for the next big fashion trend. PHOTOGRAPHS SIERRA SOLLENBERGER ILLUSTRATIONS AMBER NASH STYLING LINDSEY CAPPS
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many cultures over the centuries have cherished ladybugs, believing them to bring good luck
the horseshoe common legend is that the ends must be pointing up (keeping all the good luck in)
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each leaf of a four-leaf clover has a specific meaningâ€” faith, hope, love and luck
lucky number seven there are seven days of the week, seven colours of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents
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self shot EMMA CRAFT
This self-portrait was shot at a place where I always go to clear my head. This little home has been owned down the line in my family for a while and for me itâ€™s the perfect distance from home to get away for a few hours. Most the time I park my car somewhere and sit on the hood to watch golden hour unfold. This time though, I was actually able to go inside again, which was a pretty strange feeling. The last time I went inside was probably when I was young enough to get pushed on the wooden swing outside. It's a nice feeling to feel yourself growing up and to find yourself still rooted to something simple like this.
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ask me if I was sure. It was as if she believed that in order for an African-American woman to have “good hair”, she had to buy it off the shelf. From that moment on, I made a silent vow to never wear my natural hair. I wanted to convince everyone that I had naturally straight hair. I wanted to be seen as me, not for what the media depicted my culture as.
ILLUSTRATION AMBER NASH
Over the last few years, a lot of AfricanAmerican women have been throwing out their flat irons and blow dryers to embark on their own natural hair journey. I know this because I am one of those women. Growing up, it was an unspoken rule that if you wanted to fit in as a black woman, you needed to mimic the standards of white beauty. Which could mean bleaching your skin, perfecting your speech or straightening your hair. It didn’t matter that our hair was meant to have kinks and curls. It didn’t matter how bad the chemicals burned as they attempted to erase our culture. It didn’t matter that regardless of how many methods we took to keep our hair straight, water and humidity would always reveal the truth: we were black. But even when I did straighten my hair, I still felt like I was different than everyone else. As a child I was already picked on because of how I spoke and dressed but the first time someone brought up the texture of my hair I was in the third grade. I had come into class after getting my hair done and my teacher came up behind me and ran her hands through my hair. She asked me if my hair was fake. When I told her no, she proceeded to
African-Americans, especially African-American women, were barely represented on television. But as television progressed, more shows started showing young African-American women of all different varieties, from relaxed hair to natural. There was A Different World, Living Single, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, all shows that highlighted the diversity of Black Culture. But I still wasn’t sold on embracing my natural hair, until my senior year of high school when I began watching YouTube. It was the one platform where I could find women of color, just like me, that were struggling with popularized ideals of beauty. With each video, I saw a new girl starting her natural hair journey. They looked free and I was envious. These were women who had learned how to love themselves in the way that they were created. These women were joining the bigger movement to redefine beauty. I knew I wanted to experience the love and freedom that they were. It was time I learned to be confident in my own skin, so I, like the other women, locked away my heat styling tools and I haven’t looked back. Going Natural isn’t a fad, it’s a movement designed to empower women to love their natural self. We are at a fragile time where we are fighting to progress equality for all people no matter what race or sexual preference. It’s time for us to be accepting of others and ourselves because we define our own beauty.
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NATURE SOLVING industrial designer meghan preiss believes that through nature we can solve anything INTERVIEW ALEXIS ATKINS PHOTOGRAPHS PHIL CARIDI
Hello! Who are you and what do you do? Hi! My name is Meghan Preiss. I am a double major in Industrial Design and Service Design. Industrial is more of a product design based major and Service deals heavily with systems and services! Both of them work so well together because they teach me two sides of design thinking to make me a well rounded, and deeper thinking designer!
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Every side can be the top. So I connected that to grow lavender there needs to be six entities of equal importance. Then I started ideating some shapes and forms to accentuate water, pH, sun strength, moisture, nutrients, and time. For lavender to grow in specific areas it needs a lot of attention, so elle has different meters through out to allow you to Describe your work for us, please. So, this is my monitor these elements to create the best growing project elle. It was a week-long project. Elle is a self- situation. In addition, I brought it back to the cube watering planter. It started in my studio one class. by having it be balanced and stable. My professor, Owen Foster, gave us the prompt: Show me the essence of a cube and show me what What kind of materials and techniques did you you think I need to see. This is known as his test. He use? In this project and many of my industrial wants to see how hard you are willing to push for an design projects I like to start off with service design assignment without any assistance from him. methods. Mind maps and different diagrams open the mind up to creative ideas and the fun thing is So I started with some brainstorming, and it lead anything can be written down and spark a different idea that might actually work or inspire you to find me to want to design a product to water plants. I started looking into things that plants need to grow the answer. and found a connection point. A cube has 6 sides of I then move into a research phase where I research equal importance. There is no specific top or
all I can with the time given to find competition and techniques. I read a lot of garden blogs for this project which made me very envious that I have to rent a house and I can’t have my own garden outside. Haha. In elle I used mahogany wood, balsa wood, and plastic. I really tried to keep with mostly natural materials because I feel as though when I am designing something for nature, I should use products that nature likes and can digest. When did you first become interested in industrial design and why? This question always stumbles me. I started out at SCAD as a photo major, switched to graphic, and then found my niche in industrial design. Which is very normal for most industrial designers because we do not really know about it until we go to college and then there is a moment like…HOLY MANOLI. I can design products that people use everyday and every part of everyday. It is actually kind of scary, I will be apart of the crowd that changes the world. I am going to be designing products of the future. I think that is why I am in this major. I feel like everyone always says I want to change the world. In industrial design, you don’t really have an option, every product you design in school or out of school is thinking about the future. How can I improve this or how are people going to do this in the future and how can I make something to make that easier. So yeah on the record, I am going to change the world one day.
nature gives us so much and yet we just keep tearing it down.
Tell us a little bit about why sustainability is an important element of your designs? Sustainability is important because right now there is a huge push and almost realization that we are destroying earth and very quickly. We have been designing products that end up in landfills and they take years to decompose. Product designers and engineers are (to me) at fault for this. Yes, consumers are throwing things out and upgrading to better ones, but why don’t we create products that when thrown away can be recycled or better decomposed or create products that will last the test of time. There are very few designers that capture timeless design. But I truly believe that our generation, “millennials” are working towards that. Every designer here at SCAD is working to design better products for the future. Now, we just need some help to get some recycle bins, and not just the bins, but also a recycle service at SCAD. How has studying abroad in Lacoste influenced your designs? Lacoste has influenced my designs in more ways than I think. I took a sustainability class: Biomimicry. This class taught us to look at nature and find how it solves all of its problems. It’s actually quite amazing. Nature has a solution for every single problem. Now why in the world, have we not looked to nature in the past is beyond me because I feel like a nature guru saying this but nature is brilliant!
