Goth and pop are two words that don’t seem to go together, especially when describing music. However, music is built upon— and evolves through —new combinations of the unexpected, so when a new artist arrives that does break the norm, their mark is felt across the industry.
Mental health is an issue glazed over and forgotten about, even though it affects nearly everyone. The artistic world reveres its historical “tortured” geniuses, such as Vincent van Gogh or Kurt Cobain, but often fails to address the mental health issues within its own community. Artists must fight on their own to promote mental healthcare and promote awareness, as the world around them seems to ignore it in favor of the work they produce. One of these artists is Shanina Dionna, a Philadelphia based artist who works in education and mental health awareness.
When I think of innovative fashion, I don’t typically think of fabrics or materials such as crystals or satins being utilized, I associate these goods with inaccessible couture brands such as Chanel or Dior. However, as younger fashion designers and brands that have had to utilize the unique materials and opportunities provided to them rise, these materials have become as innovative and contemporary as the people wielding them.
Brightness is something we all need right now, in a time where everything seems so dark, from seasonal depression to the stress of the upcoming presidential election. A bright spot can be hard to find when everything appears to be dreary, but artists can meld brightness into works with colors that can inspire from beyond the canvas; the lively colors stretching out into life. “My intent with color is to put a smile on the viewer’s face and to experience something new that they have never seen or felt before. Above all, color will always help to convey the message that I am sending out, it speaks to the heart,” said Southern Artist Adam Cook of Smyrna, Georgia, on the statement section of his website.
Shy is a word that has never been attributed to actor Billy Porter, whose fashion and personality have always placed him outside of the ordinary. He is known for his standout red carpet looks, unique persona, and for his parts on Broadway and television shows, but that’s not all there is to him.