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STIG MAGAZINE

Edition6: THE DARE

by: Mardy Co


DESIRE. ACHIEVE. INSPIRE. Individuals from across the globe who are breaking barriers by sharing their story and works, to instigate change, fuel DESIRE, that we may dare to ACHIEVE our dreams, and in turn INSPIRE others to do the same. It’s a cycle. It’s infectious. It’s what STIG Magazines are made of… page per page.


State of Mind

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Looking beyond with no great expectation As the sun will rise & set before your eyes You’ll see that all is a gift of life That every turn & road leads to a discovery That every season is a different view of a journey & if by chance you’ll see a shoreline nearby Turn the wheel, set it aside & drop by Take that much desired walk and be calmed by each wave In life’s unconventional beauty be saved Nothing but your being simmering down through the ocean breeze Up to a soothing point of silence be seized Where there is nothing left but the sea & the sound of you breathing Lavish in it & feel your life unraveling & for the first time in a brink of innocence Open yourself up for something new...

- Mardy-

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Pack light for an endless road & horizon


Table of Contents

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Graffiti Artists: Most Wanted p.11 Featuring: Banksy p.13 Blek le Rat p.35 Miss Bugs p.55 Obey p.77

COVER ART OF GRAFITTI ARTIST Exclusive Interview: Trace One p.93

STIG DIARY

Sequel 6: Let Go p.33

NURTURING A CREATIVE NATURE Nicole Dextras (Exclusive Interview) p.113

MODELS WITH SUBSTANCE Exclusive Interview:

Female Model: Lacey Brialta p.171 Male Model: Christian Costas p.189

LOST IN PARADISE Find Out

Mystery Place No.6 p.151

HIGHLY COVETED Artessorio Elegance In A Label p.137 Exclusive Interview

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STREET ARTISTS INFILTRATE SOCIETY


Truth be Told

Truth be Told You have every right to be here No matter where you are, what you’ve become and who you are You are born a part of and in perfect alignment with the universe You are made in the image and likeness of a creator And that makes you a creator yourself. You are gifted with free will in your life’s creative process … seize it You are made a little higher than angels You are without wings so you can walk the land and rule your own reality You are carving your way into a masterpiece You are a proof of heaven and hell on earth Because you are what you make of it Your purpose is what you say it is You call your own calling Your uniqueness exemplifies the greatest story ever told

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color, brightness and a dash of urban coolness to certain

neighborhoods which lacks character and pizzazz would be to sprinkle a bit

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great way to bring forth

of graffiti on old walls and buildings all, certain places can definitely benefit from the creativeness of urban artists whose main canvas would be the streets where they can express themselves and release some pent-up artistic energy. Granted, there should always be a place for everything but the art of graffiti is certainly different from vandalism - which creates nuisance and uninspiring art. The art of graffiti brings forth excitement and a smile to your face when you see it on the streets – and maybe even chills, in a good way. Today, there are numerous street artists who have proven that their works produce vibrancy and gives individuals a new perspective to the art of graffiti which can be deemed as a fun and creative outlet to let people feel that art is truly around them.

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Banksy Bristol (United Kingdom)

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est known for his anonymity, the elusive and controversial Banksy is one of the most famous street artists in the world. With works featured on bridges, streets and walls worldwide, he is a political activist, painter, graffiti artist and a film director whose first film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop� made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for film. Having Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie collecting his works has made him into a world-class phenomenon. Recognized for his satirical street art and rebellious epigrams which is fused with irreverent dark humor done in his unique stenciling technique, Banksy who is forever being searched for is best characterized as a passionate street artist who addresses serious social issues in his works.

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Sequel 6

Let Go

Sequel 7: Let Be ( STIG Magazine Edition 7)


Eventually losing myself in the process of creating that

of my life, I held a lot of grudge from

world. It was not healthy for me nor the one that I was

my past. Unknowly, I was driven by

with. So when one decides to leave, I would completely

angst, and somehow, holding on to that anger made me

get lost and everything else just falls apart. I went on and

skeptical. Then, sooner or later, it just eats you up inside.

on in that cycle. One relationship after the other. One

You’ll realize that anger will never be useful in anything.

disappointment after the other. Heartache after heartache.

That it’s only a source of self destruction. And no matter

It took sometime before I realized that I didn’t need to

what I achieve, having that anger within me will never

find love elsewhere. After letting go of the idealism that

truly make me happy. So then I knew, I had to make peace

someone else can complete you. After giving it ample

with my past, accept that it is still a part of me. That my

time, love trully becomes you. You do not need love,

past made me into the person that I am today. I tried to let

because you are LOVE, as cliché as that may sound.

go of everything that I cannot control. I let go of the hate

So give yourself that. You owe it to yourself. Don’t go

that seems to imprison me in fully becoming myself and

chasing people and things that are not in alignment with

living my life. I tried to forgive everyone in my past who

you and what you’re about. Sooner or later you will

caused me pain, and most of all, I forgave myself. You

understand that you attract everything and everyone that

see, letting go can be the most liberating feeling.

should stay in your life, and sometimes when its purpose

Growing up in a not so affectionate family made me look

had already been served, it’s time to learn and let go.

for love elsewhere. In friends, and in relationships. So

Indeed, everything happens for a reason.

whenever I am in a relationship, all the love that I can’t express I’ll express in that relationship I am in. Basically, I will build my world around that person that I love.

