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Stylishly Broke: Finding Cheap Digs in the City
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T-shirt from the 5$ bin at Los Feliz vintage shop "Squaresville"
photo cred: Melissa Amaya
model: Me, Kris Nelson

Whenever I see photos from the runway or my favorite celebrity dressed to the nines, I think "Damn, it must be easy to look stylish when you're rich."

With designers, magazines, and celebrities manufacturing mainstream trends, it is easy to look good when you have the money to drop on brand name clothes. But, with a generation making their way through the world with more debt then cash, some amazing personal styles have grown out of a need to shop cheap.

Now, these debt mangled millennials are far from the first folks to create style out of pocket change. Poor folks have been making incredible fashion statements on limited funds forever. But now, more than ever, the amount of people who need to stretch their dollars and still look cute are ballooning at incredible rates.

So, my friend Melissa and I are here to show you that being broke does not mean forgoing fashion (and I'll even let you in on our favorite places to score dirt cheap digs).

(All the outfits pictured below cost 20$ or less, including all shoes and accessories).

                                    Shirt and shorts from " 2$ Clothing Store" on Santa Monica
                                                             photo cred: Kris Nelson
                        Black dress (7$) from "Salvation Army", leather belt (2.99$) from "Goodwill"
                                                          photo cred: Melissa Amaya
                          Sheer floral dress from "2$ Clothing Store", black booties (5$) "Goodwill"
                                                             photo cred: Kris Nelson

         Cutt-off jean jacket from "Goodwill" (4$), esleep shorts from "Urban Ore" (3$), floral nike's                                                                  from "Buffalo Exchange" (6$)
                                                             photo cred: Melissa Amaya
                                  Shirt from "2$ Clothing Store", cut-off's from "Goodwill"(3$)
                                                             photo cred: Kris Nelson
                        Crop t-shirt from "2$ Clothing Store", fake leather pants from "Rue 21"(3$)
                                                           photo cred: Melissa Amaya
                                Sheer dress and metallic bathing suit from "2$ Clothing Store"
                                                             photo cred: Kris Nelson
                           Tank top from "2$ Clothing Store", pants from "Squaresville"(15$)
                                                           photo cred: Melissa Amaya
                       Shirt from "Salvation Army" (3$), leather shorts from "2$ Clothing Store"
                                                             photo cred: Kris Nelson

As most folks know by now, thirft stores like Salvation Army and Goodwill are great places to find cheap clothes.  But, Melissa and I have found some sweet spots in LA, besides our regular haunts, to find stylish pieces for under 20$.

One of my favorite places is Squaresville in Los Feliz.  They are reasonably cheap for a vintage shop, with a price range of 5$-100$.  What is awesome about this store in particular is their 5$ bins.  These bins are full of buried treasures, including evening wear, summer skirts, and even shoes.

However, the best stop for cheap clothes in LA has got to be the 2$ Clothing Store in West Hollywood.  This place is nothing but a small room with a massive pile of clothes in the center.  Take off your shoes and jump right in and you'll be amazed at what you can find in the heap.  As the name would suggest, everything in the store is 2$.  Plus, sometimes they offer a 20 for 20$ deal, letting you score an entire new wardrobe at 1$ per piece.

Besides shopping around, one of the ways I have acquired so many great pieces with such limited funds is through clothing swaps! If your friends are equally as stylish as you are and you want to get rid of some pieces you don't wear any longer, organize a swap.  Have all your friends bring a bag full of stuff they don't want and raid each other's piles.  If you can find them, there are even some public clothing swaps that happen around the city!

My last tip is this: never underestimate the clearance section.  I have found some precious gems in the clearance piles of stores I normally would never think to shop in.  Check out the mall one day, you might be surprised at what you find.
Why Clothing is Important: An Aesthetic Revolution
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Like many things popularized by femmes, fashion, style, and clothing have been deemed vapid and unintellectual by the broader cultural society.

Fashion is thought about as a means of accessory to personality, something separate from personality itself.

Unlike the books we read, the theory we subscribe to, or the politics that drive us, our style is not usually perceived as a tool of betterment, a product of deep thought, or a true expression of the person we imagine ourselves to be.

But, as a non-binary, queer, femme, my clothing, my accessories, my haircuts, all the things that make up my style, are more political, more personal, more rooted in who I am than most of the literature that lines my bookshelves.

