ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

READ: AVALON WESTCOTT INTERVIEW FOR LIMIT’D

Every month the homies over at Hype DC x ACCLAIM produce a digital magazine called LIMIT’D, which is available as a FREE download for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

Cop the app and check out my interview with the lovely Avalon Westcott in this month’s issue.

Avalon is a Melbourne-based tattoo artist. Through sheer hard work and talent, Avalon has managed to build a huge online following in an insanely short amount of time. Avalon’s tattoo style is playful, feminine and fun, which makes her a highly sought after artist. She is currently working at The Grand Illusion in Malvern, VIC. Outside of tattooing, she models, paints, makes electro music, and is a dedicated vegan.

Download LIMIT’D for iPad/iPhone or Android to read the full interview!

Avalon is on Instagram

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ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: DEV HYNES

[Dev Hynes at Lollapalooza 2014 via his Twitter account]

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Author, and all round King of Cool, Devonte Hynes, is a fashion force. For him, the consistent and unapologetic nod to 80’s fashion isn’t a fleeting trend or “look of the moment”, but rather so inextricably linked with who he is that it would be difficult to imagine him looking or dressing any other way. Though not a style just anyone can pull off, he exudes such carefree grace with every outfit, it’s no surprise he has become an icon in both music and fashion. People all over are trying to understand and emulate the young Brit’s casual vintage class – There really can only be one Dev Hynes though.

So what is it? What makes him so cool?

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ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: ARCHY MARSHALL

[Archy for Another Magazine by Willy Vanderperre]

20 year old musician Archy Marshall aka King Krule is perhaps not the typical strain of person who springs to mind when you hear the words “fashion icon,” but that’s exactly what he is. The immediately distinguishable quality in his personal aesthetic is a casual nonchalance and disregard for showiness or ostentation – Now that’s not to say his look isn’t polished or together, but rather gives the impression that above all, Archy will wear what he feels comfortable in, which in and of itself makes him the rare breed of ‘cool’ stylish people the world over try to emulate.

Born and raised in South London, his style and persona seems to be an unapologetic reflection of this environment and presumably, his experiences. There’s something about the clothing he chooses to don on a daily basis, that as an outsider, I can’t help but be attracted to because it’s so authentic and so synonymous with my perception of life and culture in London. During the last 3-4 years he has been in the public eye, there’s been very little change to how he dresses which further cements his approach to style as being organic and natural.

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

INTRODUCING: NDELUV

[Photo by Emmanuel Blackwell]

Pure and untainted honesty in art is hard to find. Particularly in music, and even more so in the fickle world of Hip Hop and R&B. Nothing is more refreshing than hearing something true. Something created for the sake of personal indulgence. Sounds conceived with intent to please the artist, rather than the listener. Music made without a thought of obtaining praise or accolades.

Ben Harper once said “You can’t fool music. Music will expose you to the depth of who you really are, or who you really want to be. Whether or not I’m honest as a man – that is definitely up for argument, discussion, or debate; within myself, with my friends, and within my enemies. But as a musician, I know nothing but honestly.” As the years have passed, this statement in terms of the current state of music, seems to make less and less sense. Maybe you can’t fool music, but unfortunately in 2014 you can definitely fool the people. In this modern time, there is a formula – Who can make the most digestible song? Who can write a “hit”? Who can get the club popping? A lot of what we are being spoon fed is trash. We all know it and for some reason we accept it.

But every lane has a divine exception, and I’m here to let you in on R&B’s best kept secret – Bay Area California native, Nieko Deluv aka ‘ndeluv’ is the saviour of your speakers. He creates to leave you with a lasting taste of real R&B. If you grew up in the 90’s like Nieko (and I), you were lucky enough to hear some of the legends who wrote rhythmic love songs you could groove to, smoke to, chill to – Aaliyah, Brandy, D’Angelo, Musiq Soulchild; I could go on and on. In this post 2000 era of music, that simple sound is hard to come by. Like all things in life, humans have completely evolved the genre and that’s okay because change is constant and vital. With that being said, every now and then I find myself nostalgic for the things I grew up listening to and ndeluv is the perfect remedy. His music is completely unique in this age but like meeting a relative for the first time, it’s familiar. Comforting. Continue reading

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