Ok, yes, we changed the cover again. We wanted NUDE. back at the top in big bold letters. But, guess what? We make the rules. This is the main reason I created my own magazine––to make decisions when I
want and answer to no one. If my ideas change, I might switch things up, but you will never be disappointed––that’s for sure.
Enjoy the contents of this issue cover to cover. We featured some
really amazing and talented people. You’ll read about what it takes to be a tattoo artist, a musician and a little about street artists in Venice. Thank you for your submissions. Stay NUDE.
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IN THIS ISSUE Interviews by Angelina Lewis
On The Cover
Photographer Drew Castaneda Talent Paul Klein from LANY Stylist Jacob Barri Groomer Josh Lopez
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Time is precious. It either slips through widespread fingers like sand or slowly drizzles out of a jar like honey. Time has a sense of humor. You plan, prepare and look forward to a future moment just to have it shattered like glass on tile floor.
But once the wound heals, we learn to cherish every moment. To think before we speak. To refrain from hurting loved ones, because the feeling is all too familiar. To be patient with others. And with ourselves. To never wish days away, because time doesn’t abide by our wishes. It has its own hidden clock.
Time teaches us to live in the moment––in the now. Not to dwell in past fears or future anxieties. To treat people with kindness. To love others with our whole selves. To make every hello genuine and every goodbye heartfelt.
Each day becomes more meaningful and intentional. Days stop being days and start being moments. And those moments are endless. And that, essentially, is where happiness lies–– not within accomplishments, achievements, promotions or even milestones, but in the tiny unnoticed moments. Where you find yourself smiling, laughing, sharing and soaking up each second like sunshine. Where you find yourself truly at peace with Time.
Time is harsh, as it does not allow for do-overs, second chances or instant replays. It remains mysterious, careful not to reveal what’s next. Time wears on people. Discourages. Pressures. Dictates. Rushes. Without looking back to ensure you’re keeping up. But then Time does something beautiful: it heals. Time strengthens, mending broken hearts until they are strong enough to love again. It restores, fitting shattered pieces back together into something magically whole. It brings people together and distances them all at once. Like a whirlwind. Unapologetic.
And only then, can you become the master of your own clock. Stay Nude. - Written by Angelina Lewis
TAKE ME TO: TULUM 10
Arnie Watkins & Jonah Kest
YOSHI THOMPKINS Over the past few years, Florida has become a breeding ground for some of hip-hops most promising up and comers. Artists like Kodak Black, XXXTentacion, and Denzel Curry quickly rose to fame, but there are still a lot more on the cusp of discovery. Out of Liberty City comes the versatile artist who goes by the name Yoshi Thompkins. Yoshi met Denzel Curry when his sister introduced him; shortly after, he was added to the roster of C9, a rap collective including other emcees such as Denzel Curry, SDotBraddy, J.K. the Reaper, and more. While listening to Yoshi you can hear that energetic floridian flow as he spits loud bars impressively. He has also shown that he can diversify his catalog by diving into tracks with a very strong rock or r&b influence, and creating melodies with distorted versions of his voice. When I asked Yoshi who inspires him he gave me one name, Zion. His son. In terms of new music, he is currently creating an album that is anticipated to be released this summer. Having had the privilege of witnessing the creative process of this album, I can say anyone who hits play on it will be happy they did. Yoshi is one of the most talented artists I have had the pleasure to work with, no care for clout or blowing money on jewelry, just an artist with a gift, and a love for it. - Written and photographed by Andrew Hunczak 16
DANIEL What made you decide to use only black and grey ink? DW: I see art in black and grey, and feel it best translates to the skin. Plus––the body doesn’t reject black ink, which makes micro tattoos hold much better. Some of your designs look 3-D––what technique gives them that illusion? DW: Through shading with darker tones and the use of skin tone––instead of using white ink, I use the skin for pop and dimension. Do most clients come to you with their own ideas or choose from your designs? DW: Fifty-50. Some come in with ideas, which I frequently alter; some are very specific, and I follow my clients lead. A lot of your designs are nature and animals––how much time do you spend outdoors? DW: As a kid, my father always exposed us to the wild. I spend a huge amount of my time outdoors! Especially on the golf course––I know––funny a tattooed golfer, but I don’t do normal.
