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MINIMAL ISSUE INK Magazine presents

w i n t e r // 2 0 1 0

v o l u m e 11 , i s s u e i v

featuring lakeshore by john troxel, color in motion by brian fleming, longline by kim akrigg, 4'33" by jo duck, let's get lost by jo walton, dark was the night by zach hertzman, see by chris wilocki, crystal sheer by vendula pribylova, ellen by john troxel + more interviews, fashion, and photography


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STAFF Editor in Chief Founders Creative Director Photography Editor

John Troxel Aaliyeh Astar, John Troxel, Mike Bailey-Gates Promise Newell Joy Newell

Fashion Editor

Matt Feniger

Styling Editor

Tori McBride

Music Editor International Director Graphic Designer Fashion Writers

Katie Espinoza By Rinaldi Chloe Scheffe Alicia Vega, Jacobe Varela, Liz Osban, Molly Bright Huges, Monica Merel, Rebecca Arenas Wilde, Taylor Bryant, Tracy Mathewson

Music Writers

Katie Espinoza, Rebecca Arenas Wilde


Alicia Vega, Chloe Scheffe, Chrissie White, Joy Newell


Chelsey Scheffe


Hannah Stack

It Girl

Molly Bright Hughes

CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Adamo de Pax, Brian Fleming, Charlotte Rutherford, Chelsey Scheffe, Chris Wilocki, Dylan Cortez, Inna Kostukovsky, Jo Duck, Jo Walton, Kim Akrigg, Liana Rose, Mathew Wilson, Mikey Whyte, Moriah Freed, Neil Young, Petra Ford, Richard Dubois, Vendula Pribylova, Zach Hertzman

Directors, Assistants Stylists

Becky Xue-Ying, Nathan Watkins, Rebecca Schreck Alexandra Loeb, Arianne Young @ Bettykiss Style Inc, Charlene Yurun Xia, Elaine Jyll, Elvia Carreon, Jade Leung, Johanna Brimstab, Misha Dzuma, Ricky James Flynn, Ryan Catney @ Judy Inc, Sarah Danniels

Hair & Makeup

Anam Butt, Andrea Osojnik, Angel Dorr, Bianca Ramos, Elliot deParis, Henrik Torp, Jacinta d'Angelo, Jessica Jean Myers, Jessica Jennings, Jessica Steblyk @ Judy Inc, Katie Marie, Katy Short, May Guthrie, Natsuki Oneyama, Nneka Irechukwu, Ryan Burrell, Sarah Cross, Zuzana Machalova


Cassandra Noemia Doris Batts, Chloe @ Factor Women Chicago, Chloe Scheffe, Chrissie White, Claire @ Chadwick, Derek @ Nam Models, Dom @ Profile Model Management, Dylan Gutierrez, Ellen @ Factor, Francisco @ Next Model Managment, Izabela Skornikova @ Bohemia Model Managment Prague, Jade @ Bookings, Jaime Hickey, Jennifer Rupert, Jessica Ortiz @ CLICK, Kassandra @ Elmer Olsen Models, Kate Roddy, Kenia Avendano, Laurel Coyle, Lisa Marie, Lucas Segovia, Oliver Forbes, Rachel @ Richards Model Management, Rachel Roddy, Rebecca @ Scene Model Managment, Sarah McLean @ Elmer Olsen Models, Simone Placentia, Sonia Argot, Taylor Stevens, Tome McNeilage, Wyatt Carroll, Zoe Williamson

FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Alicia Vega is a 26-year-old photographer, wife, Mikey Whyte is a young photographer based in

and mother, residing in live music capital Austin,

Melbourne whose oeuvre contains a vivid collection Texas. Her hobbies include backyard miniof portraits and fashion photography that speaks

farming, cycling on warm spring days,

volumes of his natural talent and technical skill.

reconstructing thrift store clothing, baking

Exploring realms of photography that have

breads, and dancing with her 4-year-old son.

been toiled with for centuries, Mikey brings

She occasionally sings on her husband's

a fresh and unique approach to the art form

albums (musician Timmie Rook) and has been

and is someone to watch for in the future.

working with INK Magazine for about a year.

More //

More //


mikey whyte, photographer

alicia vega, writer Such is her love for film photography that you might as well rig Chelsey Scheffe's analog camera to her glasses for maximum efficiency. She is currently studying graphic design and wants to marry it, along with illustration, music, photography, and fashion. That's a lot of proposals. More //

chelsey scheffe, photographer


Jo Walton is a self-taught redhead from England who plans on taking photos as long as it's fun. For her, it's all about adventure, meeting new people, and a lot of other clichés. She spends most of her time feeling perplexed about life, tripping over her cats, and generally not believing her luck.

— Jo Walton

jo walton, photographer


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Claudia Vaughn @ BMG wears a dress designed and constructed by John Troxel.

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Portrait Chris Wilocki

DEAR READERS, It was Valentino's Autumn/Winter 2010 collection that sparked the

or add some simple accessories swiped from outdated

minimal state of mind that the staff at INK recently installed into our

garments, and suddenly have a new shirt—with spunk and

minds for this Winter edition. The simple, crisp lines and forms of

edge—excites us. We're also thrilled at the potential of what I

the clothing caught my eye in particular, and the plainly elegant

like to call Household Couture. In fact, the future looks bright

pieces made me reconsider the intense Winter layering that

all-around. We saw stunning displays in Paris at Balmain's

is so often the go-to dressing technique for the chilly months.

Spring/Summer 2011 show, where the models took to the

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol—as well as Chloe's

runway with blazers and shorts adorned with studs and safety

Hannah MacGibbon and Celine's Phoebe Philo—channeled the

pins (the inspiration for our DIY version).

simple-structure-with-a-hint-of-breezy-loose-accents formula

Get creative these long Winter months, and start prepar-

into their collections, giving us a fresh mindset as we headed

ing your wardrobe for Spring! First, move your simple grey and

into Winter and through the New Year. Though Winter has

white tops to the front of your closet, retire that 80's mini-skirt

already run about half it's course, we feel that the post-holiday

you've been holding onto for no good reason, and add high-

crash and start of the New Year mark the perfect time to begin

quality knits (P. 134). Then add some fearless accent colors,

anew with simple silhouettes, daring bright whites, and luscious

and sheer detailing (P. 144). Your wardrobe wants to go minimal!

matte colors.

And, as always, a huge thank you to you, our readers.

Channeling our loose, chill vibe, this issue begins with Covergirl Ellen Williams from Factor Model Management, who

Keep Creating,

sports light dip-dyed silks and contrasting black dresses, with safety-pin detailing (P. 150). But it's not just clothing that's gone minimal; it's the process buying of new garments (P. 22). We've noticed a refreshing revival of Do-It-Yourself attitude. The idea that you can take the old tee-shirt, do a few quick alterations

John Troxel | Editor in Chief


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CONTENTS inkm page 10 winter 2011

148 ELLEN This Winter's Covergirl channels cool and crisp down-to-Earth DIY.

064 SISTER, SISTER Now look who's seeing double.

114 LET'S GET LOST Never fear—a bit of knitwear will sooth all your worries.



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032 | Kassandra 036 | Coppertone 038 | Lakeshore 042 | Barbie & Ken 048 | Wearhouse

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054 | Miles Away

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056 | Color in Motion 064 | Sister, Sister

004 | Masthead

072 | Sonia

006 | Featured Contributors

078 | Longline

009 | Letter From the Editor

086 | Black Dawn

014 | Editor's Picks

090 | 4'33"

