Issue XII - TJ Sawyerr

With a broad world view and a creative perspective that merges with youth and life experiences to produce art and media across a range of formats, TJ Sawyerr is making his way and leaving his stamp wherever he can. The multi-hyphenate creative is using his unique working style as well as his understanding of his inspirations and experiences to bring a meticulous and detailed approach to the industry. He shows resilience in his avoidance of being held back by external pressures and biases against his viewpoints, rather subverting expectation and presenting more efficient styles of operating - improving the quality of media output while evading any losses of meaning or story-telling.

Issue XII - Salomé Gomis-Trezise

As the new year and the general air of reflectiveness that comes about during such a time go on, there is a thought that continues to be raised and explored among creatives. ‘It is a great time to be young’. In many cases this is wholly untrue, from increasing difficulty in the potential for becoming homeowners to feeling like our societies’ governing bodies are poor representatives of youthful populations, this thought seems somewhat naïve and maybe even misinformed. At the same time, there exists a growing number of young creatives who are using their unique perspectives to produce and contribute to narratives in contemporary and unorthodox ways – sometimes, without the help of more experienced hands. Thus, creating a need for self-sufficiency and resilience in current times.

ISSUE XI: Issac Andrews

Empowering and representing oneself as an individual has become increasingly popular especially among young creatives. Isaac Andrews’ (unceasing) story is proof that having the passion to try can build enough momentum to reach the destinations that we envision. Or, just send us down a path that might get us there. For Isaac, art has acted as a light that has pulled him out of times of darkness and he hopes to remind people of the importance of acknowledging this darkness through his own art.

IGOR by Tyler The Creator: A review

On May 17th 2019 California rapper Tyler The Creator released his fifth studio album titled IGOR. Tyler who was once known by his fans (and UK authorities) as a violent and vulgar rapper has taken a much softer approach in recent times regarding his music. This new façade was shown in his 2017 album Flower Boy where he mixed jazzy sounds with his hip-hop rap. IGOR is a cross between his softer jazzy tones that can be heard in Flower Boy and the heavy bass that can be heard in Cherry Bomb (one of his earlier works). The album, which was entirely produced by Tyler himself, reached the top spot in the Billboard 200 album chart, above DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd (Khaled was not very happy with this result).

3 Black Art exhibitions to visit post-BHM

Black History in the UK takes centre stage every October, during which various events and cultural activities are held in celebration of Black people’s work while drawing attention to more serious topics. It is an opportunity to learn more about important figures in Black history and to hear about emerging names especially within the context of artistry.

However, the end of October does not have to mean the end of our interest in Black creativity until next year. There are always a multitude of showcases and events happening, albeit they may become less visible.

What is revenge buying and how did it come into existence?

France recently began lifting its lockdown as its number of new coronavirus cases and deaths has decreased significantly. As a result, pictures and videos of people lining up outside high-street stores started circulating on social media. The store which seemed to have the most people lining up to get inside was Zara. Some people voiced their confusion in consumers’ choices to rush to Zara once lockdown has lifted. This to me however, w

Bstroy Spring/Summer 2020 Controversy

On September 15, US streetwear brand Bstroy presented its Samsara collection in New York. The collection, which showed hoodies with school names and bullet holes in them has sparked major controversy all over social media. The hoodies featured the school names: Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and Columbine. These are all schools that have been victims of the devastating effects of school shootings. Upon first glance, the hoodies seem to mock victims of mass shootings however the founders and designers of the brand say otherwise. "We wanted to make a comment on gun violence and the type of gun violence that needs preventative attention and what its origins are, while also empowering the survivors of tragedy through storytelling in the clothes,": is what co-founder Brick Owens told Today in regards to the major backlash Bstroy has received. Statements made by the brand have not stopped people from taking to social media to voice their opinions on Bstroy’s insensitivity.

Case Study 01 by Daniel Caesar: A review

CASE STUDY 01, Daniel Caesar’s sophomore album was released on the 28th of June 2019. The R&B album features artists such as Brandy, Pharrell Williams, Sean Leon and John Mayer. In this project, the neo-soul singer strays from his usual gospel-like songs to provide listeners with more romantic and soothing tones. Caesar has stated before that he is a religious and spiritual person and religion has been a very prominent theme in his music up until this point. Nonetheless, the Toronto native had not lost his gentle soulfulness which is translated through his music beautifully.

Why Hypebeasts are looked down on in Streetwear Culture

Essentially, Hypebeasts are people that wear what many would call ‘hyped’ brands and clothes that are trending. Their outfits also often consist of a lot of monograms and logos worn at once so that the average walker by can clearly see which brands they are wearing. Some of the hyped brands include Supreme, Gucci, Off-White and A Bathing Ape.

Streetwear enthusiasts tend to have 3 main problems with Hypebeasts:

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