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The City from Everywhere

Find out why so many people are now calling Charleston home

Catch a  wave  at   The  Washout  

See what  makes  the  surf  culture  of   Folly  Beach  unique  to  anywhere  else

Sleeves in a Sleeveless Town What makes Charlestonians want to get inked up

Get Creative!  

Creative Shellie’s  one  of  a  kind  jewelry  designs


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FOLLY: THE  SURF  SCENE   Read  up  on  one  of  the  oldest  and  friendliest  surf   towns  on  the  East  coast


SLEEVES IN  A  SLEEVE-­ LESS  TOWN  Check  out  some  of  the   coolest  tattoos  Chucktown  has  to  offer  

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THE 90’S  CALLED...  Travel   back  to  the  days  when  grunge  punk  was  in the  IN  magazine




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12 THE CITY  FROM  EVERYWHERE   all  over,  or  right  next  door


TERRACE MOVIE  THEATRE  Independent  and  foreign  movies   shown  on  James  Island


THE OLD  VILLAGE  APOTHECARY  Natural  beauty  found  in   the  Old  Village






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Our  favorites  spots  in  Charleston

A look  at  how  fashion  varies  throughout  the  city

Richelle Aquino

Cattle in  the  Cane

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Where the  people  are  from  



Editor in Chief Caroline Martin Art Director Amber Franks Assistant Art Director Sarah Cannon Contributing Designers Richelle Aquino, Samantha Ayres, Julia Frazier, Morgan Simpson, Jacqueline Smith, Shequise Williams Managing Editor Dustin Waters Contributing Editors Abenamar Arrillaga, Sarah Doochin, Lauren Haller Head of Photography Mac Kilduff Style Director Chase Porter Contributing Stylists Corinne Calao, Charlotte Pultz Advertising Manager Emily Rudman Social Media Coordinator Tess Fortier Digital Director Julianna Stasio Contributing Writers Abenamar Arrillaga, Sarah Doochin, Aubrey Dougherty, Julia Frazier, Lauren Haller, Caroline Martin, Dustin Waters Contributing Photographers Caroline Martin, Emily Rudman 6

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e’ve come so far in our journeys. Not only in our career pursuits but also in our pursuit of Charleston, the city and “the mag”. Charleston, we have named, “The City From Everywhere” because it is such a melting pot of people and culture. All of us were drawn here for different reasons but ended up being a part of something great going on in our city, if only for a little while, and that is Charleston Magazine. As interns and part of 5 publications, we have learned the real world of magazine production and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and unique place for this opportunity. It’s been hard work with strict deadlines and proposals that have stretched us out of our comfort zones but we wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. We have grown not only as individuals but also as a team of artists, writers, and businessmen and women and have contributed each our own style and uniqueness to make Charleston even greater. We want to give a little taste of what Charleston, the city, has to offer and what makes the people and places unique to anywhere else. Each part of Charleston has it’s own character and our goal is to show off what makes them all different. Maybe it is because of the people from all over the map? You can decide for yourself as you explore Charleston, and all of the flavor it has to offer.





Dustin Waters “I started working at Charleston Magazine shortly after moving here and, while it was kind of a baptism by fire, I can’t think of a better way to really get to know a city.” Writer: “Richelle”, “Cattle in the Cain” There must be some mistake! “I was covering a charity event and during the live auction, the elderly woman next to me decided to give a wave to someone she recognized. Mistaking her gesture for a bid, the auctioneer pointed to the woman and said, “We’ve got $10,000 for the trip to Italy.” The woman replied, “If you want me to pay $10,000, there better be a man waiting in my hotel room.”

“Whenever people ask me what I want to do with my degrees I always say that I think working at a magazine would be a good fit for my passions and skills, and now after my time here; I no longer think, I know.” Photographer/Ad Designer: “Sleeves in a Sleeveless Town”, “Terrace Movie Theatre”, “Cattle in the Cain” What’s so funny? “When your boss is as funny as mine is, every moment is the funniest.”


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Mac Kilduff “I did more in a month at the magazine than I did in two years back in Philly. I love where I’ve ended up but there’s still a ton of work to be done.” Photographer: “Sleeves in a Sleeveless Town”, “The 90’s Called...”, “A Day on Sullivan’s Island” Hi, my name is... “During the Pro Am Jam, I was staring down Danica Patrick (without realizing exactly who she was) for several seconds realizing I couldn’t ask for her name, after starting a pitch about how I’m from Charleston Magazine.”

“After dabbling in some form of writing my entire life, I decided to try out my hand at the editorial internship here. It’s shown me, above all, that I absolutely must write, and that I am more than capable of doing so!” Writer: “A Day on Sullivan’s Island” Oh! That smell! “Every time someone opens the wretched fridge in the edit intern office, and we are momentarily incapable of inhaling for fear of the stench. Why don’t they move the fridge to the style intern office instead?


