Things Magazine is an independent style, art, and culture magazine dedicated to supporting underrepresented artists in Boston and the East Coast. Originally "Boston's indie style, art, and culture magazine," Things Magazine announced expansion plans in January of 2016 as their first year of creating came to a close. Think of us as a guide to Boston's creative scene for local bored teens who like style, art, and culture.
Things Magazine was born out of being cast in the shadows of large creative hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco (the entire state of CA, really). Boston has always been recognized as a educational city, recognized for its great colleges and middle-aged working class more than its creative youth. The Things Magazine team recognized that Boston artists existed, but were spread out and suffocated by desires to flee to larger cities with better creative opportunities. We started the magazine to become the creative opportunity for artists, especially teenage artists, in the city looking to share their work with a larger community. We started the magazine, for teens who wanted to be apart of a creative scene in Boston, but couldn't find one. Boston teens interested in art no longer have to despise the city and day-dream about what it would be like to live in a bigger artistic hub - they can find artistic outlets here in Boston, in Things Magazine.
Over 2015, we received a lot of submissions and got to know a lot of Boston artists. As the year went on, we would see emails from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Connecticut, and other states that don't have a lot of creative representation for their teen artists. We also realized that these teen artists needed some type of official validation for the incredible work they were doing. With these things in mind, we spent the end of 2015 planning ways to include more East Coast states with limited artistic representation.
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Sienna Kwami Editor-in-Chief
Sienna is a seventeen year old high school senior. She is also a "crybaby cancer" who enjoys having copious amounts of time for listening to king krule amd cry-singing the lyrics to his songs. She also likes sparkling cider and the album ARTPOP by Lady Gaga which she claims changed her life.
Madusa Sidibay Creative Director
Penny Mack Managing Editor
An avid bubble tea consumer and Morrissey devotee, Penny is a seventeen year old who loves to write about whatever pop culture phenomenon she is obsessed with at the moment. She listens to a lot of music and eats a lot of popcorn, and enjoys talking at length about post-punk/synthpop bands and 19th century literature. She was most certainly a Brontë sister in a past life.
Allie Miller Staff Writer
Allie is a bean who sprung from the Yorba Linda soil, and now studies in Beantown, Massachusetts. She likes to think about the cultivation of beets and beats. If the internet fails her, she will surely return to Reno and buy a farm. Her best work is “Johnny Pearseed,” which you can read on her personal blog. College blogging at Boston University’s The Buzz and The Daily Free Press.
Lydia Velazquez Staff Writer
Lydia is your typical "young and restless" teen who enjoys slam poetry and crying over fictional characters. She currently lives in the suburbs of Maryland, but dreams of one day living in NYC or maybe Oregon. If you ask her who her favorite band is she'll probably have an emotional breakdown. However, if you ask her who her favorite artist is she'll tell you Van Gogh without second thought. She is a writer and occasional artist for Melted Magazine as well as the co-creator of the zine Hair Die.
Adele Sakey Staff Writer
When Adele is not overwhelmed in the unbearable stress of high school, she often finds herself anticipating the unbearable stress of high school that is to come. Aside from that, she enjoys long walks on the beach, listening to NPR on her morning commute, and melodramatic alternative rock.
Isabelle Truong Staff Writer
Isabelle is a pasta fiend, collector of pretty books, and fan of dogs amongst other things. She is currently studying literature and journalism at Brandeis University. Isabelle is most likely watching movies or writing while hanging out with her super cool dog.
Sydney Bradford Staff Writer
Sydney is a junior in high school who appreciates nighttime and spookiness more than anything. She can often be found typing purposefully in the early hours of the morning or engulfing herself in whatever latest music obsession she has found. Other addictions include exploring alcoves with her friends and living way too much inside of her own head. She is a strong believer in the idea of growth and works every day to take in as much knowledge as humanly possible with common subjects including but not limited to: neuropsychology, video game design, political science, film studies, photo projects, and creative writing.
Victoria Kussman Staff Writer
Obsessed with the Smiths, Duran Duran, and Depeche Mode, Victoria is a Boston-based seventeen-year-old who lives every day like it’s 1983. Unlike her earbuds, she’s rarely difficult to find: pop into the nearest concert venue, record shop, or used bookstore and you’re sure to spot her.
Savannah Bradley Staff Writer
Legend has it that on certain thunderous nights, you can find seventeen-year-old writer/actor/general wordsmith Savannah patrolling the aisles of your local record store. Secretly, she likes to think that the character of Margot Tenenbaum was actually based on her. Aside from that, she loves Tori Amos, art history, and long night-time train rides through the city. Her first short film is coming out mid-2017, and you can catch her melodramatic poetry occasionally pop up over at Rookie Magazine.
Andisa Montez Staff Writer
A weirdo with a flair for the dramatic, Andisa is a twenty-something art school dropout who often contemplates dystopian futures, horoscopes, and the true meaning of glamour. Her previous work includes hosting Sweety's Radio (MA) and Submerging (Cooper Union).
Meera Singh Part-time Writer
Meera is a high school sophomore from Newton, MA. She loves music (of all genres) more than anything, and you can often find her in any Boston concert venue. She also acts, training in both theater and film, and her favorite play at the moment is Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. She is a dog AND cat person, as well as a fun socks enthusiast.