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blek le rat

Boulogne-Billancourt, France

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eering away from the dominance of the New York graffiti style of art, Blek le Rat is revered in the international graffiti community and is deemed as the originator of stencil graffiti art. He serves as an inspiration to many of today’s finest and most famous urban artists which includes Banksy. He is highly influenced by eclectic artistic genres such as Andy Warhol; David Hockney, rap music, rock music, the Pop Art movement and the Velvet Underground. Blek le Rat trained in fine arts and architecture and his works, which are sometimes confused with Banksy, is rooted in both art and war. Both he and Banksy are stencil revolutionaries who have made a permanent mark in the urban art community as being a force to be reckoned with.

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In The World

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inhibitions. You are welcome to send us your story and open up about your journey. We would love to get to know you more. Write to us by sending us an email, and we guarantee that we will respond to you on a personal note.

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miss bugs NYC, United States

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he visibility of women in the street art movement is pretty rare so when a woman arises to the top, you cannot help but be impressed with her skills and gift as a graffiti artist. Now although Miss Bugs is made up of a duo “Miss” – girl “Bugs” – boy; as a team, they are identified by their wielding silk-screens and collages which create relevant pop images that stimulate your imagination. With a signature style of blending distorted silhouettes of the female form, Miss Bugs showcases the need to represent women in the street art scene dominated by men. Works of Miss Bugs depict stories that reflect ideas or certain beliefs while making use of angels, cartoon characters, Frankenstein’s monster, pornographic women, religion, Sharbat Gula (the Afghan Pushtini girl) and superheroes as staples for their art.

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obey Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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eing a renowned street artist for his guerrilla art campaigns, Obey is celebrated for the slogan “Obey” with the face of pro wrestler Andre the Giant. He became even more famous thanks to his “Hope” poster which consists of Barack Obama’s face during the height of the US elections - solidifying his position as being one of America’s greatest street artists. Stating that his works are “graphic art with social and political messages,” Obey’s graphic works combines stenciling, screen printing and collages. He’s popularity was initiated when he became a newsworthy item through his numerous arrests - due to his art being adorned on public spaces. With works being commissioned by music’s top artists such as The Black-Eyed Peas, to big brand names like Pepsi and Showtime, this helped catapult Obey to mainstream consciousness while helping elevate urban artistry.

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trase one Singapore, Singapore All images are © 2015, Trase One.

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ward winning graffiti artist Trase is widely celebrated as one of Singapore’s prominent activists and a pioneer in his country’s street art movement. Embracing street art and fine arts, his text and imagery is a wonderful fusion that captures your attention thanks to his ability to present an intellectual dialogue with his audience. Known to push the boundaries for his art; Trase is also a street art educator who was awarded the inaugural Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award in 2005. This helped further his education in Art where he graduated with honors in 1997. Moreover, he continues to exhibit many of his works - mostly in Asia and in the US, while continuously garnering awards.

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I am always thinking of ways to alter my mentality to think differently. I try to intervene existing ideas to fit my aspirations and change the ways things are usually perceived. I am no different as a person and as an artist. What inspired you to become a graffiti artist and why choose this particular medium? When I started out in my teens, I found graffiti to be the only art form that connects to me as it did to most street kids. There wasn’t much purpose involved, except developing a personal style, and to me it parallels the idea of discovering the self; finding out what colors, shapes and what “nots” really mean and how it sort of describes what you are. Compared to other mediums, I was able to execute my ideas faster through graffiti. I honestly have very little patience and I’d like to make my ideas physically visible ASAP; so I was attracted to the quick nature of the medium.

Who has touched your life the most as an individual and as an artist? And who are your influences when it comes to your craft? My late mother. She was a crafty person herself and was always creating decorative things for the house - croquet flower pot hangers, origami, etc. She first taught me how to draw by tracing over things and introduced me to DIY culture of creating/manipulating things yourself to fit your ideas and preferences. What emotions inspire you to create? Boredom and mundanity. I hate routine. Every time I find myself going towards the single track mind on my journey, I’d always look for a detour of some sort as an escape.

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What is your background in graffiti and what is your signature style? How were you able to develop your skills over the years? I was skateboarding in my teens. It was through this urban sport that I met graffiti. I went through different phases of styles according to my influences throughout the years. My early years as a writer, I painted really straight lines which I named ‘stiffies.’ I was in technical school back then and I learnt to draw straight lines without using rulers or any aid. Then as I progressed further and went through art school my style gradually got softer. It sort of turns into organic forms and I guess it’s still there now whenever I paint letter styles. With regards to the previous question, I’ve found a new love for stencil graffiti and I’ve been at it for a couple of years. I can see myself sticking to this style for much longer.

