Thursday, November 23, 2017

Corbin’s Monsters

Tucked away in a cramped garage in Calabasas, California, monsters are created. The smell of burnt fuel and melted metal stains the atmosphere. The monsters that leave this space are flame-spitting, ear-splitting, sensory-polarizing devil’s chariots. Corbin Goodwin, a 25-year-old mechanical engineering major at CSUN, gained notoriety when his first mad creation was featured on the /Drive Channel on YouTube. His...

Louder than Words

Two women, two artists, from two different countries share one common voice. A voice against injustice and inequality, a voice against sexual assault and domestic violence, a voice, “Louder Than Words.” Sexual assault is rooted in history. When a land army was victorious, the women were captured and raped. This problem has never disappeared, however, in times of peace, they were...

Smith & Hammer

The hot orange glow of the metal grows brighter by the minute. As soon as it reaches a pale yellow, the iron is ripped from fire and beat into submission. When the scorching metal takes the desired shape, the still-glowing rod is dunked into water, hardening the sizzling material in a cloud of steam. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Phillip Bowling...

Creating the Odd

The exterior is painted a dull red color. The outside walls, chipping, are holding large windows together. The building is more window than wall. If one were to walk by the storefront on a regular day, they might think an abandoned building was situated between a coffee shop and a film studio. But on certain days, this dusty storefront...

Fantastic Oddities

Judging a book by its cover, it looks like they are just playing and running around the studio while Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” is playing in the background. These children, wearing just their socks, leggings and tank tops, have their hair tied up, regardless if it’s nicely done, or just in a messy bun. Some of them are...

Guitars for the Stars

Eric “Chaz” Czechanski is one of the only true guitar luthiers in the San Fernando Valley. Working out of his small shop in Los Angeles, Czechanski’s guitar shop is carved into the side of the same complex where the legendary Sound City once stood. He has provided, and continues to provide, a one-of-a-kind service to a clientele, both local...

Form & Function

The sun rises on the canyon and with it comes not the sounds of birds singing but the whirring of drills. Hammering echoes over the hills that are covered in grasses nearly waist high in some spots. A breeze caresses the curves of the hill and causes the grass to wave lackadaisically in cool of this early Saturday morning. The...

Reel to Real

Amid the background of a seemingly sleepy suburb in Bakersfield, California, musical magic is made. Here in an unassuming home Rocketship Recording Studio produces audio treats. In the dimly lit recesses of a cave-like studio, sweet sounds waft through the space, light and airy like the scent of fresh baked goods. The vibe quickly shifts, this time something of a...

Connie’s Creepy Creations

Wearing a retro floral pin-up dress and a silver necklace with a mink vertebrae pendant, both of which she made herself, Connie Lail-Preciado saunters into the room with ladylike charm. A self-described cross between “Leave it to Beaver” and “Elvira,” she fuses classy with creepy. Though dainty in demeanor, she is also tough and tatted up. It looks as...

A life reclaimed

Photo by Monica Salazar   Thrown to the ground by her boyfriend, Karen Gonzalez curled up in an attempt to protect herself from his stomping and kicking. She caught her breath, screamed and managed to fight him off and run toward the phone. But before she knew it, she was pinned to the bed with his knee pressed against her neck...