Also, studying in Lacoste where you are surrounded by the most beautiful nature everyday is almost a dream. Seeing lavender and cherry blossoms bloom and then having major allergy attacks was so great. I think every time I present a project or final concept, I always step back and see a little of Lacoste in my design. What inspires you? My main drive and inspiration is nature. I talk a lot about nature in this interview but all of my favorite activities and hobbies can only really exists within it. Nature gives us so much and yet we just keep tearing it down. I also have some really great mentors in my life that inspire me to keep pushing myself to the limits and to never give up. My one professor, John McCabe, who is definitely a mentor of mine, has told me multiple times “ be the change you wish to see.” Although this phrase is so cliché, with all of the clubs and events I hold at my building and all of the things I push to change, in times of need it is the most mind blowing and inspiring quotes one can say to you.
I am a very involved person, I really get inspired by seeing people happy and having the moment where they learned a new thing or made a new connection. What is your motto? My motto that I recently came across within the past year or two is “be the shift”. I attended this super awesome design camp in the summer and in the winter called SHiFT Design Camp (www.shiftdesign.us) and their slogan is: be the shift. Every camp we have awesome conversations about what that means and every time I attend, or think about the saying be the shift it changes. Be the shift in someone’s day. Be the shift in design. Be the shift of the future. Be the shift in life. It really works in every instance and I say it at least once a day if not more to myself to remind my self to push forward! Where can we see more of your beautiful creations? To follow me on every project I do, Instagram is the best (@mpreiss31). You can also check out my website www.mpreiss.com. I keep a small blog on that about my thoughts, inspirations, and designs and my formal portfolio is there.
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THE BACKROADS georgia photographer chandler jernigan explores the south one photo at a time INTERVIEW ALEXIS ATKINS
How did you come up with the idea to feature the rural south for your series? Well, it kind of evolved. Originally I was looking for lost places, and when I say “looking”, I mean driving in one direction until I found a spot that I found interesting. With that said, the best place to find interesting subject matter is on the back roads. And because I’m in southern Georgia the subject matter was unavoidably rural. So, once I realized that my project was evolving into a series about the South I ran with it. Why did you choose to call it the Back Roads? I chose to call it the Back Roads because material like what I found would not have been discoverable in the suburbs or by taking interstates. Was it eerie to travel to some of these isolated areas? Oh, for sure! I did a lot of trespassing, went into a lot of abandoned houses, and at one point almost got my car stuck in the mud on someone else’s property. Because the rural south is partly impoverished and doesn’t have funding to have houses properly demolished when abandoned, they
really only come down when they rot away. With that said, I would go into houses in the middle of nowhere, where the floors were questionable, walls were no longer straight, and would be littered with belongings of the people who lived there potentially many years ago. Because quite a few belongings were usually left, I felt as if I was invading someone privacy. That was probably the more unsettling parts of my journey. Tell us about some of the people you met on your journey. Well, I met some people that were friendly, and some that were not so friendly. I had people come up to me, ask me what I was doing (even when I wasn’t trespassing) as well as had people tell me that I was not allowed to photograph their property in fear that I was going to steal something. I was turned down many times to taking a persons portrait, but did have a couple that allowed me. I met gas station ladies, junkyard men, and a few good ol’ boys, but for the most part did not get a lot
of human interaction. Most people were very skeptical of me and did not understand how I got there, and why I found it interesting to photograph stuffed deer heads or a door in the swamp. I’ve lived in the South my entire life, and many of the people living in the rural south don’t really understand photographing the “diamond in the rough” type things. In a way they were sort of intimidated by it, and probably felt as if I were trying to take advantage of them. So, overall, I didn’t get a lot of opportunity to speak with people as well as photograph them to include them in my series. I needed to gain their trust first. What did the Back Roads make you think about? For the most part it really just gave me an even better understanding of southern culture. Although I’ve lived in and around it my whole life, I’ve never had to analyze it like I had to in this series. It makes me think about how the South will evolve/progress when and if it will.
Many people I came across have been doing the same thing their entire life, and were doing what their daddy did andwhat their daddy’s dad did. As well as they were doing it in a business that had been there for decades. A lot of the people are uncultured and naïve to a degree. It made me thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in my life and the encouragement from loved ones to take them.
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CREATIVE COUPLES these creative lovers look to each other for inspiration INTERVIEW LINDSEY CAPPS PHOTOGRAPHS KIELE TWAROWSKI
HALEIGH I’m Haleigh, from Long Island, New York majoring in Fibers. We’ve been dating for about 10 months now. We met at a house party on Valentine’s Day where Jack was dressed in a full chef outfit carrying one too many knives. My strengths are overreacting to everything, While his strengths are laughing at me when I overreact, making other people feel comfortable and happy, and making milkshakes. He has taught me that being happy and nice are always the most important things. We are influenced by each other’s work, we both really enjoy color but in different ways, but Jack has helped me simplify a lot of my work while somehow making it much crazier. What impresses me most about him is that he somehow has the craziest life experiences that you couldn’t make up if you tried, and he smiles and laughs through every single one.
JACK I am an artist, from Pinehurst, North Carolina in Photography. I don’t really remember when we first met but I was dressed like a chef and it was Valentine’s day. My strengths are that I am big and warm while she is little and cute. Haleigh has taught me so much about myself and the world, Mostly how to be happy and help others feel the same way. Every Day, I find myself influenced by her work, Haleigh is in most of my personal work in one way or another. Whether it’s plants she likes or a photo taken in the garden behind her house. What impresses me most about her is her understanding of humans and their feelings.
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FRANKIE My major is Fashion Marketing and my minor is Fashion Design. We’ve been dating for a year this month! It’s been an amazing ride full of non stop adventure. We actually got the chance to both intern in New York together and it was one of the coolest experiences ever. The city is so much fun for us, we always love finding new places to go and it really strengthened our relationship and brought it to a different level of maturity. We actually met on Tinder, but we officially met up after class and he decided to bring me home so we could get to know each other, later that day we met up for a dinner date at Mellow Mushroom. I think that my strengths are that I am very passionate about what I do and am strong in what I believe in. I like to dream big and encourage my self to overcome whatever is necessary to get to where I want to be. I constantly strive for perfection. I like to take care of people, I grew up laughter, my family and I were very close and I learned so much from them and that is where I get my urge to be a caretaker from. In our relationship, I am very nurturing, I love to take care of Jerry and make sure he always has what he needs. Jerry is very hard working. He’s always encouraging and doing the best that he can. He always takes on a ton of projects because he knows he can do them, and do them well. He is someone who is always there for his friends and will go the extra mile for them and always does it to me if I am upset. In our relationship he is very good at knowing what to do if I’m having a bad day or just am not into my work and want to restart or just fix it to make it better. The one thing that I have learned from Jerry is to push yourself. When he is critiquing my designs, he will always tell me to push myself and try something new. When he is with in the studio he will jump in and try to help as best as he can. He always wants to be apart of my work and always likes when I am apart of his. He is very good and picking out what needs to be edited and make sure I have a piece that will out do anyone else’s. I find myself influenced by Jerry’s work. I am extremely interested in fashion film and he always supports my vision for fashion films. I have done two with him so far and I am in the works of doing two more with him and when we work together the work is amazing. He actually taught me how to edit my own films and how to work in the programs, it was really interesting! He is always working on projects and wants me on set with him to learn and I really do. It opens my eyes to what I can implement in my own work. What impresses me the most is how much he enjoys the little things, a lot of people honestly neglect those and I think little things like moments, pictures and adventures really make out relationship special. Jerry really likes our little moments together and it’s one of the things that makes us as a couple different. One time we went out to dinner after work when we were in New York, and we decided to go play mini golf on the pier. After that we went to sit on the pier and watched the stars and it was a really sweet moment in our relationship because we just sat and reflected on ourselves. Another thing that impresses me about Jerry is how different we can be at times but how much we connect. We have a very strong relationship, we believe in surrounding ourselves with the most amazing friends and our supporting families.
