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LT is an alternative trend publication focusing on streetwear trends in both the male and female sectors. ALT is also a platform which showcases individuals within the creative realm’s of fashion, music and arts’ journey from both ends of the spectrum i.e. amateur to professional. The journey from the bottom to the top can be a daunting process filled with defining moments which undoubtably effect where we end up. Know two outcomes are the same and here at ALT we aim to show as many diverse individuals as possible from professional artists who have been in the creative industry for years to graduates just finding their feet in the market. Our theory is the more stories you read the easier it is to be prepared and to be positive, we want to take the speculation away and show people how it really works out there in the big bad world of today.

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” -Paul Valery Editor-in-chief BLANE CHAPMAN


5 Definitions- the meaning of the key characteristics of ALT

11 Katie Eary- an exclusive interview with one of Britains most exciting new designers 17 Stamp Of Camaraderie- Boston based SOC talks of honor, loyalty and hustle 21 Thomas Codd London- Up and coming menswear label TCL photoshoot

29 Deborah Dyer interview- Skunk Anansie lead singer Deborah Dyer aka SKIN gives ALT an exclusive interview covering everything from Alexander McQueen to hip-hop yardie glamour!

33 Meet the creatives- we at ALT asked a group of creative arts students where they wanted to be in 10 years time tur to page 33 to see the answers they gave. 37 Ollie Olanipekun- international Emmy award winner Ollie Olanipekun speaks of relocating to London and joinng the grind 41 Manchester- Culture contributor Chris Tutt gives his review of the infamous Mad-chest-er 43 AJ Diamond Jewelery- Photoshoot showcasing up and coming Dalston based jewelery designer AJ Diamond

49 Harsh Reality- Fashion promotion graduate Kayleigh Harrison talks of her encounters after university 55 Wolf Boy Wolf- Sex blogger and creative writer Wolf Boy Wolf relives his erotic encounters 57 Jacob Escobedo- Artist review of the multi-talented Jacob Escobedo


Creative adjective relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something: change unleashes people’s creative energy creative writing

having good imagination or original ideas: a creative team of designers

noun informal

a person whose job involves creative work 5

Alternative adjective

1 [attributive] (of one or more things ) available as another possibility or choice: the various alternative methods for resolving disputes (of two things ) mutually exclusive: the facts fit two alternative scenarios 2 of or relating to activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms: an alternative lifestyle

noun one of two or more available possibilities: audio cassettes are an interesting alternative to reading she had no alternative but to break the law

UNIQUE adjective

being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else: the situation was unique in British politics original and unique designs (unique to) belonging or connected to (one particular person, place, or thing): a style of architecture that is unique to Portugal particularly remarkable, special, or unusual: a unique opportunity to see the spectacular Bolshoi Ballet

noun archaic a unique person or thing.

Individual adjective

1 [attributive] single; separate: individual tiny flowers 2 of or for a particular person: the individual needs of the children characteristic of a particular person or thing: she was surprised at how individual the others’ bodies were having a striking or unusual character; original: she creates her own, highly individual landscapes

noun a single human being as distinct from a group: boat trips for parties and individuals a single member of a class: they live in a group or as individuals, depending on the species [with adjective] informal a person of a specified kind: the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met a distinctive or original person.


A word with your new favourite designer BY BLANE CHAPMAN


atie Eary is not necessarily a house hold name yet but she is well on her way to achieving that feat. Katies cool modern take on menswear has been getting her recognised all across the capital, she kindly took the time out to answer a few questions for ALT.

How did you find the fashion industry when you graduated from the Royal College Of Art? Did you suffer any setbacks? Money was the only set back, I had to do an awful lot for Free to get myself out there... But i do believe you get back what you put in... What was your first job after graduating and when did things really start to take off for you as a designer? Was there a defining moment? Kate Moss wearing my stuff in Vogue (sept issue 2008) Same fashion week all my (comissioned by Selfridges) hats were in the windows of Selfridges... Id say that really was the moment... And so i continued as i wished to go on!


