OF CRUEL ILLUSIONS AND BITTER REALITY DO WE FIND OURSELVES AMIDST THE MONOCHROMATIC WONDERLAND
I come before you all as your dark and dedicated editor-in-chief to bestow upon you CXIII Issue II : Monochromatic Wonderland. Since going through the initial painstaking tribulations of creating the magazine and turning a mere idea into a tangible visual explosion, it was time to raise the bar a bit. The main inspiration for this issue was based upon the idea of minimalism in terms of palette, with imagery that is powerful despite most colors being almost completely absent. Thereâ€™s this captivating and somewhat vacant feeling you get when you look at good black and white photography. It almost takes you back and leaves it up to you to interpret the meaning. Monochromatic Wonderland is dripping of elaborate imagery slightly tainted with pops of color but for the most part, embodies the feeling of mystical minimalism and finishing off with a punch of color in the arts section. As a whole, this issue was aimed to embody a sense of power. Power in talent, power in influence, and power is visual impact. Hidden in these dark and glamourous pages exist some of the most incredible creative minds and visionaries of both the fashion and art world. From the collaborative project between CXIII Magazine and world renound artist Brian M. Viveros, to some of the greatest and innovative online retailers like Alex & Chloe, we have only the best. Add a bit of fresh young talent on the scene of fashion, a phenominal artist straight out of the heart of England, and of course a whopping dose of editorial photography....and you have yourself a Monochramatic Wonderland. Thank you to all of my readers for making this dream not only a reality but a success. You guys rock! With love from the East Coast of the U. S. of A,
A number? A number.
The story behind the magazine name goes far beyond the rigid lines and cold appearance of five simplistic Roman Numerals. Believe me, as I sat in my dim lighted room going through the potential names I could have chosen, I realized that there was no real word that could define myself and my purpose in life yet. Amidst the random single syllible nouns and “edgy” titles I could come up with, they were shallow in meaning. If I were to pour every ounce of my creative being into a mere 120 pages of glossy paper, it had to be partially personal. Thus came CXIII...a.k.a. 113 Magazine. 113. A number that has followed and haunted me for as long as I can remember. I could list the hundreds of instances that it has popped up in random instances but that would go on for the lifetime. In fact, for the amount of times it appears, you would assume I was nuts. I had a straight week of reaccuring 113’s with everything from order numbers, paycheck totals, highway exits, unintentinally waking up at 1:13 am for 13 days in a row, moving into college with the room number of 113...all in one week. Even on the day that I decided to change my life entirely, it was on my 13th birthday on January 13th.. Ever since then it happens at least once a day. I avoid it like the plague but it never goes away. So in theory it must be of some meaning. Possibly?
What does this mean to you, my readers? If you really think about how much these intangible numerical values control us, it is mind blowing. From the ability to control our emotional state, to social status, they creep into our very being, sometimes good and sometimes destructive. How many times have we felt distraught from a number on a scale or by a paycheck balance, or hear “You aren’t mature enough because you aren’t 21 and those 7670 days make all of the difference. You can’t hang out with those people because they are upper class and get paid to breath air. In fact, you can’t even afford the
air they breath. Those 2 lbs you gained label you as a horrible human being.” It has become the twisted mindset of society and has become completely acceptable. Why 113? Yes, a number. A number that has some purpose beyond my own control. Values on a scale or on a W2 form can rise and fall faster than a high speed roller coaster and we are more than the sum of our hours spent on this planet. Sometimes we need to rely on forces outside of our periphrial vision. I chose a number not because it controls me, but it’s this missunderstood stable value that shows itself at some of the most intense and stressful times in my life. So in reality, what is it that defines us as humans? Is it our actions, our identity as we have come to know it? Is it the GPA that we graduate with that makes us a success or is it the number of years you’ve been alive? Or is it the drive within us? Whatever it is sometimes the most important things in life are never uncovered until they slip through your fingers. Similarly sometimes the most important numbers in our life are the ones that we can never explain and never pin point. they mean nothing and everything and you are left to decide what is important and what is intangible. 113 just happens to be the strange unexplained thing that keeps on coming for more. So now it’s coming to haunt you too. Happy reading!.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO ALEX & CHLOE BRIAN VIVEROS ANDREW TURNER JONNE JOHNSON
ASH GUPTA 838 MEDIA GROUP RUFIS DIXON RACHEL ELIZA JESSICA FERRARO ANDRE JUDD
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YOUTH OF THE NATION
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MAN. NE. QUIN
BRIAN M VIVEROS
FAMOUS WHEN DEAD
Ceasing to amaze us more and more with a style that epitomizes what it is to be a walking piece of art. The Avant-Gaurdien gives us the low down on his incredible and boundary pushing wardrobe.
