UP is an NYC-based publication that centers on street art, graffiti, and creative urban culture. Each issue of UP focuses on a single subject, exploring a wide range of artists, interviews, and ideas around the theme.

Our mission is to provide the art community with nuanced, provocative, and critical writing that navigates the questions of our generation. We pride ourselves on serving our readers high-quality articles that investigate, inform, and entertain. Like good art, UP Magazine is made to make you think and make you feel.



T.K. Mills is the Editor-in-Chief of UP Magazine, a street art publication based in New York City. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs, he discovered a love for graffiti while backpacking through Cuba and pursued life as a writer. Outside of UP,  T.K. enjoys writing poetry, personal travel essays, and occasionally short stories. His work has been published in The Smart Set, The Vignette Review, Genre Urban Arts, and Eternal Remedy among others. Beyond art, T.K. loves reading and traveling.




Managing Editor

Emma Riva is a novelist and art journalist. She is the author of Night Shift in Tamaqua, an illustrated novel that follows a love story between 24-hour-diner waitress and a Postmates driver. 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. Emma is a graduate of The New School and a Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation Author of Tomorrow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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.





Deputy Editor

Christina Elia is a freelance journalist and personal essayist from New York City who writes about fine art, photography, and travel. Her work has been published online in Observer, Apartment Therapy, and i-D Magazine, and has appeared in print in SixtySix Magazine and Graffiti Art Magazine. 




Deputy Editor

Mr. Candid // Lonnie Richards grew up in Morrow, Georgia. He started his career in investigative work in the military from 2002-09. While the other Intel collectors asked on-the-nose questions, Lonnie won an award for his more practical approach of using candid and non-leading modes of questioning. Today, Lonnie uses his prior reporting, photography, and video approach from the military to cover subjects in the Direct Cinema style of cinematography. Lonnie has a bachelor’s degree in American History and a double minor in Western Philosophy and Ethnic Studies. He has a general love for culture and art but a particular passion for covering graffiti culture and other counterculture movements.

Insta: @theanthropol

Profile Photo Art L to R Fritz, Sturge, and Edgemon (2008)-Lonnie

Photographer / Videographer / 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.

IG: @streetartdesire / @jeanesquephotography

Email:  streetartdesire@gmail.com

Website:  www.jeanesquephotography.com



Based in Brooklyn, NY

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.

Writer / Photographer

Based in Los Angeles, 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.

Instagram: @flipsidemcd


Leigh Pennington – Hailing from Richmond Virginia, Leigh Pennington has lived, worked and studied around the world. She earned her BA in Anthropology, Art History, and Religion from Concordia University in Montreal. Last year she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Oral History at Columbia University. Prior to moving back to the US she earned her first Masters from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Studies. Currently Leigh works as a freelance culture content writer as well as an Op-Ed editor for the Times of Israel. Her writing has been published in major news and opinion media such as Quebec Heritage News, Tablet Magazine and Lilith Magazine.

Instagram: @lb_pennington


Based in Manhattan’s East Village

J. Scott Orr is a career writer, editor and a recovering political journalist. His work has appeared nationally in countless newspapers, magazines and websites. He is publisher of the East Village art magazine B Scene Zine.

 Instagram: @bscenezine

Website: bscenezine.com


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.

Insta: @katiegodowski_photography

Website: www.katiegodowski.com

Fashion Photographer

Based in Brooklyn, NYC

Milena Bennett is a Creative Director and Photographer from Seattle. She is passionate about capturing the essence of empowerment and people in their natural element.

Insta: @milena_bennett

Website: https://milenabennett.com/


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.




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.

Website: https://www.alexandriadeters.com





Alina Perez, a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn, utilizes photography and video to document her love of street art. After earning a B.A. in Media Arts, Alina worked in freelance television for ABC’s The View, CNN, and Al Roker Productions. While earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, she learned how to integrate art therapy interventions when working with clients.  She currently combines her background in video production and social work to highlight broader community issues of social justice, equality, and diversity.