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Where did you create your most prized art work as a graffiti artist or give a specific place and the reason why want to immortalize your masterpiece there. Sadly none of my pieces have survived more than 3 years to even title them as immortals. I’d be lucky to have my piece survive longer than 3 months. Or maybe I chose the wrong spots. With ephemerality in mind, my pieces are now focused on the fact that graffiti in general, or any kind of street art, is temporary, and one of the only ways to immortalize them is through photography. So I can say now my prized works are located on some of the nicest shadows I’ve come across in town. What is your take on today’s graffiti scene? I’m very happy to see a great mix of styles and methods of execution as compared to when I first started out. Plus it’s not just about styles and abstraction anymore. These artists are getting better technically and mentally that their pieces really reach out to the audience with its accompanying concepts and the messages that they’re trying to send across. Definitely a medium of communication that should not be taken for granted.

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How can you take the art of graffiti to the next level? By having a better concept really helps to elevate the pieces intellectually. Graffiti is known to be an effective tool of communication to the masses. What other interests do you have apart from graffiti? I like to customize my belongings; I paint my own bike, sneakers, etc. I also collect G-Shock watches. How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?

To be able to promote graffiti awareness - since the beginning to where it’s at now; and be appreciated by the masses by keeping the scene alive even though its tough at times. Proudest accomplishment - to receive an award by the Senior Minister for painting graffiti (laughs). What kind of experience do you want your audience to gain from viewing your art work? I’d like them to open their minds to possibilities, and not be bound by restrictions. Use those restrictions to fuel their inspirations and keep pushing their limits in whatever they do, be it life or art. Some of the greatest art pieces are created from the greatest sanctions.

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I really would not want to imagine such a scenario. I guess I won’t have a life then to consider such circumstances. I’d rather die.

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For me I love mature and old neighborhoods; those with peeling paint and old walls. There’s just so much character and history that inspires me to contribute and be creative on these places as compared to dull new concrete partitions.

What do you think is your greatest contribution as an artist and what is your proudest accomplishment to date?

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Street Art Words of wisdom from for aspiring graffiti artists. Don’t ever stop. If you have to take a break, make sure it’s just a break and get back on it the soonest that you can. Be open to criticisms and put aside all ego. Lastly, what can we expect from you in the coming days, weeks, or months? I’ll be having my first solo exhibition on the 16th of June at the Utterly Art Gallery. Do pop by! End >

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Environmental Artist

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nicole dextras

Vancouver, British Columbia

NURTURING A CREATIVE NATURE

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woman with vision, passion and vigor for both art and nature, Nicole Dextras is a remarkable environmental and visual artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. As an artist, she has statement-making pieces that voices issues regarding the world that we live in. With nature-based works like her Weedrobes series, you can’t help but be drawn to it and wonder how she comes up with her ideas and designs which are simply fascinating. Materials for her garments are composed of plants – in which some are considered to be invasive. Other materials used would be twigs, thorns, leaves, hemp thread, flowers and berries.

Dextras’ Weedrobe creations evidently display her gift in capturing the beauty of nature while depicting a degree of social consciousness that is highly impressive and thought provoking. Although her nature-based art works are short-lived, the impact it brings provides its purpose for being created. The Weedrobe collection illustrates the life cycle behind the fashion industry and encourages you to see beyond fashion’s glamorous exterior while recognizing its ramifications to our environment and society as a whole.

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“The intention of the Weedrobes series is to engage the public on several levels: through street interventions, garden settings and gallery exhibitions. Each new piece begins as a wearable sculpture constructed from local and renewable plant materials. It is then photographed with a model in a landscaped urban setting emphasizing the impact of humans on the natural environment. The third stage consists of a public intervention in a shopping area where the garment wearer engages with passersby regarding issues of disposable consumer goods. The garment/sculpture is later installed in a garden or park setting and left to decompose over time.�

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I am an environmental artist who creates sculptures with ephemeral materials such as leaves in the summer and ice in the winter. I work with nature because it is a good example of how change is the natural order of things and so I hope my art inspires people to embrace change in all aspects of their lives. I have been artistic since day one, always drawing and putting on shows. I finally gave in to my destiny in my twenties and went to art school.

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Environmental Art What is your background in the arts and how have you evolved as an artist? I first went to the Kootenay School of Art and studied graphic design because I was encouraged to go into something that would lead to a job later. I was not satisfied with that and so I attended Emily Carr University a few years later. What I learned at art school was how to dedicate one’s life to art by giving it your all. After graduation, I got my first studio and spent many years experimenting with materials such as handmade paper and alternative photography.

What inspires you to create your art works? Can you explain your creative process in producing your works? The best way to be creative is to do the work. I would go into the studio even if I was not inspired. I would just putter around and sure enough, at some point, ideas would begin to take shape. I also get many of my concepts in the morning - between sleep and waking, and for that reason I do not use an alarm clock.