Where are you from? I’m Andre Judd and I live in Manila, Philippines. I work as a fashion stylist and a contributing fashion editor.
what is the fashion scene where your currently live? Vibrant, raw in the sense that it’s not contrived, youthful, and exciting.
Your go-to piece for daily life is...? Lately its my pair of colored lens eyewear. It’s sort of my shield.
If you had to describe your style in one sentence? There is a word I coined for myself—”avant-gardien”—it’s a combination of being experimental and being the advance guard (so to speak) when it comes to sartorial choices.
Any fashion inspirations, muses, favorite designers? I dont have just one. In fact, everything inspires me.
What is is about fashion and styling that you love the most? It is the act of creating. Whether it be an idea drawn as a sketch, or an idea sewn into a garment. The whole process excites me.
Where are your favorite places to shop? I support local labels so my wardrobe is mostly stocked with Filipino designers—either bespoke or off of their current collections. Protacio, Jan Garcia, Arnold Galang, Herbert Custodio, Yekky Balingit, Bo Parcon. I also love Hong Kong: Lane Crawford, Joyce, I.t., and Seoul, Korea’s Dongdaemun and Myeongdong districts. When it comes to international brands there are a handful. I adore them mostly because they set the bar: Balenciaga, Celine, Prada, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Dior.
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ALEX & CHLOE LETâ€™S
Los Angeles based clothing and accessory retailer Alex & Chloe are known to keep it wierd, contemporary, and a bit of a mystery. Enter the world of the cutting edge modern minimalist online retailer that dares to keep us all guessing.
PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING, MODEL -ASHLEY J ACCESSORIES -ALEX & CHLOE
ALEX & CHLOE SHARD EARRINGS 2 FINGER PYRAMID STUD RING TRIBAL TRIANGLE NECKLACE
What makes Alex and Chloe unique from other jewelry designers? Our goal is just to make beautiful objects. And we love designing pieces with a bit of humour! We think creating things with a touch of humour is very important! What does the future hold for Alex and Chloe? We’re working on new tees at the moment and hope to release a line of fragrances as well as leather goods in the near future.
What magazines has Alex & Chloe been featured in? Some magazines include ELLE, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue Hommes Japan, Interview, Lucky, Metal, Indie, Nylon, etc. Do you have any celebrity fans? Celebrities seen wearing Alex & Chloe include Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Orlando Bloom, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Taylor Momsen, Leighton Meester, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Rachel Bilson, Gisele Bündchen, Megan Fox, Keri Hilson, Miley Cyrus, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Ashton Kutcher, Tori Spelling, Sienna Miller, the casts of Gossip Girl, 90210, Entourage and True Blood.
ALEX & CHLOE OVERSIZED UPSIDE DOWN CROSS EARRINGS
ow old is Alex & Chloe and where is it based out of? We started our accessories collection in early 2004 and are currently based in the Los Angeles area What is the character and target gender of Alex & Chloe? Unisex. Who is the Designer? We like to keep everyone guessing who Alex & Chloe actually are – we love the mystery - the mystery is part of the fun. What kind of stores carry your line? We believe stores and boutiques with a strong sense of design tend to pick up our collections. What influenced you to go into designing jewelry and how did you get started with Alex and Chloe? We’re inspired by so many things - magazines, movies, music, fashion, people, cultures, television - if we see or hear of something that catches our interest, we do a bit of research, collect more images and information and design pieces that reference our current interests. Who wears Alex and Chloe? We definitely try to design everything to be wearable by all guys and girls - there are definitely some more ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ pieces but we love mixing it up. What materials are used in your jewelry? We started with acrylic pieces at first, and then we went into metals like Sterling and Oxidized Sterling Silver, 14k Gold, and now Inverted White and Black Diamonds.