“just surround yourself by good positive people and you will be fine!� What is it that pushes and inspires your work? Stress. I produce the best work when my life if hanging by a thread... I think i need the fear to be creative... Is there a key aesthetic that you always try and follow when it comes to your designs? I honestly cannot escape myself. I have tried many times to do commercial to please others, but it always swings back to just plain mental... i just cant help myself... What advice would you give to a young designer trying to make it in the fashion industry? Accept you wont make money for a long time and your set :) just surround yourself by good positive people and you will be fine! Finally what can we expect to see in your next seasons collection and who would you advise that people keep an eye out for? I will continue with all the mad shit. Thats never gonna go away... Keep your eyes peeled for womens wear... And a hell of a lot more collabos...

PHOTOS BY KATIE BURRETT STYLED BY BLANE CHAPMAN Hair and Makeup by Lucy Parker Models Matt and Luke

Stamp Of Camaraderie

A brand built on ethics, loyalty and honor BY MAXIME HILAIRE


reating a story through an underground pro cess of dialogue and interaction was the main goal of creating Stamp of Camaraderie (SOC). Bringing people together thr ough the different processes of creating this brand whether it be meeting with graphic designers, manufacturers, vendors, bloggers, friends, & family is what I envisioned. I wanted everyone to be consciously aware of their involvement in the growth of the brand. Although the word camaraderie doesn’t roll off our tongues with ease nor is it easy to spell I want the term embedded into our culture as well as in our everyday lives.


Growing up I flirted with the idea of starting my own clothing line, not knowing that one day I would actually embark on that journey. The fashion industry can be very cut throat & competitive which sometimes I am totally oblivious to. That part of the fashion world does not interest me. Stamp of Camaraderie is a lifestyle, it’s a code of ethics; trust amongst royalty, honor amongst crooks, loyalty amongst

friends. I created this brand to represent the special bond between comrades. The goal is to put out clothing and to create a grand community that inspires us to be better individuals as well forming a strong camaraderie of like-minded individuals. The Lone Wolf logo represents the founder who started the brand alone but the star symbolizes the community of comrades around him, because without them this would not be possible. SOC was founded by friendships.

shirts and tote bags. It was all a learning experience. The idea of SOC surfaced March of 2010. The very first Stamp of Camaraderie tee shirt was printed in August 2010. Funding wasn’t easy coming from one income, but every month for the following three months a new design or colorway was printed. As these shirts were being printed, shirts were being sold underground out of my house, the trunk of my car, and out of duffle bags travelling from Boston to New York creating a buzz. My blog Mattoo’s Place, Facebook, and Twitter are what I used as a platform to promote the brand as well as creating a following however small.

“it’s a code of ethics; trust amongst royalty, honor amongst crooks, loyalty amongst friends” “shirts were being sold underground out of my house, It began with an idea, taking that idea and bringing it to fruition took time, patience, effort, and the trunk of my car, and out of sacrifice. Conceptualizing, sketching, & editing duffle bags travelling from for a logo design and a classic tag line that would Boston to New Yor creating a stand out to both the young and the mature crowd took the most time. Working full time behind a desk buzz” to fund this side project was extremely difficult but being on the brink of creating something valuable made everything worth it. A friend of mine who was designing the SOC logo had a full time job also. Designing for me freelance was a side project. We met weekly, sent emails back and forth daily, sat for drinks and didn’t go over anything which sometimes was all we needed to create. Eventually a logo was picked, finalized and ready to go. We also had a few designs put aside for a first run to show the public. With friends working in the fashion industry it wasn’t too difficult to contact garment printing companies to go over printing costs, the cost of blanks as well as other fine details to make a few

December 3rd, 2010 I officially launched a collection of four t-shirts, a tote bag, and a limited edition poster at Uncle Pete’s, a high-end boutique in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. For the launch I hosted an art show as well. The turnout was amazing. Since then, I’ve been pushing the brand and further spreading the word as well as finding different avenues to get Stamp of Camaraderie to people. It is indeed a strenuous process but with the help of comrades, it is all worth it.