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“My current art practice is rooted in the environmental art movement. It is based on the theories of seminal artists such as Joseph Beuys’ notion of “infiltration”, which integrates art and social change, as well as Robert Smithson’s “nonsite” theory, which challenged the parameters of the conventional gallery setting. The Weedrobes Project can be positioned as a hybrid of Environmental Art within a Socially Engaged Practice because of its relation to ecology, culture and eco-feminism. In addition, taking these sculptures to the streets is a form of reclaiming of the body as a public site. In this respect, Weedrobes draws on a tradition of art which focuses on the garment as a as an extension of the body in works such as Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress and Beverly Semmes’ s culptural garments.”


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“My personal interest in the fashion industry stems from growing up in my mother’s ladies-clothing store where I learned how to discern quality manufacturing and the importance of shopping local. In my teens, I witnessed the poor working conditions in garment factories and the effects of chemicals used in treating fabrics, while working in a nonunion sweatshop. Years later, as a costume designer, I was fascinated by the notion of psychological transference into clothing and this informed much of my early artworks.”

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My influences are very eclectic, from the art of Robert Smithson, the fashion of Alexander McQueen, the photography of Cindy Sherman, the music of Jean Le Loup and old black and white films.

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Environmental Art What is your philosophy about “environmental art” and about “art as a business”? How have you handled the business side of being an artist? Environmental art is a new and evolving genre of art based on the concept of taking art out of the pristine gallery by constructing and showing it in outdoor settings. This allows for a direct engagement with the public and works to break down the narrow elitism of the gallery system.

Unfortunately the gallery system still reins supreme in the art world and so I also exhibit photographs of my ephemeral works. This works for me because I am also a photographer but it means I have to work twice as hard. I have not made much money from the sale of my photos so far and I have supported myself over the years by doing all sorts of jobs that enable my artistic talents, from teaching, to sign painting. Continuation On The Next Page >

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“The Weedrobes philosophy is based on being a free thinker, creating one’s own sense of style while also raising awareness about the impact of industry on our eco-system. Our most effective tool for change is for consumers to demand more equitable products. It may be impractical to wear clothing made with leaves but our future depends on the creation of garments made from sustainable resources.”


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If you could teach something to an aspiring artist, what would you teach? The hardest lesson in being an artist is learning to recognize and overcome the fear. It is a little voice that says things like: why are you doing this, you don’t have any talent, nobody cares‌. Also: strive to be original. It is true that everything has been done to death but you need to find your own voice. Take risks. As an accomplished artist, if you could do it all over again, would you change anything? Yes I would have gone to art school sooner and I would have sought out a supportive artistic community because this is the only place I fit in.

Apart from creating beautifully crafted clothes and sculptures; as well as photos and doing art installations, what other activities make you lose track of time? Gardening, writing and swimming in the ocean As an artist, when was the last time you tried something new? Yesterday. How do you celebrate life every time you have achieved or accomplished something? Take my husband out to dinner at a nice restaurant. Which project or art work would you say is your favorite one so far and why? My IceShifts series is my favorite at the moment because it is speaks to something that is both poetic and haunting. I love working with ice because it is so ephemeral and I love the quality of the light that shines through it.

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Environmental Art At this point in your life, what matters most to you as an environmental artist and as a person? What matters to me most is to be a genuine person and to make art that reflects on a genuine experience with nature. If we could have more true engagement with nature, we would realize that we are part of it and hopefully we would treat it with more respect. Continuation On The Next Page > Page 131 visit www.StigMagazine.com


Environmental Art BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS (Tap Here) If you were on a platform overlooking millions of people who has their eyes and ears on you, what would you want to tell them? Humans are only one species in the natural order of things. We are not in charge. We understand that nature rules every time there is a flood or a drought but we soon forget. Try to remember. End >

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ashionably stylish, interestingly innovative, individualism personified, that is what the brand Artessorio brings forth to the table. With flair that defines modern elegance, the label is perfectly suited for unconventional women who do not wish to break the bank. Celebrated for its sophistication and creative chic, founders Patray Liu and Vincci Law have given birth to Artessorio, a brand known for its breathtaking pieces. A label that speaks of authenticity and freshness, you will find yourself drawn to its unique designs and magnificent craftsmanship. With the people behind Artessorio using high quality materials such as their leather goods, this ensures you, the consumer, of an exceptional product that you can proudly associate yourself with. With details conspired with love, skills, passion and boldness, how could you not want to own an attractive ensemble that speaks of what modern women should aspire to be?

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Can you tell us something about your entrepreneurial journey; the inspirations behind the inception of ARTESSORIO as well as the statement that you want your brand to make? Artessorio celebrates the sensuality and elegance of modern and unconventional women with a flair for art and design. This is how the brand name ‘Artessorio� came into being: Arte & Accessorio (in Italian). Artessorio is also a story of friendship and two experts working together in harmony. One is a leather accessory production expert with a detailed understanding of tailoring techniques and materials; the other is a designer/ art director educated in Hong Kong and Italy, with years of design experience in Europe. The story started in 2009 while we were conceiving the brand idea. Today we make that dream a reality.

