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I was recently asked in an interview why I publish and produce TUSK. I recognized that the question was positioned to find out if there was any sort of fiscal reward for the undertaking. Early on I tried to sell an inexpensive ad or two in hopes to validate my efforts and also offer affordable advertising to small institutions. I quickly realized that adding that one extra piece to the mix was no small feat and managed to create a domino effect of unwelcome stress that sent me veering off the path I had initially set out on. Although TUSK has evolved over the last few years it has always remained true to the original vision of featuring people that inspire. Create & Inspire. A simple idea, one that does not include monetary reward or social recognition. I have had the honor of meeting and showcasing a great deal of truly inspiring people (my guess is around forty to date) in the pages of TUSK. The majority whom are not the same folks featured in the glossy page magazines sold in stores, but rather are in the beginning stages of career growth and evolution. They have not “made it” yet, they are still aspiring, struggling, learning, making mistakes and celebrating each small step towards their dream. I can’t help but to notice that the dreams of each person I have featured seep through in the answers to their interview questions. As the reader there is an opportunity for you to connect to that drive and energy through the words on the page or a particular image captured. Although most readers will not connect to every feature or be inspired by every artist or interview, I do feel that the wide range of interests and styles reflected in our pages offer an opportunity for most. I hold a few special features from the past two years close to my heart and I would imagine some of the true fans of TUSK feel the same way. I always hope that when people are showcased they make the time to read all of the interviews in the issue and share the issue with others in an effort to bestow attention to fellow artists rather than just a personal pat on the back. I feel confident that in one way or another that is most often the case. This issue is special for a few reasons but most notably because it features artists from both Denver and Portland. Now that I call Portland my home I have had the true good fortune to make the acquaintance of many amazing and inspiring people that helped me to find my own way in a new city. I would not have had the year I have had without the love and support of some amazing new friends. I can’t imagine having never met them and I feel honored that they have taken me under their wings and welcomed me to their beautiful city. I will always hold Denver in very special place in my heart and find myself missing the people of Colorado daily. I have also found that I have room in my life and enough love to go around to open new doors and welcome a special set of new friends in my life. TUSK has never had a defined schematic or editorial plan. I have allowed each issue to take on a life of its own and reflect the people that have reached out to me and asked to be featured. This issue is no different and features a variety of artists with unique hopes and dreams, however, every issue has one stand out person that encourages me and reminds me why I do this. Lynnsey Dunson is a young photographer with an exceptional eye for composition and an obvious sense of humility and gratitude that is hard to find. I want to personally thank Lynssey for single-handedly being the reason I completed this issue. Sincerely, Denise Faddis Publisher, TUSK Magazine 2 | TUSK MAGAZINE

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TUSK MAGAZINE Publisher: Denise Faddis Art Director: Denise Faddis Editor: Shane Faddis Contributing Editor: Chantel Heister Contributing Photograher: Brooke Morse Photo Editor: Denise Faddis

FACEBOOK FANS The TUSK facebook fans voted and this issue’s cover was chosen. The contest ended up being a very close call. Ultimately, the winning cover is the one showcased by photographer Vidhi Thakur featuring model Liv Houser. See the rest of Vidhi’s feature and interview starting on page 6. You can also view photographer Bailey Wilson’s feature and interview starting on page 18 and the full size version of her cover on page 53. TUSK plans to showcase both covers over the next few months on facebook.

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“Right now I hope to inspire women in America who consider themselves stay at home moms. If they have creativity and ideas and passions, if we can put our minds together and reap each other’s resources, we can inspire each other to start creating things, and eventually then we can use our funds and resources to help women overseas who have the same hopes and dreams as us, but who are just living under harder circumstances.”

He beat the record by playing “Flight of the Bumble Bee” at 600bpm.

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BEHIND THE SCENES http://youtu.be/dTducd9jSuk Have you ever wanted to see what it takes to put an editorial shoot together? Get a glimpse by viewing Vidhi Thakur’s behind the scene footage on youtube.

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Vidhi Thakur

What do you love most about photography? I love capturing people most. So love capturing expressions and moments more than anything. How would you describe your personal artistic style? I believe behind every click there are different kind of moods, story, and feelings. My style has been changing as I have been changing and growing as a photographer. I have not found or named my style yet as I feel you learn and grow with every click you make, so I don’t believe in naming my style and stopping my learning, but I always try to keep the organic feel of the image I take.

