CUSP Magazine : Fall Edition 2014

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MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE

FALL ISSUE 2014

Art for your

BUCKETFEET

+

// A Brief Encounter with Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot

// Ramen Noodles Take Over Chicago

// Fall Music New Releases

// Beastgrip Photography Gear for Mobile Phones

// DRYV The Future of Dry Cleaning

// Art Alliance : The Provocateurs curated by Shepard Fairey

// Summer’s Best Threads on the Streets of Chicago

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PROOF READER

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INSIDE

FALL 2014 ISSUE

40

OUR COVER

OUR COVER

STORY

A look at

Bucketfeet,

Chicago’s

hottest

new shoe

company.

COVER, INSIDE COVER & BACK COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY FELICIA SAADE

CONTENTS PAGE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA HERNANDEZ

CONTENTS

// NEWS 8

4th Annual Oktober Fest 5K Run/Walk To Benefit St. Michael

Gold Coast Fashion Award Show Marks 59th Year

The 1968 Exhibit in Chicago

The Driehaus Museum to Host Murder Mystery

// FOOD 12

News

A Brief Encounter with Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot

RAMEN NOODLES TAKE OVER CHICAGO

// BUSINESS 22

BEASTGRIP Photography Gear for Mobile Phones

DRYV The Future of Dry Cleaning

// MUSIC 26

Weezer News

Fall New Releases

MUSIC DEALERS & INDIE ARTISTS

// ART 50

ART ALLIANCE: THE PROVOCATEURS

curated by Shepard Fairey

// FASHION 76

Summer’s Best Threads on the Streets of Chicago

// COMMENTARY 86

WEED… By Any Other Name……


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

For our third issue, we extend many thanks to the featured article participants

and our creative writers, photographers and videographers, producing “first

rate” articles that are informative and personal along with beautifully captured

photographs and video footage. Their contributions is what makes this issue our

best yet.

For our Cover Story, we had the privilege to visit Bucketfeet’s headquarters

for an exclusive sit down and conversational interview to tell the story of the

shoe company’s success, how they started, and where they are projecting to

be in the future. How cool is that We thought pretty cool and the cover story

proves it.

We also give space to The Driehaus Museum’s Murder Mystery production

set in October, TV Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless’s Xoco restaurant opening in

Wicker Park, an impromptu interview with Bravo TV’s Top Chef Sam Talbot,

new music coming out in the fall, and feature articles and profiles on: Music

Dealers, Chicago’s burgeoning music licensing company; Beastgrip, a company

that makes cool photography gear for mobile phones; and DRYV, an innovative

service that is redefining the dry cleaning industry.

All of us, at one-time or another, have included Ramen Noodles in our weekly

if not our daily diets. Go ahead admit, it’s ok. For our Food Feature, we give you

“Chicago’s Ramen Noodle Craze” – a new vision and popularity for the noodle

and what restaurant to check out.

Art in Chicago, there’s all kinds. One the hottest runs, albeit short, was an

exhibit curated by acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey. In partnership with

the Lollopalooza team, Fairey led the exhibit Art Alliance: The Provocateurs,

which showcased over 30 internationally recognized artists during the festival.

We dedicated several pages to give you a look at the exhibition.

In closing out the issue, we threw together the best of our Street Style Chicago,

a monthly online street fashion post, and lastly, a Commentary piece on the

Marijuana legislation that recently passed in Illinois.

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NEWS////

AND OTHER

COOL STUFF

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4TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST 5K RUN/WALK

BENEFITTING ST. MICHAEL

Grab your Lederhosen, dust off your Das Boot and dress up in your best German-themed

costume! The annual 5K Run and 2 mile walk benefits St. Michael in Old Town and will feature

best costume awards, a complimentary beverage at the race after-party at Ranalli’s, plus an

authentic German beer mug to the male and female winners.

When: Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Park – 1710 N. Stockton Drive near the

intersection of Stockton & LaSalle Chicago, IL 60614.

Register at www.oktoberfest5krun.com

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FASHION AND PHILANTHROPY COLLIDE AT THE

59TH GOLD COAST FASHION AWARD SHOW

The 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show will take place at the Hilton Chicago, 720

S.Michigan Avenue on Friday, September 19, 2014. A cocktail reception and raffle sales begin at

10:45 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon and the fashion presentation at 1 p.m.

Nearly 1,500 guests are expected to attend the 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show,

on September 19 at the Hilton Chicago. The event is the signature fundraising event of The

Children’s Service Board, an affiliated organization of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

of Chicago. In the tradition of the show, new designers compete for the coveted Gold Coast

Fashion Award with a fabulous display of fashion forward apparel in an array of categories from

sportswear to evening wear. The show also includes individual store-sponsored segments of fall

fashions from prestigious retailers.

Fashions from both designers and retailers will be presented in a fast-paced, live runway show

with professional models. The competition segment opens the show and allows audience members

to view the designers’ fashions before casting a ballot for his or her favorite. The designer who

receives the most votes is announced as the winner and returns the following year to receive

the Gold Coast Fashion Award and present his or her fall collection. Last year’s winner, Ven

Budhu, will open the show with his fall collection and is scheduled to be present to accept the

award. Designers competing for the 2014 award include Charles Harbison, Giovanna Randall

for HONOR, Jennifer Pickett, Michael De Paulo, Stacy Lomman, Tanya Taylor, and Tia Cibani.

Retailer partners in this year’s show will include Neiman Marcus presenting Veronica Beard,

Nordstrom presenting Lanvin, Francis Heffernan presenting Ella Zahlan, McElroy Furs and Paul

Stuart. Chicago’s own Lana Jewelry will host the Grand Staircase entrance during the cocktail

hour with displays of fabulous jewelry.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, visit www.gcfas.com

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Photography: The Driehaus Museum

NEWS

THE 1968 EXHIBIT AT

THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

Trace the relentless year 1968, from Vietnam to the flight of Apollo 8. Remember Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Revisit the battles for civil rights and the explosive Democratic

National Convention held that August in Chicago. Don’t miss this limited engagement. Peace,

baby. On October 23rd, from 7 – 10 p.m., celebrate the exhibit and the unforgettable story of

an extraordinary year! Guests are invited to dress in their best 60’s gear, enjoy some throwback

cocktails and dance to a live performance by American English!

War in Vietnam. Women’s liberation. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert

F. Kennedy. Black Panthers, Apollo 8, and the explosive Democratic National Convention held in

Chicago. In 1968, we saw it all.

