June 2019 —
June 2019 —
Technology. Convenience. Satisfaction.
These three words weave into each other, well, perfectly. They cannot live with or without one another. Even if their sentiments are flipped into the reverse.
No technology? Missing phone? No wifi?! = Inconvenient. No one bugging you via email because there is no service on the beach? That's different. That (can be) f*cking satisfying.
In an age of information over-load, it's nice to be able to filter down what the vehicle of technology is bringing you in your day to day life. We here at Matte Black believe that the information that's sent your way (whether that be through a paid ad on Instagram, a wheat pasting campaign you glance at as you slowly crawl along Lincoln Boulevard, or an article that's sent to your inbox) should add value to your experience, not take precious moments away from you. It should be interesting, attention holding, and useful. If you get wifi on the beach and your phone starts popping off, the frills of technology should be a welcome distraction from your blissful seat in the sand.
That's what this issue is filled with. Interesting, attention holding and useful information - all bundled up and sent to you via the technology vehicle. Isn't that conveniently satisfying?
PS. For those of you who have been following along the past year and a half, this is my last issue as Managing Editor at the Shape/Shift Report. Stay in touch or follow me on Instagram and stay subscribed to my baby to hear about some rad events the SSR will be hosting in the coming months! Until next time.
"[...] Growing up closeted and gay in a community where my identity didn’t have a place, forced my sights outside [my conservative, Christian] bubble, and I learned to observe and question everything. At that time I watched the world mostly as an observer not as a participator. I knew there were different ways of seeing and being in the world, and it was both exhilarating and terrifying to learn about them. Art became the most comfortable way I was able to interact with the world around me." Dustin Giallanza is perhaps one of the most thoughtful individuals you may ever have the pleasure of meeting. His energy is so infectious, you can tell when he’s entered a room. As you can tell, his work is breathtaking; dripping in escapism and fantasy… And he actually really gets this whole “life” thing. It’s a pleasure to get to sit down and speak with Dustin about life’s path, his process, opinions about the world, and advice on how he sets himself apart from an oversaturated photography scene.
— Interview by Gaelan Simpson, Managing Editor
Why do we continue to create and share these “micro-influencer” lists with our readers, you might ask? We’ve realized that what has more impact for a brand is the content itself, the content created by theses micro-influencers. Click this article header for our latest talent roster. Because this type of content works.
— The Team at Matte Black
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (Israel’s annual Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day) the Instagram handle @eva.stories began posting a series of stories. Based on the actual diaries of Eva Heyman, a Hungarian teenager who perished in Auschwitz in 1944, eva.stories depicts the Nazi occupation of Hungary from the perspective of a teenage girl.
— Erna Adelson, Writer
Thinking on how a brand maintains relevance in the market? Same for us, always. For this episode, we went to our friends over at Parks Project to speak on the topic. Listen in as Sevag Kazanci, Co-Founder of the brand, speaks to their approach to being a giveback brand, and 5 key things they do to maintain relevance in the market.
— SESSIONS by Matte Black
CULTURALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY RELEVANT NEWS FLOATING AROUND THAT OUR TEAM FINDS INTERESTING.
The world of rent-to-wear apparel is about to get a LOT bigger. Urban Outfitters is all set to launch their own take on the digital apparel rental service, Nuuly, this summer.
It’s a harlequinade that’s become so popular that The New York Times even did a write up about it. They talk about why it’s funny, how it’s funny, and what makes the Wife Guy actually a Bad Guy. Read it because they do a much better job at breaking things down than me. That’s why they’re The New York Times and I’m just another guy without a wife on the internet.
Dustin is a Los Angeles based photographer and director specializing in Advertising, Fashion, Celebrity, Editorial, and Portraiture
If I weren’t a photographer, I would be - A dancer
Best food ever. Pizza duh, or just all food
Weird phobia? Interactive theater, can I please just watch?
Muse. Planet earth…the universe, seriously it’s so cool
Celebrity crush? Uh, Tina Fey!
Greatest lesson learned thus far: Practicing gratitude is life changing
Erna Adelson is a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker. She also writes lovely pieces for us, a lot.
Wasabi or Sriracha? Wasabi. And Crystal Hot Sauce.
Dream date spot: A breakfast date at Republique = I'm living the dream.
Favourite café in LA. See above. But a new addition to my neighborhood, Highly Likely, is closing in. ; )
Mama's wisest words: Keep (non-menthol) cigarettes in the freezer. Tobacco is an anti-inflammatory that works on burns and bee stings, apparently.
Quirkiest trait: I'll never tell.