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IN THIS ISSUE
Make Up Must-Haves
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Chill Wave artist, Brothertiger talks to B Mag about his musical inspirations and what brands heâ€™s into right now. A frame by frame exploration of movement through the art of dance.
As attractive as bold lipstick may be, women around the world are often plagued by three simple letters, R-E-D.
pg. 60 pg. 68
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makeup must-haves photography by michael maurer
BREAKING BREAKING a social commentary As the cliche saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is just a philosophic way of saying that everyone views beauty differently. But throughout history, beauty has been unjustly defined by the presence of a small waist, long straight hair, bright eyes and a fair skin tone. Our culture has created a mold that decades of consumer advertisements and fashion magazines have found quite hard to break. However, there has been cause to celebrate lately. The fashion industry, which is the purveyor of all things beautiful, is starting to look outside the conventional box and explore the avant garde. Models such as awkward America’s Next Top Model contestent Ann Ward, darkskinned Sudanese Alek Wek and albino Shaun Ross are creating positive buzz around diversity in the industry. Vogue Italia deserves many accolades for putting three plus size models on their June 2011 cover in addition to their all-Black issues and editorials. It’s good to see changes such as these getting so much attention and positive feedback, but these are only baby steps. Our world is so much more diverse than what it may appear to be. So for now, let’s celebrate when we see something unconventional. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll live in a world where we won’t have to.
written by carlton daniel
photography by spencer hoffman
n the fall of 2008, John Jagos exploded onto the music scene with a new-age electro sound. Brothertiger is the name of his solo band, which he started to have fun while creating quality music for all types of audiences to enjoy. The band consists only of the multitalented Jagos, who plays the synthesizer, banjo, guitar, MIDI controller and few other instruments he claims to dabble in from time to time. Jagos writes his own lyrics while incorporating sample-based and original sounds into his music. What also makes him stand out amongst other emerging artists is his unique style of dress and sense of fashion. Here, Carlton Daniel sits down with the one-man band to discuss his music and fashion tastes.
B Magazine: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never listened to it before? John Jagos: I would describe it as a new disco-type sound, with hints of new wave and dream pop. B: Do you shop at any specific stores? Any favorite brands? Jagos: I am all over the place when it comes to shopping. I really don’t stick to any specific stores. Some of my favorite brands are H&M, Urban Outfitters and J. Crew. B: How would you describe your clothing style? Jagos: I consider it to be plain colorful. I like to be sort of bright during the course of my day, even if the weather is bad. I also think it depends on what mood I’m in. When asked how he came up with the name Brothertiger, Jagos explained that he thought combining animalistic and human elements together sounded really cool and different. Jagos, who is currently a senior Audio Production major at Ohio University, began making music just for fun as a hobby one summer and attributes his father for getting him involved with music at an early age. He can recall taking piano lessons as a child and later getting involved with a couple project bands in high school, which ulti-
mately taught him how to run his own band. It wasn’t until Jagos uploaded his first song to a Myspace account that he began collecting a loyal and committed fan base. After gaining some online popularity, various online bloggers began requesting more and more of his music. He attests the success of BrotherTiger to the Internet discussions and feedback he received on websites, even going as far as to describe him as one of today’s modern “Blog Artists”. Today, Brothertiger’s webpage contains colorful pieces of modern art overlapping a tiger print background, which reflects the aesthetic image of the band’s style. B: What makes you feel good while performing on stage? Jagos: When I look out to the crowd and see people dancing to the music. That really pumps me up. That’s the reason I make music-I want to allow people to feel the melodies. B: What do you wear while you perform? Jagos: I guess it depends on the night. Sometimes I’ll wear a button down shirt, other times I’ll just wear a plain old tshirt. I don’t really worry about what I’m going to wear for a show. B: Is there anyone you look to for fashion inspiration? Jagos: My sister is a big inspiration in
terms of fashion. She is graduating from University of Cincinnati for Fashion Design and she’s designed some really [intersting] items and projects. I think we sort of share the same style. Aside from his fashion, his music has a style all its own and he describes it as new form of disco with hints of new wave in there. It contains vintage and glowy undertones and parallels qualities of new wave. Some of his musical influences include icons of the 80’s who crowned the electronic dance-rock genre such as Prince, Talking Heads, Brian Eno and Craftwork. He pays homage to these artists by sampling their work in his music. When asked which artist Brothertiger most identifies with he said Toro Y Moi, the stage name of “chill wave” artist Chazwick Bundick. B: What inspires you? Jagos: So many things. People, places, experiences and a bunch of other random things are all combined into my music. B: What is your favorite outfit to perform in? Jagos: I have a few lucky shirts I’ve worn for great shows. One is a yellow shirt that I designed and printed myself. It has giraffes on it and a big sun jutting out from the neck area. It always gets compliments. B: How do you feel your personal style reflects you and your music?