Organized chronologically, The 1968 Exhibit is filled with the sights and sounds of this mediasaturated

year, including contributions from news anchor Tom Brokaw, legendary folk-pop singer

José Feliciano, and astronaut James Lovell. Explore stories told by Vietnam vets, self-proclaimed

hippies, conservative voters, and everyday Americans. Reminisce over fashion, music, food, and

household items.

Chicago’s critical role in the conflicts of 1968 grew prominent during the month of August. As

delegates converged on the city for the Democratic National Convention, so too did activists with

a diverse range of interests. Tensions were high on the convention floor and in the streets and

culminated in violent clashes between police and demonstrators. On August 28, chants of “The

whole world is watching” accompanied a particularly bloody encounter that many came to view

as signifying a serious rift in the democratic process. The stories of the confusion and anxiety in

the most heated moments form the core of this section of the exhibition.

The exhibit opens October 4, 2014.

THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM HOSTS

MURDER MYSTERY AT THE MARBLE PALACE

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum’s (40 East Erie Street) popular Murder Mystery returns with

a new format and a new tale. Set in 1915, Feud in Ragtime is filled with countless twists and turns,

and features a cocktail reception, a seated four-course meal and augmented guest participation –

you could be the Murderer!

This year’s event is a lighthearted, bawdy romp into the bloody feud between two prominent

Chicago families. Hilarious hijinks and scandalous secrets set the stage for a farce of murderous

proportions! You could solve the crime or get away with murder – either way, be careful – you

might just die laughing!

Tickets include a reception, dinner in the Museum’s historic Ballroom and prizes. Period attire

is encouraged but not required. Guests must be 21 years of age. As space is limited, advance

ticket purchase is highly recommended. Feud in Ragtime is presented in partnership with Get

Away with Murder Productions.

There are two opportunities to attend this special event: Friday, October 24 and Saturday,

October 25, commencing at 6:30 p.m. A Single Ticket is $110 and a Pair is $200.

Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a fascinating

and rare example of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The

galleries are elegantly furnished with pieces from the most celebrated designers of the late 19th

and early 20th century, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Herter Brothers. These objets d’art

are presented in harmony with the immaculately-restored interiors and surviving furnishings of

the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, which was designated as a Chicago landmark in 1977.

For more upcoming programs, including exhibition-related events and guided tours, please visit

DriehausMuseum.org or call 312.482.8933.

For more information visit http://www.chicagohistory.org

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FOOD////

NEWS AND

OPENINGS

RICK BAYLESS’S XOCO OPENS IN WICKER PARK

Xoco—pronounced “SCHO-ko”—is the

Aztec word for “little sister.” But there’s nothing

little about Xoco’s bold Mexican marketplace

flavors. Open early and closing late, this quickservice

café from Rick and Deann Bayless

proffers contemporary expressions of Mexico’s

most beloved street food and snacks: flaky

empanadas, hot-from-the-fryer churros, frothy

Mexican hot chocolate, crusty tortas and

meal-in-a-bowl caldos. Xoco is led by General

Manager Arthur Mullen, a marathon runner,

photographer, and blogger. Sous Chefs Alonso

Sotelo and Bravo bring years of experience and

creativity that make Xoco an award winning

and one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants.

Xoco has two locations in Chicago for you

to visit, XoCo River North 449 North Clark

St (Enter on Illinois) Chicago, IL 60654 and

Xoco Wicker Park, 1471 North Milwaukee

Ave., Chicago, IL 60622.

Photography by Alan Klehr

MAC & CHEESE FEST TO BENEFIT RONALD

McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® OCT 4, 2014

Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions are pleased to announce the first annual Mac &

Cheese Fest to be held on Saturday, October 4 at the UIC Forum from 12-3 p.m.

“Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the dish! With roots dating back to the 14th century,

recipes that span continents to entice aficionados galore, the Festival is a time to explore every

variety of this beloved food,” says Cece Gonzales, President of Cece & Melinda of Raymi

Productions.

The event will feature a mind-blowing variety of macaroni and cheese entrees, appetizers and

sides served with craft beers, wine and soft drinks.

Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 50 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac

and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. Chefs will be

asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef,

recognized by attendees and a panel of foodies, will take home “The Golden Noodle.”

Tickets will be available through TicketMaster September 1st for $50. Entry includes all you

can taste from the participating restaurants and 5 drink tickets for craft beer, red and white wines

and spirits.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of

Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

The festival will be held at UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607 on October

4, 2014 from 12-3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.macandcheesechicago.com

Visit RickBayless.com

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FOOD//SAM TALBOT Q&A

Q&A

Written by

A Dash of Inspiration: Interview with Chef Sam Talbot

Chloe

Aiello

Photography: ©CUSP Magazine

Friday, August 22nd may have been a scorcher, but the sun wasn’t the hottest thing in Chicago

that day. Celebrity chef, Sam Talbot traveled all the way from New York City to commemorate

“A Magnificent Taste,” the kick-off of the annual Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival and

the culinary event of the season. You may be familiar with Chef Talbot from Seasons 2

and 3 of Bravo’s Top Chef; he was voted “Fan Favorite” and it is no wonder why. At 36, his

impressive credentials include former executive chef of Black Duck, Williamsburg Café and

Punch, former owner of Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York, and author of The Sweet Life.

I was lucky enough to sit-down briefly with this rising star. After a no less than inspirational

conversation and a cryptic peek into the next few years, it’s clear: Sam Talbot is a man on fire.

CA: What inspired you to become a chef

ST: When I was very young, my grandmother would take me to the farmers’ market. We would

pick out farm fresh eggs, milk and cheese, and that’s how it started, by scrambling eggs in the

kitchen at 8 or 9 years old. But what began so simply really transpired into a full-blown career.

First I was a busboy, then a dishwasher; by the time I was 16, I was a prep cook at Dean and

Deluca in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was when the switch flipped. I knew I wasn’t in it just

for beer money. (He’s funny too!) When I received a copy of Larousse Gastronomique at 17 years

old, it turned into a love affair.

CA: What advice do you have for a young Chicagoan trying to break into the culinary industry

ST: The best advice I could give would be to get right into the game. Whether you are 15 or 57,

whether you work or are in school, or are looking for a change in career, it is your time. Make

cooking your priority, and put as much energy as possible into honing your craft. Especially when

you live in a metropolis, like Chicago, you have access to some fantastic resources. In Chicago you

have Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless, some of the greatest chefs out there. Go to them. Say, “Hey

listen, I am going to work for you for free.” Show them you have backbone. Still go to school, still

keep your other job, but show up after work or after school and learn from the best. It is when

you become immersed and really see the whimsicality of the magician’s hand that you truly start

thinking like a chef. Watch them, study them, and take notes because I guarantee that the things

that they say are meaningful. Those are the things that you can gravitate toward and make your

own; that’s what makes you a great chef.

