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When the idea to launch NUDE came about, the concept was clear. It would be a publication that shed light on not just one aspect of the industry, but would feature everyone behind the scenes as well. Creatives such as models, stylists, designers, makeup artists and more would be included. It would showcase an array of people who strive for what they believe in and do what they love. It is my mission to give you a glimpse into the lives of those individuals, while also giving them a platform to showcase their work and talent. This is only the beginning.

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Photographer | Max Thompson Stylist | Joel Christian

Videographer | Jay Castaneda Makeup | Bridget O'Donnell Hair | Mariama Dashiell

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Photographer | Max Thompson Stylist | Joel Christian

Videographer | Jay Castaneda Makeup | Bridget O'Donnell Hair | Mariama Dashiell

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NUDE: Describe a day in your life. James: Lately, my life has been chaos in the best of ways. The day usually begins with the heartiest attempt at meditation, followed by a much more easily accomplished destruction of breakfast. My business partner, Gino Borri and I are currently developing some very exciting film projects under our new venture, Fools Arcade. We just finished writing an amazing mafia thriller set in 1930 Hollywood, so much of our attention has been put towards funding the $45 million project. I’ve also been asked to join the team of an exciting new start up, Mekenix, as an art director for some of their high profile clients. The rest of the day consists of an equally balanced mixture of planning evocative and creative content for those clients. Also, eating, working out, and sticking a camera in my friends' faces. NUDE: How’d you discover your interest in photography? James: I didn’t really have an interest in photography until about a year and a half ago. I’ve always been hyper-aware of the beauty around me, but the lack of exposure to photography prevented me from ever thinking to capture the world. My first camera was purchased to produce film projects, but quickly found a new purpose, as I began to photograph everything I saw. Since then, I’ve been on a constant journey of pictorial exploration. NUDE: What makes a good photograph? James: A lot of things. However, when I shut out the noise and the societal expectation, only two things really matter; composition of the shot and the expression of truth. I really love photographing people, and the ability of an individual to bleed a story of emotion in one frame is what keeps me clicking away. NUDE: What songs have been on your playlist recently? James: My music choices are as random as a ginger

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at the beach. I’d say these songs are hitting my personal billboard top 10 right now: Three O’clock Blues – Gary Clark Jr. Live Serpentine Fire – Earth, Wind, and Fire Nothing It Can – Helios Awake – Tycho Strobe – Deadmau5 Voodoo Child – Stevie Ray Vaughn version Town and Country – Bibio Happiness – Jonsi & Alex Take It Or Leave it – The Strokes Proudest Monkey – Dave Matthews NUDE: What would your dream shoot look like? James: I would LOVE to a do a genuinely gritty, photojournalistic-style campaign on the dunes at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. A few incredibly interesting and exotic looking models sporting solid-colored, androgynous tailored suits would create beautiful images. I’d want to leave that desert with some iconic imagery. NUDE: What stories do you strive to tell with your photos? James: We live in a country founded on puritan conservatism and fear of judgment. It’s a cancerous limitation that directly conflicts with cultural progression. Art, as a boundless medium, is the literal expression of humanity. So, it’s my goal to expose that humanity in ways that make us uncomfortable, but also intrigued. I care less about what you do and more about WHY you do it. That story inspires the artist and viewer, alike. NUDE: How do you stay creative? James: Staying creative is pretty easy when you’re doing the things you love. Meeting new people and learning about what makes them tick offers me a constant flow of new perspective. That insight fully influences my vision and allows me to experiment with various forms of photography.