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““From start to finish theIN has been a true learning experience. On top of everything we learned from our mentors at Charleston Mag, we saw every minute detail of what goes in to publishing a magazine!” Designer: “The Old Village Apothecary”, “Cattle in the Cain” In disguise “The funniest experience I had while interning was definitely Halloween! I couldn’t help but laugh the entire day. It’s pretty difficult to concentrate on layouts and meetings when someone is dressed in a prison suit or has a pig nose on!”



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Charleston has relatively few native residents. So what is it about the city that appeals to residents from all over the country, and even all over the world? There are countless reasons visitors are attracted to the Holy City – but what makes them stay? We spoke with the staff of Charleston Magazine to find out. The diversity itself is one of Camilla Nilson’s favorite things about the city. Camilla, who is now the assistant art director at the magazine, discovered Charleston on vacation. The city is most well known for its history, charm, and hospitality. But it seems that the beaches, weather, and art and culinary scene are what make it absolutely irresistible. Even the staff at Charleston Magazine has very few native Charlestonians. From the United States, our home states cover both the East and West

coast, much of the Northeast, parts of the Southeast, and the Midwest. We even have a photographer from the small town of Silale, Lithuania. A basketball foreign exchange program brought Ruta Elvikyte from Lithuania to Charleston; she was told the city was “cheap and warm.” She was hired at the magazine at the end of her photography internship, and has been here ever since. Many staff members stayed or moved to town after graduating from the College of Charleston and other Carolina schools, others had family in the area who influenced their move, and the rest fell in love on vacation. All agree that the art scene is refreshing, the culinary scene is to die for, and the fabulous With views like this walking down the street, weather and proximity to it’s no wonder why so many people flock to beaches and waterways make Charleston. for a dreamlike existence.

King Street on a quiet, warm evening right before sun down.

Although Charleston is the secondlargest city in South Carolina, a common favorite is its small-town feel. Gene Crim, senior advertising executive, said Charleston is just the right size – it’s easy to get around, there are great restaurants, festivals every month, and friends always want to visit. The city has the feel and a lot of the international flavor of big cities. Ayoka Lucas, style editor and Charleston Fashion Week creative director, loves the community spirit of Charleston – something you rarely find in a big city. Charleston has always been known as a romantic city. It has been listed as one of the top ten cities for destination weddings. It might have something to do with the white-sand beaches, mossdraped live oaks, thriving gardens and cobblestone streets. Or perhaps it’s the historic plantation-style homes, well-





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preserved architecture, or the fact that the majority of The Notebook, arguably the most romantic movie of all time, was filmed in Charleston.

Magazine 3. Fell in love with a cute IT guy who free-lanced at Charleston Magazine 4. Married Cute IT guy... 5. Never leaving Charleston...

Whatever it is, the ambience certainly makes it just as easy to fall in love in the city, as it is to fall in love with the city. For Rory Johnson Gruler, digital director at Charleston Magazine, her story went a little something like this: 1. Fell in love with Charleston 2. Fell in love with Charleston

So whether it’s love that brought you here or love that’s kept you here, Charleston is a city for everyone. Food lover or beach bum, art enthusiast or sports aficionado, nightlife frequenter or brunch connoisseur, there’s always a way for you to carve your own Charleston niché. And if you’re reading this now, you surely already fell for its charm.

The Battery is a great place to relax, bike, and take an evening stroll.




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Could Folly be one of the friendliest surf towns on the East Coast? The locals say there’s nowhere like it. With such a tight community and dedication to the sport, there’s no wonder you get hooked and never want to leave. See what makes one of the East Coast’s oldest surf towns unique to anywhere else.

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a city  from  everywhere  //  folly:  the  surf  scene It’s 6:30am on a cool, crisp fall day, and the waves are clean and building. You don’t get a day quite as perfect very often on Folly Beach. Surfers wait in anticipation for the window of opportunity when the wind and the tide align just right to produce the most rideable waves. Unlike surfing in many parts of California, East Coast surfing can be a challenge because you just don’t get too many good days. The opportunities for great surf are even harder to come by in Folly, yet locals and others from all around come and don’t want to leave. Maybe it’s because of the great atmosphere, friendly people and dedication to keeping the surf culture alive.

surfers were beginning to be banned from some of the best surfing spots in the areas. The City Council considered surfing an oddity and tried to regulate the surfers of Folly to very small, unsafe and over-restricted areas. Surfing in

the 70s used to be a counter-culture, but “now most people view it as an extreme sport hobby”, says Jud Bushkar of McKevlin’s Surf Shop. Local Dennis McKevlin fought for the freedom of surfers, eventually won a seat on the

Back in the Day

It all started around 1960…While serving in the Air Force, California surfer, Rick Fitchman , got stationed in Charleston and started surfing in Folly. He was known as the most artistic surfer anyone had ever seen on the East Coast, and soon had all the locals following him. Fast-forward to the early seventies, and

(Left) Hurricane Hugo at the Washout, 1989. (Bottom) The Washout on a beautiful, fall morning. (Top) Surfers on the Folly Boardwalk, 1968.

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(Left) Local surfer “Shred’s it” at the Governor’s Cup City Council, and was able to protect surfers’ rights and open up the best spots for surfing again.