CA: How would you say Top Chef impacted the direction and/or success of your career

ST: Top Chef impacted me in a few different ways. It taught me that as a chef you are an artist.

And when you are an artist, whether a painter, a musician or a writer, you are constantly subjecting

yourself to scrutiny and criticism. Being on a national platform like Top Chef, where people are

constantly drilling you, makes you realize that you can’t please everybody, everybody will always

have an opinion. But as long as you believe in yourself and your work ethic, as long as you have

pride in what you do and your final product, all of that scrutiny and that criticism that comes at

you will just roll off your shoulders, because you know you did your best. It really just gives you a

good foundation.

CA: What do you hope to achieve in the next five years

ST: I am opening a new restaurant in Brooklyn, I am writing a book now and I have a new show

coming out on FYI. I have spent my whole life working really hard on my career. I am 36 now but

even when I was 20 years old, I was never the type of person to quantify my success. My five-year

goal was never about having 5 restaurants; it was about finding inner peace and inner happiness

and being able to go to bed at night knowing, each day, that I was giving my best. Everyone is

blessed. I was blessed with the ability to cook well. I know that I cook well and I don’t need anyone

else to tell me that. In five years I want to be able to say that I am still cooking well and still doing

the best I can, that is all that really matters. Visit SamTalbot.com to learn more about Sam.


FOOD//RAMEN CRAZE

chicago’s

ramen

craze

The Student Staple becomes Strings of Sophistication

Written by Chloe Doherty

Photography by Chromacity Studio


FOOD//RAMEN CRAZE

It’s reliable. It’s cheap. And it’s gaining

popularity in Chicago. It may not be

the most gourmet dish, but ramen

noodles have satisfied college students

everywhere for decades. Its simple

cooking (literally heating up water,

noodles and seasonings in a disposable

cup) combined with inexpensive price

(got a dollar lying around Dinner for

the night!) have made ramen noodles

a hit among college students as they

act as a satisfying meal that provides

the necessary sustenance for studying

(and maybe drinking a few beers). The

latest food craze, however, debunks this

college staple stereotype as critically

acclaimed (and self-proclaimed) foodies

across America rave about ramen.

Yes, ramen noodles are experiencing

a surge in popularity, but not because

of their typical cheap and simple

characteristics for which they have

become known and loved. Renowned

chefs have refined ramen dishes with

fresh in-house noodles, real Japanese

spices, and flavorful, hot broths made

from authentic family recipes.

Even though ramen noodle

consumers today associate the popular

dish with Japanese culture, it actually

began in China. Ramen noodles did

not become popular in Japan until

after World War II when the United

States began sending its excess wheat

to Japan in response to Japan’s food

shortage. Even though ramen had been

introduced by Chinese migrants years

earlier, wheat still remained a very small

part of the Japanese diet. With the

copious numbers of American wheat

noodles, however, Japan began eating

ramen more and more until it became

known as the “workingman’s comfort

food.” Today, Japan is home to over 35,000 ramen

noodle shops that offer every type of ramen dish

from the very basic noodles, broth, and pork to the

complex dishes featuring different broths, vegetables,

and meats.

While Japan has been enjoying ramen for

decades, the United States only recently jumped on

the ramen craze as New York City began opening

ramen-centered restaurants just two years ago.

With Chicago seeing the opening of more ramen

restaurants and more ramen items being added to

menus, Chicago has expanded on the popularity

of the Japanese dish. Strings Ramen Noodles was

the first restaurant in Chicago to take on the ramen

craze completely. After witnessing ramen’s rise to

popularity in New York, Kee Chan, owner and

Photography by DLM Photography & Design

executive chef of the noodle house,

decided to open his own ramen

restaurant that would focus only on

noodles.

“We want to focus on ramen; we want

to make a good noodle for everybody,”

Strings manager Katie Dong said. “In

this house everything is about noodle.”

Strings manager Katie Dong said.

Strings Ramen became the first ramencentered

restaurant in Chicago after

opening up in February 2014.

Since then, the noodle house has

served over 50,000 bowls of ramen to

Chicagoans.

For Chan, Strings’ first location in

Chicago was ideal as the Chicago’s

weather complements the hearty

ramen soup. “For our [Chicago’s]

weather, eighty percent of the year we

are covered with snow,” Dong said. “A

bowl of hot ramen [fits] perfectly with

Chicago weather.”

Even though Strings provides a warm

meal during winter months, Strings also

opened up its own patio recently. As the

only patio in Chinatown, patrons can

enjoy their authentic ramen noodles

while enjoying what little summer

Chicago has.

While Chan and his team hope to feed

and satisfy customers, they also hope to

educate customers about the noodle

itself. Many people, Dong says, know

that ramen is an instant noodle but

they do not actually know the history,

culture, or even the ingredients of the

ramen noodle. With its own in-house

noodle machine, the only Japaneseimported

noodle machine in Chicago,

Strings hopes to teach a little bit about

the history of the popular noodle.

“In this

house,

everything

is about

noodle.”

Photography by DLM Photography & Design

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FOOD//RAMEN CRAZE

Photography by DLM Photography & Design

In an age where genetically modified

and chemical ingredients make up the

majority of food on the market, Strings

proudly boasts of its commitment to green

and fresh ingredients.

“We don’t do to-go orders for ramen,”

Dong said. “We would rather focus on

[people] dining.”

Despite Strings’ popularity, the

restaurant does not do delivery or takeout

for their bowls of ramen. They feel,

Dong said, that the quality of their food

immediately drops as soon as it is packed

up for a takeout order. Ramen, Dong

says, is best when it has just been made.

Furthermore, in adhering to their promise

to being environmentally friendly, Strings

wants to avoid wasting unnecessary boxes

and plastic.

While Strings goes against the artificial

ingredients of the typical instant ramen

noodle cup, the restaurant has tried to

continue to deliver a satisfying meal at

a reasonable price. At just $12, Strings’

ramen dishes provide a filling and

healthy dinner. Strings is also BYOB, so

customers do not have to worry about

expensive drinks. Instead they can bring

their favorite alcohol and simply add it to

Strings’ popular Stringrias, fruity virgin

cocktails that turn into refreshing sangria

when customers add their favorite wines.

Even though Strings has remained

true to its Japanese background, Strings

Ramen also brings Chicago into its dishes.

While the recipes and cooking techniques

come from Chan’s background, the water

used in the broth is Chicago’s water.