016 | Birp! and Say Excuse Me

104 | Arboreal, She

017 | Keep It Simple, Starlet

110 | New Nature Chic

018 | New Year Minimalism

114 | Let's Get Lost

022 | The Rise of Midriff Exposure

120 | Dark Was the Night

024 | Edit and Add

126 | See

026 | Not Your Nana's Knitwear

132 | Knit Wit

028 | A White Winter

142 | Crystal Sheer

030 | Divine Providence

148 | Ellen

160 | Oliver Forbes

192 | On the Street

170 | Inna 174 | Joffrey Ballet 182 | Deaf Poets 184 | Delta Spirit 194 | Shop INK

ON THE COVER Photography by John Troxel with Illustrations by Chelsey Scheffe Modeled by Ellen @ Factor Model Management


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1. Silhouettes 2. Exposed ceilings and raw lighting 3. Bright city lights 4. Late nights in the city 5. Angelica in Architectural Artifacts 6. Snow 7. Closet cleaning 8. Knitwear 9. Leaves on 35mm 10. Soft lighting 11. Katie


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Grilli for Teenage Dream 12. Crafts 13. Bus rides in Winter 14. Vein-like trees 15. Simple sunglasses 16. Faded denim and dark leather

Photography John Troxel



By Rebecca Arenas Wilde



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What comes to mind when you think of the underground music scene?

from the music world anytime soon, as he continues working

Bodies in neon spandex grinding against each other at raves in

on other music-related projects. “We’re starting a record label

downtown Manhattan? The graffitied clubs on Montreal's rue

on the side and the site’s continuing to grow. It doesn’t seem so

St-Catharine? Soon enough we might have to add Paris, Texas

far-fetched any more that that’s what I’ll be doing.” The record

as the hub of this scene. It is home to 22 year-old Josh Blalock,

label will be called Juno Beach, however the finalization is still

founder of the popular "Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist!" or BIRP!,

in the works and is rumored to release in the upcoming months.

as it is known amongst his faithful followers. BIRP! is a monthly

Josh will continue to work alongside other BIRP! members to

playlist of 120 songs ranging from banjo-infused folk to bass-

release vinyl records. “I’m just really excited to start helping art-

thumping electronic, from popular indie to major obscurity. The

ists I love share their music. I just have a passion for sharing all

playlist can either be downloaded or streamed for free. The idea

these other great artists that might not otherwise be heard.”

for BIRP! came about when Blalock’s favorite music list, simply titled “Indie/Rock Playlists” on torrent sites, was discontinued.

INK Magazine asked Josh what 5 albums he would bring if stuck on a desert island. He sent us the following:

He explains in his lilting Texan twang, "The playlist was my main source of music, and I was extremely disappointed to see


it all come to an end. I decided to give it a shot and try it myself.

1. Chris Garneau—Music for Tourists

After compiling the first list, I was hooked.”

2. Modest Mouse—The Moon and Antarctica

A year and half later, BIRP! has grown into a major website

3. Brand New—The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

where members can discuss favorite bands, post songs and

4. Her Space Holiday—The Young Machines

videos, rate playlist tracks, chat, create their own mix-tapes,

5.The Appleseed Cast—Low Level Owl Vol. 1

and more. The site now claims members from around the globe stretching all the way to Japan. After having started out as a

To download BIRP!’s latest playlist, visit

solo project in his bedroom, it is impressive to think that in a year Blalock has a voice in the indie-music scene. As BIRP! expands, Blalock does not see himself moving away

Rebecca Arenas Wilde is a writer based in Providence, RI.

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By Taylor Bryant // Photography Chloe Scheffe

KEEP IT SIMPLE, STARLET In a world of maxi dresses, mini skirts, and countless other fashion

add a nude lip, skin-toned eyeshadow, a light dusting of blush,

extremes, it's easy to always take our makeup to the edge. However,

and finish it off with mascara. If you prefer to have some color,

winter trends are asking us to do the opposite. Take a look out-

find your favorite facial feature and show it off. Love your lips?

side your window or just Google a snowy landscape. Notice how

Try a fuschia lip or the quintessential red. Keep everything else

your eye leaps to one color against the white background. That

light and natural. Muli-colored eyelids are gaining popularity.

is the basis of all makeup trends this winter. Here at INK we

Experiment with putting one color around your eye, its comple-

have summed it up with one rule. The foundation of every look

ment on your lid, and another in your crease. You'll stop traffic.

this season is impeccable skin. Think of that first; that perfect

And don't forget that all trends are suggestions. Only you know

snowfall before the dogs come out to play. This winter, runways

what makes you feel gorgeous. Just remember the golden rule:

are shying away from the dewy and are leaning towards a matte

Keep It Simple, Starlet.

look for skin. Make sure to invest in a translucent powder. After perfecting your canvas, the trends are endless. The no-makeup makeup look is going strong this season. Start with clear skin,

Taylor Bryant is a writer based in Chicago.

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NEW YEAR MINIMALISM Perhaps you've noticed, especially in reflection of the recent holidays,

clothing trailing behind them. Their job is not any less methodi-

that life is getting a little less extravagant. For example, my Christ-

cal, mind you. The silhouette is carefully calculated, the 90’s

mas wish list this year included a new pair of everyday boots,

idea revamped and re-proportioned to look, feel, and fit better.

a glass water vat, 5-pound Reebok weights, and a light-cooking

The result is a refreshing power and intellect in the styling we

book—certainly nothing to boast about to my girlfriends. That,

see on the streets, in editorials, and in the front row at shows.

my friends, is the new minimalism: the welcoming of a strong,

The new minimalism should not be misunderstood as a col-

yet simpler spirit and an appreciation of quality without the

lectively participated casualness in approach to daily dressing;

idolizing of decadence. We, as a people, are no longer adjust-

luxury has merely taken on a new frame of mind. The point is

ing to accepting less, or paying the smallest price possible (the

to use quality pieces, thoughtfully put together, to make a pow-

phrase “cheap is the new black” seemed to haunt us for most

erfully understated statement. With the 2000’s shaping up to

of 2010). Instead, we are beginning to desire uncomplicated

be the most colorful costuming in history, it is unlikely we will

lifestyles in lieu of lavish ones.

be seeing such streamlined simplicity monopolize the fashion

At the rise of the first minimalist movement in the 1960s,

industry for the next decade. Life is too crazy to expect such

artists sought to eliminate personal expression and distract-

constant subtlety. But for now, for this New Year at least, let us

ing compositional elements in order to deliver something more

revel in this purity. Each of us getting a clean slate and the op-

compelling and straightforward to the viewer. In the same way,

portunity to submit a better, uncluttered, more commanding

proprietors of the current fashion climate are presenting an

version of ourselves.

increasingly more direct and attentive product to the runways. Designers like Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, Celine’s Phoebe Philo, Jil Sander’s Raf Simons, and Stella McCartney are elegantly charging toward refinery, leaving the burden of overelaborate

Molly Bright Hughes is INK's It Girl. She styled herself for this shoot.

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By Molly Bright Hughes // Photography Chrissie White


As far as Westernized culture is concerned, the first big midriff moment was the 1940s. Easily spotted at any beach were twopieced swimsuits and high-waisted bottoms paired with short hemlines and halter necks that exposed the area around the ribcage. Jump to the late 1960s where sexually revolutionized women bared their bellies, navel and all, for the world to see. Thirty years later, angsty teens and pop stars alike exposed their full abdomens, this time with the unfortunate inclusion inkm

of belly-button rings. After the break of the new millennium, such styling became inevitably outdated and written-off almost completely as tawdry and passé. Cut to the Spring 2011 runway shows and we read a much different story. Tales were told all fashion month of the memorable midriff eras. Marc Jacobs, Vena Cava, and Philosophy shared a common theme of retro-inspired silhouettes.