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The Washout: In 1989, destructive 100+ mph winds and giant storm surges during hurricane Hugo washed out the pier. Thus, how the area was named The Folly Beach Pier, another very rideable spot, especially on the east side.

Keeping it Friendly

Charleston has been voted one of the top three friendliest places several times. It’s no wonder Folly is just as warm and welcoming. Many times you hear about hostility and competition in the surfing community in places like California and Hawaii. In Folly it seems to be the opposite. “We all just want to be in the water together, catch waves and have fun”, says McKevlin’s surf team member, Perng Hutson. She likes the fact that everyone in Folly is very eclectic and that there is so much history. She says there is the occasional fight that happens in the water when the waves are good, but this usually only happens when someone new comes out on a big day and is inexperienced. “You don’t want to go out if you don’t know what you’re doing

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because you can get really hurt or hurt others.” Kristin Tanner, sponsored surfer and member of McKevlin’s surf team, says that in general surfing brings people closer. Every surf town she has visited seems to have a close community where everyone knows everyone. Folly is no exception to this. “We are all different”, she says, “but we all have the waves in common.”

The surf community continues to grow in Folly, but even the newcomers are well accepted. “Everyone wants to get their friends into it, and they are willing to share the waves and give each other advice,” says Jud. As far as personality, the surfers of Folly are all pretty laidback.

Family Bonding

“My favorite thing to do in Folly is longboard in the afternoons with my brothers,” says born-and-raised Folly local and sponsored surfer, Ellison Thomas. Ellison started surfing at the age of 10 when his dad first took him out. “I was drawn in and got obsessed,” he said. One thing that makes Folly a unique surf town is the fact that so many families surf together. You will meet generations of surfers from all over, and in many cases, Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters, and even grandparents can be found out in the water. Kristin, who has been surfing since she was four yearsold, says that the fact that her whole family surfs is another reason she stays hooked on it. Her father, Glenn Tanner, has been surfing since the sixties and is

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a city  from  everywhere  //  folly:  the  surf  scene an eight-time East Coast champion. Her brother has also been the South Carolina state champion. All of the Tanners live and breathe surfing, and their love and dedication to the sport are definitely evident. A lot of families who have kids into surfing actually home school so that the kids are able to go out and surf when the waves are good and when competitions take them out of the state or out of the country, they can be ready to go.

Flexibility in More Ways than one

Physically, staying strong and flexible is key to being a powerful surfer. Yoga is a popular way of achieving this for a lot of surfers. But if you really want to get into the lifestyle of surfing in Folly Beach, you are going to want to have a schedule that is flexible as well. In Folly, there is a lot of waiting on nature to bring good surf. If the waves are good, you want to

be able to go out. “We try to get involved in things where it is easy to drop everything if the waves are good” Ellison said, and locals agree. As far as work, a lot of surfers tend to find jobs that give them more control over their schedules. Not only do surfers in Folly get up early to surf, when conditions are usually the most favorable, but many travel in the colder months. Summer in Folly is very crowded, and the waves are hit or miss depending on winds, which usually

(Top) District Champion and Women’s Surfer of the Year, Kristin Tanner, loves being out in the water. (Right) Sponsored surfer and surf instructor, Ellison Thomas, waxing his board before hitting the waves.


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(Top) Ellison gets some air while taking advantage of the favorable conditions the ocean brought during this fall’s competition at The Washout. pick up around late afternoon when it’s hot, causing chop. Fall is undeniably the best time to surf. Crowds clear out, those who truly love the sport stay in the water, hurricanes bring great swell and “there are unbeatable sunsets,” Ellison said. In the winter, many of the locals hop on planes and head to the tropics.

Profile of a Folly Surfer

Hollywood stereotypes surfers as beach bums; most likely jobless with long sunbleached hair and tan skin. This is not the case in Folly. You can find everyone from kids to lawyers to doctors surfing these waters. “You can’t even pick out surfers anymore.” Jud says. What they

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have in common the most is their love for the water. You will occasionally find them watching surf videos, strumming around a beach fire or swapping stories after a day of paddling.


What’s there to do when the water is flat? The water may be like a lake sometimes, but that doesn’t stop local surfers from paddling out. “I don’t like to just sit on the beach.” Perng said. She likes to paddle around even when there are no waves because she says it’s still the best way to keep in good surfing shape. When there are no waves, “I like to fish,” Ellison said, “and we try to get

excited about other things, and recently it’s been golf.” He also co-owns a video production company and has started shaping his own boards. Kristin likes to play guitar and make jewelry when she’s not out shredding. " If Folly’s laid-back vibe and friendly, welcoming people aren’t reason enough to visit, you can’t beat the short, mild winters and great year-round weather. Before you know it, you’re out of the wetsuit and back in the board shorts. So, grab your long board for those mellow, mushy days and your short board when there’s a hurricane a brewin’ and meet us at the beach!