Writer / Photographer

Based in New York, New York

Kurt Boone is a freelance writer and author. He is most noted for his work documenting street cultures. Some of his books are “Asphalt Warrior: The Story Of New York City Fastest Messenger,” “The Culture Of Messenger Bags,” “Aerosol Art Culture: A Day At Graffiti Hall Of Fame,” and “Fresh Plywood NYC: Artists Rising Up In Age Of Black Lives Matter.

Website: www.kurtboonebooks.com

Insta: @kurtboonephotography


Based in Washington D.C.

Emmanuel Brown is a freelance writer from Prince George’s County, located right outside of DC. Initially having an interest in sports journalism, he discovered his love for the arts and culture while studying Communication at McDaniel College. Since this discovery, he has been expanding his writing portfolio to help others discover their purpose and interests. When he is not writing, Emmanuel is either collecting sneakers, watching the latest episode of Atlanta, or out exploring the DC/Baltimore nightlife with his friends.

IG: @lifeofeman_


Based in Brooklyn, NY

Vittoria Benzine is a street art journalist and personal essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her affinity for counterculture and questioning has introduced her to exceptional artists and morally ambiguous characters alike. She values writing as a method of processing the world’s complexity. Send love letters to her via:

Insta: @vittoriabenzine

Site: vittoriabenzine.com

Email: vittoriabenzine@gmail.com


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 Brooklyn, NYC

Hailey Ryan is a journalist and creative strategist based in Brooklyn. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, she began working at PAPER Magazine where she writes a bi-weekly nightlife column. In addition, Hailey pursues a personal project called “The Conversation,” where she interviews and photographs up-and-coming artists. Beyond writing, Hailey loves dance, fashion, and photography.


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 


Based in London, UK

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.

Insta: @candebarand


Based in Brooklyn, NYC

Noah Daly is a freelance reporter based in Brooklyn, NY. He got started writing as an editor and business manager for the school newspaper at CUNY Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Vanguard, and since then his writing has appeared in Up, Rolling Stone, Lucid News, and Marijuana Moment. 



Based in Los Angeles, CA

Brian Bloss is a Los Angeles based artist, writer, and photographer. He enjoys long walks on the beach and anything wrapped in bacon.




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.






Tiwa Neo is a freelance creative with her favorite storytelling mediums being: fashion styling, culture writing, and photography. Using the subway to take her all over NYC, she can be seen at gallery openings, working on set, pop-ups, catching a vinyl set, or maybe perusing the archives at the NYPL. What drives her work is a recently discovered passion for telling stories much different from her own experience. Pulling inspiration from a mosaic pool ever changing, she celebrates community, art, and the future while holding a deep reverence for history.

Instagram @tiwa.neo

Website tiwaneo.com


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.

Insta: @Mr_Orange35

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.

Insta: @laartlyfe

Poetry Instagram: @awkwardsilverlinings

Email: OrangeCrush_00@yahoo.com

Writer / Photographer

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.

Instagram: @painted_walls_havana


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


Melissa Chemam is a journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer based in Paris, France, after years in London, Bristol, but also Nairobi, Bangui, Miami and Prague.

She studied Art History at l’Ecole du Louvre, European Literature at La Sorbonne, and did a Masters in international politics then journalism at Sciences Po Paris. She has been working as a reporter on foreign news for over 15 years, for the BBC, DW, RFI, and many magazines, always covering art and culture too. She has also worked as a researcher on films such as ‘The Young Karl Marx’ and ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. In 2015, she started writing a book on Bristol’s music and street art scene, titled ‘Out of the Comfort Zone’ (published in French in 2016 and in English in 2019).

She writes about activism in art, music, cinema, with a focus on Africa, South West Asia, and their diaspora, the UK, migration, and social change.