While seemingly insignificant, the water

plays a huge role in how the broth tastes,

Dong says. Chicago’s water, as opposed to

Japan’s water, gives the broth a unique, but

delicious soup to hold the fresh noodles.

“We really just want to

focus on the noodle. That’s

what makes us so special.”

Right now, Strings Ramen’s menu focuses around four broths: shio (chicken and turkey),

tonkotsu, shoyu (seafood), and miso. The tonkotsu broth is the restaurant’s most popuar dish

and gets its strong pork flavor after cooking black pork for 48 hours. The broth becomes very

concentrated before being topped with noodles and pork belly.

For those who prefer a noodle dish without ramen broth, Strings provides dishes without the

ramen broth. Yakisoba, a Japanese stir-fried noodle cooked in homemade duck oil and seasoned

with dashi and soy sauce, provides the same heartiness and Japanese authenticity as the typical

ramen dish without the broth. In further distinguishing themselves from other Japanese restaurants

in Chicago, Strings also offers a Japanese-style shish kabob called oden. This traditional street

food works as a perfect appetizer before the main ramen dish.

As Strings continues to gain popularity in Chicago, Chan and his team hope to expand the

restaurant into a franchise company. Ultimately, they plan to have a Strings in every 10-15 mile

radius. Different from typical franchises, however, Strings plans to focus on a different broth for

each location. “We want to expand our noodle shop to every corner so people don’t have to go too

far to find a great bowl of ramen,” Dong said. For right now, Dong says, the team behind Strings

is just enjoying making ramen and feeding Chicago. “We really just want to focus on the noodle.

That’s what makes us so special.”

2141 S. ARCHER AVE. CHICAGO, IL 60616

info@stringsramen.com Tel: 312.374.3450

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK SUN - THURS 11am -12am FRI - SAT 11am - 2am

ramenchicago.com

Photography courtesy of Strings Ramen Noodle

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BUSINESS//TECH START UP

BEASTGRIP

Your Pictures Will Thank You

Written by Sean Lawrence

Mankind is curious. Since the dawn of time our greatest inventors have challenged the status

quo and made something better. Chicago’s own, Beastgrip, is no different. Smartphones can do

many things, but no matter how hard we all try, you simply can’t take a professional quality photountil

now.

Beastgrip allows you to attach any professional lens of your choice directly to your phone. On

top of that, you can mount its hard shell casing to any 1/4 inch camera mount for even more

options. No more excuses for bad pictures; your only limitation is your imagination. Whether

you’re recording a skateboard video, capturing the sunset bounce off the Pacific Ocean or taking a

family photo, Beastgrip has you covered. We sat with Vadym Chalenko, the man behind the beast,

to see it in action and talk about how he started. “I’ve taken pictures all my life and I’ve missed so

many great opportunities because of the limitations my smartphone’s stock camera has..

Photography: ©Beastgrip

Photography: ©Beastgrip

Photography: ©Beastgrip

“Anyone can

take a good

picture with the

right tools.”

I set out to design something that could

take the quality of a professional camera and

put it on my phone.”

How does it work “It’s a case that you slip

your phone into that has an opening that

fits any camera lens and standard camera

mount. It holds the phone firmly in place

and allows you to do almost anything a

professional camera can do.”

It took me about three seconds to take

my iPhone 5 in and out, and despite my

hardest attempts to shake my phone out, it

wouldn’t budge. The first picture I took was

on a rooftop in Chicago’s River North. The

case fit comfortably in my hands and gave

me amazing control-unlike the usual tango

I have to do to get a good angle without

dropping it.

The twelve dollar lens I used gave me one

of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of Chicago

since I’ve lived here. “Anyone can take a

good picture with the right tools.” With my

excitement at an all-time high, he showed

me the videos he’s taken with the attachment

on his startup video. I was floored.

What do you see in Chicago that you don’t

see anywhere else “Chicago was the first

place that I moved to when I came to America

from Ukraine. It has so much beauty and

curiosity, which I love to surround myself

with as a photographer.”

I know, I know… You wish you thought

of this first; me too. But since you didn’t, get

online www.beastgrip.com and snatch one

up now! Your pictures will thank you.

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BUSINESS//TECH START UP

Your life is complicated

enough already, which is why

they’ve built a ridiculously

simple and minimalistic layout

to get straight to the point.

Pick a time, place, and when

you need it back; and voila!

“Dryvers” are able to pick

up your clothes as soon as 60

minutes from the time of the

request and have it ready the

same day for a small surcharge.

Oh, and did I mention the

pickup and delivery service is

complimentary-that’s right, no

need to tip.

We asked them where the

idea came from, how it feels

to see their idea come to life,

and most importantly, why

Chicago “I had a pair of

pants “misplaced” by my

neighborhood cleaner, and

when I asked what happened

they told me they’re not the

ones who lost them and to my

surprise they service everything

offsite through someone else.

After doing some research,

I found out this is how most

cleaners do business. After

months of research my partner

and I realized we could make

the entire process better for the

consumer.”

They’ve recently won “Best

Pitch,” at the Chicago Startup

Showcase, but that didn’t come

easy. “As a business owner, you

have a lot of ups and downs,

especially when starting out.

But what kept us motivated

was to see our vision come to

life and do something great

for our community. We strive

to help the environment by

recycling your old wire hangers

and operating with green

products.”

“There isn’t a better place

to do business than Chicago.

Although we plan to expand

in the near future, we’ll always

be firmly planted here. Our

people work hard and we’re

here to work hard for them.”

Who would’ve thought

a lost pair of pants would

revolutionize the dry cleaning

industry forever (Heck, I

would’ve just bought a new

pair of pants.) But I can say

with tremendous gratitude,

I’m sure glad the guys at Dryv

went the extra mile to make

my life that much easier.

Go to www.dryv.com and try

it today!

DRYV

The Future of Dry Cleaning

Written by Sean Lawrence Photography by Danielle Jones

The future is here. No more walking to the cleaners with a heavy bag of clothes and a handful

of crimpy hangers to finally get there and wait in line for God knows how long. No more haggling

with the owner to get what you paid for with the priceless wedding dress they “misplaced.”

Thanks to Dryv, a startup dry cleaning service in Chicago, you can now have your clothes

picked up, cleaned, and delivered whenever you want with the push of a button. Sounds expensive

right Think again. Dryv’s prices compete with every dry cleaner in Chicago, but with a massive

advantage. Let’s say you have a busy lifestyle-as most of us Chicagoans do-I’ll bet money that

you’ve thought twice about risking your suit for the big meeting not being ready on time or

arriving five minutes after closing to pick up Junior’s football jersey. Relax, they’ve got the perfect

solution-an app that with a few choice clicks will send a “dryver” to come straight to you exactly

when you need them to pick up and drop off whatever you want professionally cleaned.

