T.K. Mills is an art journalist based in New York City. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs, he discovered a love for graffiti while backpacking through Cuba. T.K. has written for several art publications including SOLD, Global Street Art, and Arte Fuse. Additionally, he manages the street art blog, Well Pleased We Dream. Beyond art, T.K. loves reading and traveling.
Christina Elia is a freelance journalist and personal essayist from New York City, where she currently writes about topics ranging from street art to pop culture, television, and travel. Her work has been published online in GenderIt and has appeared in print in Graffiti Art Magazine. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her wandering the streets of Chelsea or the LES, taking advantage of whatever free art she can find and wondering if she’ll ever be able to make rent in Manhattan.
Tiago Masseti is a graphic designer based in New York City. With a degree in Visual Design and Marketing from ESPM Brazil he has contributed to a diverse range of projects—from branding to editorial, typography to illustration—in multiple cities across the Americas. With more than 10 years of experience as a freelancer, Tiago has spent time in Miami, Los Angeles and Brazil, helping companies meet their design needs and fulfill their marketing goals.
Social Media Manager
Caitlin Sowers grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Art Education. She was first exposed to street art when she saw Shepard Fairey’s solo show at the Andy Warhol Museum in 2009. A former high school teacher, she moved to New York in 2017 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Art Business and graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in December 2018. Caitlin also loves fostering kittens, going to art openings, and spending time in Prospect Park. In addition to writing for UP, Caitlin leads tours of New York City’s subway art.
Director of Photography
Ana Candelaria is a Lower East Side based photographer. She is currently an active contributor for Street Art NYC and a member of Shooter Street Art. Ana’s work has been featured in YV Magazine, displayed in MIKEY Likes It Ice Cream Shop, Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices as part of a series, as well as Home Grown, a group show that featured Lower East Side natives. Ana has also collaborated with artist My Life In Yellow on a limited edition run of prints. Within the past three years she has established herself as a self taught street art photographer, writer and artist and has received recognition for her photos from street artists from all over the world. She enjoys traveling and nature.
Claire Carvounis is a graduate of Emerson College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts Production. Throughout college, she was able to also pursue her passion for art history and found herself being drawn to street art during her last semester while taking Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Claire spends her free time writing with a screenwriters’ workshop she holds for her friends, reading, and trying not to lose her Massachusetts accent although it’s wicked hard.
Based in Saint Paul, MN
Tyler Bruett is a writer and musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who is now based in New York City. Fascinated with contemporary culture, he finds pride working with emerging artists, street artists, and musicians alike. He is passionate about using his experience to bridge the gap between artists and the city they inhabit.
Based in Los Angeles, CA
Dania Burrell was born and raised Echo Park, Los Angeles. Dania has always been attracted to the camera, the power it holds to capture a particular, unique moment in time while looking through the viewfinder; the people, places and things the spinning world offers up. Dania tries to make sense of it all through photography and writing.
Based in New Jersey
Chun Park (Chunbum Park) was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1991. He came to the United States in 2000 and attended Montgomery Bell Academy for high school. He briefly attended University of Rochester and Bergen Community College from 2009 to 2011. Since 2011, he has aspired to become a practicing artist and studied at various schools, such as the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Students League of NY, and the School of Visual Arts. He will receive his BFA from SVA in 2020.
Based in The Bronx, NYC
Alexandria Deters is a queer femme embroidery artist, researcher, activist, archivist, and writer based in the Bronx, NY. She received a BA in Art History and in Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University in 2015 and her MA in American Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY in 2016. Her writing and artwork are influenced by her belief that every human being is a ‘living archive’, a unique individual that has experiences and stories worth documenting and remembering.
Based in Brooklyn, NYC
Katie Godowski is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has been a passionate photographer for the last 16 years. She loves to photograph street art, humans and whatever she stumbles upon during a photograpy walk. Her work has been featured in New York magazine, TimeoutNewYork, and B&H optics photography contest.
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Emma Riva is a native New Yorker who has been writing for as long as she can remember—her first “novel” was a tale dictated to her father about a tiger in her washing machine at age two. Her fiction and poetry appear in Rainy Day, Eleven and a Half, Freshwater Literary Journal and more.
As an art writer, she is particularly interested in working with international artists and exploring how visual art can both transcend cultural boundaries and highlight the complexities of individual identity. She brings passion and care to representing artists’ visions and a background in storytelling to weave their work into narrative journalism. She is a graduate of Eugene Lang College and currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Photographer / Writer
Based in Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA
Karen McDonough is a street art photographer/hunter who has been shooting in the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco since 2015. She finds that public art says a lot about the culture of a city, whether intentional or not, and encourages others to get out and explore their own community to discover its magic. Her motto is “Yes!” Her best friend is the Googler. She believes that walking is the best policy and blank walls should be criminal. Her theory? Birds will take over the world because people rarely look up.
Photographer / Writer
Based in New Jersey
Jeanelle Folkes is an NJ based love and lifestyle photographer, and owner of Jeanesque Photography. Born in NY and raised in NJ, she was always drawn to graffiti, but started consistently shooting street when she discovered her love of wandering city streets locally and internationally. She currently writes for ThirdRailArt and UP Magazine, and contributes photos for Shooters Street Art. When she’s not shooting, she loves baking her delicious soft baked cookies.
