Byron used to sing in a punk band, he can play the bass but vocals are his strength. He prefers to wear black clothes and is an actor who recently co-starred in a play chronicling the life of a transgender architect, he played he assistant. Byron mother is from El Salvador and his father is from New York. He likes socks, his favorite pair have foxes on them . Byron likes sleeping on the floor, he didn't have a bed for four years but it didn't bother him a bit. When Byron was four years old he saw the movie the professional and Natalie Portman inspired him to start acting.
In this video Byron describes transcending lonelieness.
Byron's Tattoo of Natalie Portman from the movie the professional.
Byron loves his fox socks.
Brianna comes is a small body full of punch and zest. Her fun creative spirit shimmers through her work and personality. She likes to draw, paint, sew,design, screen print, sing and preform. Her band plays mostly in Los Angeles but she lives in Long Beach. Her grandparents are a mixture of Sicilian, Portuguese and Mexican. Brianna likes to ride her bike and doesn’t like when people throw their trash in the street, especially if its a Starbucks cup. Her best friend’s name is Byron, They were punk kids in high school. Recently she returned to university and want's to stay there forever, because they have fun tool and supplies to create new and interesting works.
Also her and Bryon have a project together check it out here.
Brianna inspired by the cycle of life & death and explores it in this piece. It's a beautiful fall down.
These are a few samples of fabrics that Brianna has illustrated and screen printed.
Brianna Meli Ghost
Brianna made this apron. The quotes were taking from an editorial printed in the 50's on how to be a good wife.
1. Have dinner ready. 2. Touch up your makeup. 3. Listen to him 4. Remember he is the master. 5. Put a ribbon in your hair.
The 3 objects...
1. A picture of my auntie Marsha. This picture is really special to me because I think about my aunt very often; she was like a second mother to me and helped raise me when my mom was working. This is her glamor shot and the only portrait I have of her. As a physical object it means a lot to hold it and have a physical trace and representation of her, just because mentally she is so unbreakable.
2. A hardcover book of The Little Prince. While working at a public library, I come across a lot of random books that are donated and eventually sent to used books organizations. Sometimes in that process I uncover books that are my persynal type of gems. This book is definitely one of those for me. The cover of it is my favorite cover, it's the ideal size, and it's a long time favorite tale of mine. To me, this book represents the possibility of escape and discovery, and it's also another reminder of how that is an endless experience, and one that I crave.
3. Possibly the best birthday card/gift/gesture I have ever known? One of my greatest friends Vi made this book for me as part of my 23rd birthday present when we were housing together at the time. Honestly, nothing makes it smile the way it can. There is just such a thoughtfulness and clever energy inside of it that really lifts me up when I am in any kind of adversity. That is such a genuine aspect of Vi herself, and also how I feel whenever we get to hang out, which isn't very often. It's like having a friend list 23 reasons why you are so great and why you deserve to take up space and exist in the most grand and subtle ways, because that's exactly what the book is. Being affirmed of that is so special and humbling, and it's something that I don't allow much for myself, so that book is really important. Thank you Vi!!! :)
Also, I spell forms of woman, person, and history with the letter Y in case you were wondering about my spelling of persynal in the description. <3
Jen The Baker
Jen runs a bakery called the caffeinated kitchen, her most popular baked good is the churro flavored vegan doughnut. She was raised in Hawaii but moved to California seven years ago. Jen likes to think before she acts. She didn't plan on being a small business owner but knew she wanted to be her own boss one day and when she procured enough clients, she quit her job working in retail and started slinging sweet treats. She likes her motorcycle and doesn't spend much time at the beach in California, she has been spoiled by the shoreline in Hawaii. Her favorite beach there is keiki on the north shore of Oahu. She knows how to skateboard and is a perfectionist. She isn't a big drinker and gets full after two beers.
Jen And Her Motorcycle
In this video Jen describes the feeling of riding a motorcycle.