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Music

Dealers

Written by Zach Miller

Photography Courtesy of Music Dealers.

to Deal Winning Hand

Indie Artists

for

Music Licensing Company Creates New Revenue Stream for Musicians


MUSIC//MUSIC DEALERS

Being a professional

artist also means

being a business

with longevity. It

requires creativity,

collaboration, marketing, sales,

socializing and networking. It

requires sharing, technology,

touring, interviewing, recording,

collections and distribution. All

of this – and more – differentiates

a paid, professional artist from a

hobbyist.

Music Dealers, a Chicagobased

music agency, strives to

help all artists graduate into

paid professionals by licensing

independent music in a way

that delivers artists’ work to

audiences across the world.

Music licensing provides artists

a means by which they can

share their music on a global

platform through commercials,

advertisements,television shows,

films, video games and more,

while also providing artists

reliable revenue for their work.

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Built By Artists, For Artists

The artist community of Music

Dealers is comprised of thousands

of independent, emerging artists

who wish to share their craft with

the world, to touch and impact

lives through their music, and to

sustain themselves through their

art. In 2008, CEO Eric Sheinkop

(pictured right) founded Music Dealers

in order to connect rising artists

with the proper channels by which

they could realize these goals.

“Music Dealers was created

to help more artists be able to

make a living off of and sustain

themselves through their art,” said

Sheinkop. “Music licensing is the

number one way an artist can get

into the music industry and make

a living these days, whether it’s a

major label artist or an artist just

starting out. Licensing is the most

available opportunity for them to

earn income through their music.”

At Music Dealers, artists retain

100% ownership of their work at

all times and are never charged

for the company’s services. When

a sale with a client, such as an

ad agency or production house,

occurs, Music Dealers splits

the upfront income 50/50 with

the artist. Additionally, artists

retain 50% of the revenue from

publishing royalties and 100%

from writing royalties.

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“We are an artist company: built by artists,

for artists,” said Sheinkop. “That’s first and

foremost. So there will never be a charge to an

artist at Music Dealers.”

Global Demand for Indie Music

Companies like Music Dealers have grown

through a societal evolution that celebrates

new, up-and-coming artists and that recognizes

the power of rising talent. Brands such Coca-

Cola, which formed a global music partnership

with Music Dealers in 2011, are seeking sounds

that aurally match their brand message. For

example, Coca-Cola, who endeavors to spread

happiness wherever a Coke is consumed, seeks

music that communicates that brand essence

through specific harmonies, melodies, lyrics,

etc.

“The power of music to evoke emotions is

harnessed by advertising executives, filmmakers,

military commanders, and mothers,” wrote

cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin in his

book, This Is Your Brain On Music. “Music is

being used to manipulate our emotions, and we

tend to accept, if not outright enjoy, the power

of music to make us experience these different

feelings.”

Music discovery has quickly become an

important aspect of many young adults’ lives.

In a widespread, generational shift, consumers

value new music that is released by emerging

artists over popular songs from household

names. Brands, agencies and filmmakers have

recognized this trend and are therefore actively

seeking songs by independent artists that can

effectively communicate their brand message

through music. Music Dealers is a strong

advocate of the independent artist and works

diligently to connect artists with clients whose

goals fit the sound and feel of the artist’s work.

Through maintaining a very artist-oriented

perspective, the company has quickly secured

music licensing as a proven model for independent

artists to earn significant revenue from their music.

One example of a Music Dealers artist whose

success grew through music licensing is the

London-based artist Metis, who had left his job in

investment banking to pursue a career in music.

Metis submitted his work to Music Dealers

and explained to Sheinkop how he wanted to

increase the reach of his music. When Coke

Zero partnered with Music Dealers for their

“A Step From Zero” campaign, they wanted

an artist whose personal journey fit their brand

message of possibility. Music Dealers submitted

Metis’ song “All In” for the project, which

became Coke Zero’s global anthem for the

campaign. Through the worldwide reach of the

commercial, Metis was able to share his music

across continents and afterward was signed to

Sony Music Entertainment in Latin America,

to Universal Music Group in the UK, and to

Warner Music Group in France.

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“We know that when you hear your

music playing in your favorite TV

shows, an incredibly rewarding feeling

shoots straight through your body.”

New Revenue for Musicians

Nearly six years after the company’s

foundation, Music Dealers continues to look

for new ways to create dependable sources of

income for independent artists. Most recently,

Music Dealers has announced two new services

that it will be offering for its artists: the licensing

of music videos and live events.

According to the Music Dealers Artist

Services department, the company has received

numerous requests from clients for music videos

to license for their television productions. In

addition to searching for great songs from

independent artists, television shows, movies

and even storefronts are now also seeking

original music videos that they can license from

up-and-coming artists for various projects.

“We have the opportunity to place your music

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video on that screen and get you some cash,”

wrote Music Dealers in an email to its artist

community. “We know that when you hear

your music playing in your favorite TV shows,

an incredibly rewarding feeling shoots straight

through your body. Now, we’re excited to begin

working to place your music videos into your

favorite shows, movies, and store locations.”

This innovative service represents a recent

push for more exposure of the independent

artist community. Audiences are clamoring for

brands, films and companies to incorporate

new songs from emerging artists; in tandem, upand-coming

artists are seeking ways to continue

their craft and spread their music to as many

eager ears as they can reach. Music Dealers and

its new music video licensing services are the

bridge between artists and audiences, brands

and bands.

By licensing their original music videos,

artists are able to connect with potential fans

both aurally and visually. This allows artists to

communicate their craft and demonstrate their

personalities in a doubly powerful way, one

which is truly new to the music licensing industry

and to the independent artist community.

A television show may license a music video to

play in the background of a scene; a production

house may license one to incorporate in its

movie trailer; a sporting goods store may

license one to appear on TVs in its storefront.

The possibilities for music video licensing seem

as endless as those for regular music licensing.

Furthermore, according to Music Dealers, the

rights of the video are similarly retained by

the artist, as is the case when licensing music

through Music Dealers. Artists retain ownership

over the music video at all times and are free to

use their video for whatever purpose, even while

licensing their work to a company. Just like with

music licensing, music video licensing at Music

Dealers allows the artist to generate revenue for

their work without sacrificing ownership of it.

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For any artists that are interested in licensing

their music videos or songs, Music Dealers

encourages them to create a profile on the

company’s website and submit their music for

review. Because of the complexity of licensing

music videos (which includes both visual files

and audio tracks), Music Dealers can only

license music videos for songs that have been

loaded onto the artist’s Music Dealers profile.

