We are happy to share Pinsptriped's brand new Issue (#18) to bring in the new year. Although we are unable to host a show this year to celebrate, we are still immensely grateful to our contributors and audience. Pinstriped would be nowhere without you. Thank you for your support!
Keely Martin is a 20 year old Latinx photographer, writer, and director based in Los Angeles. She hopes to share vulnerable and unique stories through her art, but most of all she loves working with kind people that inspire her to create. She is currently studying Visual Media Arts at Emerson College.
“We didn’t exactly know what we were going for before shooting, but it ended up being a cross between Ziggy Stardust and Lydia Deetz, which turned out to be a really cool combination."
IG: @keelymartiin + @keelyflicks
Serbia is a three-piece Rock band formed in 2018 and based out of Orange, California. Pulling from a multitude of inspirations, such as Dick Dale and My Bloody Valentine. Their sound can be described as Surf style guitar layered with dreamy effects. To date, Serbia has released several singles and one EP titled Haunted Summer and have another EP planned for release in early 2021. In preparation for our upcoming release, Serbia recently premiered their first music video for their new single Sundress. The video was recorded with VHS and aims to capture a vintage Halloween aesthetic mixed with a classic 60's surf vibe. The video also features hand drawn animations by local animator Tristan Alva. The members of Serbia include, Max Lochrie on Guitar and vocals, Matthew Abad on Bass, and Jose Vasquez on Drums.
Errorr is a fresh new Berlin-based band led by musician and producer Leonard Kaage. The band incorporates a wide range of Rock-genres but is primarily playing Noise and Punk Rock. The three-piece creates a wall of sound with energetic drumming, fuzz drenched bass and huge sounding guitars.
Kaage played and recorded everything himself on these first recordings in his basement studio in Friedrichshain, Berlin.
The Swedish multi-instrumentalist is also known as the guitar player and producer of The Underground Youth and has worked with numerous other bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Holy Motors, Kristof Hahn (Swans), Tracy Bryant, Tess Parks, The Blue Angel Lounge and many more.
Jolie Nunez-Noggle (AKA "Jolie Ruin") is a mixed media and collage artist. She started doing collage art in 2010. She is a big comedy fan and tries to use humor in a lot of her art. She is Latina and a Feminist. Jolie tries to represent people of color and present feminist issues in her work.
Jolie also runs Riot Grrrl Press with her husband Jamie. They sell zines, books, t-shirts, feminist art and lots more. She publishes her own zines and has done three art books. She also has some art that will be appearing in an upcoming Netflix movie called Moxie.
IG: @JolieRuin & @RiotGrrrlPress
"I am a multi-media artist based in Nashville, TN. I work primarily in digital and film photography and create my own sets and lighting techniques. In my work I am heavily inspired by 70’s glamour photography and love to add a dash of kitsch."
Aleiagh Hynds is a 19-year-old Boston-based photographer and filmmaker. Drawing inspiration from concerts, music videos and coming of age films, Aleiagh has been photographing emotional portraits using vivid colored lighting since 2016. Her love of music, the search for authentic and emotional subject matter has pushed her into the realm of live music photography. She has photographed artists such as Taylor Swift, Maggie Rogers, Sigrid and Samia. Aleiagh aims to make every moment she captures to feel as personal and intimate as possible, no matter how grand the setting or subject.
While exploring art and photography in her early teens, Aleiagh found a love for DIY culture, specifically fan-zines and Indie music. She uses a DIY approach to her work. She photographs impromptu moments with close friends using objects in her surroundings to execute her vision.
Marta Pombo (b.1990, Lisbon)
In 2016 she completed the Master's degree in Art at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon after the graduation in arts from the Esad. cr.
Starting with an obsessive collection of images and other found materials, collage and assemblage are constant practices in her work. More recently, painting became also part of it, emerging from this both physical and mental collection, being now her main language. Her works might tell us about love, loneliness, oppression, passiveness, in an either delicate or ironic and humorous way. You can't always make a separation between delicate and ironic.
It’s a poetical, sensitive and mean work that hits where it hurts.
