Tagged: zine

Why it’s important to love what you do.

Truth be told, I do love what I do. All of it. Yes, even if I’m going from publishing zines to producing a line of beard oils. If I’m not having fun with things, I’m not interested in continuing.

That goes for making The Everyday Gentleman grooming oils. For me, loving it and having fun are top priorities alongside high quality. And whether one knows it or not, those feelings come across in the final product.

There’s a special quality in lining up the tiny battalion of amber bottles, ready to be filled. The gratifying feeling I get in designing and printing these unique labels is beyond compare. Not to mention blending each of the oils and hand pouring these small batches…

I take great care in making sure the blends are harmonious. To me, it’s almost like cooking. Too much of one ingredient can overpower the rest. Oh yeah, and never, ever eat fast food. (You get the correlation here, right?) The same can be said for what you put in your hair. Especially facial hair.

Gentlemen, if you grow, you know: you can’t mess around with the product(s) you put in your beard — or mustache!

Of the essential oils I currently use, Cedarwood is one of my favorites; it’s also a versatile signature scent. It has an earthy aroma, yet the way I use it, the Cedarwood is not too overpowering. I’m careful to make sure all of my beard oils are well-balanced. That’s why people love the way they smell — and feel — on a beard (yes, whether it’s their own or of someone they love).

Here are a few shots of these beautiful amber bottles – getting ready for the next shipment!

I’m looking forward to sharing more behind the scenes of The Everyday Gentleman production and more. Check back soon…

To those who have The Everyday Gentleman in their dopp kit, i hope you’re enjoying them! …and if you haven’t checked them out for yourself, please do so! Visit The Everyday Gentleman.

Cheers!
Johnny

The Number 8 On Its Side Is….

…A Symbol With No Beginning And No End.

A few months ago I embarked upon the latest issue of Velocitylab. That is, issue No 8. I clung to the thought that the number 8 on its side quite remarkably resembles the same iconic symbol of Infinity. No beginning and no end. I considered that would be a great way to bring the latest theme of Velocitylab to life.

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Here are a few shots of the latest issue… I know I haven’t been posting much on this blog, (due mostly to the hard work I;ve been putting in to Velocitylab as well as the novel I recently published – A Boy Named Medusa – that available on Amazon and Smashwords..) but I’ll be sharing more of the latest on Velocitylab soon enough.

x Cheers! x

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The Introduction from Velocitylab No6

Everything we do / Everything we say / and create / Everything we feel / and even imply / is Important
History may have a way of documenting things
But the Universe has its own way of acknowledging them

So goes the introduction to the latest issue of my zine, Velocitylab. And at this point, I feel truer words could not be spoken. Or written. Interestingly enough, each introduction of every issue of the zine speaks volumes to what is happening at the moment of its publication; this one echoes what is happening throughout.

Velocitylab No6 is out now. Full of interesting interviews with bands – some you may know, some you may just be hearing about now – as well as some amazingly talented artists who contribute to this issue.

Check it out here: VELOCITYLAB No6

Hope you enjoy —
Cheers!

VELOCITYLAB No6 – LIMITED EDITION – HAND NUMBERED & STAMPED

Velocitylab X The Deer Tracks – REMIX

Recently I’ve been spending so much of my time putting together the latest issue of Velocitylab (stay tuned!)… but before I put the final touches on this issue of my zine, I remixed a song of one of my favorite bands, The Deer Tracks.

Hope you enjoy! Click on the image, or right here: Velocitylab X The Deer Tracks

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They are inspired, respectable artists and spiritual people. Please look them up < The Deer Tracks > and listen to what they have to offer.

I discovered them some time ago and interviewed them for Velocitylab No5. Check out my interview here.

…and send em yr love as they’re paying a sold out show tonight in London!

 

Cheers!
TSOKOS

 

Newly Revamped Velocitylab Interviews Page

As I work on the next issue of VELOCITYLAB, I’ve been giving the site some thought. Is there enough? Could there be more? Less? Better? Worse?

You get the idea. Keep improving. Learning. Listening. Sharing.

Enter: the newly revamped Velocitylab Interviews page. Check it out – and above all…. Hope you enjoy it! Read about them all and support them; listen some more…

Check it out here: http://velocitylab.net/interviews

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My interview with Watch Commander

In each issue of my zine, Velocitylab, I try to reach out to different artists across many genres, each of whom have their own way of inspiring (and in a way reassuring) me that there is real talent out there – true inspiration… You just have to remain undaunted. And keep searching through the deluge…

So, here’s one of the interviews from the latest issue of Velocitylab. It’s with a melodic punk rock band from Worcester UK: Watch Commander. Hope you enjoy.

Cheers!
T S O K O S

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Velocitylab Interviews: WATCH COMMANDER!

Watch Commander are from Worcester UK and play melodic punk rock. Check out their interview in the latest issue of Velocitylab!

Thank you for your time, Si! Tell me a little bit more about Watch Commander.

We’ve been playing together since January 2011, that’s when we first got together. We were all based in our hometown of Worcester, some of us knew each other from way back, and others we knew from other local bands. From the beginning I had some songs written so we started by playing through those, and about seven weeks after the first time we got together we ended up recording a four-song demo. (For those that don’t know the UK so well, Worcester is a small city in the West Midlands region of England, not too far from Birmingham, not too far from Wales. It’s a small place with an even smaller music scene.)

Clock and Compass is a well-crafted album of melodic punk rock yet it feels even larger in scope. Tell me about how the lyrics and music come together cohesively to tell this story. Even the album art seems to lend itself to it.

Thanks man. The whole record was written in a pretty short space of time, over a couple of months in the second half of 2011. I think that resulted in some level of cohesion to the music/lyrics as I was writing from one particular place in my head. It’s not a concept album by any means, but there’s a theme throughout that speaks about trying to live in the present without being weighed down by the past, and allowing yourself to be happy despite the ways you have lived before. It’s also informed by the time I spent living in the USA (Albany, NY & Vermont) and being back and forth between places I’d call home. The album artwork has a nautical theme to it, influenced by that travelling and the ocean I kept crossing. I hope it all ties in together but I never know if it comes across.

<…Keep reading the rest of the interview @Velocitylab…>

Announcing the latest issue of VELOCITYLAB!

It’s been a while since my last post here, I know. Well, at least it feels like it has been. In the meantime, I have been busy at work on the latest issue of my zine, Velocitylab. I’m already up to No5 and it seems it’s only getting better each time.

With this issue, I’ve interviewed some incredible bands (The Deer Tracks, Watch Commander, Jean Jacket, Blue Hawaii, Twintapes, Lungs and Justin Soileau,) and have collaborated with artists, while other artists contributed their own original pieces. I’ll try to update you all as much as possible. Hope you enjoy… and head on over to Velocitylab now for your very own limited edition copy.

Do it now! Limited edition copies await!

Choose red or yellow.. reminiscent of the old Art of Kissing and How to Make Love books of the 1930’s. Enjoy!

Cheers!
TSOKOS