ALEX & CHLOE THIN UPSIDE DOWN CROSS EARRINGS THIN KNEELING CROSS NECKLACE UPSIDE DOWN MINI CROSS BRACELET
ALEX & CHLOE AMERICANA SCARF OVERSIZED UPSIDE DOWN CROSS EARRINGS 2 FINGER PYRAMID STUD RINGS OPPOSITE PAGE : HANDCUFF BANGLE BRACELETS HANDCUFF NECKLACE BLACK MILK SWIMSUIT
THE RAVEN photography, styling, and model - Ashley J
BLACK CRYSTAL HEADDRESS ASHLEY JONCAS DESIGNS
HAIR R A I S I NG photography and styling - ashley j wardrobe- rufus dixon
YOUTH OF THE NATION photography - ashley j model - rufus dixon
HARNESS - EXPECTATIONS , LONDON BUTTON DOWN - CALVIN KLEIN JEANS - LEVI’S
THE MAN BEHIND THE HAIR RAISING DESIGNS
Where are you from and what made you decide to pursue fashion? Was it always an interest of yours? I am from a little cit y in central Massachusetts c alled Marlborough. I took a sewing class in 8th grade in high school with the best sewing teacher in the world, M rs. Collins. She was such an amazing person and c ared so much for each student, talking to her was easy and she really loved to teach. Af ter my first class with her I was hooked and took her sewing classes ever y year. By 11th grade I really star ted to think about college and could not choose what I wanted to do with my life. I re ally enjoyed sewing garments in class but I had no clue it could be a c areer. Af ter taking with M rs. Collins she opened my eyes to the fashion world and schools that specialized in fashion. With her encouragement I realized how much I loved fashion and sewing and creating garments and decided to apply to a fashion school.
I also remember when I was younger and my sister was about 3, I was about 10, I would dress her up in random outfits and hold a mini fashion show for my mom down the hallway of our house. I would change her dresses and make all new looks for her, teach her how to pose and walk , and she was the model of the house. My mom would love how much fun we would have and how creative I was at a young age. Af ter going to college my obsession with fashion only increased and now I love to take ideas from my mind and transform them into garments for people to wear. D o you have any inspiration or influences from pop c ulture or fashion muses? S ome fashion muses and pop c ulture icons that influence me are R ihanna, Lady G aga, Andy Warhol, S id Vi cious, Marilyn Manson, and James D ean just to name a few. I c an see a lot of my designs worn by R ihanna or Lady G aga on stage during one of their concer ts or even Marilyn Manson wearing something of mine in a music video. Usually when I show someone some of my designs the first thing they say is, “O h how ver y Lady G aga!” I used to be annoyed by that but now I c an see her wearing my stuff. I really love Andy Warhol ’s perception on the world and whenever I am stuck with some thing I tr y to think like him and I come up with obsc ure and interesting ideas.
D oes music influence your work or work process at all? Music is a huge influence on my work and my life. I always end up listening to an ar tist ’s whole album while I sketch so me new ideas. I really get lost in the music and the sketches and I just let my mind wonder and I come up with some new and exciting silhouettes and designs ever y tim e. When I was sketching for my line G rimorium Verum I was listening to B enny B enassi ’s album Rock ‘n’ R ave on repeat for hours, just getting lost in the beat and the words and I just sketched and sketched and c ame up with some amazing garments. Your collec tion G rimorium Verum has such a dark and mysterious aura to it. What was your c atalyst point and inspiration for the line? G rimorium Verum all star ted from the engraving by Mar tin S chongauer entitl ed S aint Anthony Tormented by D e mons, from 1470, which I saw in my Ar t Histor y class. When I first saw this amazing image I was so intrigued by each of the demon creatures and the tex tures on their bodies. I noticed that some were furr y and some had spikes and sc ales. I then star ted to draw these garments made out of just black leather and it just took off from there.
Any future projec ts that we c an keep an eye out for? My first projec t since graduating college i s designing for an online website, thehautehouse.com. I am working with the owner and coming up with some amazing leather garments that will be sold exclusively on the website.
