I welcome clients with my shopgirl singsong voice. At the store we make our clients more beautiful. We find their holy grail skincare and beauty regimens. Regimentation is key. A client buys more product with her holy grail regimen. She’ll come back in to adjust it, swap in one cream for another, a toner for a peel, and I’ll be here to help. The regimen evolves with the client. A regimen means more UPTs: more units per transaction, more sales.
People get an ass-backwards impression when I say I’m a backup singer at a karaoke bar in Orlando. What they think: bleak, drab, desperate. What it is: karaoke writ large. It’s a full band with a repertoire hundreds of songs long—White Snake to Whitney Houston, Adele to Aerosmith.
He shows up in the kitchen with a deep tan and a gash below his right eye, three crusty stitches. That spark smolders at his fingertips; his usual testament to the Panhandle. When the kids scramble and clamber atop him, he tells them he’s been wrestling crocs and none of them even looks my way when I mutter, Gators.
One by one, you pull a feather through your mouth. Each feather loosens and falls from your flamingo body. Soon, the tile floor holds a heap of your old self. It almost looks like you: a pile of white shapes, yet false form.
He answered the door in a black robe that might have fit his frame just days before, but now that the parents had come to collect, it swallowed everything but his bare, pillaged head. Sunglasses formed a plank boarding over the broken window of his face. It chilled me to guess what lay be-hind the lenses. As if to confirm the worst, he grinned, showing a row of red sockets in his gums.
Chiku’s jaw is made of flowers. Her flowers—plumerias and mai’anas, braided into ti leaves, her favorite maskaran mwarmwar thus far—are the reason why National Geographic is on the phone speaking to her husband.
“Oh, dear,” said the dentist, peering into Chiku’s throat.
There is a great sadness underneath. Nothing can assuage it. It cannot be willed away. Our baby died and was buried in the backyard and we all went on living like it hadn’t happened. From that day on we couldn’t look each other in the eyes.
Rozenn Le Gall’s collages brings together a many-splendid-thing. A glorious combination of images and colors that trick the mind and delight the senses. Le Gall creates in Lyon, France. Her days are filled with endless magazines and books, which she goes at with a sharp pair of scissors. Each of her pieces plays with the concepts of environment and the human form.
Vanja Vukelic mines the hidden realms, is inspired by her inner spirit, and brings to life her numerous dreams. With pens and inks, this prolific artist combines elements of both the natural and mystical worlds. Our inspiring queen has reclaimed her life, choosing to focus on healing others and celebrating her creative instincts.
It all starts with a sketch. Mark Conlan never goes anywhere without his Moleskine notebook. Each of his illustrations starts with a simple sketch. Pencils and markers on a simple sheet of paper help him spark an idea. From there, he draws digitally, bringing to life a plethora of pigments and touch a touch of the fantastic.
No one can make orange looks as sweet as our darling Suzanne Dias. Dias finds the muse in the depths of her feelings, and in the details of her environment. Her individual mood and state of mind continually influence her artwork. Bold, digital, breathtaking - the work of starts in pencil and black ink, before being transformed into the vibrant hues you see before you.
Aurore Thill is a revelation, a seer, an inspiration. She found herself in a digital medium, processing her artwork in a totally different way. As a new-wave artist, Thill praises the use of Instagram for artists. This illustrator takes a single idea and entrenches it in magic. With each piece, she strives to find “IT” - a fantastical element that brings her creations to life.
Our very own Capetown Queen - Katrin Coetzer creates her artwork with a naturalistic touch and a fantastical air. With original techniques, Coetzer uses water-based media on paper, and her gouache paints and ink. This glorious artist and mother creates work for picture books, editorial, brand work, and exhibitions.
Petra Eriksson is our newest digital magician of womanly art. Her bold color palette and geometric boldness stopped us cold, and we’re overflowing with joy. She works with large windows and numerous plants around her, and minimal human interactions. Eriksson’s quiet resilience shines through in each of these striking illustrations.
Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Dvornikova now lives and makes art in London. Her artwork is infused with her love of nature. She creates in a space where no eyes can see her, private and invisible to an audience until the piece is done. As a digital artist, Dvornikova comprises her work with her imagination, memories, bytes of information, and endless pixels.
When you’re here, you should check your idea of reading as a status symbol at the door and enjoy yourself. We prefer art that keeps it simple while packing a punch, and we think art and culture is best enjoyed with enthusiasm that hasn’t been dipped in ten-dollar words.
Our online magazine isn’t our print mag’s subordinate—it’s a living, breathing publication that’s accessible to anyone (with internet access) at any time at no cost. And by pairing all of our writing with art, we’re not just making our website pretty—we’re making reading more approachable on the whole.
The world’s full of misfits channeling their creativity in ways that give gatekeepers nightmares. Much as we’d like to tilt our heads toward the slush pile and default to the excuse of “we work with what we’re given,” that’s complacent, and complacency is uncool.