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From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them.
Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. --Richard Florida, economist and author
In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.
With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.
City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.
Any worthy cause has to have a reason for being and the dedication to make it happen. 5 years ago we decided to make a magazine that showed the world that Richmond, VA is more than crime ridden news clippings and conservative history. The city was becoming a place teeming with ideas, greatness and a unique identity that defied the size. RVA magazine was born to showcase and push the conversation.
Now 5 years later it is time to reintroduce ourselves, a bigger and badder version for the new decade. The new format for the quarterly RVA is 9.75 x 13" and will feature all of our award winning design and photos in FULL COLOR at poster size. Its freaking huge and still absolutely FREE.
For this first issue, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste rep the city, talk local house shows, and paying their dues. Internationally respected illustrator STUNTKID and his lovely wife lizzellizzel share a little about their upcoming joint show at J. Fergeson Gallery. We get a slice of humble pie from prisoner artist, Kevin Greene. Talk past and future with Wil Loyal of Homemade Knives. Learn tolerance and understanding from the people at The Gentle Shepard, an openly gay Catholic church in the Fan. Sit down with one of the best tattoo artists in the country in Jesse Smith of Ghostprint Gallery and have the hard job of taste testing over 10 premium beers with Richmond's Master Of Brew, An of Mekong.
All this plus, hip hop legend Fat Joe, Godfrey's Drag Brunch, PLF's Reef "The Chief" Clem, ISUPK, fashion, Slaugtherama and more.