According to the email, Music Dealers is

accepting original music videos for approved

songs, and is not seeking live performance

videos, cover-song videos or lyric videos. In

this way, Music Dealers is able to match clients

with music videos that best align with both the

artist’s goals and the client’s needs.

MusicDealers.com

“My favorite thing,

and I think the

greatest thing that

we do, is we really

help artists every

single day. And

we change artists’

lives sometimes.

It’s at least giving

them the ability

to look back and

say, ‘Look, I’m

creating art that

has value. I’m

creating art that’s

appreciated.’”

- Eric Sheinkop,

CEO/Founder of

Music Dealers

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COVER FEATURE

Bucketfeet

Fun, Useful, Portable Art.

WRITTEN BY

KRISTINE CIRSENIS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

FELICIA SAADE


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What do Argentina, social media and

Chicago have in common All three

are responsible for the success of one

of the hottest names in footwear of this

generation: Bucketfeet. Created in 2011

by Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani,

in three short years Bucketfeet has

committed itself to connecting people

across the world through art.

Bucketfeet’s story begins in central

California where Aaron Firestein was

selling customized canvas shoes to

friends and on Facebook. In 2008,

Firestein decided to pack up his bags and

move from the Bay Area of California

to Argentina without much of a plan in

mind. While volunteering, he met Raaja

Nemani, a Northwestern grad, fluent

in finance, who had just quit his job to

travel around the world. After becoming

friends and discussing Firestein’s shoe

customizing hobby, Nemani bought a pair

and wore them on his travels throughout

the rest of the world. While jet setting

across the globe, many stopped Nemani

to talk about his shoes. In 2010, Nemani

reached out to the man behind the shoes

and asked Firestein if he was interested

in turning his hobby into a business. And

in 2011, Bucketfeet was born.

What does Chicago have anything to

do with their success Chicago provides

Bucketfeet with a creative network of

artists and a home. “In retrospect, it’s a

really, really good thing we didn’t move to

either New York City or San Francisco,”

Firestein told us in an exclusive interview.

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“We want to set up a

sort of culture and

community; something

that artists want to

aspire to become a

part of.”

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Not only was it much more economically

savvy to set up shop in Chicago, but Nemani

had contacts in the area that could help the duo

get on their feet. New York City is infamous

as the fashion capital of the United States, but

Chicago gave the young startup a competitive

edge in the footwear industry. “There’s literally

no one else in the city that is doing anything

close to what we’re doing,” beamed Firestein.

Now in 2014, Bucketfeet has made a name for

itself among this generation of 20-somethings

as a way to display artistic talent in a fun,

useful, and portable way. Giving social media

huge credit for their success, they also pride

themselves on remaining true to their vision:

connecting people through art. “Our whole

thing is that we don’t want to discriminate

people on any level,” Firestein said, “we work

with artists who work with almost all mediums.”

With graffiti artists, graphic designers,

sculptors and illustrators among their designers,

Bucketfeet aims for each collection of shoes

they release to be well rounded. When asked

how they find artists to design a pair of shoes

Firestein described their network of artists.

At first, designers were a lot of their personal

contacts. As with any start up, utilization of

friends, family, and former colleagues was a

common practice in Bucketfeet’s early days as

well as the utilization of Firestein’s own artistic

talent.

Now after incredible online growth due to

their popularity on social media, Bucketfeet

receives many inquiries daily from artists in

Chicago and around the world hoping to get

their designs on a pair of shoes. With a unique

crop of artists working with them, Bucketfeet

shoes aren’t necessarily trendy. “I think the

best way to describe it is, while we are aware

of what the trends are, we don’t make as much

of a conscious effort to follow them,” explained

Firestein.

At the end of the day, Bucketfeet shoes are

about making a statement while staying true to

the culture and ideas of the artist.

Staying true to an idea and a vision compose

the foundation of Bucketfeet. If you find

yourself to be an aspiring artist or a conflicted

entrepreneur, Firestein suggested you stick

to your guns and continue to believe in what

your skills can offer. “Art is tricky,” he said. “It’s

such a subjective thing where everyone has a

different viewpoint on every single piece of art

there is.” At the end of the day, it comes down

to whether or not you’re willing to risk falling

flat on your face. If you believe in what you’re

producing or the vision that you have, Firestein

suggested taking that risk. “Worst thing that’ll

happen if you fail is you’ll have to go back to

school or start another job and try it again.

You’ll be glad you tried it and regret it if you

didn’t.” The twenty-first century is not the time

for ‘what-ifs’.

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Growing pains are also a part of creating a business. In the first year and a half to two years of

Bucketfeet’s existence, the two-man team chose a divide-and-conquer approach when it came to

work that needed to get done. Now, with a larger, positive team, they’ve together built up the brand

bit by bit to what we see today. At first, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. Having a team to work

with is completely different from the dynamic duo during the early days. “It’s one [a landscape]

that you need to coordinate as much as possible, which has been a very real sort of growing pain,”

disclosed Firestein. He advised that everyone be relatively aware of what everyone else is doing to

avoid having multiple people working on the same project and miscommunications.

Despite some difficulties, I’m confident that Bucketfeet has much more success ahead. “We

want to set up a sort of culture and community; something that artists want to aspire to become

a part of,” Firestein said when discussing the future of the brand. Currently their artist network

includes 3,000 artists, but they hope to see that number grow to reach hundreds of thousands

and even millions of artists in years to come. They also hope to open up more pop-up stores

and perhaps permanent stores. Firestein also discussed the possibility of expanding their artists’

designs to different mediums, but claims that “no matter what we end up going into, things will

likely stay around the ankles.”