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NUDE: Why do you tattoo? What does the art of tattooing do for you personally? Damon: Tattoo artists are known as one of the last of the nomadic Gypsy trades. My love for tattooing has unfolded over the last two decades and, like any relationship, it has its ups and downs. It's the challenges that have made me a wiser person and given me the privilege of learning about people on a deeper level. As an artist, participating in the celebration and ritual of tattooing has been an anchor in my life. It's been the one constant that has gotten me through, no matter what, and has expanded my mind while connecting with thousands of people. NUDE: How did you originally get into tattooing? Damon: After traveling up and down New Zealand, living a somewhat Bohemian lifestyle, I landed in the largest city. I decided that it was time to settle for a bit and look at building a career. Tattooing was one of the options I gave myself. A new studio opened in my neighborhood and I made my way down there one day. Phill Mathias, who soon became my mentor, asked if I was into art and if I could bring in my artist portfolio for him to take a look. Returning the following day, he looked at my art and offered me an apprenticeship on the spot. At that time, his studio was the best tattoo studio in the city. I had no idea what I was walking into and thus my tattoo life began. NUDE: What type of rituals do you have to get ready to tattoo a client? Damon: For me, tattooing has a very strong energy about it. It's a past and present ritualistic experience. Even if people are not that way, they're inclined to understand more spirited ways. Tattooing should have a positive effect on one's life and being. My main focus when working with a client is to make sure that I'm up and in a positive and balanced state; completely focused on what is needed for me to perform at my best. NUDE: Do you ever get nervous before you tattoo? Damon: I don't tend to get nervous before tattooing. I'd rather go out guns blazing than to have failed in a life filled with fear. I think with regard to being nervous, it's more the anxiety of some clients that can really create stress. I truly believe if clients have faith in an artist and let them do their thing, good artists function better and achieve greater results.

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NUDE: What are some of your hobbies? Damon: Outside of my crazy schedule, you'll find me traveling or spending time at a random festival. I like the alternative to mainstream life, and any chance to jump out for a period of time is always in the cards. I play around with art, painting, illustration, and anything creative; all sorts of things depending on the event or occasion. NUDE: What is this year going to be like for you? What are you looking forward to? Damon: Every year is something more than the last, with new people and new connections. I love the ever-unfolding creative process and the way it is now tied in with the survival mode of life generating new opportunities and ways in which I can maximize my future as an artist. The ability to move through different social media platforms has opened up a great new world for visual artists. I'm excited to see where the rabbit hole leads. This year has already been amazing.

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Photographer | Max Thompson Stylist | Joel Christian

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NUDE: There are so many different aspects of your career! What would you say is your favorite part?

Jordyn: Being able to travel to new places and meet cool people around the world. It really helps me grow a lot as a young adult.

NUDE: What is the message you want to convey to other younger models?

Jordyn: My message to is cliche, but never let someone dictate your future. If you want something, don't give up.

NUDE: If there's any advice you could give your younger self, what would it be?

Jordyn: The advice I would give to my younger self

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NUDE: What’s your favorite social network? Jordyn: Instagram.

NUDE: Who is your biggest fashion influence?

Jordyn: I don't really have one fashion influence.

I'm influenced by everything around me, whether

it's people walking down the street or on Instagram.

NUDE: Most impactful influence on your life?

Jordyn: The event that had the greatest impact on my life was losing my father, because it taught me things in ways you could never begin to imagine. NUDE: Night in or night out? Jordyn: Night in.

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NUDE: Regarding Sexploitation, was there a particular moment in pop culture that really sparked this idea? KT: It all started with Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. Whether you love her or hate her, she and the whole Kardashian family are pop culture icons. We can’t remember how the conversation came up, but we said to each other “Wow...look at where, how, and why this all started. Did she leak it? Did she not leak it? Why are we all so fascinated? Did all this really start from a sex tape?” People love to hate her, yet can’t stop talking about her. It says a lot about the social media age we live in. As artists, we create work that reflects the time we live in. Everyone exploits themselves every day, but the degree varies from person to person. NUDE: What is your favorite piece from the collection? Do you even have a favorite? KT: It’s so hard to choose! With every piece, we say “This one is the best!” Then, we’ll make a new one and say “No, this one is the best.” NUDE: What is one thing you'll never miss and something you’ll always miss about New Jersey? KT: There isn't one thing we’ll never miss. We will always miss the fact that our family still lives on the east coast…and bagels! LA bagels are not the same. NUDE: How big of a role do your roots play in your art today? KT: It is not so much our roots in terms of where we were raised, but more the way we were raised. We grew up with the mantra “Life is a party, shoot for the stars, you can be anything you want to be as long as you’re a good person.” That had to have played into the way we view the world and ourselves. NUDE: You both mention in past interviews that your Instagram intersects your art with your fame;

which element do you find more intriguing? KT: In this time we live in, they aren't mutually exclusive. NUDE: What is the biggest misconception about your art? KT: We are not sure there is a misconception about the art. Some people used to label it as porn, but we have established ourselves past that point. There are definitely misconceptions about us but, at the end of the day, people will always think they know someone because of what they see and think they know. When you invite people in, they’re only getting a sliver of what’s really there. There is what you show and all the other stuff that goes unseen. If you like us, our art, and what we are putting out there, that’s great, that’s what we want. If you don't, that’s ok too.

