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CREATIVE DIRECTOR In this first issue during my tenure as creative director, our editorial “Electric Youth” embodies a marriage of the 1970s and the present that I have been dreaming about for a while. Today, as in the ‘70s, political tensions have been at the forefront of social consciousness. During both time periods, young people have countered these tensions with their playfulness and innocence. Inspired by film and TV shows set in the 1970s such as “That ‘70s Show” and “Dazed and Confused,” our team wanted to capture the relaxed and joyful intimacy of a group of friends. Generous donations from retailers and designers Nathalia Jmag, Meghan Hughes, Bessie Blue, and Madison Ave. and from The Lasell Fashion Collection helped to bring our vision to life. It is important to inform ourselves about the political and social environment around us, but it is just as important to create a place for good memories and good times.

CONTRIBUTORS PUBLISHER Lasell College

FOUNDER Richard Bath

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katherine Burke

MANAGING EDITORS Julie Young Kelsey Fagan

ART DIRECTOR Ashley Burke

ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR Emma Helstrom

ART EDITOR Margaret Brochu

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In this issue, we explore progressive angles and ever-changing social dynamics. We embrace new directions by covering topical issues such as the legalization of marijuana. This contemporary focus continues in pieces such as “On the Brink of Ink,” a look at the artistry behind local tattooing, and “Denim Do-Over,” a spotlight on a sustainable clothing brand. In line with the overarching creative inspiration, feature articles dive into ideas that span generations. The issue offers a commingling of contemporary perspectives and seventies nostalgia. Building on elements of vintage reminiscence, pieces like “Warhol Capote” highlight the relationship between past and present. We dismantle established boundaries, reimagining POLISHED Magazine in a new light. Through diverse content that blurs the lines between labels and stereotypes that separate us, we promote inclusion and broadened perspectives.

Aine Hawthorne Skyla Buonopane Chelsea Demby Melina Deree

STYLISTS

Cassandra Moisan - Lead Mattias Voltmer Emma Pereira

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM Margaret Brochu Kelli Wagner Stephen Fischer

MEDIA DIRECTORS Kaitlin McCarthy Erika Patnaude

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

Bobby Cullivan - Instagram Abigail Detrick - Instagram Jamie Dillavou - Instagram Jennica Patino Mazmanian Instagram Madison Griffin - Instagram Nicolette Martin - Instagram Briana Muller - Instagram Megan Venuto - Instagram Kelsey Willett - Instagram Alexis Barbosa - Facebook Nina Brady - Facebook Alyssa Hope Butkiewicz - Facebook Ashli Roberts - Facebook Kendra Sperry - Facebook Alexis Cabral - Twitter Samantha Chimel - Twitter Sofia Gallo - Twitter Margaret McGovern - Twitter Vanessa Medina - Twitter Rachel Shufflebarger - Twitter Carly Smith - Twitter

BLOG TEAM

Avery Stankus - Director Rachel Stankus - Director Chloe Georges Jenna Galletti Caitlin Harden Skyla Buonopane Julie Pirog

FACULTY ADVISORS Lynn Blake Stephen Fischer Becky Kennedy

EDITORIAL MAKEUP Arturo Draper

MODELS

Colin Berry - Maggie Inc. Jordan Blackwell - Maggie Inc. Jewel Cummings - Maggie Inc. Jackie Maginnis - Maggie Inc. Anthony Vilmenay - Maggie Inc.

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MISSION STATEMENT The mission of POLISHED Magazine is to promote and highlight the diverse and vibrant culture and fashion scene of Boston and the surrounding area.


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FASHION

Electric Youth

Writer: Kelsey Fagan Graphic Designer: Abigail Detrick

Retailers: Bessie Blue, Meghan Hughes, The Lasell Fashion Collection, Madison Ave, Nathalia Jmag Makeup: Arturo Draper Photography: Kelli Wagner and Margaret Brochu Location: Kings Dining and Entertainment 600 Legacy Place Dedham, MA 02026

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FEATURED: LEO NARDUCCI

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Writer: Kelsey Fagan Graphic Designer: Emma Helstrom

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Denim Do - Over

Hidden in Plain Sight: A Look Into Bodega Writer: Erin Sgombick and Kelsey Fagan Graphic Designer: Ashley Burke

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Sharp Fashion for All

Writer: Jami Pelosi Graphic Designer: Dubem Okafor

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On the Brink of Ink

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Runway Rapport

Writer: Sarah Gelineau Graphic Designer: Margaret Brochu

Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Leo Narducci graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and went on to pursue a very successful career in NYC, where he earned the prestigious Coty Award. Featured in publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, Narducci attracted an impressive, high-profile clientele. Narducci’s pieces are a treasured part of The Lasell Fashion Collection and are featured in the editorial shoot.

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Still Nature: The Glass Flowers Exhibit Writer: Chelsea Demby Graphic Designer: Emma Helstrom

25 Boom! Bang! CRASHfest Writer: Skylar Diamond Graphic Designer: Abigail Detrick and Ashley Burke

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In the Hands of an Artist

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Warhol Capote

Writer: Sierra Kelly and Kelsey Fagan Graphic Designer: Margaret Brochu

Writers: Pavel Zlatin and Samantha Lesieur Graphic Designer: Hunter Spencer and Margaret Brochu

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Where Weed Be Without Marijuana Writer: Leanne Signoriello Graphic Designer: Taylor Powell and Ashley Burke Illustration By: Gregg Cazzaza

Writer: Cassandra Moisan Graphic Designer: Ashley Burke

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Jackie (Left) Glasses: Our Own Sequin Dress: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Jordan (Right) Acid Print Dress: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Hair and Makeup by: Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

January / February 2018

Writer: Skyla Buonopane Graphic Designer: Ashley Burke

POLISHED Magazine is produced by the Lasell College Fashion Department with graphic design support from the Graphic Design League at Lasell College Visit us at graphicdesignleague.com POLISHED Magazine is printed by Wing Press beau@wingpress.com

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This season centers around exuberant expressions, as bold, plush details infiltrate the fashion scene. Primary and secondary colors reign supreme, challenging prior notions of winter time palettes while evoking an air of youthful energy. Imagined in soft, satisfying textures, these vibrant hues speak volumes.

