Magzoid Magazine - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | October 2023 |

“A drop of ink may make a million think.” Lord Byron In this edition, we explore the diverse realms ink has ventured into, celebrating the artists who have fearlessly embraced its fluidity to craft their unique artistic identities. From the fusion of ink and technology in the digital age to the rich tapestry of ink's historical journey, each story in this issue is a testament to the enduring power of this medium. But we don't just talk about ink. We also talk about other things, like International Coffee Day, when people celebrate coffee, United Nations Day, World Food Day, and World Thrift Day. These days remind us of the special things in life and how important it is to save money. Magzoid Magazine has always strived to ignite your imagination, captivate your focus, and enrich your essence. As you navigate this ocean of ink and creativity, I invite you to embrace the boundless inspiration it offers. Let each page be a testament to the enduring power of human expression and the artistry that connects us across time and space. With ink as our guide, let's go on this wonderful journey where every drawing, every word, and every picture shows how creative people can be.

“A drop of ink may make a million think.”
Lord Byron

In this edition, we explore the diverse realms ink has ventured into, celebrating the artists who have fearlessly embraced its fluidity to craft their unique artistic identities. From the fusion of ink and technology in the digital age to the rich tapestry of ink's historical journey, each story in this issue is a testament to the enduring power of this medium.

But we don't just talk about ink. We also talk about other things, like International Coffee Day, when people celebrate coffee, United Nations Day, World Food Day, and World Thrift Day. These days remind us of the special things in life and how important it is to save money.

Magzoid Magazine has always strived to ignite your imagination, captivate your focus, and enrich your essence. As you navigate this ocean of ink and creativity, I invite you to embrace the boundless inspiration it offers. Let each page be a testament to the enduring power of human expression and the artistry that connects us across time and space.

With ink as our guide, let's go on this wonderful journey where every drawing, every word, and every picture shows how creative people can be.


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United Nations Day....................................19<br />

International Coffee Day............................37<br />


Michael Müller ...........................................11<br />

Aaron Horkey .............................................13<br />

Ashley Wood .............................................17<br />

World Food Day.........................................53<br />

Becky Cloonan.......................................... 21<br />

Christopher Barry Riddell ............................25<br />

Karl Kop<strong>in</strong>ski .............................................29<br />

Chris Samnee..............................................35<br />

Dan Fraga.................................................. 39<br />

Dave Rapoza..............................................43<br />

DZO Olivier.................................................47<br />

Eric Canete................................................ 51<br />

Fiona Staples..............................................55<br />

Florian Bertmer............................................59<br />

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Ink Fusion: Where Tradition<br />

and Technology Converge for<br />

Boundless Creativity<br />

18-19<br />


Badria Shamsi ..........................................63<br />

Brushstrokes from <strong>the</strong> Past:<br />

A Glimpse <strong>in</strong>to Claude Lorra<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>terly Draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />


46-47<br />

92-93<br />

Featured Photographs.............................105<br />

Ink Through Time: Trac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Artistic Odyssey of a Timeless<br />

Medium<br />

22-23<br />

Art Exibitions & Events............................100<br />

Ink Facts.....................................................33<br />

Featured Artworks....................................104<br />

Architectural Wonders...............................96<br />

Brand Logo................................................95<br />

Knowledge Base....................................... 60<br />

Inktober: Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Art of<br />

Ink <strong>in</strong> a Digital Age<br />

26-27<br />


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10 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Michael Müller<br />

Artist<br />

Bridg<strong>in</strong>g Realities through Art<br />

Müller’s artistic philosophy is deeply contemplative,<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g his belief <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> multifaceted<br />

nature of reality. He grapples with<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea that <strong>the</strong>re exists a s<strong>in</strong>gular path to<br />

unravel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite facets of reality, a notion<br />

that fuels his ceaseless exploration. For<br />

him, <strong>the</strong> artistic process is an unend<strong>in</strong>g journey<br />

of self-discovery and self-doubt, where<br />

comprehension and failure coexist <strong>in</strong> a delicate<br />

dance.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of his studio, Michael<br />

Müller has made a significant impact on <strong>the</strong><br />

global art scene. His work has graced numerous<br />

gallery exhibitions and group shows,<br />

both <strong>in</strong> his native Germany and on <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

stages. Notable mentions <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong><br />

Landart Biennial <strong>in</strong> Ulan Bator, Mongolia<br />

(2010), <strong>the</strong> Kunstsaele <strong>in</strong> Berl<strong>in</strong> (2010), <strong>the</strong><br />

Kunstmuseum Kloster unser lieben Frauen<br />

<strong>in</strong> Magdeburg (2010), and <strong>the</strong> Kunsthalle <strong>in</strong><br />

Kiel (2010).<br />

In recent years, Müller’s artistic voice has<br />

resonated through exhibitions at prestigious<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions like <strong>the</strong> Kunsthaus Dresden<br />

(2012) and <strong>the</strong> Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle<br />

der Bundesrepublik (2013), solidify<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

status as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong> contemporary<br />

art.<br />

Today, Michael Müller calls Berl<strong>in</strong> his home<br />

and canvas, where he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of artistic expression, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

all to embark on a journey of understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and <strong>in</strong>trospection through his mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creations. His work rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that art is not<br />

just a reflection of reality; it is a catalyst for<br />

profound <strong>in</strong>sights, a mirror through which we<br />

can explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate threads that b<strong>in</strong>d us<br />

to <strong>the</strong> world and to each o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1970 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> picturesque town<br />

of Ingelheim am Rhe<strong>in</strong>, Germany,<br />

Michael Müller is an artist whose<br />

creative journey has traversed <strong>the</strong><br />

realms of sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, f<strong>in</strong>e arts, and draw<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His artistic odyssey led him to <strong>the</strong> hallowed<br />

halls of <strong>the</strong> Kunstakademie <strong>in</strong> Düsseldorf,<br />

where he honed his craft under <strong>the</strong> tutelage<br />

of <strong>the</strong> esteemed artist Magdalena Jetelová.<br />

While Müller’s roots are <strong>in</strong> sculpt<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e arts, he has s<strong>in</strong>ce become renowned<br />

for his captivat<strong>in</strong>g draw<strong>in</strong>gs. His artistic repertoire,<br />

however, transcends conventional<br />

boundaries, frequently meld<strong>in</strong>g works on<br />

paper with sculptural elements with<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallations.<br />

What sets Müller apart is his propensity<br />

to weave <strong>the</strong> creations of fellow artists,<br />

found objects, and various materials <strong>in</strong>to his<br />

work, forg<strong>in</strong>g a rich tapestry of artistic expression.<br />

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12 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Aaron<br />

Horkey<br />

Artist<br />

A Visual Journey <strong>in</strong>to Obsession and Detail<br />

American artist Aaron Horkey is a<br />

name that resonates with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of art for his unique and meticulous<br />

approach to his craft. Hail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from W<strong>in</strong>dom, M<strong>in</strong>nesota, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Rural Midwest, Horkey’s work is a testament<br />

to his upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and dist<strong>in</strong>ctive personality<br />

traits.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g characteristics of Aaron<br />

Horkey’s artistry is his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication<br />

to detail, a trait that often borders on<br />

<strong>the</strong> obsessive. Every stroke of his pen or<br />

brush is a testament to his unyield<strong>in</strong>g commitment<br />

to perfection. His artwork is a symphony<br />

of <strong>in</strong>tricate l<strong>in</strong>es and pa<strong>in</strong>stak<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

crafted forms, draw<strong>in</strong>g viewers <strong>in</strong>to a world<br />

where every m<strong>in</strong>uscule detail matters.<br />

Horkey’s journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> art world has<br />

been marked by both critical acclaim and<br />

commercial success. His work has found its<br />

way to auctions, with prices realized rang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from a modest 144 USD to a stagger<strong>in</strong>g<br />

1,170 USD, depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> size and<br />

medium of <strong>the</strong> artwork. Notably, <strong>in</strong> 2022, his<br />

piece titled “The Lord of <strong>the</strong> R<strong>in</strong>gs: The Return<br />

of <strong>the</strong> K<strong>in</strong>g” achieved a record price of<br />

1,170 USD at Heritage Auctions <strong>in</strong> Dallas,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g appeal of his creations.<br />

Beyond his artistic pursuits, Aaron Horkey<br />

is a man of <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g contrasts. He openly<br />

acknowledges his “debilitat<strong>in</strong>g social <strong>in</strong>eptitude,”<br />

a characteristic that seems at odds<br />

with <strong>the</strong> precision and f<strong>in</strong>esse of his art. His<br />

aff<strong>in</strong>ity for desolation and megafauna, coupled<br />

with his hobby of transplant<strong>in</strong>g sumacs,<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r enriches <strong>the</strong> enigmatic tapestry of his<br />

life.<br />

Currently resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a tranquil whistlestop<br />

just west of <strong>the</strong> Mississippi River, Horkey<br />

devotes his hours to a meticulous chore<br />

list while nurtur<strong>in</strong>g his creative spirit and,<br />

perhaps, <strong>the</strong> occasional ulcer. He carries<br />

a unique legacy as <strong>the</strong> sole survivor of <strong>the</strong><br />

Black Osprey Dead Arts Society and holds<br />

<strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ction of be<strong>in</strong>g a found<strong>in</strong>g member<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Cottonwood County Druids Skateboard<br />

Gang, add<strong>in</strong>g layers to his multifaceted<br />

persona.<br />

Aaron Horkey’s art is not just a visual experience;<br />

it’s an <strong>in</strong>vitation to delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>d of an artist who thrives on <strong>the</strong> juxtaposition<br />

of <strong>in</strong>tricate detail and social solitude.<br />

His work challenges us to appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty that lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> smallest of elements<br />

and rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that, sometimes, it’s <strong>the</strong> most<br />

obsessive attention to detail that can birth<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary artistry.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



In <strong>the</strong> world of art, certa<strong>in</strong> masterpieces<br />

have <strong>the</strong> ability to transcend time and<br />

captivate viewers across generations.<br />

One such artist who cont<strong>in</strong>ues to mesmerize<br />

with his brushstrokes from <strong>the</strong> past is<br />

Claude Lorra<strong>in</strong>. His “pa<strong>in</strong>terly draw<strong>in</strong>gs” are<br />

a remarkable testament to his virtuosity and<br />

artistic vision, offer<strong>in</strong>g us a unique glimpse<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his world of pastoral landscapes and <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

compositions.<br />

Claude Lorra<strong>in</strong>, a French artist born<br />

around 1604/5, left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on<br />

<strong>the</strong> art world with his stunn<strong>in</strong>g landscapes<br />

that seemed to capture <strong>the</strong> very essence of<br />

nature’s beauty. His artistic journey, which<br />

spanned decades, culm<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>in</strong> works<br />

that cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>spire awe and admiration.<br />

While he is best known for his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, his<br />

“pa<strong>in</strong>terly draw<strong>in</strong>gs” deserve special attention<br />

as w<strong>in</strong>dows <strong>in</strong>to his creative process<br />

and technical prowess.<br />

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The work that stands before us, “Pastoral<br />

Landscape with Trees,” created around<br />

1640, is a prime example of Claude’s masterful<br />

technique. The graphic virtuosity evident<br />

<strong>in</strong> this piece is a testament to his ability to<br />

seamlessly blend mediums and techniques.<br />

The use of black chalk and brown wash,<br />

along with pen and brown <strong>in</strong>k fram<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

results <strong>in</strong> a composition that exudes both<br />

depth and harmony.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> 1640s marked a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong><br />

Claude’s artistic career, his draw<strong>in</strong>gs took<br />

on a newfound significance. These “little<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs on paper,” as he often referred<br />

to <strong>the</strong>m, played a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> his oeuvre.<br />

The composition of his draw<strong>in</strong>gs became<br />

<strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly <strong>in</strong>tricate, with dense compositions<br />

that covered <strong>the</strong> entire surface of <strong>the</strong><br />

paper. Despite <strong>the</strong> smaller format, <strong>the</strong>se<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs encapsulated <strong>the</strong> grandeur of his<br />

larger pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his mastery of<br />

scale and proportion.<br />

“<br />

Pastrol<br />

Landscape<br />

with Trees<br />

encapsulates Claude’s ability to capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g allure of nature. The delicate<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es of <strong>the</strong> trees and <strong>the</strong> gentle curves of<br />

<strong>the</strong> landscape evoke a sense of tranquility,<br />

transport<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer to a serene pastoral<br />

realm. It’s a testament to Claude’s sensitivity<br />

to light and atmosphere – qualities that<br />

def<strong>in</strong>ed his approach to landscape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and draw<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

One cannot help but be struck by <strong>the</strong><br />

timeless quality of Claude’s work. The monochromatic<br />

palette and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay of light<br />

and shadow give <strong>the</strong> piece a universal appeal<br />

that transcends its creation centuries<br />

ago. It’s a rem<strong>in</strong>der that <strong>the</strong> language of art<br />

speaks across time, resonat<strong>in</strong>g with viewers<br />

<strong>in</strong> any era.<br />

As we marvel at “Pastoral Landscape with<br />

Trees,” we’re rem<strong>in</strong>ded of <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g and celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brushstrokes<br />

from <strong>the</strong> past. This piece, acquired by <strong>the</strong><br />

Clark Art Institute <strong>in</strong> 2007, serves as a bridge<br />

that connects us to Claude Lorra<strong>in</strong>’s artistic<br />

legacy. It’s a testament to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power<br />

of art to evoke emotions, transport us to<br />

distant landscapes, and offer a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> soul of an artist.<br />

In our modern world, Claude Lorra<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

“pa<strong>in</strong>terly draw<strong>in</strong>gs” cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>spire and<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d us of <strong>the</strong> beauty that can emerge<br />

from <strong>the</strong> marriage of technique and vision.<br />

As we stand before this masterpiece, we’re<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited to witness a moment frozen <strong>in</strong> time,<br />

to feel <strong>the</strong> weight of history through <strong>in</strong>k and<br />

chalk, and to appreciate <strong>the</strong> brushstrokes<br />

that cont<strong>in</strong>ue to weave stories across centuries.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



16 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Ashley Wood<br />

Artist<br />

A Visionary Artist Defy<strong>in</strong>g Conventions<br />

Australian-born artist Ashley Wood<br />

is a creative force whose work<br />

spans <strong>the</strong> realms of comic books,<br />

cover art, concept design, and art<br />

direction. While his portfolio is diverse, his<br />

approach can be characterized as <strong>in</strong>herently<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>terly, elevat<strong>in</strong>g his creations to a level<br />

of artistry that transcends traditional boundaries.<br />

Wood’s artistry is marked by a relentless<br />

commitment to break<strong>in</strong>g conventions with<strong>in</strong><br />

his chosen media. His approach is characterized<br />

by a constant shift, an agenda<br />

that <strong>in</strong>fuses his work with freshness and an<br />

ongo<strong>in</strong>g evolution of <strong>the</strong> creative process.<br />

Despite often work<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es<br />

of client commissions, Wood manages to<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a strong focus on comics, where<br />

his boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation f<strong>in</strong>ds its most<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent expression.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1971 <strong>in</strong> Australia, Ashley Wood<br />

has emerged as a prolific comic book artist<br />

and an award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g illustrator. His career<br />

has seen him make significant contributions<br />

to both <strong>the</strong> UK and <strong>in</strong>ternational comic book<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustries. His work garnered rapid success,<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g to collaborations with top publishers<br />

like Marvel and DC Comics <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> highly<br />

competitive US market. Notably, his work on<br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic character Judge Dredd is etched<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> annals of comic book history.<br />

Wood’s specialization <strong>in</strong> graphic novels<br />

led him to collaborations with Image Comics<br />

and later with Todd McFarlane Toys, where<br />

his talents cont<strong>in</strong>ued to sh<strong>in</strong>e. Beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

realms of traditional art, he ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

world of movies and TV projects, broaden<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> scope of his creative endeavors.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> pivotal moments <strong>in</strong> Wood’s career<br />

was his association with Hideo Kojima<br />

on <strong>the</strong> groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g project, “Metal Gear<br />

Solid,” <strong>the</strong> first digital comic for <strong>the</strong> Sony<br />

Playstation platform. The comic’s reception<br />

was noth<strong>in</strong>g short of outstand<strong>in</strong>g, achiev<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unparalleled commercial success with over<br />

six million copies shipped worldwide. This<br />

engagement also led to additional artworks<br />

for <strong>the</strong> PlayStation Portable game <strong>in</strong> 2006<br />

and <strong>the</strong> comic book sequel titled “Metal<br />

Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.”<br />

In 2004, alongside his colleague TP Louise,<br />

Wood co-founded 7174 PTY LTD, an<br />

Australian-based enterta<strong>in</strong>ment company<br />

specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g features for <strong>the</strong> comic,<br />

film, toys, and video game <strong>in</strong>dustries. This<br />

venture underscores Wood’s endur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

on various facets of enterta<strong>in</strong>ment and<br />

his commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g creative boundaries.<br />

Ashley Wood’s artistic journey is a testament<br />

to his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

and artistic evolution. Through his work,<br />

he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate audiences, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us that art is not conf<strong>in</strong>ed to a s<strong>in</strong>gular<br />

medium but is a boundless realm where<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation and creativity know no limits.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />






