first off, where are you right now?
when I picture people on the site I picture darkness. maybe a bedroom, or a back porch. silent - or maybe you’ve got a CD on in the background, or spotify playing through your laptop speakers. if so, may I recommend you check out cub sport & ben howard. they always have me in the right mood.
where was I? right. where are you right now. so, hopefully you’re somewhere dark, and hopefully it’s either silent or the right music is on, because pure nowhere is designed to be an experience and to be an experience you have to be in the right place. this site was made with love and tangibility in mind, and we want you to feel like…………… like you’re floating…………… like the rest of the world sort of fades away and you’re left in this in-between place, this not quite physical place made up of thoughts and art. wrapped in a bubble illuminated only by the light from your laptop screen on your face.
pure nowhere came to be because kyla and I are obsessed with youth. that’s sort of the crux of it. we’re two teenagers tripping over ourselves to document youth culture as we experience and perceive it, constantly looking for ways to make people feel the thing we want to feel. we make the magazine (collectively, the site/the print issues/the shows) from opposite sides of the world (melbourne & san diego), with the help of a stack of beautiful international friends.
we don’t believe in conforming, settling, compromising, the 9-5, plan Bs, or being afraid. we do believe in taking risks. always taking risks.
why the name pure nowhere? we just sort of think that, as a kid, as a teen, as a 34 year old - everyone feels out of place and disconnected. we like to embrace that feeling, that sense of nowhere, for when you feel like no physical place is home, or the physical place doesn’t even matter because it’s not as important as the people around you, the laughter or the feeling. at pure nowhere - it’s where the music takes you, where the art takes you, and where the moment takes you.
We’re for being loud, for taking up space, for lost friends and first goodbyes and how it feels in the middle of a moshpit, your heart beating with the bass in the bottom of your stomach. For bare feet slapping the concrete at full speed, sprinting towards the water with reckless abandon. For wiping out, hopping fences, skinning our knees and leaving our shoes behind. For sneaking out to surf beneath the full moon and waking up at 2pm the next day. For confidence and passion and excitement, and friends that simultaneously piss you off and make you laugh until it hurts.
For a life that feels like summer, skin still warm from hours of skating in the sun, knees bloody and bruised from countless falls. For frustration. For challenging beliefs, crushing expectations and breaking rules. For books shoved under beds, made-up poems on the back of hands, water-spotted journals tucked under arms, chapped lips and skin that smells like tea-tree. What the ocean sounds like when you’re asleep, and what tomorrow feels like when you’re not waiting for the future. This is Pure Nowhere.
I’m still confused. What’s on the site? Fair enough. We confuse ourselves. Ok, here’s the run-down. We put up new posts every day, sometimes every second day (sometimes five times in a day because we forgot). We also upload mixtapes and our favourite short films for you to browse through, plus our favourite section (tell us a secret) features constantly-updating spaces themed around secrets submitted by our readers. Oh! We also have a shop. Currently I’m pretty sure it’s just our first magazine stocked, but we’re releasing all sorts of new things soon (did someone say limited edition collaboration t-shirts? no?)
Can I submit? Um, yes! If you’re browsing the site thinking, I could make that, awesome. Please make it. And send it to us. We accept absolutely everything. Even if it’s three sentences you wrote this morning after you woke up. Or a photo you took last week. Or a whole roll of film you shot. Or an essay you’re proud of. Or a song? Idk. If you made it please email it to us. We love all your art.
So is this print or digital or what? It’s everything, baby. We have a print issue out now, and a second on the way (set to be released by the end of the year). But we also love our site (it’s free & accessible to everyone!). And we throw shows! We throw a lot of shows. They’re fun, they’re mostly in San Diego, but we’re branching out internationally soon!
Do you guys do ads? Not really! Our print issues are ALWAYS AND FOREVER 100% ad-free, so you’re only ever paying for our content. I can’t promise we won’t ever run a sponsored post on the site, because frankly we’re two broke girls trying to make this work, BUT we can promise we’ll only be working with brands that we adore for all the right reasons, and the content will always be reader-focused.
I just handed over some of my cash for a mag/t-shirt/concert ticket/sticker…. where’s it going to? Well, I can promise I’m not saving up for an iPhone X. You can rest assured every cent spent on anything Pure Nowhere goes straight back to Pure Nowhere, and supporting our very basic needs (like a home. and occasionally a coffee. maybe dinner?). Honestly there’s a hell of a lot to pay for. Website hosting, shop hosting, shop commission, shipping, printing, paying bands, printing flyers, hiring a van to tour the country? Wait. We’re not meant to talk about that yet. Shit. You didn’t hear that from me.
Why does the whole damn site look different every time I visit? Yeah. Sorry about that. The truth is I have a very long to-do list always and it’s much more fun to muck around on the site for hours every day changing shit up. We’re keeping it fresh for you, let’s go with that.
What is Shoot On Tour? I’m so glad you asked! Shoot On Tour is a company and platform that streamlines the process of connecting artists, managers, or bands with desired content creators. If you are a photographer or videographer looking to shoot on tour—or shoot a show in your area—they’re here to give you more visibility and connect you to the right people. Pure Nowhere is happy to announce an official partnership and collaboration with Shoot On Tour. We will be working closely with them, and their listed content creators, in an effort to help with obtaining press credentials and publishing coverage on our site! Make sure to check them out if you’re interested in applying to join their ranks, or are just generally curious for more information. You can read their ‘About’ page, here.
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meet the kids that make the mag.
CO-FOUNDER, ART & CULTURE EDITOR
Abby Strangward is a 16 year old from the south coast of Australia. She met Kyla through Instagram (the tinder of friendships) back in late 2017 and it turned her life upside down. Now, you’ll probably find her by the ocean, laptop and smoothie in hand, desperately looking for some wi-fi to work on the mag. When she’s not writing (which is nearly always), she’s planning short films or daydreaming about touring the country in the back of a van.
CO-FOUNDER, MUSIC EDITOR
Kyla Rain is an 18 year old music junkie from San Diego, California. You can find her dancing her heart out at a local show, eating absurd amounts of pasta or blasting The Kinks & sitting on a roof somewhere thinking about the future.
ASSISTANT MUSIC EDITOR
Larson Rogers is a 19 year old photographer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She loves supporting her local art/music scene, shooting film, going to shows and blasting music with friends!
ACTIVISM & NEWS EDITOR
Sarah Kadous is a 15 year old San Diego native. You can probably find her rocking out to Tchaikovsky in her bedroom, eating too many strawberries, protesting, angrily listening to the news while running or writing.