The female form is explored through nonchalant silhouettes and oversized proportions. Billowing shapes confront conventional ideas of sexiness and redefine modern femininity. This trend, formless and free, separates sensuality from figure, embodies shifting social context, and communicates contemporary coolness.

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As a textile that transcends season, denim remains at the top of the trend watch. Utilized in its most raw form, dyed and distressed, or tailored and patched, this organic material is pushed far beyond imagined boundaries. Articulated through matching separates and one-piece wonders, this blue dream is a head-to-toe reality.

Versatile applications of socks and stockings are embraced, introducing added elements of texture and color. This trend, presented in the context of street style welcomes personalized interpretations. Wearers achieve well-rounded contemporary ensembles through layering, matching, and juxtaposing styles.

Kelsey Fagan Clothes from Revolve Boutiques Photography by Corinne Ciraldo Models: Tina Makuch and Sydney Fredette

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AndAgain is an apparel brand dedicated to implementing sustainable fashion practices. In light of the current industry climate, where fast fashion reigns supreme, consumers are encouraged to buy into cheap, fleeting trends. Not only is clothing quality sacrificed in the process of rapid-fire production, but an environmental and human toll is also building behind closed doors. AndAgain, owned and operated by Morgan Young and Greg Harder, disrupts this theme of closeted corruption by upcycling locally sourced denim products. Breathing new life into each pair of jeans, AndAgain reconstructs and reimagines existing products to produce fresh, contemporary styles. Young, the brands designer, was drawn to fashion at an early age. “My interest was really sparked by my mother and my grandmother, who I always used to go shopping with. Although the rest of my family are in very different fields, which aren’t creative, I felt I had an artistic side that I wanted to express through clothing,” said Young. This initial childhood interest in fashion and inherent creative instinct later inspired a lucrative business: AndAgain. The idea for the company, which Young started and continues to manage as a full-time apparel design student at the University of Delaware, took root her freshman year. “I came up with the concept my freshman year. I wanted to recycle denim and transform it into a new item. Sophomore year I made my first prototype and wore them to my first internship, and people were going crazy over my jeans,” said Young. Today, with a year of experience under its belt, AndAgain continues to evolve its design process. Not only is the brand constantly searching for fresh ideas, but it is looking for new and unconventional ways to manipulate recycled denim textiles. “The design process starts with first looking for inspiration. Often, we’re not inspired strictly by other denim brands, but by streetwear, athleisure, or even tailored pieces that stand out. We try not to follow the trends because we want to be seen as a brand that innovates but does not necessarily follow. Then I will sketch to get a better idea of how exactly the pieces will be constructed and fit, and then we will pattern. It gets tricky because even if we designed something super awesome, we need to make sure the pattern pieces can fit on the older pair of jeans we are using for fabric,” said Young.

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“Greg Harder is also a senior marketing major at UD. We work perfectly together, so even though it gets stressful to have both schoolwork and AndAgain, the two of us support one another. Greg typically does our marketing, designed our website, and even takes all the photos, so we have a great balance and mix of skills. It does get challenging when you have so much work, but over time I have realized that as long as you take one thing at a time and don’t overwhelm yourself, you can really accomplish so much,” said Young. In addition to underscoring the value of teamwork, operating AndAgain has taught Young the importance of networking within the industry.

This relentless push toward innovation, along with an energetic momentum behind the brand and its message, is both empowering and inspiring. Not only are Young and Harder working to position their company ahead of the industry and to promote ethical fashion, but the AndAgain duo is also defining a signature aesthetic. “I would describe the aesthetic of AndAgain as contemporary streetwear with minimalist vibes. My aesthetic is basically the same thing as AndAgain because I not only wear it all the time but normally stick to wearing black, white, and grays with denim,” said Young.

Photos Courtesy of And Again

While Young acts as the driving creative force behind the clothing design, she credits her partner Harder with a great deal of the brand’s success. She notes that without their collaborative effort, AndAgain would not be where it is today. As students managing their own blossoming careers with full course loads, they find their partnership helps propel them through challenging times.

“Making connections is very important because you never know who you are going to meet, and that can open doors for you or your company. If you have dreams to work for a certain company or have a big dream, you should just go for it because you never know what can happen,” said Young. AndAgain sells its product through its website and through various pop-up events. Currently, key inventory can also be found at Revolve Boutiques on Newbury Street in Boston. All are encouraged to shop their amazing upcycled denim designs. Not only will wearers feel confident and fashionable, but they can take pride in supporting sustainable initiatives. www.andagainco.com; @andagain.co

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In Boston’s South End, Clearway Street runs perpendicular to Massachusetts Avenue. The unassuming residential area is home to one seemingly small and innocent Bodega. Assorted cans and boxes are stacked, towering high in the window facing the street. Cluttered shelves, cleaning supplies, and canned goods greet the unsuspecting customer. An ordinary Snapple machine sits against one wall, a portal to an unforeseen sneaker and apparel store that is the exclusive host to the top sports brands of today. This is Bodega, a sneaker-head’s fantasy hidden in the heart of Boston. Those who are unfamiliar with the shop will walk by the storefront without a clue. But those who are lucky enough to know the secret will be privy to some of the fashion industry’s most exclusive items. Its name deriving from the Spanish word for cellar, the bodega is popular in Hispanic neighborhoods. These small corner stores carry a variety of items from packaged food and bottled drinks to newspapers and cigarettes. Bodega first appears as one of these classic bodega shops; however, the establishment accessed behind the Snapple machine is anything but an ordinary market. It is a modern-looking store with wooden panels and glass cases along the wall, holding reputable brands of sneakers in many different styles. Hanging from shelves gleaming with polish, apparel from companies such as Nike, Adidas, Vans, Champion, and New Balance entices new customers. Laid-back R&B music plays in the background, while stylized pictures hang on the wall and vintage televisions are scattered along the floor. The price for the merchandise hanging on the racks is at the higher end; the quality of the clothing, however, more than justifies the price. With no advertisements other than word-of-mouth publicity, Bodega has grown into a sneaker and menswear powerhouse over the past eleven prosperous years. Oliver Mak, Dan Natola, and Jay Gordon opened Bodega in 2006 as a small business. The three owners were inspired by their early experiences on the East Coast and the symbolic character of bodegas in East Coast cities. “In a culmination of early life growing up in the Northeast and learning about the street culture from traveling a bit more after university, we