18 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


In <strong>the</strong> vast landscape of art, evolution has<br />

always been a driv<strong>in</strong>g force. From ancient<br />

cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs to Renaissance masterpieces,<br />

artistic mediums have adapted<br />

and transformed, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong><br />

times. In this age of rapid technological<br />

advancement, a fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g and dynamic<br />

convergence is tak<strong>in</strong>g place—one that marries<br />

<strong>the</strong> timeless elegance of traditional <strong>in</strong>k<br />

art with <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities of digital<br />

technology. This union, aptly termed “Ink Fusion,”<br />

is revolutioniz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> creative sphere,<br />

redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of expression, and<br />

breath<strong>in</strong>g new life <strong>in</strong>to age-old practices.<br />

Brushes can morph from <strong>in</strong>ky strokes to<br />

shimmer<strong>in</strong>g light, and canvases can span<br />

from paper to pixels. The blend of traditional<br />

<strong>in</strong>k with digital platforms allows for iterative<br />

exploration, eras<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fear of mak<strong>in</strong>g irreversible<br />

mistakes and grant<strong>in</strong>g artists <strong>the</strong><br />

freedom to push <strong>the</strong>ir boundaries.<br />

A Palette of Endless Potential: Color and<br />

Texture<br />

The marriage of <strong>in</strong>k and technology transcends<br />

<strong>the</strong> monochrome world, <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

color <strong>in</strong> ways once <strong>in</strong>conceivable. Artists<br />

can now experiment with vibrant palettes<br />

Impact on Modern Creativity: A Harmonious<br />

Symphony<br />

As we navigate this era of Ink Fusion, we<br />

witness <strong>the</strong> birth of a creative symphony<br />

where <strong>the</strong> analog and <strong>the</strong> digital coalesce<br />

harmoniously. It’s a rem<strong>in</strong>der that <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

and tradition need not be at odds; <strong>the</strong>y can<br />

complement each o<strong>the</strong>r to birth a new realm<br />

of artistic expression. Ink Fusion exemplifies<br />

how technology, when harnessed thoughtfully,<br />

can amplify <strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong> human<br />

touch, add<strong>in</strong>g depth, versatility, and a touch<br />

of magic to age-old practices.<br />

The Bridge Between Eras: Honor<strong>in</strong>g Tradition<br />

Ink, a medium steeped <strong>in</strong> history and cultural<br />

significance, is f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g a contemporary<br />

voice through this fusion. The elegance of<br />

calligraphy, <strong>the</strong> precision of l<strong>in</strong>e draw<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> fluidity of <strong>in</strong>k washes have long captivated<br />

artists and enthusiasts alike. Through<br />

Ink Fusion, <strong>the</strong>se traditional techniques are<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g reimag<strong>in</strong>ed and re<strong>in</strong>troduced to a<br />

tech-savvy generation, connect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

centuries of artistic heritage. The beauty lies<br />

not just <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al product, but <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> journey<br />

itself—a journey that transcends time and<br />

melds <strong>the</strong> old with <strong>the</strong> new.<br />

Limitless Horizons: Digital Enhancement<br />

and Exploration<br />

The <strong>in</strong>tegration of digital technology <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of <strong>in</strong>k art has opened a treasure<br />

trove of possibilities. Artists now wield digital<br />

tools that amplify <strong>the</strong>ir creative scope,<br />

enabl<strong>in</strong>g experimentation and <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

and lifelike textures that challenge <strong>the</strong> constra<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

of traditional <strong>in</strong>k. The digital realm<br />

empowers artists to brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

creations with subtle gradients, lum<strong>in</strong>ous<br />

hues, and <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns. This seamless<br />

blend of mediums creates a visual tapestry<br />

that captivates <strong>the</strong> eye and engages <strong>the</strong><br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Cultivat<strong>in</strong>g Community: Global Connectivity<br />

Ink Fusion is not just about tools; it’s about<br />

forg<strong>in</strong>g connections across time zones and<br />

cultures. Digital platforms facilitate collaboration<br />

and shar<strong>in</strong>g on a global scale, enabl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists to connect, learn, and grow <strong>in</strong><br />

unprecedented ways. Traditional <strong>in</strong>k artists<br />

can now f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> works of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

counterparts across <strong>the</strong> world, while digital<br />

artists draw from <strong>the</strong> rich reservoir of <strong>in</strong>k’s<br />

history. This global exchange enriches <strong>the</strong><br />

creative narrative and fosters a vibrant and<br />

diverse artistic community.<br />

In this epoch of Ink Fusion, let us celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> fusion of past and future, analog<br />

and digital—a celebration that underl<strong>in</strong>es<br />

<strong>the</strong> unend<strong>in</strong>g potential of human creativity.<br />

As we watch <strong>in</strong>k strokes dance seamlessly<br />

with pixels and algorithms, we witness not<br />

just a technological marvel, but a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g spirit of artistic <strong>in</strong>genuity.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



20 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Becky<br />

Cloonan<br />

Artist<br />

Craft<strong>in</strong>g Worlds Through Comics<br />

Born on June 23, 1980, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> picturesque<br />

city of Pisa, Italy, Becky<br />

Cloonan has established herself as<br />

a prom<strong>in</strong>ent American comic book<br />

creator whose work has graced <strong>the</strong> pages<br />

of publishers like Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper<br />

Coll<strong>in</strong>s, and Marvel. Her artistic journey<br />

began with humble m<strong>in</strong>icomics, and her ascent<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of comics has been noth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

short of remarkable.<br />

Cloonan’s collaborative work with Brian<br />

Wood on “Channel Zero: Jennie One” <strong>in</strong><br />

2003 marked <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ception of her rise <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry. However, her breakthrough moment<br />

arrived with <strong>the</strong> critically acclaimed<br />

twelve-issue comic series “Demo” <strong>in</strong> 2004,<br />

aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> collaboration with Wood. This<br />

groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g work was not only named<br />

Wizard’s “Indie of <strong>the</strong> Year” but also garnered<br />

two Eisner Award nom<strong>in</strong>ations <strong>in</strong><br />

2005, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> categories of Best Limited Series<br />

and Best S<strong>in</strong>gle Issue.<br />

Beyond comics, Cloonan has extended<br />

her creative reach by contribut<strong>in</strong>g artwork<br />

for musical acts such as Leftover Crack and<br />

<strong>the</strong> hip-hop group Cunn<strong>in</strong>Lynguists. Her<br />

artistry knows no bounds, transcend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

conf<strong>in</strong>es of <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ted page.<br />

Currently resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Montreal, Quebec,<br />

Canada, with her fiance, Becky Cloonan<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate audiences with her<br />

evocative storytell<strong>in</strong>g and breathtak<strong>in</strong>g illustrations.<br />

Her legacy as a trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g comic<br />

book creator is etched <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> annals of <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists and writers<br />

to pursue <strong>the</strong>ir creative passions with<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Her creative prowess cont<strong>in</strong>ued to flourish,<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> release of her first solo<br />

graphic novel, “East Coast Ris<strong>in</strong>g: Volume<br />

1,” published by Tokyopop <strong>in</strong> 2006. The<br />

graphic novel earned Cloonan her third Eisner<br />

Award nom<strong>in</strong>ation, this time for Best New<br />

Series <strong>in</strong> 2007.<br />

Cloonan’s versatility sh<strong>in</strong>es through her<br />

collaborations, notably with writer Steven T.<br />

Seagle on <strong>the</strong> Vertigo Comics series “American<br />

Virg<strong>in</strong>.” Her ability to weave compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narratives and create captivat<strong>in</strong>g visuals has<br />

made her a sought-after talent <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> comic<br />

book <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

One of her groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g achievements<br />

came <strong>in</strong> August 2012 when she became <strong>the</strong><br />

first woman to pencil an issue of <strong>the</strong> iconic<br />

“Batman.” This milestone not only underscored<br />

her talent but also broke down barriers<br />

<strong>in</strong> a historically male-dom<strong>in</strong>ated field.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



22 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





In <strong>the</strong> realm of artistic expression, certa<strong>in</strong><br />

mediums transcend time and culture,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on humanity’s<br />

creative narrative. One such medium is<br />

<strong>in</strong>k—a substance that has flowed through<br />

<strong>the</strong> annals of history, etch<strong>in</strong>g stories, ideas,<br />

and emotions onto various canvases. From<br />

<strong>the</strong> delicate scrolls of ancient calligraphy to<br />

<strong>the</strong> vibrant sk<strong>in</strong> of contemporary tattoo culture,<br />

<strong>in</strong>k has woven an <strong>in</strong>tricate tapestry that<br />

spans centuries, cultures, and cont<strong>in</strong>ents.<br />

Ancient Orig<strong>in</strong>s: A Brush with Elegance<br />

Ink’s journey beg<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> distant past,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> need to communicate and document<br />

led to its emergence. Ancient civilizations<br />

like Ch<strong>in</strong>a and Egypt harnessed <strong>the</strong><br />

power of <strong>in</strong>k to record sacred texts, chronicles<br />

of dynasties, and philosophical treatises.<br />

The ref<strong>in</strong>ed art of calligraphy emerged,<br />

marry<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fluidity of <strong>in</strong>k with <strong>the</strong> grace<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human hand. Each stroke became<br />

a dance, each character a manifestation<br />

of both language and aes<strong>the</strong>tic beauty.<br />

Through <strong>in</strong>k, civilizations wrote <strong>the</strong>ir stories,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g us with eloquent echoes of <strong>the</strong>ir wisdom<br />

and creativity.<br />

Medieval Manuscripts: W<strong>in</strong>dows to <strong>the</strong><br />

Past<br />

As <strong>the</strong> pages of history turned, <strong>in</strong>k cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

to evolve, grac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pages of illum<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

manuscripts with <strong>in</strong>tricate designs<br />

and vibrant hues. Monks and scribes meticulously<br />

handcrafted <strong>the</strong>se works, us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>ks derived from diverse sources such as<br />

plants, m<strong>in</strong>erals, and even precious metals.<br />

The vivid colors and <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns <strong>the</strong>y<br />

created still mesmerize modern audiences,<br />

a testament to <strong>in</strong>k’s ability to encapsulate<br />

time and transcend eras.<br />

Enlightenment and Expression: Ink as a<br />

Revolutionary Tool<br />

With <strong>the</strong> dawn of <strong>the</strong> Renaissance and<br />

Enlightenment, <strong>in</strong>k transformed <strong>in</strong>to a tool<br />

for both <strong>in</strong>tellectual and political revolution.<br />

The pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g press brought forth a new era<br />

of mass communication, mak<strong>in</strong>g knowledge<br />

accessible to wider audiences. Ink played<br />

a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> dissem<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g revolutionary<br />

ideas, foster<strong>in</strong>g critical th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g, and catalyz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

change. The power of <strong>in</strong>k to convey<br />

dissent and <strong>in</strong>novation emerged, leav<strong>in</strong>g its<br />

mark on revolutions and <strong>in</strong>tellectual move-<br />

ments worldwide.<br />

Contemporary Canvases: Ink’s Dynamic<br />

Resurgence<br />

Fast-forward to <strong>the</strong> present day, and <strong>in</strong>k<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to redef<strong>in</strong>e artistic expression.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> hands of modern artists, <strong>in</strong>k defies<br />

boundaries and expectations. It fuses with<br />

digital technology, yield<strong>in</strong>g new dimensions<br />

of creativity. Illustrators use <strong>in</strong>k to craft surreal<br />

and abstract compositions, while tattoo<br />

artists impr<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong>k onto <strong>the</strong> very sk<strong>in</strong> of enthusiasts,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g wearable art that encapsulates<br />

personal stories and identities.<br />

Conclusion: A Fluid Legacy<br />

The journey of <strong>in</strong>k through time is a rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

of its profound impact on human creativity<br />

and connection. It has borne witness<br />

to <strong>the</strong> evolution of societies, cultures, and<br />

artistic sensibilities, offer<strong>in</strong>g a unique w<strong>in</strong>dow<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> past and a bridge to <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> strokes of ancient calligraphers to<br />

<strong>the</strong> vibrant pigments of tattoo artists, <strong>in</strong>k has<br />

been an unwaver<strong>in</strong>g companion on humanity’s<br />

artistic voyage.<br />

As we explore <strong>the</strong> pages of history and<br />

marvel at contemporary <strong>in</strong>k creations, let<br />

us acknowledge <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g allure of this<br />

fluid medium. It is a medium that has not<br />

only withstood <strong>the</strong> test of time but has also<br />

shaped <strong>the</strong> very course of our collective<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation. Through <strong>in</strong>k, we f<strong>in</strong>d ourselves<br />

te<strong>the</strong>red to <strong>the</strong> artistic souls of those who<br />

came before us—a testament to <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of a s<strong>in</strong>gle substance to preserve, communicate,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire across generations.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



24 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Exclusive<br />

Christopher Barry<br />

Riddell<br />

Artist<br />

A Maestro of Illustration and Political Satire<br />

<strong>the</strong> forefront and enterta<strong>in</strong>ed readers with his<br />

clever <strong>in</strong>sights.<br />

Beyond political satire, Riddell has left<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> world of literature<br />

through his enchant<strong>in</strong>g illustrations and<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g. He has received several prestigious<br />

awards, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a special commendation<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Kate Greenaway Medal<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1995 and <strong>the</strong> UNESCO Prize <strong>in</strong> 1997 for<br />

“Someth<strong>in</strong>g Else.” His work on “The Swan’s<br />

Stories” garnered him an honorable mention<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Bologna Book Fair and a place on <strong>the</strong><br />

Kurt Maschler Award shortlist <strong>in</strong> 1998.<br />

solidified his status as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world of contemporary art and literature.<br />

Christopher Barry Riddell’s journey<br />

through <strong>the</strong> realms of illustration and political<br />

satire serves as a source of <strong>in</strong>spiration, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us of <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art<br />

to engage, <strong>in</strong>form, and captivate audiences<br />

across <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Among his most celebrated achievements<br />

are two Kate Greenaway Medals, <strong>the</strong><br />

first <strong>in</strong> 2002 for “Pirate Diary: The Journal<br />

of Jake Carpenter” and <strong>the</strong> second <strong>in</strong> 2004<br />

for “Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver.” Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with Paul Stewart, Riddell also earned <strong>the</strong><br />

Smarties Award <strong>in</strong> 2004 for “Fergus Crane,”<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1962 <strong>in</strong> Capetown, South Africa,<br />

Christopher Barry Riddell has<br />

carved a dist<strong>in</strong>guished career as<br />

a multifaceted artist, renowned for<br />

his exceptional talent <strong>in</strong> both illustration and<br />

political satire. His artistic journey is a testament<br />

to his dedication to <strong>the</strong> craft, earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

him numerous accolades and a prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of literature and visual<br />

arts.<br />

Riddell’s educational foundation was laid<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Epsom School of Art and Design from<br />

1980 to 1981, followed by a B.A. with firstclass<br />

honors from Brighton Polytechnic <strong>in</strong><br />

1984. This academic background laid <strong>the</strong><br />

groundwork for his future artistic endeavors.<br />

As a freelance illustrator and writer, Riddell’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence extends across a wide spectrum.<br />

His work as a political cartoonist for<br />

esteemed London periodicals, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Economist from 1988 to 1995, and later for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Independent, Independent on Sunday,<br />

Guardian, and Observer, start<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 1995,<br />

has been a platform for his <strong>in</strong>cisive commentary<br />

and satirical wit. Through his political<br />

cartoons, he has brought press<strong>in</strong>g issues to<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g his versatility as both an illustrator<br />

and writer.<br />

In addition to his literary contributions,<br />

Riddell’s artistic prowess extends to cover<br />

art production for esteemed publications<br />

such as <strong>the</strong> Literary Review, beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

1997, and <strong>the</strong> New Statesman. His ability<br />

to seamlessly blend his artistic talents with<br />

political commentary and storytell<strong>in</strong>g has<br />

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In a world awash with pixels and screens,<br />

where technology reigns supreme, <strong>the</strong>re’s<br />

a tradition that stands as a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power of <strong>the</strong> analog. Inktober,<br />

a month-long celebration of <strong>in</strong>k-based<br />

artistry, has become a beacon for artists<br />

seek<strong>in</strong>g to reconnect with <strong>the</strong> tactile beauty<br />

of traditional mediums <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

digital landscape.<br />

Conceived by artist Jake Parker <strong>in</strong> 2009,<br />

Inktober has evolved <strong>in</strong>to a global phenomenon,<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g artists and enthusiasts alike.<br />

Every <strong>October</strong>, artists embark on a journey<br />

to create one <strong>in</strong>k-based artwork each day,<br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir creations on social media platforms.<br />

The result is an explosion of creativity,<br />

a virtual gallery that highlights <strong>the</strong> richness<br />

and versatility of <strong>in</strong>k as a medium.<br />

In an era where digital tools offer limitless<br />

possibilities and <strong>in</strong>stantaneous edits, Inktober<br />

prompts artists to pause and reflect<br />

on each stroke. The permanence of <strong>in</strong>k demands<br />

a commitment to one’s artistic decisions.<br />

Every l<strong>in</strong>e becomes a statement, every<br />

dot a deliberate choice. This process not<br />

only hones technical skill but also nurtures<br />

patience and m<strong>in</strong>dfulness – qualities often<br />

overshadowed by <strong>the</strong> hustle and bustle of<br />

modern life.<br />

Participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Inktober is more than just<br />

a creative exercise; it’s a communal experience<br />

that bridges geographical divides. Artists<br />

from all corners of <strong>the</strong> globe unite under<br />

<strong>the</strong> banner of <strong>in</strong>k, shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir progress,<br />

struggles, and triumphs. The camaraderie<br />

that emerges is a testament to <strong>the</strong> universal<br />

language of art, transcend<strong>in</strong>g barriers and<br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g a sense of belong<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