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NUDE: Greatest artist of all time? KT: We can’t choose just one person. The term is so broad and there are too many creative, powerful, entrepreneurial, smart people and role models in this world to limit it to just one.

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NUDE: And a fun question to close with - Rosé, Red or White? KT: Rosé all day! Then red at night.

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Photographer | Aaron RequeĂąa Model | Julianna Astrid Stefanovic

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Swim top: Fella @fellaswim Skirt: Folie Ă Deux Bomber jacket: Line + Dot @thelineanddot Shoe: Charles David @charlesdavidshoes Earrings: NMD @n.m.designs Necklace: Jewelry Bar @jewelrybar.usa Ring: Nissa jewelry @nissajewelry

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Swim top: Fella @fellaswim Pant: Folie Ă Deux Jacket: Never Fully Dressed @neverfullydressed Shoe: Charles David @charlesdavidshoes Earrings: NMD @n.m.designs Necklace: Nashelle @nashellejewelry Rings: Nissa Jewelry @nissajewelry

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Sunglasses: AMI Clubwear @amiclubwear Necklaces: Nashelle @nashellejewelry Rings & bracelet: Nissa jewelry @nissajewelry

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NUDE: Describe a day in your life. Zach: Every day is different for me - like most creatives. Each day I try to do something creative outside of work. I have learned that unpaid projects always have the best outcome so, I am always looking for inspiration. NUDE: How’d you discover your interest in photography? Zach: It started with snowboarding with my friends and making super shitty edits of our trips, but it was the most fun ever. Then I picked up a camera and shot for a year for fun. One day someone asked "How much do you charge?" That was when it all really started! NUDE: What songs have been on your playlist recently? Zach: "The Life of a Troubadour" and "The Lemon of Pink". NUDE: What makes a good photograph? Zach: Framing and composition. NUDE: What’s something you cannot live without? Zach: Music. NUDE: What would your dream shoot look like? Zach: I would love to go to Tokyo and do an anime/high fashion shoot on film. NUDE: What stories do you strive to tell with your photos? Zach: That we can do whatever we want and not give a fuck what people think. NUDE: How do you stay creative? Zach: By staying off the internet for inspiration.

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NUDE: Describe a day in your life. Pedro: I start by checking my emails, getting something to eat, then going out for a walk. I will usually see if I have any bookings for the day and get ready for them. If I have a photoshoot, I'll contact the model and my team to see if everyone is ready. NUDE: How’d you discover your interest in photography? Pedro: When I realized the number of beautiful images I can make with such a simple device. You can tell a story and show an emotion with just one image. I love seeing people react to my work in their own ways. NUDE: What songs have been on your playlist recently? Pedro: Music is very important for photographers. We like to listen to music when we are shooting and editing - it gets us in our zone. I'm currently listening to King Krule and Toro y Moi. NUDE: What’s something you cannot live without? Pedro: Sweets. I try hard to eat as healthy as I can, but when I see a cookie or a snack I get too excited. NUDE: What would your dream shoot look like? Pedro: My dream shoot would simply be my team, all working together smoothly and the model knowing all of the poses without me having to say anything. All powerful. NUDE: What stories do you strive to tell with your photos? Pedro: The story that lives in my photos is based on elegance, or strangeness. I am a fan of science fiction films and classic films so I try to add those elements to my work. NUDE: How do you stay creative? Pedro: I stay creative by actually going for walks and talking to people. I like to get out of my studio as much as I can to enjoy life. The happier I am, the more ideas come to my mind. Everything comes from within.

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