Katie F.

Name: Katie F.
Major: Art
Minor: Business
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Sutherlin, Oregon
Instagram: @katieannfugate98

 

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Katie’s shirt is from Dutch Bros Coffee, which she cut into a crop top.

What inspired your outfit today? 
A leather skirt and a crop top is my go-to casual look!
What would you say your everyday style is?
I would say Urban. It’s hard because some days I want to wear heels and other days I just want to throw on my vans, my style varies depending on my mood!
Is there any fashion trend that you love?
I am super into the 70’s trend that’s coming back right now!
Is there any fashion trend that you hate?
I hate those shoes with the fuzz ball on the end! Anything furry is just not my thing!

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She rocks her favorite pair of checkered Vans.

If you had to wear the same outfit everyday, what would you wear? 
I love sneakers of any kind and I love to dress them up, so probably sneakers and a cute
dress!

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How do you think fashion has affected your life?
I am obsessed with fashion. Everywhere I look it’s there, and it describes people. I think
without it we would all be boring and we’d have no style. It’s like a piece of someone’s
personality that you can see.
Is there one piece in your wardrobe that stands out to you?
I can’t say there’s just one. I try to buy things that are unique and not everyone would
wear!
Do you follow any blogs or have any style icons that inspire your style?
I follow a million blogs! One of my favorites is Amber Fillerup. She’s a lifestyle/fashion
blogger and she also has her own hair extension line called Barefoot Blonde. It just
blows my mind how successful she has gotten since she started blogging!
What does your tattoo mean?
My sisters and I all have the same tattoo. It just reminds me that they are always there,
and our bond is something I’ll cherish forever.

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Katie’s tattoo says “give me strength when I’m standing & faith when I fall.” She and her sisters all have matching tattoos.

What is the significance of your necklace?

My family and I have always tried to go to church, but things get busy and we weren’t
always successful. A few christmases ago my sisters surprised me and got me this cross
necklace.

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The cross necklace was a Christmas gift from her sisters.

What do you love most about your style?
I love how versatile my clothes are! One day I can be comfy and casual, and the next day I can be super dressed up.
Tell me about your fashion blog!
Trend 136 hasn’t launched yet, but I’m so excited to show it to the world! Basically I just
photograph a weekly outfit (sometimes more) and write about it! I also love hair! I’m
inspired by braids so I’ll probably have some tutorials. I’ll also tell you where to score all
the clothes I wear! I’m trying my best to make the clothes affordable! Definitely go check
it out when I launch it.

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Katie loves wearing her fashionable silver hair in a messy pony tail.

What season of fashion is your favorite?
I like fall style because sometimes it rains, but sometimes it’s sunny. It’s a mix in
weather so it gives me time to wear a little bit of summer clothes and winter clothes!
What aspects of your life influence the way you dress?
Most of the time it’s my mood that plays a part in what I wear!

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Interview and Photos by Hannah Neill.

Landry A.

Landry A.
MA Grad Student
Graduated from U of Tennessee

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What do you want to do with your MA?
My MA is in Art History and I am really interested in museum curating. I would really love to curate a gallery or a small museum focusing on Chinese art since that is my main area of research.
What got you interested in wanting to focus mostly on Chinese art?
I was taking Mandarin Chinese language classes for my undergraduate requirements and then started taking Chinese culture classes through the religious studies department which is what my BA was in. I really liked learning about the culture and just went from there! It’s all so interesting.

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Have you done any internships related to your MA?
I did an internship during my undergrad that wasn’t directly connected to the museum. I worked with my professor on her project where we were preserving old photograph and some video footage from a rural area of China. It was some rare footage that wasn’t accessible to anyone but she had it because it had been passed down to her. We were indexing it, digitizing it and making it available for students.

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Do you feel like your style is influenced by your love for art?
I think so! I just try to find things that are different, kind of fun, and communicate my
personality. Being in an art-related field, people look at what you wear and what you look like. With being an artist myself I feel like I’m creative so I want my clothes to communicate that. I really like this dress because it looks like it was painted, which I thought was really cool.
Where do you find most of your clothes?
Honestly, I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes. I get a lot of things at thrift stores! If you go to really mainstream stores then you are going to be getting stuff that everyone else is wearing. Which is fine, but I like to have stuff that is unique. This dress I think was about five dollars from this bargain store in my hometown of Tennessee. I think it’s good to have basic things that can go with a lot of outfits and then mix that with things that are more fun.
Are you from Tennessee?
Sort of. I was born in Phoenix and spent my childhood in Phoenix but then I spent college years in Tennessee so I call that my hometown because I spent a lot of time there. I really love my college town.