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Giving glimpses of skin at the upper abdomen with high-waisted pants and cropped tops, all three labels flirtatiously saluted the forties. The key difference in the interpretation and execu-

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tion of this central idea was the bottom hem length. While Marc Jacobs and Vena Cava kept it covered with skirts passing the knee and ground-skimming trouser pants, Philosophy went full-blown forties vacation with micro-shorts and miniskirts. In polar opposition, the runway of Topshop Unique dawned a mash-up of sixties and nineties reminiscent fashions. Mid-rise pants paired with cropped tops showed off toned tummies (sans piercings, thank god). Being that the midriff-look can easily go from trendy to tasteless, styling plays an important role. Starting with the obvious: the complete midriff. Entirely bare bellies in every day wear makes little to no sense, especially understanding that few people’s midsections are in the kind of perfected condition to be so fully and casually exposed. Practically speaking for most women, the smallest/flattest part of the abdomen is the area at and above the waist. So, the best approach for baring belly is to keep it to a minimum. (They say less is more, remember?) For those leggy gals, there is no harm in peeping a sliver of stomach in combination with a pair of high-waisted shorts or a coquettish retro-inspired miniskirt on those hot days. However, for optimal street-chic styling, cover up more leg with flowing feminine skirts or light high-waisted pants and trousers when showing off your tummy. Here’s toasting to a new year and a classy new erogenous zone; cheers!

Molly Bright Hughes is INK's It Girl.


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By Tracy Mathewson // Photography Chelsey Scheffe



Christmas gifts have been bought and given and your closet is actually

flatters just about everything else—from faded jeans to a sultry

bursting with Grandma’s backlog of old holiday cardigans. Lucky for

black dress. Once you have discovered what makes a garment

you, some of them pass for that boho chic look that never really

“work,” you will soon realize how other ones just don't.

seems to go away, but seriously, it is time for a clear out. Behold, Minimalism. There are two processes at work here—one of min-

Step Three: ‘Is it Threadbare?’ It happens to the best of us. Those black leggings that go

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imizing your wardrobe and another of adding the minimalist

with everything have a gaping hole in the knee and that ripped

trend to it.

look has already been shredded. The safety pin-solution has

For the Ladies: Let’s appeal to our indulgences. We love get-

only made the problem worse but you've tolerated it, right?

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ting new clothes, we love putting them on and we love the way

Congratulations! You have just found a reason to get a new pair.

we feel the first time we wear a new outfit. But after a few buy-

Letting go of worn-out clothing is a good excuse to find a new

ing sprees, our clothes begin climbing and crawling out of our

favorite sweater. Or, get crafty and do some repairs.

closets and drawers. So if you enjoy that “everything-is-on-the-

And speaking of that favorite sweater—is your cashmere

floor-so-I-know-where-it-is” feeling, here is your chance to

from 2008 still going strong or are you due for a new one? From

throw every bit of clothing you own out of your closet and into

large-knit sweaters to soft yoke jumpers, there is a huge selec-

plain sight… given that you then do the following.

tion of Winter cardigans this year.

Step One: Ask yourself, ‘Does it Fit?’

Step Four: Be Ruthless.

Although we put a lot of hope into garments with the inten-

Once you have significantly reduced your wardrobe, you'll be

tion of “making it work,” there is a time to admit when a coat is

left with some quality choices, and will find that getting dressed

too big or jeans are too small. Same goes for shirts. You’ll be

is no longer such a chore. As for all the clothes you're getting rid

surprised at how much the size of your wardrobe drops when

of, you have choices:

you admit that a great portion of it doesn't fit anymore. Take notice of the clothing you do keep: minimalist items will almost always compliment a feminine figure with a simple, sleek cut. Dropped hemlines on dresses are not only practical alternative to the miniskirt in Winter, but are a classy choice regardless of the season.

1) Ebay. Make a bit of profit from your good-byes. 2) Donate. For generic items that probably won’t sell online, they can benefit someone else who needs them. 3) Trash. This is a last resort for garments and items that are basically unusable. As it is Winter, you probably will want to keep those nice

Step Two: ‘Do I Wear it Often Enough?’

warm coats since they are seasonal. Perhaps that puffer coat

A good gauge is four times a year. If you go three months

ought to be exchanged for a classic pea coat? The camel coat

without wearing something, you are probably not going to miss

seems to be the It item of this minimalist season. Aside from

it. What about that quirky patterned shirt that must be from

that, your clear-out should be spot-on.

the 80’s, and doesn't go with anything else you own? Let it

Now, doesn’t it seem like you’ve got a bit too much air in that

stress someone else out or make a few bucks on eBay. Trust me,

closet? Take note of a few things this season when filling it back

vintage items sell.

up. First, think about your wardrobe’s color palette. Multiple

If you are still puzzled over what to keep, take a guess at why

shades of rose and rust look gorgeous against fresh snow and

you wear one garment more than another. Perhaps it has some-

happen to provide a decent contrast to the typical black Winter

thing to do with the color of that camel coat and the way it

coats. Greys and chocolates also feel a lot cosier in Winter.

thick pea coats, your functional trench and that classic well-

mum is always easier when you only shop for necessities. That

fitting leather jacket.

is really what it comes down to in this economic fun zone we

Trousers: Because jeans can be worn multiple times before

have experienced for the past few years. If you can't afford to

they need a wash, you can limit them to about three pairs—four

buy for recreation and impulse, buying what you know you will

if you have a black pair or corduroys. A pair of nice suit trousers

wear is a good habit to form.

are always good to have on hand for special occasions, so

For the Men: Getting your wardrobe down to a minimum is

choose a color that leaves you with options. For a bit of charac-

a slightly different process than the female perspective. Where-

ter in your newly streamlined wardrobe, try a bit of wool or

as women almost always need the process of elimination,

tweed, which is guaranteed not only to keep you warm, but also

minimalism for men is easier in the form of a checklist. Once

makes a great statement of class.

completed, you will be left with a more than adequate selection of clothing. Begin with your shirts. Seven Undershirts: These can be crew neck, v-neck or sleeveless. They're a basic male necessity and you should have one for every day of the week. T-shirts, Polos, and Button-Downs: Depending on how you dress and what your schedule is like you'll probably have a

Guys tend to be very shoe-savvy, but if you've been building a collection of sneakers for all the yard work and jogging you have yet to do, here are the bare necessities: 1) A pair of winter boots, fashionable ones if you don't have to worry about snow, or desert boots, which work well in both casual and dressy situations. 2) A decent pair of dress shoes. (Hint: Brogues have been in

preference over which you wear more often, but have an idea

style since the early 20th Century. I would bet good money they

of what you wear on a weekly basis. If you only wear tees on the

won’t go out of style anytime soon.)

weekends because it's chill-time at home, you really only need three or four. The button-downs you wear to class or work during the week may add up to about five or six. Use good judgement. Sweaters and Cardigans: I notice more and more guys

3) A pair of sneakers or gym shoes (as you see fit). Don't go overboard and over-buy. I know we encourage guys to be fashionable and to have a bit of flair when you dress, but adding a bit of minimalism to your style this season won’t dwindle your fashion score. We are see-

growing fond of these, and with the Winter months ahead,

ing a return to gentlemanly style, so stay freshly shaven and

they're not a bad idea—especially if you fancy a cuddle with

bring out your suits for more than just formal occasions. Whit-

your sweetheart. I promise she won’t mind the cashmere. Stick

tling down your wardrobe makes quality a priority and encour-

to basic colors here since these won’t necessarily get worn every

ages you to hold onto those classic cuts and colors for their

day. Funnel-neck jumpers or quilted-shoulder sweatshirts make

versatility and longevity.

for some especially practical items this season, and have a bit of character as well.

You don't have to get rid of everything. Just prioritize, organize and simplify.