JERRY I am a Film and Television major with a Motion Media minor. We have been dating for almost a whole year. May 26th, 2016 is our one year anniversary. We actually met on Tinder, but met up outside of my house in Savannah, GA to go to our first date at Mellow Mushroom. I love listening about Frankie’s day. He would come home from classes and I would ask hows your day? He is definitely a talker and I am more of a listener. He is the house”wife” because he usually does all the cooking, cleaning, and making the bed in the morning. He gives me the love that I can’t ever imagine. We can just say that he is perfect. I learned the way he receives love because through this year, I found out that he loves to hear love through words. I also find myself influenced by Frankie’s work because I love creating fashion films and as he is a Fashion Marketing major, he influences me to learn more about the fashion industry. I am impressed the most by his incredible talented skills. He knows so much about the fashion industry. Whenever I ask him about what brand a shirt is and he can tell by the look of it! 102 / CREATIVE PEOPLE
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MELISSA I am a sophomore at SCAD, with a major in Fibers and a minor in Fashion Marketing. We’ve been dating for about a year and a half. It’s kind of funny how we met, I overheard him talking on the phone about going to a party, and I stopped him and asked him to take me jokingly, he laughed and ever since that night we started talking. My strengths are I think more creatively, while he thinks more mechanically, and practical. When we collaborate on things, he makes it function and I make it look pretty. Aside from school, I am pretty laid-back, generous person. I always try and help people out, and I’m good at communicating my feelings. He’s really a caring person, he is also incredibly funny and adds a lot of humor into the relationship. He’s also so caring and my biggest supporter. I learned how to just go with the flow of life, and relax and not stress. I’m most impressed by his work ethic, and how he manages his time, it’s impressive. He is always on time. I’m most impressed by how compassionate and caring he is. It’s really hard to find someone so accepting and that will support me on any journey I take in life.
STEVEN I am a junior at SCAD, with an industrial design major and a Marine Design minor. We’ve been dating for about a year and a half. We met in one of the squares, her and her friend came up to me when I was on the phone, and we just really hit it off from the moment we met. I’m a good listener, and I always make time to help Melissa out whenever she needs help. She’s a very interesting, funny person. I love talking with her, it’s very easy to talk to her and it comes natural. I feel very open and comfortable to be myself. I learned from her how to be generous, and more creative. I’m interested in her creativity, and how she comes up with crazy ideas, like making a dress out of books or a coral structure made from paper. I never think of ideas like that. I’m most impressed by how sweet and kind she is, to everyone she meets. She will literally talk to anyone, and ask them about their day. She also cares about what’s happening in the world, and always tells me interesting facts and always has great advice.
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KATIE I am an artist attending SCAD, majoring in painting. And we have been dating for three and half years, we met freshman year of college. Ryan’s strengths are that he makes the best of everything and he is very focused and determined in accomplishing goals. He thinks intently about the future and how to prepare for it. He has strong core beliefs and doesn’t stray from them. I am very empathetic… I feel everything. I’m also pretty good at winning people over. I like to help others reach their full potential. I have learned that tough things in life are easier to tackle with a partner. Ryan has taught me that to laugh more and be serious less, he always finds ways to make everything fun. I am influenced by his work, I enjoy how soft and organic his forms are. I don’t paint much but I love to look at his work. It is aesthetically nice and gentle, it calms me. What impresses me most about him is how he taught me how to love like never before. Especially him but not limited to him; also how to love God, others, and myself. It feels like were seeking supernatural through our relationship. I want others to feel this love flowing out of us and be affected in the best possible way.
I am an artist currently living and working in Savannah, Georgia. Katie and I have been dating for over three years now we met our freshman year at SCAD. My strengths are that I am confident and don’t doubt myself. Katie’s strengths are that she is great at communicating and she is pretty adaptable, she is able to go with the flow. Katie helps me with communication with my art and she culture’s me and opens me up to new languages and ways of life while traveling. I’m influenced more so just her, rather than her work as she is influence and subject of many of my pieces. What impresses me most about Katie is how sweet, caring, and trustworthy she is.
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SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT we asked our resident illustrator. amber nash, to create some special artist notebook paper and this is what she came up with.
while I unleashed my lyrical genius to anyone that would listen.
ALEXIS ATKINS HAS BEEN DROPPING MICS SINCE THE DAY SHE WAS BORN.
Half way through freshman year, I had been recklessly talking about how good I was at freestylin’. A few of my friends (who were also in honors classes) began nudging me to spit a few bars. I tried to be coy and said I had nothing to rap about but unfortunately I received requests for topics. One kid dropped the beat and I went in: “This rap to you is a spiritual rebirth To get it together, life is short
As a tiny, four-eyed nerd, I knew I had to become a rapper. It was clearly the only way out the harsh hallways of the public school system. Lil Wayne could do it. Wheelchair Jimmy had a top ten song on the Billboard charts. And Nicki Minaj was changing the game for young female rappers like me. No amount of academic honors courses my parent’s enrolled me in, were going to get in the way of me sharing my rhymes with the world. I started off practicing with my sister when I was younger. She would pound out the beats on her desk while I unleashed my lyrical genius to anyone that would listen. It wasn’t until my first year of high school that I was really able to show off my rap skills. I had just discovered J. Cole’s mixtape “Friday Night Lights” and for a lack of better words, I was feeling pretty cocky. 122 / EXPERIANCE
You don’t want to be at the finish line With nothing to show for it” The whole table erupted with multiple, “That was fire!” and “You got flows, Alexis”. That entire school year, we would all come together after biology class for lunch taking turns rapping about the things most important to us: school and food. We called our scholastic rap cypher, Lunch Raps, like lunch wraps but instead of eating we were rapping… I mean what can I say, nerd fun is the best kind of fun. I even got an official rap name, Double A, the hottest rapper at Stonewall Jackson High School, well at least to me and my best friend Jessica, also known as J-Dizzle. It wasn’t until recently that someone brought to my attention that my rap name sounded like my bra size so I don’t think I will be releasing a mixtape any time soon. But all in all, my short journey in to the rap game taught me that there’s nothing like the confidence you feel after fulfilling one of your wildest fantasies.