Website:  https://sites.google.com/view/melissachemam

Instagram: @melissaontheroad https://www.instagram.com/melissaontheroad/


Based in New York City 

Wendy Random is a photographer and writer from Los Angeles and has been mainly a street photographer for at least fifteen years. Emphasizing on street cultures such as tattoos, graffiti, artists from different mediums, and documents lowrider cars globally as well. Her photography has been exhibited across the country and writes for different publications such as LA Taco and the South Side Weekly newspaper in Chicago. While living in LA, Wendy focused on using her vision to bring awareness to the homeless communities, which led her photographs for exposure in the hardcover book, The Art Of Skid Row. Wendy is currently living and working in New York City to expand her career.

Instagram: @wendyrandom


Based in Brooklyn & New York City, NY

Daryl-Ann Saunders is Photo Director/photographer for B Scene Zine and contributor to UP Magazine. She specializes in portrait, urban, architectural, alternative process and curatorial photography projects. Early immersion in the East Village punk scene led to a decade-long stint as photographer/PE of the East Village Eye and the East Village Ear magazines, followed by photo assignments for national publications and corporations such as Forbes, Showtime Networks, etc. Daryl-Ann’s fine-art work is exhibited regularly, is held in private/corporate collections and she’s currently preparing her East Village archive for exhibit and book publication.

Website: https://linktr.ee/DASaunders

IG: @DA_Saunders

FB: Daryl-Ann Saunders Photography

Writer / Photographer

Based in Atlanta, GA

Brittany Hopman is a photographer, artist, & art journalist. She studied at the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale and was drawn to Miami’s vivid Design District. She enjoys chronicling lives’ daily struggles and triumphs as depicted in the raw, powerful form of urban street art. Brittany believes artists can communicate simply and boldly, with or without words. She has traveled around the Southeast to capture street art in its purest forms, wherever it is. She currently resides in the Atlanta area. When not photographing street art, she loves creating her own, specializing in drawing, painting & acrylic murals.

Insta: @razberrydream

Writer / Designer

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.






Jaime Marrero is an evolving visual artist and street photographer understanding, adapting, and creating in the ever-changing world around him. Born in the Bronx New York, this Puerto Rican artist’s world changed after moving upstate; as his influences from comic book and street art grew to fine art, surrealism and graphic art. The cultural change from city life to suburban also influenced his language, using the contrast of nature, mountains and the serene versus buildings, concrete and chaos. Living away from the life he knew contributed to subject matter involving isolation, exploration, distance, communication and dreams as an influence.


Christine DeFazio is an art educator and artist working in the Bronx. She created curriculum for The Met’s Astor Fellowship and Lincoln Center’s Arts in the Middle. She has degrees in Art History from StonyBrook and Hunter. As Director of Michael Hall Fine Art, she curated exhibitions and wrote publications on Renaissance and Nineteenth Century Sculpture. She has exhibited her own art which focuses on capturing the psyche of her sitters, often caught in a dilemma expressed through allegory or myth with a touch of Surrealism. She aims to convey stories of love, longing and despair, through her imagery of the female form.





Andi Schmitz is a writer, artist and recent American expat. Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in a smörgåsbord of places, she has recently relocated to Berlin, Germany. Lifelong writer and artist, she is recovering from former corporate fintech life by self-induced art immersion. Her hobbies include painting, a good whiskey sour, and exploring art as a form of social outcry.

IG: @andischmutzz


Johanna Quednau is a German freelance model and artist living in Los Angeles. She studied cultural studies and sociology at the University of Hamburg in Germany in the early 2010s before she decided to move out to California in 2016. Johanna loves living in Downtown LA because of all the mural art, the European architecture and the history. She recently picked up her old passion journalism again and is now part of UP Magazine as a writer.


Rebecca “Bex” Hall is a British writer and author who lives in Greece, gaining inspiration from the beauty of the country and the people and gastronomy. In addition to maintaining her own website, Life Beyond Borders, she is also a guidebook updater for Rough Guides — updating editions of Rough Guides to Greece and the Greek Islands, as well as Portugal.

She writes for a variety of media including the Telegraph newspaper and various inflight airline magazines including features in Ethiopian Airlines and hotel and restaurant reviews for easyJet.