Normally, what type of customers do you attract and who is your niche market? Our brand attracts customers from ages 22- 60 years old, in which the majority of customers are from 30- 50 years old. They are women with refined taste and they look for quality and originality. They look for products that are elegant to use at the office, and also chic enough for a casual day out. Where do you sell your products both online and offline? Onlinewww.boticca.com www.buymedesign.com www.notjustalabel.com

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It may be difficult to let people look into the details of our bags without an actual bag on hand, including the leather texture as well as all sorts of innovative application (e.g. laser cut pattern). To overcome this, we are planning to capture our product photo with 360 product view. That will hopefully help our buyers to have a more detailed view of our products.

Continuation On The Next Page > What online tools or activities do you feel have helped your online business the most? Also, what is your marketing strategy and what do you believe is the reason why your company stands out from the pack? Our website attracts many interested parties to contact us for interviews and press materials. With the help of Facebook Fan Page, we believe we’ll draw more attention from the market.

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Magenta Enterprises (Hong Kong) HH shops Jinhua Intime World Department Store B No.168, East Jiefang Road, Jinhua Ningbo Century Oriental Plaza F1112, No.1083 Zhongshan East Road, Jiangdong Area, Ningbo Printemps China Department Store (Ningbo) 2/F, 1288 Ningnan North Road, Yinzhou Qu, Ningbo Wuhan Tiandi 2F, Wuhan Tiandi, Lugouqiao Road, Jiangsn Qu, Wuhan Chengdu LKF No.11B, Jingjiang Road, Chengdu

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If you could sell something to me from ARTESSORIO what would it be and why? Also, if it was my first time to purchase your products, what experience would you want me to take from this? We imagine you may purchase our clutch bag from our Farfalline collection. The laser cut pattern is definitely the part that attracts your sight. As an online customer, you would receive our product with Artessorio wrap bag within a week after payment is made. Our shipment always comes with our latest catalog as well. In the coming new collection, we are planning to offer name engraving service to our online customer, which makes the handbag extra special. What do you want the “first words� to come to mind when people to think of ARTESSORIO?

Where do you get your inspired ideas from when it comes to creating your products? We have different design themes every season; and in particular, we like to take inspirations from nature, and we love patterns. What excites you about ARTESSORIO? It has been about one year since we have launched our brand and we are really impressed by the attention we have drawn from different Medias. And we have been proposed by other designers about having collaborations and projects together. This is really exciting for us and we believe that in the coming years, we will be reaching more buyers and customers to bring Artessorio to a next level.

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Nowadays, when people buy things, it is about the brand and sometimes it is not so much about the product anymore. All the branding advertisement is so powerful that we are afraid it is not within our ability to change people’s mind. But what we want to offer from Artessorio is the sophistication in design, quality and originality. And we believe this is how we can attract our customers. What valuable lessons have you learned from starting your own business and putting up your own online store?

For online selling, we like to work with reliable partners only. It may seem more effective to sell it in as many online websites as possible to increase brand exposure but it is difficult to control how websites would present our products. And we believe it is very important to sell it through websites that match our brand vision, focusing on design and quality. In this way, people can get to know more about Artessorio and help us to build up a long term relationship with our online customers.

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Focus on your own ideas and have courage to take risk and go for it. Take consideration of other people’s opinions but do not blindly follow it.

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Time-saving tips that you could share when it comes to online selling.

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What is your ultimate vision for ARTESSORIO? Everyone carries anARTESSORIO bag. What is the best part of owning your own business and label? The satisfaction from building up our business and label from scratch. The possibility to share our ideas and passions and receive recognitions from others.

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ever lose your sense of adventure. You are a given an opportunity to learn and experience all fragments of moments in its ultimate state. The world is meant to be explored. Life is spectacular, it is meant to be seen and felt by you. Live it, like it’s the only way to be. All images are Š 2011, Mardy Co.

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Slightly off the tourist spots, discovering an island often heard but hardly seen. Nestled in the midst of the waving blues is the simplicity of life at its basic core. Richness in its natural form.. beauty stronger by a storm.. Isla Gigantes


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Most people believe that models have it all – a pampered life; being able to buy what you want, getting exclusive invites, dating the hottest celebrities, being surrounded by the rich, famous and powerful and being able to work with fabulous people in the industry of fashion and beauty. While all these may be true, there is also a downside of this very glamorous and lavish lifestyle.

Models like Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum prove that there is more to modeling than having a pretty face and a gorgeous body – they have brains, passion and substance that cannot be denied and have become ambassadors in their own right. Models such as themselves took charge of their career and took it to the next level. Modeling was a stepping stone for bigger and better things in their life. Here in STIG, we feature models that have something more to show than just their beautiful faces and chiseled bodies.