Say hello to the subculture


homas Codd London or TCL a new menswear label with it’s roots set in british skinhead, Mod and punk subcultures. You could describe the brand as a culmination of all three. Subcultures had a distinctive style and uniform that didn’t follow trend or conform to fashion, it was what it was and fashion then took it developed it and mainstreamed it, but at the heart of the cults there is an atitude confidence and self ruled feeling that is the aroma of the uniforms. Thomas codd London designs and develops the uniforms and style for the individual of today who wants to take on this ethos! Not a conformist or just a spec but somebody who wants to be somebody, ‘be a face’! The looks are not trend led or fashion conscious!



Deborah Dyer aka Skin Skunk Anansie lead singer talks Alexander Mcqueen, Contemporary, hip-hop yardie glamour and the festival season. BY BLANE CHAPMAN PHOTOS BY Željko Jelenski


kin has been one of the key iconic figure heads in the British alternative rock scene since the mid nineties. ALT managed to grab a word with Skin Skinny post european tour. You have been involved in music for a very respectable period of time. What are your thoughts on the relationship between music and fashion. How important is the connection between to two for you and how do you feelthis has developed / changed over the years? Big question (huge deep breath!) Music and fashion joined perfectly can be like a rocket up the bum. Get it right and it really helps your music surround itself in coolness and edginess and which can create a unique

presence to your whole scene.I think over the years I have a better understanding of how to get it right. Its good to move with the times and even better if you can lead the times but above all its vitally important not to take it all too seriously because that i’ll just squeeze all the fun out of everything. Who are some of your favourite designers? Still love the genius of Alexander McQueen, still so sad he is gone but happy to see the label is still great. Keko, Hannah Marshall, Craig Lawrence, Unconditional, Dr Noki, Viktor and Rolf, Gareth Pugh, Raphael Young, Vivienne westwood, Fannie, Fred Butler, Iinjin. Who would you consider to be some of your largest influences of style? I think life and culture influence me the most, I take elements from the mainly places I travel to and love making them my own. Do you enjoy the fashionable side of music, being able to wear designer clothes and create an image to partner the music? and why? I love the fashion side of music, I love dressing up or down generally because I’m one of those people who’s mood is greatly effected by the clothes on my back. It also greatly appeals to my vanity but not my self worth. I think it also stems from coming from a poor background where nice shoes and clothes were unheard of. I also enjoy it because I realise how special it is, I

understand what it takes to make great pieces, talent is everything and for that reason I try to stay away from ‘sweatshop’ stores, not only because I politically disagree with this practice but I like my clothes to last a life-time. I am not into seasonal clothing because I hate the idea of only being able to wear something for a short time, I’ll never be obsessed by the latest fad and dislike having a piece everyone else has. How would you describe your style? Contemporary, hip-hop yardie

exciting to wear so that every time the audience see me I feed off their joy. The look has to be able to take a lot of wear and tear but above all every night when I put it on ....I gotta feel like a fucking rock star! As we can see from your recent stage outfits your a fan of Craig Lawrence, Keko Hainswheeler etc.... are there any other designers you would advise people to keep an eye on? Fred Butler, Fannie, and Raif Adelber from Los Angeles.

Having modelled for designers in the past do you find it enjoyable to be able to have a relationship with a designer and their work?

What has been your favourite single tour outfit?

Very enjoyable, we are all artists and so we meet on lots of levels, they are also a lot of fun and can usually drink me under the table.

What advice would you give to any young creatives trying to break into the industry, wether it be fashion or music?

Does the music come first in every case before the look is generated and formulated?

Be a leader not a follower.

