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The change in name did not result from initial or formal planning. No, it happened more organically from becoming passionate about my contributor’s voices and perspective.

Basically I want to showcase everyone’s work and find out what makes them tick. All of a sudden it wasn’t teen girls I wanted to influence but the contributors themselves. We were trying to write for teen girls when the most appealing audience is ourselves.

OMNIA, which is Latin for everything, is about providing a source for other people’s passions. We offer to you a platform to show your artwork, write an article or propose an idea for the content of the next issuu.

Become a contributor and integral part of our magazine!

Email us anytime at thisisomnia@gmail.com with your work Me and my team look forward to hearing from you!

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This month there was an unified focus on powering up for success. Maybe because September is the first month following the warm rays and vacation days of summer...or because most of us are trying to milk the enjoyable weather and attire to the fullest of our capabilities. Yes, this is month it’s all about thinking about what Fall will hold. Perhaps a new job? New love? Or maybe just a new wardrobe.

Love from,

JULIA BOHAN Editor in Chief

“THE YEAR DOES NOT BEGIN IN JANUARY. Every

French person knows that. The year really begins in the first Monday of September. This is when Parisians get back to their desks after their month long holiday and begin working out where they’ll go for the midterm break in November.”

-STEPHEN CLARKE in A Year in the Marde

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Thank YOU

TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS THIS MONTH

TO: Bang Bang Writer Ryan Bunce | Painter Galen Wang Photographer Amy Stellar Writer viktoria vonn photographer You guys made this issuu. Can’t wait to see what the next month will hold...


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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THE WAYS OF THE WARRIOR| It wasn’t considered fine art until the sixties.

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FIREWORKS |

SHE GOES BY MANY NAMES |

Viktoria Vonn schools us on

Galen Wang shows us that you don’t have to be right side up to experience fire in the sky.

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WE ARE SAMURAIS |

BIBLIOGRAPHY |

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So we don’t get sued!

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NUMEROLOGY |

Forget personality quizzes, unlock your own chances at romance...mathematically!

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BANG BANG’S TALE |

Discover the origins behind one of the oldest fashion statements.

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INSIDE THE STUDIO |

Take a look and listen to our inter view of Ryan Bunce.

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SHE

GOES BY MANY NAMES...

LITERALLY SHE GOES BY AT LEAST THREE NAMES. WHEN I MET VICTORIA FOUR YEARS AGO SHE WAS no,

LINDA, then Chuyu and now

VIKTORIA VONN.

A TRIPLE THREAT THIS BILINGUAL-ARCHITECT-ONETIME-DOMINATRIX can school you in drawing, painting and now photography. We sat down with this bombshell to learn a thing or two.

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Tell me a little about your style and why you ch

you simplifiy a photo you can blur away mo

in Beijing, China. Thanks. Beijing is just such a there’s so much to shoot. Are you still going to


In this age

there’s plenty of tools out there that offer any person the chance to be a

Thankfully, Viktoria Vonn’s Facebook album, Monotone, proves this social networking site can be a digital art gallery for those who have RAW TALENT. photographer.

Julia: It seems rare to find a large facebook album comprised of all print photography, how much film did you take? Viktoria: I shot 28 contact sheets, each sheet has 36 photos and I devleoped 5 photos per row. How do you choose what to develop? I was thinking more in terms of themes, what interested me. Monotone is mostly setup scenarious I already planned. What is most interesting

to me are the unplanned shots. When your able to capture something special without setting up anything, like in Witch and Tombstones. Yeah, some people have expensive equipment, but I don’t consider that photography. I would define photography as showing unusual things that make you think differently about everyday things. I think the line is drawn by having a stylist’s eye, but that’s just me.

hose to shoot in black and white. Lo-fi photography is very IN right now. Back in the day that was considered unprofessional, but I like that when

ore details. It makes you look more at the composition, of lines and how things connect. Congrats by the way on finding a position at an architecture firm

a different culture. It’s got a very interesting combination of old people, foreigners and lower class people. You can have a lot of different mixes,

carry a camera around with you? Yeah, I must! Not a really nice one though, there are alot of pick pockets.