Surviving in Mumbai, India will be a big adventure for me.

Who or what inspires you? Everything around me inspires me. People, objects; it can be anything. Sometimes emotions and sometimes possible angles, I just have to hold my camera and inspiration is almost everywhere. What is your next big adventure? I am trying to explore the Indian market in terms of a photography business soon. Surviving in Mumbai, India will be a big adventure for me. What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed? The life changing event I can say was moving to the United States in 2009. I used to work for JP Morgan in India. I was not really sure if I fit for that job but I never stopped working or thought about quitting. Coming to the US gave me a break and I then figured out this is not what I want to do. I realized my interest is somewhere else and I started looking for things I really want to do. In a year’s time I discovered my passion for photography, and I am so happy to finally find myself doing what I love the most. How did you learn about TUSK and what inspired you to want to be a part of TUSK Magazine? Honestly, I wanted to share my portfolio with many magazines and I found out about TUSK while searching. Denise replied me and then I searched her name and read about her and her magazine more. The most inspiring thing was that TUSK magazine is all about the people and their voice and this motivated me to be a part of TUSK. What project do you hope to work on next? I always get attracted to both very real life / organic look and also to very fashionable and glamour look. In the future I would like to work for the fashion industry and also want to do documentary work. www.vidhithakur.com

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Photographer: Vidhi Thakur Model: Liv Houser Location: Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colorado

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An Artisan of Relevance How one modern mother uses her artistic talents to improve lives By Chantel Heister Photography by Brooke Morse

It’s the age-old question of artists: Why do we create? Is it for ourselves, because we can’t bear the thought of not producing, or for altruistic reasons--because we long to make the world a better place and want to inspire others to do the same. In the artistic community, the consensus seems to be that there is no consensus; there is no right or wrong answer to this question--but for one local Portland artisan, the latter of the two reasons seems to be fueling her artistic vision. Upon first meeting Alisa Sherman, a pretty, petite, pleasant mother of two, you would have no idea that she’s spent the majority of her life fighting extreme social injustices, such as human trafficking and the international sex trade. And yet, just two months ago she returned from Moldova (a trip she made with her 1-year-old baby girl), where she was working with women and children who have been rescued out of the very real world of modern day slavery. Some of these children, in fact, would have been harvested for their organs like many of their peers, had the prominent brothel they’d been born into not been shut down before it was too late. For many people, living a life fully aware of the many harsh injustices in the world would be enough to depress or disarm, but for Sherman, it only stokes her creative fire. Rather than receding into the all-toocommon defeatist mentality, she decided to do what she could with the talents she has and the materials available to her. Sherman grew up traveling internationally with her parents. “My parents worked in the Soviet Union back in those days, so I grew up in Eastern Europe and Russia seeing a lot of poverty, which has lead to a lot of injustice issues today,” she says. “So I have just taken on that part of the world, realizing that we have a lot of work to do over there, knowing that there is a lot of corruption that comes with that poverty.” Through her extensive travels, she encountered many people who were trying to raise money to help improve the livelihood of widows and orphans, like she is today. She was able to learn from them, and form her own vision. “Growing up and traveling internationally, she met a lot of people who were exposed to the tremendous needs in the world, and their desire to help these people,” says Alisa Sherman’s husband, Troy Sherman, 15 | TUSK MAGAZINE

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continue my fight for people, for the vulnerable, the most vulnerable being children...”

who’s also fully vested in the cause. “They would try to sell stuff in an attempt to raise funds for really good causes. Sadly, a lot of the stuff wasn’t worth buying-most people just bought these things because of what it goes to support.”