What are the coordinates on your necklace for?
It’s the coordinates for my college, so Knoxville, Tennessee. When I was leaving town I was really sad and my sister got this for me. I thought it was cute. She also made me a drawing with all of the states that I’ve lived in, she’s very creative.

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What kind of art do you normally create?
I paint a lot. My style is very whimsical and fun. I do pet portraits so people will send me
pictures of their pets and I will paint their personalities. I also know a lot about plants and am really into them. I collect house plants like cactuses. Actually, a lot of my art is inspired by nature. I also do a lot of little prints, more carved stuff, and then have my own little bee design that is actually tattooed on my leg.

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What’s the story of your tattoo?
When I was first getting back into art, it was one of the first things that I designed. I wanted an outline of an anatomical bee but I wanted the inside to be fun patterns with sketched flowers, stripes, and polka dots because I really like patterns. I thought it would be cool to draw a bee but in a creative way. It was my first one and I thought, “what’s something that I won’t regret?” and I feel like I will never regret having something that I made. I already have plans for more tattoos I want and artists I want to get them done by.

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Do you have any other hobbies besides your artwork?
I’m really into outdoor things, like hiking, just like most people in Oregon are. I’m also really into cooking and baking. Also, going to museums since they are really important to me.

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Words and photos by Alex Jacobsen

DYLAN

Name: Dylan H.

Major: Humanities

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA

Dylan8.jpgWhat kind of bike do you have? It’s a Kawasaki Ninja 250. I call it my “baby blue.” I ride it to school every day. I got it because it’s a good first bike to have, it was inexpensive and it looks nice!

Do you think that you’ll keep this bike for a while? After a while, I’ll probably move up to a 600+ cc bike, but I’m waiting on that. There’s only a certain amount of time to be stoked on a 250, so I’m taking full advantage of that.

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Dylan4How often do you wear your gear? I wear my gear all the time because if I were to eat it (fall), I’m a lot less likely to die or get seriously injured. Also, my shoes are leather and padded in case any rocks or debris pop up from the road.

How else do you practice safety? I practice safety in a ton of different ways. Most importantly, I drive defensively and always ride toward open space rather than tighter areas.

Dylan10What do you like most about biking? It’s so fun.  There are few other things that feel more freeing than being on the open road. Plus, all of the power coming from such a small and light vehicle really does make you feel alive. I guess so does being so close to death…weird how that works.

Dylan3.jpgWhen’s the last time you got a haircut? I’ve mostly just gotten it styled, but the last time I actually cut it was about three years ago.

Dylan5.jpgWhy the Mets tee? Ahhh, the Mets. I grew up around a bunch of Phillies fans, but I was the only one that loved the Mets. They are a staple of my rebellious youth. I’m what you would call a very average sports fan. I don’t go out of my way to watch, but if it’s on I’m down.

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How would you describe your style in three words? My fashion is a radical take on street wear (sorry that’s four words).

Dylan11.jpgWhat do you like most about biking? It’s so fun.  There are few other things that feel more freeing than being on the open road. Plus, all of the power coming from such a small and light vehicle really does make you feel alive. I guess so does being so close to death…weird how that works.

Dylan7.jpgDo you have any tattoos? I have three tattoos! They’re all on my legs and butt and are all stick and pokes. My friend did this one on my butt. “Send it” to me embodies my personality. It’s a combination of stoke and action.

 

 

Words and Photos by: Kelly Tanguay, @kellytanguay 

 

Audrey Z.

Name: Audrey Zerr

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

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How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as edgy with really girly influence, and it is very dictated by my mood and how I am feeling.

How was the transition from Portland to Eugene for the first year? The transition was a pretty big one, and it took me until spring term to fully adjust and get the hang of the new living environment while being a successful student.

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Audrey’s striped pants are from American Apparel, and she enjoys collecting rings from all her travels.

 Do you think your style has changed here? I think I really have developed a stronger personal style, and I know what I like and dislike. 

What is one of your favorite style trends at UO? I like the heavy street style influence.

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Audrey’s mom works at Adidas, and they both love rocking sneakers.

 How do your friends’ styles influence your style? My friends expose me to new looks and outfit combinations that I can pick what I like and draw inspiration from.