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We ARe samurais Ask Anyone. If there’s one thing I’m passionate about it’s GIRL POWER.

Well in this case it’s more like Samurai-Womanpowers-her-way-to-satisfaction-by-wit-andcunning-power. But that’s along the same lines don’t you think? I’ve formed a greater opinion about the state of being a woman in her twenties now that I’m one myself. The opinion is thus: we need an enigmatic aura to deal with all the adversity surrounding our highly exposed selves. Now, I’m not saying us twenty-something women should be walking around with a glittering, glowing force field, sneering at dominating men and conquering our industries. It’s more like I see a relationship between the Samurai warriors of old and the way we powerhouse women act today. Samurai used

metal and bamboo to shield themselves and, in a way, so do us modern lasses. Just swap armor for a confident attitude and physical injury to mental anguish. One thing is for sure there’s an overwhelming predetermination we have in our early twenties to succeed which our fellow badasses, the Samurai, would of recognized and respected. They lived by an accepted set of rules and an honor system that formed their reputation as fierce and intelligent warriors. This kind of reputation is extremely attractive to a fledgling businesswoman or a struggling artist. Here’s hoping we can learn a thing or two and set our standards high as we charge our way into careers and relationships with a heavy nod to our ancient counterparts.

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O R L E O M GY U N IT WILL HELP

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SO.

WHAT

EXACTLY is NUMEROLOGY? (and why should we care)

Why in this era of facebook surveys and OK Cupid personality quizzes should we care even an iota about about a seemingly complicated mathematical equation for insights to our own behavior? The answer is Why Not? Since Pythagoras (circa 590 B.C.) there has been interest in the geometry, principles and meaning behind numbers. Now we have Numerology: a modern concept combining different cultures studies of numbers and truths into an all encompasing description of you.

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1 | A J S

+ Courageous, Natural leader, Inventive

2 | BKT

+ Considerate, Modest, Sensitive

Shy, Fearful, Self-conscious

3 | CLU

+ Imaginative, Creative, Happy

Gossipy, Talkative, Moody

4 | DMV

+ Practical, Penchant for science, Sense of values

5 | ENW

+ Versatile, Free-thinker, Witty

6 | FOX

+ Humanitarian, Unselfish, Idealistic

Outspoken, Egotistical, Self-righteous

7 | GPY

+ Charming, Intelligent, Inventive

Argumentative, Suspicous, Tempermental

8 | HQZ

+ Organized, Authoritative, Capable

Shy, Fearful, Self-conscious

9 | I R

+ Compassionate, Dramatic talent, Charitable

Aggressive, Willful, Cynical

Argumentative, Obsessive, Stubborn

Critical, Impatient, Restless

Possessive, Depressed, Careless

Add the numbers in your name together. Then take the single digit numbers in that sum and add them together. The result is your symbolic number and numerical value to your name!


EXAMPLES FREDA 6

9 5 4

KIRSTEN 2

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3+3=6

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25 2+5=7 Freda’s number is 7. Her colors are purple, pearl and rose. She is never satisfied until the reasons behind her beliefs are discovered. With a passion for the occult she responds well with the metaphysical.

Kirsten’s number is 6. Her colors are orange and scarlet. She is wise and conscientious with strong convictions. A natural educator her number indicates she’s generous and helpful.

ARTHUR 1

TOM 2 6 4 12 1+ 2 = 3

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Tom ‘s number is 3. His colors are Rose, Ruby and Amber. His number suggests he has a strong desire to release his imagination creatively. He might be moody because this career path does not line up well with his natural attraction towards money. 16

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Arthur’s number is 5. His colors are Cherry, Pink and Wisteria. He will take a prominent place in all business endeavors, even though he enjoys being the class clown. He is a natural lawgiver and is philosophical at heart.

Find out more in Numerology by Dr. Juno Jordan | Sketches by Julia Bohan

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Most girls are raised to believe that losing their virginity is going to be this glorious event.