What’s the story behind your favorite tattoo? DW: My favorite tattoo is a portrait of my father––self explanatory! Did you draw growing up? DW: I had a pen, pencil or sharpie in my hand at the youngest age possible. My mother was an insane artist with huge talent! She did many mediums––she even copied Rembrandt! She inspired me to be an artist at 6 years old. What inspired you to become a tattoo artist? DW: Besides my parent’s love for art, I always knew I would be an artist, but never thought it would come this far. True inspiration came from my parents, because they were both artists to the fullest! Has anyone ever asked you to surprise them? What design did you choose for them? DW: Yes––I tattooed many flowers directly to the skin without a stencil or marker. What is your stance on the permanence of tattoos? DW: For me, tattoos are very permanent and should be treated that way. I don’t believe in removal; you should live with your tattoos for life! They are meant to tell a story of your life––the good, bad and ugly. What are your ideas for your next personal tattoo? DW: Neck tattoo by a close friend––art TBD!
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Photographer Bonnie Nichoalds Stylists BT Marie & Nahla Gabriel Mua Britten Faith Hair Josh Liu 32
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You kind of fell into acting––can you explain what inspired you to keep going? SB: I stumbled, tripped and fell backwards into it. As a kid I always dreamed of being a doctor. That was always my first goal––even my first two years into college were as a biology major. I focused on cardiology. I got bit by the acting bug at the early age of 12. I helped my mom rewrite a classic play and ended up acting in the play, which was odd because I was this super shy, scared-of-his-own-shadow kind of kid. That was the onset of being interested in acting. I felt so free the first time I stepped on stage, and I knew this was something I might pursue. But I never thought it was realistic, so I didn’t put that much stock into it until college. I went to this audition with my girlfriend at the time, who was auditioning for this talent show, and when I went to tape her, I was actually asked to audition as well and ended up being chosen to be in this talent show six months later. I won all these awards and got my scholarship to the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and ended up going there four months later. I enrolled in school there and moved to New York City. It just keeps you going because if something like that can happen, you know God is elevated. Growing up, who was one person that inspired you? SB: I would not be an actor without Will Smith and Denzel Washington. I wanted to be Will Smith. If I could have 10 percent of his work ethic, charm and charisma, I’d be alright. Will––being the influence of hip hop, the No. 1 genre of music, he was able to be cool and not stuffy as an actor and still entertain while being himself. It’s still a dream of mine to work with him one day. Denzel Washington––he’s my greatest influence as an actor. I think he’s one of the best to ever do it. The first time I saw “Glory,” it was the one tear! Do you do any music yourself? SB: I do––I dabble in some music. I’ve put that on the back burner as of late, but I’m about to jump back into it. I’ve written some songs for an EP. What kind of genre? SB: I don’t like to stick it to one genre, but I grew up on R&B––love it. It’s a little R&B/pop/alternative. Some of my musical influences were Brian McKnight, Babyface, Bryson Tiller and The Vision.
How was the auditioning process for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? SB: The auditioning process went like this: I got an email from my agent that read, “They want to see you for Jumanji to play this 18-year-old football player.” And I was like, “How old?” I get sent the audition sides, look them over and didn’t delve too deeply into them because I thought “there’s no way I’m getting this.” I went to the audition––I had another audition right after––but this audition was going overtime. I was there for an hour and 15 minutes. I clean-shaved super deep so my skin was burning. A few days later my manager asked how the audition went and I said, “I’m not getting this.” And he said, “Watch, this will be the one you get.” Two weeks go by, and I had to close the deal for this Will Ferrell movie I just booked, but I had a feeling in my gut that I shouldn’t pull the trigger. I got the call the day before I had to close for the Will Ferrell movie. Where were you when you got the call? SB: I was at El Torito––Taco Tuesday. I got three consecutive calls. The first was: You’re on hold. Thirty minutes later my agent called me with: You’re the director’s choice. Thirty minutes later another call with: You’re going to Hawaii! I was screaming, “What?” It was one audition. They’d been looking for the role for about a year. I’ll never take it for granted. Go out and see “Jumanji” if you haven’t yet! If a random kid watching this interview thinks he has a chance in acting, what would you say to him? SB: I’d say to that kid you lucky bastard. These days, we all have so many opportunities to do what we love remotely. We’re in the digital age where you can tape auditions and send them to New York or Los Angeles or Georgia. Don’t limit yourself based on your surroundings. We live in a society where your direct community can actually slow you down if you allow it to. You don’t have to be a product of your environment. I remember having offbrand shoes and my mom telling me to put those on. And the kids would make fun and me and she’d say, “Put your name on them, your name is just as important as that person’s name. That work ethic made me realize I didn’t need to be limited to what I necessarily had or what was surrounding me. She really inspired me to focus on what was inside of me. You can do anything you want from anywhere. What’s something not a lot of people know? SB: I’m launching a cooking channel on YouTube. I am a cook. I’ve worked in restaurants for years, and that’s one of my passions.