than reasonable prices. All of the proceeds go towards supporting women, children and orphans in Eastern Europe who have been brought out of slavery and are fighting to regain a life of normalcy outside of the social injustices they’ve been faced with. Sherman also desires to inspire other housewives state-side to use Understanding their hearts and desires behind their talents and creativity to support the afflicted in any attempting to sell their creations, she was later inspired way they can. to create and sell things that people would actually want to buy, and the fact that the proceeds were going “Right now I hope to inspire women in America who towards a good cause would just be the icing on the consider themselves stay at home moms. If they have cake. creativity and ideas and passions, if we can put our minds together and reap each other’s resources, we can “Alisa’s desire was to try to create things that people inspire each other to start creating things, and eventually would be excited about; that people would see and desire then we can use our funds and resources to help women to buy for themselves; and be incredibly excited about overseas who have the same hopes and dreams as us, their purchase, only to find out that on top of buying but who are just living under harder circumstances.” the thing that they bought, that it also goes towards something worth supporting,” says Troy Sherman. “I realized that I wanted to continue my fight for people, for the vulnerable, the most vulnerable being children. I also love to create, and decided that I could inspire other people, stay at home moms specifically, to use their passions to create and sell things for projects that we’re doing overseas,” says Sherman. “It’s really the best of both worlds: I get to stay at home with my kids, then create and sell things to help fund my passions overseas of helping vulnerable children who should be living in freedom.” Creating things that are relevant to the fashion industry as it is today is important to her. “You get ideas in the marketplace for trendy things that people want, then you add your own touch of creativity and use the materials that you http://youtu.be/dTducd9jSuk have-up-cycling, redesigning, etc.,” says Sherman. These days she’s focusing her creative talents on fashioning cute-some things for babies and children: “crocheted and floral-patterned head bands, baby cocoons and pea pods, Portlandian-type T-shirts with matching suspenders--kind of vintage,” she says. These charming little relics can be found at a handful of shops in Oregon and Washington, and for more

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There are many ways that you can join Sherman in her cause, and it all starts by going to ADreamMaker.org. You can learn more about human trafficking and her Moldova initiatives, as well as view new designs and place orders. Let’s change some lives.

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Wardrobe provided by Unity Boutique Kimono pink top by Indie Ella Lilly Model: Anastasia “Phoenix” Novikova

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Lynnsey Dunson

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What do you love most about photography? The constant challenge of getting my ideas and artistic visions executed into reality. I love the rawness of photography; the natural lighting, the clothing, the model expressions ... everything. I love the challenge of film cameras and carefully choosing each frame, but I also love the editing process of digital and experimenting with color shifts. Haha, I love it all! How would you describe your personal artistic style? Emotional and natural. A good friend of mine said to me recently, "The main thing that makes your photography 'you' is that it is always emotional. It's like you can "feel" the images you create." Nothing is forced during photoshoots, 99% of the time I use natural resources from outside locations and natural lighting. I love that it comes across to other people who see my work, because I do want to touch people's emotional side. I want them to feel the happiness, sexuality, timidness, longing, etc. depending on what work of mine they are looking at. Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by so many things; the weather, nature's landscapes, people's emotions, a conversation I've overheard by strangers, my vivid dreams or nightmares, unique artwork and movies -- the world is this amazing and inspiring place with so many possibilities and never-ending ideas. What is the best advice you have ever been given? This is going to sound so melodramatic but -- "The only person you have is yourself." My father told me that many many years ago and he didn't mean it in this depressing 'life is crap' kind of way, he meant it as ... no one is going to hand me anything. No one is going to make my dreams come true. No one is in control of the life ambitions I have, no one can tell me how I spend my time and who I choose to spend it with. It's my choice in the end. It's just me. What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed? It's more of a personal experience. I am a mother, and a young one. Having my son transcended me into a better person, the one I am today and I am eternally grateful for it. Because of him I have learned compassion, selflessness, trust, honesty, strength and ambition. How did you learn about TUSK and what inspired you to want to be a part of TUSK Magazine? I moved to Denver a year ago and as I was researching local magazines I came across TUSK. It was the layout and the overall feel to the magazine that caught my eye. Like my photography, I liked the rawness of the magazine layouts, the editing style and how non-traditional it was. I'm very excited to be part of the magazine! What is your next big adventure? I want to plan a road-trip for next summer to go to my home state of North Carolina and show my family where I come from. I want to drive through the dense forests and dip my feet in the sand again because it's been too long. My heart is in the south and with the ocean, it always welcomes me home. What project do you hope to work on next? I'd love to do a look-book for a fashion designer or a clothing store (urban outfitters, billabong, etc.) It's my dream to create something new and unbridled and look-books just seem to have that vibe to them that I can't wait to try creating. www.lynnseydunson.com

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Photographer: Lynnsey Dunson Model: Anastasia “Phoenix” Novikova MUA: Melinda Piché WArdrobe: Studio 9720 Jewelry: Jesseca Anne Assistant 1: Jess Paul assistant 2: Pierre Habib Styling: Merida Teot, Studio 9720 Location: Denver, Colorado

