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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.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly is a narrative that takes you through a typical day in RVA, from the start of the day all the way to the glamorous nightlife. It depicts the RVA Lifesytle in all its glory, featuring the people and places of Richmond and beyond. Its 100 pages depict the glories of swimming in the river, bike and skate tricks done urban-guerrilla style on sidewalks and handrails, ridiculous party hijinks, and the lesser-known sights of our well-traveled city. These images were captured by hungry young photographers who go to great lengths to practice their art wherever possible, and the love they feel for their art shows in every image. This 5x5 book may not be as big as your average coffee table photography tome, but in the coming years, the work that it contains should be if anything even more important, so be sure to grab yourself a copy while the getting's good.
Hey everybody, RVA #5 is here, and we think it's our best issue yet!
For one thing, there's an in-depth interview with the Flaming Lips, which we are really stoked about. We've also got awesome art from insane photographer Richard Perkins and Othelo Gervacio, who does dark, angry paintings that drip down the page. There's a rad article about local metallers Inter Arma, complete with excellent photos of the band in action.
Plus, be sure and check out our interviews with DJ par excellence Steve Aoki, Kenna, and San Francisco based psych-punker Ty Segall. We worked hard to get together some great content for this issue, so the whole thing is a great read, and we're particularly proud of the way it looks as well. Copies will be available around town starting today, so look for Steve Aoki stagediving on the cover, and be sure to grab one.
Also, keep an eye out for the limited-edition alternate cover, featuring the Flaming Lips. We hope you love this issue as much as we do.
RVA Magazine is bringing the best culture of Richmond, VA and surrounding areas to you with another stellar edition. IN this issue we cover New Brow! with Art Whino Gallery, GIRL TALK destroys RVA, gain knowledge from RJD2, street poet Nick F, meet the guys that make up The Trillions, get heavy with Conditions, go futuristic with Yusseff Ola, explore the other side with Matt Eich and interview legend Mike Watt. All this and more in our spring edition of RVA !!! Enjoy.
This issue is packed. From our exclusive interview with hip-hop icons The Clipse, Jeff Staple of Reed Space and Staple Design, nationally recognized painter Ryan McLennan, dark side fashion photographer Ken Penn, GWAR frontman Dave Brockie talking smack on his alter-ego Oderus, illustrator Sara Blake, international club superstars RUSKO & Drop The Lime and more! It's crazy to see how connected our town is.
Check us out and find out what the real Richmond, VA is all about.
We are enjoying the last days of summer here at the office and sniffing the pages of the newest episode of RVA. Ahhhh, smells sweet as this is our best issue yet, hands down. No joke. Completely blows all others away. It is packed to the rim with relevant information on our city and we are pretty stoked to see it in your hands and preying in your minds.
In this issue of RVA, we have an exclusive interview with none other than the iconic Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D and the Neptunes. He talks about the upcoming album and the love he has for the ol' Cap City. We follow that up with words with metal/punk illustrator Will Towles, former Commonwealth and current Dominion designer Bryan Woodland, pinup artist Eric Jones, a conversation with PUNCHLINE creator Pete Humes, a story on the East End Fellowship in Church Hill, a profile on the enigmatic Diamond Black Hearted Boy, the weirdness of Kemper, and the origins of The Gods Of The Bobbleheads. After that run on sentence, you have the latest and greatest incarnation of RVA to reach the masses ever!
So take a minute, flip through our pages, sip on your moonshine and find out what Richmond, VA is really about.
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.