"temperatura ideal ao convívio"
2020; acrylic ink, felt pen, pencil, paper crops on paper; 54x74cm
"Let Me In"
2020; acrylic ink, felt pen, pencil, paper crops on paper; 53,5x15cm
"Les papillons de ma jeunesse"
2020; acrylic ink, felt pen, pencil, paper crops, watercolor on paper; 49x59cm
"Corpo de Baile"
2020; acrylic ink, felt pen, pencil, paper crops, watercolor on paper; 42x57cm
With your curls, tangles and coils
With your melanin skin, your cheek bones and your smile
The little girl who should stand proudly on American soil
And the girl with her unique style
The girl who can move mountains with her voice
And the girl with absolute power
The one who was taught to carry herself with poise
Yet still as delicate as a flower
Don’t let this world fool you
It can be cruel, disgusting and mean
But we should all realize
That God created us to be queens
We are the color
And the girl with exceptional strength
When you look in the mirror tonight
you’ll see nothing but beauty
And realize your worth
Because we were made to be magnificent
And it started with our birth
"I love to write in my free time and enjoy writing poems, haiku’s, free verse poetry and short stories. My writing usually consists of love, family, personal life experiences, or real world issues that currently take place. I hope that my writing can bring awareness to certain world issues and help creat a safe place for those who may share the same experiences as me. Aside from writing, I also enjoy photography, exploring nature and love to work with children."
"I'm 18 years old and from Los Angeles. This piece centers around the idea that Covid-19 has changed a lot of individual’s perspectives on life, myself included. It seems to me that society has always had this nasty habit of distracting itself from issues instead of actually tackling them. this piece is meant to shine a light upon this idea, and to urge viewers to stray away from this habit."
"I’m 23-year-old artist and photographer from Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve spent the past 4 years living in Miami and studying biology. After graduating, I decided the STEM world just wasn’t for me and started working towards actually doing something with my art.
Originally, I had started taking photos of an ex-boyfriend’s band and their friends for extra money. Eventually it evolved into the main medium I work with to create as an artist. Most of my work is very moody in appearance. It’s a direct expression of my personal introspective reflections. I stopped using color around a year ago, because I felt like it was too distracting from the subjects of my images. For some reason color no longer spoke to me, it seemed unnecessary. I want the focus to be on the content of the image, not the color.
Over quarantine I started using my art to visualize my emotions. Self portraits became the focus of my work, since I couldn’t go out and be around other people. This forced me to get creative because after a while I started to get bored with my appearance. I began taking a more surrealist approach, using distorted mirrors and long exposure to alter the reality of my images."
The LA Native Maxim Adams is an artist that'll change your perspective on dance music. The artistic application to Maxim's tracks stays incredibly airy yet grounding, accompanied by massive synths and deep rhythmic drum patterns. Maxim Adams continues to release tracks that offer such a deep and different experience from a listener’s point of view. Maxim's most recent music has been embedding more of a euphoric dance-like sensation that opens your soul in new and refreshing ways. Maxim Adams offers a colorful and glowing impression that arouses the senses almost instantly.
You can find Maxim Adams writing and recording at his team’s studio in North Hollywood. On days when he’s not mixing live music as a Font Of House engineer at local LA venues, he’s more taken with the elements of what goes on behind the scenes. From producing songs from scratch to collaborating with his close friends, this music is nothing short of raw passion and good intentions. All coming together to create THE VIBE. Featuring artists like CiCi, Dwade, Lita, Artist M, Sam Morgan, $moov, Lemiche, Jacob Zuko, and many more this dream team is the driving force behind what Maxim Adams stands for. Names like Artist M, Freddy, and Dian Violet are crucial aspects of the visual representation for the euphoric festival-inspired music.
As if this life wasn't busy enough Maxim Adams is also playing guitar and sharing lead vocals in an LA-based Rock band, Deep Fryd Dynamite. Joined by Folsom Keller and Alec Monterastelli (who are also huge parts of what goes on behind the scenes in Maxim’s solo music), this group of individuals will always prove to break the boundaries of popular music and artistic vision. All of this is possible because of the unconditional support and love from Maxim’s family. Maxim Adams is passionate about the way music makes people feel and how it has the power to change the world.
"I find every shoot seems to take a life of it's own. One can plan and prepare as much as they want but when the day comes unforeseeable factors present themselves and one can choose to let them lead or resist. I knew I wanted to juxtapose Chris a street skateboarder with the ocean where rock meets water. I didn't know the light would lend itself so well. I didn't know the algae would be so green."
Aminata was born and raised in Paris by Malian parents. After starting her engineering studies in France, she continued her training in Germany, where she lived in various cities before settling in Berlin. Driven by the values of social equity, antiracism and feminism, she aims to share her perspective on identity building and discrimination as a European of West African descent.
"I have always loved tales, myths and fantasy. As a kid, I could daydream about wonderlands the whole day, where I would have superpowers, control the elements, and be a martial artist. Even though I still wonder what kind of superhero I could be in a fictional story, I started thinking about other kinds of utopias. God knows how much I need them, especially in these tough times of isolation.
It's a cold day in December, neither very rainy nor very gray. Through the window I even see a few sunrays. Let's get some fresh air, meet friends, enjoy the day. Humming some housy tunes, I cycle across Berlin while admiring the liveliness of the city. At the traffic light, people are not staring at me. No intrigued looks, no approving smiles. Of course not, why would they? It feels great to be ordinary. I'm in high spirits, there is only but delight for the mind.