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started to become aware of the different fashions and the different types of sneakers that are in different markets,” said Mak. The store not only carries popular brands but also sells original Bodega pieces. These quantities include t-shirts, sweatpants, outerwear, and various accessories, all boasting simple designs and sporting the company logo. Although none of the owners of Bodega began their career in fashion, they succeed in purchasing the right products. To do so, they must be observant of everyday styles and trends around them. “We talk about the current fashions, musicians, people we see on the streets, and to other buyers, getting information on what their perspective is,” Mak said. Over the years, Bodega has reflected that success; the owners have stretched beyond their Boston origins with a partnership in Tokyo and a pop-up store in Paris. The store also receives many visitors from all over the East Coast who come to see the niche shop. Another of Bodega’s achievements is the business’ social media following: over 63 thousand Twitter followers, over 150 thousand Instagram followers, and over 26 thousand Facebook followers. The store’s Internet presence is just as important as its brick-and-mortar structure. In today’s world, where social media can rule all aspects of business, Bodega is moving in the right direction. “Social media, over the past five years, has been responsible for the vast majority of our sales. It is the one visual channel that everyone owns,” said Mak. Despite Bodega’s recent success and prosperity, Mak and his crew have encountered some mishaps. Starting and running a business, especially n the ever-changing fashion industry, is not all that easy.


“The hardest part is to succeed. It is very easy to fail. Statistically, you see that a vast majority of small businesses tend to fail in their first five years. My advice to others is to do something that we did not do, which was to work directly in the fashion industry; we worked in marketing and art, mostly. There were many moments where we should have gone out of business, had we not had the goodwill and momentum of our clientele. Always be transparent about what you’re capable of. Even if your first venture fails, you’ll be working with other people at some point, and they always remember how you dealt with tough situations,” Mak said. The hardships that the three Bodega owners experienced taught them how to turn a negative situation or mistake into a learning experience.

Photos By: Carter Knobloch

Looking towards the future, the streetwear store is planning to open a shop in Los Angeles and will be creating art-based publications and prints. From soft t-shirts to well-made jackets, all of their apparel is created from high-quality fabric and features attention to detail. Although many of the clothes can be ordered online, a journey to the store is worthwhile. Through this in-person experience, customers are able to observe the store’s unique products firsthand. Mak, Gordon, and Natola have created one of the hottest names in the sneaker industry, right under Boston’s nose ­— the challenge is to find what is hidden in plain sight. 6 Clearway St., Boston; shop.bdgastore.com; @bdgastore

Erin Sgombick and Kelsey Fagan

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Queen of Swords is a small shop located in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, about three miles northwest of Boston. Queen of Swords is owned and was founded by Erin Heath and Rose Mattos. Heath and Mattos attended colleges in New England; both earned degrees in fine arts. They are both residents of Somerville and are also the founders of Forêt Design Studio, a floral and event styling company. Although they were working at their studio, Heath and Mattos had the itch to own and cultivate a retail space. One late night in the studio, they began to talk about opening a new store. Heath and Mattos decided to pull one tarot card out of a deck, and the card was The Queen of Swords. This seemed like the perfect name for a new shop, and all doubts about opening their store were laid to rest. The brick-and-mortar store was opened in April 2017. Although fairly new, Queen of Swords has already developed a signature style. Heath wants their products to be relevant not only to their local clients, but to out-of-towners as well.

“From designers right in the Boston market – Allston and Somerville – to gals doing their thing in California, New York, and small U.S. mom-and-pop “Queen of Swords embraces the vibes of not only our local landscape, shops that have been around for over 70 years, we want to show our support but also that of the other coast. Our vibe is New England meets California. for people like us,” Heath said. Many West Coasters seem to say it feels like home when they walk into the shop,” Heath said. The numerous products and designers, carefully selected by Heath and Mattos, allow Queen of Swords to offer an array of goods, while Since the opening in early 2017, Queen of Swords has offered a wide maintaining the store’s cohesive style. range of home goods and accessories, from candles, incense, and perfume, to highly acclaimed cookbooks and ceramics, to jewelry and “There is a constant hunt for new artisans and brands that fit into our scarves. The owners are currently working on the development of a ethos. We’re listening to what customers are responding well to or are in new selection of baby goods. Passionate about the universal appeal of search of and trying to be mindful of that. Selecting items to fit the shop’s their product, Heath and Mattos described their demographic as not a standards requires a lot of careful research,” said Heath. demographic at all; it is more of a target mindset. With trends constantly changing, it is expected that small shops may “We hoped to be an extension of who we are and what we care about. We have difficulty keeping up. However, the pieces at Queen of Swords are strive to provide products to everyone, no matter age or gender,” said Heath. timeless. The term fast fashion is not in Mattos or Heath’s vocabulary. The shop is a special place for those who share the values of the owners and believe the product source matters. Each product also reflects Heath and Mattos’ personal values, such as respect for the environment, equality, and female empowerment.

They prefer quality items that last from season to season and year to year. Heath and Mattos are both intuitively passionate about their customers. They are active on social media, encouraging customers to reach out and speak with them. It is refreshing to know that Queen of Swords’ product is chosen thoughtfully by owners who care deeply about their customers, as “Being able to support aspiring women who are designing and/or making well as their business. clothes right here in the U.S. is amazing. Our customers have an affinity for the natural, handmade, and well-curated items. They like to know Given Somerville’s proximity to Boston, Heath and Mattos commented where their products are made, the story behind them, and the people that the shop found inspiration in the city. behind them,” said Heath. “Rather than the city, we’re often craving to get outdoors, leave the city, and explore. Thus, seeking serenity, peace, calm... we think our little To offer variety, Queen of Swords utilizes a range of designers. They find space has been curated in a way to evoke these same feelings you get in that supporting the locals is important to them as well as their clients. nature,” Heath said.