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MODELS - ASHLEY J AND JESSICA FERRARO
LEATHER DRESS -RUFUS DIXON IV HARNESS - AUDRA JEAN SPIKE CROWN - ASHLEY JONCAS DESIGNS
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Where are you based and how long have you been interested in illustration? I live and work in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England. I have been interested in art and illustration for as long as I can remember but only started painting in 2001 shortly after the birth of my eldest son. Did you go to school to study art at all? I studied illustration and graphic design up to college level and then studied animation at university. What would you say impacts or influences your work from beginning to the final piece? Any inspirations or muses? I would say that my children are my biggest source of inspiration and although they might not be directly linked to an individual artwork they do play a big part in the reasons for why I still choose to paint.
What is your favourite medium to work with? I love to work with many different mediums such as spray paint, ink and collage but I would say that my favourite is acrylic paint on wood. If you could some up your style in 3 words... Surreal, contemporary, lowbrow - Any advice for young artists? Stay true to your self, work hard and donâ€™t ever take anything for granted.
His bold, tumultuous , and eye catching artwork has captivated audiences worldwide. The intense and mesmerzing glare of each alluring beauty contrasting with striking powerful elements leave us all craving more Viveros. What is even more addicting is the sense of female empowerment and strength each piece embodies. In a world filled with the average and typical, Viveros breaks boundaries and inspires not only my own work, but the work and create minds of admireres across the globe. I was lucky enough to be able to not only display his stunning creations in CXIII, but photograph his newest line of merchandise, available on viverosbrand.com. Here lies the world of Brian M. Viveros and the collaborative editorial that cross breeds fashion photography with mind blowing imagery.
”DEVIL IN ME”
Viveros’ recognition accelerated in 1997 with
his participation in an exhibiton held in Switzerland, where he exhibited alongside academy award winner H.R. Giger. Since then Viveros’ work has been exhibited extensively in North America and in Europe. His work has also been featured in numerous books & magazines including Carnivora: The Dark Art Of Automobiles, Harry Saylor and Carolyn Frisch’s ‘Edgy Cute From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again’, ‘Weirdo Noir’, and Erotic Signature’s ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today - Vol. 1 and Vol. II’, Juxtapoz & Hi-Fructose Magazines.
His art was also featured on the TV show ‘LA Ink’ (where artist Nikko Hurtado tattooed one of Viveros’ paintings ‘Evillast’ onto a client). Recently he has worked on a special painting for a Metallica Exhibition ‘Obey Your Master ‘ and the 20th Anniversary Exhibition for director David Lynchs’, Fire Walk With Me.
elebrated Artist/Director Brian M. Viveros is internationally embraced for his strong & sensuous paintings of doe-eyed beauties with their empowered stare & cigarettes dangling seductively from their lips. Viveros bad-girls flaunt battle scars,roses,tattoos,helmets and army paraphernalia. In his work Viveros shines a light on his own inner world and society at large and aims to captivate even the most jaded of eyes.
VIVA VIVEROS TEE BULL FIGHT TEE
ON HIS NEWLY LAUNCHED LINE :
SCORPIO RISING TEE
hen I started Viveros Brand It was a way for me to give the fans what they’ve always wanted and requested of me . For years people have been asking, when are you going to put your art on t-shirts. The idea of starting my own line was always in the back of my twisted mind but knew I would have to find the right people to make this happen. With a little time and patience I found the right team and strongest pieces to the Viveros puzzle to bring this brand to life. I thank everyone for there patience and to all the Dirty Troops in DirtyLand this is just the Dirty beginning . So much more to come. For now the idea is pretty simple, putting my iconic signature paintings on tees for guys and gals and NOT slapping Viveros all over the front in big fucking letters. I want my Dirtyland Arm-Me to wear a T - shirt that is just the piece with absolutely no distractions.”
Look for NEW works by Viveros at this years upcoming Scope Miami Dec.4-9th, 2012. For more details on Viveros upcoming ‘WAR OF THE ROSES’ exhibition at Scope Miami please visit: Brianmviveros.com For the complete selection of apparel visit viverosbrand.com For all stores in the US & International interested in carr ying Viveros Brand please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com See more ar towork on Brianmviveros.com
PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING - ASHLEY J MODELS - ASHLEY J , RACHEL ELIZA
LONG LIVE TEE
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN...
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Issue 2 of CXIII. visually driven art, fashion, and culture magazine with a dark, sleek, and minimalistic twist