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TERRACE MOVIE THEATRE Local Movie Theater Still Delivers Written by: Abenamar Arrillaga Photographed by: Emily Rudman fall 2013


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harleston’s Terrace Theater Cinemas has switched many hands since its initial opening in 1997 as the centerpiece to the newly renovated Terrace Plaza. Opening day featured the Australian comedy “Love Serenade,” marking the beginning of a mission to provide patrons with independent and arthouse cinema. The theater had early competition but was able to outlast them, and now remains as the only independent theater in Charleston. In July, 2007 the original owner, Marcie Marzluff, sold the theater to Michael Furlinger. "Furlinger is largely responsible for the Terrace Theater as Charlestonians know it today. He had previously been district manager for Cineplex Odeon in Manhatten; with his experience he brought new flavor to the complex. He added new rooms and brought the Charleston Film Festival, back for its fifth year next March, to the Terrace. Furlinger could almost always be found in the lobby sharing his vibrant energy


with moviegoers and participating in film discussions with them. During his ownership, the Terrace was voted the best theater in Charleston in 2009 and was featured in a New York Times as one of the top ten places to visit in the Charleston area. "But times change, and in 2010 the theater once again had a new owner. The husband and wife pair, Paul Brown and Barbara Tranter are the current owners of the theater. They have continued to fill the place with the passion that Furlinger did. The same luxurious choices of concessions ranging from beers, fine wines, gourmet chocolates to (of course!) popcorn are still offered. The family continuously goes to festivals to scope out the scene for potential films to bring back to the theater. They added a fourth screen to accommodate more customers. They are doing everything to ensure that the theater keeps its quality. Their persistence has led the movie information service site Moviefone to list the Terrace in their top 12 best local theaters in America.

"Paul and Barbara have grown since their first year with the complex. Their first experience with the Charleston Film Festival had a great turnout, but they immediately realized that the focus was too broad and didn’t include locals, their main audience. Learning from their mistake, they have since brought a new focus to the region and try their best to encompass it all. Terrace Theater Cinemas has shown that it has the endurance and energy to make a wonderful, lasting experience. The scene is artsy, local, and comfortable with a staff that continues to display pleasant service and heated film discussions. For now, the films keep on rolling.

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The Old Village

Apothecary written by Abenamar Arrillaga

A local boutique gives a new spin on the Old Village.

got her start behind an Estee Lauder counter. After a while she began to question the products used, and discovered many of the nasty effects that the chemicals in these products contain. She compiles the worst twelve, which she calls the “dirty dozen,” on her site, listing the negative consequences of each chemical, which have been linked to serious health problems. She decided that she could not subject her skin, or anyone else’s skin, to such harmful treatment, and began exploring options that were free of toxins and never tested on animals. These are just the sort of products that are offered at the apothecary. Tata Harper, Tammy Fender, and Intelligent Nutrients to name a few, are the brands shoppers can find among the shelves at the shop. Instead of soaking up detrimental compounds, your skin can absorb the all natural, organic materials in these products which won’t harm your body whatsoever. Devon also offers makeup services and lessons to those who are interested. She is committed to being a “beauty advocate” and does not



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Out of Hand’s apothecary in Old Village offers customers “natural beauty inside and out.” Their line of products provide cutting edge nontoxic wares which allow the skin to shimmer and shine in all its glory without the worry of harm. The shop manager, Devon, is an experienced make-up artist and skincare consultant who


compromise when it comes to looking the best. She believes in the “luxury makeup counter experience” and furnishes her clients with a rich glow. She is able to do this in an area that radiates its own grandeur. Old Village is a nook in Mt. Pleasant that transports visitors to another era. The apothecary fits right into the “oldtimey” feel of Pitt Street, where the Pharmacy still sells root beer floats and sandwiches, and the store dog Leah sits outside every morning waiting for her bacon. The apothecary’s location in Out of Hand is a perfect setting, which combines the talents of many different artists who have come to call Charleston their home. Devon describes the location as, “a great opportunity to connect on a personal level.” She is happy to share her expertise in such a stunning area. Although

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the shop only recently opened, it has experienced a great influx of business. Devons says, “There has been a real buzz, which is exciting!” How fitting for her to use the word buzz, as she claims bees to be one of her favorite animals. Their hard-working nature fits her lifestyle as she too works hard at what she does. Her determination and passion for what she does fuels the shop. She says, “I am pleased as punch to share my knowledge with women of all ages to empower and inspire.” Her work is much welcomed in Charleston and in Old Village where she and the other women at Out of Hand continue to make the area a wonderful experience.

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a city  from  everywhere  //  a  day  on  sullivan’s  island

Breakfast: Café  Medley Wake  up  with  a  gourmet  coffee  and  pastry  from   Café  Medley,  Sullivan  Island’s  newest  family-­run   coffee  shop.  Dishes  range  from  breakfast  sand-­ wiches  to  quiches  to  the  delightfully  unexpected   “acai  bowl,”  a  puree  of  Brazilian  Acai  berries  and   bananas  topped  with  fresh  fruit  and  granola.  You   can  also  stop  in  for  lunch  and  choose  from  a  va-­ riety  of  colorful  salads  and  healthy,  hearty  paninis.   And  wait—it  doubles  as  a  wine  store!  Get  yours  by   the  glass  or  the  bottle.    