Jackets and Coats: If you are facing dire cold this Winter, I don't blame you for having a fair amount of coats. But you don't really wear a different coat every day, do you? We're going for

Tracy Mathewson is a writer and student based in London.

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limit them; priorities here are function and fashion. Hold onto

to your choices under Step Four. Keeping things down to a mini-

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minimizing and jackets take up a lot of room in the closet, so


When it comes to prints and patterns, be selective. If there is no hope in matching what you have and won’t be used, go back



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By Jacobe Varela // Photography Chelsey Scheffe


Tell Nana to stop knitting you a frumpy, shapeless holiday sweater—

runway. The muted colors were then completely silenced as the

there's just no way to make it work. Joining flowing silk in this

brand broke out into their expected variance of colors. Through

season’s elegant feminine silhouette is carefully crafted, high

layers of wraps, furs and geometric-shaped patches pieced to-

quality knitwear.

gether to create seemingly effortless skirts, Missoni magically

As expected, this Winter season is home to a large family of knitwear. Whether knotted, crocheted, or cropped, design-

managed to show off the leg and even snuck in knitted shorts. Taking note from the runway, belting the look gives a more

ers found unique ways to rework knitwear norms. After all,

youthful and feminine vibe. Small pops of colors, whether peak-

minimalism tends to cause experimentation with textures and

ing through the bottom layer of an outfit or in the garment’s

prints. Outfits may have portrayed some simple shapes, but

print, provides great contrast to the heaviness of knitwear. For

wool, fur and even floral prints made an appearance on the

more of the best knitted looks see the Fall 2010 collections of


Rodarte, Rag & Bone, and Prada.

Queen of knitwear Angela Missoni gave us some of the trend’s killer looks. Beginning with an unusually muted color pallet, Missoni sent knitted capes, shawls and coats down the

Jacobe Varela the newest addition to INK's writing staff.


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By Monica Merel // Photography Chrissie White


White is controversial. Some consider it a color, others a shade,

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it with a white shirt. Keep the blouse color dark in order to

and others a Fall fashion sin. Using white after Labor Day could cast a fashionista into the back of the line of trendsetters—that is, until now. White is one of the It Colors this season and can make you look like the chicest snow angel. An approach I like to take is called the One-White-at-a-Time. White Pant: If you are going with a white pant, do not match contrast the pant. Consider a one-tone solid top with a hint of embroidery. Shades of gray and beige tend to work well. It is a

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delicate look, but can turn any head. White Dress: The trick is not to look like a bride. When sporting the white dress keep it short. Silk is a wise material since it is soft and ethereal. A colorful pair of tights with a flat will also create a put-together outfit while keeping your legs snuggly. An off-white coat will keep the dress fresh and you warm. White Shirt: White shirts are the most flattering and fun. Flattering because they immediately brighten up the face and compliment any skin tone, and fun since they can be played up with all types of styles and fabrics. Try a knitted top, which is feminine and sophisticated in white, making it appropriate for both work and play. Louis Vuitton completed this look with a soft pink skirt, but a pant would finish it just as flawlessly. A sheer top is another option for the warmer climates. White-on-White: This look is only for the most conscious fashionistas. The key to turning heads is simplicity. The less detail, the more impressionable. An off-white draped dress paired with a colored pump can be translated from the Marc Jacobs runway to the street. Gucci set a festive and youthful ambience with a silk dress finished with cream-colored boots. White in Winter gives you a simple, soft and elegant look. Also, a last bit of advice: be savvy and carry a stain remover pen at all times, since you are wearing white‌ most likely with a glass of red wine in hand.

Monica Merel is a writer based in Miami.


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Name: Julian (right) Major: Painting Would you consider yourself a hipster? Being from LA automatically makes me a hipster.

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By Rebecca Arenas Wilde

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A LOOK AT FASHION TRENDS FROM A SAMPLING OF PROVIDENCE'S MOST ECLECTIC INHABITANTS Providence is often glanced over due to its location between Boston

kids, students trying to push the envelope in today’s art scene.

and Manhattan. However, many are now flocking to the “Creative

However, instead of opting for the Lady Gaga trend, these art-

City” and are redefining little Rhody’s capitol into a city of art,

ists look to their Beatnik ancestors for inspiration. Perhaps

free-thinkers and intellectuals.

we can call them “minimalist hipsters,” dressed in basic attire

With two major universities in its vicinity (Ivy League Brown

but sporting one or two items that set them apart from other

University and Rhode Island School of Design), College Hill is

Providencians, whether it be a pair of horn rimmed glasses, a

home to some of the smartest and most artistic students in the

Pashmina scarf or a cigarette dangling from their thin, paint-

country. These characteristics are marked in their fashion as

stained fingers.

they choose staple items over the more eclectic ensembles of

Both looks give off the vibe of someone who is busy working

today. What was found was a penchant for simplicity, an incli-

on their business management homework or perfecting their

nation towards minimalism and a hint of nostalgia for the ‘50s.

art. Yet, despite their late-night study sessions, these students

The clean-cut look of the Ivy Leaguer, with blazers, chinos

consistently walk out of their apartment in outfits that won’t

and penny loafers, is apparent on Thayer Street by the Brown

ever go out of style.

campus. Sporting simple lines and dark colors, the students bring to mind images of Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo prancing down Paris in the French New Wave film “Breathless.” Two streets down from Thayer is the home of the RISD

Rebecca Arenas Wilde is a writer based in Providence, RI, and a selfproclaimed minimalist hipster.

Name: Jordan

Major: Illustration

Major: Modern Culture & Media

What is the worst fashion mistake?

Who is your favorite singer? Fuckin'

Where do I begin?

Cali Swag.


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Name: Jane

Name: Darrien (left) Major: Film/Animation/Video What is the worst fashion mistake? Paris Hilton's Halloween Costume. Inappropriate. Name: Chelsea

Name: Anna (right)

Major: Film/Animation/Video

Major: Painting

What is your favorite band? Mamas

What is the worst fashion mistake?

and the Papas.

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MIKEY WHYTE: Were are you from?

2011 in Melbourne, Australia. I've got the charity 'headspace' on

OLIVER FORBES: I grew up in Adelaide, Australia. When I turned

board as a sponsor for the event, they are Australia's National

18, I was hungry to live in the big smoke so I moved straight

Youth Mental Health Foundation, so a portion of each sale at

to Melbourne when I got a job as a flight attendant for Virgin

the exhibition will be donated to them. I'm a firm believer that

airlines. I flew for five years and now work in digital marketing

there needs to be more awareness around youth mental health

as well as freelance photographer. I have lived in Melbourne for

and am so excited that this exhibition will be supporting this!

six years now. I think Melbourne is the greatest city in Australia.

The exhibition is going to be held in a huge warehouse which

I would recommend anyone from overseas who's thinking of

holds 500 people. I'm organizing the exhibition entirely by my-

visiting Australia to come to Melbourne... lots of people just go

self, and as you can imagine, printing, framing and hanging 365

to Sydney because it's the capital city of Australia—but the arts

images sounds like a big job, but when you actually think about

and fashion scenes in Melbourne are so unique and very differ-

it, it's a mammoth job that is going to cost me a lot of money

ent from Sydney.

initially to pull together, but will be well worth it, especially if

WHYTE: Tell us how you started your 365 Project!

we raise money for headspace.

FORBES: When I was in my third year of flight attending, I

WHYTE: Will you be doing it again next year? Any future

was getting a bit bored of it so I decided to buy myself a DSLR


camera as I'd always had an interest in photography. As a flight

FORBES: I've got some ideas for my next photography project,

attendant I'd always have overnight stops in cities all over

and I'll definitely present it via my blog, flyfromnearby.tumblr.