Yes, first and foremost I never forget I am a musician, if the music is not inspiring the mind stays blank. How do you begin to consider your look for your tour? I check my mood first, touring breeds a lot of repettion and I can get easily bored so its important for me to have something inspiring

My skin-tight spiked catsuit have given myself and a lot of people a huge amount of joy!

After recently finishing your european tour what is it we can now expect from Skunk Anansie? We start our first writting session for a new album in Los Angeles in May then do around 30 festivasl around the world, our only British Festival will be Download, June 10th.

Meet the creatives......... Tansy Lea StowellMilliner/creative stylist.

Dann HollidayDesigning Menswear for myself or a high end brand.

Jessica JennerPR girl.

Penny GoubetiOwning my own fashion brand.


Emelie HultqvistWorking together with other creative people sharing my visual aesthetic.

Nicola ElderWorking in the design room for a sport related brand.

Daniel SakalRunning my own photographic company, working alongside ALT as well.

Stelios StylianouWorking for a company that I will be able to communicate both aesthetically and spiritually.

We at ALT asked a group of creative arts students where they wanted to be in ten years time and this is how they answered. Grant-James PoveyPattern Cutter for a brand whilst working on my own label focusing around creative menswear.

Maria o SullivanDesigning for someone fabulous or my own label.

Melissa PeckRunning my own events showcasing company in NYC baby!

Tony TwumasiFashion designer.

Olivia SalmonFashion designer.

Thomas O’KeefeWorking as a knitwear designer.

Jonti WoodlandCreating a brand which is inspired by shooting and making a name in the hunting community.

Chris SlaterHaving my own video production company.

Lucy BurtonProduction manager assistant.

Waisum LamRunning my own studio and set up a magazine!

Melanie BryantPattern Cutter.

Samantha PotterWorking in menswear trending.

Lyndsay HodgesOwn my own business for underwear and one off pieces of evening wear.

John PearsCreative director.

Tara MartinWorking within a PR department in fashion.

Jodie RowanFreelance styling, Art directing for a magazine, writing for an established newspaper in the fashion column or supplement.

Jessica SnowArt Director.

Katie RimmerStylist or PR

Lauren ChristensenWorking for or owning a high fashion brand.

Maddie BruceSomething incredible in the sun.


Piera MarinoWould like to work in public relations for a designer high end lable.

Kim GeorgeMillionaire living in Oz.

Jessica SweeneyBoutique owner.

Photos by Daniel Sakal


Ollie Olanipekun BY BLANE CHAPMAN Photos by Katie Burrett


llie is a creative who works in both fashion and media and sometimes both at the same time. I know Ollie from my home city of Coventry but in recent years Ollie has made the leap into London and has never looked back, so we thought we would meet up and talk about his journey. So I know you from back in coventry. I remember coming into your streetwear boutique ‘Tramps in Prada’ where you were selling brands such as Nike and Adidas alongside local students work ,what was the whole concept behind tramps? Well behind the store was a guy who collected trainers and loved clothes and I was stuck in Coventry and didn’t know what to do so I just upped and opened the store out of my boredom with his backing. I wanted to get students involved so that they could use the store as a platform to showcase there work. When you made the decision to move from Coventry to London was that when you thought it’s either stay here and continue what you were doing or move on to more oppurtunity?

Yea, definitely after four years of doing Tramps it was starting to get difficult. During the whole process of setting up Tramps I was in and out of London constantly meeting people within the fashion industry everytime I went there. I was always hungry to get into London and after a good four year run with Tramps I fealt it was right to make the move so I literally packed up and headed to London.

Completely, it’s getting so much younger. I’m 26 now when I’m at work now and I say I’m out of the loop and I’m old I’m working with 35 plus year olds and they’re saying I’m crazy. Technology has a lot to do with why the industry has become so young though, these teenagers don’t have to go to uni and get a degree to start a blog and to have a presence online it’s something they teach themselves.

And how did you find those first couple of months in the big smoke getting settled?