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where to buy Wardrobe provided by Unity Boutique and Goldyn Boutique Long open sweater and soft flowy shirt is Zoe Twit and are available from Goldyn Boutique Pleated skirt is See by Chloe and the bandue swim top is from Eberjay Intimates from Unity Boutique Cosmic Dress (page 33 & 35) is by Insight, available at Unity Boutique Black silky pants are Alexander Wang (available at Goldyn Boutique) top from Anthoplogy (page 34), (page 36) scarf wrapped around as a shirt is H&M. Jewelry by Jesseca Ann (See page 39)

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Photographer: Lynnsey Dunson Model: Anastasia “Phoenix” Novikova MUA: Melinda Piché WArdrobe: Studio 9720 Jewelry: Jesseca Anne Assistant 1: Jess Paul assistant 2: Pierre Habib Styling: Merida Teot, Studio 9720 Location: Denver, Colorado

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Photographer: Lynnsey Dunson Model: Anastasia “Phoenix” Novikova MUA: Melinda Piché WArdrobe: Studio 9720 Jewelry: Jesseca Anne Assistant 1: Jess Paul assistant 2: Pierre Habib Styling: Merida Teot, Studio 9720 Location: Denver, Colorado

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Photographer: Lynnsey Dunson Model: Anastasia “Phoenix” Novikova MUA: Melinda Piché WArdrobe: Studio 9720 Jewelry: Jesseca Anne Assistant 1: Jess Paul assistant 2: Pierre Habib Styling: Merida Teot, Studio 9720 Location: Denver, Colorado 29 | TUSK MAGAZINE

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j ess McCloskey

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Tell us about you and and your company. My name is Jess McCloskey and my jewelry line is called, “Jesseca Anne.” I grew up by the beach in Rhode Island, studied Visual Art at Marlboro College in Vermont, and made the excellent decision to move to Portland in 2006. I’ve always been a maker of things but began making jewelry officially about six years ago. A year and a half ago I decided it was time to shake things up and completely re-branded. That process really helped me to find my own unique voice as a designer. What inspires you? My stylish and talented lady friends, old films, antique jewelry and sites like Pinterest are all major sources of inspiration. What is the best advise you have ever been given? One of my beloved older relatives always said, “Follow your bliss.” She chose a pretty unconventional path for herself and was someone I deeply admired. She taught me that it is perfectly o.k. to march to the beat of your own drum. Craziest thing that has ever happened to you? Sadly, I don’t think ANY of my “craziest” stories are safe for publication! In another life I was a pretty big party animal... Why jewelry? Even as a kid I was really into wearing jewelry, and made most of my own as I was growing up. I love the process of transforming materials into something new (and hopefully more beautiful!). Jewelry can also be a powerful form of self-expression and can play a leading role in how you project yourself in the world. The right jewelry can make you feel like a million bucks even if you’re wearing it with an old t-shirt and jeans. What do you love most about Portland? The amazingly talented and creative people that live here! I feel incredibly lucky to have found such a supportive community of like-minded folks. What’s next? Any particular collection you want to create? I’m currently working on a new collection for Fall/Winter...it’s vintage futuristic and was inspired by the 1927 film, Metropolis. I’m working semi-precious stones for the first time! You can expect to see lots of labradorite, pyrite and green adventurine! I can’t wait to share it (keep an eye out in early October)! Favorite place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon? I love a good Sunday brunch (especially if mimosas are involved)! A perfect weekend would also include hanging out somewhere like Mt. Tabor or Cathedral Park followed by a movie at the Laurelhurst Theater. Tell us about your style and designs. I love researching and collecting antique costume jewelry. I’m particularly fond of Art Deco and Art Nouveau period pieces and try to reinterpret these classic styles with a modern edge. I tend to aim for a slightly dark, understated glamor. People can find my jewelry in Portland at: Eden (they carry my full collection!), Flutter, Noun, Porch Light, Ped X, Icon, Palace of Industry and Vinnie’s at the Ford. It is also available at Commercial in Astoria, Oregon, Stanton James in California, Bon Lemon in Seattle & Victoire in Canada. www.jesseca-anne.com

