Many years ago, a friend of mine was looking over my shoulder as I constructed the layout for my highschool 2012 yearbook. As they watched me arrange and map out the designs (that they paid me to finish for them), they turned to me and claimed “I guess it’s true, hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” At that moment, something inside of me changed. From that point forward, I would strive to work harder than the rest of my competition in any lane that I chose. I’d take pride in my work ethic and have it speak volumes louder than my own mouth could. Fast forward to present day and I am the owner of a business in a “dying” industry, known as the magazine industry. 51 issues later, each of which has been strictly released on the first of the month, I boast quietly that my will to achieve is the main difference between the next person and I. To this day, I still think of my
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friend that solidified this drive and mental state of mine, although deep down, I know it was within me all along.
Raylene Pereyra Editor in Chief
Photographer | Luke raymond Talent | Charlotte Lawrence
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What does it mean to suffer? The dictionary states suffering is the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Every single human being alive experiences some form of daily suffering. Some of you are suffering just reading this little excerpt. That being said, suffering comes dressed in many different outfits. It is the existential burden of sitting in traffic en route to a job you despise. It is lying in bed, wide-eyed, at 2:30 in the morning agonizing about how to improve your life. It is bills, deadlines, strains in relationships, disease, death of loved ones – the list goes on and on. The truth is, to live is to suffer. It is what tears people apart while simultaneously connecting each and every one of us in a profound way. Everyone suffers, some more than others. However, what makes us suffer is entirely subjective and there is actually no tangible way to gauge or compare our suffering to another’s. This brings us to the next point, it is a conscious action to participate in undergoing distress or hardship. Your mental outlook on life greatly influences what you classify as adversity, or at least the severity of it. We all know of many cases in which individuals with bountiful reasons to be discouraged with life, choose to adjust their interpretation of said suffering and deliberately reduce the impact it has on their reality. These individuals demonstrate that although difficult roads inevitably lie ahead, they still remain manageable through self-control and a strong will. The idea that suffering is inescapable is difficult to grasp, yet comforting at the same time. It should produce a sense of camaraderie among fellow human beings that can’t be replicated. Although life is impossibly difficult, it becomes a tad bit easier knowing you’re not the only one struggling through it. With this in mind, remember to pass along the same compassion you would want and deserve for putting up with the daily tribulations life hurls at us. Spread love.
TO SUFFER L I V E By Timothy Hansen
ALFRED COFFEE Photographer | Drew Castaneda
Tell us about the concept behind
are unique and adaptable to their
Alfred and how it got started.
A: Alfred was born on the charming tree-lined Melrose Place in 2013, with
the premise that all coffee shop patrons
deserve a fine cup of coffee, sensible
manifest into your mantra?
design and top-notch customer service.
A: In our original Melrose Place shop,
Since the launch, Alfred has been a
there was a large wall that we were
cult-favorite hangout for locals, tourists
unsure of what to fill with. After
and celebrities alike. Our coffee sleeve
collaborations with brands ranging from
slogans, we landed on “But First, Coffee.”
Disney to Bumble to Gray Malin have
and carried that mantra into every shop
propelled Alfred to the forefront of
we opened afterwards with distinctive
neon signage. After all, it should be the
first thing you start your day with! Your coffee shop is aesthetically pleasing to say the least, who
What’s next for Alfred?
curates and designs each location?
A: A lot! There’s plenty of neighborhoods
A: Each location is designed by our
in Los Angeles that we have yet to tap into
CEO and founder, Josh Zad. There are
and we would love to expand our shops
always signature design elements used
here. Additionally, after our first pop-up in
throughout the shops to carry an
New York this past December, it was
overall theme that makes it “Alfred”.
awesome to see the excitement we were
getting from the people there. This being
said, expanding nationally is definitely not
neighborhood it is in to ensure that they
out of the question!
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Not Going Home ft. Gia Koka - DVBBS & CMC$
Ultimatum (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) - Disclosure
NUDE. is a platform to highlight the
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creativity and artistry of individuals musicians included. We have created
Holding On (S$DD Remix) - Flume
the outlet to showcase your talent that of which cannot be experienced via
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paper. With each magazine release, there is a carefully selected playlist
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curated for the issue that is listed. Submit your music now for a chance to
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be in a future issue.
Take Me Home - Duskus x San Holo
casablanco freestyle (ft. Sango) - Armani White
KORAKIA Deep in the deserted wasteland that is Palm Springs, lies a gleaming flicker of hope in the form of an oasis, an oasis unlike any other that satisfies all of your weekend getaway needs. Korakia Pensione is an intimate escape from reality that has the ability to transport you to a different part of the globe. Designed after a mediteranean-style pensione with moroccan accents, this one-of- a-kind retreat was created to help cleanse the stress that life naturally occurs on you.