Australia and I wanted to start taking photos of all the cool

com. You'll just have to stay tuned! I'm also open to suggestions

places I'd visit, and the great people I'd meet. I loved photogra-

as well... hit me up! I've been approached by some international

phy so much that I decided to do a photo-a-day 365 Day Project

companies to be involved with doing photography for brand

to force myself to take a photo every day. Then my blog, 'Fly

campaigns etc, which has been really overwhelming! But

From Nearby; Three Sixty Five Days' was born. I started it as a

awesome! Once again, keep an eye on my blog for more details!

personal project but unintentionally gathered a huge following

WHYTE: What are some key pieces right now for transitioning

on Tumblr and people began telling me all the time how much

from Winter to Spring?

they loved my photos, and the moments I captured. All of this

FORBES: Boots! I'm obsessed with massive boots and love the

great feedback motivated me so much to complete it! Towards

skinny jeans with boots look. Oversized tees with knit cardigans

the end of the year-long project, my blog was getting over 2,000

are great too.

hits a week which I was pretty stoked about!

WHYTE: Tell us your go-to outfit.

WHYTE: Why the name Fly From Nearby?

FORBES: I'm a sucker for really casual clothes. My go-to outfit

FORBES: I've always been into doodling on paper and drawling

would have to be a pair of old Converse shoes, skinny jeans

little cartoons, and have always been obsessed with typography.

and a massive oversized tee. My rule with fashion is skinny and

I remember one time I was on a long flight, and was sitting in

tight on the bottom half, and ridiculously oversized on the top

the back galley totally bored and was just doodling. I was writ-

half. I struggle to buy shoes because I have size 15 feet, which is

ing words and somehow I ended up with the words 'Fly From

why you'll usually find me in a pair of Cons.

Nearby' in front of me. It just stuck with me, and then about

WHYTE: Any favorite designers, labels, or stores?

two years later when I started my blog and was thinking of a

FORBES: I get most of my clothes from, as I love the

name for it, the first thing that came to mind was 'Fly From

huge range. There's some great local Melbourne brands that

Nearby'. It's now becoming a brand that people know and

I love, especially Nobody. They make awesome jeans. Their

connect with my project.

factory is just around the corner from my house, and although

WHYTE: Any big events coming up for Fly From Nearby?

I love international fashion, I also love supporting the locals.

FORBES: During my project, I'd get daily emails from people all over the world saying how much they'd love to buy my prints, and see them all exhibited. So due to popular demand I've decided to have an exhibition of all 365 photos on 27th January

Mikey Whyte is a young photographer based in Melbourne, Australia.

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By Inna Kostukovsky // Portrait John Troxel



Chicago for the past decade. Two years ago I became addicted. The name of the addiction? Photography. Perhaps my attitude and predisposition to this addiction is linked to my background. Having spent a large part of my life pursuing a degree in Economics and living in the world of cold numbers, dry balance sheets and organized files, I grew hungry to push further, step outside the familiar and accelerate my self-discovery. I found

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Often I become what I focus my lens on. I love traveling alone and with a camera on my shoulder, I am never lonely— it shares my perception, witnesses my emotion and internal dialog. It is my companion while I sit somewhere thousands of miles away from home, watching the light change. Today my method of choice is the process of film photography. It is tangible and alive—one wrong move and everything is gone. But do it correctly, and here it is, my soul exposed to light—this is what I felt, what I saw, what I am struggling to hold on to, to understand… I read once that there are three methods to gain knowledge in the world—analytical, intuitive, and a method of the biblical prophets—revelation. An interesting fact about photography is that it incorporates all three (gravitating to the second and third). Sometimes with the help of one ray of light, one frame of film, it is possible to end up in a place where no one has been before you, or even further than you have wished to go. I take out my camera because the process of taking a photograph heightens my senses and awareness of the world around me. Having felt this once, it is very difficult to refuse the repetition of this experience. One becomes infatuated and very shortly after—addicted. I guess the person with this addiction is called a photographer. See more of my work at

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The Second City has a first class ballet company. Chicago's Joffrey

fit the Joffrey's dancers. There are sets to work on and advertise-

Ballet gets attention for its annual production of The Nutcrack-

ments to be made. In short, there are months of work that must

er. However, it has even more to offer. "Many people hear the

happen before the dancers hit the stage. The Joffrey Ballet is a

world ballet and automatically assume they don't like it," says

team of extremely talented people who make shows a reality.

Joffrey's artistic director, Ashley Wheater. "People don't realize

If the Joffrey is a team, Wheater is their coach. As artistic

that ballet is a broad term." In his nearly four years with the

director, Wheater chooses what shows the company will be

Joffrey, Wheater has worked to help people fall in love with

performing. In any given season, he tries to achieve a balance

ballet the way he has. This season, INK offers you a peek into

between abstract works and classic story ballets. When asked

the world of the Joffrey Ballet.

about his method of choosing ballets, Wheater responded, "I

The Joffrey is unique in the fact that it is an all-star ballet.

know my art. For me it's always a stepping stone and a process

Many ballets have rankings ranging from the corps de ballet

finding of what the company needs and what the audience

to principals. At the Joffrey Ballet, all dancers have an equal

needs." This attention to the needs of the audience is what

chance of being chosen for a role. The company consists of

makes the Joffrey's productions so profound.

highly skilled dancers from around the world. These dancers

There are amazing things happening at the Joffrey Ballet.

form a tight-knit community. Occasionally the Joffrey family

Stories are being told; stories of love, of hate, of madness, and

is expanded through the addition of other dancers. Wheater

of yearning. Worlds are being created through sets, costumes,

likes to give opportunities to young dancers as well as disabled

and makeup. A new language is being formed. It is a language

dancers. This trait is extremely evident in their production of

of expression and utter transparency spoken through pirouettes

the Nutcracker, where dancers of all ages and abilities collabo-

and grand battements. This language is not just spoken by the

rate to give the audience a Christmas favorite.

dancers at the Joffrey. It is spoken by the audience through

A ballet company consists of more than just dancers. Their upcoming production of the Merry Widow is a perfect example. This particular show includes over 42 dancers who will practice

gasps, sighs, and the moment of realization that this production has struck a chord in your soul. Come be a part of the story. Experience the Joffrey Ballet.

for five weeks before performing. These practices happen on top of master classes and practices for other productions. However, many other people are involved. The Joffrey borrowed this show from the Houston Ballet. All the costumes need to be kept in perfect condition and altered to

Taylor Bryant is a writer based in Chicago. The dancers pictured are Dylan Gutierrez, Lucas Segovia and Jaime Hickey.

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Is music that careens from auto-tuned robotic vocals ceasing to exist?

a little overwhelmed by the response it got. So I guess we had

Tune into any local radio station, and you'll notice that unre-

to sit down and decide whether or not to give this 100 percent.”

fined music seems to be prehistoric. However, all is not lost, as

Constructing a band that was reliable and had a musical

the Deaf Poets have organized a melodic composition of pure

connection was not always effortless. “We had experience with

vocal interjections, clear cut guitar mashes, and heart throbbing

dealing with other band members, and sometimes it was more

percussions—they are here to save true music from extinction.

of a hassle than a smooth process,” says Espinosa. "It was very

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With influences like the Black Keys and the Strokes, it is no

difficult coming to terms in regards to the music. Sean and I

wonder 20-year-old Miami, Florida natives Sean Wouters (vocals

would always be on the same page with what we wanted to

and guitar) and Nicolas Espinosa (percussionist) are blowing

do. We felt tired of depending on other people to let us express

up music blogs, getting immediate feedback from critics, and

ourselves.” Their inability to get other band mates on the same

developing a legitimate fan base. “[The attention] has definitely

level left them with the intention to keep the Deaf Poets as is.

given me an extra drive to be the best I can be as a musician

However, they are not blocking out any potential possibilities.

and a performer,” says Espinosa. “It’s still a little overwhelming

“We want to keep it this way,” says Espinosa. “However we are

to see the amount of attention we are getting, and seeing our

very open minded about having other musicians perform with

pictures in local, national, and international media.” Their surf

us." A predictable medium does not seem to police the Deaf

punk bluesy vibe is organic, and Deaf Poet’s stark comparison to

Poets as they also start to imagine a varied audio style. "Our

the Black Keys does not mean they are playing copycat. These

music is growing and so is the instrumentation," says Espinosa.

soulful catchy tempos are arresting and authentic. They give

"In our recordings, we are going to implement different sounds

you a taste of the beach while still reigning true to their rock

and instruments, but we want the listener to still get the feeling

roots. While the Deaf Poets are a two-man band, their tunes are

that there are only two people playing.”

not in the least compromising.