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Audrey got her tattoo at Hidden Rose Tattoo in Portland. 

What does your tattoo mean? I got the lavender tattoo because both my grandmother and mom have grown it all over their yards ever since I can remember. It’s a very nostalgic scent that means a lot to me.

Do you plan on getting more tattoos? Yes I definitely want more! I think I’m going to get a small bee for my next tattoo.

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Words and Photos by Devin Roux, @devinrouxx

 

Androgyny: More than just Blazers and Boyfriend Jeans

The fashion industry has made immense progress towards acceptance of all individuals’ clothing preferences. Whether it’s clashing, eccentric accessories or wild patterns, people are beginning to find appreciation in styles all across the board. One thing fashion has yet to fully embrace, though, is the blurring of gender lines. The term “borrowed from the boys” is strictly assigned to women’s tailored blazers, blouses and flannels. While men rarely get the option to borrow essentials from women. Boyfriend jeans are simply a looser fit of denim, and skinny jeans for men are often frowned upon. Those who are simply looking for ungendered clothing have to search far and wide for these styles. While fashion has become more inclusive, a man wearing a dress or a woman in a suit still draws unnecessary attention because of the binaries that have held on tight to the clothes we wear.

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“I think that it’s weird that it’s okay for women to wear men’s clothes in this way when you can still be feminine or have authority, but I feel the other way around is seen as odd,” Align editor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank says. Multiple students at UO, such as Hannah, have experimented, strayed, and revamped their styles.

Most retail stores seem to have an invisible wall that separates the men’s from the women’s sections. There is somewhat of an unspoken rule of staying where your assigned gender is labeled.

Her friend Maxine’s style is self-proclaimed “prep school dropout with some street wear,” and Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, describes hers as “a teacher on sabbatical” (“probably middle school or high school”). Maxine appreciates how eclectic Hannah’s style is, and Hannah is confident she would know exactly what Maxine would and wouldn’t wear, and finds her style to be strongly defined. The two both find the idea of gendered clothing contradictory and pointless.

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But these societal boundaries rarely stop them from expressing themselves. “I shop in every section of the store except for little girls, because I can’t fit into that,” says Maxine. “I’ll try things on regardless of how they’re labeled and if I think that they’ll fit and I’ll like how they look.”

Align photo editor Miranda Sarah Einy describes her style as “tinges of masculinity and femininity combined into one.” Watches and accessories keep her detail-oriented mind at ease. Her friend Jeff Knight, a cinema studies junior, can put his style into three words: florals, reds and sweaters. But they too see complications in how style is gendered.

“I always hate it, because I feel like male’s selection of clothes is always very limiting,” says Jeff. “It get’s obnoxious when every cute thing in the store is for a girl.”

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Miranda on the other side wishes men’s wear could be cut for women too. Her mom’s trend of shopping in both departments inspired Miranda to follow suit.

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As for the future of the fashion, she is hoping to see wider variety in all styles. “I want to see a massive revolution in the representation in the fashion industry. I think it’s time that we represent the all, instead of the few.”

 

After dark

One of the first things you notice when watching Bizio DJ is his tongue. It’s strange that the pink muscle found in his mouth acts as his conductor stick. With his mouth open and tongue out, Bizio puts on an unintentional show for his audience. Being distracted by a person’s tongue movements may not sound like the best form of entertainment, but being distracted by Bizio’s tongue is. It’s like the muscle is a mini-person dancing along to the different beats being played. His tongue moves first, and then a change in sound follows.

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DJ Bizio

Aside from his tongue, the energy Bizio brings to the stage is one filled with love. His passion for the music he plays is obvious when he DJs. He’s constantly smiling and sometimes even singing along to the samples. His concentration is clear by the way he focuses on his monitors.

Bizio has been a DJ since 2014, his freshman year of college at the University of Oregon. Initially, he was more interested in the psychedelic trance genre, but in his freshman year, he stumbled upon Kerri Chandler, a house music producer from New Jersey. Bizio worked his way up the ladder and eventually became known as a house DJ in Eugene. Some of his biggest influences are Chandler, Ooana Dahl, the Desert Hearts Crew, Raja Ram and D-Nox.

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While Bizio’s music and tongue are plenty enough to draw attention, his fashion choices are also unique. Recently, he has been wearing a large, wire-wrapped pendant (as seen in the pictures). It’s actually his friend’s piece. He’s been doing it “so that his friend’s good energy can rub off on him” and so that his own “can rub off on the pendant,” which will eventually be returned to his friend. Bizio says, “doing this symbolizes our friendship and protection.” The pendant’s main stones contain topaz, fire opal and garnet.

