MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE BUILDS NETWORK OF ARTISTS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY WILL FISHER

While their home base isn’t exactly the “Fortress of Solitude,” located in the middle of the Arctic Tundra, The Cold Collective, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is no longer a secret society. On July 16, 2016, the brand will launch its debut projects and shine some light on the rising talents in this growing  digital community.

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GROWING BIGGER AND BETTER: RAYTHEON DUNN’S DETAILS

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PHOTOS BY RAYTHEON DUNN

A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, such as music, art, and scholastic achievement. The term is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment who excelled at several fields in science and the arts. In modern day terms, Raytheon Dunn is such a man. Not only is he the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Virginia Beach-based indie rock band DEAR ADAMUS, as well as a singer-songwriter on his own, he is also a talented artist, focused on superdetailed pen drawings from paper to a growing number of platforms.

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BURNING BRIGHT: NOVA PROJECT GIVES NORTHERN VIRGINIA AN ARENA FOR HOMEGROWN WRESTLING

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INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ALEX ALOISE

In 2015, pro wrestling officially became cool again. Hip hop artists like WALE and KILLER MIKE have made their love of the mat game extremely well known. ESPN’s SportsCenter and Grantland covers WWE like it’s the NFL. John Stewart’s first new job after leaving his desk at “The Daily Show” was guest hosting SummerSlam and hitting John Cena with a chair. Cities all across the country have benefitted from wrestling’s resurgence, with different independent promotions putting on shows every week. On September 25, that all changed with NOVAProject, the debut event from NOVA Pro Wrestling.

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SWIMMING UPSTREAM: THE VIDEO FAN FIGHTS THE RISING DIGITAL TIDE

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INTERVIEW BY ALEX ALOISE

PHOTOS BY SCOTT ELMQUIST AND JULIAN MAY

I grew up in video stores. My movie-obsessed path started with Erol’s Video, which was founded by a Turkish immigrant to Virginia named Erol Onaran and sold to Blockbuster Video for $40 million in 1990. Blockbusters came and went, and never had what I wanted, but they gave me the Bruce Lee and Mel Brooks fixes I never knew I needed. For an entire generation, video stores were the gateways to new worlds, characters, and stories. Yet, as vital as they were to the social and cultural fabric, they couldn’’t last forever. But one video store in Richmond still stands, despite today’s increasing demand for digital content.

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KO DISTILLING SERVES GOOD SPIRITS AND SERVICE TO THE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY KO DISTILLING AND JOE FITZ MEDIA

Graduates from the United States Merchant Marine Academy abide by the motto “Acta Non Verba,”  meaning deeds not words, and they are leaders that exemplify the concept of service above self. As graduates from the class of 1982, KO Distilling co-founders Bill Karlson, CEO, and John O’Mara, president and head distiller, understand the importance of service to the community and enjoy great locally sourced spirits.

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CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLING COMPANY CRAFTS COLLABORATIONS AND HISTORIC SPIRITS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY MARK RHODES, FIREFLY IMAGEWORKS, SARAH HAUSER/VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION, AND RICK MARTIN

Straddling a fine line between honoring the past and innovating their industry, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company based in Purcellville, Va. has been doing just that with their high quality spirits and liqueurs. Founded by Scott and Beck Harris, the distillery is based in the heart of Virginia wine country, and their small staff is revolutionizing the spirit industry around the world–literally.

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SURE HAND SIGNS SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH PAINT AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPARICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY TOM WOODWARD, RACHEL WYSE, ROSS TRIMMER, SUBURBIA, AND BROOKE MARSH

When most people look at signs, they don’t see art. Ross Trimmer, founder and CEO of Sure Hand Signs, is starting to change that. Based out of Richmond, Va., Trimmer got his start as a tattoo artist and applied his traditional skills to sign painting when he saw the market changing away from custom work. Putting down his tattoo gun and picking up a paintbrush has provided him more opportunities to express his artistic side both on the signs and walls of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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STRAWBERRY DREAMS FANZINE INVITES ALL WOMEN TO JOIN “THE STRAWBERRY SCENE”

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY STRAWBERRY DREAMS

It is no secret that throughout history, the music journalism field–and the music scene in general–have been oversaturated by men. Despite the advances women have made in gaining respect in the scene, the patriarchy of men in bands and music zines showing little respect for their female counterparts shows that much progress must still be made. Even as punk bands still show disrespect towards women and political candidates insult female journalists on television, women from the music and arts scenes in Washington, D.C.  and beyond are giving women an opportunity to voice their thoughts and empower others to seek the change needed for our culture to progress.

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SUPPORTING A SMOKEFREE MUSIC SCENE IN VIRGINIA AND BEYOND, ONE SHOW AT A TIME

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY BRANDON HAMBRIGHT

For the past seven years, Katelyn Almeda has been building a movement to end smoking in the Virginia music scene. To accomplish this seemingly impossible goal, Almeda utilized her connections in the local scene and beyond to build a brand based on beating Big Tobacco at their cruel business in the Commonwealth where it began in the U.S. Known as Syke, Almeda and her team focus on the alternative music scene with multiple outreach and education initiatives to encourage youths to engage in a smokefree lifestyle.

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MOBIUS RECORDS USHERS THE VINYL RENAISSANCE INTO “NEW” OLD TOWN FAIRFAX

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INTERVIEW BY ALEX ALOISE

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MOBIUS RECORDS

Ten years ago, the thought of a major label artist releasing their new album on vinyl sounded like a marketing stunt, a ploy to reach a only small niche of collectors or DJs. During the last few years, however, among the tidal wave of available streaming services and digital retailers, the old format has become new again. According to Forbes, vinyl sales have grown 260 percent since 2009, and the numbers suggest that 2015 may be the biggest year yet.

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