swipper swipped right LINDSEY CAPPS IS A PRO AT TINDER WORDS LINDSEY CAPPS ILLUSTRATIONS AMBER NASH
Tinder has become the number one dating app in only a few short years in the entire, so speaking from a girl who has used it for roughly two years, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY I think the best thing about Tinder is the fact that it connects you with people that you otherwise would have never met in person. I mean, there’s always the chance that you could run into the guy or gal at the local coffee shop or the occasional party, but chat it up any way. Who cares! Be weird! Be quirky! Be yourself! The majority of the people you match with on Tinder you may never see again, so why not go for it and have a little bit of fun while you’re at it. FUCKBOYS VS. THE GOOD GUYS This lesson applies to all dating spheres, not only Tinder. But it’s safe to say, Frankie is currently working on a formula to see if we can easily distinguish the fuckboys from the gold-hearted babes, but I regret to inform you that the FBI is still trying out different tests and methods to figure it. Until then, I have discovered that you just have to trust your gut. But if he has two zirconium earrings and wears 124 / SOMETHING TO SAY
his hat with the sticker still on it, run. BACKGROUND CHECK If you ever manage to go on an official date with a match on Tinder, do a background check. If you can’t manage to recruit Nev and Max to do your dirty work, then it is up to you to do a thorough background check of your potential Tinder date (or hire your tech savvy best friend, that works, too.) As for the basics, be sure to check out their Facebook, their Instagram, their Twitter, their Vine, their SnapChat, and hell, even their Linkedin is fair game. You are going to need to use your female/male intuition on this one, so if you get a Ted Bundy vibe, I suggest you unmatch A.S.A.P. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT This is easier said than done, but the more you know about yourself as a person, it makes it much easier for you to choose who you want as your partner. What did the goddess RuPaul say that one time? “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else?” I can’t be certain, but I’m sure that was directed towards Tinder and relationships for that matter. GROW UP! In other words, don’t play games. You have to be direct with people if you want direct responses. If you aren’t looking for a 3 a.m. booty call, let them know up front. If you’re looking for something more serious, tell them. If you aren’t feeling it anymore, tell them. You have to understand the simple fact that everyone has feelings and that everyone deserves closure. Even if it seems like no one else is playing by these rules, be the bigger person. You’ll come out if it much stronger and know that you did the right thing. Don’t let those Tinder flames go out. Peace and blessings!
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HOUSE CALLS chloĂŤ walters, our cover artist, takes us inside her cozy historic home INTERVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHS LINDSEY CAPPS
What do you do? I study Fibers and Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Where do you live? The Historic District of Savannah, GA Who do you live with? Elise Engles and Rachel Campbell! A few of my closest friends. Can you share a favorite memory that has taken place in the house? My 20th Birthday and the night I set half my room on fire! How would you describe your decorating style? Eclectic and maybe a little bohemian. I like taking inspiration from my travels throughout Greece and the white and blue architecture from the islands.
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You have quite a bit of artwork around the house. Tell us about that. It’s usually from the deepest darkest corners of my Grandma’s abandoned art collection in her basement. I also have a few Matisse posters and wall hangings I wove. Where did you buy most of the stuff in your house? Most of it was passed down to me by my parents and their parents, but other things I got at antique stores around Savannah. How do you usually feel when you walk in the front door? I feel really at home! Because most of our furniture was at some point in my family, it reminds me of childhood and my house back in Cincinnati. What does ‘home’ mean to you? I think home is a place where you are most comfortable and filled with the people you love!
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it takes two MEET THE DUO BEHIND THE YOUNG VALENTINES
INTERVIEW ISABELLA ROY
Tell us about Young Valentines. GIRL: Young Valentines for me personally is getting to freely make music with the love of my life; to be able to finally produce a new sound with someone who inspires my creativity while also educating each other with what we’ve discovered in music separately. We were bound to happen and both bring a lot to the table because of it.
BABE: Well, Young Valentines is the byproduct of having the same ideas and philosophies about music as my fiancée; not to mention the same taste stylistically for the mood were trying to set. It only makes sense. We both feel the same way about what music is to us, and how it should be used accordingly in everyday life. What is your motto or philosophy? GIRL: Don’t let anyone take away the light from your understanding. Flaunt who you are as a person and find that your constant changing and learning is beautiful and necessary; the simple embrace of you and your fellow human despite your shortcomings. BABE: Do whatever makes you happy as long as it doesn’t harm anybody else. How would you describe your musical genre? GIRL: It sometimes depends on the song and what feeling we are trying to evoke. Basing a coverall statement on the sound may weaken what we’ve attributed to it; however, I’d say it’s
safe to put us in the realm of new wave trap music with a more melancholy tint. BABE: Its heavily influenced by trap and soul music. We’re both from the south, so naturally it shows. How did you both meet? GIRL: I met him and was instantly infatuated with the talented, self made artist introduced to me. He was gorgeous and extremely charming. I felt love for him instantly. BABE: I needed a female vocalist for a song I was trying to put together and my buddy said his homegirl was in town for a little while and she could do it. Ever since I heard her sing, it was all over with. Been in love since really. Who would you like to collaborate with in the future? GIRL: I imagine myself solely sticking with Babe honestly, but if the opportunity arose to collaborate or be mentored by Rhianna, Lana Del Rey, Future, Kodak Black, Drake, Young Thug, really any person with a unique talent/sound, whether popular or underground, would be considerable because it’s important to expand your horizons and advocate possible business opportunities. BABE: I would do anything in the world to make music with drake. It sounds cliche but cliches are cliches for a reason that man makes some of the best modern music.
be prevalent here. From hip hop, folk, indie rock, blues, smooth jazz, (karaoke, haha) it just depends where you find yourself at that moment. Lately it’s been kind of fizzing out, but this city’s always changing, hastily at that. BABE: There was a time I thought it was very active, I can’t help but admit that it has been slacking lately. A lot of us newer artist feel it’s hard to emerge here because the consumers here do not really support the locals, it’s as if they want you big already. Birmingham is growing every day and are a huge exception. And we are right by New Orleans which has arguably one of the most thriving music scenes in the country. Any big plans for your first album release? GIRL: I have all the hope in the world that others will find comfort in the messages we convey and push for us to be supported further. I want every album we do to have our maximum efforts put into it, so that it’s impossible to choose which one is the very best. BABE: We are really making a big step in the right direction due to having met my bud Preston Johnson. He has been such a huge help as far as management and business is concerned. Every artist needs that person that really believes in you and your music almost more than you do to really take it to the next level. I’m pretty sure that’s our guy. Expect us on iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much every other place to get music.
