Perspective

Drawing Outside The Lines: Ethan Ryan Punal 

The abstract rooted graphic artist derives from the same area where Salvador Dali built his foundation and that’s altering what reality presents to us, especially in the form of appearance. He’s done this with the likes of Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator, Young Thug, and more showing the alternate perspective of their personas.

L is for Lavar: The Big Baller Brand’s Underperformed Release of the ZO2 Prime

Two hundred and sixty-three.  That’s how many pairs of Lonzo Ball’s first shoe, the ZO2 Prime, Big Baller Brand managed to sell in its first day. Now, keep in mind the shoes retailed for $495, which is enough to buy four pairs of Steph Curry’s signature shoe with enough change to buy yourself a good meal. So if you do the math, that’s just over $130,000 in sales. For 24 hours, it actually doesn’t sound bad.  But, it is. 

Papikodone invades the Chicago Sleepers Podcast

In an age where social media leads to instant gratification and it’s also the platforms for the annoying socialites, it’s hard to differentiate who’s really about their business and who’s not. Being a supporter of the Chicago Sleepers since the earlier parts of this year, they have brought individuals who have shaped a unique culture in today’s time and one of these individuals is Papikodone.

The Coolest Screw Loose : Getting to Know Tedy Andreas

The Texas artist infrastructure has been one thing to watch over the past few years with the way it shows versatility. From the likes of Maxo Kream to Lil Rari, Tedy Andreas has broken the industry with his cool flow and lyrical tactics that's been making him a name to look out for this year. We had a chance to speak to the Texas by the Los Angeles artist about his influences, his path to success, the love for Houston he has and more.

Waking Up Chicago and Beyond: Get Hip to Chicago Sleepers 

The City of Win has been taking back a lot of it’s glory with the Chicago Cubs winning their first world series in over 100 years, and Chance the Rapper being the barrier breaker for online streaming music and winning three Grammys, it’s easy to say that Chicago is at the top of their game. This continues to be a cycle from the individuals who are making major moves to the indie acts and creatives as well, and you see that with Chi-Town’s growing podcast The Chicago Sleepers. 

The Sun's Godsend: A Conversation With Twelve'Len

Towards the end of 2016, we focused on the growing scope of what the Florida music scene and found a hidden gem with Twelve’Len. Shining a beaming perspective of life with his insight making songs for those aspire to break the barrier and go beyond human limits. Whether this meaning he crafts in his lyrics is taken figuratively or literally, it’s a direct message given in his work and that’s to experience, expound, and evolve. 

Drawing Outside The Lines: Father Nico

One creative has had an excellent year being himself as well as changing the ways people saw him and his art with every creation. That one artists is FatherNico, the mysterious young artist stealing the eyes of the people and putting them right onto his work. As vague as the young man is I got the chance to speak with Nico and get a better look into the foggy, abstract drawing on the window of your car in the rain that is… FatherNico himself. 

The Rundown: Lil Coupe

1500 Records has been on a rise recently. With their immense roster, filled with nothing but other producers, artists, and rappers, it only makes sense that with all the work they’ve been doing independently and collectively is being noticed now towards the end of the year. One rapper from the collective, Lil Coupe, has been exceeding his expectations while still improvising his craft to match his hunger for success.

The Rundown: OG Shyne

The Rundown has laid the groundwork for artists to express themselves and share their music to the followers of Modern Life Mag. Covering artists from coast to coast, we land back in the homestead of the MLM headquarters and stumble a brash yet witty sound that's coming from the Houstock camp. 

Seeing the creative collective from their humble beginnings, ByBreezy has single-handily created a lane where the indie acts of Houston can prosper, unite, and ultimately create a revolution amongst themselves to provide a refreshing versatile aura to the Houston music scene. Throughout the collective, it's many artists to offer, but OG Shyne stands out as one the lead general of the camp with her upfront attitude and will to win by any means. 

Covering From All Angles: An Interview with Diane Abapo of Suspend Magazine

Walking the tightrope of extinction and innovation, Diane Abapo takes the challenge of providing a different medium with her buzzing publication, Suspend Magazine. The journey of Abapo started in her humble beginnings living in Orange County, CA and later attending UCLA perfecting her trades of journalism + photography. During her time there, she interned with Michael Muller and Flaunt Magazine, and as time went Abapo felt like it was time to fill her void in this industry with her unique views from behind the camera and the writer’s desk. 

Keepin' Clean Ain't Easy : A Conversation with George Hammond (Owner of Clean Skate Co.)

In 2015-2016, we saw a massive increase in the creative community; new streetwear brands being formed, artists emerging, mags & blogs putting themselves on the map, visual artists getting the recognition and shine they deserve. A lot has happened this past two years and we have no one else to thank other than the creatives behind these ventures and movements, the people who see their world as something they can alter and affect with their own art. In the beginning of this year, I had the chance to speak with George Hammond, designer and creative director of CLEANSKATECO,

Modern Perspectives: Matthew Garrett of Ethik Clothing

As we dive into deep into our various interview series, we've strayed away from featuring individuals who play the back and make plays behind the scenes for the ones who receive shine. One of New York emerging streetwear, Ethik Clothing has made their imprint in the industry with their varied collections and stylish lookbooks, and one of the large reasons for their success is the marketing tactics and social media schemes of their event coordinator/public relations person, Matthew Garrett.

Drawing Outside The Lines: ArtbyJeremy

With art ranging from Hood Chronicles to XXL Freshman Balloon series, Jeremy Thomas is a master of portrayal.  His social media is a well-kept archive of works that could only be created by one individual.  Scroll a couple of yards with your thumb on any of his social media accounts and it’ll become obvious to you too.  What you’re seeing is this consistency in all of his art that can’t be described but only consumed.  Don’t over think it, just enjoy.  You live in a world where all real artists have the opportunity to not go unseen.  Don’t let Jeremy Thomas go unnoticed.

Breaking Barriers and Cultivating Sports Talk: A Conversation with Scoop Jackson

The art of journalism has changed and cultivated over time. The standardization of writing and reporting news has revolutionized and has become more innovative than the average viewer would imagine. One sector of this art is Sports Journalism and one of it's colorful individuals is Scoop Jackson. Read our latest interview with ESPN analyst Scoop Jackson