Bizio typically represents two kinds of fashion– heady, style that includes interesting patterns and symbology, or business casual, depending on the venue he is booked with. “My father is deep in the fashion industry, so I try to blend his upscale fashion sense with my heady style,” says Bizio. “Most of all, I try to be unique: I guess you could call me ‘Un-Nico.”

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The other article he wears most is his Luna Lobo sweatshirt. Luna Lobo Creations is a clothing company that produces one-of-a-kind items made from recycled clothing and upholstery that is sourced from all over the world. Bizio bought his first Luna Lobo sweatshirt at What The Festival?! in 2015. He “fell in love” and went back to buy a vest. He had the design from one of his favorite hat pins — exhibiting the sacred geometry symbol of Metatron’s Cube — commissioned onto the vest, “which he always wears,” and sides of the hood.

The tattoo on Bizio’s forearm is his only piece of body art. He got it in 2014 after “a lot of strange things happened” in his life, which then seemed to “come full circle.” He realized that “the entire planet is connected by energy, and the movement of that energy is in the pattern of a full circle. Anything you put out into the universe will eventually come back to you in some way.” That’s what the flower of life — his tattoo — means. Bizio has now found that the flower of life also holds meaning with regards to his DJ career.

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As his DJing progressed, he found himself playing more “mainstream” music. This last summer, he “made the conscious decision to shift back toward playing the music he loved.” He began playing gigs that he enjoyed. He worked harder, and that work paid off.

Bizio now plays alongside some of his favorite producers and DJs and even got to meet Ooana Dahl, one of his biggest inspirations. Bizio stays humble by reflecting on his definition of what a DJ is: “A real DJ is just a person who has been blessed with a time slot to move the story of the night along,” says Bizio. “A real DJ is a storyteller.”

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Words and Photos by: Kelly Tanguay, @kellytanguay 

Feminism and Fashion: Unlikely Allies

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Bry gazes from within springtime brambles. 

“Fashion and clothing and beauty are dumb and capitalistic and exclusionary, but dressing in a way that makes me feel cool and forces other people to take notice is good, and I enjoy it,” said Emma Rosen, posing in front of a tree covered in fragrant white flowers. Emma and Bry Moore and are two of my best friends and are, to me, feminist theory queens. I always seek their advice when I have a question or something I need to work out in my mind. And they are also fashion icons; every outfit they wear inspires me, and they have such creative eyes when it comes to choosing what to wear and how to wear it. They also don’t shy away from color, evident by their multicolored hair and coordinating outfits.

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Emma puts on a bright red lipstick to create a totally monochromatic look.

So I got to thinking, a la Carrie Bradshaw; is intersectional and knowledgeable feminism a contradiction to supporting a historically exploitative and misogynistic industry? (I’m kidding, Carrie would never say something like that). On one hand, fast fashion gives people the affordable opportunity to express themselves in a way they might not otherwise be able to. On the other hand, these cheap clothes are destroying the environment and come at a huge cost for the people producing them. This industry thrives on making people, especially women, feel bad about themselves so they’ll spend money. It’s also exclusionary. “When you don’t look a certain way, not a lot is open to you,” Bry said, straightening out the flower I put behind her ear. “I have to be more creative sometimes.”

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Bry looking like a pastel floral sprite as she stands within lavender flowers. 

That creativity is immediately evident on Bry and Emma due to their vivid hair colors, but manifests itself through their clothing and overall presentation as well. This could serve as an act of rebellion against traditional expectations for what girls and women should look like. It’s easy to fall prey to the idea that buying a certain product or wearing some piece of clothing will make you happier. It won’t. But it’s also fun, and empowering, I think, to prance around a flower garden and get your picture taken while wearing a monochromatic red outfit with Ariel-esque hair (Emma hates the Little Mermaid comparisons, she’s much cooler and wouldn’t trade being a mermaid with aquatic friends and gills for some dude named Eric, but the hair shade is similar–and so cool) or a blue button-up shirt crop top with beautiful fairy-colored hair. Because sometimes you just need to feel good about yourself. And I think that’s totally fine–and fundamentally feminist.

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Emma gets ready to flip her bright red hair, surrounded by a sea of contrasting flowers.

Words and Photos by Taylor Griggs, @griggstaylor3