The ATL twins Sydney and Thurman were born and raised in the projects of chattanooga, Tennessee. Their mom left there dad when they were kids and shorty thereafter the watched their father die from a heart attack. They dropped out of school in the 8th grade and started skateboarding. The became semi-professional and moved to Atlanta. The believe the are one person who has been split into two bodies. They share everything. They were engaged to one lover for 5 years. They smoke one cigarette at a time and pass it amongst each other. The longest they have ever been apart is 6 hours. They know fame wont make them happy but they want it anyway. They make artwork that symbolizes their dark and heavy past. They don't have and groceries, the cabinets are filled with candy and booze. They are sponsored by colt 45 and 40s fill the vegetable trays in the refrigerator. They enjoy sex, drugs and late nights but spend their days wearing suits while working as paralegals. Famous fashion designers send them clothes that fill their closets and ask them to walk show at fashion week in New York City. They live in a penthouse that looks over downtown Atlanta and drive a range rover.
Sam was 15 when she left home. She hates authority, Her father is a police officer. She went to jail for a week after spitting in the face of a cop. She lives in California now but is originally from Kansas City. She works at a guitar shop and gets hit on regularly by Vietnamese men. Her roommates are a 65-year-old Cuban man who doesn’t speak English and two men whose names she doesn’t know. She stopped eating meat when she was 12 because a girl from her class wore a rabbit fur coat to school. She spent a few years as a drug dealer and claims to have sold the best acid in the Midwest. She was a punk rocker who loved to challenge the idea of conformity, until she realized she was conforming to life as a punk and gave it up. The most valuable thing she owns is a post card from her best friend Brett. Once, she was in a stripping contest at a local strip club and she said she was terrible. She has a twin sister who is a hippy and thinks she looks good while twerking. She drinks 5 cups of coffee a day and says she smokes too many cigarettes.
"Kym Ellery is definitely Australia's most iconic luxury fashion designer."- Jon Laurenson
Alex is an old friend. In high school we swapped a pair of shoes that I threw bleach on for a US Bombs t-shirt. Alex is a very good surfer, so much so that he became a professional. He also is a visual artist and plays in a band called Tomorrows Tulips. The thing I love most about Alex is that he never fit in and that is what makes him so special. He is courageous when it comes to trying new things, new haircuts, new bands, and endless avenues of creative expression.
Miso is a Melbourne based artist, author, tattoo artist and clothing designer. She loves japan and visits there often. When she was a child her family moved from Ukraine to Australia. She carries a quite confidence and her studio has beautiful natural light.
Tracy used to date a girl named Dominique, she was a model. They broke up, he kept the dogs. He sings in a band called The Corners and recently released his first solo album. He is love with a girl from germany and dreams of owning a garden house in Berlin. Tracy likes spending time on the road, new people, new places, they make him feel good. He used to be afraid of singing, now he does it for a living. He learned to drive a stick shift when he was 15. He is inspired by change.
Sydney is a mystic. Her favorite place in the world is New Orleans but she lives in California. One time we hung out at the chelsea hotel in New York city, it was fun exploring hall ways and rooftops dreaming about Bob Dylan. She really does love her little brother, he is in high school and sings in a punk band. Sydney's grandfather was the mayor of a mining town in Bixby, Arizona, she visit's there often. Sydney also like to collect things. One of her most cherished items is a picture of her mom and dad when they were young, her dad scribbled his phone number on the back of the picture when he asked her mother on a date. Sydney has a positive mental attitude and likes shopping at thrift stores. Her roommate plays the banjo and she doesn't eat meat.
When he was young he met a girl on the islands off of Greece. He said it was true love. He is the last of a dying breed. A stoic holding onto the old ways of life. He oozes passion, love and romance. He also believes if you set out to see drunk be prepared to be punished by her goddess the ocean, for when you enter her you must realize your entering heaven on earth.
On the weekends, Margeaux Sells vintage clothes at the swap meet. She used to live in her van but now she rents a room in a house. Once a month she visits a Shaman who puts rocks on her back and chest; she says it is rejuvenating. She rides a motorcycle, but is thinking of selling it. She loves living in California, but is planning a trip to France. She has a tattoo of a heart just below her throat. Her record collection is big and she has lots of trinkets she's collected over the years. She also thinks one of the best questions you could ask someone is what happens when you die. Some days she believes in reincarnation, other days nothing at all. She likes to play her Ukulele and also enjoys dressing up, which can sometimes be a problem when the weather is too hot.