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Boston is known for its shopping scene, from Newbury Street to Copley Square. So why open this shop in Somerville? “We both live in Somerville and love it here, so why not work where you live, and live where you work? Plus, we believe Somerville is thirsty for a more interactive scene. We are happy with our small shop in our hometown,” said Heath. Queen of Swords uses social media as well as old-school flyers hanging on sandwich boards to advertise. However, Heath and Mattos have very loyal customers.

Photos By: Allison Brown

“Our sister company, Forêt Design Studio, had already received acknowledgment and success and had amassed a small following. They simply shared our new adventure with our current following and community.” Heath believes that new and old customers alike are drawn to the feeling inside the shop. They meshed both of their styles and personalities to create a welcoming environment for their clients.

“Customers enjoy the lofty warehouse space; it is serene, welcoming, and warm. New customers’ general reactions are bewilderment, joy, and curiosity. We prize our beautiful place, and it carries ethnically sourced products to gift yourself and those you love,” Heath said. Starting a business is hard work and can be scary at times but is ultimately rewarding Heath and Mattos took a leap and the business ended up a success. “The jump will be scary, but let that propel you and motivate you to be persistent. Keep going even if others doubt what you do. It’s amazing how many people doubted us when we first started, but we took their doubt and used it as motivation instead of turning it into defeat,” said Heath. 17 Hawkins St, Somerville, (617) 718-0373; www.shopqueenofswords.com; @shopqos

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Throughout history, tattoos have proven to be a valuable source of nonverbal communication. As permanent markings on the skin, they hold personal and symbolic meaning. Intricate and realistic, or fantasy-driven and animated, tattoos are a direct reflection of the host’s personality. Stemming from prehistoric and tribal communities, this form of body modification articulates self-expression and exudes artistic decoration. As an element of dress that transcends time, the practice remains relevant today. Today, modern technology has allowed the practice to evolve in every sense, from tools and application to design and technique. Trending in line with contemporary and progressive attitudes, the practice of tattooing is becoming more mainstream. Boston is home to many tattoo shops, each harboring its personal style and aesthetic. One such shop is Stingray Tattoo. In its red, U-shaped building, Stingray Tattoo proudly displays its bright neon sign on Cambridge Avenue in Boston. Upon entering the parlor, guests first notice the walls, which host a capacious supply of art. The works of art are in different styles, come in several sizes, and are completed by the shop’s artists. Against one wall, there are two large cases displaying more body jewelry than can be found in any mall kiosk. Ranging from septum rings to cartilage piercings to lip rings, the jewelry comes in many different colors and styles. There are couches everywhere and even games such as Cards Against Humanity, to play while waiting. The atmosphere is one of comfort and relaxation, perfect for any tattoo enthusiast, newbie, or veteran. Since opening nearly eleven years ago, Stingray has continued to dominate the Boston tattoo scene. Located in Allston, the shop is easily accessible by public transportation and offers not only tattooing but also body piercing and, most recently, permanent makeup. On staff are seven tattoo artists, two piercers, and one permanent makeup artist. The Stingray artists take custom tattoos Sunday through Friday for those who have larger and more serious designs, while Saturdays are reserved for walk-ins. On Saturdays, customers can walk right into the shop with a design that is small to medium in size, and they can be tattooed quickly and professionally in one visit. One of the artists at Stingray — and the only female tattoo artist — is Katie Nowicki. A Massachusetts native, she began her tattooing practice in Connecticut in 2006. She has been tattooing for eleven years, taking only a short break before returning to the career she loved.

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“I actually wanted to be a tattoo artist when I was fifteen years old, so it was a dream I’ve always had,” said Nowicki. Since joining Stingray in March of 2017, Nowicki has become one of the company’s top-rated artists, attracting clients from everywhere who bring their custom pieces. A jack-of-all-trades, Nowicki describes her tattooing style as illustrative and traditional. Not only does she apply her own artistry, but she also specializes in bringing clients’ creative designs and ideas to life. “I like to do cartoony things, you know, adding life to something that’s an inanimate object. Things like putting a face on food is fun to me,” Nowicki said. Nowicki has “flash” —pre-drawn— designs that are options for people who are not very picky about their tattoos. The artist takes her inspiration for these designs from many sources, but mostly from social media such as Facebook and Instagram. The Stingray artists all assist one another when booking clients, often recommending a different artist if someone can do a specific design better.

“We all kinda have our own different styles. We have people who are good with traditional, crazy realism. It’s a nice array of different types of styles. We all work well together because we all know the different types of art, so we can help each other out.”

Photos By: Margaret Brochu; Tattoo Art Courtesy of Devin Coley

An option for those who want a different kind of tattoo is permanent makeup done by Stingray Tattoo’s in-house artist Jin Yang, who hails from Seoul, South Korea. She is an aesthetician, massage therapist, and artist who has been working in this trade for ten years. Stingray offers eyelash enhancement, eyeliner, and one of the biggest permanent makeup crazes of today: microblading. For microblading, the artist takes a multi-needled tool and scrapes lines into the eyebrow area to mimic eyebrow hairs. The result is fuller, more even, long-lasting brows. This is the perfect option for people who are sensitive to certain makeup, have difficulty growing hair, or suffer from pigmentation problems. The art of the tattoo is a tradition transformed. Indicative of personal identity and expressive in nature, tattoos are a powerful and timeless form of nonverbal communication. While they do not define someone, tattoos have the ability to convey a unique story. When considering a tattoo, head to Stingray and ask for Katie. 1 Harvard Ave., Allston, (617) 254-0666; www.stingraybodyart.com; @stingraybodyart_boston

Sarah Gelineau

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Runway Rapport:

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Season 15 Project Runway alumna Nathalia Jmag talks about sustainability, stresses the importance of social media, and offers advice for fashion students. Read along as she takes us on her journey from fashion student to budding industry professional. Cassandra: When did you know you wanted to be a designer? Nathalia: I didn’t make the decision to be a designer until college. I switched my major five times, and the fifth time was to fashion design and retailing. At Framingham State, you have to take core classes in both merchandising and design, so that’s how I came into the decision of being a fashion designer, because I wanted to be in fashion but I wanted to do more of the creative work. C: You were on Season 15 of Project Runway. How would you describe that experience? N: If I am being completely honest, it was quite traumatic, just because it’s a really strange situation you get put in, like being put in a box with people you don’t know and being recorded 24/7 and put into situations that are full of pressure. It was traumatic, but in a good way, because from that experience I learned a lot and I feel like I’m a better person now and a better designer because of it. Overall, it was a really great experience. C: What was the biggest thing you learned from being on Project Runway? N: Being independent and that I can do a lot in a short amount of time. I work well under pressure; I also learned I can be competitive. After evaluating the whole situation, it helped me distinguish between costume design and fashion design. C: Tell me about your journey to sustainability.