For artists accustomed to digital mediums,<br />

Inktober offers a chance to step out<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir comfort zones. The unforgiv<strong>in</strong>g nature<br />

of <strong>in</strong>k, where mistakes cannot be easily<br />

erased, <strong>in</strong>stills a sense of vulnerability. Yet,<br />

it’s with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se limitations that true <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

often thrives. Artists experiment, adapt,<br />

and uncover new techniques, discover<strong>in</strong>g<br />

uncharted territories of creativity.<br />

Inktober also celebrates <strong>the</strong> diversity of<br />

<strong>in</strong>k-based art. From <strong>in</strong>tricate cross-hatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to bold brush strokes, from m<strong>in</strong>imalist monochromes<br />

to vibrant splashes of color, artists<br />

wield <strong>in</strong>k <strong>in</strong> myriad ways. This versatility<br />

reflects <strong>the</strong> essence of artistic expression –<br />

<strong>the</strong> ability to convey emotions, stories, and<br />

perspectives through a s<strong>in</strong>gle medium, yet<br />

<strong>in</strong> countless forms.<br />

In recent years, discussions surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Inktober’s accessibility and potential pitfalls<br />

have emerged. Conversations about <strong>in</strong>clusivity<br />

and sensitivity <strong>in</strong> art challenges are important,<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us that creativity should<br />

never come at <strong>the</strong> expense of respect and<br />

empathy. These dialogues fuel <strong>the</strong> evolution<br />

of Inktober, transform<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to a platform<br />

that encourages growth, understand<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

responsible artistic exploration.<br />

As Inktober cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve, it stands<br />

as a bridge between tradition and <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us that <strong>the</strong> old and <strong>the</strong> new can<br />

harmoniously coexist. In a world enchanted<br />

by digital wonders, <strong>the</strong> simple elegance of<br />

<strong>in</strong>k rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> raw beauty <strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong><br />

human expression. It’s a rem<strong>in</strong>der that <strong>the</strong><br />

tactile sensation of a pen glid<strong>in</strong>g across paper,<br />

<strong>the</strong> subtle variations of shade, and <strong>the</strong><br />

permanence of <strong>in</strong>k comb<strong>in</strong>e to create an experience<br />

that transcends <strong>the</strong> screen.<br />

Inktober beckons us to slow down, to savor<br />

<strong>the</strong> process, and to celebrate <strong>the</strong> artistry<br />

that spr<strong>in</strong>gs from <strong>the</strong> heart and flows through<br />

<strong>the</strong> hand. It’s a celebration of creativity, a<br />

nod to history, and a rem<strong>in</strong>der that sometimes,<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> b<strong>in</strong>ary code of our digital<br />

age, it’s <strong>the</strong> analog strokes that truly leave<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Unveil<strong>in</strong>g Creativity: The Artistic Journey of<br />

Karl<br />

Kop<strong>in</strong>ski<br />

Artist<br />

From Nott<strong>in</strong>gham to <strong>the</strong> World<br />

In <strong>the</strong> heart of Nott<strong>in</strong>gham, UK, a prodigious<br />

artist has been shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

illustrations s<strong>in</strong>ce 1997. Meet Karl, a selftaught<br />

visionary who seamlessly blends<br />

traditional and digital media to craft captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

visual narratives. With an illustrious career<br />

spann<strong>in</strong>g decades, Karl has collaborated<br />

with a prestigious array of clients, leav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> illustration <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Karl’s artistic odyssey began <strong>in</strong> his hometown,<br />

where he cultivated his <strong>in</strong>nate talent<br />

and honed his skills. What sets Karl apart is<br />

his remarkable versatility, evident <strong>in</strong> his mastery<br />

over various mediums. From <strong>the</strong> stroke<br />

of a pa<strong>in</strong>tbrush to <strong>the</strong> click of a digital stylus,<br />

Karl brea<strong>the</strong>s life <strong>in</strong>to his creations. His creative<br />

arsenal knows no bounds, allow<strong>in</strong>g him<br />

to craft works that resonate with a diverse<br />

audience.<br />

The constellation of clients Karl has<br />

worked with reads like a who’s who of creative<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>aries. From <strong>the</strong> visionary filmmaker<br />

Peter Jackson to <strong>the</strong> sartorial icon Sir Paul<br />

Smith, from <strong>the</strong> immersive worlds of Hasbro<br />

and Ubisoft to <strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g universes of<br />

Wizards of <strong>the</strong> Coast and Games Workshop,<br />

Karl’s artistry has left an <strong>in</strong>delible impr<strong>in</strong>t on<br />

projects that span genres and <strong>in</strong>dustries. His<br />

ability to seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrate his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

style <strong>in</strong>to various contexts speaks volumes<br />

about his adaptability and artistic acumen.<br />

A testament to Karl’s prowess as a portraitist<br />

is his knack for captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of his subjects. The gaze of a person immortalized<br />

on canvas or screen reveals depths<br />

of character that words often fail to convey.<br />

Among his many triumphs, Karl’s portrait of<br />

Sir Paul Smith stands out, a masterpiece featured<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lum<strong>in</strong>ary’s own book, “Hello, My<br />

Name is Paul Smith.” This achievement not<br />

only attests to Karl’s artistic f<strong>in</strong>esse but also<br />

to his capability to distill <strong>the</strong> soul of his subjects<br />

onto <strong>the</strong> canvas.<br />

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However, Karl’s creative voyage doesn’t<br />

end with commissioned projects. It extends<br />

to personal endeavors that illum<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong><br />

depth of his artistic vision. Team<strong>in</strong>g up with<br />

Sir Paul Smith, Karl curated his first solo exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> London last year. The showcase<br />

featured a captivat<strong>in</strong>g series of cyclist portraits,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to Karl’s ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

project. This collaboration underscored not<br />

only Karl’s creative synergy with Paul Smith<br />

but also his ability to transcend <strong>the</strong> realm of<br />

illustrations and venture <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of art<br />

curation.<br />

While Karl’s artistic journey has taken him<br />

far and wide, he rema<strong>in</strong>s rooted <strong>in</strong> Nott<strong>in</strong>gham,<br />

where he resides with his family – a<br />

wife, two children, and a loyal can<strong>in</strong>e companion.<br />

Despite his global acclaim, Karl’s<br />

attachment to his hometown is a testament<br />

to his humility and commitment to his roots.<br />

For those captivated by Karl’s enchant<strong>in</strong>g<br />

work, <strong>the</strong> opportunity to commission a piece<br />

from him is an open door. His portfolio beckons<br />

with a promise of uniqueness, a fusion of<br />

tradition and technology, and a touch of his<br />

<strong>in</strong>imitable style.<br />

In conclusion, Karl’s artistic expedition<br />

from Nott<strong>in</strong>gham to <strong>in</strong>ternational acclaim<br />

showcases not only his creative prowess but<br />

also his boundless dedication to his craft.<br />

His journey rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that art is a bridge<br />

that connects diverse worlds and ignites <strong>the</strong><br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation. As Karl cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve, his<br />

creations will undoubtedly keep enrich<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic landscape and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g generations<br />

to come.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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32 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





Welcome to ‘Inkspot,’ a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of <strong>in</strong>k<br />

as an art medium. In this section,<br />

we’ll delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

history, techniques, and cultural significance<br />

of <strong>in</strong>k <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of creativity. From ancient<br />

calligraphy traditions to modern tattoo artistry,<br />

<strong>in</strong>k has left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> world<br />

of art. Jo<strong>in</strong> us as we explore <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>k<br />

facts, unravel <strong>the</strong> secrets of <strong>in</strong>k-based masterpieces,<br />

and celebrate <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g allure<br />

of this timeless medium.<br />

1. Ancient Orig<strong>in</strong>s:<br />

Ink has been used as an artistic medium<br />

for over 4,000 years. The earliest known <strong>in</strong>k<br />

dates back to ancient Egypt and Ch<strong>in</strong>a,<br />

where it was made from soot, charcoal, and<br />

natural b<strong>in</strong>ders.<br />

2. Ink Composition:<br />

Traditional <strong>in</strong>k is typically made from a<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of pigments or dyes, a liquid<br />

(water, oil, or alcohol), and a b<strong>in</strong>der to hold<br />

<strong>the</strong> pigment toge<strong>the</strong>r. Different types of <strong>in</strong>k,<br />

such as India <strong>in</strong>k or Sumi <strong>in</strong>k, use various<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredients.<br />

3. Ink <strong>in</strong> Calligraphy:<br />

Calligraphy, an art form that focuses on<br />

beautiful handwrit<strong>in</strong>g, often employs <strong>in</strong>k as<br />

<strong>the</strong> primary medium. Various scripts and<br />

styles of calligraphy around <strong>the</strong> world use<br />

<strong>in</strong>k to create <strong>in</strong>tricate and expressive letterforms.<br />

4. Sumi-e Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Sumi-e, a traditional Japanese <strong>in</strong>k pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

technique, relies solely on black <strong>in</strong>k,<br />

water, and brushwork to create stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscapes, animals, and o<strong>the</strong>r subjects. It<br />

emphasizes spontaneity and simplicity.<br />

5. **Ink Wash Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Also known as literati pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, this Ch<strong>in</strong>ese<br />

art form uses <strong>in</strong>k washes to create<br />

e<strong>the</strong>real and expressive landscapes. Artists<br />

control <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>k’s flow to convey mood and<br />

emotion.<br />

6. Ink and Comics:<br />

Ink is fundamental <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of comics<br />

and graphic novels. Comic book artists use<br />

<strong>in</strong>k to outl<strong>in</strong>e and def<strong>in</strong>e characters, objects,<br />

and backgrounds, giv<strong>in</strong>g comics <strong>the</strong>ir dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

visual style.<br />

7. Ink and Tattoo Artistry:<br />

Tattoo artists use specialized <strong>in</strong>ks to create<br />

permanent body art. These <strong>in</strong>ks must be<br />

carefully chosen for <strong>the</strong>ir safety and longevity<br />

on <strong>the</strong> sk<strong>in</strong>.<br />

8. Ink and Pr<strong>in</strong>tmak<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

In pr<strong>in</strong>tmak<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>k is applied to a surface<br />

(such as a woodblock or etch<strong>in</strong>g plate) and<br />

<strong>the</strong>n transferred onto paper or ano<strong>the</strong>r material.<br />

Pr<strong>in</strong>tmak<strong>in</strong>g allows for <strong>the</strong> creation of<br />

multiple copies of an artwork.<br />

9. Ink as a Symbol:<br />

In various cultures, <strong>in</strong>k has symbolic<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g. In some, it represents knowledge,<br />

wisdom, and <strong>the</strong> power of <strong>the</strong> written word.<br />

In o<strong>the</strong>rs, it signifies permanence and commitment,<br />

as seen <strong>in</strong> traditional wedd<strong>in</strong>g ceremonies.<br />

10. Innovations <strong>in</strong> Ink:<br />

With advancements <strong>in</strong> technology, artists<br />

now have access to a wide range of <strong>in</strong>ks,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g digital <strong>in</strong>ks used <strong>in</strong> computer-generated<br />

art. These <strong>in</strong>ks offer new possibilities<br />

for creative expression.<br />

These facts showcase <strong>the</strong> rich history and<br />

diverse applications of <strong>in</strong>k as an art medium,<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g its significance <strong>in</strong> various artistic<br />

traditions worldwide.<br />

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34 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Chris<br />

Samnee<br />

Artist<br />

The Artistic Journey of a Comic Book Visionary<br />

Border Books, a testament to his determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

to pursue his artistic dreams.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se formative years, Samnee<br />

made significant contributions to <strong>the</strong> comic<br />

book world, work<strong>in</strong>g on titles like ‘FemForce’<br />

for AC Comics, ‘American Splendor,’ and<br />

Greg Rucka’s ‘Queen & Country’ for Oni<br />

Press. His remarkable talent did not go unnoticed,<br />

earn<strong>in</strong>g him a nom<strong>in</strong>ation for <strong>the</strong><br />

Russ Mann<strong>in</strong>g Most Promis<strong>in</strong>g Newcomer<br />

Award <strong>in</strong> 2006 for his work on <strong>the</strong> Oni Press<br />

graphic novel ‘Capote <strong>in</strong> Kansas.’<br />

Samnee’s career cont<strong>in</strong>ued to ascend as<br />

he embarked on projects with DC Comics,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g ‘The Mighty’ and his <strong>in</strong>volvement<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ‘Blackest Night’ crossover storyl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

His artistic versatility shone through as he<br />

succeeded Peter Snejbjerg as <strong>the</strong> artist of<br />

Peter Tomasi’s ‘Battlegrounds’ comic book<br />

at Image Comics and illustrated <strong>the</strong> graphic<br />

novel ‘Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale’ for<br />

Dark Horse <strong>in</strong> 2010.<br />

One dist<strong>in</strong>guish<strong>in</strong>g feature of Chris<br />

Samnee’s artistry is his unique approach: he<br />

not only pencils but also <strong>in</strong>ks his own work, a<br />

rarity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry. His ability to craft captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

visuals, paired with his exceptional<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g, has made him a revered figure<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of American comic books.<br />

Chris Samnee’s artistic journey cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to <strong>in</strong>spire aspir<strong>in</strong>g comic book artists,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities of<br />

<strong>the</strong> medium and <strong>the</strong> transformative power of<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g through visuals.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Hail<strong>in</strong>g from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris<br />

Samnee’s remarkable journey as an<br />

American comic book artist is a testament<br />

to his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication<br />

and extraord<strong>in</strong>ary talent. His early start<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of comics at <strong>the</strong> tender age of 15<br />

foreshadowed a career that would leave an<br />

<strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Samnee’s debut artwork, a Silver Agestyle<br />

‘Batman’ story for Big Bang Comics by<br />

Image Comics, provided a glimpse of his<br />

budd<strong>in</strong>g artistic prowess. However, he balanced<br />

his passion for comics with a series<br />

of odd jobs, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a st<strong>in</strong>t as a barista at<br />

However, Samnee’s first claim to fame arrived<br />

with his work on <strong>the</strong> eight-issue series<br />

‘Thor: The Mighty Avenger,’ a collaboration<br />

with Roger Langridge that earned him <strong>the</strong><br />

prestigious 2011 Harvey Award for Most<br />

Promis<strong>in</strong>g New Talent. This accolade catapulted<br />

him <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> spotlight of <strong>the</strong> comic<br />

book world, solidify<strong>in</strong>g his status as a ris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

star.<br />

His talent caught <strong>the</strong> attention of Marvel,<br />

where he contributed to ‘Ultimate Comics<br />

Spider-Man’ <strong>in</strong> 2012 before achiev<strong>in</strong>g a career-def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

moment as <strong>the</strong> regular artist for<br />

‘Daredevil’ alongside writer Mark Waid that<br />

same year. The duo’s partnership brea<strong>the</strong>d<br />

new life <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> iconic character, earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

critical acclaim and a dedicated fan follow<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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Awaken<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Senses with Art and Coffee<br />

Every year, on <strong>the</strong> 1st of <strong>October</strong>, coffee<br />

lovers around <strong>the</strong> world unite to<br />

celebrate International Coffee Day.<br />

It’s a day when we raise our mugs<br />

high to toast <strong>the</strong> beverage that kickstarts our<br />

morn<strong>in</strong>gs and fuels our creative endeavors.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> art world may seem a world away<br />

from <strong>the</strong> coffee cup, <strong>the</strong> two are more closely<br />

<strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed than you might th<strong>in</strong>k.<br />

The Art of Coffee Culture<br />

Art and coffee share a deep historical<br />

connection. Cafés, known as “penny universities”<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 17th and 18th centuries, were<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g places for <strong>in</strong>tellectuals, writers,<br />

and artists. These establishments provided<br />

an environment where <strong>in</strong>dividuals could engage<br />

<strong>in</strong> spirited discussions, share ideas,<br />

and, of course, enjoy coffee. Many great<br />

works of literature and art were conceived <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>se bustl<strong>in</strong>g coffeehouses.<br />

Today, coffee shops cont<strong>in</strong>ue to be hubs<br />

of creativity. Artists, writers, and musicians<br />

frequently f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>spiration amid <strong>the</strong> cozy<br />

ambiance, <strong>the</strong> gentle hum of conversation,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> comfort<strong>in</strong>g aroma of freshly brewed<br />

coffee. It’s a place where art often f<strong>in</strong>ds its<br />

muse, and ideas come to life on napk<strong>in</strong>s and<br />

sketchbooks.<br />

Coffee as an Art Form<br />

The creation of coffee itself is a craft. Talented<br />

baristas are skilled artisans, pour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir hearts <strong>in</strong>to every latte art masterpiece.<br />

The delicate swirls and <strong>in</strong>tricate designs that<br />

adorn <strong>the</strong> foam’s surface are a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir dedication and creativity. Each cup becomes<br />

a canvas, and every sip, a sensory<br />

delight.<br />

A Perfect Pair<strong>in</strong>g: Art and Coffee<br />

For artists, coffee can be more than a beverage;<br />

it can be a muse. The act of sipp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a freshly brewed cup while observ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

world can spark new ideas and perspectives.<br />

Coffee shops often feature rotat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art exhibitions, provid<strong>in</strong>g local artists with a<br />

platform to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work. It’s a harmonious<br />

relationship—art enhances <strong>the</strong> coffee<br />

shop’s ambiance, while coffee fuels <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Celebrate with Coffee-Inspired<br />

