2013: THE BEST OF WINE & BOWTIES

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A collection of interviews, ideas and explorations from our year in editorial

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The last year and a half has been pretty experimental for us. We came back home. We threw concerts and art shows and undergrounds and overgrounds. We booked artists and screened films. Over time, we transitioned from what was essentially blogging about cool shit to producing something resembling legitimate journalism and editorial content. We’ve expanded interviews and sought out creative folks to work with. We’ve covered musical innovators and ’70s cults, local boutiques and legendary art world luminaries. Most importantly, we’ve built a team of contributors whose work we’re honored to lend a platform to. Amanda, Ben, Danielle, Adria, Mustafa, Becky, Luke, Benjy, Reed, Madeleine–the list goes on, and I know I’m forgetting somebody. Not to mention, some incredible work from photographers like Ian, Sequoia, Daghe, Kyle, Mikul…I mean damn.

Our approach has shifted some. Our focus has narrowed a bit, and we’ve zoomed in a little on our community here in Oakland. But the ethos is the same. Our goal is to build with the folks we love, and to celebrate the stuff we appreciate. And it’s been a crazy team effort, so thanks to everyone who lent their talents, their voice, and their insight to Wine & Bowties this year.

In that spirit, we wanted to take a look back at some of the pieces we were most proud of this year. The list is far from exhaustive, but it’s an indication both of where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Here’s to our best year yet. Thanks, as always, for reading Wine & Bowties.

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“Far Fuckin’ Out”

Isis Aquarian remembers her days in the mystical commune known as The Source Family

By Max Gibson

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“They Say”

Syd the Kyd has the world at her fingertips, but she’s content to let her music speak for her

By Will Bundy // Photography by Ian Flanigan

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“Hello Brooklyn”

A conversation with photographer and cultural documentarian Jamel Shabazz

By Max Gibson

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“The Shape of Things to Come”

Kelela is carving out her own space at the vanguard of a new wave in music

By Becky Akinyode // Photography by Sequoia Ziff

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“Andy’s World”

A glimpse inside the creative universe of illustrator and visual artist Andy Rementer

By Max Gibson

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“A Dangerously Curious Eye”

The story behind Barry Shapiro’s iconic portrait of the edge of San Francisco

By Will Bundy

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“On Citas”

Iamsu has emerged as the leader of a new movement out of the Bay, and this time, he’s going to make sure things are different

By Ben Dandridge-Lemco // Photography by Daghe

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“From Pencil to Paper”

Thoughts on art, hoop and childhood inspiration from illustrator Andrew Ho

By Max Gibson

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“Juggling Act”

A budding business, a new marriage, and a 7-month-year old daughter; short work for Max and Ari of Oakland Surf Club

By Max Gibson // Photography by Lauren Crew

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“Lovers & Friends”

The Fairoaks Project showcases Frank Melleno’s unforgettable polaroid portrait of San Francisco’s storied gay bath house scene

By Will Bundy

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“Keeping It 100″

Pop essayist and cultural critic Kiese Laymon shows his work in his debut novel, Long Division

By Nick Pauley

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“Explanatory Power”

Mixed media master Jesse Draxler on influence, inspiration and the beauty of monochrome

By Will Bundy

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“Now We’re Here”

Visual and biographical highlights from the photographic career of Ian Flanigan

By Max Gibson

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“Heaven Is A Bagel”

An ayahuasca-induced journey through spirit, body, and mind

By Benjy Hansen-Bundy

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“The Freeman Files”

Taking our time to contemplate the photographic journey of Jonathon Freeman

By Danielle Schnur

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“Where From Here?”

We catch up with the multi-talented, multi-faceted Phillip T. Annand as he traverses the realms of art, music, and contemporary culture

By Max Gibson

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“Oakland Rebels”

Meet Luke and Daghe, two Oakland natives at the heart of the city’s budding renaissance

By Max Gibson

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“This Is Real”

Hoodslam brings populist pro wrestling to the heart of Oakland

By Will Bundy // Photography by Mikul Eriksson

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“An OG Told Me…”

Gleaning wisdom from Oakland’s elders with Pendarvis Harshaw

By Max Gibson

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“Follow the Fucking Rules”

A few illustrated instructions for mutually enjoyable copulation

By Amanda Gayle // Illustrations by George McCallum

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“Just Another Day”

Peas & Carrots founder Anwar Carrots shows us how to turn creative pursuits into a lifestyle

By Max Gibson

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“Hyphy, Bitch”

A reflection on the Bay cultural legacy we thought we left behind

By Danielle Schnur

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“But Few Are Chosen”

Life on the road with Elliot Gold, and the outlaw biker gang that blazed a new trail

By Max Gibson