February may be the month of ballads, big gestures, and candygrams, but ya’ll know that when the month of love comes around, STATUS puts the ART in HEART. Believe us when we say it took every ounce of our self control not to yell who our cover guy is from the rooftops. Now that we finally have the chance to share, we can’t help but share the love.
Talk about having a heart to heart! It was love at first bite when we nabbed Ian Somerhalder for the February cover. The guy needs no introduction. He took the first flight out of the island of Lost and landed right in Mystic Falls where he struts around as rebel without a pulse Damon Salvatore in The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. STATUS hopped in his passenger’s seat and took a ride down Smolder Drive where he gave us a tour of what happens behind the actor’s studio. Catch Ian dish about philanthropic endeavors, artistic frustrations, and musical connections—all while keeping his eyes on the road ahead.
We can’t have an art issue without showing it off on the cover. STATUS got bun queen Sophia Chang and her magic markers to whip us up a snazzy fantasy with colorful doodles and crazy typography. Her greatest hits include illustrating for Nike Mag, the 5th Style and Design Issue of Complex Magazine, the posters for Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations.
Eamo Donnelly brings takes us back to the good ol’ days of Oz through his detailed-oriented, 1960s inspired illustrations. If his Milkbar (eamo.com.au) isn’t enough to bring all ya’ll to the yard, then maybe his Rolling Stone Magazine portraits and nostalgic depictions of the Australian coast will.
The guys are joined by tattoo-like ink illustrator Amy Goh, graffiti artist Meggs, painter Carlo Ongchangco, and commercial art duo Love from Pete and Jo in our Mastermind section, which also features Red Tails star Michael B. Jordan, Facebook Brand Designer Everett Katigbak, music journalists Joseph “JP” Patterson and Laura “Hyperfrank” Brosnan, and Austrian fashion designer Anna-Sophie Berger.
Also in the issue are Maestros like Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer Skylar Gray, British music producer and DJ Eric Lau, electronica trio STRFKR, techno-pop group Man Like Me, Danish pop band The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, multi-instrumental musician Max Tundra, and micro house indietronica performer Gold Panda.
Our Block Party Party Photographers Kiril Was Here, Hospital Photograph and Rony’s Photobooth keep your worst kept secrets in photos of nights that you don’t want to forget and moments you’d rather not revisit.
This month’s fashion pages are the cat’s meow with fresh buys that’ll make your look like a work of art.—DEXYLEBOWSKI