Elena Lovecchio is an Italian writer and photographer, momentarily based in Lisbon (Portugal). Always passionate about contemporary art, she is a graduate of the Master of Arts, Museology and Curatorship program at the University of Bologna and has been fascinated by the world of graffiti and street art since her teenage years. She has analog photography as a hobby and in her free time enjoys going around photographing walls and abandoned buildings.

Instagram: @Lengreyy


Stephanie O’Brien is a writer and podcast host based in Melbourne, Australia. Fascinated by street art and constantly curious about what compels artists to take their art to the streets, she has been on an international mission to share street art and its stories with the world. Her podcast, Street Art Unearthed, boasts more than 100 episodes featuring interviews with some of the world’s biggest artists.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephanieob/


From Rome, Italy. 
Giulia ‘BLocal’ Riva is a writer and content creator on a mission to unveil the artistic and rebellious heart of cities. She creates content for creative enterprises and museums, and her writing was published in street art catalogs and art publications. Since 2011, she has run the independent street art blog “BLocal”, which has become the media partner of important street art festivals around Europe. Rooted in the ethos of “Be Local,” she spends long periods in different cities around Europe, narrating their tales from the perspective of the locals on her blog. Over the years, she has worked and written for museums, art galleries, tour operators, street art festivals, magazines, websites, travel guidebooks, publishers, urban art blogs, and DMOs.

Substack: https://substack.com/@giuliablocalblog


Vanessa Kreytak is a multimedia artist who specializes in acrylic paintings and community mural work. Not a writer by trade, but she reads enough books to want to dabble on the occasion. Her passion for people and art drives her toward connection.

Art Insta: @vk.nyc.art


Varya Rodionova is a New York-based writer, artist, and journalist currently studying International Relations and Business at NYU. Her passion is to work abroad while writing articles and poetry about places she visits. Through her university, she has studied languages, business, and politics while living abroad in Italy, Argentina, and South Africa

Insta: @varya_rod

Writer / Photographer

Francesca Magnani is a Brooklyn-based Italian photographer, writer, teacher, and translator. Born and raised in Padua, she arrived in NYC as a Fulbright graduate student in 1997. Since then she has been telling in words and images the stories that move her while she chronicles her own life.

Instagram: @magnanina

Website: francescamagnani.com


Based in New York City
Sage Helene is a writer and artist based in New York City. Having earned her MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, Helene brings a visual perspective to storytelling. With both her artwork and writing, Helene seeks to provoke thought and inspire dialogue. She currently writes for UP Magazine.


Based in Chicago

Nicole Misfitx is a writer and photographer passionate about documenting art, graffiti, and street art in Chicago. Her love of writing led her to receive a degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from schooling at Columbia College Chicago and SNHU. She then combined her love of documenting art, photography, and writing to showcase various art, artists, and important social topics. Her drive for writing is to give exposure to lesser-known artists and the overall street art and graffiti scene in Chicago. In addition, she enjoys nature, travel, movies, all things spooky, and fashion.

Instagram: @misfitxphotos


Based in New York City / Europe
Georgia Eggers was born and raised in New York City. She moved to Ireland for university, studying international relations, politics, and economics. Having recently moved back to NYC, she is currently freelance writing as well as being an online English tutor. She believes through writing, you can always find the answer you’re looking for… and everyone should have a journal to express whatever they want with it!


Based in New York City 

Michael is a Brooklyn-based writer, independent tutor, and former philosophy instructor. His comedy has appeared in McSweeney’sThe American Bystander, and Current Affairs. He is passionate about using humor to teach big ideas and has contributed script writing to educational YouTube channels like Crash Course and Wisecrack. He is perhaps best known for the time he accidentally offered an edible to a former Bush administration official, who politely declined.

Instagram: @magnesiummike

Website: mikelodato.com

Past & Guest Contributors


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.

Insta: @Celardolor


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.