These near perfect creatures who seem to be bigger than life itself, lives in a very demanding and cut throat industry which is why very few really make it to the top. We read about them in the tabloids; how some models abuse drugs, alcohol and their bodies while having this feeling of superiority when it comes to the law and to other people that they feel is beneath them.

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But there is another side of modeling – the professional side. There are many models who have come a long way – and we can say that they have become more than just another prominent face in the catwalk, magazine and on the tube.

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he desire of becoming a top model is highly coveted especially among the young and beautiful. Who can blame them!? After all, if you make it big in the world of modeling, the perception is that you get to live luxuriously and in style – not to mention getting paid big bucks. Is it any wonder why millions watch and try out for America’s Next Top Model and other reality-based model search shows?


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here is more to this dropdead beauty than being a gorgeous Model Search Winner! Lacey Bollinger is also an athlete, pageant winner, actress and film producer who is very much into adventure and excitement. Also, given that she is a Scorpio, it is not surprising that she is dynamic and passionate by nature, and is fiercely independent and wellaccomplished.

Apart from Lacey’s undeniable appeal, you will marvel at how utterly nice and accommodating this exquisite creature is - who just happens to exemplify all the 4Bs (beauty, brains, body & breeding). Never will you feel any ounce of pomposity. Instead, you are greeted with enthusiasm which can brightenup your day thanks to her sweet nature and absolute positive vibes. So feast your eyes on our this Model who will leave you speechless and wanting to know more - too bad we couldn’t have a magazine that features just all her pictures. Cheers to the lovely and luscious Lacey!

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Tell us something about yourself or describe yourself

What got you into modeling? What is the story behind it? Though I have not been modeling for long, I have envisioned it since those pudgy days of braces and glasses. I was a competitive and successful athlete, but off court, I wanted to find an outlet to showcase how feminine I truly was. I tried modeling but it was a full time commitment for castings and auditions when I still had school and practice. I did a couple pageants and was part of the top 15 in both Miss California and Miss Texas - thinking that was going to calm the urge, but those only made it stronger! I said BYE to pageants and hello to winning a model search! Since then I have been networking with Agencies and Producers trying to find the best gigs out there! I want to work and I want to work hard!

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I talk in a British accent about 45% of the time and I love to skateboard in the middle of the night! I’m passionate about producing film so having a g12 or 5d in my hands catching ironic b-roll or time-lapsing the sunset would be farfetched.

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I am a model/ actress/ improver, who radiate confidence and sensuality and exude intelligence and wit. My firecracker zest for success is portrayed through my hard work and commitment to everything thing I set my eyes on. I love to look at life as a live musical comedy and I don’t hesitate to break out in song whenever the mood strikes.


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What is it about your profession that holds your interest the most? The industry is all about self expression and showing that everything has life. It is a model’s job to make that vision a reality and bring emotion to the surface. Being a model or an actress is not just looking pretty or doing the right pose. It is also about evoking passion and telling a story which leaves the audience wanting more. It is a profession that plays hard to get and one that you eventually you fall in love with.

As a model, what would you say is your best feature? I love being tall and it is what describes me! But in my opinion I adore my eyes and lips. There is no better connection than eye contact! If it’s a look away, the juicy lips steal the show!

Who in the fashion industry is your role model and why? I respect those in the industry that are successful while being well rounded and balanced. Of course there are many fashionistas that inspire me but as far as a ‘role model’ is concern, I like to look towards “the self” for that. Don’t try to be anyone else because you will never be that. All you can do is push to be your most sincere and best self. Sounds cliché but if you focus on how to improve your own success, you will be your own role model. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Apart from modeling, what are your other interests and passions in life? I love horseback riding! I would do that everyday if I could! I paint life’s beauty - I garden and watch it grow; plus in the SPRING TIME flowers are blooming! I enjoy writing quirky love songs and especially nuzzling with my man with a cup of coffee in our picket fence, front yard.

Who would you like to work with in a heartbeat and why? I’ve had many a dreams staring in a box office hit opposite Daniel Day Lewis. A crazy and twisted dramatic thriller!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a passion for people. I have been very blessed with health and a family who loves me. I’ve always thought that it was my job to share my blessings with those who were less fortunate. Over the years I have volunteered at a shelter called Teen Challenge for Women. These women have gone through so much – whether it’s abusive relationships or chemical dependencies. We would go and spend time with them; gardening, cooking, crafts and doing just about anything to lift their spirits. This experience is not only eye opening but is so fulfilling, especially when you see these ladies light up and smile for the first time, after a very long time.

What accomplishments are you most proud of? I’ve had many basketball, theatre, modeling and pageant awards; but what I am very proud of is producing and editing a “Nationally ran show” called Home and Lifestyle TV! Check it out! Continuation On The Next Page >

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Your diet can be the most helpful thing! I am in no way strict with what I eat but it is all about portion control! I go to the gym about 3 times a week and I love to skateboard! Vitamins will help your body in actually and in every aspect so check out your local health food store to get your daily minerals… .I sound like my mother.