Jagos: I think it has a large effect on how I view myself. I used to not care so much about my fashion choices and just rolled with whatever. But now, I feel a lot better about myself knowing that I care a little more. And I think that definitely shows through in my music. B: Is there a difference between how John Jagos and Brothertiger dresses? How are they similar or different? Jagos: Nope. They dress exactly the same. I will wear the same outfit I performed in out on a weekend with friends. We are one in the same. B: What do you want your aesthetic to portray to your fans/audience? Jagos: Again, I just want there to be color streaming out to them. I want there to be some vibrancy in my performance [and my] daily routine. I think it brings out the best parts of my personality and truly defines what the band is all about. Brothertiger is working with its management in California to do promotions for the band and assist in its search for landing a record deal. Jagos aspires to move to New York after his 2012 graduation to build on his music career and possibly open his own recording studio. Currently, he is attempting to strike deals with record stores to sell his two EPs and releasing a full-length album. The band’s music is available for download at BrotherTiger.bandcamp.com and on iTunes.
dance photography by michael maurer
t t i l g
i t a r te photography by audrey kelley
written by taylor evans photography by spencer hoffman
rianna lived a dull, uneventful life. She felt confined by the stark white walls that imprisoned her everyday world. The monotony was almost too much to bear. Every night she would close her eyes and escape through her dreams. One particular evening, there was a clawing at her window. A brown rabbit peered through the glass, his tiny nose twitching. Curious, Arianna opened the window. As she did, a strong gust of wind took hold of her and she fell, tumbling to the ground. Arianna was stunned, this was not a place she had been to before. This was a different place, far from her drab, industrial surroundings. Crisp green trees grew to the sky. Luscious foliage permeated the horizon. All around her nature brimmed with life.
er lackluster sheath had transformed into a billowy frock. It floated about her as she twirled in the glade. Flowers bloomed, streams trickled and a faint breeze flew through the forest. Everything grew wild and free, with no rhyme or reason. Vines tangled around trees, embracing their thick trunks. Moss and tall grasses littered the landscape. Around every corner and over every hill there was something new to discover. She began to feel like this newfound paradise could easily become her home. Her sterile reality couldnâ€™t compare to this lush and fantastical world. She frolicked with the rabbit and nestled in the dewy grass for what seemed like days.
Nature enveloped her as she continued her exploration. But she was unaware that the woods got thicker the deeper she went. Arianna suddenly realized she needed to return home. She followed familiar paths searching desperately for her window, but to no avail. Minutes turned to hours, hours turned to days and soon Arianna was on a quest to nowhere. She had forgotten what she was looking for. Her empty pursuit left her crazed. And soon the same trees that gave her freedom now built her prison. The rabbit disappeared and left her alone in the darkening woods. She was no longer able to roam the land; instead she was trapped and entangled in its endless shadows. Far from her blissful dreams, Arianna was now held captive by the horrors that surrounded her-this nightmare had become her reality.
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Shade of Red written by whitney clayton
photography by bethany puterbaugh
As attractive as bold lipstick may be, women around the world are often plagued by three simple letters, R-E-D.
he perfect shade of red lipstick, much like foundation, is hard to find. Some women, like myself, comb through aisle upon aisle of crimson and ruby tubes to find their perfect match. And when a woman does finally find a tube of creamy, satin red lipstick, a certain force comes over her. She is ready to tackle the world. There are women in society today who would rather be caught bare facedâ€”blemishes and allâ€”before they would walk out of the house without a swipe of red on their perfectly pouted lips. Aside from the everyday neutrals and nudes, or the wild bohemian corals and pinks, red lipstick is as essential to a quintessential woman as Chanel No. 5. We see red lips everywhere-on the runways in Milan and on the lips of Hollywood starlets. But it is the historical and cultural significance of the mysterious rouge that has plagued some women for centuries.