The Times recently featured you in a piece about ‘Generation Y’ how do you feel about being associated with the term ‘Generation Y’?

It was tough. I was really lucky to have some good people around me though, I started working in American Apparel which for someone who was moving to London and didn’t really know the social seen it was great. I had a group of people that I could go out with to meet more people and start building my own network here. Also my blog, a lot of people already knew about me because of the blog. So staying on the topic of blogs, you have obviously benefitted from your blog in more ways than one would you say it is essential for you to have a blog nowadays if your working within the fashion industry? Yea definitely, a blog is basically an online CV it’s probably the best way to try and understand someone, you can see how they write get a feel for their taste and what they’re into. Blogging is great though not just in the fashion industry in any industry really just having your own voice, your automatically sending your voice out to the world with one click. So with the industry your in now do you feel like it’s beginning to get a lot younger?

I don’t mind I think it is something that needs to be explored more. We’re a generation that has grown up with the internet and the people who are telling us what to do didn’t so it’s a generation clash almost. It has a lot to do with the older generation feeling threatened. People shouldn’t feel threatened by the younger generation they should embrace it that’s how everyone moves forward together. Any advice for someone trying to make it out there?

Live and let live. Let other people do what they do and you concentrate on what you want to do. So what’s next on the cards for you? I’ve been working on a project with Channel 4 it’s a project involving youths and has been running for the past nine months and has also been nominated for an internatonal Emmy which is a good look for the CV. Since this interview Ollie won the international emmy for the project he worked on with channel 4.

MANCHESTER Tarantino, Miles Kane and Frankenstein BY CHRIS TUTT

audio and art centric establishments including; The Corner, Trof Fallowfield and Trof Northern Quarter ) The Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street is anchester, or man-chess-tar as it is somewhere I won’t affectionately soon forget. Here I’ve referred to by the had the pleasure of natives, is a variable witnessing bands cluster fuck of pubs, such as LA’s all girl curry houses and alt-rock group student Warpaint and the accommodation most experimental indieof which seem to be come-hip- hopsters at all times Ratatat perform. If surrounded by the that’s not your thing, dreary noise of overNoah and the Whale enunciated vowel have just played sounds dropping off here, as has former the tip of Mancunian tongues. This Rascals front man mysterious place Miles Kane. A true where ethnicity is gem of a location seen as being Red or tucked away just off Blue, is four hours the busy Oxford drive and two pissRoad it has charm in taking toll roads away abundance; yet despite its flaws I can’t seem to get enough of it! something only matched by the most impressive I don’t know whether it’s the seventy thousand repertoire of foreign lagers and cocktails, available students, the cheap cost of living or the ability to find at a price that shocked this citizen of London amazing indo-cuisine in themost dilapidated and satellite town into both buying and consuming as dishevelled corners of town, but I feel like many as was physically possible on his first visit. Manchester offers so much more than City or The neo-gothic architecture of the exterior, the United. huge disco ball, the velvet curtains, domed ceiling One testament to this is the mind blowing Deaf and cavorting parrots on the décor all add to the Institute. Part of the Trof Group ( a crop of alternative incredible aurora of this magical venue.



“a variable cluster fuck of pubs, curry houses and student accommodation”

Incredibly, just spitting distance from The Deaf Institute is another epic venue. Not such a well kept secret anymore The Cornerhouse is the most awe inspiring place to watch any moving picture. Hollywood’s modern classics are beautifully screened here alongside independent movies and foreign cinema. Besides its unrevialed position as the premier location to catch a flick in Manchester The Cornerhouse has some utterly gobsmacking claims to fame. Not only was it the location for the nineteen ninety-two UK premier of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, it was also the first public gallery to commission work from a young conceptual artist called Damien Hirst. Just yards away from the former Hacienda, sadly now replaced by a housing development. The Cornerhouse has become somewhat a landmark in recent years and regarded as much more than merely a cinema. The

“the first public gallery to commission work from a young conceptual artist called Damien Hirst”