Currently, are there any issues or causes that you feel strongly about? Have you done any charity or volunteer work? Are you a part of any organization or group?

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What do you think surprises people most once they get to know you? How many facial expressions I can make.

How do you think you can best inspire people with your works? I want to move people. So many times I have seen in movies or looked through an editorial that ends up inspiring me and helping me stimulate new ideas or notions. The funny thing is, a lot of the times, this ‘inspiration’ had nothing to do with the actual situation at hand. I want to be the movement to motivate people and trigger a brainstorm to a positive realization or outcome.

“I want to move people. So many times I have seen in movies or looked through an editorial that ends up inspiring me and helping me stimulate new ideas or notions.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to describing a model with substance?

Advice for those who wish to become a model

Make sure to have character and life behind the eyes. Be positive and professional. Being sweet and hilarious would be my ideal scenario.

DON’T give up! No matter what anyone says! If you want it bad enough you will make it happen! Don’t just dream it…. take the steps in order to rise. Many want it but it is up to you to work hard for it.

What can we expect in the coming days, weeks or months? Any new projects? I can’t revel too much! But You will be seeing A LOT of new things from me this Summer! So be on the look out! I will be traveling to NYC, MIAMI, EUROPE, and also AFRICA!

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FUN FACTS Name a TV or movie character that you can related to and why.

The most daring thing you’ve done – so far

Dexter! (Laughs hard) just kidding... or am I….

I love to explore! Roofs, valleys, mountains, hallways and things usually get out of hand (laughs!) Let’s just say I was one of those kids on a leash.

An exotic or wild animal that you would love to own I want a baby lion and a full grown polar bear. I think we all would get along.

A moment in your life that you can never forget One of my most favorite sayings is “remember every moment then life will be something that you will never forget.” The moment I realized to make every second count and to live each day as your last allowed me to cherish each day and live it to the fullest - then there will be nothing to regret.

Your most prized possession I’ve recently learned the hard way that you really shouldn’t put too much worth in any possession. What matters most are the people around you who wouldn’t trade you for anything! But I really like my combat boots

Best Assignment as a Model: My Absolute best assignment as a model would have to be walking in LA’s Fashion week! But I will not give up until I fulfill my dreams of gracing a W Mag cover, Feature Film, Guess ad campaign, VS Show, and walking in Milan’s Fashion week!

Favorite Photographer: I loved working with the new rising star photographer Ted Emmons, though I would give both eyebrows to be shot by the phenomenal Javier Vallhonrat, Steven Klein, or Peter Lindbergh.

Favorite Designer: Oh my, I love YSL, Cholé, and Chanel... so sophisticatedly sexy!


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ore than a model with good looks and charm, Christian Costas also has a great personality to boot. He is an actor, Zumba instructor and musician who enjoys the spotlight and the performing arts. Adorable is probably the best word to describe this guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously - while still managing to show how passionate he is with his craft. Confessing to having a close relationship with his mom, you can’t help but say “awww” to this talented and bold; fervent and driven, who is sure to go places.

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Exclusive Interview w/ Christian Costas Tell us something personal about yourself I am very close to my mother, I still sit on her lap watching movies sometimes... (laughs).

What are things that make you come alive as a person and as a model? Music and inspiring magazines! I love being inspired by magazines to dress nicer and to look better - even the food sections inspire me. I love music. Being a piano player, I know a lot about the theory behind it all and so it interests me even more when I listen to it.

What is it about the “performing arts” – whether modeling or acting, that grabs you? Lights, cameras and audience! I love being in the spotlight. I absolutely love being on a set with all the cameras, lighting and crew. Since I was 2 years old, I would stand up on the table at the family dinner and I would sing and perform for my family - and even though I’m not a singer, I would still get them to clap after I’d finish singing songs that my grandma would sing to me. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Where do you pull your inspiration from when you have to play a “role” or become a different character when modeling? My inspiration comes from all the billboards that I pass on the way to the shoot. And one very unique thing that I do is that I look up in the sky before I enter the shoot and I say to myself ”The Sky is the Limit.” I then have a moment of thought, which is a feeling that I have when I fly on an airplane. I would see the world so small and yes, so many big things can be made from it! That is my inspiration.

Tell us more about you being a Zumba Instructor. Does it help you with your modeling? I instruct 6 classes a week. In our center, many of our clients like what we do; which would be low, medium and high impact classes. With these options, they are able to follow whichever is easiest for them. And yes, it does help with my modeling! I always put on a show for the clients. I wear stylish hats and arm bands which promote “Zumba.” Also, I try to act in a fun and exciting way to create that party feel - regardless of my mood, the weather or how tired I am. Besides being a role model for all the clients, I also benefit from it because it makes me feel good after the workout.

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What do you think surprises people most once they get to know you?