Many queer, trans, or gender non-conforming folks will tell you that they have had similar experiences with clothing.  That their style is one of the major ways in which they live their identities.  In some cases, clothing is one of the only ways our identities can be readable.

This is something I have been participating in for as long as I could dress myself.  The clothing that I wore was always something that felt very personal to me, a way of telling the world just who I thought myself to be. But, the inherent political nature of these decisions did not become explicitly clear to me until I went abroad.

Armed with three suitcases (one that was filled only with jewelry, scarves, and hats), many of the people around me gawked at my attachment to the things I put on my body.  It was absurd for many that I would travel with so many clothes.  When I was questioned about why I dared to lug easily three times my weight in clothing around Europe, the answer came easily to me.

As a non-binary person I feel like clothing is sometimes the only way in which I can articulate my identity.  It is the only way in which I may distort the way that people see me and bend their perception closer to the truth of who I am.  I needed all tools at my disposal.  I did not know where I would go, who I would see, which version of my many faceted personhood would go out one night, and then another.  It is style, clothing, accessories, that allow me to tell the world how I would like to be seen (even if it may not always be successful).

This does not end with gender.

Clothing has historically been used to butt heads with societies that push certain people and cultures to the fringes. Subcultures, marginalized people, and individuals pushed to the outskirts of society use clothing constantly to assert their personhood, their identity, and their refusal to blend into a society that denies them.

From ass-less chaps to sequin dresses, clothing is a marker of who we are.  It is a tool that can be used to create ourselves in a world that tells so many of us we do not, or should not exist. It is a tool that can keep cultures alive in the face of violent erasure, it can be a fuck you to the heteropatriarchy, it can be a push back against white supremacy, it can be a piece of sand tossed into a well oiled machine that wishes to replicate itself over and over again.

When the world around you looks to erase difference, seeks to occupy your imagination, your land, your body, your identities, the clothes you put on your back each morning can serve as a silent protest, a revolution made of cotton and leather and beads.

Wigan's World

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Mark Wigan is an English born contemporary visual artist recognised internationally as an influential illustrator and a pioneer of urban art in London, New York and Tokyo during the 1980s. His work explores and responds to anthropology and subcultures and he is the co founder and curator of The Museum of Club Culture in Hull with artist Kerry Baldry. Wigans approach is interdisciplinary crossing fine art, illustration and urban art and his prolific output includes regular international gallery exhibitions, live painting performances, theatre and television set design, animation, public art commissions, exhibition curation and mural painting. Wigans idiosyncratic pictorial language employs diagrammatic simplicity to create artworks that ignite a primal resonance for the viewer. A prolific artist his distinctive body of work demonstrates a commitment to the power of the imagination and the compulsion to draw. Wigans paintings and drawings are held in private and public collections worldwide and have been described as signposts to the ancient past from the beginning of language itself to a visual anthem for the information overload of the 21st Century.

Current projects include a collaboration with Dr Martens, a collection of boots, shoes, t shirts, and backpacks for Autumn/ Winter 2015 featuring prints of his artwork.Since the 1990s he has lectured in Illustration and graphic design at many universities in the UK including University of the Arts London and Salford University and is the author of six books on Illustration published by Fairchild Books (Bloomsbury Publishing). Clients have included Limelight Club, Time Out, Astoria Theatre, Kensington Market, Scala Cinema, i-D Magazine,Dr Martens, NME, Circulo des Bellas Artes Madrid, Nagoya City Expo Japan, Parco Gallery Japan, Swatch, Panasonic, Toshiba, Virgin, Levis, Fuji TV, Deviant Records, 20 Stories High Liverpool, The Southbank Centre London.

an album of the work of British
artist Mark Wigan - 'Wigan's World' - is now in the Guest Gallery of

Check out Wigan's work here

Digital Issue º13 FAMILY
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Price: $2
Our Family Issue Features:
- Maternity Chic
- Bespoke history of Mafia fashion
- Fashion rules my mum taught me and how we broke them
- Prison beauty and fashion inventions
- Vogue/ Ballroom House history
- The secret style rituals of Fraternity Brothers
- Fashion guide to Twinning
- Correlation between Breast feeding and clothing
- Sibling Rivalry and clothes
- Cult behavior among fashion, art, and music
- Is subculture dead? Expert opinions from anthropologists to former Scene queens
King Minzly Experience. Let's all experience it together.
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*"King Minzly Experience" RECAP*

December 12th, 2015 at 10:06pm Minzly presented an exhibit in her home town
Philadelphia titled the "King Minzly Experience".
From having publication in The Fader, MTV’s “FWD” & also hosting events at
SXSW for Deniro Farrar and Maxokream; to styling Delano Brown during his
2014 “artrepreneur tour, King Minzly was ready for her debut show.
The experience was a stylist showcase curated by creative director, model &
stylist Minzly herself*; *featuring special performances by Anyee Wright,
Hoax Pain & Theodore Grams. With 3 live deejay sets by DJ SwizzyMack, DJ
Sylo and Astro8000 the energy in the room was sky high. There was also a
premiere of "*Avant-Garde*'" which is a 1-3 short film series she has
directed and starred in.