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Escape for the day to the idyllic Sullivan’s Island, a tiny beach town cradling the entrance to the Charleston Harbor. Whether you want to relax on the beach, indulge in the local cuisine, or learn a fact or two about Charleston’s rich history, a day in Sullivan’s Island is a day well-spent. 28

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Breakfast: Café  Medley

Wake up with a gourmet coffee and pastry from Café Medley, Sullivan Island’s newest family-run coffee shop. Dishes range from breakfast sandwiches to quiches to the delightfully unexpected “acai bowl,” a puree of Brazilian Acai berries and bananas topped with fresh fruit and granola. You can also stop in for lunch and choose from a variety of colorful salads and healthy, hearty paninis. And wait—it doubles as a wine store! Get yours by the glass or the bottle.

First Stop:  Ft.  Moultrie

If you want to see well-preserved history for next to no cost, take a tour of Fort Moultrie, a series of citadels on Sullivan’s Island built to protect Charleston during the Revolutionary War. The fortresses lasted through the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, and stand today as a relic of Charleston’s past. From the ramparts of the fort you’ll have a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston Harbor, and Fort Sumter. fall 2013


a city  from  everywhere  //  a  day  on  sullivan’s  island Lunch:  Home  Team  BBQ

Located on Sullivan Island’s main strip, Home Team BBQ boasts some of the best barbeque in town. Choose from an array of lip smackin’ dishes including chicken wings slathered in Alabama white sauce, brisket or pulled pork sliders, cornmeal fried catfish, and a meatand-three platter. The irresistible food tastes even better if enjoyed on the expansive front porch. Wash it all down with a cold beer from a local brewery.

Take a  Breather:    A  Visit   to   the   (pet-­friendly)   beaches Sullivan’s Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. While Folly is crammed with tourists and tacky gift shops and Isle of Palms is increasingly built-up, Sullivan’s maintains a simple, rustic beauty. Bring a picnic and your best friend and spend a lazy Saturday walking the beach and playing in the ocean. 30

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Another History  Lesson:   Sullivan’s   Island   Light-­ house: Sullivan’s Island houses the most modern lighthouse in the United States—so modern that the Coast Guard personnel can take an elevator to the top of it. Constructed in 1962, it was the last major lighthouse built by the federal government. When first activated on June 15, 1962, the lighthouse featured an amazing twenty-eight million candela light, the second brightest in the Western hemisphere at the time. While the lighthouse is no longer open for tours, you can enjoy its majestic view from the road or the beach.

Dinner Time:   Poe’s   Tav-­ ern

Voted Best Sullivan’s Island Restaurant and Bar and Best Burger, this gourmet burger joint is legendary among Sullivan’s Island frequenters. A bustling beach spot by day and a raucous bar and grill by night, the walls are lined with Edgar Allan Poe memorabilia, and all the burgers are named after his tales. Top your burger off with a side of hand cut fries and one of the many beers on tap. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, choose from the variety of sandwiches or other kinds of pub grub. fall 2013


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Hidden Gems

of the Holy City By Lauren Haller

What is it that keeps you coming back to your favorite restaurant, store, or escape from everyday life? Is it the atmosphere? That cute bartender? Or maybe the steaming pork and ginger gyoza? Check out a few of Charleston locals’ favorite hidden spots for a retreat that may or may not be found on a visitor’s guide.

The relaxed but hip vibe of Tabulli Grill is as inviting as it is intriguing. A variety of hookah flavors that can be mixed and matched guarantee a flavor for any palate. “I fell in love with the ambience of the patio. The palm trees and billowing drapes make it the perfect place to grab a night cap and share a hookah with friends, and the Bloody Mary bar is great for recovery brunches on Sunday mornings.” -Lauren Haller, 23, James Island 6 N. Market St. (843)628-5959,

For the adventurous at heart, try your hand at rock climbing at Coastal Climbing, Charleston’s premier (and only) bouldering facility. “I love rock climbing. You not only get a great workout, but it’s a lot of problem solving too. So, it’s mental and physical. Plus it’s just great stress relief!” -Caroline Martin 708 King St. (843)789-3265,

For a truly Southern experience, take a day trip to Wadmalaw Island for Sippin’ Saturdays at Irvin House Vineyards, Charleston’s only domestic winery and the home of Firefly Distillery. Wine and sweet tea lovers, rejoice. “They have live music, food trucks, corn-hole, wine tastings for only $5, and Firefly tastings for $6. It was a really inexpensive day! Even the drive out there is beautiful.” -Emily Rudman, 21, Downtown 6775 Bears Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island. (843)559-6867, 36

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If you’re looking for a charming place to grab lunch and drinks, the historic courtyard at Blind Tiger is the perfect spot. “Blind Tiger is one of my favorite spots downtown for a few drinks, but what seals the deal for me is their amazing back porch!” -Julia Frazier, 24, Mt. Pleasant 38 Broad St. (843)577-0088,

CO is Vietnamese for feast, and if you’ve never feasted on (or tried) Vietnamese cuisine, you’re in for a treat at this King Street ethnic utopia. “I was introduced to CO, a new Vietnamese restaurant on King Street, by my sister who actually lives in Charlotte! I’ve been there a couple of times now and love their appetizers and tofu pho (pronounced “faw”).” -Richelle Aquino, 32 340 King St. (843)720-3631,