What inspires your music? GIRL: Anything and everything. It’s extremely easy to find artistic value in something. You don’t really have to look for it, usually it appears most unexpectedly. A slight sound, the way an object’s formed and colored, having a very real life, fleeting feelings; they can all be very inspiring. BABE: She pretty much summed that up. It is so hard NOT to be inspired by everything before, whether it is a negative impression or a positive one. Oh, and Drake. What is the music scene like in Alabama? GIRL: There’s a variety of music that used to
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monsters under the bed
Of course I should have known to expect the worse just by reading the title of the movie, but Disney Channel had never let me down before, so what the heck.
SCARY MOVIES DEFINITELY AREN’T FOR JOCELYN NORRIS
Boy was I in for a treat.
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At least once in our lifetime we’ve all, at least tried, to watch and sit through a scary movie. And we remember them, especially the first one we ever watched. Whether it was laughable, onthe-edge-of-your-seat scary or just downright terrifying, those images never leave our minds when we lay in the darkness late at night trying to fall asleep. And I am no exception. The first scary movie I ever watched I was about nine or ten years old. Cuddled up on a chilly fall night, sipping on some apple juice, I was watching a killer Disney Channel movie marathon when the next thing that pops up is the infamous the Disney Original Don’t Look Under the Bed. You know the one, the one that absolutely terrified each boy and girl across the entire country. If you have never seen the hit Halloween Disney special, just imagine a creepy stalker hiding behind a science skeleton, zombie teeth that seem to come out of nowhere, and a creature that resides underneath your bed that isn’t against holding you captive in a dirty, smelly gym sock next to a rotted sandwich. 138 / EXPERIENCE
I wanted to turn the channel immediately, but for some reason, I suffered through it. I only covered my ears a few times during Frances’ unsettling voice narration. And I only closed my eyes for a moment when the children’s dolls turned their heads all the way around in a full circle. But I completely shielded my eyes when the boogeyman literally came out from underneath the character’s bed. And even after all of that, I will admit the image of the imaginary friend crawling on the ground of the woman’s bedroom with ferocious teeth thirsting for blood has still haunted me for years. And even though it did result in constant nightmares and hallucinations, I stuck it out, from beginning to end. Just don’t expect to see me at any movie theater featuring a horror film and please withhold your invitation to your Spooky Movie Night Marathon. I’ll take a hard pass.
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PETTY BETTY three fiction writers explore the downside of humanity and what it means to be petty
BY ISABELLA ROY CONFESSIONS OF HIDEOUS WOMEN “I DON’T KNOW I KIND OF LOVE WHAT HEROIN DOES TO A MAN’S BODY.” The room erupts with laughter from a dozen women, undoubtedly disturbing each apartment above, below, across from, and next to. “You just wouldn’t want to deal with the aftermath.” “Who says I’d stick around for it?” “What about you, Kate?”
“I’m not sure. I don’t necessarily like to put all of my eggs into one basket, so to speak.” The women grasp tightly to their wine glasses and laugh ferociously, losing control of their motor skills and what little class there is to speak of. “So we sat down to watch this movie that he said he was featured in. He was so excited for me to see it and about half way through he started screaming, ‘this is it! Are you watching? My scene is coming up!’ The camera panned over this large crowd of people and he was way in the back. You could hardly tell it was him, he had to pause it just so I could be
sure.” The plates in the cabinet are now affected, clinking against each other in response to the insane laughter coming from the next room. “What did you say?” “What could she have said?” “Did you sleep with him?” “We didn’t even finish the movie.” All of the women yell and applaud as the wallpaper peels away and the crown molding cracks. “This guy once took me to some restaurant downtown for our first date. We were having a nice time,
but halfway through the dinner he realized that he left his wallet. I wasn’t sure if I had enough money to pay for the meal myself, so I asked our waiter if there was an ATM nearby so I could check my balance. He made me leave my shoes to assure that we would come back and sent us to the strip club across the street. I didn’t have enough to pay for the meal, but fortunately I had enough for a taxi since my date decided to stay at the strip club for the rest of the night.” The apartment shakes and the floorboards start to separate due to the relentless giggling coming from the group of women. “What about your shoes?” “Tell me you haven’t see him since.” “You walked on the floor of a strip club bare foot?” The light fixtures sway and the electricity comes on and off while the women forget their manners, laughing unattractively, disregarding the violent movement of the building. “That reminds me, Samantha, are you still dating that lawyer?” “No, he had a really great mother figure, so
I don’t see much of him anymore.” The women roar as the building begins to fold into itself, the foundation crumbling beneath them. “I guess it is about time for me to settle down and find a husband.” “Or you could just get a dog, it’s the same thing.” The other tenants evacuate, staring in awe as the structure falls, collapsing on the hideous women inside, clutching their stomachs and convulsing with laughter.
BY JOHNATHAN KYLE HUGHES BEES IN SPRING IT WAS ALREADY AN OPPRESSIVELY HUMID DAY. THE DOGWOODS AND AZALEAS WERE IN BLOOM. I DECIDED TO HEAD UP TO THE SPRING FESTIVAL ON WHITTIER RESERVOIR’S BOARDWALK. THIS WAS WHERE CRAFTSPEOPLE, INVENTORS, ARTISTS, AND EVEN THAT OLD FLORIST FROM MASON STREET, CAME TO SELL ALL SORTS OF THINGS.