Photographer Sam Dameshek
CRISTIANO Photographer Gabe Ayala Model Cristiano Palmerini at One Management
PAUL KLEIN Photographer Drew Castaneda Talent Paul Klein from LANY Stylist Jacob Barri Groomer Josh Lopez
How has LANY changed since its birth in 2014? PK: It’s become a lot bigger. Our fanbase is real, engaged and spread out all over the world. I think we’ve grown a ton as writers, musicians and performers while also staying true to who we are and what got us into this from the very beginning. What advice do you have on how to remain close friends while performing in a band together? PK: Talk about everything. How has your friendship changed since forming LANY? PK: I think it’s grown deeper. We’ve done a lot of life together, experienced a gamut of emotions, and walked through some of the brightest and some of the darkest times of our lives. What’s the fastest you’ve written and recorded a song to date? PK: 13. We wrote and recorded it in one day...July 13, 2016. That’s why we called it “13.” How do you, Les and Jake create music that all three of you relate to? PK: We all have different tastes but somehow they merge seamlessly when making music. If one of us isn’t feeling a certain sound or lyric, then we fix it until we all agree. What’s your secret talent apart from modeling and performing? PK: I yam a realy gud spellur. Actually, I’m pretty good at swimming. Like, I’d challenge anyone to a race in the pool. My mom had me in swim lessons before I could walk pretty much. I finished my lifeguard test when I was 11 but you couldn’t become a lifeguard until you were 15. What’s the story behind your favorite song performed? PK: My favorite song to perform changes all the time. “The breakup” goes off live…so does “hurts.” Both of those songs are a lot of fun to play. What’s your favorite thing to do on your down time? PK: I love sitting outside in the sun. I love shopping. I love nice dinners. What’s the one piece of advice you live by? PK: Be so honest. What’s next for LANY? PK: Album 2, Malibu Nights.
"Our fanbase is real, engaged and spread out all over the world. I think weâ€™ve grown a ton as writers, musicians and performers while also staying true to who we are and what got us into this from the very beginning."
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What inspires your art? SP: Everything. The very essence of life and death. Creating keeps me driven.
just stop and appreciate exactly where you are in life in this exact moment without worrying about what’s next. Embrace it. Life is to be lived.
Where do you go when you need to escape Los Angeles? SP: Anywhere. Preferably somewhere completely different from Los Angeles or Venice––to experience new things with new people.
What makes you feel most grounded? SP: Knowing any moment could be our last. Life is more beautiful because it’s temporary, and we will never be here again. How do different places affect your art? How did your creativity differ from California to Hawaii to Mexico? SP: Seeing different cultures and the diversity of this place we live on––Earth. No place makes my art different, but rather enlightens me that much more.
You talk a lot about living in the moment–– what’s your advice on this? SP: Honestly, I’ve had a lot of trouble with this in the past and recently, but sometimes you have to
What are the top three things to do in Hawaii? SP: Sun, salt and surf. Do you write poetry? SP: I couldn’t be Samson Poet if I didn’t, but I often do––lowkey though. Don’t be telling people. What’s a secret talent other than skateboarding, painting murals and tattooing? SP: I love trying to play the piano, and other things like architecture and design––but you have to stay tuned. What are you focused most on right now? SP: Never too focused on anything. I just like going with the flow. I don’t like being too serious about my art and passions. I never want anything I do to feel like work, but rather just something I love doing. What’s next for you? SP: Big things––stayed tuned and you just might see.