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where

to buy

USA

BucketFeet

ShoeFly

Shuzy Q

Qio Fashion Boutique

C Wonder

Nordstrom

Turquoise

SoleSpace

Ryzen7

Private

Millenium Shoes

LORIN

LASC

Quiet Storm

Shore

Archives

Flip Flop Life

Walking in Paradise

Sandal Tree

Sofia

Formally Modern

City Soles

Belmont Army

Englin’s Fine Footwear

Maven

Malibu’s Surf Shop

Complex

Bunker

10 Denza

Footloose & Fancy

McLovin

Bill’s Work & Outdoor

DNA Footwear

Darling

Simply Chic

Get Notice

BucketFeet HQ

935 W. Randolph St., 2nd Fl.

Chicago, IL 60607

bucketfeet.com

AUSTRAILIA

Monsterthreads

BAHAMAS

Carlo Milano

CANADA

Sporting Life

Little Burgundy

Lazare’s

Sicily Clothing

Sail

Olgivy

Capezio

Cosset Shoes

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Abe & Mary’s

IRELAND

Schuh

ITALY

Cairoli 19

G & P Company

Pierrot

Morini

DESII

MMEGA

LUISAVIAROMA

JAPAN

Shoe Bar-Zozo

Lucondo

Stefis

Shoe Planet

Shoe Bar Dessee

Shoe Bar

Scot Club

PX

ISETAN

Ground Green Store

Fredy

Chumchum by Chapter

Charger

Chapter Harajyuku

CAPRICE

Bliss Point

Piche Abehouse

MALAYSIA

Actually

NIGERIA

Jumia

SINGAPORE

Rockstar at Somerset

Actually

SOUTH KOREA

Jinju

Mag n Mag

LARC

Lotte Department Store

SPAIN

Lecar 172

Mundaka

Zapas

Deportes Xesta

Saxo

Sneakers & Co.

Urban Sport

Urban Woman

Too Valencia

Base

Sports Plaza

Avalancha

TAIWAN

Hotel V

U.K.

Zalando

USC

Surf Fusion

Music & Merchandise

Extreme Pie

Blackleaf

Roys Wroxham

Schuh

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ART FEATURE

art alliance:

Chicago leapt into its final month of summer with a splash of paint during the vibrant art exhibit, Art Alliance:

The Provocateurs. From July 31 to August 4, Block 37 at 108 N. State St. hosted Art Alliance: The Provocateurs,

an art exhibit curated by acclaimed contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey. Hosted in partnership with

Lollapalooza, the event showcased the work of over 40 contemporary artists, including Swoon, Haze and Space

Invader, combining a variety of unique styles into one exhibition. The highly anticipated show also featured

music, panel discussions, charities, education and other topics in a sweeping celebration of local, national and

global art initiatives. Additionally, alternative hip-hop group Deltron 3030 performed an aftershow on August

2, an apt conclusion to a weekend of energy and creativity.

the

provocateurs

CURATED BY SHEPARD FAIREY

A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated

to Chicago Art Partnerships in Education (CAPE), an

organization that enhances students’ classroom experiences

by integrating visual and performing arts into their lesson

plans. CAPE was one of four sponsors of the exhibit,

along with Bud Light, Herradura Tequila and Hennessy.

Hennessy V.S. currently offers a limited edition bottle that

was designed in collaboration with Fairey..

Written by

Zach Miller

Photography by

Danielle Jones


art alliance: the provocateurs

ART FEATURE

CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA

Unsustainable Performance

(2012)

Sneewittchen

(2009)

ANDREW SCHOULTZ

Gold Dripping Flag

(2013)

Don’t Tread

(2013)

Broken Wall

(2013)

Up Against A Wall

(2013)

C215

Forever

(2014)

Love

(2014)

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CLARE ROJAS

Untitled (2014) Untitled (2014)

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art alliance: the provocateurs

ART FEATURE

COPE2

Durability

(2014)

CLEON PETERSON

Mercy

(2014)

The Shadow of Power

(2013)

In The Night

(2014)

Dark City

(2013)

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ART FEATURE

D*FACE

Grim Tales (2013)

F**K (2013)

Sweet Nothings (2013)

Love Her, Hate Him (2013)

art alliance: the provocateurs

CYRCLE

Fall From Grace

(2014)

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ART FEATURE

DEEDEE CHERIEL

If You Love Something Set It Free (2014) Desire Is The Root Of All Suffering (2014)

art alliance: the provocateurs

DZINE

If You Love Something Set It Free (2014) Desire Is The Root Of All Suffering (2014)

ESTEVAN ORIEL

‘63 Damu BBQ (2011)

Ruby’s Burgers (2011)

Cruising Through Time (2011)

HHS (2011)

DANA LOUISE KIRKPATRICK

My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys

(2014)

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ERNESTO

YERENA

Colonium

Deductam

(2014)

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ART FEATURE

EVAN HECOX

Tulum Graveyard (2014)

FAILE

World Finals, Valley of Silence (2013)

2 Seat Faile (2013)

HOW and NOSM

From Another Angle

(2014)

Lost Fragments

(2013)

art alliance: the provocateurs

JAMES CAUTY

SRS 88 Orange (2014)

GARY PANTER

Traffic (2004) Spray (2004)

HAZE

Crowns #1 (2008)

Crowns #2 (2008)

Abstracts #1, #2, #3 (2011)

JAMIE REID

Liberty (Red) Ed 6/10 (2011)

(Liberty (Black) Ed 10/10 (2011)

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ARTS FEATURE

JEN STARK

Cosmographic (2014) Splatter (2014)

KEITH HARING

The Blueprint Drawings Ed. 24/33 (1990)

The Blueprint Drawings Ed. 24/33 Bottom (1990)

art alliance: the provocateurs

LEE QUINONES

We All Live In A Mellow Subliminal (2014)

JIM HOUSER

In The Red (2012)

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ART FEATURE

MAYA HAYUK

Big Bang Breakthrough Color Trial (2013)

art alliance: the provocateurs

MARK MOTHERSBRAUGH

Pixalation and Teardrop (2014) Things I Need To Say To You (2014)

MONICA CANILAO

The Common Snipe (2014)

The Great Snipe (2014)

The Quail (2014)

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ART FEATURE

NECKFACE

In The Red

(2012)

art alliance: the provocateurs

POSE

Newsies 2 (2014) Shortsale (2014)

RAVI SUPTA

Mightier Than, Rifle Mightier Than, Submachine (2014)

Opposable Thumbs-Sheep, Deer, Baboon (2013)

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ART FEATURE

RETNA

Blood, Sweat and Tears Sex, Love and Paintings (2014)

REVOK

A2.4 (2014)

art alliance: the provocateurs

SHEPARD FAIREY

Endless Power, Version 1 (2013) Paint It Black (Hand) (2014) Imperial Glory (2014)

World Police Champs (2014) Operation Oil Freedom (2014)

RICHARD COLMAN

17 Eyes (2013) Hair Eaters (2014)

RYAN MCGINNESS

Untitled

BH8 in.3 Ed. 5/7

(2014)

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ART FEATURE

SKULLFACE

Neon Painting (2014)

SPACE INVADER

Rubik, The Man Machine Rubik, Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Rubik, Horse Rubik, In God We Trust

(2011)

SWOON

#257/Monica (2014) #259/Ice Queen (2014)

THOMAS CAMPBELL

Der Nang (2014)

art alliance: the provocateurs

STANLEY DONWOOD

Forgot Was Sorry (2010) Hollywood (2011)

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ART FEATURE

WK INTERACT

Watch Me (2014) This End Up (2014)

art alliance: the provocateurs

TIM ARMSTRONG

Gilman Street Sign

Two Black Guitars

A Poet’s Life

11th Hour

Mohawk Skull

(2014)

WINSTON SMITH

The Ruling Class (1982) Paranoid’s Nightmare (1982)

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ART FEATURE

Shepard

Fairey

was born in Charleston, SC. He

received his B.F.A. at the Rhode

Island School of Design in

Providence.

