The IMPRINT Magazine Arts, Fashion & Culture Issue
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DESCRIPTIONThe lifestyle magazine for young, forward thinking adults! This issue's features include The Mad Violinist, DJ Traci Steele, Kellie Griffin Interiors, 3D Sculptor PATCH, Wine Tasting 101, Daycations For The Active, Young Professionals, Bermuda's Culture, Doo.Ri Chung Designs, The History of Wrist Watches, Love & Relationships, Investing In Yourself & more!
iMPRiNTtheEnhancing Your Knowledge. Ref in ing Your L i festy le. Volume 2Issue 2
Model: Mia DavisCreative Director: N. ReneePhotography Director: Jay YoungAssistant Photographers: Channessa Roundtree & Bobby QuinnHair/Makeup: Angelica Kyeremeh, Angel Faces Makeup ArtistryWardrobe/Jewelry: Diamonds & Pearls CoutureStylist: Lillie Elle YoungCreative Assistant: Shaundra T. SmithCreative Assistant: Karissa J. ParkerLocation: Spiveys Creations
making the cover
N. Renee Webb Executive Editor
Avis FoleyAssociate Editor
Jay YoungDirector, Photography & Video
Britt Hutchinson PhotojournalistChannessa Roundtree Assistant Photographer
Bobby Quinn Assistant PhotographerChelsea M. Brown Staff Writer
Ashlyn B. Kirk Staff WriterCydney Nunn Staff Writer
Vern F. Clarke Contributing WriterKarissa J. Parker Staff Writer/Creative Assistant
LaTisha Hunley Creative AssistantGabrielle Thomas Administrative Assistant
BRAND MARKETINGShaundra T. Smith Director
Ashlyn B. Kirk Social Media Assistant
OPERATIONS & DISTRIBUTIONEric Webb Manager
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Enhancing Your Knowledge. Refining Your Lifestyle.
Connect With Us!*Photo by Jay Young during Brandi D.s Single Release Party & Birthday Bash @ Vanquish Lounge.
The HIGH UP.comA blog by Aspire Online Media
Ecouture Clothing Photographed by Britt Hutchinson at LA Fashion Week.
C O N T E N T SFeatures
art TONESEXCLUSIVE: 5 Time Grammy
Nominated The Mad ViolinistCalifornia Based Sculptor Patch
Artist Derrick Spivey
fashion BRIEFDoo-Ri Chung Designs
The Gentlemans Guide To Watches
culture CONSCIOUSWine Tasting 101
Bermuda: The Oceans JewelA Snapshot of India
making RANKMeet The Infamous
DJ Traci Steele
young EXECExperience The Lifestyle
With Kamar Zachery
health WISERise To Your Fitness Regimen
money MOVES5 Ways To Start Investing
start TRIPPINGDaycations For The Active,
VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2
ADDING A BIT OF SPICE TO YOUR LIFE THE ARTS, FASHION & CULTURE ISSUE!
Win a One Night Stay At Melia Hotel! See page 44!
EDITORS NOTEKnowing Appreciation
IN THE MIXAOM Was In The Mix With Terminal Wests Pre-Grand Opening Party & Pretty Girls Rock 2
ON THE BRINKKellie Griffin Interiors
WHERES THE LOVELife, Love & Other Stuff
I ASPIRELife Is...
IMPRINT BULLETINNews, Events & Career Listings
EDITORS PICKSBag & Swag ItBooks, Movies & MusicCuisine Quest
Log on to www.theimprintmag.com.
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So,hereweareagain.AnotherissuecompletedandIfeellikeIhavejustwrappedup athesispaper.Thisissuechallengedmeinanumberofwaysbecauseitsonethingtoselectaparticulartheme-butthentocreatesomethingthatwill leaveanimpactonourreaders is another. I battled with myself many nights over the magazines taglineEnhancingYourknowledge.RefiningYourlifestyle.andthoughtaboutexactlywhatitis that I want our readers to gain after spending a lazy afternoon browsing themagazines features. After countless hours of discussion with my Director of BrandMarketingabout thepublicationsvision, wedecided that itwas timeto stepitupanotch. Thismeant thatwewouldhavetoputourselvestothetest to seeifwecouldproducewhatwepreachaboutallthetime.Atthe endofeachday,mysinceresthopeis for our younger generationtounderstand thevalueandpower ofwhat knowledgebrings.Thereisabsolutelynothingmoreliberatingthatbeingabletofreelywalk intoalibrary,selectabook,orbrowsetheinternetrealizingthattheonlythingthatseparatesyou from thenext person are the plentiful resources youve chosen to access. How canyou appreciatesomethingif youdont fullyknowwhatit is letalone itsvalue?Theonethingthatinspiredmetostartmycompanywas constantly hearingpeoplesay, IfI hadonlyknown. Ifyouhadonlyknownwhat?Thatyoucouldhavechangedtheoutcomeofasituationbymakinganeducateddecision?TheonethingthatIknowforsureistonevertakeanythingforfacevalue.Ifyouwanttoknowsomething,doyourresearch.Typically,whenIhearsomeonesayawordthatImnotfamiliarwith,Imakeamentalnoteofit,andatthe firstopportunity,Ilookitupin thedictionary-primarilytoseeifthepersonuseditinthe rightcontext.Anddoingsoalsoallowsmetoexpandmyvocabulary.