Before sticks of red lipstick were in the cosmetics section at Wal*Mart or sampled at Sephora, ancient Egyptians crushed ants and carmine beetles in beeswax to create a high pigmented color for their lips. Cleopatra most famously started a red lipstick trend among her subjects, sporting red lips while accompanying paramour Mark Antony around the world. Upper class ancient Romans under the rule of Emperor Nero, started rouging their lips and the trend caught on. Popularity of the lipstick started to decrease during the Middle Ages when women who wore red were stigmatized as lower class harlots or prostitutes. However, during the Elizabethan era, it once again gained notoriety as Queen Elizabeth I, believing it had health benefits, wore red lipstick with her pale white face makeup. The British Parliament eventually passed a law in 1770 denouncing the use of lipstick stating, “women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft.” But that didn’t stop the resurgence of red lipstick. In France, Queen Marie Antoinette posed for a portrait by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun in 1783 with burgundy colored lips. In the 19th century, precisely painted bright red lips were a mandatory part of a Japanese geisha’s wardrobe. And in the 1920s, it was dark red lips paired with a short bob that easily identified a new kind of women, flappers. It was during World War II when red lipstick started to gain real power. Women from housewives to factory hands were often encouraged to put on a “good face” for the war and the red lipstick those women chose to wear became a symbol of patriotism and liberation. They imitated movie stars like Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner in their feminine and demure behavior. And prehaps one of the most iconic wearers of red lipstick, Marilyn Monroe, inspired women all over the world with her voluptuous figure, platinum blond hair and sexy scarlet pout. Red lipstick has become a symbol of pow-
and strength to so many women over the years. It is sexy, refined and mysterious all rolled into one. A strong red lip can take any ensemble from drab to alluring, not to mention it complements all skin tones. A tube of red lipstick is the perfect accessory. Young girls often go into their mother’s bathroom when she is getting ready and watch her meticulously apply powder to her face, blush on her cheeks and mascara on her lashes. When she is finished with everything else, the finishing touch is applied, a swipe of red lipstick. Her look is complete. Little girls worldwide have witnessed this familiar scene many times over, waiting for the day when they too can look in the mirror, and put on their red lipstick with the same gusto as their mothers, ready to take on the world. But for now, just like we all did at that age, they will just have to wait. To the average wearer, lipstick is just a stick of coloring and wax in a plastic tube, but to the lipstick connoisseur it is more than that. A delicate process goes into every tube of lipstick found on the shelves of drugstores and beauty counters. Generally, most lipstick can be prepared in batches, and after the ingredients are formulated they are combined so the whole batch has a consistent texture and color. Pigment and other ingredients are ground to a very fine consistency so it will easily blend with the entire mixture. After blending, the ingredients are combined with heated oils and stirred. Then, it is mixed with heated wax and the other ingredients. Lastly, the hot liquid is put in cold aluminum
A true lipstick maven knows that there are a variety of shades including matte, crème, gloss, shimmer and long-lasting. Matte lipsticks are flat rather than shiny and highly pigmented. Instead of reflecting light, like a gloss or shimmer, it deflects light so what appears on the lips is a dark, strong color. Compared to mattes, glosses contain less color and more shine. The colors are often very light and partially transparent. They contain more oil which gives gloss and lipstick their shine. Crèmes are often a perfect balance of shine and color, and is the most popular with the majority of women. Shimmer lipsticks can have extra mica or silica particles that reflect and refract the light. Long-wearing lipsticks, on the other hand, usually consist of a two part system—a colored base and a gloss. The colored base is applied to the lips and the gloss goes on top to seal in the color. You can also dramatically enhance the lipstick by adding glitter or sparkles on top after applying to the lip. As far as application goes, sometimes putting on lipstick is as difficult as picking it out. A necessity that many women often forget is lip liner. It keeps lipstick in place and prevents bleeding and feathering. Line the lips with a shade as close as possible to the lipstick starting at the middle of the lip line and working outward. Once the liner is applied, apply the lipstick with a brush to prevent smudges. Kiss a tissue to even out the color (but not with gloss), apply another coat and you are ready to go.
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