Explosion of Love

Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

Icarus Blake & Max Power: Editors in Chief
Lora Wiley: Managing Editor
Teo J. Babini: Senior Editor
Greta Pininfarina: Fashion Director
Miko Sala: Art Director
Tiffany Credle: Senior Publishing Editor
Daniel Cardona: Graphic Designer
Luigi Scarcella: Graphic Illustrator
Matt Heidkamp: Editorial Producer and eCommerce Manager
Nancy Cooper: Finance Supervisor
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Contributors to this issue:

Eric Hill/Global Odyssey Series
Eric came to the realization that he wanted to spend some extensive time traveling after leaving North America the first time to go down to Peru with a few friends. Growing up he was raised as one of six children in a strict religious home. Growing up with a professor father they traveled extensively within the US, he always said from a young child that, some day, he would visit every country in the world. That first time while traveling abroad, he could see why he never felt comfortable following the religion he grew up with, he realized happiness and truth were not exclusive to the belief system he was raised in. These thoughts and ideas have led him to his current quest, to find that awesome exists in every country. Awesome in the form of happiness, adventure, laughter and the quest for something more.

Rachel Baran/Not (Just) Another Selfie
Rachel Baran is a 20-year-old, self-taught conceptual photographer living in the United States, who is currently attending school for psychology and art therapy in Ohio. While her independent work is mainly focused on self-portraiture, she has also worked for a studio as a senior portrait photographer for three years. She plans to attend graduate school for social work and continue developing her photography.

The Mad Hausfrau/State of Heart Cookies
An American married to a German national (Dr. B) , life, love and work took me from NYC to Los Angeles to Munich to Cologne to a small village on the German/Dutch border. After 10 years in Germany I followed the good doctor back to NYC and now live and work in the East Village.

The Street Store Founders/The Street Store: Homeless People Need Love Too (And Clothing)

Maximilian Pazak (26) is an Art Director and Designer at M&C Saatchi Abel. He loves good kerning, thinks that design can save the world and that everyone should ride a red bicycle.

Kayli Vee Levitan (25) is a Copywriter at M&C Saatchi Abel. She also a social media obsessed restaurant reviewer, who sleeps very, very little.

Kian Stave/Hating Online: When Picture and Profile Punk
Kian Stave is a celebrity makeup artist and the author of the blog Kian Stave Stories. As a writer she has contributed to BUST magazine, and Artist’s Talk, a web series featuring interviews with important artists of our time, hosted by Pharrel Williams. Ms. Stave resides in New York City. This is her first feature article for Citizen Brooklyn.

Maureen Keeney/Hating Online: When Picture and Profile Punk
Maureen Keeney is an illustrator who attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. While trying fruitlessly to pay off her student loans, she draws sometimes to maintain her sanity.

Gabriella Geisinger/Jigsaw Sleeeping
Gabriella Geisinger is a twenty-four-year-old New Yorker, relocated to London to pursue her masters in Creative Writing Narrative Nonfiction at City University London. She has eclectic tastes in music and poetry, favoring Dylan Thomas. She has contributed as a music journalist to SPIN, and is a writer for,, and More of her writing can be found at //

Raoul Beltrame/Jigsaw Sleeeping/Arki Sound: Ethiopian Groove, Sardine Style
Italian-french fashion photographer and videographer.

Joe Sonnenblick/For Philip Seymour Hoffman
Joe Sonnenblick is an actor and writer, has studied under the tutelage of New York’s dope fiends, pushers, vagrants and women. Thanks to coffee and pot.

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