Art<br />

On International Coffee Day, why not <strong>in</strong>dulge<br />

your artistic side? Brew a fresh cup of<br />

your favorite roast and set up your art supplies.<br />

Allow <strong>the</strong> rich, earthy aroma and <strong>the</strong><br />

warm, comfort<strong>in</strong>g taste of coffee to guide<br />

your creative process. Experiment with coffee<br />

as a medium; its natural pigments can<br />


add unique depth and texture to your artwork.<br />

Coffee Artistry from Around <strong>the</strong><br />

World<br />

International Coffee Day is an excellent<br />

opportunity to explore <strong>the</strong> diverse coffee cultures<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world. Try a traditional Ethiopian<br />

coffee ceremony or savor an Italian espresso.<br />

As you savor each sip, consider how <strong>the</strong><br />

nuances of each coffee variety might <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

your artistic expression.<br />

Coffee and Conversation<br />

Lastly, don’t forget <strong>the</strong> social aspect of<br />

coffee. International Coffee Day is an ideal<br />

time to <strong>in</strong>vite fellow artists and friends for a<br />

virtual coffee break. Share your latest artistic<br />

creations, exchange ideas, and perhaps<br />

even collaborate on a coffee-<strong>the</strong>med art<br />

project.<br />

So, this International Coffee Day, let your<br />

love for coffee <strong>in</strong>fuse your artistic pursuits.<br />

Brew a fresh cup, pick up your brushes, and<br />

let your creativity flow like <strong>the</strong> rich, dark elixir<br />

that has <strong>in</strong>spired countless artists throughout<br />

history. Celebrate <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>separable connection<br />

between art and coffee, and remember<br />

that sometimes, <strong>the</strong> best art is created<br />

one sip at a time.<br />

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38 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Dan Fraga<br />

Artist<br />

From Comics to Storyboards, A Multifaceted<br />

Artistic Journey<br />

Born on June 19, 1973, <strong>in</strong> Mart<strong>in</strong>ez,<br />

California, Dan Fraga is a versatile<br />

artist whose creative talents have<br />

left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> worlds<br />

of comic books, storyboards, concept art,<br />

animation, and film direction. His multifaceted<br />

career has encompassed a wide range<br />

of artistic endeavors, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his ability<br />

to adapt and excel <strong>in</strong> various mediums.<br />

Fraga’s artistic journey began immediately<br />

after high school when he was hired as an<br />

illustrator for Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios,<br />

a found<strong>in</strong>g partner studio of Image Comics.<br />

This marked <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of his career <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> comic book <strong>in</strong>dustry, where he played<br />

a pivotal role dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> formative years of<br />

Image Comics. His contributions to titles like<br />

“Spider-Man,” “Bloodstrike,” “Black Flag,”<br />

“Kid Supreme,” “Superman,” “Black Pan<strong>the</strong>r,”<br />

“Witchblade,” and “Wolver<strong>in</strong>e” solidified<br />

his reputation as a dynamic comic book<br />

artist.<br />

written and illustrated by Fraga, featured<br />

an eclectic roster of characters with unique<br />

abilities. The comic ga<strong>in</strong>ed recognition for its<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive narrative and visual style.<br />

In April 2020, Dan Fraga revitalized <strong>the</strong><br />

“Black Flag” <strong>in</strong>tellectual property with <strong>the</strong><br />

graphic novel “Black Flag: P<strong>in</strong>eapple Perception.”<br />

The project, crowdfunded on Indiegogo,<br />

received enthusiastic support from<br />

fans, rais<strong>in</strong>g over $200,000 by February<br />

2021. Fraga’s modernized take on “Black<br />

Flag” reflects his endur<strong>in</strong>g passion for storytell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and artistic <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Dan Fraga’s artistic odyssey cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to evolve and captivate audiences across<br />

diverse mediums. His ability to seamlessly<br />

transition between <strong>the</strong> worlds of comics,<br />

storyboards, animation, and film direction<br />

underscores his versatility and endur<strong>in</strong>g impact<br />

on <strong>the</strong> creative landscape.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

In addition to his contributions to comic<br />

books, Fraga ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realms of<br />

film and animation, mak<strong>in</strong>g a name for himself<br />

as <strong>the</strong> director of <strong>the</strong> highly acclaimed<br />

“Ricky Gervais Show.” His skills extended<br />

to work with Mattel and <strong>the</strong> “Monster High”<br />

franchise, where he served as an animation<br />

director, contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> development of<br />

beloved characters.<br />

As a storyboard artist, Dan Fraga lent his<br />

talents to a diverse range of projects, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commercials for Hershey’s and Victoria’s<br />

Secret, as well as music videos for renowned<br />

artists such as Just<strong>in</strong> Timberlake and Beyoncé.<br />

His storyboard work expanded beyond<br />

illustration, encompass<strong>in</strong>g responsibilities<br />

such as set design and visual effects supervision.<br />

One of Fraga’s notable creations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of comics is <strong>the</strong> fictional superhero<br />

team and comic book series “Black Flag.”<br />

This para-military-styled team, orig<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

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40 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




ART<br />


On <strong>October</strong> 24th every year, <strong>the</strong><br />

world comes toge<strong>the</strong>r to observe<br />

United Nations Day, a momentous<br />

occasion that marks <strong>the</strong> anniversary<br />

of <strong>the</strong> United Nations Charter com<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to force <strong>in</strong> 1945. This day is a testament to<br />

global cooperation and <strong>the</strong> pursuit of peace,<br />

justice, and human rights. But how does this<br />

connect with <strong>the</strong> world of art, you might wonder?<br />

Art, <strong>in</strong> all its forms, has a remarkable ability<br />

to transcend borders, languages, and cultures.<br />

It serves as a universal language that<br />

can convey messages of hope, unity, and<br />

change. United Nations Day provides an<br />

ideal opportunity to explore how <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

art <strong>in</strong>tersects with <strong>the</strong> mission and values of<br />

<strong>the</strong> United Nations.<br />

Art as a Catalyst for Change<br />

Throughout history, artists have played<br />

a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> advocat<strong>in</strong>g for change and<br />

rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness about critical issues.<br />

From Picasso’s powerful anti-war masterpiece<br />

“Guernica” to contemporary artists<br />

address<strong>in</strong>g climate change and social justice,<br />

art has been a catalyst for mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

conversations.<br />

On United Nations Day, we can reflect on<br />

how artists worldwide have used <strong>the</strong>ir talents<br />

to highlight <strong>the</strong> UN’s Susta<strong>in</strong>able Development<br />

Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals, rang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from end<strong>in</strong>g poverty to ensur<strong>in</strong>g environmental<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability, are a global bluepr<strong>in</strong>t<br />

for a better future. Artists have <strong>the</strong> unique<br />

ability to translate <strong>the</strong>se goals <strong>in</strong>to visual<br />

narratives that resonate with people from all<br />

walks of life.<br />

Art as a Bridge of Understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The United Nations, with its diverse member<br />

states, strives to foster understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and cooperation among nations. Art can act<br />

as a bridge, connect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals from different<br />

backgrounds and encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to explore different perspectives. International<br />

art exhibitions, cultural exchanges,<br />

and collaborative projects rem<strong>in</strong>d us of our<br />

shared humanity.<br />

Art for Peace and Social Justice<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> United Nations’ mission<br />

lies <strong>the</strong> promotion of peace, justice, and human<br />

rights. These ideals echo <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> works<br />

of countless artists who have used <strong>the</strong>ir creativity<br />

to champion <strong>the</strong>se causes. Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

it’s through powerful pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sculptures, or evocative music, artists<br />

have <strong>the</strong> capacity to <strong>in</strong>spire change and<br />

advocate for a more just and peaceful world.<br />

Artistic Celebrations of United<br />

Nations Day<br />

Around <strong>the</strong> world, United Nations Day is<br />

celebrated <strong>in</strong> various ways, often with cultural<br />

events, exhibitions, and performances.<br />

This presents an opportunity for artists to<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong>ir talents while align<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

work with <strong>the</strong> values of <strong>the</strong> United Nations.<br />

Collaborative art projects, peace-<strong>the</strong>med<br />

exhibitions, and performances promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unity can contribute to <strong>the</strong> global observance<br />

of this day.<br />

Art as a Message of Hope<br />

In a world often marked by challenges<br />

and conflicts, art rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

human spirit. It serves as a message of<br />

hope, resilience, and <strong>the</strong> belief that positive<br />

change is possible. On United Nations Day,<br />

let us celebrate <strong>the</strong> artists who have used<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir craft to spread this message and <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

a brighter future.<br />

As we commemorate United Nations Day<br />

on <strong>October</strong> 24th, let’s acknowledge <strong>the</strong><br />

powerful role that art plays <strong>in</strong> advanc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ciples and goals of <strong>the</strong> United Nations.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong>ir creativity, artists cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d us of our shared responsibilities <strong>in</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g a more just, peaceful, and susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

world for all.<br />


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42 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Dave Rapoza<br />

Artist<br />

The Visionary Creator of Steve Lichman and Acceptable Comics<br />

Dave Rapoza, a prolific freelance illustrator,<br />

concept artist, and comic<br />

artist, hails from <strong>the</strong> vibrant city of<br />

Boston, Massachusetts. With a career<br />

spann<strong>in</strong>g over a decade, Rapoza has<br />

become a revered figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of illustration,<br />

known for his unique artistic vision<br />

and contributions to <strong>the</strong> world of comics.<br />

Rapoza’s journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of art was<br />

largely self-guided, a testament to his <strong>in</strong>nate<br />

talent and determ<strong>in</strong>ation. He embarked on<br />

his artistic odyssey by study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> works<br />

of <strong>in</strong>fluential figures like Andrew Loomis and<br />

Bridgman, immers<strong>in</strong>g himself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir figure<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g books. Additionally, he honed his<br />

skills through meticulous observation and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g objects from life, us<strong>in</strong>g everyday<br />

items on his desk as subjects for his artistic<br />

exploration.<br />

In his relentless pursuit of artistic growth<br />

and motivation, Rapoza took a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

step by establish<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Crimson Daggers.<br />

This platform, which <strong>in</strong>cluded a daily livestream,<br />

served as a dynamic forum for artistic<br />

enthusiasts to come toge<strong>the</strong>r, study, and<br />

engage <strong>in</strong> collective learn<strong>in</strong>g. The Crimson<br />

Daggers community became a breed<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ground for <strong>in</strong>spiration, foster<strong>in</strong>g a sense of<br />

camaraderie among artists seek<strong>in</strong>g to elevate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir craft.<br />

Rapoza’s creative genius extends beyond<br />

traditional art forms, as evidenced by his<br />

co-creation of “Steve Lichman” and “Acceptable<br />

Comics.” These ventures reflect<br />

his ability to blend storytell<strong>in</strong>g with his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

artistic style, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narratives that have garnered a dedicated<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Steve Lichman,” <strong>in</strong> particular, has become<br />

a beloved character <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

of comics. Rapoza’s contributions to this<br />

unique creation have resonated with audiences,<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r solidify<strong>in</strong>g his status as a visionary<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> field.<br />

Though his journey started <strong>in</strong> Boston,<br />

Dave Rapoza’s <strong>in</strong>fluence extends far beyond<br />

geographical boundaries. His dedication to<br />

his craft, <strong>in</strong>novative approach, and commitment<br />

to foster<strong>in</strong>g artistic communities have<br />

made him a lum<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of illustration<br />

and comics.<br />

As a self-taught artist who has forged his<br />

own path to success, Rapoza’s story serves<br />

as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists worldwide.<br />

His endur<strong>in</strong>g passion for art, coupled<br />

with his creative collaborations, cont<strong>in</strong>ues to<br />

enrich <strong>the</strong> artistic landscape, leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> creative <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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On <strong>the</strong> 30th of <strong>October</strong> each year,<br />

<strong>the</strong> world comes toge<strong>the</strong>r to celebrate<br />

an often-overlooked occasion,<br />

World Thrift Day. This day<br />

holds a special place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hearts of many,<br />

as it encourages frugality, resourcefulness,<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>able liv<strong>in</strong>g. But what does this<br />

have to do with art, you might wonder? As it<br />

turns out, quite a bit.<br />

The Art of Thrift<br />

Artists have long been pioneers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of thrift, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> most of limited<br />

resources and push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of<br />

creativity. Thrift<strong>in</strong>ess and resourcefulness<br />

are not constra<strong>in</strong>ts but ra<strong>the</strong>r catalysts for<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

Found Object Art<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most strik<strong>in</strong>g examples of thrift<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

<strong>in</strong> art is found object art. Artists scour<br />

thrift stores, junkyards, and even <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

attics to discover discarded objects that can<br />

be repurposed and transformed <strong>in</strong>to stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

works of art. From sculptures assembled<br />

from scrap metal to collages crafted<br />

from v<strong>in</strong>tage magaz<strong>in</strong>es, found object art<br />

celebrates <strong>the</strong> beauty of <strong>the</strong> discarded.<br />

Eco-Friendly Art Supplies<br />

In an era where susta<strong>in</strong>ability is paramount,<br />

artists are <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly turn<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

eco-friendly art supplies. Water-based<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts, recycled paper, and biodegradable<br />

brushes are just a few examples. These<br />

materials not only reduce <strong>the</strong> environmental<br />

impact of art but also challenge artists to experiment<br />

and adapt <strong>the</strong>ir techniques.<br />

Art as Commentary<br />

Art has a unique power to comment on<br />

society. Many artists use <strong>the</strong>ir work to draw<br />

attention to issues of thrift, waste, and consumerism.<br />

Through thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g pieces,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y encourage viewers to reflect on <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own habits and <strong>the</strong> impact of <strong>the</strong>ir choices.<br />

Community and Collaboration<br />

World Thrift Day isn’t just about <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

thrift<strong>in</strong>ess; it’s also about build<strong>in</strong>g communities<br />

and collaborat<strong>in</strong>g for a more susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

future. Art can play a significant role <strong>in</strong> foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this sense of toge<strong>the</strong>rness. Community<br />

art projects often <strong>in</strong>volve upcycl<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

repurpos<strong>in</strong>g materials, encourag<strong>in</strong>g participants<br />

to see <strong>the</strong> potential <strong>in</strong> what o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

might discard.<br />

Art as a Susta<strong>in</strong>able Career<br />

Thrifty practices extend to <strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

side of art. Many artists, especially emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ones, f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>novative ways to market and sell<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir work without compromis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir values.<br />

From DIY art shows <strong>in</strong> unconventional<br />

spaces to susta<strong>in</strong>able packag<strong>in</strong>g, artists are<br />

forg<strong>in</strong>g new paths <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art market.<br />

The Joy of Thrifty Art<br />

Ultimately, <strong>the</strong> connection between World<br />

Thrift Day and art lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> joy of creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gful from humble beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

It’s about f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g beauty <strong>in</strong> unexpected<br />

places and realiz<strong>in</strong>g that art is not just a<br />

product but a process. Art rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that<br />

thrift<strong>in</strong>ess is not about sacrifice; it’s about<br />

embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> potential <strong>in</strong> every object and<br />

every moment.<br />

So, this World Thrift Day, consider explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of thrift through <strong>the</strong> lens of art.<br />

Visit local galleries showcas<strong>in</strong>g found object<br />

art, try your hand at creat<strong>in</strong>g with eco-friendly<br />

supplies, or simply take a moment to reflect<br />

on <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>ability of your own artistic<br />

journey. After all, art has <strong>the</strong> power to transform<br />

<strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary, and<br />

on World Thrift Day, that power is celebrated<br />

like never before.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

DZO<br />

Olivier<br />

Artist<br />

Weav<strong>in</strong>g Symbolism and Esoteric Wisdom <strong>in</strong>to Art<br />

a foundation for his boundless creative pursuits,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g him to seamlessly navigate<br />

various artistic expressions.<br />

One of Olivier’s most notable projects,<br />

“Chaman,” stands as a testament to his<br />

dedication to explor<strong>in</strong>g symbolism and <strong>the</strong><br />

profound wisdom of esoteric world cultures.<br />

Through this project, he delves deep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

realms of mysticism and ancient knowledge,<br />

channel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to his artistry.<br />

Olivier’s reverence for <strong>the</strong>se esoteric traditions<br />

is evident <strong>in</strong> his work, where he weaves<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate symbols and mystical <strong>the</strong>mes <strong>in</strong>to<br />

visually captivat<strong>in</strong>g compositions.<br />

His artistic journey has been marked by<br />

a relentless pursuit of understand<strong>in</strong>g and a<br />

commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of<br />

his craft. Olivier’s ability to merge different<br />

styles and techniques has become a hallmark<br />

of his work, sett<strong>in</strong>g him apart as a dynamic<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novative artist.<br />

For DZO Olivier, art is more than a medium<br />

of expression; it is a conduit for explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> depths of human consciousness and <strong>the</strong><br />

mysteries of <strong>the</strong> universe. His creative exploration<br />

of symbolism and esoteric wisdom is a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> profound impact of art <strong>in</strong> uncover<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> hidden layers of our existence.<br />

In a world where art often transcends<br />

language and communicates on a spiritual<br />

level, artists like DZO Olivier play a vital role<br />

<strong>in</strong> connect<strong>in</strong>g us to <strong>the</strong> ancient wisdom that<br />

lies with<strong>in</strong> our collective consciousness. His<br />

work rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power of<br />

symbolism and <strong>the</strong> eternal quest for understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> mysteries that surround us.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