After dinner, stroll down Market Street and satisfy your sweet tooth with a bag of goodies from It’s Sugar. You deserve it. “It’s filled with unique and quirky products. There is candy everywhere! It’s my favorite spot because I feel like a little kid every time I go in there. ” -Amber Franks, 20, Summerville 50 N. Market St. (843)727-2963,

When you’ve had your fill of downtown excitement, take a relaxing walk down Folly Beach. “My favorite spot is on the far eastern end of Folly Beach, passed the Washout (Editor’s Note: home to the best surfing on Folly and the South Carolina coast!), because you can see all of Charleston from this point. It is very secluded and has some really cool little alcoves. You can hike through the woods, fish, check out the dolphins, or just lay on the beach and relax!” -Corinne Calao, 21, Downtown Charleston End of East Ashley Ave.

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The Battery Samantha Ayres

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In my eperience, people tend to categorize their tattoos into three different groups: Personal (the tattoos hold a very special meaning), Artistic (the owner becomes a living canvas), and Impulsive (“I don’t know, I just wanted it.”). The negative connotation of body art has only just started to disappear within the last decade, as tattoos have grown in popularity. From the markings placed upon slaves and Holocaust survivors to gang symbols and prison tats; tattooing has a complicated past. As the years have changed, so too have the tattoos, whether they be the faded navy stamps you find on the forearms of WWII veterans or the ubiquitous barbed wire-wrapped biceps and butterflyadorned lower backs that typify the modern generation. "As tattooing has gained recognition as a modern artistic medium, I’ve watched the human body begin to be perceived as an actual canvas. The relationship

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between the tattoo artist and the tattooee has become far more important than before. Customers may nurture the relationships they develop with their artists and remain loyal throughout the completion of their entire body of work, or they may select specific artists for certain types of tattoos the way a curator carefully collects choice pieces in various styles. "After moving to Charleston, where due to the humidity the less clothing a person wears, the better, I became more aware of the sheer number of tattoos walking the streets. And as I became more aware, I started to ask questions. What does all of this walking art mean? Well, I figured the best way to learn was to ask those who put their ink on display everyday. So, I did. Name: Austin Kirkland Occupation: Owner/Chef, Big Gun 137 Nicest thing anyone has ever said to

me: That they would die for me. My favorite drink: Americano with a splash of cream TheIn: How many tattoos do you have? Austin: I have over 20 tattoos. I would guess that I’ve logged between 45 to 55 hours under the needle. The In: Which one is your favorite? Austin: The Lemonhead on my wrist. Like the candy. TheIn: Have you ever had to deal with discrimination because of your body art? Austin: I’ve never had to deal with any discrimination issues because of my tattoos. I’ve always worked in a hospitality environment, where it’s more accepted. Maybe my conservative, right-wing father was the worst. He


a city  from  everywhere  //  sleeves  in  a  sleeveless  town told me I was an idiot to spend so much money on tattoos. It was also the day my cat Stinky died, so it’s safe to say that I wasn’t in the mood to hear about it. We didn’t talk to each other for 2 weeks. TheIn: What do you plan on getting next? Austin: My next tattoo is actually a cover up of my first tattoo. Matthew Schrock is going to put a wolf head over an old Porno for Pyros devil head that I have. I got that one in Fayetteville, NC in 1994 when I was only 17 years old. Name: Ed Viehman Profession: Tricycle Driver, Charleston Pedicab Most Memorable Customer: Random drunk broads that puke off the side of the cab, the 21-year-olds who realize that vodka and cranberry are not the best mixture after having six straight. Favorite time of the day: Around 11pm when the nightlife starts. I don’t take life too seriously. Nicest thing someone has ever said to you: Someone once told me that, “I’m the most optimistic asshole they ever met.” Kinda describes how I like to look at both sides of the picture and try to find the better one. TheIn: I hear people say that getting one tattoo is never enough, that you tend to become addicted and can’t stop thinking about what your next tattoo is going to be. Do you find that to be true? If so, what will your next tattoo be? Ed: It took about five years to gather the courage to get the first tattoo and then about five minutes to decide what to get next. TheIn: Do you have one artist that you will only work with? Ed: I generally try to stick with the same artist. I’m working on a sleeve, so my guy is definitely staying around for that one.


It’s their artwork and you both want to produce the best tattoo possible. There is a collaboration that needs to happen. You need to voice your opinion, while making sure they stay true to their art. You can create a successful relationship once you have that balance.