Photographer Drew Castaneda 57
REUBEN & 60
Photographer Drew Castaneda Stylist Teresita Marie Models Reuben & Joanna at Aston Models 65
EMMA POWELL Photographer Maverick McConnell Makeup Angelina Chase
What did you take away from your 8-year gymnastic career? EP: Discipline and dedication. It was the first highly-competitive sport I did as a young girl. I practiced everyday for 2 ½ hours. It was a lot at times, but at an early age, I learned hard work really pays off. That's something I carried throughout my life! What is your most memorable experience in Thailand? EP: If you've ever been to Thailand, you know the activities are endless, but the most memorable thing was running around Patong Beach at 1 a.m. in the pouring rain, on my birthday, getting dragged into strip clubs. What’s your favorite sport and form of exercise? EP: My favorite sport––volleyball. It was the one sport I stuck with throughout school. My favorite exercise––anything outdoor-related (hiking, beach volleyball, outdoor yoga, running up and down the stairs of my apartment building). Living in LA, I enjoy sunny weather year-round, whereas when I lived in Colorado, I could only do so half the year. What advice do you have on eating healthy to stay fit? EP: Balance. I've struggled (and still do) with being too hard on myself when I eat something unhealthy and then punish myself by trying to only eat clean for as long as I can. It becomes a vicious and unhealthy cycle, so just have patience. Try having a cheat meal 1-2 days a week, and keep the rest of the days healthy. The more clean food you eat, the more your body craves it. I always say the first three weeks are the hardest.
What do people not know about you that you wish they did? EP: My Instagram doesn't exactly reflect who I am and only shows a small part of my life. Sometimes it's hard for me to be personable on social media. I wish there was a way to know people closer than just seeing each others profilesâ€“â€“to be able to see someone's face when talking to them to really get to know them. Social media interrupts that. What advice do you have for kids who dropped out of school to pursue their dreams? EP: Fully believe in your abilities, because no one else will in the beginning. If you want it bad enough, you'll make it happen, but you need to immerse yourself in your passion and grind. What was the moment you knew modeling was your passion? EP: As a young girl, I knew this was something I wanted. When I was little, Iâ€™d try stealing Vogue magazines from the grocery store, and my mom would either stop me or give in and buy one. I loved how each image made me feel something different; it was the first art form I fell in love with. Since then, I always paid attention to the fashion and modeling industry. What are you currently striving for? EP: Last year, I focused a lot on myself internally while transitioning from Colorado to LA. This year, I want to focus more on my influence on others and getting involved in the things I care about (health and wellness, fitness, nutrition, charity work). I want to take bigger steps in my career and make young magazine-stealing Emma proud
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Photographer Victoria Smith
NOCKY Photographer Kevin Roldan
ALEX HAYES Photographer Shemoi Gidden
Why did you want to start surfing at age 10? AH: I can't remember exactly why I started, I just got hooked from the very first time I went into the ocean. Riding a wave is the most surreal feeling ever. It's addicting. You did Surf Life Saving in Australia until you were 15––what was that like? AH: I loved it. It taught me how to be safe in the ocean and how to socialize. Everyday I trained, I had to socialize with people, so that aspect just came naturally. I'm also an extremely competitive person, so growing up in a competitive atmosphere really pushed me to achieve goals at an early age. Having discipline is super important, because when the time comes to sacrifice your leisure time for training or a businessrelated goal, you’re willing to do so since you have that mindset. What is your advice for staying positive and what brings you so much joy? AH: I believe having an optimistic approach starts with overpowering the negative voices in our head. It's a process, but when you become aware of situations that are out of your control and accept them for what they are, you develop a sense of enthusiasm towards everything. And that puts your energy on a whole new level. What thoughts run through your mind when riding a wave? AH: I’m completely present in that moment. I can never remember what I'm thinking when I surf––that's way more fun than thinking at all.
"I'm so grateful to
have the opportunity to work towards my dreams and aspirations."
At the end of the day, what really matters most? AH: Realizing how lucky we are to be here in the first place––to be human. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to work towards my dreams and aspirations. Showing humility and putting myself in vulnerable situations through the process teaches me so much about myself and humans in general. What goals are you striving towards at the moment? AH: I'm trying to do so many things at once and pushing myself to new lengths to achieve everything, whether it’s creating businesses, putting out content or signing up for races (which are considered impossible with my current schedule). I'm very impulsive and stubborn. If I want something, I'm going to go get it. I'm competing in the Molokai World Paddle Championships in July. It's nearly 40 miles between Molokai and Oahu (islands in Hawaii) with sharks, big waves and strong currents. It's a physical and mental challenge I'm excited to go through, because I want to show that no matter who you are or what position you’re in, you can commit to anything you want. You just have to do it! I’m releasing a video soon with a full story behind why I'm doing this race. Stay tuned and make sure you follow the journey. It’ll be one hell of a ride!
ALICIA HERBETH Photographer Monica Baddar Model Alicia Herbeth Makeup Jen Evans Stylist Sam Rex