French-born graphic designer and artist<br />

DZO Olivier has crafted a creative<br />

journey deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> his familial<br />

environment, foster<strong>in</strong>g a rich exploration<br />

of graphic arts. His artistic path has<br />

been marked by an <strong>in</strong>satiable curiosity and<br />

a desire to blend diverse styles and techniques,<br />

result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a body of work that defies<br />

conventional boundaries.<br />

Olivier’s artistic education culm<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>in</strong><br />

a degree from <strong>the</strong> Graduate School of F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Arts <strong>in</strong> Toulouse, follow<strong>in</strong>g five years of dedicated<br />

study. His formal tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g served as<br />

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When art and music unite, <strong>the</strong><br />

result is noth<strong>in</strong>g short of magical.<br />

International Music Day,<br />

celebrated on <strong>the</strong> 1st of <strong>October</strong>,<br />

serves as a harmonious rem<strong>in</strong>der of<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic connection between <strong>the</strong>se two<br />

expressive forms. This special day not only<br />

pays tribute to <strong>the</strong> universal language of music<br />

but also highlights its profound <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

on <strong>the</strong> world of visual arts.<br />

The Rhythms of Inspiration<br />

Artists throughout history have found <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> melodies and rhythms of<br />

music. From <strong>the</strong> passionate strokes of Van<br />

Gogh’s “Starry Night” to <strong>the</strong> abstract brilliance<br />

of Kand<strong>in</strong>sky’s “Composition VII,” music<br />

has often been a driv<strong>in</strong>g force beh<strong>in</strong>d visual<br />

masterpieces. Just as music can evoke<br />

emotions and tell stories, art captures those<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> visual form, creat<strong>in</strong>g a bridge between<br />

<strong>the</strong> auditory and <strong>the</strong> visual.<br />

A Symphony of Colors<br />

Color and music share a unique relationship.<br />

Artists often describe <strong>the</strong>ir work<br />

<strong>in</strong> terms of color palettes <strong>in</strong>fluenced by <strong>the</strong><br />

mood of a particular piece of music. The vibrant<br />

<strong>in</strong>tensity of a passionate tango might<br />

translate <strong>in</strong>to bold, fiery reds and deep,<br />

dramatic blacks on canvas. Conversely, <strong>the</strong><br />

soft, melancholic notes of a piano compo-<br />

sition can <strong>in</strong>spire gentle, muted hues and<br />

delicate brushwork.<br />

Collaborative Creations<br />

The connection between music and art<br />

is not limited to solitary artists. Collaborations<br />

between musicians and visual artists<br />

have resulted <strong>in</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g multimedia<br />

experiences. Concerts featur<strong>in</strong>g live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

alongside musical performances br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a dynamic dimension to <strong>the</strong> arts, engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

multiple senses simultaneously. These collaborations<br />

break down <strong>the</strong> barriers between<br />

art forms, creat<strong>in</strong>g immersive experiences<br />

for audiences.<br />

The Expression of Emotion<br />

Both music and art are powerful vehicles<br />

for emotional expression. International Music<br />

Day rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> shared ability of music<br />

and art to convey feel<strong>in</strong>gs, stories, and perspectives.<br />

The soar<strong>in</strong>g crescendos of a symphony<br />

can evoke <strong>the</strong> same sense of wonder<br />

as a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g landscape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> melancholic stra<strong>in</strong>s of a ballad can mirror<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>trospection found <strong>in</strong> a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sculpture.<br />

A Call to Creativity<br />

As we celebrate International Music Day,<br />

let it serve as a call to creativity for artists<br />

across discipl<strong>in</strong>es. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re a pa<strong>in</strong>ter,<br />

sculptor, musician, or any o<strong>the</strong>r type of<br />

creative, consider <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>in</strong> which music<br />

can <strong>in</strong>fluence your work. Attend live performances,<br />

experiment with different genres,<br />

or simply allow <strong>the</strong> melodies of your favorite<br />

songs to guide your artistic journey.<br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Celebration<br />

On this International Music Day, consider<br />

attend<strong>in</strong>g an art exhibition or musical performance<br />

that showcases <strong>the</strong> fusion of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

two art forms. Explore <strong>the</strong> work of artists<br />

who draw <strong>in</strong>spiration from music, and let<br />

your senses revel <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> harmonious blend<br />

of sound and sight. Perhaps you’ll even f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

yourself <strong>in</strong>spired to create your own masterpiece,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> vast reservoir of<br />

emotions that music can evoke.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> world of art, <strong>the</strong>re are few th<strong>in</strong>gs as<br />

enchant<strong>in</strong>g as <strong>the</strong> marriage of music and<br />

visual expression. International Music Day<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that <strong>the</strong>se creative realms are<br />

not separate but deeply <strong>in</strong>terconnected. So,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re a devoted artist or simply an<br />

appreciator of beauty, take a moment on this<br />

special day to let <strong>the</strong> magic of music <strong>in</strong>fuse<br />

your artistic soul. Celebrate <strong>the</strong> fusion of art<br />

and music, and let <strong>the</strong>ir comb<strong>in</strong>ed power <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

your own creative endeavors.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Eric<br />

Canete<br />

Artist<br />

Master of Dynamic Storytell<strong>in</strong>g and Concept Design<br />

Eric Canete, a versatile artist, concept<br />

illustrator, and storyboard artist,<br />

has carved a niche for himself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

creative world. Currently resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Pacific Northwest, Canete’s journey <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> realms of art and storytell<strong>in</strong>g has been<br />

marked by a trail of acclaimed works, each<br />

bear<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> unmistakable stamp of his<br />

unique artistic approach.<br />

His illustrious career boasts an impressive<br />

array of projects and clients that span<br />

across <strong>the</strong> spectrum of enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. Canete’s<br />

artistic talents have graced <strong>the</strong> pages<br />

of Marvel Comics with works like “Iron Man:<br />

Enter The Mandar<strong>in</strong>.” He has also made his<br />

mark <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of <strong>in</strong>dependent comics,<br />

co-creat<strong>in</strong>g “Run Love Kill” for Image Comics.<br />

His contribution extends to animation,<br />

with projects like “Aeon Flux” for MTV and<br />

“Ben 10: Alien Force” for Cartoon Network.<br />

Eric Canete’s artistic prowess extends to<br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic realm of superheroes with his <strong>in</strong>volvement<br />

<strong>in</strong> series like “Justice League Unlimited”<br />

and “Beware <strong>the</strong> Batman” for Warner<br />

Bros Animation. His work has also left<br />

an impr<strong>in</strong>t on <strong>the</strong> world of video games, with<br />

contributions to “Killer Inst<strong>in</strong>ct” for Microsoft<br />

and “League of Legends” for Riot Games.<br />

His versatility is a testament to his ability to<br />

adapt and excel <strong>in</strong> various creative avenues.<br />

In addition to his creative endeavors, Canete<br />

is <strong>the</strong> visionary beh<strong>in</strong>d “ARC ATHENA,”<br />

his creator-owned comic book m<strong>in</strong>iseries<br />

published and sold through Iconic Comics.<br />

He generously shares his creative process<br />

with <strong>the</strong> world through YouTube, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate world of comic<br />

book creation.<br />

Beyond his artistic achievements, Eric<br />

Canete is an <strong>in</strong>dividual with diverse passions.<br />

He’s an avid LEGO enthusiast, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration and creativity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g blocks. His appreciation for <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>er<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> life extends to his love for pastries,<br />

round<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>the</strong> colorful tapestry of his <strong>in</strong>terests.<br />

Eric Canete’s artistic journey cont<strong>in</strong>ues to<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire and captivate audiences, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us of <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities of storytell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through visual art. His dedication to<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g creative boundaries and his unique<br />

artistic approach make him a lum<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of concept design and comic book illustration.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> hallmarks of Canete’s artistry is<br />

his unparalleled talent for dynamic storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His compositions are a whirlw<strong>in</strong>d of motion<br />

and emotion, captivat<strong>in</strong>g viewers and<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> narrative. His signature<br />

art style is a visual feast, characterized<br />

by bold l<strong>in</strong>es and strik<strong>in</strong>g visuals that leave<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible impression.<br />

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On <strong>October</strong> 16th, <strong>the</strong> world comes<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r to celebrate an essential<br />

aspect of human existence: food.<br />

World Food Day, established by<br />

<strong>the</strong> United Nations <strong>in</strong> 1981, is an occasion<br />

to raise awareness about global hunger and<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of access to nutritious food<br />

for all. While <strong>the</strong> primary focus is on sustenance,<br />

we can’t ignore <strong>the</strong> profound connection<br />

between food and art.<br />

The Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Arts: A Feast for <strong>the</strong><br />

Senses<br />

Food has long been a subject of artistic<br />

expression. From <strong>in</strong>tricate still-life pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Renaissance to contemporary food<br />

photography, artists have captured <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty, diversity, and cultural significance<br />

of what we eat. The cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

are a form of creativity, where chefs craft<br />

dishes that are not only delicious but also<br />

visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Artists’ Interpretations of Food<br />

Artists use food to convey messages, explore<br />

cultural identity, and evoke emotions.<br />

Consider <strong>the</strong> vibrant and iconic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

fruits by Cézanne or <strong>the</strong> playful food sculp-<br />

tures by Claes Oldenburg. These artworks<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d us that food is not just a means of<br />

survival but a source of <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

Food and Performance Art<br />

Performance artists often <strong>in</strong>corporate<br />

food <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir work, creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>teractive experiences<br />

that engage all <strong>the</strong> senses. The<br />

act of shar<strong>in</strong>g a meal or prepar<strong>in</strong>g food can<br />

become a powerful performance, blurr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between art and life.<br />

Food as a Cultural Bridge<br />

Food serves as a bridge between cultures,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g people toge<strong>the</strong>r and foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g. Many artists use cuis<strong>in</strong>e<br />

as a lens to explore <strong>the</strong> richness of cultural<br />

diversity. Through <strong>the</strong>ir art, <strong>the</strong>y celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> unique flavors, traditions, and stories that<br />

food carries with it.<br />

Artistic Responses to Food Insecurity<br />

While we celebrate food on this day, we<br />

must also recognize <strong>the</strong> global issue of food<br />

<strong>in</strong>security. Artists have been <strong>in</strong>strumental <strong>in</strong><br />

rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness about this critical problem.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong>ir works, <strong>the</strong>y shed light on<br />

<strong>the</strong> disparities <strong>in</strong> access to food and advocate<br />

for change.<br />

Get Involved: How Artists Can<br />

Contribute<br />

World Food Day is an opportunity for artists<br />

to make a mean<strong>in</strong>gful impact. Consider<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g your artistic talents to support local<br />

food banks, create works that highlight<br />

food-related issues, or organize events that<br />

promote food security <strong>in</strong> your community.<br />

A Call to Action Through Art<br />

Art has <strong>the</strong> power to <strong>in</strong>spire change. On<br />

this World Food Day, let’s recognize <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

role that food plays <strong>in</strong> our lives and<br />

how artists have used <strong>the</strong>ir creative abilities<br />

to celebrate, question, and transform our relationship<br />

with it. Whe<strong>the</strong>r through a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

a performance, or a community project,<br />

art can nourish not only our bodies but also<br />

our souls, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us of <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

com<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r to ensure that no one goes<br />

hungry.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Fiona<br />

Staples<br />

Artist<br />

Weav<strong>in</strong>g Orig<strong>in</strong>ality and Emotion <strong>in</strong>to Comics<br />

tion for her remarkable career. Her artistic<br />

prowess, paired with her ability to convey<br />

emotions and character depth, is a def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

characteristic of her work.<br />

The graphic novel “Saga” catapulted<br />

Staples <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> spotlight and earned her<br />

numerous accolades, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g multiple Eisner<br />

and Harvey Awards between 2013 and<br />

2015. Her contributions to this groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

series showcase her exceptional talent <strong>in</strong><br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g through visuals. Her use of bold<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es and captivat<strong>in</strong>g color palettes brea<strong>the</strong><br />

life <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> characters and <strong>the</strong> world <strong>the</strong>y <strong>in</strong>habit,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g readers spellbound.<br />

<strong>the</strong> comic book <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Her endur<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>the</strong> medium<br />

serves as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists,<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m of <strong>the</strong> transformative power<br />

of art and <strong>the</strong> importance of push<strong>in</strong>g creative<br />

boundaries. Fiona Staples’ unique artistic<br />

voice cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate readers and enrich<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of comics with her exceptional<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g abilities.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

In addition to “Saga,” Fiona Staples has<br />

lent her artistic talents to various o<strong>the</strong>r projects<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> comic book <strong>in</strong>dustry. Her<br />

cover art has graced titles such as “Archie,”<br />

“T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents,” “Rat Queens,” and<br />

“Dark Horse Presents.” Her versatility as an<br />

artist is evident <strong>in</strong> her ability to adapt to different<br />

styles and genres while ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

her dist<strong>in</strong>ctive artistic voice.<br />

Fiona Staples, <strong>the</strong> celebrated Canadian<br />

artist, has made an <strong>in</strong>delible mark<br />

on <strong>the</strong> world of comics with her exceptional<br />

talents, and she is perhaps<br />

best known for her <strong>in</strong>credible work as <strong>the</strong><br />

illustrator and artist for <strong>the</strong> graphic novel<br />

“Saga,” a collaboration with writer Brian K.<br />

Vaughan. Her artistic journey is a testament<br />

to her creativity, orig<strong>in</strong>ality, and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dedication to <strong>the</strong> craft.<br />

Staples’ artistic education led her to <strong>the</strong><br />

Alberta College of Arts and Design, where<br />

she honed her skills and laid <strong>the</strong> founda-<br />

Staples’ journey <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> comic book <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

has not been without its share of controversies.<br />

The public dispute with illustrator<br />

Dave Dorman regard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> cover of <strong>the</strong><br />

first “Saga” novel brought issues of censorship,<br />

market<strong>in</strong>g, and artistic expression<br />

to <strong>the</strong> forefront. Staples’ art often pushes<br />

boundaries, challeng<strong>in</strong>g societal norms and<br />

spark<strong>in</strong>g conversations, a testament to her<br />

fearless approach to storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Fiona Staples’ art is characterized by its<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>ality, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of art nouveau, with<br />

bold l<strong>in</strong>es and vibrant colors that br<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

creations to life. Her ability to capture <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of characters, convey <strong>the</strong>ir emotions,<br />

and tell compell<strong>in</strong>g stories through her illustrations<br />

places her among <strong>the</strong> best artists <strong>in</strong><br />

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Every year on <strong>the</strong> 10th of <strong>October</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

world comes toge<strong>the</strong>r to observe<br />

World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated<br />

to rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness of mental<br />

health issues, foster<strong>in</strong>g understand<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

promot<strong>in</strong>g support for mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Art, a powerful and expressive medium, has<br />

played a transformative role <strong>in</strong> this context,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g solace, heal<strong>in</strong>g, and a platform for<br />

dialogue.<br />

Art as a Therapeutic Outlet<br />

The <strong>the</strong>rapeutic benefits of art are<br />

well-documented. Engag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> creative activities<br />

like pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, draw<strong>in</strong>g, sculpture, and<br />

even photography can provide an emotional<br />

release and a sense of accomplishment.<br />

For <strong>in</strong>dividuals deal<strong>in</strong>g with mental health<br />

challenges, art becomes a non-verbal form<br />

of communication, allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to express<br />

complex feel<strong>in</strong>gs and thoughts that may be<br />

difficult to put <strong>in</strong>to words.<br />

Break<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Stigma<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> critical roles that art plays<br />

on World Mental Health Day is <strong>in</strong> break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down <strong>the</strong> stigma surround<strong>in</strong>g mental health<br />

issues. Art exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>stallations, and<br />

performances often center on mental health<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes, encourag<strong>in</strong>g conversations and offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a space for <strong>in</strong>dividuals to share <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

experiences openly. By putt<strong>in</strong>g a face on<br />

<strong>the</strong>se issues through art, society is prompted<br />

to confront <strong>the</strong> stereotypes and prejudices<br />

associated with mental health.<br />

Art as Self-Expression<br />

For many <strong>in</strong>dividuals liv<strong>in</strong>g with mental<br />

health conditions, art serves as a medium<br />

for self-expression. It enables <strong>the</strong>m to convey<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir experiences, whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y be pa<strong>in</strong>,<br />

hope, or resilience. This form of self-expression<br />

can be empower<strong>in</strong>g, help<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

rega<strong>in</strong> a sense of agency over <strong>the</strong>ir lives.<br />

Community and Connection<br />

Participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> art-related activities can<br />

foster a sense of belong<strong>in</strong>g and connection.<br />

Art workshops, group projects, and<br />

collaborative <strong>in</strong>stallations br<strong>in</strong>g people toge<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

reduc<strong>in</strong>g feel<strong>in</strong>gs of isolation that<br />

often accompany mental health challenges.<br />

These artistic communities provide support<br />

networks that extend beyond <strong>the</strong> studio or<br />

gallery.<br />

Awareness and Advocacy<br />

On World Mental Health Day, <strong>the</strong> art community<br />

frequently takes on an advocacy role.<br />

Artists, galleries, and organizations use <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

platforms to spotlight mental health issues,<br />

advocate for <strong>in</strong>creased access to mental<br />

health services, and challenge <strong>the</strong> status<br />

quo. Art can be a catalyst for change, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals and policymakers to prioritize<br />

mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Artistic Interpretations<br />