The smell of fried foods filled the air and obese people young and old waddled around. The lady in the ticket booth was
wilting from the heat. She said wiping sweat from her lip, “You be careful of those bees.” I laughed because I thought she was joking, she wasn’t. Food vendors were scattered all over the boardwalk. There were three large easyup awnings housing the bigger groups of craftspeople, one for the woodworkers, the Quilters Guild, and the Happenstance Honey Collective. I went into the Honey Collective’s tent, but before I got a chance to look around everyone’s attention was directed to the main stage. The florist was speaking a little too enthusiastically into the mic. Mayor Dartwood had just arrived and she thought we should make him feel welcome. This was the Mayor’s first big event since being elected. The fair goers offered their socially obligated level of enthusiasm. The florist was the only one who seemed genuinely excited. Mayor Dartwood got up on stage with help from his assistant and let us have it. “Ladies and Gentlemen I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I’d like to thank you for welcoming me here today. I know that these types of events are good for our community, and that’s what’s most important isn’t it folks,
the love we share as a community. Events like these are what I remember most fondly from when I was growing up on my daddy’s farm. We didn’t have much, but places like these and good people like you are what made my childhood a happy one. We sold apples at fall events. So this spring business is a bit new to me, but I guess honey and flowers isn’t too different from cider and pumpkins. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your crafts and treats. Thank y’all and have a sweet day on me.” There was mild laughter. I got a free sample of the Collective’s wildflower honey from a balding man wearing a group of necklaces instead of a shirt. The honey was delicious, but it being given to me by a person more chest hair than man almost dissuaded me. They had a nice selection of beeswax candles, lip balms, scented soaps, honey sweetened pastries, meads and of course plain old honey. The man who had given me the sample kept shouting that, “We’re off of Georgia 19, ten miles outside of town, and we’re the South’s sweetest stop.” I asked him why? He said, “Cause we’re better than any of that bland grocery store honey you’re used to, you tried our honey, you should know. Can’t you
taste it, boy? We only use the freest of bees and the wildest of flowers. There are no added pharmaceuticals making you dumb and sterile in our honey. Our honey is freedom and that’s sweetest of all.” I noticed some hives in the back of their set up and asked Mr. hairy freedom why they had brought them. He said that they were for educational purposes. The Collective believed in teaching kids about beekeeping. They felting it was a dying art and that any child should be able to get some experience if they wished. He said. “They get to smoke’em and any of the honey they get is theirs free of charge. The young ones are what will keep this old craft alive.” On my way to the quilter’s tent I saw Mayor Dartwood. He and his aid had just come out of the local elementary school’s face painting booth. The Mayor looked like he had asked for a full-face parrot. His aid only got a flower. He was shaking the hand of a little girl and they all posed for pictures. The theme of the Quilters Guild this year was injustice. There was one quilt with a beaded outline of a woman about to be squashed by a masculine looking foot.
When I asked its maker about the material she used for the man’s leg, she told me it was from her ex-husband’s tweed jackets. There was an old man in a wheelchair who had made a shell patterned quilt. The pattern was made up of green combat helmets. It was about the less than stellar treatment of our veterans. His wife (the florist) posed with him and the Mayor for pictures. The Mayor thanked him for his courage and service. I couldn’t help laughing that secret funeral laugh. This man had served honorably. It looked as though he had been wounded in his line of duty and Mayor Dartwood’s face was painted up as a tropical bird, swatting at the occasional bee. The quilt that was getting the most attention was a patchwork American flag with an emaciated figure sewn into the center. This was my favorite. It wasn’t too grounded in any one injustice so it could be any number of things, but then again maybe I’m just lazy when it comes to stances. At a food truck called the Yu Ying Palace the owner boasted that he made the finest Chinese cuisine in all of Georgia. A boy in line in front of me was crying
into his mother’s skirt, because he has been stung. The food vendor gave him a free eggroll. I ordered sesame chicken. The florist and her husband were having an argument when I sat down. Her husband said, “One of those damn bees stung me.” She said, “You’ll be fine, here, I got us lunch.” What did you get us?” “I was keen on fish today. What about you dear?” “The fish and I are not the best of friends. Dear.” “Oh, but my darling man, fish is so good for you.” “Well then, you know best darling, it looks like I’m having the fish.” Mayor Dartwood and his assistant were sitting in the shade. The Mayor was trying, but failing not to smudge his painted face when wiping away sweat. His parrot now looked like a pride parade had died on his face. He looked over at his aid and she gave him a meek thumbs up. After lunch I went to see the woodworkers. Their tent was full of all sorts of sculpture, kitschy signs, and furniture. I was looking for a rocking chair. This
was by far my favorite tent. Partly because I love woodwork, but mostly because they had fans. I asked a man selling carved figurines why they were the only tent with fans. He said that when a buddy of his got wind that those honey nuts were showing up this year, that buddy called in some favors and got these fans to keep the bees out of their tent. Over at the Happenstance Honey Collective the florist was with Mayor Dartwood. She had given his three bouquets and was shoving a group of azaleas into his lapel. He looked like the father of surprise triplets. They posed for pictures. The mayor handed two of the bouquets to his aid and thanked the florist. He was heading toward the Collective’s tent when there was a scream. A child ran out of the tent. I found out later that this child had been stung by a bee and in his panic pushed over the hive he was working on. A small bunch of bees trailed him. People started running. The bees that were after the boy lost interest and mobbed the Mayor, his aid, and the florist. The old hippies in the tent scarpered. A massive cloud of bees spread outward from the tent. The florist was the first on the ground. She writhed and screamed,
several people tripped over her. The Mayor’s aid ran around and dove into the reservoir. I cloud see her bobbing up for air and going back under when bees descend on back onto her. Mayor Dartwood rolled for a while like he was on fire and then forced himself up. He tripped over the florist, ran to the end of the boardwalk, and jumped in after his aid. The florist was still covered in bees, but no longer moving. I should have run. Bees started stinging me before I could do anything. All I could hear was buzzing. Mayor Dartwood, his aid and myself were all hospitalized and spent a week under observation. It turned out the florist had been allergic to bee stings. Not severely, one or two and she would have been fine, but she sustained over seven hundred stings. The mayor stated in a press release that the Happenstance Honey Collective would not be allowed back for next year’s festivities and that a service would be held for the florist the following Friday. The Mayor also said that her husband had asked that no flowers be brought to her service.
BY ALISSA MALHOIT THE FIELD TWELVE YEARS OLD RUNNING THROUGH A DEAD CORN FIELD. IT’S AUTUMN, A BRISK NOVEMBER, RIGHT WHEN LEAVES HAVE TURNED CARAMEL AND BEGUN TO CURL AT THE EDGES. A GUST SHAKES THE BRANCHES OVERHEAD, AND THEY CLANG TOGETHER. THE FIELD IS WIDE AND OPEN. We took our shoes off and felt the dry Earth beneath our toes. The ground was chalky from the weeks that had passed without rain. We sat down between corn rows, letting our blue jeans get dusty. We picked up dead husks and pried them apart, separating the strands. They were brittle between our fingers. We were in search. When one of us found a piece of corn still hidden beneath one of the sundried husks, we stopped and gathered together. The girl who’d found it scraped a small hole that dipped just below the dry layer of dirt. The Earth was darker there, cool and rich. She placed the kernel in the belly of the hole. Together, we all filled it back up with dirt. When it reached level with the rest of
We were in search. When one of us found a piece of corn still hidden beneath one of the sundried husks, we stopped and gathered together. The girl who’d found it scraped a small hole that dipped just below the dry layer of dirt. The Earth was darker there, cool and rich. She placed the kernel in the belly of the hole. Together, we all filled it back up with dirt. When it reached level with the rest of the ground, we patted it firmly like we did sandcastles at the shore. Once we’d finished this, we all sat there together. Everything was quiet. There was no sound of cars driving by or construction on a distant road. Not even the wind dared blow in that moment. We waited, our eyes locked on the spot where our corn had just been planted. We imagined green stalks bursting up above our heads, golden cobs ready to be plucked and freed from their husks.
with our shoes in our hands. There was a faint mist in the air, but the rain was frigid. We ran through that rain until there wasn’t any air left in our lungs, and then we ran some more. By the time we’d reached our neighborhood, the clouds had drifted away. The sun, though setting, warmed our backs as we sat on at an old picnic table. Girl’s hair dripped down our backs and the boys wrung out the tails of their T-shirts. None of us said much. There wasn’t much to say. We left and went our separate ways when it started to get dark. We all lived a few minutes from each other, some just a few houses apart. When we all got home our parents asked where we’d been. We all shrugged and said “the field,” as if it’d been just another day.