C: Do you think it is important for those trying to enter the fashion industry to have social media platforms? N: Absolutely. Social media is the future; I think the Internet is the future. People always ask me if I want to have a store, which I do eventually, but every year more and more people are shopping online. More and more online stores are popping up. I think it’s crucial for a brand, whether they are just starting or they are established, to be on social media and use the platform to interact with their customers and to create a presence. Business cards are outdated; the new business card is your website, and your Instagram. Social media is a business for me. I plan out all of my posts; I spend a lot of time on it; it may look effortless, but it’s not. C: What changes do you want to see in the fashion world? N: I definitely want to see more ethical practices being used. I think it is really important to not only be considerate of the environment, but considerate of who’s making the clothes. I would like to see more brands ethically making their clothes, especially powerful brands such as Zara, Forever 21, and Banana Republic. I want them to be honest about their practices and not sweep it under the rug. I would also like to see less fur and leather because we don’t have to kill animals to make beautiful fashion. C: What advice do you have for young designers? N: Find your point of view, which I’m still trying to figure out. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m still in the beginning stage of my brand. I’m still building my business plan, and the core values of my brand. So it is really important to know what you are trying to say and then say it. C: What do you think is important for fashion students to know when entering the industry?

N: I’ve always wanted to be a sustainable designer, even before becoming a fashion designer. I’ve always been an environmentalist. I’ve always advocated for the earth and clean practices. I’m a vegan; before that, I was a vegetarian; I try to do my part in making the world a better place. So when I became a fashion designer, I vowed I was gonna be part of the solution and not the problem.

N: Many things. It’s really important to know not to romanticize the fashion industry. It’s a tough industry; it’s cutthroat; it’s true what they say, and many people fail. You have to be willing to put in the work. It’s really important to work hard; no one is going to hand anything to you, especially in the fashion industry; you have to pay your dues. You can be the most creative person in your class, but if another student is working harder, they are gonna be more successful than you. Another thing that I C: Does most of your inspiration come from the environment? think is overlooked is collaboration. It is so important to put yourself out there and collaborate with other designers, models, photographers, and N: Yes, I find a lot of inspiration from nature. A lot of my color stories are inspired by nature scenes that I’ve seen. I made a whole collection inspired makeup artists. Work with other people, collaborate, and create things. Work never stops; you make one collection; you need to plan your next; by spring, and I called it Bloom. My color stories are normally inspired by you have one photo shoot; you need to plan the next. You have to be on it, the sunset or the leaves changing in the fall. There are a lot of shapes in nature that have inspired some of my designs, like roses and other flowers. constantly working because no one is going to hand it to you. C: How would you describe your relationship with social media? How do you use social media to showcase your brand? Photo Courtesy of Nathalia Jmag

N: I love social media. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was ten. Before I switched my major to design, I started a blog about fashion. So I have the blog; I have a YouTube channel, an Instagram, and a Facebook page. I definitely use social media to promote myself, to promote my brand, and to promote my ideas about sustainability, to be a part of the solution.

www.nathaliajmag.com; @nathaliajmag

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Jackie (Left) Glasses: Our Own Sequin Dress: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Jewel (Right) Glasses: Our Own Dress: Bessie Blue Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

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Anthony (Left) Glasses: Our Own Dior Sweater: Madison Ave. Jeans: Our Own Shoes: Our Own Jewel (Middle) Glasses: Our Own Dress: Bessie Blue Steve Madden Shoes: Madison Ave.

Jackie (Middle) Glasses: Our Own Sequin Dress: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Shoes: Our Own Colin (Right) Shirt: Our Own Pants: Our Own Shoes: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

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Jackie (Left) Glasses: Our Own Sequin Dress: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Jewel (Right) Glasses: Our Own Dress: Bessie Blue Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

Jordan (Left) Matching Pant Suit: Donated by Betty Snow’s Family to The Lasell Fashion Collection Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Colin (Right) Glasses: Our Own Shirt: Our Own Pants: Our Own Shoes: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Margaret Brochu

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Jordan Matching Pant Suit: Donated by Betty Snow’s Family to The Lasell Fashion Collection Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Margaret Brochu

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Jackie (Left) Armani Head Scarf: The Lasell Fashion Collection Jacket: Bessie Blue Sweater: Bessie Blue Pants: Bessie Blue Shoes: Madison Ave. Colin (Middle) All Our Own Jordan (Right) Sweater: Bessie Blue Free People Pants: Madison Ave. Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

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Jewel Glasses: Our Own Sweater: Bessie Blue Shorts: Meghan Hughes Socks: Our Own Shoes: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Margaret Brochu

Jewel (Left) Jacket: Nathalia Jmag Belt: Bessie Blue Jeans: Bessie Blue Shoes: Our Own Jordan (Right) Glasses: Our Own Sweater: Bessie Blue Free People Pants: Madison Ave. Shoes: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

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Jordan (Left) Jumpsuit: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Jackie (Right) Jumpsuit: Created by Leo Narducci and Donated to The Lasell Fashion Collection Shoes: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Margaret Brochu

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“Over time, they had more contact with biologists, and through those contacts, the Blaschkas got more access to actual specimens for observation. So their models showed more detail and accuracy, because they were working from life. By the time they started making the glass flowers, they had these really great observational skills, so Harvard provided the Blaschkas with seeds and other plant materials to cultivate on their property,” Brown said. In addition to an impressive mastery of glasswork and a commitment to biological understanding, the Blaschkas’ unique work practices helped bring this collection to life. “They weren’t necessarily working on one model, start to finish; a group of models was usually being worked on at once. The Blaschkas would get all of them to a certain stage – fabricating parts, putting everything together, and then doing the finishing work,” said Brown. The culmination of this effort is a curated exhibit that is comprehensive and lifelike. Fine details reveal every natural feature – petals, hairs, fibers, and veins – with an indisputable level of accuracy. The human experience has always been influenced by the natural world. As a constant source of mystery, organic elements provide inspiration and serenity. Plants and flowers, with their natural beauty, are Mother Nature’s most prized gift.