Artists often use <strong>the</strong>ir work to provide<br />

unique <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong><br />

human m<strong>in</strong>d. Their creations serve as metaphors<br />

for emotions, struggles, and <strong>the</strong><br />

journey towards heal<strong>in</strong>g. By view<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>terpret<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>se artworks, <strong>the</strong> public ga<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> mental health<br />

spectrum.<br />

A Heal<strong>in</strong>g Canvas for All<br />

World Mental Health Day is a rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

that mental health is a concern that touches<br />

everyone, regardless of age, gender, or<br />

background. Art offers a universal language<br />

through which people can connect, support<br />

one ano<strong>the</strong>r, and heal. On this day, and<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> year, <strong>the</strong> art community cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to play a vital role <strong>in</strong> advocat<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In conclusion, World Mental Health Day<br />

is a moment to recognize <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g power<br />

of art and its capacity to facilitate conversations,<br />

break stigmas, and foster understand<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

By embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> transformative potential<br />

of art, we move closer to a world where<br />

mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g is a priority, and everyone<br />

can f<strong>in</strong>d solace and support with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> canvas<br />

of creativity.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



58 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Florian Bertmer<br />

Artist<br />

The Enigmatic Maestro of Macabre Artistry<br />

Florian Bertmer, <strong>the</strong> enigmatic German-born<br />

artist, has carved a niche<br />

for himself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art that is as<br />

mysterious as it is mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g. Little<br />

is known about <strong>the</strong> artist’s personal life, but<br />

his work speaks volumes about his profound<br />

knowledge of <strong>the</strong> occult and his penchant<br />

for <strong>the</strong> macabre. Recently relocat<strong>in</strong>g to Los<br />

Angeles, California, Bertmer’s artistry has<br />

left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> creative landscape.<br />

One cannot help but be drawn <strong>in</strong>to Bertmer’s<br />

world, where <strong>the</strong> arcane and <strong>the</strong> eerie<br />

collide with masterful precision. His artwork<br />

is a testament to his unique style, characterized<br />

by its <strong>in</strong>tricate and <strong>in</strong>sanely detailed<br />

compositions. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

traditional pen and <strong>in</strong>k illustrators such as<br />

Alphonse Mucha, Geoff Darrow, Pushead,<br />

Mike Mignola, and Ed Roth, Bertmer’s work<br />

possesses a quality that is both timeless and<br />

contemporary.<br />

Bertmer’s artistic journey began with <strong>the</strong><br />

creation of record covers and music merchandise<br />

for legendary bands like Napalm<br />

Death, Converge, Dill<strong>in</strong>ger Escape Plan, The<br />

Misfits, Mastodon, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed,<br />

among o<strong>the</strong>rs. His artistic collaborations<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> music <strong>in</strong>dustry established him<br />

as a force to be reckoned with, known for his<br />

ability to translate <strong>the</strong> essence of music <strong>in</strong>to<br />

visual form.<br />

More recently, Florian Bertmer ventured<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of movie posters, fur<strong>the</strong>r expand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his creative horizons. His movie<br />

poster art for iconic films like “Holy Mounta<strong>in</strong>,”<br />

“Texas Cha<strong>in</strong>saw Massacre,” “Swamp<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>g,” and “Planet of <strong>the</strong> Apes” stands as a<br />

testament to his versatility and ability to capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of c<strong>in</strong>ematic masterpieces.<br />

Bertmer’s art is a visual journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

obscure and <strong>the</strong> uncanny, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> depths of his imag<strong>in</strong>ation. His<br />

profound understand<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> occult is reflected<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate symbolism and dark<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes that permeate his work, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

an enigmatic and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

Though Florian Bertmer rema<strong>in</strong>s an enigma<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, his creations cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to captivate and <strong>in</strong>spire. His ability to bridge<br />

<strong>the</strong> gap between <strong>the</strong> macabre and <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

is a testament to <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities<br />

of creative expression. In <strong>the</strong> realm of<br />

art, Bertmer’s name will forever be associated<br />

with a unique and haunt<strong>in</strong>gly beautiful<br />

form of visual storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



60 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





Inktober, <strong>the</strong> annual <strong>in</strong>k draw<strong>in</strong>g challenge<br />

that takes place every <strong>October</strong>, has become<br />

a beloved tradition for artists worldwide.<br />

Created by artist Jake Parker <strong>in</strong><br />

2009, this event encourages artists to hone<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>k draw<strong>in</strong>g skills, embrace creativity,<br />

and build a sense of community. If you’re<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g to participate <strong>in</strong> Inktober or simply<br />

want to enhance your <strong>in</strong>k draw<strong>in</strong>g abilities,<br />

this guide will help you tackle <strong>the</strong> challenge<br />

with confidence.<br />

1. Ga<strong>the</strong>r Your Supplies<br />

Before you embark on your Inktober journey,<br />

make sure you have <strong>the</strong> right tools at<br />

your disposal. Traditionalists often opt for<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e l<strong>in</strong>er pens, brush pens, India <strong>in</strong>k, and<br />

sketchbooks with sturdy paper. O<strong>the</strong>rs might<br />

prefer digital options. Choose what works<br />

best for you and your style.<br />

2. Plan Ahead (or Don’t)<br />

Some artists plan <strong>the</strong>ir Inktober draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

meticulously, follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> official prompt list<br />

or creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir own <strong>the</strong>mes. O<strong>the</strong>rs take<br />

a more spontaneous approach, draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

whatever <strong>in</strong>spires <strong>the</strong>m on a particular day.<br />

Both methods are perfectly valid. Plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

can provide structure, while spontaneity can<br />

lead to surpris<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>novative results.<br />

3. Set Realistic Goals<br />

Inktober <strong>in</strong>volves creat<strong>in</strong>g 31 <strong>in</strong>k draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong> 31 days. While this challenge can be a<br />

fantastic opportunity for growth, don’t overburden<br />

yourself. Set achievable goals based<br />

on your skill level and available time. It’s<br />

okay to keep your draw<strong>in</strong>gs simple if that’s<br />

what works for you.<br />

4. Study and Practice<br />

Take time to study <strong>in</strong>k draw<strong>in</strong>gs by artists<br />

you admire. Analyze <strong>the</strong>ir techniques, use<br />

of shad<strong>in</strong>g, and l<strong>in</strong>e work. Practice different<br />

styles and experiment with various <strong>in</strong>k tools<br />

to discover your preferences. Don’t be discouraged<br />

by <strong>in</strong>itial failures; <strong>the</strong>y’re part of<br />

<strong>the</strong> learn<strong>in</strong>g process.<br />

5. Learn from Feedback<br />

Shar<strong>in</strong>g your Inktober creations on social<br />

media or with fellow artists can open <strong>the</strong><br />

door to valuable feedback. Embrace constructive<br />

criticism, and use it to improve your<br />

skills. Engag<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> artistic community<br />

can also provide motivation and <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

6. Embrace Challenges<br />

Inktober prompts can sometimes be abstract<br />

or challeng<strong>in</strong>g. Don’t shy away from<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. These prompts are meant to encourage<br />

creative th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g and problem-solv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

They often lead to <strong>the</strong> most <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

unique artworks.<br />

7. Time Management<br />

Manag<strong>in</strong>g your time effectively is crucial<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g Inktober. If you have a busy schedule,<br />

consider creat<strong>in</strong>g smaller, quicker draw<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Plann<strong>in</strong>g your draw<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> advance or<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g a backlog can also ease <strong>the</strong> pressure<br />

on busier days.<br />

8. Don’t Fear Mistakes<br />

Ink is unforgiv<strong>in</strong>g, but don’t let <strong>the</strong> fear of<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g mistakes hold you back. Embrace<br />

imperfections; <strong>the</strong>y can add character to<br />

your work. If you make an error, get creative<br />

with corrections or <strong>in</strong>corporate it <strong>in</strong>to your<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

9. Reflect and Grow<br />

After Inktober concludes, take time to reflect<br />

on your journey. Review your progress<br />

and identify areas for improvement. This retrospective<br />

approach will help you cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to grow as an artist.<br />

10. Stay Inspired<br />

Inktober isn’t just about complet<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

challenge; it’s about nurtur<strong>in</strong>g your passion<br />

for art. Stay <strong>in</strong>spired by explor<strong>in</strong>g different<br />

art forms, attend<strong>in</strong>g exhibitions, and engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with <strong>the</strong> global art community.<br />

Inktober is more than just a month-long<br />

challenge; it’s an opportunity for artistic<br />

growth and self-discovery. So, pick up your<br />

<strong>in</strong>k tools, embrace <strong>the</strong> creative journey, and<br />

let your imag<strong>in</strong>ation run wild. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re<br />

a seasoned artist or a beg<strong>in</strong>ner, Inktober<br />

can be a transformative experience that enhances<br />

your skills and br<strong>in</strong>gs your art to new<br />

heights.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




62 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Exclusive<br />

Badria<br />

Shamsi<br />

Artist<br />

A Journey of Expression and Recognition<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> world of art, <strong>October</strong>r marks a special<br />

month for expressionist artist Badria<br />

Shamsi. It’s a time when her creative journey<br />

aligns with <strong>the</strong> promis<strong>in</strong>g beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

<strong>the</strong> art calendar. This <strong>October</strong>, she br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

with her a bouquet of achievements that illum<strong>in</strong>ate<br />

her path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> crown<strong>in</strong>g moments of Badria’s<br />

career is her recent recognition as an awarded<br />

artist. She was honored with <strong>the</strong> prestigious<br />

“Harmony for Humanity - <strong>the</strong> Global<br />

Consciousness Art Prize.” This accolade not<br />

only acknowledges her talent but also underscores<br />

her commitment to us<strong>in</strong>g art as a<br />

means to evoke deeper emotions and reflections<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> global community.<br />

Badria Shamsi’s journey as an expressionist<br />

artist is not just about strokes and<br />

colors; it’s about emotions, stories, and <strong>the</strong><br />

human experience. Her art <strong>in</strong>vites us to step<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a world where l<strong>in</strong>es and colors converge<br />

to reveal <strong>the</strong> profound <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> simple. As <strong>October</strong><br />

unfolds, we can’t help but look forward<br />

to witness<strong>in</strong>g more of Badria’s artistic magic<br />

and <strong>the</strong> impact it cont<strong>in</strong>ues to have on <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world and our hearts.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Badria’s artistic prowess extends beyond<br />

awards. Her portrait pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have reached<br />

<strong>the</strong> esteemed f<strong>in</strong>als of <strong>the</strong> “Women <strong>in</strong> Art<br />

Awards.” This achievement is a testament<br />

to her ability to capture <strong>the</strong> essence of her<br />

subjects, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g life and character <strong>in</strong>to her<br />

canvases.<br />

The heart of Badria’s recent artistic endeavors<br />

lies <strong>in</strong> her series titled “Gossips.”<br />

These pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are a captivat<strong>in</strong>g exploration<br />

of l<strong>in</strong>es that <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e, creat<strong>in</strong>g an ever-flow<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

dynamic movement. It’s <strong>in</strong> her<br />

masterful use of colors that Badria’s art truly<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>es. Each stroke and shade communicates<br />

simple yet profoundly resonant messages,<br />

much like <strong>the</strong> essence of art itself.<br />

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<br />

UAE support for art and culture has provided<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect canvas and platform for all of<br />

you young artists to flourish. Art has <strong>the</strong> remarkable<br />

ability to transcend borders, unite<br />

diverse communities and <strong>in</strong>spire change<br />

from music, dance and poetry to <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

architecture, architectural wonders and<br />

vibrant public <strong>in</strong>stallations.<br />

- Toufic Kreidieh<br />

<br />

<br />

That’s why we support art. That’s why<br />

we encourage art to be here with us.<br />

And maybe you’ve noticed that, but<br />

we’ve done lots of activities regard<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art and we did our monthly exhibitions.<br />

We support art events, we support<br />

local artists, and maybe some of <strong>the</strong><br />

works or some of <strong>the</strong> artists whom we<br />

celebrated today will be that art.<br />

- Anna Nikit<strong>in</strong>a<br />

<br />

<br />

This competition isn’t just about w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

prize; it’s about unleash<strong>in</strong>g your creativity<br />

and mak<strong>in</strong>g a real impact on <strong>the</strong> products<br />

we offer to families across <strong>the</strong> UAE. Your<br />

ideas could shape <strong>the</strong> way we nourish our<br />

families <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

- Mohamad El Salibi<br />

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Dubai, UAE, September 13, <strong>2023</strong>:* CRE-<br />

ATE 2.0, <strong>the</strong> second edition of <strong>the</strong> Artoze<br />

Inter-School Art Exhibition and Competition,<br />

recently concluded at <strong>the</strong> Radisson Red Hotel<br />

<strong>in</strong> Silicon Oasis, reaffirm<strong>in</strong>g its position as<br />

a platform for youth artistic excellence. Presented<br />

by Evonith and powered by <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, this event aimed to <strong>in</strong>spire and<br />

nurture <strong>the</strong> UAE’s young artists.<br />

CREATE 2.0 witnessed a remarkable<br />

surge <strong>in</strong> registrations, signify<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> UAE’s<br />

thriv<strong>in</strong>g creative spirit. The event celebrated<br />

budd<strong>in</strong>g artists who showcased <strong>the</strong>ir talents<br />

<strong>in</strong> various forms, from pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to digital art.<br />

It marked a pivotal moment for <strong>the</strong> UAE’s art<br />

community, foster<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> growth of emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

talents.<br />

Khalil Abdulwahid, an Emirati artist and<br />

Director of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts at Dubai Culture, emphasized<br />

CREATE 2.0’s significance: “CRE-<br />

ATE 2.0 is a pivotal moment for <strong>the</strong> art<br />

community, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g young artists and<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g emerg<strong>in</strong>g talents <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vibrant<br />

UAE art scene.”<br />

CREATE 2.0 was more than an exhibition;<br />

it ignited connections and <strong>in</strong>sights among<br />

budd<strong>in</strong>g artists. It stressed <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of collaborations, corporate engagement,<br />

and educational opportunities for <strong>the</strong> next<br />

generation of creatives. Mentorship and philanthropic<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives tailored to <strong>in</strong>spire young<br />

artists were also highlighted.<br />

Toufic Kreidieh, Co-Founder and CEO of<br />

Brands For Less, an official sponsor of CRE-<br />

ATE 2.0, expressed his pride <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> event’s<br />

impact: “CREATE 2.0 is more than just an<br />

exhibition; it’s a platform that nurtures young<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ds’ artistic growth and development.”<br />

The even<strong>in</strong>g was an artistic enchantment,<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g viol<strong>in</strong>ists Aleksandr Vechkanov,<br />

Maryia Bukhtsilava, and harpist Julie Frankoul.<br />

A Sparkle Station by Fosc Art added a<br />

playful dimension, and performances by<br />

TDS (Transformers Dance Studio), Abhisek<br />

Venkat, <strong>the</strong> Black Sand Band, and M<strong>in</strong>d Play<br />

Artist Shib<strong>in</strong> Sahadevan elevated <strong>the</strong> event.<br />

A dist<strong>in</strong>guished jury panel, consist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of respected figures from <strong>the</strong> arts and culture<br />

community, identified exceptional talent<br />

among young artists. W<strong>in</strong>ners <strong>in</strong>cluded<br />

Nazm<strong>in</strong> Rasheed, Nandana Suresh, Trisha<br />

Mehta, Advay Sureka, Tanusha Sharma, and<br />

Vasilisa Konovalova.<br />

CREATE 2.0 was supported by sponsors<br />

like Evonith, Brands For Less, Al-A<strong>in</strong> Farms,<br />

and Radisson Red, foster<strong>in</strong>g young artists’<br />

growth and development. The event celebrated<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art to <strong>in</strong>spire, connect,<br />

and create new possibilities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE’s dynamic<br />

artistic community.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



76 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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International exhibitors on <strong>the</strong> floor <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

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<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> gifts and lifestyle <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Welcome to <strong>the</strong> all-new Designer’s Corner,<br />

an excit<strong>in</strong>g space divided <strong>in</strong>to four captivat<strong>in</strong>g segments




In a captivat<strong>in</strong>g collaboration that marries<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation, susta<strong>in</strong>ability, and a deep commitment<br />

to ocean conservation, Blancpa<strong>in</strong><br />

and Swatch have unveiled <strong>the</strong> Bioceramic<br />

Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection. This<br />

non-limited series of five models is a playful<br />

re<strong>in</strong>terpretation of Blancpa<strong>in</strong>’s iconic Fifty<br />

Fathoms scuba div<strong>in</strong>g watch. As a tribute to<br />

<strong>the</strong> world’s oceans, each watch <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> collection<br />

represents one of <strong>the</strong> five great bodies<br />

of water on our blue planet. These timepieces<br />

are not only a celebration of horological<br />

craftsmanship but also a testament to <strong>the</strong><br />

shared values of both brands.<br />

Crafted from a unique blend of bioceramic,<br />

which comb<strong>in</strong>es ceramic with biomaterials<br />

derived from castor oil, <strong>the</strong>se watches<br />

offer a harmonious fusion of color, technology,<br />

and environmental consciousness. While<br />

<strong>the</strong> collection presents a departure from traditional<br />

Blancpa<strong>in</strong> aes<strong>the</strong>tics, it reta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong><br />

unmistakable essence of <strong>the</strong> legendary Fifty<br />

Fathoms, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a must-have for watch<br />

enthusiasts and a symbol of <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commitment to ocean preservation.<br />