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a city  from  everywhere  //  sleeves  in  a  sleeveless  town art instead of just tattoos. People don’t realize I have a degree in biology, and I like being able to talk about who I am, instead of just what’s on my body. There is also the discrimination that happens when people make tattooing into a pissing contest. They see yours and all they want to do is “one-up” you. And tell you about the next tattoo they are getting and how much it costs. The way I feel is that my tattoos are not for you, they’re for me. You just happen to have the ability to see them. TheIn: I find tattoos to be works of art, but they can be individual pieces or a connected composition. How do you see all of your tattoos? What’s the difference between a tattoo and a sleeve? Ed: A sleeve versus separate tattoos depends on cohesiveness. You can

Ed: Ninety-percent of mine are personal. My first tattoo was a pair of swallows on my beltline. Then I went from a tiny, waistline tattoo, to a full chest piece. It took about eighteen hours to finish with three different settings. It’s a red-tailed hawk with two American flags and rose on his sternum. It’s all tied together for my family. The hawk is my favorite bird. I’d watch them with my father while growing up. The flags are for both of my grandfathers who served in the military. And then, the rose is for my grandmother who had just passed away. Roses were her favorite flower and there was one on her coffin. The first step in the tattoo was the full outline, then the gray wash, and finally, the color. This progression takes place for several reasons: money, the artist getting tired, or people “punking out” from the pain.

People are afraid of what they don’t understand. I like being able to change their minds and make them see it as art instead of just tattoos. have the traditional flow of Japanese tattooing or the traditional American version, which is spot pieces with fillers. So basically, it depends on whether or not you can see skin or no skin at all. TheIn: Does every tattoo have a story? What was your first tattoo and why did you get it? How old were you?

TheIn: Have you grown to love your tattoos more as you’ve gotten older? Do you see them differently in any way? Ed: You see them the same, but some you are more proud of than others. TheIn: When you look in the mirror do you still see each tattoo or do you just see you? Like walking into your house and not really seeing the art on your walls anymore? Ed: You notice the new ones in the mirror, but then you just get used to them. It blends into you! TheIn: I feel like this is the worst question, but is there a tattoo that’s your favorite and why does that one mean the most to you?

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Ed: It changes from time to time, but usually the newest one. Right now, the five pieces on my starter sleeve are the favorites because they are so unique and personal to me. They’re baseball themed, but with a twist. I’m working on the sleeve with a close friend. It’s challenging to the artist and something different you don’t see on everyone’s arms. TheIn: What hurts the most? And if it hurts so badly, why do people keep coming back for more? Ed: You always forget how much it hurts for the first one and then you go back again, and you’re like, “Damn this hurts.” But the amount of endorphins released helps. The tattoos on the back of my shoulder, my Achilles tendon, underneath my arm, and the base of my sternum all hurt the most. Name: Skylar Eade Profession: Stylist at Allure Salon and bartender at Big Bun Favorite time of the day: Early afternoon/evening, like 6:00. Nicest thing someone has ever said to you: Someone noticing the fact that I’m original. You’ll find me drinking: Vodka soda with a splash of grapefruit. Mainly Kettle One. TheIn: What was your first tattoo and why did you get it? How old were you? Skylar: I was seventeen, and it was stars on my foot. I had to wait until I turned seventeen and moved out. It takes until you leave home to get your first tattoo, so your parents won’t kick you out. My showpieces I keep in gray scale, but the smaller pieces can be in color. I chose an elephant because the families travel in packs. I collect Buddhist memorabilia, so it kind of ties that in as well. The inside of my house looks like a World Market. I’m very intrigued by the Buddhist lifestyle.


a city  from  everywhere  //  sleeves  in  a  sleeveless  town TheIn: Do you have just one artist that you will only work with? Skylar: I use four different tattoo artists. They’re mainly based in Charlotte and Atlanta. I do a lot of research before I get a tattoo, and I don’t mind traveling to get what I want. TheIn: Have you ever had to deal with discrimination because of your body art? Skylar: All of the time. More so in the Mount Pleasant side of town, and in the beginning even my mother criticized me. Sometimes when meeting new clients,

I’ll be automatically judged for my tattoos and looks, but I get them to look at the real me instead of just my tattoos. I’ve even gotten my mother to look past them. TheIn: I hear people say that getting one tattoo is never enough, that you tend to become addicted and keep thinking about what your next tattoo is going to be. Do you find that to be true? If so, what will your next tattoo be? Skylar: True! But you really have to do your research and wait for a year to make sure you aren’t doing it at the wrong place and that you really want it. TheIn: I find tattoos to be of art, but they can be individual pieces or a whole canvas, how do you see all of your tattoos? Skylar: You can see how my taste in tattoos has changed with age. I used to just get knickknack tattoos when I was young. But your taste evolves just as you evolve. Now, I do more signature pieces. TheIn: Does every tattoo have a story? Skylar: Yes.

TheIn: Have you grown to love them more as you’ve gotten older or have you started to look at any of your tattoos differently? Skylar: You see them differently. Some you love more, others you don’t. I am actually getting one on my lower back removed. TheIn: When you look in the mirror do you still notice each tattoo? Skylar: I forget about them, until someone else notices. And sometimes they will see different things than I do, or have forgotten are there. The art becomes you. For example, some people notice that there is blue in my feather tattoo, while some just see the birds. It can be different for each person and, some days, they even look different to me. TheIn: I feel like this is the worst question but is there a tattoo that is your favorite and why does that one mean the most to you? Skylar: My favorite artist is Rob Berrong at Psycho Tattoo in Marietta, GA. He’s been tattooing for about twenty years. He did my elephant and did the outline and all the shading by eye, so I have huge trust for him. And it all started with all the research I did on him.