“What if it doesn’t grow?” one of the younger boys asked. No one responded. Instead we all continued to stare at the ground: waiting. Then the rain came. It started with one hollow plop not far from where our hole had been dug and spread across the field. We all smiled as we ran through the rain
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PROM COMMITTEE meet the people who make that one special night, one to remember. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUSTO SILVA ALLIEGRO STYLING LINDSEY CAPPS WORDS ALEXIS ATKINS
“THE PROM IS THE OLYMPICS OF HIGH
SCHOOL. YOU WAIT FOUR YEARS, THREE
PEOPLE HAVE A GOOD TIME AND EVERYBODY ELSE GETS TO LIVE
ON WITH SHATTERED DREAMS.”
- LLOYD TAYLOR (PROM: THE MOVIE)
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Heather already knew she would be prom queen but getting asked to prom by THE Tanner Moore, that was a shock. Especially since he still wonâ€™t accept her friend request on Facebook.
TANNER MOORE If you’re looking for Tanner, there’s a 100% chance he’s off smashing beer cans against his head. This could definitely explain why he doesn’t remember asking heather to prom.
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After finding out that Heather got a pink dress, she took mommy and daddyâ€™s credit card to Saks Fifth Avenue to buy a dress in the same shade.
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ARTHUR SCOTT JR. Who needs a cool limo with a stripper pole in the aisle when you can just have your mom drop you off?
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KAPERS WILLIAMS’ THE POWER OF DETERMINATION INTERVIEW JOCELYN NORRIS
What is your film about? The film is called “Circumstance” and it is about a successful accountant that is robbed in an alley at gunpoint, but then realizes the assailant is his old high school classmate. In the hopes of leaving the alley alive, the accountant attempts to understand the events that have led to their current state in 162 / SILVERSCREEN
life and even help him. Leaving the question of whether his kindness will be enough to change the robber’s mind. How did you come up with the concept or idea for your film? I always thought about the fact that since I didn’t have a lot of money that I couldn’t make any film I wanted. So one day I decided to think about what money I did have and my surroundings, and what stories I could tell within those limitations. I thought about locations in Savannah like Downtown, River Street, and Forsyth Park, and the fact that it would be cheaper to film a story that took place in one location. I’m also interested in psychology and the concept of the good and bad sides of people, which was an overarching theme in the film. So, after thinking about all of this it didn’t take long before I started seeing a story in my head that took place in one alley about two people who society would deem good and bad solely based on their outside appearances despite who they really were on the inside, and that story
is “Circumstance”. How did your cast and crew assist and collaborate with you on the film? I had a great cast and crew. I had a lot of fun working with the actors, and pretty much let them figure out their characters without imposing on them how I originally imagined them to be. By doing that I believe I allowed them to express themselves within the roles and be actual collaborators who could help me further understand the characters. I co-wrote the film with my friend George Watson who also produced, and he added a lot to the original idea I had for the story which made it much stronger story and something we were both excited to make. The rest of the crew were the best, everyone came ready to work but it didn’t stop us from having fun, which allowed for a lowpressure atmosphere that is much desired when shooting films, which often have a lot working against you in the form of time constraints and random issues that inevitably arise.
Describe any challenges you faced during production when making your film. The biggest challenge I had was not having enough crew members for positions that I ended up doing myself. This caused me to be spread thin throughout the production of the film and made it much harder to focus on just being a director. All of this is in addition to class work I had to get done at the same time I was planning everything for the shoot. This was also the most expensive film I’ve made yet. Since the robber had a gun, and I was shooting in Downtown, Savannah I had to hire an officer to be on set to make sure no passersby would feel threatened. I had to pay the officer by the hour, and it wasn’t so bad after the first two, but when I realized how long it was taking to shoot the scenes with the gun in the shot, it quickly added up. However, I’ve learned from these challenges and will be better prepared for the next film I direct.
What are the issues that arise in the film? Issues that arise in the film are the circumstances that shape our lives and the concept of the good and bad in all people. When conceiving the idea of the film, I thought about society’s preconceived beliefs about good and bad people based on the clothes they wear, for example, a suit versus a hoodie. I wanted to flip that concept on its head. I believe we have good and bad sides to all of us, and that we shouldn’t form an opinion of someone being one or the other. This relates to the idea of the events people deal with in life that may be unique to them, but in large part shapes their lives for better or worse. I think that too often their lives for better or worse. I think that too often people choose to see the world in black and white, instead of using critical thinking skills to approach events and people. The robber can easily be described as a bad person for the crime he commits, but it is something he reluctantly turned to after not being able to make enough money to fund his mother’s rising medical bills. It’s not acceptable, but it can be understood, and that’s one part of what the film attempts to convey to the audience. SILVERSCREEN / 163
don’t forget the popcorn.
a night in JOCELYN NORRIS HAS SOME TIPS FOR A PERFECT MOVIE NIGHT
It’s a weekend night and you have nothing to do. You don’t feel like going dancing or out to dinner with the ladies, and you’re especially not up for a night on the town. So instead, you decide to pull off the greatest event that – a night in. So rev up your Netflix or Hulu accounts, pull out an old school DVD out and call up your favorite people. You already know the basics of a good movie night, you know, the casual snack, the dim lighting, the multiple pillow options . . . but here are some tips that can easily be overlooked in preparation. Just make sure that you don’t forget the popcorn, it’s about to be the movie night of the century. CLEAN I get it, your place may appear to be dirt and mess free, but when you’re cuddled on the couch or sitting cross-legged on your carpet or laying down on the floor, you’re bound to find that potato chip you dropped three months ago. Even 166 / TRY THIS AT HOME
if you’ve only invited a few friends, or perhaps a lot of friends, you don’t want a mishap of someone finding that old napkin you tucked between the couch cushions the other night. PAPER PRODUCTS Yes, of course, paper products are not good for the environment, but if I were holding a movie night, I would definitely purchase paper plates, paper cups and napkins. Because after a wonderful night of movies and fun, who would want to clean up and do dishes? Toss it in the trash then take a load off and perhaps watch another movie. The ultimate 3 for any gathering! Who wants to stay up after company has left washing dishes? ALL ABOUT THAT BASS When you and all of your buds sit down to watch the feature film, the worst thing that could possibly happen is that no one can hear it. If you don’t have surround sound, find unique ways to amplify the volume. Like plastic cups in front of the speakers to make the sound echo. Or you could just tell everyone to shut up and enjoy the movie. DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS Everyone has different tastes, especially when it comes to movies. There’s RomCom, there’s horror, there’s comedy, there’s thrillers, there’s film noire, there’s musicals . . . The list goes on and on, really, so make sure you have a good collection for your buds to sort through. And again, don’t forget the popcorn, or the entire night will be ruined.