Cornerhouse encompasses all audiences staging live action in the form of Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Frankenstein in addition to the numerous artistic installations, not to mention the food. Although a little pricey at times, its well worth the cost and definitely one to check when passing. Although my trips to Manchester aren’t exactly kind to my bank balance and far from speedy despite highspeed intercity trains and empty toll roads, this city is one expensive yet incredibly enjoyable habit I’m not ready to give up on just yet. As one famous resident once put it ... ‘it’s got everything except a beach’. 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester, M1 7HE 70 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5NH Images, previous page: From left clockwise; Warpaint’s Emily Kokal, The Deaf Institute, Warpaints Jenny Lee Lindberg and Emily Kokal Current page: From Left clockwise: Ratatat @The Deaf Institute, Ditto, The Cornerhouse Cinema interior.



Harsh Reality Is there life after student loans? BY KAYLEIGH HARRISON


round about this time last year I was on the last leg of my university final major project, in for the home run, dreaming of hand in day and having the shackles of deadlines unchained for the rest of my life. The Final major project process for me was like swimming with armbands on, trying with all my might to move along but getting nowhere, Sitting at my laptop day in and day out, typing until my fingers bled, alright I might be exaggerating slightly but still. I was climbing over mountains of work, sleep deprived with not even spare time to eat, (on a positive note it was great for my figure). I thought that was hard, silly. Me.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not shy of hard work, I have worked since the age of 14 and have always been a dreamer with great career ambition, but it’s the in between bits I can’t bare, take for example; graduation it was the proudest day of my life, but job application rejection emails are not. It’s no picnic sending CV after CV off to perspective employees and not even mustering a look in, some days I just want to scream at these people

EMPLOY ME I’M AMAZING YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IT YET. GIVE A GIRL A BREAK! However this isn’t a platform for me to bitch and moan, I’m just saying that any pre graduate shouldn’t be under any illusion that they will go skipping off into the sunset with degree scroll in one hand and dream job in the other, not straight away anyhow.

I suppose on a more positive note that in the “trying with all my might to move grand scheme of things I am in fact one of the lucky ones, I am currently in full time work as a Supervisor along but getting nowhere” and visual merchandiser at a well known high street brand and although its not what I had planned for A year down the line and I am more than myself nor went to university for its better than being willing to hold my hands up and say, the grass isn’t signed on the dole or claiming job seekers. always greener, at the moment the grass is dry, brown and in need of re turfing. Since the proud, I have also since leaving University found an proud day of graduation I have been introduced to outlet for my creativity via my online blog, for the the student loan-less cruel reality of life. A world meantime it keeps me sane and most of all, that I am working to live and at the risk of sounding motivated. Ok so I’m not necessarily living the high like my dad ‘putting a roof over my head and bread profile events company founder fate I had planned on the table’. I’ve had to well and truly wake up and but I know with perseverance, hard work and a thick smell the council tax. skin I will one day get where I want to be.






The narrative of last night is as follows; dinner, Chekov vodka, Hardcore night, threesome.


henever I’m drunk, I need intimacy. Luckily, when I’m drunk I’m usually surrounded by many other drunk people, so finding someone to go home with has never been particularly difficult. Last night was a little different. Unable to find anyone I found attractive as I stumbled around a small northern club, I slithered home and got into bed. Just before turning the lights off, I tested the water with an old flame and propositioned her over the phone. “Okay, but I’m with a friend... Is that ok?” I knew what she meant. She’d been hinting at a three-way for a while now and it was a heavily alluring proposition. Adrenaline took over a bit and I quickly cleaned up the dive that is my room, lit a few candles and took the latch off my front door. Twenty minutes later and ‘G’ crawled onto the bed and kissed me. ‘U’ followed suit and they were both soon naked, putting a show on that my drunken eyes could barely keep up with. What followed was a good four hours of filth, mostly aimed towards me, which I liked. ‘U’ is a stripper and had the confident nature and body of one.