Based in Brooklyn, NYC
Noah Daly is a New York-based writer and journalist. Since 2016, he has traveled extensively throughout Panama, China, and Western Europe reporting on politics, human rights, and art. In the days before COVID, he joined the staff of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University as a student advisor and administrative aide for the graduate program. A New York native and a graduate of Brooklyn College, Noah spends his free time surfing and studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Formerly based in Dallas, TX – Currently based in New York, NYC
Trace Miller is a freelance journalist and essayist born, raised, and based in Dallas, Texas. He’s a Southern writer who will write about anything under the sun, as long as it’s interesting. Trace likes modern and postmodern American literature, Venezuelan food, art history, Zoomer comedy, volunteering at nonprofits, muckraking police reporting, and Existential nihilism (along the lines of Friedrich Nietzsche and early Jean-Paul Sartre). He believes TikTok should be esteemed as the newest form of high art. His work has appeared in D Magazine, Central Track, the Dallas Morning News, the Bangalore Review, and Entropy. He’s going to study comparative literature and economics at New York University.
Photographer / Writer
Based in Toronto, Canada
Marlon Porter is a photographer from Toronto, Canada specializing in nature and fashion. He is also a lover of words and all things art. When not taking pictures you can find him cooking in a restaurant kitchen at night and attempting to travel the world one budget flight at a time.
Based in London, UK
Sabrina Ortolani was born in Argentina. She studied photography in Washington DC, New York, and London and is currently pursuing a BA in Business and Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University in London, where she also works as a freelance photographer and editor. Sabrina likes to explore different cultures and use them as inspiration to create vibrant photos.
Based in Singapore, SG
Griffin Suber is a Washington, DC native currently working out of Singapore. Maybe Thailand or Bali…it varies. A contributor to several publications, he’s into culture, buildings, and exploring diverse perspectives. When not interviewing artists or cuddling with his laptop, he enjoys diving, making beerpizza (one word), and anti-government rhapsodies.
Based in Portland, OR
Moira Hampson is a street art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her passion for street art has driven her to travel the world to learn about street art and its relation to community.
Insta : @wisdomher
Formerly Based in London, UK – Currently based in Houston, TX
Candelaria Barandiarán was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her passion for learning different cultures has led her to live in Hawaii, California, France and now the UK, where she resides in London. Candelaria has written articles and short stories for several publications such as Tundra, Argentina Cultural Exchange, WorldPackers, Chicas in New York, and currently writes a column for The Londoner blog “People Who Do Things”. When she is not traveling or meeting new people, you can find her in a vintage bookshop.
Based in Boston, MA
Chris Macera was born and raised in Rhode Island. After attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas, earning a B. S. in Criminal Justice, he travelled coast to coast for work, finally landing in Boston. When he is not working or touring around neighborhoods looking for street art, he tries to spend time with family and at the beach any chance he gets.
Based in New York City
Sierra Chapledaine is a comprehensive creator based in New York City, who specializes in writing and photography. She is on an endless pursuit to share with the world that which is worth knowing and exploring—this insatiable desire fueling her expressions in life.
Based in Colorado Springs, CO
Greg Hamm is a contrarian writer and allegorist. Based in Colorado Springs, he received his bachelors in human physiology and psychology from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014. With his background more in sports and health science, Greg is our dark horse satirical commentator. Outside of writing, you can find Greg in the national parks of Colorado conducting research on his side project, moose husbandry.
Art Show Calendar Manager
Based in Los Angeles, CA
Ana-Alicia Salazar is a native Angeleno, Art History major, and Preschool Teacher. She has written for BeautifyEarth.org as well as press releases for artists and is currently constructing a blog. When she’s not canvasing the streets of L.A. daily, Ana likes to listen to art and self-help podcasts, and write poetry.
Poetry Instagram: @awkwardsilverlinings
Based in Toronto, CA / Havana, Cuba
Amir Saarony’s body and mind live in Toronto, Canada but his heart lives in Havana, Cuba. Amir first went to Havana in the late 90s, during the final years of the Special Period for what was supposed to be a 3 week work assignment that ended up lasting into the 21st century. In Toronto Amir has been a graphic designer/art director for over 30 years. After over 100 trips to Havana Amir has participated in many projects. From consulting with businesses, working with social causes and humanitarian aid to writing books and articles. In 2019 Amir published Painted Walls Havana, a 386 page coffee table book on the emerging street art scene in Havana. Falling back on his fine art and art history education Amir is now on a mission to show the world the other side of Havana. The one you do not see in the tourism ads. His next dream is to create a documentary on the urban scene in Havana.
Based in Upstate New York
Kofi Antwi is an African American writer, author, and editor. Kofi currently serves as an assistant editor of Black Arts Movement Reader. Kattywompus Press published Kofi’s debut chapbook Tidal Wave. The poem Vintage was nominated for Best Poem on The Web. Kofi’s writing was featured in Staten Island Arts Know Me Exhibition, an exploration into one’s identity through the lens of creative arts. Kofi’s writing has been published by Great Weather For Media, No, Dear, Rigorous, and various literary magazines and journals.
