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Sound Sisters Episode 19-Chris Shary

Renowned punk artist Chris Shary chats with the ladies about his approach to time management with creative endeavors and what it is like to artistically collaborate with some of the biggest names in music. They also get into finding the balance between being a father/husband/artist/teacher, how Travis Barker approached him to do artwork for Blink-182, his process with putting a creative spin on the infamous Milo sketch, and the true meaning behind Descendents’ anthem “I’m the One”. Before that, the Sound Sisters discuss their experience with artist and writer’s block and ways to get out of a creative rut . All this, plus exclusive spins from Violent Traditions and Shiners Club!
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Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Exhibition Smashed Art Boundaries

Photos & Words by Angela RoseRed

Music and art collided for Romantic Rock’s third annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes holiday art show that took place at Innerspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California.The Sound Sisters traveled from Arizona for an overnight turnaround trip to catch the special event. The exhibition featured original artwork by

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Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival!

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival!

The third annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF)
will make its way to Arizona on Sept. 1st, at Phoenix Center for the Arts. It is the only
traveling festival that showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and narrative
work. This year it will feature films from over 30 different countries ranging in
genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and
our own concoction Psychotropic. There will be film screenings, vendors, artists,
catering, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and a performance by It’s Embarrassing. read more

Artist Focus: Jared Aubel

Artist Focus: Jared Aubel 

Interview by Angela RoseRed

Arizona artist Jared Aubel has made waves on both a local and national level. His artistic approach to contemporary pop art has a fine art appeal with a surge of humor and whit. Aubel’s subjects vary from a Gangster Jesus to a Punk Rock Zebra. Whatever clever juxtaposition he produces, it is a true reflection of his colorful soul that leaves viewers with a fun afterthought.

Describe your artistic style in one sentence:

I would described my art as contemporary pop art with a clever whit or lampoon often added. read more

Photographer Focus: James Young

Photographer Focus: James Young

Interview by Angela RoseRed

James Young is an Arizona-based artist who specializes in street and skate photography. His mediums vary from old skool analog film to modern day digital techniques. Shredding on a board for over 15 years, he naturally immersed himself in opportunities that require him to catch those major “skate or die” moments. Whether Young is taking still shots of a unique object on the streets of Phoenix or documenting someone with all four wheels in the air at night, his ability to capture the decisive moment is nothing short of radness.

How did you spiral into the world of photography?

I say I really got into photography a few years back when i got sober i wanted a way to chill with all my friends and keep the mind busy while at a bar or something so i brought a camera along and started shooting my weird ass friends.

How long have you been snapping photos?

I’ve been taking photos for a little over four years now.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph and why?

My favorite subjects to shoot is shadows and skateboarding. I love the line work shadows make and just walking around trying to find them there always different. With skate photos it’s all about getting the perfect moment you can half a second off and that photo is just not going to turn out right.

Do you have any major influences?

I love looking at the work of people like William Eggleston, Spike Jonze and Boogie Ed Templeton.

Favorite artistic mediums:

My film camera for sure, but sadly its broke at the moment.

List off what photography formats, gear and editing techniques used to create your work?

I use a Minolta x700 mainly for my street/shadow work and a Nikon d7100 for my skate photos and Photoshop for all the editing.

Favorite spots to shoot at:

I like walking around downtown Phoenix.

Who are your favorite skaters to photograph?

Just my homies cuz theres no pressure its all fun with them.

Regardless if its day or night, you kill it at capturing the decisive moment in your skateboarding images. How do you document such fast action shots?

If its night it’s all about the flashes you need those baby’s to freeze the motion.

Your street photography has a strong graphic element to it. Do you go out and chase the image or does the image find you?

I would say 50/50 I have to chase the light till an image just pops up.

If you could photograph any person or place past through the present who would it be?

I would be down to get a portrait session going with Albert Einstein.

If your artwork could be a fictional character, who would it be?

Spy vs spy not sure why haha maybe it’s the black and white.

What bands occupy your earholes most frequently?

All over the place with music I go from Otis Redding to Post Malone to Hank Williams III. I feel like it’s everywhere.

Choose your weapon: Vinyl, Cassette, CD or Digital?

Vinyl for days.

Do you have any projects coming up or in the works?

Nah not right now, but I would like to get something going so if anybody wants to collab hit me up. Haha!

Social Media/Website/Contact Info:

jamesyoungphotos on Instagram

Is your work for sale? Are you free for commission work?

If anyone wants to buy anything I’m always down to sell or trade print for print. Yes, I’m free for some commission work.

Some have claimed photography is a skill, not an art form. What is your stance on that dumbassery theory?I believe photography is an art form for days you can have a 100  people shoot the same subject and every person will get a different photograph out of it and that’s their own personal art. read more