of the Month:
Chicago District Display Artist and co-founder of Out of Print! Magazine is a music and mous-
tache enthusiast. Not to mention a man of
“Eat, bike ride,music, dance, take photos, drink, bike ride, eat food and hopefully fall asleep inside.”
“My facial hair deci-
sions are much like my life de- cisions, vast and often
is half comfort
Tell us a little bit about yourself, including where you're from and where you're living now.
I'm from Newberry/Gates Mills, Ohio. The closest place to that anyone would know would be Cleveland. I imagined, dreamed and did foolish (bordering on down right stupid) things there. Unlike most kids, I don't think I ever grew out of this. I still imagine, dream and do foolish things but now I get paid to do these things! I have dreamed in Rochester, New York, imagined in foreign countries and did foolish things in Philly. Now I am back in Chicago to see what happens.
Describe your job at Urban Outfitters. What do you do on a daily basis?
I am a District Display Artist. I help build, design and implement the look and feel of Urban Outfitters' interiors.
What is your favorite part about the job?
By far the best part of this job is working with extremely creative people. Second would be traveling to different cities and finally meeting and making friends with thousands of like-minded people
We heard you like bow ties—tell us a little about your personal style.
I love bow ties. I have about 500 of them (thank you to the dead men in my life, Puppa and Pappy, for being dapper-dressed old dudes). My style is half-comfort and half-old man.
Give us five words that describe you.
No matter what I say, I'm going to question it and wish I had said something provocative, deep or interesting. At this moment though, I would say hyper, smiley, foolish, bad story-teller, procrastinator, lucky, always changing, always questioning but never out loud, and apparently not very good at following directions or counting.
What do you do on a typical weekend night?
Eat, bike ride, music, dance, take photos, drink, and hopefully fall asleep inside.
Tell us about your facial hair decisions.
My facial hair decisions are much like my life decisions: vast and often wrong. One day well groomed hobo. Another, Don Juan bad decision-maker mustache. But usually I'm just trying to keep it under control and not look too creepy.
Tell us a little bit about how Out Of Print! Magazine got started.
Out of Print came from an idea that myself, Brian, Ron Bullets and Jesse Neal had to start a blog. When the idea came of making it into something more serious, that's when everyone's lives were ruined. We all thought it was a good idea to create a whole lot more work for ourselves. We all do everything. My main duties are photography, writing, acting a fool and making bad ideas sound good.
How was the name chosen?
It's quite a mystery. We were throwing around names and ideas in e-mails and at the bars. Out of Print! was just the brainchild of easily intoxicated youths, just like any good idea.
OOP Magazine is also online at outofprintmag.com. What idea came first, the print magazine or the online version?
Online—for about over a year and then came the physical print magazine. It was just like Jesus, an immaculate conception.
What made you want to make a magazine?
That's a good question. The reasons are questionable and always argued depending on who you ask, but I think it was deviant intervention, a summoning from Satan, or it could have been to see if we could do it.
What is the hardest part about starting a new magazine? What's the most fun part?
Money! Money sucks the life and fun out of everything! Also, keeping people interested and keeping yourself motivated after a full day of work. The last thing I want to do is get down to more work when I get home. The most fun—meeting awesome people everyday, going to awesome parties, being able to be around friends and convincing them to do guest interviews or be contributors.
How many people are a part of the magazine?
There is a small legion of dedicated people, which is slowly growing to a dominant force. Three of us own it, then there are our online and print contributors for both writing and photography.
Where can I find a copy?
Outofprintmag.com. You can find a link to order it or a link to local shops that carry it around New York City, Philadelphia, Austin, Richmond VA, Chicago, and San Francisco right now.
How did you score an interview with Henry Rollins?
Crazy enough, or maybe it's sad, but we just asked!
What is in the future for the magazine?
If people keep enjoying it, obviously: world domination.
What kind of music do you listen to?
A large mix: hip-hop, jazz, blues, metal, the old recording of the lunar landing.
Who was the first band or artist you listened to?
At home growing up we listened to a lot of different music because of my dad. Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Jefferson Starship, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Clash, Mozart, and Iron Maiden. Just about anything you could think of. Much like most of my life, I just don't remember.
Who is your guilty pleasure?
The Chiquita Banana lady or Aunt Jemima, I like a sweet lady.
What is the last show you attended?
Death Set in Philadelphia.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I have been super fortunate to travel all over to see shows in many different venues. There really is not one place that I can say is my favorite
Tell us your top five favorite punk bands.
Minor Threat, Municipal Waste, Bad Brains, Fugazi, NOFX, Ramones, The Clash, MC5, Sex Pistols, G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies— there are too many to mention, too many to remember, and so many I wish I knew!
Your top five favorite magazines.
Out of Print! Magazine
Your top five favorite articles of clothing.
New Era hat
Camera (It's on me more than any article of clothing, trust me, it counts.)
Your top five favorite things to do on your days off.
Listening to music
Doing things that make my heart race
Food and product testing
Getting pruney appendages