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What do you love most about photography? I love that every picture has a story to tell; any given photo, as the old saying goes, has a thousand words behind it. I love seeing a picture where a small detail triggers an emotion, any emotion; be it an expression that evokes a longing to know and comfort the subject, or a joyful moment captured that brings a smile to the viewer’s face. All of these things are what I try my hardest to channel in my own photography. How would you describe your personal artistic style? I love artistic portraiture. Taking pictures of people is my favorite thing to do because not only does every picture tell a story, every person has a story to tell. So taking pictures of people really allows me to capture them as a whole. My dream is to go into fashion photography. Vogue is my goal. Who or what inspires you? I am most inspired by the creativity of other photographers. Whether they are world famous or a friend of mine, I draw from the way they see the world and capture it in order to sculpt my own creative style. One of my favorite photographers of all time, Yousuf Karsh, said “Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can.” This has been a quote that I carry with me every time I have a photo shoot. That’s the beautiful thing about photography: it’s ability to bring out a certain quality of a person that is not available anywhere else in the world. What is the best advice you have ever been given? I’m not sure if I have ever received a specific phrase or comment that I remember as good advice. I can, however, tell you that the biggest learning experience in my photographic career happened in the mountains of Colorado on a backpacking trip. It was there that a friend of mine poured years and years of photographic experience into me. I’ll never forget cramming all of these facts about aperture, and colors, and composition into my head as I watched him draw diagrams in the dirt with a stick. In that hour, I learned more than any class had ever taught me before in my life. What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed? As far as photography, the most life changing experience I’ve had was going to France in May. Photographing Colorado is one thing, but getting out of the country and going to a place like France with my camera was mind blowing. I was able to let my creativity free in such a beautiful part of the world. I learned a lot from that time and the pictures I took there.

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Chantel Heister

Make Up Artist

What inspires you? A model’s natural beauty and a photographer or director’s vision. I love to look at a model and observe her best features and think about how make-up can complement her features and what can be done to make for a striking appearance. I also love to be given a bit of an artistic direction, because then the art becomes a sort of puzzle; I have to work in the vision of the photographer and/or director, as well as my own artistic vision, and do it all while taking into account the individual features of the model. It’s sort of like a Rubik’s Cube, but in this instance at least I stand a chance at solving the puzzle. Why make-up? So many reasons: people become your working surface and inspiration; it washes off if you mess up; and it enhances other forms of art, such as photography and fashion. Plus, it’s just fun! What do you love most about Portland? The quirky people and the food. I swear, Portland is the place where creative and otherwise unconventional people come to congregate, eat and drink. It’s so much fun to explore this unique city on a free afternoon and eat flavorful food with offbeat people. What do you miss most about Colorado? The year-round sunshine! I miss walking outside in the cold and getting inside of my car, only to find that it’s warm inside because the sun’s been beating down on it in the chilly air. So yea, the sun and my friends and family that I left behind to chase these dreams of mine. What’s next? Any particular project you want to work on? I’ve got an upcoming shoot booked for a calendar, but my time is pretty saturated with writing, editing and traveling. I’d love to work backstage at Fashion Week one day, but that would mean making some fairly significant changes in my life direction. What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed? I lived in Thailand for a while working with women in slums in Bangkok and Karan refugees up North, and I’ve been changed ever since. I have a love for fashion, makeup and spendy things, but every day I think about how far the money I’m making or spending could go towards making a difference in the lives of these beautiful people. I guess it’s all about maintaining a balance: Make sure that you give to the needy and the oppressed, but do what you’re passionate about and try to change lives through it. Favorite place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon? Cafes and bookstores in downtown Portland. Or my couch with a selection of things to read (The New Yorker, short story and poetry collections, anything by Jeffrey McDaniel or Diane Williams) and the television on in the background playing reruns of The Office. What is the best advice that you have ever been given? Before you do anything, ask yourself, “Is it loving? Is it wise?” If it’s not both of these things, don’t do it. (Many thanks to Troy Sherman for the life-long, universal advice.) chantelheister.wix.com/chananigans

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Photographer: Denise Faddis Model: Brooke Morse & Chantel Heister MUA: Chantel Heister WArdrobe: Select pieces by Consign Couture (TUSK loves Consign Couture and hopes next time you are in St. Johns you stop by and say hello to our friends at the shop.) Consign Couture 7400 N Lombard St Portland OR 97203 http://consign-couture.com/ Location: Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon

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Bailey Wilson

What do you love most about photography? To quote Ansel Adams, “We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.” He said it best. I love photography just for this reason. There’s so much to photography, that anything is possible. How would you describe your personal artistic style? My style isn’t ordinary. I like to go beyond what other fashion photographers do and turn something beautiful into something that is still beautiful yet not in your typical environment.