While at R.I.S.D. he created the

Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker

that transformed into the OBEY

GIANT art campaign with imagery

that has changed the way people see

art and the urban landscape. He is

also the founder of OBEY Clothing.

His work has evolved into an

acclaimed body of art, which

includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait

of Barack Obama, which can be

found in the Smithsonian’s National

Portrait gallery.

Since the beginning of his career in

1989 he has exhibited in galleries

and museums around the around the

world, indoor and outdoor.

His works are in the permanent

collections of the MOMA, the

Victoria and Albert Museum, the

Boston ICA and many others.

THE

ARTISTS

ANDREW SCHOULTZ C215 CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA

CLARE ROJAS CLEON PETERSON COPE2 CYRCLE D*FACE

DANA LOUISE KIRKPATRICK DEEDEE CHERIEL DZINE

ERNESTO YERENA MONTEJANO ESTEVAN ORIOL EVAN HECOX FAILE

GARY PANTER HAZE HOW AND NOSM JAMES CAUTY JAMIE REID

JEN STARK JIM HOUSER KEITH HARING LEE QUINONES

MARK MOTHERSBAUGH MAYA HAYUK MONICA CANILAO NECK FACE

POSE RAVI ZUPA RETNA REVOK RICHARD COLMAN

RYAN MCGINNESS SHEPARD FAIREY SKULLPHONE SPACE INVADER

STANLEY DONWOOD SWOON THOMAS CAMPBELL

TIM ARMSTRONG WINSTON SMITH WK INTERACT

art alliance: the provocateurs

obeygiant.com

artalliance.com

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Photography by Aaron Dolan

FASHION//STREET STYLE CHICAGO

A Pictorial SummerRoundup of

Chicago is a diverse city with a copious

amount of food, music and most

STREET

importantly fashion. This Summer we

scoured the pinnacle of fashion on our

very own Michigan Ave and Damen Street

STYLE

in the ultra hip neighborhood of Wicker

Park to find a few different styles that help

make Chicago fashion so unique. Here’s a

selection of the best of the Summer season.

CHICAGO

Written by Stephanie Hernandez

Photography by Aaron Dolan and Brenda Hernandez

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FASHION//STREET STYLE CHICAGO

This man looks dapper as

ever in a Ralph Lauren

suit; showing that even

to work Chicagoans

are on point.

Her must have

boho chic outfit

can be found at

Muse-hat, Top

Shop for the

dazzling fringe

kimono, H&M

for the shorts,

and Akira for the

trendiest gladiator

sandals.

Photography by Aaron Dolan

Photography by Aaron Dolan

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Photography by Aaron Dolan

A good pop

of color and

pattern is what

Ace brought

to the scene

that day. He

matched his

hat with his eye

catching Urban

Outfitter shorts

and paired it

with a crisp

white T.

This power

couple is

on vacation

revisiting their

old stomping

grounds and

brought their

A-game.

Dressed in

Express this

Teacher and

Culinary

expertise made

Michigan Ave

their runway.

Photography by Aaron Dolan

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FASHION//STREET STYLE CHICAGO

Marlene’s outfit

was put together

with pieces from all

over; her top dates

back to the 70s,

and other pieces

of her look came

from a boutique

in the big apple

as well as Uniflo.

She was strutting

down Western Ave

looking like a total

rock star with her

street style and

black wayfarers.

Bow-Ty was the epitome of

outside the lines fashion. This

guy chooses to live his life in

full color and we applaud him

for it.

He mixed and matched a bit

of everything, denim, stripes,

mismatched shoes and a bow tie;

not to be confused with his name,

Bow-Ty.

Photography by Brenda Hernandez

Photography by Brenda Hernandez

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FASHION//STREET STYLE CHICAGO

Adam works at a Wicker

Park pub and was sitting

atop a bike posing so

eloquently when we

stumbled upon him

wearing tan corduroy

pants, a tan button up

paired with red suspenders

for a pop of color. That

great paper boy hat he’s

rocking ties the whole look

together.

Zach looked

as dapper

as can be in

his all black

attire with a

red feathered

fedora. This

swoon worthy

outfit can

be found at

Chicago’s own

Habberdash

boutique and

the fedora at

Goorin.

Photography by Brenda Hernandez

Photography by Brenda Hernandez

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COMMENTARY

It goes by many names. Ganja, kush, herb, mary jane... No matter how

creative people get with the terminology, most can recognize this drug by

its common name: marijuana.

For years marijuana has been illegal not only in Illinois, but throughout

the country. However, with new regulations allowing the use of marijuana

or decreasing the penalties that come with possessing the drug, it seems

fitting that Chicago would also consider jumping on board.

Marijuana has been proven to aid people in dealing with many difficult

illnesses. People suffering from extreme cases of epilepsy, for instance, have

reported that marijuana helped decrease their seizures. Cancer patients

also claim many of their pains have been decreased due to the effects of

marijuana.

But, we must remember why marijuana was deemed illegal in the first

place. The drug can produce various negative psychological and physical

affects ranging from amotivational syndrome to lung damage.

Illinois government officials have considered all of these positive and

negative consequences and, in the end, decided to make marijuana legal

for medical purposes. This law took effect on January 1st and, as a result,

Chicago will soon be home to various medical marijuana spots.

Hopefully these changes will produce more positive than negative effects

for the city. Chicagoans suffering from many diseases might find relief

with marijuana usage. Maybe the legalization of marijuana in its medical

form will decrease crime rates related to illegal drug usage and selling. Or

perhaps the individuals involved in illegally obtaining the drug will now

begin to invest their time on working legally with it.

It’s possible that many Chicagoans would argue that legalizing medical

marijuana is just one step closer to having recreational marijuana spots

opening. These individuals might argue that doing so may cause people to

abuse the drug even more.

Considering all of these possibilities and Chicago’s current stance on

medical marijuana, what are your thoughts Will putting these shops in our

city pose additional threats that our government has not yet considered Or

do you believe there are many benefits to marijuana usage that marijuana

opponents consistently overlook We would love to hear your opinions.

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