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partaking in their morning yoga class. As the sun sets and the heat subsides, make your way by candlelight and lantern to an outdoor cabana and gaze at a projection of a classic/foreign film underneath the midnight moon.
Originally built in 1924, the Moroccan villa has maintained an exceptional upkeep of its dated architecture and antique handcrafted furniture. Walking through the “Naish House,” a suite that was once home to an early silent-screen star J. Carol Naish, one must consciously close their mouth as they admire the foyer they’re standing in. High wood beam ceilings, a wood burning
The name of the game at Korakia is tranquility. It’s hard to misread the vibe as you are greeted by each staff member with a gentle “hello” from the second you step foot in the lobby. As you look around the property, other guests are seen quietly floating around the pool, nose-deep in fiction, or patiently working on their desert glow. You’ll also notice that there are uncoincidentally no kids around. The pensione has created a peaceful hideaway and politely asks that no kids under the age of thirteen stay at this unique space.
fireplace, a stone bathtub, and an indoor/outdoor bathroom all in the comfort of your own villa. With a swift opening of the back door, you’re now steps away from the pool. Various hues and textures are used to decorate the surrounding environment to give the setting an exotic yet serene energy –– welcome home.
To experience Korakia at its fullest, we recommend that you rid yourself of any prior expectations other than to disconnect and relax.
Start your day with a fully complimentary breakfast in the shaded moroccan courtyard. Next, find yourself basking poolside in the warm desert air with your favorite beverage. If relaxation is your sole purpose, we highly recommend that you try one of Korakia’s
Do not book yourself a room expecting to “rage” or “turn up,” you will receive nothing but dirty looks and disrupt the peaceful energy that is in play. If headed to Palm Springs with the right intentions, we assure you that this incredibly romantic oasis is no mirage.
signature massages or center yourself by
Dominic Ciambrone In a time when YouTube wasn’t around to watch tutorials, how did you learn to create shoes from scratch? How long did it take to hone your skill? DC: It’s taken me over 15 years to learn how to make and reconstruct shoes. My journey began by doing an apprenticeship with Daryl Fazio for a couple of years, who specializes in shoe repair. I also took a week long course in Oregon for traditional dress shoes. At the time, I couldn’t find anyone that was making sneakers from scratch, so I had to work hard to find the knowledge myself. I pieced together everything I’d learned from previous experiences and started making sneakers by hand. What is it about shoes specifically that has motivated you to keep practicing your craft for so long? DC: No one gave me the answers, I thought the craft didn't really exist. The fact that it was so challenging is what attracted me to it. You’re known for reconstructing already existing sneakers. Would you ever consider making your own shoe line to sell to the public? DC: For the past eight years I’ve been working on developing original sneakers as well as working on my own line that will be introduced to the public this year. High-end sneakers and boots, for men and women. Starting this journey has been an eye opening experience and I’m putting my all into making sure everything is perfect. My team and I are very excited to bring this new line to life and disrupt the industry with what we are working on.
Photographer | Drew Castaneda Stylist | Katie Qian
"I donâ€™t believe in competition. I am hyper-focused on my own craft and building my business so I donâ€™t worry about what other people are doing. In the industry there is enough room for everyone as long as you are authentic and dedicated to your art. My goal is to always lead and not ever worry about anyone or anything else."
Tell us about the class you teach to individuals on how to make custom sneakers. DC: I founded Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in 2016 because I’m passionate about sharing the craft of shoemaking and I want to give people the guidance that I didn’t have when I first started. The Shoe School gives students the opportunity to learn from my team and I on how to fully deconstruct and reconstruct a sneaker in four day period. What we have built is so much more than a school. This is truly about the experience we provide. We’ve hosted our classes all over the country and internationally. Our students make lifelong friends and get the opportunity to network with other creatives. This year we will be teaching in Los Angeles, New York and Paris as well as introducing silhouettes that have never been taught before. The market for sneakers is highly competitive, do you watch what the competition is doing or avoid looking altogether? DC: I don’t believe in competition. I am hyper-focused on my own craft and building my business so I don’t worry about what other people are doing. In the industry there is enough room for everyone as long as you are authentic and dedicated to your art. My goal is to always lead and not ever worry about anyone or anything else. What would you say is the most rewarding aspect about your craft? DC: The most rewarding aspect of my craft is the ability to grow a platform where I can connect with people on a larger level. What I've created isn't just about shoes, it’s about changing lives. What are three things you cherish most in your life? DC: 1.) My family. My wife was someone who always helped me with the business and the chaos I created. My son, Emil and daughter, Celine help keep me grounded – everything I do is for them. 2.) The ability to create. I cherish that I can use my creativity to do something I love every day. 3.) Soccer. When I play, it's the only time I’m truly free from everything. It's like a true escape.
