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Aloha Got Soul

Aloha Got Soul
Words / Daniel Ikaika Ito
Photography / Mark Kushimi

Back to the Future.

There is something futuristically nostalgic about the music that record label Aloha Got Soul is into. It may seem oxymoronic to view their vinyl record releases as innovative, but the tracks selected by crate-diggers Roger Bong, Oliver Seguin and Cedric Bardwail are modern marvels attracting an international fan base. From rainy, old London, England to the sunny shores of Honolulu, Hawai‘i and everywhere in between, Aloha Got Soul is touching multiple people of various backgrounds with their signature sound, combining soul, funk, world and Hawaiian genres. Read more


Andrew Schoultz

Andrew Schoultz
Words / Mark Kushimi

Andrew Schoultz will admit that some would look upon his upbringing as that of a troubled youth. But the Wisconsin-born creative credits his early interest in graffiti and years of skateboarding through the streets of San Francisco to expanding his interest in art. Schoultz creates intricate renderings with imagery both familiar and fantastical, referencing themes such as war, chaos and environmental degradation—issues that are bound to repeat themselves throughout history. Read more

Sam Muller

Sam Muller
Words / Travis Hancock

If you ask Sam Muller how, over the course of his teenage years, he went from a kid filming amateur skate videos with his friends to a respected photographer in the skate industry, he says it’s sheer luck, a right place right time kinda thing. But, unlike Sam, luck doesn’t sit in the California sun for six hours straight shooting sequences of a nearly impossible trick. Luck doesn’t often haul a hundred pounds of lighting gear over an eight-foot chain link fence. And luck doesn’t go very far when shooting intimate portraits of skate legends, musicians and Oscar-winning directors. At the ripe, hairy age of 24, Sam has the work ethic of a seasoned vet, matched by a knack for precision on the order of German engineering. But for all this, he’s humble about his success, and less interested these days in exploiting skating’s mainstream than in branching out, exploring new subjects and terrain—from ballet to his Hollywood Hills hometown. Read more

Danny Fuller


Words / Jeff Mull
Portrait / Dave Homcy

It’s the winter of 2008 and the sun has just dipped beyond the horizon on the North Shore of O‘ahu. The last bits of the day’s color are quickly washing away, leaving only a soft palette of subdued blues and greens hanging in the air like cotton candy. Standing on the shoreline, Danny Fuller quickly raises his lens, snaps off a few shots of his surroundings, and unassumingly heads back to the Quiksilver house on the beach. From this moment on, his life will never quite be the same. Danny Fuller the professional surfer has just unwittingly made his first inroads to become Daniel Fuller the professional photographer. Read more

Matthew Tapia
Matthew Tapia
Words / Jenny de Jesus
Portrait / Mark Kushimi

Matthew Tapia will tell you he got lucky. The self-taught artist was working odd jobs and drawing in his free time when the owner of clothing giant Ecko Unltd. happened to spot Tapia’s work in his first and only art show in a small skate shop on the Windward side of O‘ahu. Impressed with what he saw, he left his card with the store and asked that Tapia call him before he left the island in two days time. Tapia made that call not knowing it would change his professional life forever. Just a couple of months later, he accepted a full-time job with Ecko in New York City. Read more

 

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Baarik’s Gallery

Baariks Gallery
Words / Daniel Ikaika Ito

Baarik’s Gallery is an artistic nocturnal emission. Sexy. Funny. Revealing. It’s something you keep on the down low and hidden from moms. His nude images of women are a teenager’s wet dream come to life. Fitting for the 19-year-old, photographer that is originally from San Francisco, Calif. and has been residing in Hawai‘i for the past six years. Photography is an art form for this kid rather than a craft. With no formal training he captures the rawness of the night and essence of the naked female form. Read more

Quinn Matthews

Quinn Matthews
Words / Zen Yoshifuku

In the saturated market of surf photography the work of Quinn Matthews stands out from the others. For the past couple of years whenever I would be flipping through a surf mag and a photo caught my eye I would see Quinn’s name credited. With a different sense of composition from other photographers, the 19-year-old Californian is becoming the go-to shooter for all the best surf publications. We’re looking forward to seeing this young, industrious photographer’s work evolve in the coming years… Read more

Augustine Kofie

kofie
Words / Jasper Wong

Augustine Kofie is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles. His art has been shown extensively worldwide with highlighted shows in New York, California, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. With a deep interest in process and structure, Kofie creates works of intense detail centered on the order of balance. The precision of his “drafted” art is strongly inspired by modern architecture as well as the form and shape of typography. In his quest for balance, Kofie harmonizes opposing and contradictory dynamics in his work by setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes, and creates organically complex formations through meticulously structured line-work and layering. Read more

Kanoa Zimmerman

Words / Daniel Ikaika Ito

The summer of 2012 was a dismal season for waves on the South Shore of O‘ahu. Old-timers and the local news called it the “worst summer of surf in history.” From Memorial Day to the end of August there were only two substantial swells in Town. Photographer Kanoa Zimmerman, 30, happened to score one of the brief windows of waves while in Honolulu for an exhibition of his work put on by Interisland Terminal. Kanoa showcased black and white images captured with Nikonos, Contax and Mamiya 35 mm film cameras. The San Francisco-based, Native Hawaiian prefers the tangible aspect of shooting film and having something physical in the end over DSLRs with images stored on a hard drive. Read more

James Jean

JAMES JEAN
Words / Carolyn Mirante
Photography / Brandon Shigeta

James Jean is an enigmatic figure. Trained as an illustrator, Jean acquired a cult following with his unique and meticulous style. In 2008, he surprised the world by leaving the realm of commercial illustration for the more structured world of fine art. His first foray into this realm—a solo exhibition at the Martha Otero Gallery in LA—was met with great success. Today, nearly two years after the opening of a much-speculated-on exhibition at the Tilton Gallery in NYC (Parallel Lives), Jean opens up about his life, creative inspirations, and what the future has in store for him. Read more