Their sweat and tears poured into debuting their album

Focusing on their music has been a definite priority for

becomes evident as they are independently working on releas-

Wouters and Espinosa; yet they somehow find time to add

ing their record. When asked where the recording process was

school into the mix. “We’re both part-time students at Miami

taking place, their response was as interesting as their swell

Dade College, but our main interest is music right now,” says

vibes. “Our album actually first started off in a very old dusty

Wouters. “We like to both be dedicated toward the band, yet

room of a historic hotel on South Beach,” says Wouters. “It

there isn’t any harm in completing our general education on

was nice at the time and definitely a fun experience, but we

our free time.” The duo will not be strapped down to Miami’s

relocated to a residential house for the reasons of space and

local hot spots for too long, as their tour venues could begin to


expand. “Nothing is confirmed,” says Wouters. “But we have defi-

So what can intrigued fans look forward to? “We have posted

nitely spoken about shows around New York and Boston.” The

on the web some of our new recordings, as well as our new

Deaf Poets have an interesting and charming sound that inevi-

music video,” says Wouters. “[We] plan to finish the album as

tably draws an attitude of angsty invincibility, and becomes the

soon as possible, because we too hate to wait. But you can’t

soundtrack for the young at heart.

rush the process.” So pop open an old school Coca Cola and be

Created only a year ago, the Deaf Poets did not anticipate as

ready to bust out your air guitar and head bang once the Deaf

much response as they received. “In the beginning, we started

Poet’s refreshing take on 90’s grunge hits the airwaves, because

playing for the sake of playing,” says Espinosa. “We wrote music

this duo will steal your heart.

out of jams, and booked shows so we had a place to play really loud. But once our first EP (“Illustrious Punks of Progress”) came out just after a month of being officially a band, we were

Katie Espinoza is the head of INK's Music Department.


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If a band could change a life, or make it more impressionistic and

telling me a story about how he—the day he wrote “Vitaly”—it

compelling, Delta Spirit would take the gold. These seasoned

was Brandon’s birthday and he, like, it was a weird story. We

performers never fail to leave their audience in awe or, on

ended up getting kicked out of this hotel and barred from play-

occasion, soft tears. Their June 2010 album, History from Below,

ing Iowa University because someone who wasn’t in our band

is drenched in folk with just enough rock to get you on your

pulled the fire alarm at the university hotel we were staying at

feet. The album is streaked with heartfelt lyrics, and with so

[laughs] and so everyone had to go outside in the freezing cold at

much evident emotion radiating on stage, they inevitably bring

like three in the morning, but they blamed it on us. It was pretty

out the soul you think you might have lost. Delta Spirit has a

funny, but the next day was Brandon’s birthday and then Matt

fascinating way of producing music with sentiment, without

picked up the New York Times and it had the article about that

making the ballads sappy. Watching Matt Vasquez (vocals,

guy named Vitaly, and so he read it, and was super moved by it

guitar, and harmonica), Kelly Winrich (keyboards, multi-

and ended up going into the bathroom at the next venue and

instrumentalist), Jonathan Jameson (bass), and Brandon Young

shutting himself off and writing the lyrics and stuff.

(percussionist) on stage is equivalent to viewing a suspenseful

ESPINOZA: It's interesting to hear how people are inspired.

cinematic scene, as they pivot from soft angelic folk harmonics

JAMESON: Yeah, I guess you got to go with it when you get it.

to bluesy guitar riffs with raspy vocals, and an occasional guitar

ESPINOZA: I also noticed your new album brought a new sound.

shredding solo. Finding a band that elicits such a diverse crowd

History from Below seems to possess a little more emotion

is indeed proof their buzz is not a fad; everyone from the baby-

behind it than Ode to Sunshine does. What do you think spurred

faced to those over-the-hill come out. Even parents willingly

the somewhat gradual switch in sound?

accompany their teenagers for their shows, as they appear in

JAMESON: I mean, I guess we’re just constantly getting older

their faded leather coats and light jeans that they yanked out

and growing as people, friends and musicians, and personally

of the closet for the occasion. These hard working and passion-

and musically as well. You know, we’re not really a band that is

ate San Diego locals have music infused in their blood, and with

trying to achieve a specific sound. We are just trying to play

three albums and a new EP, The Waits Room, released in Novem-

music that we like, that we love, and that we can connect to,

ber, they continue to hopscotch onto even more ventures.

and that all four—well five of us now, but four for the last

Before their San Francisco show at the Fillmore, I had a chance

record—can agree on and love with our whole heart. It’s kind of

to catch up with Jonathon Jameson, bassist of Delta Spirit, who

hard sometimes, because everyone—we’re all very, I don’t know

comically elaborated on the inspiration behind the lyrics, their

about hardheaded, but very opinionated, I guess. There’s a lot

touring extravaganza, how they got started, and what to look

that we agree upon, but there’s a lot that is very unique to each

forward to.

us, as far as our tastes are concerned, and so pulling it all

KATIE ESPINOZA: You released your second album, History From

together and getting something we are happy with is a bit of a

Below, in June. How does it feel? Are you satisfied with how it

challenge. It can be really fun. It can be really maddening, but

turned out?

it’s what makes our sound unique.

JONATHON JAMESON: Yeah, we love it. It was a different process

ESPINOZA: I found myself trying to explain what Delta Spirit

than the first one. You know, we kind of had a lot of time to put

sounds like to someone and it was hard to put into words.

it together and then we ended up touring for three years for

JAMESON: Yeah, I know, and that’s good to hear, because we

the first album, so a lot of the songs on the new album just got

never know what to say. It’s definitely a blessing and a curse; a

written in between tours, on acoustic guitars, bathrooms, sound

blessing because we really believe what we’re doing is unique

checks—wherever, you know—hotel rooms, and so it came

and special and something we are putting our lives into, but at

together in a strange and unplanned way, and all of a sudden

the same point it is a curse, because it would be a lot easier to

we had all these songs and were like, Okay, I guess we should

say, “they sound exactly like this band and this band,” and then

record them and make an album. It was less intentional, but at

people who like those bands, go “cool, I like you too,” you know.

the same point we still put a lot of effort into making sure the

But when you have a sound that is a little bit more varied, it’s

songs came across the way we wanted to and were dynamic,

hard to fit into some cultural mold.

and we are really happy with how they came out.

ESPINOZA: I think it’s better that you don’t. You seem to get a

ESPINOZA: Bathrooms?

fan base that is more loyal.