Inthis editionofTheIMPRINTMagazine,wewishtoenhanceyour knowledgewhilerefiningyour lifestylethroughthearts,fashionandculture.IrememberfallinginlovewithfineartwhenIfirstsawthelateWilliam
Tollivers paintings years ago. Since then, Iveset a goal tostartamini galleryofmyown.Ihaventpurchasedanythingjustyet, but Im getting close! I also remember becominginfactuated with music when I heard Whitney Houstons IWannaDanceWithSomebodyblastingfrommymomsstereowhen I was a little girl. I went on to sing (I thought I wasWhitneysbackup) for years andpickedup theclarinetalongtheway.Iloveclassicalinstruments.Theressomethingaboutclassicalmusicand jazz that tends tosoothe thesoul. IalsoenjoylearningaboutpeopleandbelievethatIpossessaknackfor getting them to open up about their interests, fears andaspirations. Being open to people fromall backgrounds andraces has helpedto further the visionformy company.Andfashion!OMG!Onceupona timeI usedtothink that puttingtogethera head-turningensemblewastoomuchwork.Imean
why dowehavetospendsomuchtimetrying tobethenext showstopper?Well,I learneda little secret.People aredrawntoattractivepeople.Andapartofbeingattractiveisspendingalittle extratime(andmoney)onmywardrobeandhair.ImaprettycreativepersonsoIvelearnedtoincorporatesomeofthatcreativityintomystyleselectionsand...voila!Imnowaconvertedfashionista.
Knowingtheoriginofpeople,placesandthingsaddsclarityto ourdailywalk.Wearenothereto merelyexist.Weareheretohelpourfellowmanandappreciate everythingaroundusbecauseitallhastremendousvalue.Thepeoplewhowevechosentofeature inthisissuehavehadamazingjourneysandstoriesthatwillinspireyouanytimeyoumightfeellikethrowingin thetowel.Hurdlesareovercomebybillions ofpeopleeveryday.Themoreyouface,themoreprofoundyourtestimony.Wehopetheplacesthatyou readaboutwill encourageyoutoexploreothertreasuresaroundtheworld.Makeitapointtoplanandbudgetfor atripoutsideof thecountry.There issomuchmoretoexperiencebeyondour backyards.Thefeatures thatyoullbeintroducedwithinthisissueshouldverywelligniteyourdesiretowanttoknoweverythingfromhowtodetermineaqualityfabrictothehistoryofcelebratedartists.Knowledgeisthepowertocreatechange.Enjoy!
KNOWING APPRECIATION F R O
M T H
E E D I T O
EXECUTIVE EDITORN.Renee Webb
NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR FACE VALUE
EDITORS NOTE 9
My sincerest hope is for our younger generation to
understand the value and power of what knowledge brings.
TERMINAL WEST PRE- GRAND OPENING PARTY @ KING PLOW ARTS CENTER ON 3.28.12
Photographed by D.J. Bing.
IN THE MIX
2ND ANNUAL PRETTY GIRLS ROCK @ JUSTINS RESTAURANT ON 4.26.12
Photographed by Jay Young, Channessa Roundtree &Bobby Quinn
IN THE MIX
The Mad Violinist
TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC STYLE, HOW HIS MOM INFLUENCED HIS CAREER AND WHY HE WILL
ALWAYS HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA
Interview by N. Renee | Photos by Anderson Smitty Smith
hile other three year olds were busy putting objects down a toilet and creating towers out
of colorful building blocks, Ashanti Floyd, aka The Mad Violinist, was sharpening his skills on the violin when he was barely potty trained. Yep, the 28 year old five time Grammy nominee has been a master musician for a long time. Trained on over 30 instruments, the self proclaimed jokester didnt always aspire to be a celebrated violinist. He initially wanted to be a rapper and d