“I like intimacy on any level. I live for it. Whether it be a kiss on a date, to an orgy in my bathroom” G’ is as adventurous as I am and the whole female/female/male dynamic worked fluidly. A major highlight would be when ‘G’ and ‘U’ argued

over who could pleasure me the best and addressed me regularly for confirmation. I stayed neutral obviously. Both of them were fucking incredible. They left at about 10am, leaving half their clothes and a good proportion of their dignity in my bed. This is my first article for ALT, I stay as anonymous as I can to avoid upsetting anyone. Basically, I like intimacy on any level. I live for it. Whether it be a kiss on a date, to an orgy in my bathroom, its all the same kind of thing. Its epicureanism at its most fundamental. Its not necessarily what the person looks like, its what I can do to them and what they can do to me. A mutual gratification and an opportunity to watch someone be satisfied via your actions.

“we’re a nation of shaggers. God bless every one of us.”

I love my lifestyle because, as I said, looks are irrelevant. I will happily put my hand down the pants of a 40 year old woman to an 18 year old lad. That’s me maximising efficiency there. Lowering my inhibitions and standards just enough to lust after almost anyone: A lack of preference is preferable to a serial-shagger such as myself. After bedding 94 girls and a few lads, I feel I’m in a position to editorialise my own sordid behaviour. Luckily for me, I live in England which has never exactly been a modest place when it comes to sex. I know a lot of Europe thinks we’re prude but if there’s one thing apart from drinking and violence we definitely win at over Europe, in our ability and efficiency in the sack. We’re a nation of shaggers. God bless every one of us.

Jacob Escobedo.

Desert Dreamer BY CHRIS TUTT


maverick across his various vocations, Jacob Escobedo has come along way from the small desert town of Pioche, Nevada, three hours north of Las Vegas. Later re-locating to and settling in Atlanta, Escobedo grew up in a barren Nevadan outpost surrounded only by his fa thers’ eclectic collection of encyclopaedia, medical journals and other eccentric oddities. His fantastical work, now commission by the zeitgeist of contemporary music reflects this cultured yet obscure alternate edification. The results of this unusual upbringing now adorn


“surrounded only by his fathers’ eclectic collection of encyclopaedia, medical journals and other eccentric oddities.” the record sleeves, posters and merchandise of a broad spectrum of artists with such disparity as Vampire Weekend, Gnarls Barkely , T-Pain and R. Kelly. Most famed for his work surrounding the critically acclaimed Dangermouse / James Mercer collaboration project Broken Bells, Escobedo’s work posses a cosmic psychedelia combined with an almost effortless worn antiquity and mysticism. This young creative’s ‘arresting’ and ‘surprising’ approach to his many facets of work have culminated in his recently acquired title as Creative Director of the Cartoon Network [Adult Swim]. Animator, Art Worker, Director, Photographer, Escobedo has it all.

His latest project, which promises to be surrounded by a now almost accepted level of hype and expectancy, see’s him working alongside critically acclaimed photographer and music video director Chris Milk, the pair are providing visual direction for the experimental musical orchestration ROME. Yet another of the audiophile Brian Burton’s musical crusades, under his superproducer guise Dangermouse, Rome see’s The White Stripes’ Jack White paired with Norah Jones, under the stewardship of Italian composer Daniele Luppi. Very rarely are such interesting individuals put together in such a way and previous instances have shown that this can be just the catalyst need to create the most remarkable outstanding results.

“Animator, Art Worker, Director, Photographer, Escobe do has it all.”

Creative aficionados the world over wait in with bated breath to see what this artistic shaman from the small desert town dazzles us all with next. Images previous page: Top left Jacob Escobedo, Left center clockwise; Brian Burton (Dangermouse) and James Mercer, Broken Bells Artwork. Images this page: Left Clockwise: ROME Artwork, Personal Illustration, Vampire Weekend ‘Run’ Sleeve Art

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