JAMESON: Well, I say bathrooms because I remember Matt

JAMESON: Exactly—that’s the hope! We want to continue to

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grow as a band and not intentionally change, but just become

used to playing with each other and playing new stuff and

more and more what we hope to be, and thankfully because

seeing where that goes, so it’s both.

we’re not stuck in a mold, we can do whatever we want as long

ESPINOZA: Do you think any other musicians influence what

as it is good music and good songs; and we still play live with

you produce?

our whole hearts, which is kind of what we’re all about. Then I

JAMESON: Yeah, there’s just so much. We all love the great old

think people will still get it and like it.

stuff, early American stuff, and the 60s, and some of the 70s,

ESPINOZA: What was the inspiration behind the lyrics? For

and then we like punk too, and Nirvana. My wife is super into

example, in “Scarecrow.”

new classical and so she’s got me into Arvo Pärt and Philip

JAMESON: I mean, the album is a funny mix. There are

Glass, things that I never really knew about before, and so I’m

definitely songs—well “Scarecrow” is a song about a girl Matt

starting to get into more of that, and old beautiful classical like

dated, [laughs as Matt walks by] and it is very specific; the story

Bird. So I’m learning more about that kind of stuff, which is so

of something that happened in a specific time.

different from being in a rock band, but at the same point, it’s

ESPINOZA: Does Matt do all the writing or is it a collaborative

like—you know…


ESPINOZA: You take different components and make it your

JAMESON: It is collaborative, but as far as lyrics are concerned,

own thing.

it’s Matt or Kelly, so far. And we will all work on things. If things

JAMESON: Exactly.

don’t sound right to me, I’ll help edit, but then a lot of times

ESPINOZA: Does your wife come on tour with you?

songs come as some lyrics and really simple chords and then

JAMESON: Not as much as she would like to, and I would like to

we’ll all come together and change it and take a folk song Matt

have her, but she is a busy person. She’s a fashion designer and

wrote and make a punk song out of it. That’s kind of how we do

so she works long hours, so it’s yeah, tough and it’s a challenge,

it. But then other times, especially in this album we’re starting

but we’re best friends, so we make it work. But it is really great,

to work on now, we’re making a specific effort to just play with

and I try to bring her out when we can or when she can get

each other five times a day, every day for a few hours and get

time off of work. We’ve just been together in the weirdest

somewhere and walked by a guy singing and was like, “Wow,

necessarily, yeah, so that’ the cool side of it.

this guy has a great voice,” and it ended up being Matt and the

ESPINOZA: Having been to five of your shows, I have come to

Matt recognized Brandon from the band that he was in and

notice a prolific amount of passion on stage. The performance is

they started talking and hanging out, and then Brandon was all

always raw and heartfelt. There never seems to be even a trace

like “I met this guy,” and he explained and I was, all “I know that

of the mechanical. After hundreds of shows around the world,

guy; I just met him the other day,” so we kind of eventually

how do you all retain that emotion behind the music?

became friends…

JAMESON: Oh cool, thank you. Yeah, it can get hard. I mean, if

ESPINOZA: That’s weird how it all seemed to work out.

you’re playing the same stuff constantly and if we were just in a

JAMESON: Yeah, it really did come together. We kind of knew

vacuum playing our songs over and over again, we would go

from that point. We were all doing different things for the next

crazy. We love playing new songs and getting them worked out

maybe year, but we knew that this is what‘s going to happen

and pulling that together. The song becomes more complete

eventually. This is what we want to be a part of. Yeah, all of us

when it’s played with people instead of just at people, or by

knew it.

itself. Somehow there is something mysterious that happens

ESPINOZA: What do you think was the defining moment where

that keeps it beautiful and interesting and brings us out of

you knew, “Wow this is for real?”

ourselves so that we can forget for a moment about the fact

JAMESON: Well, it happened so quickly because literally the

that we played these songs hundreds of times.

band Brandon and I were in was kind of this little thing that

ESPINOZA: Do you have any traditions or rituals before you hit

we were trying to put together. It was some guys we had been

the stage?

playing with for a while, and finally the singer was older and he

JAMESON: Very subtly. I bet we’ll keep developing more, but we

was like, “Guys, I’m over it,” and we were half-bummed because

try to get a little group hug in there and yeah, you know, just try

we were about to really get things going, and the other half was

and make eye contact with each other so we can get all in it

like, “Okay, perfect, this is it, this is the moment.” That same day

together so we’re not five separate people doing different things,

we called Matt and we’re like, “Let’s practice tomorrow” and

but just trying to bring it together.

Matt was like “I have this band I’m trying to put together, but

ESPINOZA: I had a brief conversation with Matt last March at

okay, whatever, let’s do it,” you know. So we started playing and

Bottom of the Hill about how he got discovered busking. Were

within the first practice, we wrote three songs; one of which was

you involved in that, and can you tell me more about this?

“Motivation,” and we’re like, “Oh my gosh, sweet, this is it. This

JAMESON: It’s funny, ‘cause we met in different ways. Brandon

is so fun.” We loved it and it was flowing naturally and it was

and I were in another band, and Matt was kind of a fan of that

really cool. We knew pretty quickly that this was what we’re

band, and I had a mutual friend with Matt, and so she actually

supposed to be doing.

brought me to see his old band play and I was, like “Wow, this

ESPINOZA: He also mentioned that you guys still busk to pay

guy is really good.” They seemed like a little kid band, but Matt

the bills, as well as do occasional house performances?

was something especially good. And so I met him that night and

JAMESON: We did—I mean, all of our first shows were at

Matt is just a very extroverted person, so he was like, “Let’s hang

people’s houses. I think our first show may have been at Kelly’s

out; let’s become friends,” and so I gave him my number and he

parent’s house, when they were out of town. I think there was a

called me the next day and came down to hang out, and so we

party thrown and we just set up there, and then definitely a few

kind of instantly became friends. But then with Brandon, I had

other parties and other little shows here and there. And then

never hung out with him and Brandon. So kind of almost

Matt, when he just gets bored, will just go out and play [laughs].

around the same time he was just down in San Diego playing,

Yeah, it’s funny. I think he said last time he was in London he

Matt was, I guess by the train tracks, as the story goes, and

was left there for a couple of days and we all took off and he

Brandon at that time was doing some art work with his friend

stayed to hang out with someone, I don’t know what it was, but

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downtown. They lived downtown and went to get some smokes

so it’s cool places you’d probably never want to vacation to


places. From like Paris to Belfast, Ireland, to Rock Island, Illinois;

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he just ended up getting bored and going out and busking and

know, it’s 1:30, and then we have to pack up because we only

made 20 or 30 pounds—so, hey! Why not?

have two crew members. So we have to pack up ourselves too,

ESPINOZA: You have been on tour for a few years now. How has

and then it’s, you know, wait where are we at, 2:30 now or

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the experience changed you or had an affect on your band

something? So at 2:30 a.m. we’re like “Cool, we’re hungry.” But

musically or otherwise?

the only thing open is Taco Bell. Do we go to Taco Bell or are we

JAMESON: I’m sure it has. I mean, yeah, touring can be a weird

becoming fat-asses? What’s the move? And so sometimes, we

thing. It can be very isolating, even though you’re always

go fat kid and get food, and then the rest of the time we go to

directly around people almost all day, every day, at the same

the hotel and sleep. Every once in a while, like when we’re in

point there are too many people there to really talk and connect

New York and we’re with a bunch of friends and play a big ven-

to, you know. It’s a challenge, but at the same time it’s cool,

ue and they have loaders so we’re like, “Great, let’s go out and

because, I mean, I would never have as much time to read or

just enjoy this.” So, it’s both, you know what I mean? I mean,

certain things like that. Our last few tours have been crazy

you can’t party every night. I mean, people do, and it is crazy

drives and then when you’re trying to read and you’ve had

and it blows my mind, because I can barely stay healthy and

three hours of sleep, it doesn’t work [laughs], so I haven’t read as

have energy doing exactly what we do, but yeah, when you’re at

much lately. But you know, it’s cool and it’s great to see all these

venues, there’s always alcohol. I don’t know why—I mean,

different towns. A lot of time you have to make an effort for

you’re basically at a bar already all night. I don’t know why I

that too, though, because a lot of times you just go from club to

would want to go to another one.

club and if you’re not in a cool part of town, you just sit there.