Artist/Comic Book Creator
Based in Atlanta, Georgia
Richard Santiago II is a Visual Artist that was born in Bronx NY, grew up in 5 other cities, and now resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He studied Visual Communications in Manhattan in 2005 and is currently a practicing freelancer. Over the years Richard’s art work has been published and featured 67 times in books, newspapers, and magazines. He has recently self-published his 5th book. Richard grew up and around graffiti art and is a graffiti artist himself. Now, he is happy to present Malcolm’s Reign under the umbrella of UP Magazine.
Based in Rome, Italy
Alessandro Pozzolo was born in Rome, Italy. He holds a Master from Lancaster University and is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing. You’ll find him nose-deep in some obscure 1950s novel, typing away on his cranky Lenovo laptop, or spraying fat letters across Europe with DIY-store cans. Catch him on Twitter at: @alelucapozzol.
Savannah James is a freelance writer formerly based in Brooklyn, New York and now based in Italy. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Art History at FIT, she felt called to pursue writing as a way of further exploring art and culture and its evolving relationship with society. She is interested in storytelling and the various ways life can be documented. Savannah is also a contributing writer for the Bushwick Daily and Bklyner.
Insta : @jamesxsavannah
Kurt McVey is a writer, artist, curator, and performer living in New York City. He has contributed to The New York Times, T Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vanity Fair, PAPER Magazine, ArtNet News, Whitehot Magazine, Architectural Digest, Cultured, Forbes, Quiet Lunch, Hyperallergic and more.
Naomi Falk is a writer, who tends to fixate on art, intimacy, pain, and the ways in which we engage and disconnect our sensory perceptions. Also, she is the Rights Coordinator of MoMA’s Publications Department, the co-founder of the new print magazine/collective NAUSIKÂE NYC, and an editor for Archways Editions. Living in Brooklyn these days.
Raphael Gonzalez is a self-taught photographer, who focuses his work on street photography. A street art enthusiast, he can be found on the streets of New York City photographing the rich street art and graffiti scene. Raphael is particularly interested in documenting artists as they work in public spaces and presenting his photos in interesting ways, telling compelling stories.
Writer / Photographer
City Kurupt is a journalist pursuing a BA in Studio Art and minor in Journalism. She was born and raised in Chicago and focuses on the underground graffiti scene spanning throughout the city. Through artist interviews, photojournalism, and documentary film, she aims to fight stigmas and discuss controversies surrounding graffiti culture using an ethnographic approach.
Profile Art: Bleh the Punk Buddha
Writer / Artist
Madelyn Harlowe is an artist and writer based in New York City. Currently, she studies visual media. She’s still not quite sure how she ended up in the big city. When she’s not writing, you can find Madelyn painting obscene images in glitter watercolors, dancing in the LES or thinking about her kitten, Lolita. Send her secrets via:
Insta: @madelyn.harlowe // Email: Madelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Mancilla is a published blogger/photographer based out of Chicago. For the past decade, the primary focus of his work has been documenting and advancing urban art. From graffiti, street art, and murals, he enhances the perspective of his subjects by capturing images with a keen eye for color, detail, and surrounding landscapes.
Naomi ‘Milk’ Oguriyama is an editor and writer based in Tokyo. She has a passion for art and graffiti and reports on the real scene in Japan. Milk loves coffee and Onsen. Send her poems via:
Insta : @milk_meetokyo // Email : email@example.com
Samantha Chilli is a Pittsburgh-born, Brooklyn-based journalist with a love of street art and all things spooky. Her world travels have brought her closer to the street art communities in New York City, London, Helsinki, and more. Sam has twelve years’ experience with The Beaver County Times in Pittsburgh, PA, and manages a metal music blog, Metal Solstice.
Insta: @pittsburgh_sam // Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer / Videographer
Mike Cazares was born in Chicago and lives in the Brighton Park neighborhood. He has been doing street photography for 3 years. He enjoys exploring the city on his bicycle and taking photos in Chicago’s 77 different neighborhoods, and discovering sticker slaps and new pieces of street art and graffiti.
Insta: @mickcaz73 // Email: email@example.com
Bella Scheier is a college student at the University of California, Davis studying design. She is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on graphic design, photography and textile design. She enjoys reading, driving around looking for inspiration, and drinking coffee.
Erika Muth is a digital & film photographer, zine designer and publisher. Easr is a graffiti writer, art hustler, and train enthusiast. Together they are ‘Parallel Rails’. The duo is based out of Texas, and creates work in the spirit of the railroad.
Alexa Modugno is Winston Wise’s global art editor. She has an extensive background in the art world, having worked at a variety of galleries in New York City as a curator and consultant. Her knowledge of the arts is expansive, and she served as a reporter for several art fairs including the Armory Show. Ultimately she aspires to be a humanitarian, with a mission to help young, emerging artists who come from low-income families and neighborhoods get their foot in the door in the art world, and get the visibility they need.