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SISTEM51:<br />


Each watch features a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g illustration<br />

of a vivid and colorful nudibranch, a<br />

mar<strong>in</strong>e creature found <strong>in</strong> oceans worldwide,<br />

delicately pr<strong>in</strong>ted on <strong>the</strong> movement’s rotor.<br />

This artwork not only adds an artistic touch<br />

but also serves a purpose; it harnesses <strong>the</strong><br />

wearer’s motion to keep <strong>the</strong> watch runn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

seamlessly, effortlessly merg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mechanical<br />

with <strong>the</strong> natural world. Swatch,<br />

once aga<strong>in</strong>, demonstrates its ability to seamlessly<br />

blend art, mechanics, and nature <strong>in</strong> a<br />

timepiece that is as visually captivat<strong>in</strong>g as it<br />

is precise.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> world of horology, Swatch’s Bioceramic<br />

Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection stands<br />

out not just for its stunn<strong>in</strong>g timepieces but<br />

also for its <strong>in</strong>genious mechanical heart: <strong>the</strong><br />

SISTEM51 movement. Unveiled <strong>in</strong> 2013, this<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative Swiss-made marvel revolutionized<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry by be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first and only<br />

fully automated mechanical movement. With<br />

a mere 51 parts, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a solitary central<br />

screw, it boasts an impressive 90-hour power<br />

reserve and exceptional precision, thanks<br />

to its anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspr<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

What sets Swatch apart is <strong>the</strong>ir commitment<br />

to showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ner work<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

timepieces, and <strong>the</strong> Bioceramic Scuba Fifty<br />

Fathoms Collection is no exception.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />






A Meet<strong>in</strong>g of East and West<br />

As we traverse <strong>the</strong> Mediterranean, we<br />

reach <strong>the</strong> crossroads of Venice and Rome<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “East Meets West” segment. These<br />

two cities, shar<strong>in</strong>g a curiosity for distant and<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g cultures, have historically acted<br />

as bridges connect<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>rwise separate<br />

worlds. Exotic treasures such as precious<br />

gems, opulent fabrics, and exquisite scents<br />

have flowed through <strong>the</strong>ir streets, seal<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

endur<strong>in</strong>g encounter between <strong>the</strong> East and<br />

West.<br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Italy’s Natural Splendor<br />

Picture wild landscapes and flourish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gardens ba<strong>the</strong>d <strong>in</strong> warm, envelop<strong>in</strong>g light.<br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Italy’s landscapes, with <strong>the</strong>ir spectacular<br />

natural wonders and man-made<br />

landmarks, are <strong>the</strong> beat<strong>in</strong>g heart of this collection.<br />

Each piece captures <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Mediterranean, where bright and lively<br />

colors dance under <strong>the</strong> sun.<br />

Roman Opulence and Greek Legacy<br />

Mov<strong>in</strong>g from Italy to Greece, Bulgari pays<br />

homage to <strong>the</strong> cradle of Western civilization<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Roman Splendor” segment of <strong>the</strong> collection.<br />

Greece, with its profound <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

on art, philosophy, and lifestyle, laid <strong>the</strong><br />

foundation for much of <strong>the</strong> world’s cultural<br />

heritage. Rome, <strong>in</strong> turn, embraced this legacy<br />

and adorned it with opulence and majesty.<br />

The result is a convergence of lavish<br />

beauty, unique craftsmanship, and timeless<br />

splendor, all artfully <strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong>to Bulgari’s<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style.<br />

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Bulgari, <strong>the</strong> renowned Italian luxury<br />

brand, has unveiled a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g high<br />

jewelry collection that beckons us on a journey<br />

through <strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g Mediterranean.<br />

Titled “Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Radiance,” this collection<br />

is an ode to <strong>the</strong> vibrant beauty and cultural<br />

richness of Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Italy.<br />

Bulgari’s “Tribute to Venice” collection<br />

evokes <strong>the</strong> magic of a Venetian afternoon<br />

stroll, ba<strong>the</strong>d <strong>in</strong> sunlight and serenaded by<br />

Vivaldi. Among its treasures, <strong>the</strong> “Tribute to<br />

Venice Mediterranea High Jewelry Necklace”<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>es brightly.<br />

Orig<strong>in</strong>ally designed with white diamonds,<br />

this masterpiece sought someth<strong>in</strong>g grander.<br />

It discovered its pièce de résistance <strong>in</strong><br />

a captivat<strong>in</strong>g 15.50-carat <strong>in</strong>tense yellow diamond,<br />

mirror<strong>in</strong>g Venice’s multilayered allure.<br />

Wear<strong>in</strong>g this necklace mirrors <strong>the</strong> joy of<br />

Venice’s Carnival celebrations. It artfully<br />

weaves toge<strong>the</strong>r elements <strong>in</strong>spired by Venice’s<br />

architecture and atmosphere, emanat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> city’s unique zest for life. It’s a testament<br />

to Venice’s cultural richness, where<br />

diverse artistic traditions converge.<br />

Beyond its beauty, this collection pays<br />

homage to Venice’s history of cross-cultural<br />

artisanship. Crafted over 1,400 hours, each<br />

stone is meticulously placed to capture and<br />

radiate light, much like Venice’s timeless<br />

charm.<br />

Bulgari’s “Tribute to Venice” collection is<br />

more than jewelry; it’s a cultural symphony,<br />

an embodiment of Venice’s soul, crafted for<br />

those who carry <strong>the</strong> echoes of this magical<br />

city <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir hearts.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




Rihanna and PUMA are back <strong>in</strong> style with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir latest creation, <strong>the</strong> FENTY x PUMA<br />

Avanti. Rihanna returns as <strong>the</strong> <strong>Creative</strong> Director<br />

<strong>in</strong> a multi-year partnership that promises<br />

groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g product launches. This<br />

collaboration comb<strong>in</strong>es PUMA’s sport<strong>in</strong>g<br />

heritage with Rihanna’s iconic <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>in</strong><br />

music, culture, and fashion.<br />

The Avanti, <strong>the</strong> flagship footwear of this<br />

partnership, reimag<strong>in</strong>es PUMA’s classic<br />

K<strong>in</strong>g football boot with <strong>the</strong> outsole of <strong>the</strong><br />

heritage runn<strong>in</strong>g shoe, Easy Rider. It’s a bold<br />

fusion of sport and style.<br />

Rihanna and PUMA have a history of<br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g sportswear <strong>in</strong>to fashion statements,<br />

start<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> iconic Creeper <strong>in</strong><br />

2015. Their partnership led to several footwear<br />

and apparel collections, mak<strong>in</strong>g waves<br />

<strong>in</strong> fashion shows across New York and Paris.<br />

The Avanti pays homage to football legends<br />

like Pelé, tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from PU-<br />

MA’s football history. It’s a unisex shoe designed<br />

to be stylish for all ages.<br />

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Rihanna’s design touch is evident, from<br />

<strong>the</strong> buttery soft v<strong>in</strong>tage lea<strong>the</strong>r to <strong>the</strong> foldover<br />

tongue with gold-foil FENTY and PUMA<br />

CAT logos. The gum outsole and lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

footbed echo PUMA’s football heritage.<br />

Dennis Leupold shot <strong>the</strong> campaign, featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Rihanna and notable names like A$AP<br />

Nast, Pure, and Felix Mallard. The set design<br />

draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from football’s shape and<br />

stitch<strong>in</strong>g, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fusion of art and<br />

sport.<br />

The FENTY x PUMA Avanti launched on<br />

puma.com and select retailers on September<br />

15, <strong>2023</strong>, with a second drop planned<br />

for <strong>the</strong> fall. Rihanna and PUMA cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

blur <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between sportswear and high<br />

fashion, leav<strong>in</strong>g us eagerly await<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

next creative venture.<br />

www.magzoid.com September <strong>2023</strong><br />


LUX<br />


A Fashion Legacy and <strong>the</strong> <strong>2023</strong>-24 W<strong>in</strong>ter Collection<br />

C<br />

hristian Dior, a name synonymous with<br />

timeless elegance, left an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> world of fashion. Born <strong>in</strong><br />

1905 <strong>in</strong> Normandy, Dior’s journey from an art<br />

enthusiast to a fashion icon is noth<strong>in</strong>g short<br />

of remarkable. He founded his eponymous<br />

fashion house <strong>in</strong> 1946, and with<strong>in</strong> a year, he<br />

unveiled <strong>the</strong> “New Look” collection, revolutioniz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

post-war fashion. This collection,<br />

with its full skirts, c<strong>in</strong>ched waists, and fuller<br />

busts, brought opulence and joy back to Parisian<br />

fashion.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> years, Christian Dior’s creations<br />

adorned world-famous stars like Rita Hayworth<br />

and Margot Fonteyn, elevat<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

profile on <strong>the</strong> global stage. His meticulous<br />

attention to detail extended beyond fashion<br />

to fragrance, with <strong>the</strong> debut of Miss Dior <strong>in</strong><br />

tribute to his sister Ca<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>e, a Resistance<br />

fighter dur<strong>in</strong>g World War II.<br />

In 1957, tragedy struck as Dior passed<br />

away, leav<strong>in</strong>g a legacy <strong>in</strong> disarray. Yves<br />

Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent briefly took <strong>the</strong> re<strong>in</strong>s, followed<br />

by Marc Bohan, who ushered <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Slim<br />

Look.” In 1985, Bernard Arnault took <strong>the</strong><br />

helm, transform<strong>in</strong>g Dior <strong>in</strong>to a powerhouse<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> luxury goods <strong>in</strong>dustry. Gianfranco<br />

Ferre and John Galliano made significant<br />

contributions as creative directors, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique styles <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> brand.<br />

Fast forward to <strong>2023</strong>, and Dior’s artistic<br />

director Kim Jones pays homage to <strong>the</strong><br />

brand’s rich history and British heritage <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>2023</strong>-24 W<strong>in</strong>ter Collection. Inspired by<br />

T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” <strong>the</strong> collection<br />

delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>mes of time pass<strong>in</strong>g, death,<br />

and renewal. It features pale, neutral colors,<br />

fluid layer<strong>in</strong>gs, and conceptual life jackets—a<br />

nod to Dior’s fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

The collection also draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent’s time at Dior, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over-<strong>the</strong>-head wool tunics and animal<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ts. However, it’s Jones’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctively tailored<br />

suits that steal <strong>the</strong> spotlight. Lapel-less<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle-breasted jackets paired with flow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

trousers redef<strong>in</strong>e elegance for <strong>the</strong> modern<br />

era.<br />

Kim Jones cont<strong>in</strong>ues to bridge streetwear<br />

with high fashion, push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries and<br />

evolv<strong>in</strong>g Dior’s aes<strong>the</strong>tic. As <strong>the</strong> skirts—<br />

and shorts—now flow freely, Dior rema<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

symbol of change and <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world of fashion.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, Christian Dior’s legacy thrives,<br />

mediat<strong>in</strong>g between history and <strong>the</strong> future,<br />

much like <strong>the</strong> poetic journey of T.S. Eliot’s<br />

words <strong>in</strong> “The Waste Land.”<br />

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www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The Roots of Neighborhood<br />

Sh<strong>in</strong>suke Takizawa, a passionate motorcycle<br />

enthusiast and musician, found his<br />

early <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> American biker culture<br />

and punk music. His journey <strong>in</strong>to fashion<br />

began through freelanc<strong>in</strong>g as a stylist and<br />

eventually work<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

record label Major Force, where he honed<br />

his design skills.<br />

The Neighborhood Aes<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

Neighborhood’s aes<strong>the</strong>tic is a fusion of<br />

American biker style, v<strong>in</strong>tage <strong>in</strong>fluences,<br />

and a dash of punk rock attitude. Known for<br />

its meticulously crafted distressed denim,<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand has always been about pay<strong>in</strong>g<br />

homage to subcultures. The motto “The Filth<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Fury” adorns white T-shirts, a nod to<br />

<strong>the</strong> punk provocateurs, <strong>the</strong> Sex Pistols.<br />

Evolution and Global Recognition<br />

What sets Neighborhood apart is its ability<br />

to adapt and evolve without los<strong>in</strong>g its identity.<br />

Unlike many brands obsessed with expansion,<br />

Takizawa’s focus is on ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

a unique style. Neighborhood’s worldwide<br />

recognition grew through a patchwork approach,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from personal<br />

experiences, history, and pop culture references.<br />

Neighborhood x MR PORTER: A<br />

Capsule Collection<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>-24, Neighborhood is mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waves with its exclusive capsule collection<br />

on MR PORTER, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g subcultures<br />

from near and far. This collection keeps <strong>the</strong><br />

brand’s classic American biker style at its<br />

core. One standout piece is a distressed<br />

denim jacket made from Japanese selvedge<br />

denim, adorned with a skull-and-bones motif<br />

<strong>in</strong> black sat<strong>in</strong> panels.<br />

The collection doesn’t forget its roots,<br />

with T-shirts proudly proclaim<strong>in</strong>g “craft with<br />

pride” and playful graphics featur<strong>in</strong>g skull<br />

and crossbones, swords, and spiderwebs<br />

on tees, retro camp-collar shirts, and bandanas.<br />

It’s a testament to Neighborhood’s<br />

endur<strong>in</strong>g commitment to its subcultural roots<br />

while embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> evolution of streetwear.<br />

Neighborhood’s journey from <strong>the</strong> back<br />

alleys of Harajuku to global recognition is<br />

a testament to <strong>the</strong> brand’s unique blend of<br />

subculture-<strong>in</strong>spired fashion. As <strong>the</strong>y cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to pay homage to <strong>the</strong>ir roots while explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new horizons, Neighborhood rema<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g world of<br />

streetwear.<br />

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Neighborhood, <strong>the</strong> iconic Japanese streetwear label, has a rich history deeply <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

with <strong>the</strong> subcultures that <strong>in</strong>spire it. Founded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vibrant streets of Tokyo’s Harajuku<br />

district <strong>in</strong> 1994 by Sh<strong>in</strong>suke Takizawa, Neighborhood was part of <strong>the</strong> burgeon<strong>in</strong>g streetwear<br />

scene alongside o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>fluential brands like BAPE, Undercover, and WTAPS.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




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CONTINUES IN FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />

In <strong>the</strong> colorful realm of anime, where thrill<strong>in</strong>g<br />

stories and captivat<strong>in</strong>g characters collide,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re’s one series that’s been mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waves and captur<strong>in</strong>g hearts: Spy X Family.<br />

After its highly successful first season last<br />

year, this popular Shonen series is all set to<br />

make a triumphant return <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> upcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Fall <strong>2023</strong> season. Fans can mark <strong>the</strong>ir calendars<br />

for <strong>October</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong>, because that’s<br />

when <strong>the</strong> excitement resumes.<br />

The heartwarm<strong>in</strong>g yet action-packed<br />

story of Spy X Family revolves around <strong>the</strong><br />

Forger family, each member hid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

true identity from <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs. This <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

setup, comb<strong>in</strong>ed with <strong>the</strong>ir adorable family<br />

dynamic, quickly won over viewers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

first season. As <strong>the</strong> new season approaches,<br />

fans are eager to see how this unconventional<br />

family cont<strong>in</strong>ues to navigate <strong>the</strong><br />

challenges of espionage and domestic life.<br />

uncover more secrets, face new adversaries,<br />

and witness <strong>the</strong> characters’ growth as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y strive to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir undercover lives.<br />

Additionally, fans can look forward to<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Desmond family, whose peculiarities<br />

are sure to add ano<strong>the</strong>r layer of complexity<br />

and humor to <strong>the</strong> series.<br />

So, if you’re a fan of Spy X Family or simply<br />

a lover of compell<strong>in</strong>g storytell<strong>in</strong>g and endear<strong>in</strong>g<br />

characters, be sure not to miss <strong>the</strong><br />

return of this beloved series <strong>in</strong> Fall <strong>2023</strong>. It’s<br />

a date with action, humor, and heart that you<br />

won’t want to skip.<br />

But that’s not all; <strong>the</strong> upcom<strong>in</strong>g season<br />

promises to delve even deeper <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> lives<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Forger family. Viewers can expect to<br />

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I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> realm of anime, where creativity<br />

knows no bounds, <strong>the</strong> upcom<strong>in</strong>g Fall <strong>2023</strong><br />

promises to be an excit<strong>in</strong>g season for enthusiasts.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> highly anticipated sequels<br />

on our list, “Dr. Stone: New World Part<br />

2” stands out as a beacon of scientific curiosity<br />

and adventure.<br />

The story cont<strong>in</strong>ues with Senkuu and<br />

<strong>the</strong> K<strong>in</strong>gdom of Science on <strong>the</strong> br<strong>in</strong>k of a<br />

groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g revelation. Their quest to<br />

unveil <strong>the</strong> truth beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> enigmatic petrification<br />

phenomenon has brought <strong>the</strong>m<br />

tantaliz<strong>in</strong>gly close to a revelation that could<br />

rewrite history. However, <strong>the</strong> path to discovery<br />

is fraught with peril as <strong>the</strong>y confront formidable<br />

challenges that stand <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> way of<br />

unravel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> technology responsible for<br />

<strong>the</strong> petrification of humanity over 3000 years<br />

ago.<br />

Scheduled for release on <strong>October</strong> 12,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, “Dr. Stone: New World Part 2” promises<br />

to be a thrill<strong>in</strong>g journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> unknown.<br />