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Name: Isa  Metz Occupation:  Publisher’s   Assistant  at  a  local  news   publication  in  Augusta,  GA   and  yoga  teacher What  are  you  doing  right   now?  Celebrating  Hallow-­ een  at  Cartel  Supply  Co.’s   “BLACK  OUT”  event. Quote  to  live  by:  “What   you  think  of  me  is  none  of   my  business.”  -­  Anonymous About  the  look:  Jlinsnider   vintage  slip;;  American   Apparel  head  wrap  and   tights;;  Jeffrey  Campbell   Lita  Boots

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featured artist // richelle

Richelle Aquino of Creative Shellie Written by Dustin Waters

TheIn: So, tell us a little about how the business started. Shellie: Well, I’ve been making jewelry for about three years. In the beginning, I was just doing bracelets and once I started making those, I began to sell stuff at the Boeing coffee shops where I worked at the time. Then I started to get requests for necklaces and requests for children’s jewelry, which I really love doing. And from there, family suggested that I do some wine charms. Finally, for my exit portfolio show at Trident Tech, I 52

decided to display my jewelry, and my professor said that I should complete the variety of what I do and make some rings. So it’s been a lot of fun. TheIn: The business seems to have evolved quite naturally. It’s great that you found a way to make a profit doing something that you enjoy. What’s the biggest order that you’ve had so far? Is there any particular piece or set of which you’re especially proud? Something that turned out exactly like how you pictured it in your mind? Shellie: I recently had an order for five sets of wine charms. They usually come in sets of six, so I had the opportunity to create 30 different charms. That was probably the most enjoyable order that I’ve had. I’m really pleased by the way they turned out. TheIn: Where did you first get the idea to start making jewelry? Shellie: It’s funny. My sister and I were in Oregon visiting my dad. We were just trying to think of something to do and my sister had the idea to go to a bead store. We had a lot of fun. She actually sold bracelets back when we were preteens, so we started doing that a long time ago. I think I might have sold a few back then, but I wasn’t really in to it. Afterwards, I got to the point

where I needed to figure out what I want to do and I started thinking about making jewelry. So, I got out all our old stuff. I started buying really cool beads at bead stores here. And it just started flowing. Everything took off from there. TheIn: Do you have any idea where you’re going to go from here? What’s next for Creative Shellie Design? Shellie: I’ve actually been thinking a lot about that lately. About what my next step should be. Do I go to stores and ask them to sell my stuff or do I get a job at a boutique? The big picture would be for me to get my own boutique, but I’d probably have to wait for that. It would be a long ways off, but maybe that’s in my future. I’ve definitely been thinking about my next step and I’m not sure what that is at this point, but I’m sure it will come to me when the time’s right. I’m just going to let it happen naturally. (843) 814-0653

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What began as just a way to pass the time on a childhood trip has become a major part of life for Richelle T. Aquino, better known as Shellie of Creative Shellie Design. With degrees in Art and Graphic Design from the College of Charleston and Trident Tech, Shellie has translated her lifelong passion for the arts into a small business that allows her to share her talents with the rest of the world. Creative Shellie Design specializes in making custom works of art and jewelry specifically tailored to suit each customer’s personality. Products range from classy rings and bracelets to flashy wine charms and necklaces. TheIn recently sat down with Shellie to discuss her business, inspiration, and plans for the future.

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Band Profile: Cattle in the Cane


Written by Aubrey Dougherty and Dustin Waters If you happen to find yourself bored and hungry on a Monday, Wednesday, or Sunday night, then make your way downtown for some high steppin’ live music. For the past eight months, Cattle in the Cain have been thrilling crowds at High Cotton, and the boys are starting to make a name for themselves around town. Not only have they been changing the tone of Wednesday nights from a hump day drag to a major barn burner, but they also have fans falling in love with their toe-tappin’ tunes and downhome style. The band recently took a break from performing to chat with one of our writers. TheIn: How would you describe your style of music?

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Aaron Firetag (mandolin): Mellow, gyspy swinging, blue grass stomping, barn burning bliss.

I’ve been with them for a little less time, but basically around that time frame is good, I guess.

TheIn: How did you all meet?

TheIn: Favorite cocktail?

Brad Edwardson (bass and vocals): Basically, we met through the Charleston music community. We just started to play together. And then added members, and rearranged a little as we started playing more nights at High Cotton. We are all in other bands with different people in Charleston as well.

Aaron Firetag: Screwdriver with a splash of soda, splash of cranberry, and splash of love. Or Blanton’s with a few rocks, depending on my mood. Brad Edwardson: Rye Whiskey on the rocks. Joe Marlow (guitar and vocals): Bourbon on the rocks. Mackie: Screwdriver.

TheIn: How long have you been playing together?

TheIn: Favorite Charleston spot?

Mackie (guitar and vocals): A little bit under a year. Joe Marlow (guitar and vocals):

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