*If you missed the experience here is a quick recap to enlighten you on the
*ALL merchandise was designed by Minzly for the "Denim Series". *

*Model Danny Chung sporting Whatever21 SS15 collection reenacting me as i
modeled their look book*

*Model Jeffrey(PIC1) wearing 1-1 custom denim structured jacket with
high/low shorts.​

Model Keith Harris(PIC 2) wearing denim jeans with
distressed cropped jacket.*

*​Models Knox Wrath & Patrick Hogan sporting VFiles #VFSP for the "Broken
Society" series*

social media: @kingminzly

*Huge thank you to everyone involve an helping make this a success
Assistant:* Mekhi Jackson
*Photographer:* Sam Conant
(IG: @shotbycones)
*Makeup Artist:* Zayaan Mustafa
(IG: @onyx.noir)
*Nail Artist: *Tracey Nguyen
(IG: @imtrae)
*Performances:* AnyeeWright, HoaxPain, TheodoreGrams
DJs: SwizzyMack, Astro8000, DeejaySyLo
*Models: *Danny Chung, Evelyn Godley, Anthony Tran, Kristina Santiago,
Lexxy, Knox Wrath, Keith Harris, Mark Thomas, Jeffrey, Victoria Elmore and
Patrick Hogan
Shigo HK SS 16 'Over Population'
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Shigo is a Hong Kong based fashion brand. We first got a taste of the kaleidoscopic candy colors and digital pop prints at Fashion Week LA.  Mesmerized by the off kilter cuts and irreverent 'fun'ness of it all. We'll just let these nifty gifs tell it all.

Martial Raysse Retrospective @ The Pompidou Center
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The Pompidou Center hosts radical works in its Parisian, 5 story modern art museum done-up in "high-tech" design.  The front of the cold-looking building is lined with an escalator that juts out from the side with only a piece of plexiglass between you and the incredible view.  From the fifth floor, the marvel of Paris is taken in with wonder.  It is with this wonderment that one enters the Pompidu, where you are mystified once again.  

In September 2014, the Pompidou showed an array of pieces from the Martial Raysse collection.  Raysse's list of materials put a spin on realism that tickles the brain with plastic fibers, pre-fab throwaways, and neon lights.  This out-of the-box approach was the new frontier of the art world then, and continues to echo in the cave of innovative art and style.  Raysee did not wish to ditch classical methods completely, but his sources of inspiration differed drastically from those artists before him.  He was making art in a time when the definition of art challenged the status quo again, thus changing it with his compositions.

Who is this man with a multi-media grasp on hot colors?  He is a well-loved artist from France who flocked to New York to join the Pop Art Scene in its heyday.  

He didn't always want to be a visual artist.  He thought he would pursue his passion for writing and language.  Still, his work which often dealt with the human form set all niches of the visual work aflame from fashion to commercial design.

His philosophy on the utility of art is as follows:

“I’ve always thought that the purpose of art is to change lives. But the important thing today, it seems to me, is to change what surrounds us on all levels of human relationship. Some people think that life is copying. Others know it is inventing. You don’t quote Rimbaud, you live him."

An anti-fashion poem to London Fashion Week by S.S.Wall
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What's in the box? Somebody has put something in my drink - half these people are pink squealing pigs, and the other half havent moved an inch. But the manakins that move sure look fine, they try just as hard to ignore the ordeurves as they do to snipe the free sparkling wine. These egos can exist in a vacuum, especially in the mirrors of bathrooms. Things are getting serious this week in london see - Guantanamo detainees can piss for free but when even Vivienne's on the tube she got to pay 20p. Why do we rejoice in others imperfections, but despise our very own? Everyone deserves flaws, everyone is thinks they are the pigeon in the cage of peacocks but when it comes down to it everything and everyone including it's creator lives inside the box.