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Photographer | Daren Cornell MODel | Lauren Chin
Blonde Boys Photographer | Emily Rose Fiander Models | John Koglikowski & Braden Myus
Madison BEER Photographer | Sam Dameshek Talent | Madison Beer Stylist | Katie qian Hair | George frag MUA | Brooke Hill
Why music? MB: To me, music is a language. It's a way of communicating to the world. What are you working on? MB: New music, my sound and an EP. Do
writing process gets easier as you get older? MB: 100%. Are
terms of your music? MB: Yes, I'm very particular. Do you ever get nervous before you perform? MB: I do â€“ but the second I start singing, my nerves go away. What
remembered for? MB: My music and my kindness.
"Left at the alter AGAIN"
Photography | Jonathan Correa
Model | Noa Fisher
Hair/Makeup | Nolan Eakin
Director/Stylist | Kaitlyn Mikayla
Sasha Masiuk You’re originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia. When did you choose to come to the United States and why? SM: I’m actually from the Ukraine. I was born there and when I was 21, I moved to Saint Petersburg with my boyfriend, who is now my husband. We lived in Saint Petersburg for five years and then we moved to Berlin. One year later, I was pregnant and we decided to have a baby in California. We fell in love with Los Angeles and now live in LA.
Most of the work displayed on your Instagram is black and grey, do you ever tattoo in color? SM: No, I tried it once but l don’t really like the way color looks on skin.
What was your inspiration to become a tattoo artist? SM: My husband helps me a lot and has always inspired me. When I became an artist, I had a lot of support from him. I’ve always wanted to see the beauty in everything. I’m trying my best to find something important in this world.
Photographer | Silas forest Tattoo artist | Sasha Masiuk
You currently work out of a shop in Arcadia, do you have plans of opening your own in the future? SM: Yes, I’m working on it. Yesterday I saw a few good places for my future shop.
What do you love most about tattooing? SM: How it can change lives.
Why do you choose to sell some of your pieces as temporary tattoos? SM: I collaborated with a Canadian brand of temporary tattoos and I loved it – they look like real tattoos! So, I started to sell in Russia and now I have my own shop online. I like how it looks and it’s a great way to try a tattoo before you get a real one.
You just released your most recent single back in November titled â€œGod Must Be Doing Cocaine.â€? According to the lyrics, the song seems to be about the declining state of Los Angeles and the individuals that inhabit it. What inspired you to create this track? Do you ever think about moving away? C: I think there are a lot of issues in Los Angeles that I grew up with and see on a daily basis that nobody talks about. I wanted to shed a light on topics that felt important to me. Sometimes I would love to move away. However, the music scene is out here so I plan on staying for now.
Are you ever unsure about the music you create? Is there anyone in particular whose opinion truly influences how you feel about it? C: I think every artist feels insecure about the art they create. I second guess myself all the time but at the end of the day, I know if I am authentic with my lyrics and the topics I write about, they will connect with audiences. I care most about the opinion of the other writers in the session that I am creating the song with.
Photographer | Luke Raymond Talent | Charlotte Lawrence
"I think every artist feels insecure about the art they create. I second guess myself all the time but at the end of the day, I know if I am authentic with my lyrics and the topics I write about, they will connect with audiences. I care most about the opinion of the other writers in the session that I am creating the song with." 62
How do you go about your creative process when making music? Is there a particular setting or mood you want to create when in the studio? C: I donâ€™t have an exact creative process. All of my songs have been created differently - whether itâ€™s in the studio or at home alone with my guitar. I like to feel comfortable with everyone I am working with. The first thing I do when entering a session is tell them a little about myself and get to know them so we are able to say whatever is on our mind.
What type of music do you find yourself listening to now-a-days? Do you find that the music you listen to influences or bleeds into your own material? C: I listen to older rock music and sad girl acoustic songs. Every song that I love influences my writing in some way.
If you were one day struck with unfortunate news that you could no longer be a musician, what would your alternative life route be? C: A criminal lawyer.
Do you have any upcoming shows that you want the reader to know about? C: The Governors ball in New York!