The series not only captures <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

scientific exploration but also weaves a compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narrative filled with unexpected twists<br />

and turns. Senkuu’s unyield<strong>in</strong>g determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

and <strong>the</strong> K<strong>in</strong>gdom of Science’s relentless<br />

pursuit of knowledge make for a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narrative that keeps viewers on <strong>the</strong> edge of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir seats.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> new season approaches, fans can<br />

look forward to a cont<strong>in</strong>uation of <strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

blend of science, adventure, and human<br />

<strong>in</strong>genuity that has made “Dr. Stone” a standout<br />

series <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of anime. With its release<br />

just around <strong>the</strong> corner, mark your calendars<br />

for <strong>October</strong> 12, <strong>2023</strong>, and get ready<br />

to embark on ano<strong>the</strong>r thrill<strong>in</strong>g expedition <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> uncharted territories of knowledge and<br />

discovery with “Dr. Stone: New World Part<br />

2.”<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




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THE ART OF<br />


I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> world of art, where imag<strong>in</strong>ation knows<br />

no bounds, <strong>the</strong> tools an artist chooses can<br />

make all <strong>the</strong> difference. For many, COPIC<br />

markers have become an essential part of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creative process, and it’s not just about<br />

<strong>the</strong> colors <strong>the</strong>y provide but <strong>the</strong> artistry beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand itself. Let’s delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> design<br />

and history of <strong>the</strong> COPIC brand and its<br />

iconic logo.<br />

A Spectrum of Expression: The Birth of<br />

COPIC<br />

COPIC, a brand synonymous with quality<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novation, was born <strong>in</strong> Japan <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

mid-20th century. Its journey began <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

1960s when <strong>the</strong> renowned Japanese company,<br />

Too Corporation, recognized a need<br />

for high-quality markers that could meet<br />

<strong>the</strong> demands of professional artists and designers.<br />

The result was COPIC markers, a<br />

range of alcohol-based markers that offered<br />

a spectrum of vibrant, blendable colors.<br />

These markers quickly ga<strong>in</strong>ed popularity<br />

among artists, illustrators, and designers for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir exceptional performance.<br />

The Logo: A Symbol of Excellence<br />

COPIC’s logo is a testament to its commitment<br />

to excellence and artistic expression.<br />

The logo features <strong>the</strong> brand name “COPIC”<br />

<strong>in</strong> bold, uppercase letters, with a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

drop-shaped dot above <strong>the</strong> “I.” This dot,<br />

resembl<strong>in</strong>g a droplet of <strong>in</strong>k or pa<strong>in</strong>t, encapsulates<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of what COPIC markers<br />

represent: a tool for precise, fluid, and creative<br />

expression.<br />

The choice of black for <strong>the</strong> logo’s text emphasizes<br />

professionalism and sophistication,<br />

align<strong>in</strong>g with COPIC’s reputation as <strong>the</strong><br />

marker of choice for serious artists. The contrast<br />

between <strong>the</strong> black text and <strong>the</strong> white<br />

background of <strong>the</strong> logo creates a sense of<br />

clarity and purity, mirror<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> clean l<strong>in</strong>es<br />

and vivid colors that COPIC markers deliver<br />

on paper.<br />

The Evolution of Excellence<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> years, COPIC has cont<strong>in</strong>ued to <strong>in</strong>novate<br />

and expand its product l<strong>in</strong>e to meet<br />

<strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g needs of <strong>the</strong> artistic community.<br />

Their commitment to quality has rema<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g, and <strong>the</strong>ir markers are now available<br />

<strong>in</strong> a stagger<strong>in</strong>g array of colors, cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to a wide spectrum of artistic styles and<br />

preferences.<br />

The COPIC logo has also evolved subtly<br />

over time, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s modernization<br />

while reta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g its core identity. It’s a<br />

testament to COPIC’s ability to adapt to <strong>the</strong><br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g landscape of art while stay<strong>in</strong>g true<br />

to its roots.<br />

Conclusion: Where Creativity Meets Quality<br />

COPIC’s brand and logo are a reflection of<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand’s core values: quality, <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

and artistic excellence. As artists around <strong>the</strong><br />

world cont<strong>in</strong>ue to reach for COPIC markers,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y do so not only for <strong>the</strong> vibrant colors and<br />

versatile blend<strong>in</strong>g but also for <strong>the</strong> heritage<br />

and dedication that this brand represents.<br />

COPIC is more than just a marker; it’s a symbol<br />

of <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g connection between art<br />

and <strong>the</strong> tools that make it possible.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



THE<br />

INDIA<br />

96 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Humble Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs:<br />

The Brick House by The Purple Ink Studio<br />

<strong>in</strong> Mangalore, India, pays tribute to <strong>the</strong><br />

traditional charm of bricks. This family and<br />

holiday home artfully comb<strong>in</strong>es memories of<br />

old brick factories and red-oxide floor<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Seamless Fusion:<br />

The design philosophy here is ‘outside-<strong>in</strong>,’<br />

where <strong>the</strong> facade’s materiality seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrates<br />

with calm<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>teriors, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a<br />

cohesive and elegant atmosphere.<br />

Natural Harmony:<br />

Natural light, <strong>in</strong>tricate brickwork, and captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shadows def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> dwell<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

layered facade not only adds aes<strong>the</strong>tic value<br />

but also <strong>in</strong>sulates from <strong>the</strong> region’s tropical<br />

climate.<br />

Cultural Celebration:<br />

This architectural gem honors local materials,<br />

craftsmanship, and <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

Indian culture while push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of architectural <strong>in</strong>novation, exemplify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

timeless design <strong>in</strong> a chang<strong>in</strong>g world.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


TEXT<br />

98 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





CHINA<br />

Architectural Marvel:<br />

Zhongshuge Bookstore <strong>in</strong> Yangzhou, Ch<strong>in</strong>a,<br />

stands out with its stunn<strong>in</strong>g mirrored design,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g tunnel of books.<br />

Diverse Collection:<br />

It offers an extensive collection spann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

various genres, ensur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>re’s someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for every reader.<br />

Innovative Tech:<br />

Incorporat<strong>in</strong>g augmented reality and <strong>in</strong>teractive<br />

displays, <strong>the</strong> store elevates <strong>the</strong><br />

read<strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

Cultural Hub:<br />

Beyond books, it hosts cultural events,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a community hotspot for literary<br />

enthusiasts.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />







28 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 10 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Introduc<strong>in</strong>g Prateek Ja<strong>in</strong> and Gautam Seth,<br />

<strong>the</strong> creative geniuses steer<strong>in</strong>g purposeful light<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creations. Established <strong>in</strong> 2005, Klove Studio<br />

was born from an unquenchable fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with<br />

<strong>the</strong> synergy of glass, illum<strong>in</strong>ation, and craftsmanship.<br />

Hail<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> lively metropolis of<br />

New Delhi, this dynamic pair has skillfully produced<br />

radiant sculptures for homes and bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

worldwide, amass<strong>in</strong>g an impressive 15-<br />

year heritage.<br />





14 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> - JANUARY 2024<br />

VPS, an annual exhibition spotlight<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g photographers from Africa and<br />

Asia, announces its 11th edition. This year,<br />

<strong>the</strong> event <strong>in</strong>troduces four talented artists and<br />

a collective chosen through a global call, all<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of traditional photography.<br />

From recontextualiz<strong>in</strong>g colonial archives<br />

to unearth<strong>in</strong>g personal histories, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

work is a blend of contemporary techniques<br />

and storytell<strong>in</strong>g. The exhibition, runn<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

<strong>October</strong> 14, <strong>2023</strong>, to January 14, 2024, <strong>in</strong><br />

Al Hamriyah’s Old Al Diwan Al Amiri, also<br />

features a mentor<strong>in</strong>g program connect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists with <strong>in</strong>dustry experts. Don’t miss this<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g exploration of visual narratives.<br />

100 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com



18 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 1 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of contemporary art, Edgar Orla<strong>in</strong>eta from Mexico and Olaf Breun<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from Switzerland, born <strong>in</strong> 1972 and 1970, seamlessly merge naturalism and<br />

develop material languages. Their collective body of work tells a compell<strong>in</strong>g tale<br />

of hybridity and environmental m<strong>in</strong>dfulness. Breun<strong>in</strong>g’s woodcut pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs act as<br />

poignant rem<strong>in</strong>ders of <strong>the</strong> delicate equilibrium between nature’s beauty and <strong>the</strong><br />

human-<strong>in</strong>duced climate crisis. On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, Orla<strong>in</strong>eta’s sculptural creations,<br />

shaped by biomorphic forms and post-war design <strong>in</strong>fluences, offer a meditative<br />

journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of handmade artistry. Don’t miss this thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g exhibition.<br />




1 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 1 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Born <strong>in</strong> California, with roots <strong>in</strong> Texas, Santoré’s<br />

nomadic upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g, spann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> United K<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

and California, deeply <strong>in</strong>fluenced his artistic soul<br />

from a young age. His remarkable journey began<br />

at just six years old when he created a simple yet<br />

timeless artwork. This exhibition is a testament to<br />

Santoré’s evolution as a visionary pa<strong>in</strong>ter and pr<strong>in</strong>tmaker.<br />

It traces his path from study<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> vibrant<br />

New York City to his exploration of new techniques<br />

and expressive styles. Santoré’s art, marked by<br />

bold colors, alla prima technique, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay<br />

of abstract figures and iconic symbols, creates a<br />

universal visual language that transcends time and<br />

place, connect<strong>in</strong>g deeply with <strong>the</strong> human experience.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



102 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





D<br />

ubai, a city known for its grandeur, witnessed<br />

an electrify<strong>in</strong>g performance<br />

that left music enthusiasts crav<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

more. On September 1st, at <strong>the</strong> prestigious<br />

Coca-Cola Arena, <strong>the</strong> multifaceted Farhan<br />

Akhtar, accompanied by his band Farhan<br />

Live, took center stage for an unforgettable<br />

night of music.<br />

In a montage shared by <strong>the</strong> actor-s<strong>in</strong>ger<br />

himself, <strong>the</strong> essence of this remarkable even<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was brilliantly captured. The footage<br />

showcases Akhtar and his band members<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> stage ablaze with <strong>the</strong>ir musical<br />

prowess. As <strong>the</strong> open<strong>in</strong>g notes of <strong>the</strong> iconic<br />

track “Rock On!!” filled <strong>the</strong> arena, a sea<br />

of fans erupted <strong>in</strong>to dance, <strong>the</strong>ir collective<br />

energy becom<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of <strong>the</strong> performance.<br />

The atmosphere was noth<strong>in</strong>g short of<br />

euphoric, a true testament to <strong>the</strong> magnetic<br />

charm of Farhan Akhtar and his band. Fans<br />

swayed to <strong>the</strong> rhythm, sang along to every<br />

word, and waved <strong>in</strong> unison to <strong>the</strong> actor, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a synergy of music and emotions that<br />

reverberated throughout <strong>the</strong> arena.<br />

Farhan Akhtar, known for his dynamic<br />

presence on stage, didn’t disappo<strong>in</strong>t. The<br />

clip also captures moments where he <strong>in</strong>teracts<br />

with his enthusiastic fans, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

feel like an essential part of <strong>the</strong> musical journey.<br />

In his caption, Akhtar aptly described it<br />

as “Glimpses from an <strong>in</strong>credible night at <strong>the</strong><br />

Coca-Cola Arena Dubai... Farhan Live music<br />

concert.” These glimpses <strong>in</strong>deed portrayed<br />

a night that will be etched <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> memories<br />

of all those fortunate enough to be part of it.<br />

Follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> concert, Akhtar expressed<br />

his gratitude to <strong>the</strong> Dubai audience. He<br />

shared slow-motion clips from <strong>the</strong> arena, describ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> even<strong>in</strong>g as a “lovely night” and<br />

thank<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> audience for mak<strong>in</strong>g it an “absolute<br />

treat.” His excitement about perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai was evident as he praised <strong>the</strong><br />

city’s unique vibe and <strong>the</strong> warm reception he<br />

received.<br />

Farhan Akhtar’s Dubai concert not only<br />

showcased his musical prowess but also<br />

highlighted <strong>the</strong> power of music to unite and<br />

create unforgettable moments. With fans eagerly<br />

anticipat<strong>in</strong>g his next performance, this<br />

event served as a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> magic that<br />

happens when exceptional talent meets an<br />

enthusiastic audience.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> world eagerly awaits his return to<br />

<strong>the</strong> stage, it’s safe to say that Farhan Akhtar’s<br />

Dubai concert at <strong>the</strong> Coca-Cola Arena will<br />

be remembered as an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary, sensational,<br />

and electric even<strong>in</strong>g of music and<br />

celebration.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Velat Günes<br />

Turkey<br />

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Ben Terdik<br />

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@monnsteraart<br />

104 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



@hardtattoo.if<br />

@macronico_<br />

@simongreens<br />

@nico__bnm<br />

@edc_and_me<br />

@isak_williams_photography<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




Escape to a lush <strong>in</strong>door oasis at Amazónico<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai this w<strong>in</strong>ter. Indulge <strong>in</strong> a tropical<br />

feast for <strong>the</strong> senses with <strong>the</strong> sooth<strong>in</strong>g sounds<br />

of Bossa Nova duo, Diego and Giselle, as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y reimag<strong>in</strong>e Brazilian music. Savor a<br />

delectable barbecue shar<strong>in</strong>g-style menu<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g grilled meats like Picanha and<br />

New Zealand Leg of Lamb, complemented<br />

by tropical Caipir<strong>in</strong>has. Don’t miss <strong>the</strong> ultimate<br />

summer dessert, Piña Rostizada. With<br />

a newly renovated terrace for a chilled jungle-<strong>in</strong>spired<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g, Amazónico offers a perfect<br />

weekend retreat.<br />

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday<br />

Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm<br />

Price: Start<strong>in</strong>g at 350AED<br />

Embrace w<strong>in</strong>ter nights with a taste of <strong>the</strong><br />

tropics!<br />

EN FUEGO<br />

Dubai’s party scene just got hotter with<br />

<strong>the</strong> launch of “Viva La Noche” ladies’ night<br />

at En Fuego, Atlantis, The Palm. Every<br />

Thursday, from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, ladies<br />

can revel <strong>in</strong> South American flavors with a<br />

two-course meal and three dr<strong>in</strong>ks for just<br />

AED 149. From Chicken Al Pibil to sizzl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Seabass Encocado, <strong>the</strong> menu promises cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

delights. Live enterta<strong>in</strong>ment <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

a six-piece band, vibrant samba duo, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g Fire Gypsy. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s a<br />

night of danc<strong>in</strong>g or catch<strong>in</strong>g up with friends,<br />

“Viva La Noche” ignites w<strong>in</strong>ter even<strong>in</strong>gs with<br />

sizzl<strong>in</strong>g fun.<br />

106 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



This Mooncake Festival, immerse yourself<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> essence of Ch<strong>in</strong>ese culture at<br />

Hakkasan Dubai. From September 15th to<br />

<strong>October</strong> 1st, Executive Chef Andy Toh presents<br />

an exclusive set menu for AED 598 per<br />

person. Delight <strong>in</strong> eight exquisite dishes, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a mooncake dessert. Beg<strong>in</strong> with a<br />

dim sum duo and savor roasted duck with<br />

mango. The cul<strong>in</strong>ary journey cont<strong>in</strong>ues with<br />

delectable offer<strong>in</strong>gs like osmanthus glazed<br />

crispy black cod and Boston lobster with<br />

crispy golden noodles. Don’t miss <strong>the</strong> signature<br />

mooncake with chocolate, sesame,<br />

yuzu, and berry, conclud<strong>in</strong>g this gastronomic<br />

celebration of Ch<strong>in</strong>ese traditions.<br />


Embark on a cul<strong>in</strong>ary odyssey like no o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

as chefs Grégoire Berger and Josh Niland<br />

jo<strong>in</strong> forces for a gastronomic spectacle at<br />

Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm. Set aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong><br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g Ambassador Lagoon, this Michel<strong>in</strong>-starred<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ner promises an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience. With a susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

“gill-to-f<strong>in</strong>” approach, <strong>the</strong>y transform fish <strong>in</strong>to<br />

art, us<strong>in</strong>g every part creatively. Indulge <strong>in</strong><br />

dishes like jerk turbot head and needle-nose<br />

fish, embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of fish butchery.<br />

Book your table for September 23rd or 24th<br />

to savor this 10-course masterpiece. Limited<br />

seats, so secure your spot now at AED 1,500<br />

per person.<br />


This w<strong>in</strong>ter, Giard<strong>in</strong>o at Palazzo Versace<br />

Dubai <strong>in</strong>vites you to embark on a cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

journey across Asia, <strong>the</strong> Middle East, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Mediterranean. Every Thursday, experience<br />

<strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g Asian Wonders night<br />

with live cook<strong>in</strong>g stations featur<strong>in</strong>g Dim Sum,<br />

Pek<strong>in</strong>g Duck, and more. Fridays transform<br />

<strong>in</strong>to Arabian Oasis with Middle Eastern<br />

flavors and traditional enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. On<br />

Saturdays, seafood lovers can <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong><br />

Ocean Feast, featur<strong>in</strong>g a variety of ocean<br />

delicacies. These <strong>the</strong>med nights, from 6:30<br />

PM to 11 PM, promise unforgettable w<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

even<strong>in</strong>gs filled with exquisite cuis<strong>in</strong>e and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment.<br />

Packages start from AED 250 per person.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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