What are you still learning at this point in your life? I’m still learning that life is hard. Nothing is easy and if you really want something, you have to fight for it – no matter how simple or small it is. Continuation On The Next Page >

That I’m a very genuine guy. I don’t take myself too seriously at all. I mean, I do look after myself like I watch what I eat and groom myself but in the simplest sense. I don’t care about money and I’m definitely not big headed despite having a lot of popular friends given that I was a gymnast in High School and now a Zumba instructor.

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Yes I do, and I took a friend with me. She was helping me out a bit with the poses, but she would get in the way with what I was thinking and what choices I was making. In the end, I think it’s all about choices and moods. I’m always trying to reflect the outcome of the shoot to get the best shots - and not necessarily my own mood. I found the lights very bright, but I was so happy by the end of it because it felt like I was taking photos for a purpose instead of something that was just for fun - and it ended up boosting my confidence.

People tell me that I’m outgoing and good looking and yet find it weird that I’m actually nice. I take that as a big compliment because I know a lot of people that are very good looking but they love themselves so much that they would ignore you and not even say hello when you walk past them because they think they’re important simply because of their looks.

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“..I look up to my parents because they proved that starting a new life with little to no money in a completely different country is not impossible.”

Currently, are there any issues or causes that you feel strongly about? Have you done any charity or volunteer work? Are you a part of any organization or group?

The person you admire most and why I obviously have actors and models that I look up to and wish I had their jobs and their looks – sometimes; but in terms of admiring, as cliché as it can sound, I look up to my parents because they proved that starting a new life with little to no money in a completely different country is not impossible.

I have a strong opinion about the security of the country; and so a few years ago I joined the Air Force Cadets wanting to be a Fighter Pilot so that I could help protect Australia’s borders and assist in humanitarian aids to those countries that needed it. That alone has motivated me so much to do just about anything that I want in terms Nowadays, I am just a member of of career. And so I’m optimistic about “Welcome Centre” where I hold my my career in the performing arts industry. Zumba classes and I’m involved in Even if I don’t get famous, I would just charity events, fundraising for the love to be a model/actor because it’s what centre and mini gatherings with the I enjoy doing. I also want the best for my communities to help those in need and kids as well so I would like to be doing also generate funds to provide better something I enjoy so that I can always be facilities for those who come and visit happy and positive in front of them. the centre. Continuation On The Next Page >

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What are your thoughts when it comes to describing a model with substance? I think a model is not somebody who has “the looks” or “the size” ... I think a model with substance is a model that can create an experience. One that intrigues the viewer to make them feel as if they can automatically depict what is trying to be said in the photograph. Also, being able to adapt to different situations without much hassle and being able to control your fear when you need to take something to the next level.

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FUN FACTS Tell us a funny joke A guy was looking for his keys in the bar. The bartender says to him “What are you looking for?” The guy says “my keys, I cannot find them.”. The bartender then says “Well why are you looking over there for them?” The guy replies “because here there is light.” (laughs)

Where can one run into you? I usually like to walk around Town Hall, only because I love the architecture there and the amazing light poles. I also like the atmosphere of being in the city because it makes me think of how many things are going on just as I’m walking around. People on calls, People on computers, Photo shoots happening, TV series being shot in studios, etc. and it just all makes me feel like I’m in a nice big major city.

What character would you most like to play? I would love to play Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal. He has a genuine side to him and I think it relates to me a lot. I would also love to play a cheeky character - like in Home Alone.

If you can be any musician, artist or celebrity, who would you want to be? Probably Tom Cruise. He has the look and skills as an actor to play many roles. It was his movie Top Gun where he is a fighter pilot that made me want to get into acting. Movies allow me to create scenes and live a certain lifestyle though it’s not my actual lifestyle.

Best Assignment as a Model:

Having to pose over the edge of rocks and cliffs for a photoshoot. It was something Three most important things in different and I was not scared at all. I was in a different mind frame focusing on the your life shoot so it didn’t bother me. Family, Health and my mobile phone (only because I get worried if somebody Favorite Designer: in my family is ok or not; and because that is how people contact me for jobs Wayne Cooper in modeling and acting) (grins).

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We woul like to end this edition with a beautiful poem by our Ghost Poet


I live in a house of cards, There are no doors, only exits, Made for tiptoed escapes. A fragile thing, held together on paper, Bonded in the name of kings, Tangled in love triangles of queens who’ll break our hearts in clubs, dig our diamonds with spades, And run away with the next ace who comes their way. I sit with the jacks and jokers, Sharing the burden on our shoulders, Waiting. Waiting for our turn, On top. Or our own collapse. The numbers do not assign importance, Mere lightweights, Made of the same sheet, Pulled from the same deck, But dealt by ever-changing hands. We ask for reshuffle, If fate should ever grant us, A better view from above, Will it matter, When the fall of one, Is the tumble of all? We know our places. But if we are to ask For one more chance. It may be random, But we dare hope, It lands in our favor.

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