Like the ecstasy of St. Teresa they will be elated with orgasmic pleasure and make gentle, yet passionate love with their soulmate for hours...

F uc ki ng bu ll sh it ..

Let our resident expert BANG BANG tell you why.

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My first time

was at a drunken house party in a cabin with a guy who had a

girlfriend. I had already made the smooth and swift transition from freeze to slut and this was just another whorish step in the wrong direction. My friend had her cabin to herself for the weekend and had a huge party. All my friends

and I were busying ourselves shotgunning beers, swimming naked in the ocean and fucking all over her parent’s house, it

was a great time. I wasn’t really scoring big with anyone so I grabbed a bag of chips and headed down to the den to eat and pass out. I got down there and

to my surprise a friend of mine, let’s just call him John, was already sleeping

in the bed. I said hi and then retired to the sofa next to the bed. I was dozing off and then I heard him whisper,

“hey Andrea, come over to the bed and cuddle with me.” I thought maybe this wasn’t a good idea because John had a girlfriend but then I rationalized he was just interested in cuddling, nothing else. Wrong again.

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I hopped into bed and was spooning with John and then very quickly realized

cuddling was not the only thing that he had in mind. He started getting pretty handsy and I

resisted saying, “but you have a girlfriend,” his response, “no worries, just go with it.”

What a romeo.

I guess that was all the

convincing I needed because within minutes we were

totally naked and he was going down on me. In my drunken haze

I remember really enjoying

myself until John did something that no guy had done to me EVER. He shocked me.

Not like he said something outrageous which caught me off guard, he stuck his finger up my ***.

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For those who aren’t familiar with the shocker, or what being “shocked” entails, the urban dictionary defines it as:

It is a gesture meant to indicate a sexual act, wherein the first and second fingers enter a vagina, while the errant pinky plunges into the anus; hence the "shock."

So, John shocked me and then in what seemed like seconds later, put on a condom at warp speed and stole my virginity. I barely had time to recover from the assault on my asshole before I had time to realize that I was now fucking a guy who had a girlfriend. This is when all the blood

drained from my genitals and back into my brain and I began to think logically. I went into fight or flight mode and my instincts told me to do both. So, without verbal or physical warning,

I donkey kicked this cheating son of a bitch off of me with both legs and hurled my half naked body out the door. My friend saw me running towards the bathroom, in the process of pulling my underpants up and she grabbed me,

“did you just have sex?!!!” she asked. I looked down at crotched and felt my mangled backside, thought for a second and responded,

“Kinda”.

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PAINTER. Self described poker maven Ryan Bunce tells us a little about what goes on in his head (and paintings).

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You initially started doing graphic design, but then you moved into painting. What keeps you motivated to continue painting? I still do some graphic design, and recently left a design job at SUNY college where I was employed for a year. I started painting during my junior year of art school. All that time spent on the computer was becoming tiresome, and I was looking for a new creative outlet.

When I work with paint, or any other medium, I always look forward to all the various odors in the studio. Most of my paintings were done in a printmaking studio. I’ve still never taken a painting class...

You’ve never taken a painting class?! So, without all that professional training, what in your opinion makes a good painting? What I look for most when I look at a painting is a certain unique style by the artist. It should also

stir up some kind of emotion in the viewer, so that hopefully they will want to examine the painting more. Your paintings are very colorful. Do certain subjects make you think in terms of vibrancy of do you have a natural attraction to bright colors? Prominent colors and a certain level of vibrancy are a very important aspect my work. Although, I will soon start to limit the number of colors I use in my paintings. This transition will be to better differentiate between them. I also appreciate art that is absent of color. One of my favorite works, which is titled ‘abstract painting’ by Ad Reinhardt, Ad Reinhardt, Abstract | 1963 MoMa


which seems like it was covered completely with a solid black, but actually contains different shades of black. Most people will only glance at it, but these paintings deserve a closer look. Tell me about the nature of your studio. Is it obsessively clean or stacked with imagery? Do you have any collections? Right now I am just working at home. I had a studio in Saratoga’s art district but my working space was inadequate. Most of the time it was very cluttered. Have you lived in Saratoga Springs your whole life? What keeps you there? I have been here most of my life. I stay not only because I enjoy being in the area, but I have not made any long-term plans as of yet. Favorite Books? All the books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia.