ESPINOZA: Out of all the places you have performed at, which

But to the frustration of the rest of the band members, I bring

has been your favorite so far?

like a folding bike on tour with me so that I can get out and see

JAMESON: Hmm, well this one [the Fillmore] is going to be

things, because I hate not being able to see what’s around me.

pretty exciting, because this place has so much history it’s

But as far as musically, playing night after night, changing

crazy. But man, we really love the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

things subtly, growing, and you know we’re not a band where

It’s a really awesome club and it’s big and sounds great and we

we have to play everything perfect, so we allow a little bit of

played there July 3rd this last year on our last headlining tour,

freedom there. I think touring for the last album has made us

and the night spilled over into 4th of July and we’re in D.C., the

want to play louder and heavier and be more of a rock band in

Nation’s Capitol, so we did the American Trilogy that Harry Nel-

some weird way, because the last album came out folkie, even

son did and then Matt came out wearing my American flag

though there are some loud songs. But I think, at least for the

jacket and I think he played Star Spangled banner, Hendrix-

newest stuff, it’s constantly changing us and we’re constantly

style, and it was just ridiculous—like completely, yeah, totally

growing, but this newest feeling is like, “Yeah, let’s play loud,

dumb, but really fun and people were just freaking out. It was

play with each other and shred some sweet songs.”

just like the funniest night, so that was pretty rad. I don’t think

ESPINOZA: What does a typical night after a show look like?

anything really compares. So after the show, we ended up like

JAMESON: [Laughs] It’s not so glamorous.

singing songs and, you know, drinking and having fun with our

ESPINOZA: You know, I kind of envision all these crazy parties…

friends in the bands in the backstage room, because there was

JAMESON: Right, that happens once in a while, but most days

a big backstage room there for like two hours, just hanging out.

we, you know, start at 11; we play ‘till 12:30. We hang out for a

So that was one of those nights where I said, “This is awesome.”

little bit and cool down, talk to some people; next thing you

ESPINOZA: What would you deem the ‘craziest moment’ during

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crazy, though, because this guy asked for it—he like slammed

JAMESON: Um [laughs], there are a few different kinds of crazy

on the brakes to teach us a lesson. Jake, our tour manager, just

ones. On the last tour, one of the guys tried to do a back flip off

didn’t see him and plowed straight into him, but we’re driving a

a pier and almost, not in our band, but one of the guys we were

tank, so his car got screwed and ours didn’t. So he was freaking

touring with, did a back flip off the pier and almost died, so that

out and randomly, out of nowhere, an FBI agent came up and

was crazy. I got arrested in Texas once for drugs that my Mom

starts screaming at the guy “It’s your fault, it’s not their fault.”

gave me, that I wasn’t abusing, went to jail and got to wear a

And we’re like okay, and the dude just got freaked out and kind

hamburglar outfit.

of took off [laughs] and we never had to pay anything; yeah, it

ESPINOZA: How long were you there?

was wild. I mean legally it was our fault, but that guy was just

JAMESON: One night, but it was interesting. They were watching

being a dick.

Under Siege 3 when I walked in, rolled me a cigarette, and I don’t

ESPINOZA: How often do you get time to relax and go back

smoke, but I took it because I didn’t want to die. And there was

home? Does it affect your personal life in any way?

menudo for breakfast and, I’m not super into pig intestines, so I

JAMESON: Yeah, thankfully. It is getting better for the first

gave it to the other dudes, but they were pretty stoked on me

album. It was pretty crazy because we were taking any tour we

after I gave them my menudo, so it was pretty wild, yeah, so

could just to get exposure and to get out there and we were

that was crazy. Um, man, we’ve had a lot of weird ones. Yeah,

almost constantly gone. I think it was 2009 we were gone like—

they’re always funny. We had a period where our van got broken

well, I think we played 250 shows in one year. Yeah, we were

into three times; we got in two car accidents.

gone way more than we were home. It hasn’t been as bad since

ESPINOZA: Didn’t you just get in one recently?

because now we’re headlining and kind of being more specific

JAMESON: Yeah, we did. We’ve gotten in a couple this tour;

about how we do things, but we’re going to be home for a little

they’ve both let us go—which is crazy. The old guy one was

while now, which is going to be really great, but we’re going to


a tour?

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be writing and getting ready for what comes next. I think we

time soon.

have a little tour in March.

ESPINOZA: Lastly, what can Delta Spirit fans look forward to?

ESPINOZA: Can you tell me more about your recent EP The Waits

JAMESON: We’re working on new stuff and we’re just excited

Room? Any reason why you decided to release it so soon after

to keep growing as a band, and we have a new guitar player

History from Below, which debuted in June?

now that we actually hope is staying. He’s from the band The

JAMESON: I guess it was because we, well the label, sent us up

Willows. We did a little tour with them last winter on the East

because they wanted to do some filming with Yours Truly, which

Coast. We’re sticking with Will and he’s awesome, and that will

are actually from San Francisco, and so we went up there and

be fun because he is a songwriter too, so it’s another element,

we just had the studio and so we were like, "let’s record some

but will be something new. He’s a great songwriter and an

songs in the studio." When we were at the studio, we used this

amazing player and yeah, we’re really excited for what’s going

room, the Waits room, a lot. The reason we went to that studio

to come next and to be able to write music and get back out and

was mainly because of these Tom Waits’ records that were

play it before too long.

made there and we just really loved the sound of them, and the

ESPINOZA: Well, thank you!

idea that we could live there and be kind of away from every-

JAMESON: Yeah, thanks.

thing. But yeah, this room had something special about it. He

From their sophomore album, Ode to Sunshine, to their new

was always, Tom Waits, would always do his vocals in there and

releases, records continue to be unique and rather addicting.

they kind of revamped it for that scene with him and Iggy Pop

Delta Spirit feels their music—it's in their gut evident in their

and Coffee and Cigarettes. I guess we got up there and thought,

eyes. Not surprisingly, they have caught the attention of many

"Man, this would be kind of fun to record some songs," and so

critics in the industry, and played on Conan O’Brien, Carson

we put up two mics and played kind of quiet and it just had a

Daly, Jimmy Kimmel, were reviewed in the New York Times, and

good feel to it. We didn’t want to make it a new release, like this

more. They have revolutionized the reputation of folk and

isn’t our new direction, it was like, "This is cool—we want to put

added a whole new meaning to rock. Delta Spirit intertwines

it out and we’re going to print it on vinyl." We ended up just

the two, adds a little punk and soul, and produces stunning

printing it ourselves. It was kind of a moment that we thought

records time after time. On a good drive listening to Delta Spirit,

was cool and wanted to get it out there.

a surge of rejuvenation and a strong-willed mind sprouts. Their

ESPINOZA: Do you plan on stopping tour at any point?

music seems to please the most critical ear, and their live per-

JAMESON: We’re not going to tour until March. I don’t think

formances are astounding. Music that eases the pain, celebrates

there will ever be a point where we’re taking two years off or

the current, and evokes complete harmony—this is Delta Spirit.

something. We’re a pretty active band and we are always writ-

Disclaimer: During our interview, INK received some exciting

ing and always wanting to be playing, but you know, we want to

news from Delta Spirit. Unfortunately, we cannot print the

be smart. We’re all getting a little older, and settling down, but

information quite yet. So hold tight, and stayed tuned.

we don’t want to just be gone all the time; at the same point we love playing live, so it’s a balance of doing it smart, and doing it intentionally. So we’re not taking any super long breaks any

Katie Espinoza is the head of INK's Music Department.


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