“I always end up pulling up some pictures, because just explaining them doesn’t communicate how incredible these objects really are,” Brown said.

In the Boston area, we have the opportunity to experience the true majesty of nature as a unique art form. The Glass Flowers exhibit, housed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, showcases an exclusive collection of more than 780 plant species artfully fashioned from glass. Founded in 1998, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws more than 250,000 visitors annually and is one of the most popular attractions on the Harvard campus. Each of the 4,300 glass models was created by father-and-son partners Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in Dresden, Germany, between 1887 and 1936.

While the exhibit elicits aesthetic appreciation, it offers a formal exploration of plant life. As a whole, the collection allows viewers to examine the diverse set of species that inhabited the area when the work was being created.

Although the Blaschka artists were private about their craft, the meticulous details incorporated into each delicate flower act as a visual representation of the amount of labor involved. Little documentation exists regarding the intricacies of their technique; however, their creative process was clearly extensive. Drawing on her knowledge of the Blaschkas, collection manager Jennifer Brown shed light on the methods that culminated in such masterpieces.

People of all ages from across New England continue to visit the Glass Flowers, returning to appreciate the exhibit’s rare beauty and charm. As a community staple, the exhibit serves not only as an educational resource but also as a source for fond memories.

The complexity visible in today’s collection is the product of true scientific inquiry. Driven by a deep interest in the technical details, the Blaschkas developed key relationships in the scientific community. These connections permitted them to acquire the insight and resources necessary for producing such authentic replications.

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“I find that people from Massachusetts, and throughout New England, know about the Glass Flowers. People often tell me how much they love the collection; they visited the exhibit with their grandparents, or they bring their children to the museum,” said Brown. The artistry and science behind these extraordinary botanical replicas are beyond the scope of imagination. As an interesting blend of expressive creativity and disciplined analysis, the exhibit offers a little something for everyone. Be sure to visit the Glass Flowers exhibit and prepare to be wowed by these models. 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, (617) 495-3045; www.hmnh.harvard.edu

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Photos Courtesy of Harvard University © President and Fellows of Harvard College

“The Blaschkas made the glass flowers using a technique called lampworking, where glass is manipulated over an open flame. Lampworking is one of the oldest techniques; it was and is very common; the Blaschkas just had really exceptional skills. It’s kind of a broad thing to say, but it’s true. They had exceptional glassworking skills, but also they were very dedicated to the study of nature,” said Brown.

“The original goal was to represent as many species of North American plants as possible. In the collection, there are definitely a lot of common things that are easily recognizable and would be very prevalent in Massachusetts at the time,” said Brown.


If money and social expectation were somehow nonexistent, would the process of choosing a career be markedly different? Many might stop and think about this idea for a second, and others might immediately answer yes. For artist and musician Brian Hippern, the answer would undoubtedly be no.

“My immediate family was supportive. They didn’t really care what I was doing… they just wanted me to go to school: to go to college. They were like, ‘Do whatever you want there, just don’t fuck it up.’ My brother was a film major, and for him, they were a little more skeptical. We both wanted to get a degree in something we loved to do,” said Hippern.

Hippern is currently a senior at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, studying the art of ceramics. Hippern’s passion for artistic expression began when he was a young boy living in a small town in Maine.

Within his field of study, Hippern is constantly trying to push boundaries, source fresh inspiration, and learn from other artists. The result of this drive is a unique body of work that captivates viewers.

“When I was a little kid, my aunt would give me little paint brushes, and that was so cool. I’ve always loved painting, and that’s what my first love was,” said Hippern.

“Good art is created from looking around: being aware. If you’re not constantly looking at artists and their work, then you’re just going to produce really bland stuff,” said Hippern.

From the day he held his first paintbrush, Hippern knew art was for him. This passion grew as he got older.

By observing different works and exposing himself to unfamiliar modes, Hippern has been able to uncover his own unique style.

“There was a piece I made in high school that was the first good sculpture I made. It was just a shoulder: raw clay face. It’s hanging up in my parents’ house. That was the piece that I made that really jumpstarted a lot of stuff. I was so proud of that. That’s what got me into clay,” said Hippern. While this experience solidified his desire to pursue the arts, he had trouble narrowing down his focus to one discipline. Hippern experimented with different art forms throughout his schooling to find his niche. This process of exploration continued in college. “I originally came in as a writing major and then I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a ceramics studio,’ and I quickly dropped that and started ceramics,” said Hippern. While many parents may hesitate to watch their child embark down such an unconventional path, Hippern’s family is happy as long as he is getting an education.

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“My ideas are sculptural and functional, and I’m trying to get a halfway point between the two. My art is usually lunky and funky stuff that is a little weird. I think it’s fun to make functional things that can work, that don’t look like they should work,” said Hippern. Hippern has been focused on reimagining everyday objects and playing with the concept of functional proportion. “I’ve been trying to make things that fit perfectly in your hand for a year now. It’s a gamble. I never know how it’s going to turn out. About 80 percent of what I make doesn’t turn out how I planned,” said Hippern. Though these unpredictable outcomes have tested his patience, trial and error is a natural part of the artistic process. Hippern has learned that each project requires a certain level of time and mental attention. He allows himself to decompress and let his work evolve organically. Sometimes a break is necessary in order to regain focus, even when time is such a scarce resource.


