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ANTI X Hunger Magazine

 

ANTI collective has continued to lead in the way in the expression of individuality via it’s What are you ANTI campaign and has moved a step closer to uncovering true individuality among individuals that have fought for their unique identity. As a brand that feeds off the streets and the eclectic fusion of souls that exposes, ANTI has collaborated with New York identities and asked them what they are most passionate about in a time of considerable change through a series of ‘What do you stand for’? interviews.

“We have interviewed a group of young and in some way ‘outcasts’ – although not completely indifferent but all who have grown up feeling misunderstood to some degree, and they are somewhat an underbelly of New York subculture,” said ANTI Creative Director Nick Irwin.

Navigating through an unprecedented time in the world, key individuals from our New York street campaign have shared their salvations and strategies of dealing with a world going through a time of considerable renewal, forcing us to look internally and rediscover the very force which guides us. To empower the new and inspire us to lead in art, business and creativity.

 

REBECCA

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I am who I am and I’ve always been me. It’s important for me to feel my essence is reflected in everything I do, in everything I wear, in everything I create, and in every space I reside. Lately I’ve realized how counterproductive it can be to be up in the air all the time, so I’ve just been trying to ground myself and reconnect with my roots. A New York native. An artist. A hopeless romantic. A daughter to a brave immigrant mother and an unnecessarily intelligent father. A Pisces. A dreamer. Someone who loves to share good music and food with great people and even greater laughs. Years of losing family, friends, lovers and opportunity have skewed a lot of my drive and self-worth, but my mind is clearer now and I’m ready to reap any and all rewards.

What do you stand for?

‪I stand for manifestation. Life’s (mostly) what you make of it. Obviously, there are people who are born with or without certain privileges, but our choices and reactions are what define us. Be careful of what you put out in the world; whether it be with words, your energy, or what you allow to continue to happen to yourself.

‪What are you ANTI?

‪I am ANTI close-mindedness, people who refuse to learn or change, olives

 

JOANNA

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I am a strong Hispanic woman from a background of strong Hispanic women. I come from strength, self-sufficiency, independence, pain and resilience. I believe what makes me who I am is my honesty and my dedication to my growth. My father always said to me; “You have to take care of yourself first if you want to be in the position to take care of others.”

What do you stand for?  

I stand for honesty from the heart. I think that honesty, even in the most minute ways, is intimidating for humans. I believe we must be honest with ourselves primarily in order to grow and find healthy ways to express even the smallest honesty to others.

What are you ANTI? 

I am anti Suppression. While we live in a suppressed society, I do believe most people have attached that suppression to their spirit in ways they do not or no longer need to. I am anti personal disservice for the comfort of another. I am anti disrespecting boundaries. I am anti not being who I truly am out of fear of consequences. 

 

KRIS

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I’m Kristian Feliz, 28 years old, Aquarius from NYC, residing in Bushwick. Could be launching a fashion label. Might be planning the next rave. Wouldn’t be anything without family. Would die for my friends. 

What do you stand for? 

I stand for creating a safe, loving and accepting world for all

What are you ANTI?

I am ANTI hate. I am ANTI oppression

 

ELLE

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

My name is Elle, I’m a recent college grad who studied writing. I grew up in Rockland, New York but I spend a lot of time in the city. I surrounded myself with a lot of creative people growing up so naturally, I blossomed in the arts. I paint, write, model and style. I want to inspire people to find themselves and love themselves, to be original and create things that represent them.

What do you stand for?  

I stand for equality, representation for POC, all kinds of love, like self-love and open-mindedness.

What are you ANTI? 

I am anti ignorance; everything is about perspective. When we see everything through not just our eyes but others as well, we learn all we need to know.

 

ROBOT

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

My name is Jean Carlos Pina Escolastico but I go by the artist name Robot MoonJuice. I was born and raised in a small farm town in the Dominican Republic and moved to Harlem in New York City when I was an early teen. I’m a creative director and songwriter with education in theatre and fine art.

What do you stand for?

I stand for everything that is true to its nature. I believe that everyone should act on their natural impulses as long as they are not hurting or objectifying others. I crave affection and creation. I stand for whatever makes people happy without being worried about judgement.

What are you ANTI?

I am ANTI shaming. The best way to turn me off is by telling someone the music they are playing is “weird”. I think shaming in any way is unacceptable. If people stopped being so shameful the world would have a lot less trans and LGBT murders and violence.

 

KIMY

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I grew up surrounded by nature in a little town in South Korea and I’ve been always liked making things; even when I was little. I like visual things and touching that’s why I can say that my career in hairdressing is endless fun. I meet many people in my job and that makes me feel ready to learn more about the energy, difference, personality, listening or skills of every single client.

What do you stand for?

I stand for people, love and freedom. Everyone deserves to love each other and deserves to have their own voice, regardless of their gender, age, race or social status. I also stand for integrity.

What are you ANTI?

What I’m ANTI disrespecting a difference, and also I ANTI insincerity & dishonesty 

 

INFINITE

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

My name is Infinite, Born and raised in Staten Island NY. I grew up very sheltered and kept away from certain things that was gonna help me find who I truly was. It led me to feel a little afraid of myself until I found the love in me. Friendship became very important to me especially when I learned that one of the best things about it is that you can create your own family from it. Now that I accept myself for who I am NOBODY can tell me NOTHING lol! I navigate very freely because I feel free. Right now I may not be out with my girls but I can still express myself and move freely with music and dancing even painting.

What do you stand for?

I stand for love peace and happiness, and a world where everyone sees each other without judging our flaws. Everyone’s visible.

What are you ANTI?

I’m ANTI people who judge without knowing and who bring others down just to feel high. 

