For as long as I’ve considered myself a creative little shit, my attempts to get my artwork recognized and appreciated have been faced with countless obstacles. So I have finally decided: FUCK THIS! I am going to do this my way. That is how I have come up with the idea of this magazine; a self promoting magazine featuring several artist ads and articles. I mean, what better way to help unknown, but immensely talented artists get exposure? For that matter, I consider Dark Beauty essentially a peoples’ magazine.
The primary goal of this adventure is to provide struggling talented artists out there in the world with the means through which they can promote their work. Artists who would have no idea how to get their voices heard otherwise. There is nothing better than being part of a like-minded artist community that not only shares a common interest, but also has a style that causes onlookers to think about what it is that they are looking at.
I may be the founding editor and owner of this magazine; however, I am offering photographers, fashion designers, musicians, tattoo artists, models, dancers and many other forms of artists a platform to promote themselves, and the opportunity to draw an audience to their galleries, online studios, and Facebook pages.
Art is and has always been subjective. Who is to say that a certain style is better than others? That while some have that extra edge needed to get noticed or hung in a gallery, while others don’t? Fuck that shit! I don’t play that game. I think we are all the same. We do this for the love of expressing who we are; and the output is art unlike anybody else’s.
For as many styles of art that are out there, there are as many faces that make them happen. Dark Beauty isn’t your stereotypical magazine offering content that we see in most readily available periodicals out there oh so many times that we no longer even care to notice. It’s a magazine about real people, real stories, real clothes and real art for the people who love dark glamour, gore and wicked fashion. If Elle magazine or Marie Clare don’t like our shit, then I say that we need to stand up for ourselves and put something out there that recognizes talented artists that any of the common masses would. We just do it differently and nothing can stop us from living the dream of being published artists that are seen, heard and/or watched.
What one does for another is what makes the world go around. This is not only about taking; it is also about giving equally.
Here is how we do it: We feature your work in our magazine and ask you to join forces with us to help us get as many copies sold as possible. We offer available space to photographers, fashion designers and all other forms of artists to feature their work on a first comes, first serves basis. In return, we ask you (the artist) to place a link to our magazine‘s website on your own websites, fan pages and social networking profiles such as MySpace, Facebook and other known platforms through which you can help promote us and also many other deserving talented artists that are featured in the same magazine. They will do the same for you.
We are constantly discovering amazing talents, interviewing them and featuring their work and thoughts, monitoring their progress and accomplishments and at times, featuring full pages spreads of them. So, who knows? Any of you contributors may have the opportunity to feature even more of your talent in our upcoming issues.
Our largest, most highly anticipated and celebrated issue will be Halloween. Dark Glamour Gore all the way baby! Following that will be our second largest issue: The Twisted Xmas. We plan to featuring the real twisted views on the holiday season. That surely promises to make some traditional holiday believers out there slightly uncomfortable.
Again, we thank you for buying our magazine. If you are an artist, or have many friends who are; please tell them about us. Let them know that we hear them and understand that it takes a community to make something like this happen. I am highly optimistic that Dark Beauty has the potential to become one of the largest resource centric and social magazines out there.