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The warrior poses

(Virabhadrasana I, II, and III) are a staple in most modern yoga practices. Known for their stabilizing and focusing forces, they promote self-confidence and strength. Understanding the legend behind these powerful asanas can help you unlock their potential.

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VIRABHADRA: A BRIEF HISTORY The warrior poses spring from ancient Hindu lore. Daksha, the priest and creator of the celestial realm, threw a ritual sacrifice known as yagna. He invited everyone except his youngest daughter Sati and her husband Shiva, the supreme ruler of the universe. Daksha despised Shiva and refused to recognize his daughter’s marriage.

Deeply hurt, Sati wanted to crash the yagna. Shiva respected Daksha’s wishes and let Sati go alone. She and her father got into a loud argument,

much to the entertainment of her father’s guests. Mortified, she vowed to relinquish all ties to her father. Falling into a meditative trance, she burst into flames and died.

When Shiva heard of his wife’s death, he was devastated. He ripped out a lock of his hair and beat it into the ground. A warrior

materialized from the ground. Shiva named him Virab (hero) hadra (friend). Shiva sent Virabhadra to the yagna to destroy Daksha.

The warrior arrived at the gathering, swords in both hands, thrusting his way up through the earth. This is represented by Virabhadrasana I.

He sighted his opponent (Virabhadrasana II) and cut off Daksha’s head (Virabhadrasana III).

Shiva arrived and absorbed the warrior back into himself. Overcome by sorrow and compassion, he gave Daksha the head of a goat, bringing

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the WAYS of the HOW TO access the power of the warrior within you. By Amy Stellar

BECOMING A WARRIOR

The warrior poses are about rising out of our

limitations of anger, ego, and ignorance. They are about fierce determination and learning to cultivate a warrior spirit without aggression. Out of cosmic chaos springs focus, strength, and understanding. To access your inner warrior, anchor your feet firmly to the floor. Reach out strongly with your arms and

feel your chest opening and lifting up. Remember to breathe and feel yourself becoming strong, wise, and determined.

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Lying on his back during the Philadelphia Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza GALEN WANG snapped some explosive images that are about to rock your eyeballs. So sit tight and zoom in because you won’t know if your swimming in the dark depths of the ocean or floating in space.


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GET SUED! (bibliography)

BANG BANG’S TALE | 17 Images: 1. Beer can: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ johnhealey/4783091012/. 2. Pink Blanket: http://boldt.us/var/albums/people/elizabeth/tucked_ in.jpg?m=1293462281.

POWER YOGA | 25 IMAGES: 1. Woman: http://www.katsaksyoga.com/wp-content/ uploads/2010/04/DSC_0011.jpg. 3. Shiva: http://static.islandcrisis.net/wallpapers/ mahashivratri/3.jpg.

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WE ARE SAMURAI | 09 Images: 1. Tatami mat: http://amblerangel.files.wordpress. com/2011/05/tatami-mat.jpg. 2. Twigs: http://www.homelement.com/images/PP-BOT11.jpg. 3. Swords: http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/ products/18/07/55/75575.jpg.

BOOK SAMURAI SCANS FROM: Conlan, Thomas D. “Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior.” Sterling Publishing. 2008.

PAINTER | 22 Images: 1. Ad Reinhardt: http://img.allvoices.com/thumbs/ image/609/480/83953141-one-reinhardts.jpg. 2.Books: http://www.glenelgbookexchange.com.au/ sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/100_2719.jpg

NUMEROLOGY | 14 BOOK CHECK OUT: Jordan, Juno Dr. “Numerology The Romance in Your Name.” DeVorss & Company, California. 1988.

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