ROME FLYNN Photographer | Dylan perlot stylist | Isabella Scaffids
You are widely known for your role on ABC’s
maybe at some point in my acting career, I can play
hit TV show How to Get Away with Murder. How
someone on screen who does.
has your life changed since you first appeared
on the season four finale?
When you’re not on set or in the studio
RF: What changed for me is people started
recording music, what do you like to do in your
knowing my name in public. Before it was more of,
free time? How do you decompress?
“Hey, aren’t you that guy from that show?” which
RF: I enjoy playing basketball. It feels like poetry to
was cool at first, but then I started to develop
me and I’m exceptional at it.
anxiety about it.
Is acting and music the end-all for you, or do
On top of being on an extremely well known TV
you have other dreams/aspirations that you’re
show, you are also delving deeper into your
looking to accomplish in the future?
music career with your new single “Brand
RF: I want to be the greatest and most well-
New.” Do you find that making music allows
rounded person of all time, which means I want to
you to express yourself creatively in a way that
be great at everything I do. I want to transcend any
and all stigmas. I want to break barriers and
RF: Yeah, music is more intimate and vulnerable,
redefine what it means to be an artist.
whereas with acting, I have the blanket of the character to protect me so I can be less vulnerable. With so many eggs in various baskets, how do you find time to manage all your creative endeavors? Is there one specific endeavor that you’re focusing on now more than the other? RF: There simply isn’t enough time. Normally I focus on one thing at a time and have to find spare time for the other things I’m passionate about. Which of the two talents do you find more rewarding? RF: They both share a different kind of reward but that reward changes more often with music. Did you always know that acting/music was the path you wanted to take in life, or is it something that just developed over time? RF: No, I wanted to play basketball for a living. But
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Photographer | Drew castaneda stylist | Katie qian groomer | landyn harrison
Was it hard growing up Japanese in a predominantly white city? SA: I wouldn't say "hard" -- that’s not the right word. It was more like I was a kid walking into a brick wall of ignorance and not understanding how to deal with ignorance. Without having some sort of awareness or some kind of warning signals, like, "Hey, you won't see this wall coming, but it's going to hit you right in the face and it's going to hurt."
Also, I just love playing shows. I love entertaining the audience. I love translating my music to the crowd through my concerts and my shows. In many ways as I get older, I learn that the creative endeavor isn't just a singular thing. I know my most natural way to be creative is music. It has always been that way so I lean on that the most. There's so many different ways to express yourself and it comes in different shapes and forms.
When you're a child, it's a lot of learning and learning curves, right? You have to figure out how to fit in, how to make friends, all these things, and when you live in a culture that's all the same, it doesn't matter. If it's all white, if it's all purple, if it's all whatever. There's less reason for education, diversity and awareness and to accept other things that aren't white or, in this case, I was saying, like purple. The point where the people who don't feel like they fit in, they also believed that they're inferior, you know? It's like okay, I am not good enough and that’s okay. I will accept that because the whole culture accepts that.
How do you manage your health with such an insane work schedule? SA: You have to treat your body like an athlete. I'm running a marathon in my own way. There are certain things I have to stop doing, like, I don't drink. I'll have champagne here and there but the main thing is that you have to treat your mind and body like an athlete. It's fun to do it though and it's not like a chore. It shouldn't be like a chore because it'll work out to eat healthy. It's actually quite a fun human experiment -try things that work, try things that don't. I want to live long enough so when we reach that precipice where this idea that the technology can extend our lives endlessly is possible. I mean, it's all kind of based around the same thing, Neon Future. Understanding the human brain and in order to do so, you have to be healthy. You have to be fit. You have to exercise. You have to eat the right foods. You got to take care of what's inside of you which is much more important than the outside of you.
But, I still had a hard time trying to figure things out and eventually the one thing that brought me some sense of community or identity and validation is music. So I'm not saying I wouldn't have found music if I didn't live in a raciallyignorant community, but in this case, I did. I'm very grateful for that. I was able to really, you know, just search for who I am and what I could do in this world. It's such a more beautiful world when you learn about other cultures and you embrace other cultures and you bridge these gaps. Diversity is the answer. Diversity is the key to squashing ignorance.
What has been the most fulfilling aspect about your craft? SA: The feedback and seeing people's faces light up -- I'm lucky. I’ve said this analogy before: I'm the cook in the kitchen that's making the food. I'm also the same cook that's going out and looking at everyone eating my food. I’m really pleased that people come eat my food. I want to see their faces when they dive into the dish that I made, you know? I want to see them smile and connect. The music is just a tool to express how you feel about something and put it into a creation and then share that creation. Hopefully, the person on the other end feels something. It doesn't have to be the same feeling you had, it's a feeling that they have for their own life experiences. You want them to have a feeling that's strong and powerful, and that connection is like absolutely everything.