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a few things you should know about... R&B SINGER BRANDON TERRELL INTERVIEW ALEXIS ATKINS PHOTOGRAPH JNA PHOTOGRAPHY
HE’S AN EXTREMELY SHY PERSON I turn to music and performing to become a different person than my normal self. Typically I’m very reserved and to the point, when I get in the studio or on stage I feel like someone completely different. It’s kind of like how Beyoncé adopted her alter ego “Sasha Fierce”, where when she’s just Beyoncé she is very human, but when she becomes Sasha Fierce she can become larger than life and glamorous. For me it’s the same way. I turn on my ‘Brandon Terrell’ mode. HE COMES FROM A FAMILY OF MUSICIANS I feel like I was destined to be a musician, it truly runs in my blood! My late uncle was in the very famous Xpress Band and left a legacy in the Virgin Islands, it’s crazy. I actually went to a Caribbean restaurant last week and one of the waiters saw my last name “Baptiste” on my debit card, he looked at me like he had seen a ghost. So I asked him “what’s up”, and he says “Are you related to Al Baptiste? (My uncle in Xpress Band)” and he flipped! That just shows how much of an impact he has made and I can only hope to achieve and exceed that. And that’s just one example from many musicians in my family, we’d be here all day if I went on 168 / MUSIC TALKS
HE FINDS STRENGTH AND INSPIRATION IN DAILY THINGS I find strength everywhere. I try to find strength in knowing that out of everything that’s happened to me and that has tested my faith, I’ve always came out stronger. That just means that I can take on anything. I’m also very spiritual and have learned to believe that anything that God puts me through is manageable. I find inspiration in everything around me. From the sounds of nature to the rattle of the city downtown, I can always find something to influence my music in some way. I like my music to be a reflection of my life! HE’S NERVOUS ABOUT SHARING HIS MUSIC The thing that makes me the most nervous is releasing new music. I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my music! I put a lot of effort into what I do, so naturally I’m always scared to receive negative feedback. HIS MOM LOVES MUSIC I’d say the person who really got me into music was my mother. Some of my first memories are from her playing music in the house and me singing along. I thank her for always having that be a part of my life from such a young age! HE HAS AN ALBUM ON THE WAY This summer is going to be very exciting for me because I have my debut EP coming out! I’ve been writing it since 2014, before I even knew it. I never planned on releasing my music, I just wrote for fun. Then 2015 came and I decided to see where I could go with it. Within less than year I’ve gained so many fans, and received over 40,000 streams on SoundCloud. It’s made me so excited for my first major release, and I wish I could elaborate on it but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Catch more of Brandon Terrell and his music at Soundcloud.com/BrandonTerrellMusic. As a frankie mag exclusive Brandon Terrell wanted to give our readers a special announcement: “I’d like to announce exclusively here that my new single from my upcoming EP titled “Good Vibe” will be releasing May 23rd!”
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TOO SWEET TO NOT EAT back in the day bakery shares their recipe for their irresistible old-fashioned cupcakes
HOW TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES
1 cup whole milk
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups cake flour (not selfrising) 1 1/4 cups unbleached allpurpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 sticks of unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, at room temperature
In a large measuring cup or a small bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer), combine both flours, the sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until thoroughly combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the cubed butter a few pieces at a time, mixing for about 2 minutes, until the mixture resembles coarse sand. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Turn the speed to low and gradually add the milk and vanilla, then mix for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, incorporate any ingredients hiding at the bottom of the bowl, making sure the batter is completely mixed.
4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 recipe Buttercream Frosting Hand-tinted sprinkles
With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake cups, filling each baking cup about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE THE FROSTING
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer), cream the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of the confectioners’ sugar, the milk, and vanilla and mix on low speed until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add up to 3 cups more sugar, mixing on low speed, until the frosting reaches the desired light and fluffy consistency, 3 to 5 minutes.
6 to 7 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup whole milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Liquid gel food coloring (optional)
To frost the cupcakes: Using a spatula or a butter knife, spread the tops of the cupcakes with swirls of frosting. Top with sprinkles, if desired. The cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
The frosting can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Excerpt from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. It is available for purchase from workman.com for $24.99. Recipe slightly tweaked for frankie format.
READ HOW DJ DEVINCI THE GREAT IS INNOVATING MUSIC INTERVIEW JOCELYN NORRIS PHOTOGRAPH KAHDRIA DAVIDSON
What made you start your DJ career? I originally started out only making beats. My friends always liked my taste of music in high school. So one day one of my friends asked me to DJ their birthday party. I had never DJ’d before so I downloaded Virtual DJ on my laptop and self-taught myself over the weekend. My friend ended up not having the party but I found out that I really liked DJing so I just kept doing. Tell us about your style as a DJ? My personal style is dance music mixed with hip hop mixed with a new genre of music made popular by soundcloud called chillwave. I hate going to parties where no one dances or turns up, so I try to keep it hype. Explain your motto or philosophy as a DJ? My philosophy as a DJ is to create your own style while also reading the crowd. Anybody can play music from their phone or laptop so what makes you different. I try to always add my own twist to a mix whether it’s a cool transition between songs or mixing two songs together a certain way. Also, reading the crowd is a very important key. What are you fascinated by? Creative people and innovative things fascinate me. I don’t like things or people that bite off of other styles so much that there is no separation between that thing or that person and where they got it from. Originality is key. 172 / MUSIC TALKS
originality is key.
Have you had a life-changing musical experience? Listening to Kanye West’s Love Lockdown off of his album 808s & Heartbreaks for the first time really changed my perspective of music. I was asleep in my parent’s car outside of a Pizza Hut waiting for them to come back and the song came on. I had never heard anything like it. The bass and African like drums mixed with Kanye’s auto tuned voice was so different but sounded so good at the same time. He really broke down barriers in music with that song and album. Why is music your primary creative outlet? To me music is something that brings out emotions the best. Everyone has that one song or song(s) that they just loose it to or brings back nostalgic memories. I really connect with music whether it’s making it or playing it while DJing. There is music for every mood and I think that’s what I connect with the most. The ability to channel different types of energy through music.
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another love poem WORDS DAVID ROBY She’s not you, and He’s not me We can always be, what we’re meant to be From first to last, I know its true I’m my best me, when I’m with you The more I learn, the more I like Breathless moments, Late nights Tightly gripped by soft bites before Slow climbs to staggering heights Day after day, time after time I learn to love our kind Gentle souls in hot, fragile bodies. Fragile but not broken; with hearts wide open.
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