Insta: @whyankombone

Website: kurtwithyou.com


Roman Dubchak

Insta: @dubchakfilms


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. His work has appeared in D MagazineCentral Track, the Dallas Morning News, the Bangalore Review, and Entropy. He’s going to study comparative literature and economics at New York University.


Tour Guide / Writer

Rikka Logan

Insta: @RikkaLogan

Website: dtlvartwalk.com

Writer / Photographer

Based in Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Luna is a writer/photographer from Los Angeles. He seeks to be on the frontier of the human condition and believes expression to be our most valuable tool in life.

Instagram: @luna.x.tsuki


Currently Based in Berlin, Germany

Sasha Lukyanova is an Irish girl living in Berlin currently interning at a street art marketing agency. With a background in film, she enjoys freelance writing about the arts, fashion, and anything in between. After her stay in Berlin, she is relocating to London in search of new adventures.

Instagram: @sashhaaa

Based in New York, NY

Madeline Katz is a writer currently based in New York. Her articles and short stories appear in Fordham University’s The Observer and Grain of Salt Mag. She enjoys seeing the layers of street art build up around the city as they constantly change. She is currently intrigued by the aesthetic discourse surrounding the differences between Posca and Krink markers.

Insta: @maddie_katz


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.

Profile Art: Portrait of Zurbaran by Fumero

Insta: @zurbaran1

Email: zurbaran927@gmail.com

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

Insta: @citykurupt

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.harlowe@gmail.com

Videographer / Photographer


Insta: @b3rky

Website: b3rky.com


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.

Insta: @acid_dropz


Jem Vyaz / Parker Stone

Insta: @highkquality


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 : naomi.oguriyama@gmail.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: samantha.chilli@gmail.com

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: thirdeyeimageschicago@gmail.com


Madeleine Phillip  

Insta: @madeleine_phillipp 

Graphic Designer

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.

Insta: @isabellascheier


Pramila Baisya, known as Prim is a writer and photographer based in New York and New Jersey. Her passion for photography started as a curious child and has slowly intertwined with fascination for street photography and street art. She’s also a personal essayist, and media writer, currently pursuing a writing degree at The New School.

Instagram: @heyyyitsprim & @prims.fotography


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.

Insta: @parallelrails

Website: parallelrails.bigcartel.com


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.

Insta: @Insideouter


Jordan Dimaso

Insta: @jojodimaso


Zane Foley 

Insta: @zaneyorkfly

Photographer / Writer

Gabriel Carpes is a Brazilian photographer graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. As a photographer, he focuses on documentary and visual stories on themes such as urban life, politics and personal life.

Insta: @gabriellcarpes

Website: gabrielcarpes.com


Whitney Graham is a recovering Floridian and New York adoptee, who graduated from NYU with a BA in English and American Literature. She first moved to New York City in 2014 so she could study poetry in the same location many of her favorite writers started. Her favorite elements of NYC are its cultural diversity and creative heartbeat.


Based in London, United Kingdom

Andrew Bell is a freelance writer from Massachusetts and is currently based in London. While living in Istanbul for five years, he became immersed in the graffiti and art culture of one of the oldest cities on earth. He loves getting lost in unknown cities, loves music, and tries his best to differentiate between honesty and bullshit


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.

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.

Insta: @rsantiagoart


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.

Email: griffinsuber@gmail.com

Instagram: @kentuckyfriedgriffin

Website: griffinsuber.com

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.

Website: www.marlonporter.com

Instagram: @Marlonp_photos


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.

Insta: @somethin_on_the_walls15


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.


Insta:    @clairecarvo // Photography Insta: @flash.notfiction

Email: clairecarvo@gmail.com

Twitter: @clairecarvo

Mid-Atlantic Editor

Based in Richmond, VA

Ricky Parker is a multidisciplinary artist & curator inspired by the intersections of faith, advertising and American history. He believes that African American history is American history, and that two can not be mentioned separately. Parker uses art as a medium to communicate challenging ideas and topics around race and self-esteem. He considers himself a “servant” and views his art practice as a ministry.

Insta: @iamrickyparker