What are the main driving forces behind your work ethic and your creative endeavors? SA: Well, I think the main source of all this is the passion and the craftsmanship of that passion. It's one thing to be passionate about something. It's another thing to really take that passion and build on it. It's like working out. When you workout and you start seeing real change in your body from all the hard work you're doing, you workout even more. If you don't see that change, it's hard to keep pushing. But, when you see those real gains -- and, in this case, the gains are not physical they’re psychological there's so much meaning.
" I just love playing shows. I love entertaining the audience. I love translating my music to the crowd through my concerts and my shows. In many ways as I get older, I learn that the creative endeavor isn't just a singular thing. I know my most natural way to be creative is music." 79
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Tell us about your journey into becoming a musician. C: My journey as a musician started when I was a little girl. I would set up pots and bowls in the kitchen to play drums, steal my dad’s guitar and basically break the strings trying to learn how to play. My parents heard of a school in Austin (where, luckily, I spent my childhood) called Natural Ear. The school brought kids around the same age together, taught them how to play instruments by ear, and then set up gigs around the city playing rock music at legendary venues. Through the ages of 8-11, I sang lead and played bass with my closest friends in Austin. My family, then, moved to Orange County because of my dad’s work. I continued to play music throughout school,
What inspires your art and motivation to keep creating? C: I have a lot of people who inspire me. Growing up, Norah Jones was my idol. Recently, Billie Eilish has hit me hard. Her songs have been extremely relatable and her voice is out of this world - like an angel. Besides actual artists, being at concerts or listening to those "goosebumpchilling" songs always give me inspiration. Sometimes I listen to a song and think, “Shit, I wish I had written this.” It pushes me to become a stronger and better writer/artist.
then said fuck it and moved to LA when I was 17. I started recording in a studio, learning the ropes and getting comfortable. Currently, I’m writing an album and singing cover remixes with a producer named Menno Beck from Norway and Jesty Beatz in LA.
who would it be and why? C: If I could collaborate with an artist that has passed away it would either be Sam Cooke or Amy Winehouse. (They also happen to be my go-to for karaoke.) Alive…probably Billie Eilish. Vocally she is just exceptional and I would be honored to work with her.
If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive,
What sort of music do you enjoy listening to? C: When people ask what my favorite genre of music is, I’m always at a loss for words. I mostly listen to oldies like Sam Cooke, Etta James, Ray Charles, Elvis – the list goes on, but I really enjoy house music. I love music festivals and the energy they ignite. Stevie Wonder’s lyrics, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand” are so true. No matter who you are, I believe music brings people closer and creates peace. When you hear a song, whether it brings up a memory or is relevant to how you feel right now, you belong to a collective human emotion. We are all different but can connect in many ways. Nothing does that better than music.
What sort of challenges do you face as a creative? How do you overcome those obstacles? C: Writers block for sure (haha). I’m a very emotional person and putting so many feelings into a song is a lot harder than it seems, at least for me. I like to jot down ideas, take a break/breath and come back with a clearer head or different mind set. What’s something no one knows about you that can only be found in this interview? C: This is the hardest question! I feel like people always assume I grew up wealthy, being from a nice neighborhood in Austin and moving to a nice neighborhood in Orange County. I couldn’t be more thankful for my parents and how hard they’ve worked to give my sister and me the best life they possibly could, but they definitely went through some obstacles to get where they are today. I look up to them and their hustle more than anyone in the whole world. If I could describe how I feel about having them as parents, “blessed” would be an understatement.
Every artist looks for recognition in some shape or form. Who do you think you seek that from when it comes to validation for your work? C: I just want people to feel something when they hear my songs and my voice. I don’t feel like I need validation from anyone. I’ve never been one to want to be “famous” or anything, but when I do release music, all I want is for people to relate and feel it in their soul.
"I just want people to feel something when they hear my songs and my voice. I don’t feel like I need validation from anyone. I’ve never been one to want to be “famous” or anything, but when I do release music, all I want is for people to relate and feel it in their soul."
Many years ago, a friend of mine was looking over my shoulder as I constructed the layout for my high school 2012 yearbook. As they watched...
Published on Feb 1, 2020
Many years ago, a friend of mine was looking over my shoulder as I constructed the layout for my high school 2012 yearbook. As they watched...