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A magazine covering food, fashion, gore and intellectualism.

Decades: The Magazine

Decades is a magazine covering food, fashion, gore and intellectualism.  Decades is for the reader who enjoys watching reruns of Welcome Back Kotter and has a morbid curiosity.  For those who enjoy in-depth reported features and appreciates fashion and the arts. For those who love to cook lavish meals while donning Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto (or fashioning their own versions of haute couture by piling on every piece of black clothing they can find in their closet. Fire hazard be damned). And for those who have a fascination with the beautiful, bizarre and unsightly.

Our first issue is The Beet Stain Issue, which we will distribute at independent bookshops throughout San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. There are three main features: the history of Disco in New York, the story of a modern-day Witch, and an article on the science and adult use of breast milk.

We also publish shorter features, travel notes, poetry, art and photos. The BS Issue will include an essay on why cupcakes are obscene, an interview and a recipe from San Francisco chef Brandon Jew, an illustrated tool-kit guide to philosophy, a chola’s guide to San Francisco, a photo collage of life in Israel, and photographer Olivia Coffey’s portraits of a hoarder. 

Issue one will also features two fashion editorials. One: A Beet Stain fashion spread, in which a glamorous woman is in her kitchen, devouring beets in agony.  The image embodies the Decades message by blending a beautiful woman in a gorgeous outfit, with the delicious root vegetable of beets. The beets take a morbid turn when they are squeezed and falling out of her mouth as if it were human flesh. Two: A goth inspired shoot staring artist Quintessa Matragna.

All together Decades is 60 pages of wonderful writing, photography, and art, printed on thick high quality newsprint. A treasure to hold and present on your coffee table.

Decades: The Contributors

We have 19 contributors for our first issue who have created dazzling original content for our publication.

Journalists, Writers and Poets: Linette Lopez, Lacey Johnson, Matt Yoka, Sophia Lorenzi,Nicole Reber, and Griffin Madden.

Editors: Kaitlin Ugolik, Noya Kohavi.

Artists: Olivia Ward, Quintessa Matragna, and Hanna Stenman.

Photographers: Samuel Herndon, Olivia Coffey, Harland Spinks, Noya Kohavi and Sophie Peoples.

Videographer: Jared Frazer.

Hairstylist: Sandy Hinojosa.

Makeup Artist: Emily Rose Jones

We have all the content for the premiere issue of Decades and with the funds raised through Kickstarter we will print the first issue (with an abbreviated version available online) and host launch parties in San Francisco and New York.

Decades: The Events

Beyond creating a beautifully designed, tangible publication, Decades hosts various events. From concerts, to readings, to live re-creations of Daria, to fashion shows, to screenings of Mrs. Doubtfire.

On March 2nd Decades hosted its first event in San Francisco with Cathedral X, Artificial Blood, Goth Chix and Ash Williams. Check out the photos here.  We are currently booking our next party in New York and plan to host events on a regular basis.

The Core of Decades

Chloe Schildhause is the editor-in-chief of Decades. She studied media at the University of San Francisco and magazine writing at Columbia Journalism School.  She has had oodles of fun interning at publications like Dazed & Confused, Nylon and British Vogue.  Her writing has been published by CNN.com, The Bold Italic, and The Tahoe World. Her magazine career started at age 10, when her mom bought her a make-your-own teen magazine computer game. She made numerous magazines for her friends using this amazing publishing tool.

Sky Madden was raised by a pack of wolves in a suburb of New Jersey 30 miles outside of Manhattan. She was lucky enough for someone to show her Soft Cell's {Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret} in 2004. That's the moment she decided to move to California to dodge stopped cars in a bike lane and professionally people watch. Sky is the Managing Editor for Decades. Free KUSF. Read Houellebecq. Eat pizza every day.

Elizabeth Brown is the Art Director of Decades, and is currently watching her roommate dance to 'Thieves Like Us'. She gathers inspiration from flea markets, the blogosphere, and bike rides down Shotwell. Life has brought her to the graphic and interactive design studio Design Theorem, where she happily spends her day time hours. 

We thank you for your support and look forward to sharing Decades with you soon.

For further updates on Decades events and behind the scenes editing fun, follow @DecadesMaaaaag and The Decades Blog.

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  • Here is the funding breakdown:
    To print - $ 5,000
    To distribute - $500
    To party - $500
    To Kickstarter/Amazon - $500
    To Reward you - $500

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