He beat the record by playing “Flight of the Bumble Bee” at 600bpm.

Who or what inspires you? I’ve been inspired by the band Opeth for 10 years. Their music can be dark and heavy but they can put together a beautiful acoustic styled album. I feel my art is the same way. What is the best advice you have ever been given? I would actually have to pull my geek side out on this one. Growing up I was a total Star Wars nerd and I’ve always gone by Yoda’s quote, “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no Try.” I feel that if you “Try” to go for something you will never give your full 100% at accomplishing what you are attempting to do. What is the most life changing or unique thing that you have witnessed? I got to see my fiance, John Taylor, break the world record for Fastest Guitar Player twice. The first time was here in Westminster, CO at Guitar Center. He beat the record by playing “Flight of the Bumble Bee” at 600bpm. The second time we both got flown out to Hong Kong for New Year’s and he broke his own record at 620bpm in front of hundreds of people. How did you learn about TUSK and what inspired you to want to be a part of TUSK Magazine? I found out about TUSK a few years ago from Anna E. Chavez who was published in your magazine. I went to The Art Institute of Colorado with her. I wanted to be apart of TUSK because you get to be published with other Denver artists and can get noticed. What project do you hope to work on next? I’m hoping to make it to the Sand Dunes this year and shoot something no one would ever think of. www.baileylynnphotography

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Photographer: Bailey Wilson (Bailey Lynn Photography) Models: (Right)Dymond Starr Austin and (Left) Kelly Schilling. Location: Bishops Castle, Rye, CO Wardrobe: Bailey Wilson, Dymond Starr Austin and Kelly Schilling

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--- Innovation of the Human Mindset ---

Denver Pay it Forward Movement Some people call us crazy, we prefer visionaries. The ideology behind “Pay it Forward” allows us the freedom to look at life from a different perspective. Taking this project on has changed the way I look at things in my world and to make a conscious effort to reach out and be kind to others. In doing that we are creating the change we want to see in the world. Denver Pay It Forward Movement is about changing the mindset and making a difference. Our goal is to reach 1% of the Denver Metro population and distribute 28,000 Pay It Forward bracelets this year. You can be a part of that change and make a difference in your community and the world. So far, we have raised enough money to buy 5,000 bracelets. We distribute them for free to people and organizations that are making an effort to do acts of kindness in the community. To date we have given them to many organizations in Denver. Our website tells all: www.denverpifmovement.org Every Pay It Forward bracelet is in a package and the package reads like this: --- Innovation of the Human Mindset --The bracelet on your wrist is to act as a simple reminder to help others out. When you receive A “Thank You” for whatever you have done, remove the bracelet and ask the person to “PAY IT FORWARD.” Ask them to remove the bracelet and do the same for someone else. The bracelet helps bring back the most important thing the world needs right now -The human connection.

Pay it Forward Radio Host- Kathy Bacon

Pay It Forward Radio is about acts of kindness. Featuring people and organizations all over the world telling their stories about being kind and how they are changing the human mindset. It is so simple – we want to know how people are changing the world – one act of kindness at a time. I decided that I wanted to create a platform for good. With so much negative happening in the world it would be refreshing to hear more positive. This is internet radio so you are able to listen live or go back and listen at your convenience. I am so extremely grateful to do what I am doing every Wednesday at 5:00 pm Mountain Time at MileHi Radio. I am so amazed at what people are doing in their communities to create good in the world. After every interview, I sit in my car and thank the universe for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am truly impressed, inspired and happy to be part of the tribe of giving back. I hope my listeners feel the same. The feedback I have gotten from others have been positive and believe it or not I think I am a natural at this. If you want to be inspired check out my radio page at: http://tinyurl.com/pifradioshows You can see all the people I have interviewed and listen. I guarantee you will love what you hear. Be the change you want to see in the world. From this experience I know nothing is impossible! - Kathy Bacon

52 | TUSK MAGAZINE

SUMMER/FALL 2012


53 | TUSK MAGAZINE

SUMMER/FALL 2012

TUSK Magazine 2012  

The 2012 Summer & Fall issue of TUSK Magazine