 

IYANLA KALIFA GALLETI 

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I’m 21 years old. I was raised my entire life in the Bronx, NY. Raised by a young single mother who battled alcoholism, domestic violence, and toxic relationships but did everything to maintain a roof over our head and food in our stomachs. I am a curly haired, freckled, mixed, pansexual girl. Everything in my life includes duality and fluidity. I’m a model, poet and performance artist.

What do you stand for?

I stand for freedom of expression, understanding and equality.

What are you ANTI?

I’m ANTI bullshit.

 

CHEEKY

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

The best way i can describe myself is multitalented freak, and i always have been. Growing up i always felt like an outsider and was bullied most of my life.  I tried my best to fit in but after a while i stopped giving a fuck and decided to do me. It became easier to be myself once i left the suburbs and moved to the city. I found a queer community of people that i felt safe with and they made me feel loved and accepted. Expressing myself through my crafts and fashion is they only way i can survive this crazy world.

What do you stand for? 

Just allow people to live the life they want. 

What are you ANTI?

Im ANTI status quo

 

VENE

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you. 

So I come from Georgia Eastern Europe a country with a eclectic nature. My family and my social environment didn’t approve of many of my choices. At 16 I moved to Berlin. From a young age I have always had to step into unknown environments. I have always been curious. I have always had a progressive nature, it was forced on me. My curiosity took me to New York. I’ve been through many dark times and dangerous situations. I’m inspired by nature. I have always been fascinated with the senses. I’m a perfumist. I am the choices I make. I keep becoming myself more and more every day. I stay open so that I dont get stagnant. This makes me, me

What do you stand for? 

I stand for self-development and the knowledge of self. I stand for equality.

What are you ANTI?

I’m ANTI Stagnation. ANTI synthetics. ANTI toxicity.

 

NEON

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

Birth name is Amanda Baez, now Neon. They pronouns are her/she/they/Neon, Neon is a pansexual model, creative, & visual artist from Dominican Republic, 20 years of age. Who is AMANDA? Who is NEON? Amanda is the little girl I left behind years ago. She is the woman that held me back from becoming who I want to be. Amanda was the type of person that let people take her down with them, she never tried to protect herself because she always felt like this is all she will ever deserve. Neon found herself let’s say around at the end of 2018 when she shaved her head for the first time. Neon was a fresh new start. Having no hair for two years was so life-changing and i knew the true meaning of beauty. Neon felt free, lighter, brighter, and extremely beautiful.  

What do you stand for? 

Neon stands for light, pure light, queerness, positivity, a fighter, equal rights. Neon is a rainbow and everyone next to her are all a part of that RAINBOW!!!!! I stand for all Latinx, Brown, & POC community. I stand for our people without papers that bust their asses off every single day to feed their families. Those people are my people and I will ALWAYS stand by them when it comes to the government, the police etc. I stand for the LGBTQIA+ community.

What are you ANTI? 

I am ANTI racism. ANTI non-equal government. ANTI Donald Trump. ANTI people that are against queers. ANTI negativity. 

 

YANECE

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

My name is Yanece and I am a non-binary human that is from Harlem New York. Growing up with the raw influences of what was around me created art. I have always been interested in art and all the ways I can try to create. Growing up in New York liberates you and jades you at the same time. So your inspiration comes from everywhere. You can go through so many experiences and trauma and it paints this beautiful picture that is you. My experiences have been beautiful, and my traumas have sculpted me. You can share those experiences and when you do you realize you are never alone. I learned through creating and being unapologetic about taking up space I was sharing the human experiences. We are all so valuable, our stories are different and healing. We all have a greater purpose and creating can make the journey so beautiful. 

What do you stand for?   

I stand for the raw unedited version of people. That queer black bodies hold value, fat people, homeless youth hold value we fucking matter. I really stand for marginalized people getting the space and praise they deserve. To tell our stories and create beautiful healings connections that bring us closer and create true community and that is priceless. 

What are you ANTI? 

I am ANTI the idea that people’s lives are less valuable than the economy and That human lives are expendable. We deserve better! 

 

ZENO

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I am the benign ghost behind every guidepost, disguised in guy’s clothes, a rhizome comprised of rhinestones, crying in tritones, the limestone thickness of abyss is Invictus. I got thru with the sickness just to remain in rictus. 

What do you stand for?

I stand for liberation of black and colonized people worldwide. The abolition of prisons and the disarmament of the fascist police forces that terrorize the world. Restorative justice as the only option for effective criminal justice reform. Reparations for chattel slavery. Redistribution of the world’s wealth. To each according to their need. Not their fucking greed. 

What are you ANTI?

I'm ANTI cops. ANTI capitalists.

 

SLATER

 

Tell us what you want the world to know about you.

I'm from California but I've been in NYC for close to 9 years. I went to NYU to study Chinese and stuck around after I graduated. I first "came out" while I was living in Shanghai my freshman year of college. During my second year, at NYU's campus in NYC, I got my first taste of queer nightlife and community. That's when I started fooling around with makeup and performing. For the past four years I've been freelancing makeup. I think the next chapter of my life is going to be law school. I always figured I looked too queer and acted too queer and my politics were too radical - I thought I would have to sacrifice part of my identity. But now, with the support of my family, meeting more LGBTQ people in law, and the realization that I can be the change I want to see, I feel more and more optimistic that I can become an empathetic lawyer working from within the system to make a difference for marginalized communities. 

What do you stand for?

I stand for constant learning. Sometimes that means just paying closer attention to your environment. I think it's important to listen to learn and not just to respond. And in that vein, I stand for considering all points of view before getting carried away with emotion. 

What are you ANTI?

I'm ANTI the global capitalist system - duh!