“If somebody wants to break into the art world, they should just focus on creating something that makes them happy and spend a lot of time with it.” “You just have to take a break sometimes. When you’re in the studio for late nights, your physical exhaustion kind of takes over your creative juices, and you just want to go to sleep. That’s the biggest part; whenever I get frustrated now, I just put my stuff away, go home, and let myself mentally not be so focused,” said Hippern. While he is dedicated to his craft, Hippern continues to submerge himself in other creative outlets. “I’ve been writing music for about 10 years now. I play guitar and sing. I can play a little bit on some other instruments, but those are the main two. I’ve been in a number of bands throughout my time, but I’m pretty psycho about everything going my way; that’s why I mainly write, perform, and record alone. I’m constantly writing new music but haven’t put anything out in a while. I’m really taking my time. I’ve put out a few albums over the Internet, but those are just for fun. I’m waiting for the right time to write and release something more serious. For now, I’m in school for art and I’m just practicing and writing every day, just getting better. I’m in no rush,” said Hippern.

Photos By: Emily Garcia

As an artist, Hippern boldly dedicates his life to his work. While financial gain is not a certainty in his field, that is not his primary concern. Hippern has no idea what his future holds, nor does he really care. He is set on being happy no matter where his passion may bring him. “A lot of people are turned off by the process of making art and dedicating a lot of time to it because it really doesn’t have a promising financial outcome. To a lot of people, that’s horrible. I would say it’s not about

financial gain; it’s about personal gain. I get so much out of it and none of it is money. I’ve sold pieces, but my goal is to never break into the market. It is to live a fulfilling life,” said Hippern. As a society, we are so focused on success. We are conditioned to think about money and image. Given this environment, lack of stability can be scary. Hippern encourages other artists to shed social pressures and go after their dreams. “If somebody wants to break into the art world, they should just focus on creating something that makes them happy and spend a lot of time with it. Don’t think of the consequences that could be faced due to spending too much time on one thing. Focus on what truly makes you happy because overall it’s rewarding,” said Hippern. From Hippern, we can learn the importance of prioritizing happiness over money and social standards. He encourages us to pursue our passions and to make them a reality. While it will require time, risks, effort, and the occasional failure, the internal reward outweighs this sacrifice. Like his ceramic work, he shows that we must always keep our dream, too, in the palm of our hand. www.briannasonhippern.bandcamp.com; @bhippern

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On September 10, 2017, “WARHOLCAPOTE” premiered at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play aimed to capture the iconic friendship between Andy Warhol and Truman Capote, two of the most legendary artists of the 1970s. The 90-minute production was inspired by nearly 80 hours of recorded conversations between Warhol and Capote. The tapes, adapted by industry vet Rob Roth, were procured from the Andy Warhol Foundation. They were ultimately released to Roth under strict conditions, including script approval. Roth first got the idea for creating the show while on a cruise with his boyfriend. While he was rereading “The Andy Warhol Diaries,” he noticed something that sparked his interest. “Went to Truman’s apartment, got six good tapes for the play,” wrote Warhol. After conducting further research, Roth learned that Warhol recorded his conversations with Capote in hopes that they would someday turn the banter into a play. This project, until now, was never completed. “Truman died and I didn’t go to the funeral, but I put on those tapes we made when we were working on a Broadway play, and they’re awful. I talked on them so much, I ruined them. I should’ve just shut up,” wrote Warhol. After going through 3,000 tapes, 59 of which were labeled “Truman,” Roth was able to create the 90-minute play. In an intimate post-performance discussion with audience members, Roth shared the intricacies of his creative process.

The culmination of his effort is a storyline that follows Warhol and Capote across different locations in New York City, from Capote’s apartment to the infamous Studio 54. The narrative centers on intimate conversations between Warhol and Capote, covering a series of topics from sex, to relationships, to society at large. The two share anecdotes, fictional and not-so-fictional stories about their sexual encounters, life philosophies, and their personal views on art.

The conversations are iconic in every sense: iconic people talking about iconic places, artists, and events. They offer insight into the relationship between Warhol and Capote, detailing its gradual development. The unique dynamic is explored as viewers see the pair evolve from unknown talents to celebrated trailblazers. Not only was the performance content engaging, but the production also boasted an impressive cast and crew, featuring recognized names in the performing arts industry. Roth, established artist and director whose past clients include Blondie, Coach, Showtime, and Lady Gaga, adapted the play. Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, known for his work in “Spring Awakening,” “American Idiot,” “Angels in America,” and “Flicka,” assumed the role of director. Andy Warhol was portrayed by award-winning actor Stephen Spinella, who gained recognition from his roles in “Angels in America,” “The Normal Heart,” and “The Knick.” Dan Butler, former “Frasier” cast member, played Truman Capote. What made the production stand out was the actors’ ability to recreate the way Warhol and Capote talked: their accents, intonations, and inflections. In order to make this possible and to bring these characters to life, the production team brought on dialect coach Erika Baily. A tremendous amount of work went into perfecting the approach, as Baily worked tirelessly to train the actors in the subtleties of their characters’ speech. The audience was clearly taken aback by the level of artistry and commitment that went into the production. Viewers appreciated the brilliant depiction of the complex relationship between Warhol and Capote. This was a special performance. The dialogues were so intimate that members of the audience felt as though they were sitting right next to Capote and Warhol, listening, and drinking Martinis. www.americanrepertorytheater.org; @americanrep

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“So, I’ve taken 80 hours and 8000 pages of transcripts, and I’ve woven it together into four separate conversations that are not real, never happened, not remotely like this at all, but every single word of it they said,” said Roth.

Renowned figures like Humphrey (Bogey) Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Tennessee Williams, and Jackie Kennedy are often referenced, highlighting the elite nature of Warhol and Capote’s social circle. At times, the two seem as if they are attempting to outdo one another, as the stories progressively grow more elaborate and scandalous.