Not far from the restaurant where I'm supposed to meet with my boyfriend, I lock my bike to a post. Close-by, three men soak up the sun, enjoying a smoke. They have spotted me as well, but don't pay attention for too long. No sinister, insistent gaze, no tension in the air. I feel totally safe. Was there any danger anyway in the first place? Whatever, I have been long awaited for. We finally enter the restaurant; the waiter greets then guides us to one of the few tables available at the front. Placed next to the window, we are excited to order, the food looks delicious. There is nothing to do but enjoy the moment. Why wouldn't we? The waiter was very welcoming, we're not in the empty rear of the restaurant, everything is perfect and lovely."
"After lunch, we stroll in the neighborhood, walking hand in hand. Passers-by mind their own business, too busy to stare at us. After all, we are just a regular couple, there is nothing special about interracial love, is there? Not overthinking, we take in the Karl-Marx-Allee, share our thoughts on the borough of Friedrichshain and the inspiring pending social developments in East Berlin. Craving for a treat, we decide to join friends at a cute café. I'm so eager to savor a carrot cake and an oat milk latte, light-heartedly. Nothing is worth more than feeling accepted, loved and carefree.
If our world could create such an Eldorado for all of us, it would be invaluable. I wish it wasn't just a fantasy my mind created to escape from the glitched reality, in which I can easily find doubt and worry as a Black woman living in another European city. I may have been black since birth, I understood my blackness when I left my home: I thought I was just another fellow European, but some people could just see my skin tone. While waiting for the day when my experience won't be denied by the many, I stargaze, trying to ignore the bitterness in my heart. I dream of a world of acceptance, respect and inclusion, in which I could exist and belong."
Shaun McGrath is a Canadian Contemporary photographer from Windsor, Ontario in Canada. Shaun Specializes in analogue photography & video. He enjoys a combination of documentary/street photography and conceptual, experimental shoots with models. Shaun uses photography as a form of journal keeping to not only archive life and the world around him, but to satisfy the burning desire to be visually creative.
Model: Emma Cannon @emmavcannon
Lucid Space Dreamers are Aaron, Lydia and Anenenome, an LA-based trio specializing in Psychedelic music and Art-Rock.
Their debut release, New Year 2020 [LIVE], was recorded live in one-take, and is centered on a post-Earth futurist society, where man has left earth for the stars. Its themes are chaos due to destruction, suffering due to lostness, then surrender, then healing, and someday hope.
Their most recent release, ALIENZ, marks a deep engagement with warmth and alienation through shimmering radio intercepts, enveloping synths, and human voice. Recorded remotely at the start of the 2020 pandemic - and as the world departs from normalcy, thriving, and connection - the work enters realms of isolation and strangeness. Influences include musique concrète, expressionism, the ambient genre, mythology and folklore. This project strips away the neutrality of memory, revealing conflicts between the safety of remembering and the interference of externally-imposed noise. What remains is a distillation of warmth: transmitted through space, distorted by time, retaining its core.
Inspired by 60's magazine advertisements and by old family photos to recreate the retro aesthetic while also exaggerating and satirizing the portrayal of the 60's housewife trope. Shot on Kodak film stock to further achieve the vintage look.
Models: Mhaya P. and Kevin H.
Lighting Assistant: Joseph Patrick Kelly.
Philly-by-way-of-Albuquerque Lo-Fi Indie-Pop outfit, Gartenhead create melodic, energetic and instrumentally dynamic music with a peculiar pop inflection. Their first single, Edith was written in the midst of moving from their hometown of Albuquerque, NM to Philadelphia. The song captures the emotional highs and lows they experienced at the time -- the joy and hopefulness of a new beginning, the sadness and dread of leaving loved ones behind, and the universal struggle of putting the pieces together to determine exactly "who we are" as individuals, especially as we enter this new period of their lives. Look for a new EP from gartenhead in spring of 2021.
Marissa Ding is a 17-year-old photographer from Rochester, MN. She's currently a full-time student, but plots future shoots in her free time. She seeks to capture the memories of fleeting adolescence and unbounded energy in her photos, hoping to convey genuine emotion through them.
IG: @dingmarissal + @_marissading
del claro is a 23 year old Brazilian independent artist. He's also a software developer, so he uses his free time to make music in his bedroom.
He released his debut self-titled EP in June 2020, which has a organic sound with great guitar tones. The second one, Been Dreaming was released in December and has more Dream-Pop elements, with dreamy synths. All songs are entirely recorded, mixed and produced by him. He's inspired by artists like Homeshake and Jakob Ogawa.