WHERE WEED BE WITHOUT MARIJUANA In October of 2017, Miley Cyrus took part in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, a skit from “The Late, Late Show.” The video series follows Corden and musical guests as they drive around the streets of Los Angeles, singing along to top hits. The segment allows viewers and fans to observe celebrities in their natural element as they discuss personal issues in a more relaxed setting. While Cyrus and Corden sing along to Wrecking Ball and Malibu, the two also crack jokes, in reference to Cyrus’ well-known marijuana usage. The late-night talk show host references a number of the “Party in the USA” singer’s most notable and memorable performances, including Cyrus’ 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke. Looking back at those performances, Cyrus laughs about how high she often was. Nearly ten years ago, this casual conversation would have been immediately scrutinized for its inappropriate content. Now, the topic of marijuana has become desensitized, in light of the drug’s recent legalization. Marijuana is now available at some level in 29 states across the country, Massachusetts included. Although conversation on the topic has become more mainstream, the drug continues to spark controversy. Ample questions are still up for debate. Is it a gateway drug? Is it dangerous? Are there health benefits? Over the last several decades, our understanding of the substance has evolved. Society now recognizes the values of cannabis beyond its recreational uses, embracing medicinal applications. An anonymous source briefly elaborates on her use of marijuana to cope with mental health issues. The source reveals that she began smoking recreationally during her junior year of high school, because she enjoyed how it made her feel. After years of struggling with anxiety, she consulted friends and doctors who would help her on ways to better manage her symptoms. It wasn’t until her freshman year of college that her therapist suggested she talk to a specialist about receiving a medical marijuana card. The college student praises the natural alternative and considers it a safer way to self-medicate.

“I immediately started researching alternative medicines after researching the side effects of pharmaceutical antiseizure medication and came across the proven benefits of CBD oil for epilepsy. After a lot of research and becoming a part of many support groups for parents with children with epilepsy, I felt immediately comfortable giving CBD, Haleigh’s Hope, specifically, to our son,” said Allen. Haleigh’s Hope is an organic oil created by a high-CBD strain. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound low in THC. “I want to emphasize that I am not handing my baby a joint. THC is important in the proper ratio to CBD in controlling seizures. My child has absolutely no alteration in the way he feels or acts. The ratio of THC is so small, and it is nonpsychoactive,” said Allen. At 18 months, Allen’s son no longer suffers from seizures. This recovery can be credited to his mother’s research on alternatives. This complete turnaround in her son’s health inspired Allen to take on the role of an active cannabis supporter. “If there is a plant that can help cure seizures, cancer, pain, anxiety, and more without any negative side effects, risk of overdosing, or damage to the human organs, why wouldn’t we legalize it? There is absolutely no logical reason for marijuana to be frowned upon for medical or recreation purposes,” said Allen. Today, progressive attitudes and changing social currents have positioned marijuana closer to mainstream acceptance. For many, experimenting with cannabis may be a cheaper and safer alternative to modern medication. Addiction is a real problem faced by many people. Why force those in need to become dependent on over-the-counter products? “Some people will just never take the time to understand the positive and beneficial effects marijuana can have on certain people. It is not for everyone, but if it’s helping make someone’s life better, then why stop them? Marijuana can help with so many different issues, and I personally think it is better than pills and medications a doctor would prescribe,” said our earlier anonymous source.

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“I have always had a difficult time falling asleep and I was prescribed Society needs to become more educated on the medicinal benefits that sleeping medication for it. I became dependent on these pills and I didn’t marijuana and its products provide. Over time, mainstream culture will like the fact that I was dependent on a drug – especially because I have gradually become more comfortable with the concept of recreational usage. been dependent on pills my entire life,” she said. Ashley Allen, mother and New England native, has also seen the benefits of using cannabis for medicinal purposes. Allen’s son began suffering from reoccurring epileptic seizures when he was four months old.

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The Killers Concert @ TD Garden

Since 2001, The Killers have been touring the globe, performing their indie-alternative music. Their biggest hit, “Mr. Brightside” (2004), came out over ten years ago and continues to be played on the radio today. Anyone born after 1995 will belt out the lyrics to this song, singing along without a second thought. The Killers stayed in the limelight for most of the early 2000s, with singles such as “Somebody Told Me” and “When You Were Young.” The band released its latest album, Wonderful Wonderful, in the fall of last year and has been touring the nation since.

Lana Del Rey Concert @ TD Garden

With worldwide hits such as “Summertime Sadness” and every song on her acclaimed Born to Die album, Lana Del Rey has had a tremendous impact on the music industry. Her music transports listeners back in time to a decade of rebellion, sexuality, free spirits, and platform boots. This January, Rey will be lighting up Boston’s TD Garden. Concertgoers can expect to be taken on a seventies-inspired journey, as Rey’s romantic take on modern music blurs the line between past and present.

The Girls in the Picture: A Novel Lovers of Hollywood, glamour, and powerful female figures will absolutely adore this book. This novel follows the lives of two of Hollywood’s first female legends and their triumphs of love, friendship, and femininity in the early 1900s.

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“In the Eruptive Mode”

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Presented by ArtsEmerson at the Emerson Paramount Center J. Orchard Stage, “In the Eruptive Mode” is an intimate look into the reality of the Arab Spring. As a compilation of poetic monologues and lyrical narratives, the production promotes intercultural awareness; the emotional and authentic performances utilize the female voice to expose the human experience behind ongoing political turmoil. Anglo-Kuwaiti writer and director Sulayman Al-Bassam has offered an artistic exposé that is both raw and reflective.


FEBRUARY 18 11 1 Skateboarding Is Not a Fashion

From the 1950s through the 1970s, skateboard fashion heavily influenced style and culture. German editors Dirk Vogel and Jürgen Blumlein plan to release a novel that examines the relationship between skateboard apparel and pop culture. The novel features not only hundreds of images of skatewear, but also multiple interviews and opinions from various designers. An array of skateboard apparel is showcased, and Vogel and Blumlein have applied this aesthetic to the modern world.

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For over a decade, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been putting together its own personal collection of exhibits to showcase permanently. The collection includes pieces dating back to the seventies, which was a magical time for contemporary art. These pieces of artwork are largely focused on language, the human body, and shifting aesthetic modes. This is achieved through various forms of architecture, decorations, and common everyday objects. The colors and textures found in this collection are inspiring, and the artwork itself is sure to capture the interest of viewers.

BØRNS concert @ House of Blues

American singer and songwriter Garret Clark Borns will be coming to the House of Blues this February to perform under his stage name of BØRNS. His music is best described as psychedelic pop that embodies the sound of the seventies.

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Jewel Dress: Bessie Blue Glasses: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Arturo Draper Photography by: Kelli Wagner

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POLISHED Magazine is produced by students of Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. It covers the fashion and cultural scene of Boston.

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