Film: Not Waving But Drowning

The other night I discovered ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ on Netflix Instant Queue. This film is oh-so STUK. The film chronological’s growing up and growing pains. The film title is derived from a poem by Stevie Smith, in which a drowned man whose distressed and thrashing in the water has been mistaken for waving, not drowning. This film is formed from two different stories: The first is based on the short story ‘The Most Girl Part of You’ by the acclaimed American author, Amy Hempel. Dark yet sweet, the story brings rushing back the excitement of those moments when you know childhood is gone and your real life is just about to begin. The second story, Not Waving But Drowning is less about growing up and more about growing out. Growing out of old friendships, growing out of your skin and growing out of who you thought you wanted to be and even growing out of the town you live in. Leaving small town life in the dust, Adele (Vanessa Ray) moves wide eyed to New York City, while her best friend Sara (Megan Guinan) stuck in their hometown. Separate for the first time in their lives, the film charts new relationships with boys, girls and eccentric old ladies (Adam Driver, Isabelle McNally, and Lynn Cohen).

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[Her] Career: Madisen Sowers

Photos by #STUKGIRL Nisha |Direction by #STUKGIRL Ashley Martinez & Styled by Paige Thomas| Interview by Brette Sims

“A STUK Designs Career Woman is an entrepreneurial woman of strength and balance, who focuses daily on what she loves in the form of [her] career while simultaneously inspiring others to reach for their own creative career goals.”

Name: Madisen Sowers
Career: Designer
City: Venice (Los Angeles)
Zodiac Sign: Aries

We caught up with our most recent Career Woman, Madisen Sowers in front of her adorable new Venice apartment. We walked through the narrow Abbot Kinney alley’s, lined with bright fuschia flowers, and the beach only a block away, to find Madisen in great spirits. She had just painted her new place floor to ceiling with black chalk board paint, which we are sure will shortly be cluttered with her gorgeous illustrations and genius design idea’s. Madisen is only 22 and head designer at Dimepiece LA. Her story, her discipline, and her drive drew in our hearts and endlessly inspires us. Take a journey down the motivational career path of Madisen!

Please describe for us, what it is that you do?
Currently, I’m the head designer at Dimepiece Los Angeles. – its a women’s streetwear brand. I’m the head designer. I work very closely with my partner, she’s a graphic designer. We design a lot of graphics for both Dimepiece and our diffusion brand, Dime – which is at Urban Outfitters, Zumiez, and Pacsun – so it’s super crazy busy. And then, while I’m doing that, I’m taking a few classes at Otis. I’m taking 3D modeling; because I want to do 3D modeling for clothing, and I also do a lot of programming. My dad run’s a tech company, so I’ve always done coding.

What lead you to your current position?
I love art! I loved art even when I was in high school, but I was a full time athlete, I played volleyball. I was going to go to Pepperdine for Volleyball, but I saw Otis and I thought, “I don’t wanna be an athlete, I just wanna draw!”. So, I actually attended undergrad at Otis for illustration. And then I ended up taking a deign class there, and I just loved the functionality. I started working when I was a freshman, so since I started working in design that early, I got super ahead.

Do you have a 9-5 or a side hustle to sustain your creative career?
My main job is working at Dimepiece, while my side hustle, is my own line, which includes jewelry and clothing. I want to have my own brand, but I need to work for a few more brands first. If ya wanna be a CEO, ya gotta know it all.

What is an average work day for you like?
My average work day is kinda crazy. I wake up at 6am everyday – I’m like the most disciplined girl. People like think I’m nuts lol. I workout everyday. I get to the Dimepiece office by 10am (it’s downtown and I just moved to Venice). I’m usually at the office from 10am to midnight, unless I have class. I have class 2 days a week at Otis, I’m taking some continuing courses. I hang out in Abbot Kinney, which is why I moved here. All my homies live here. I live next door to my best friend. I like don’t go out, I just work. I like… date myself.

Who do you surround yourself with?
I keep my circle super tight. It only includes people who are working just as hard as I am, people who are super positive, and people who are like family. I like REAL, GOOD, people. I like friends who don’t wanna hang out all the time, and people who are cool with the fact that I can’t hang out all the time.


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Music: About The Money – T.I. feat. Young Thug

What would the end of summer be without a dope TURN UP song…? That’s right, pretty dull. So here’s one that’s kept us oh-so dopely hyped this summer. Because, really… if it ain’t about the money, it better be for the love. HAPPY FRIDAY!!! TURN UP!

“If it ain’t about the money
Don’t be blowin’ me up, n*gga I ain’t gettin’ up
If it ain’t about the money
Ain’t no use in you ringin’ my line, stop wastin’ my time
If it ain’t about the money
Nah I can’t even hear what you say, I ain’t finna do shit
If it ain’t about the money
Bitch, you can miss me with it, b*tch n*gga miss me with it
Turn UP!”

Hit us up on twitter @STUKDESIGNS and let us know how much your feeling this dopeness. Xo.

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STYLE: ‘Indian’ Summer Looks

Photos by STUK Blog editor Courtney Mcculloch | Styles rocked by Brette Sims

So… In California, we have what we politically incorrectly call, “Indian Summer” aka late summer. For us (especially in the Bay Area) summer really gets crackin in August and carries through September. So summer ain’t over yet yall! We thought we would throw you ladies some end of summer looks to spice up your last days of hot weather and summer fun. This look is Jimmi Hendrix inspired. We wanted to rock out the central piece of the look (the Jimmi T-Shirt) with some edge. We paired the tee with some FLY sunnies exclusively by #THINKREESE, white chunky creeper shoes, and high waisted denim shorts – that STUK creative director, Brette Sims hand sewed black tassels onto. The tassels really rock out this look and if you are catching some end of summer concerts of dance parties, TRUST US, they are the BIG fun to dance in!


Sunglasses: THINK REESE
Jimmi Hendrix T-Shirt: EMP Museum (Seattle)
Shoes: SWAY Boutique (Telegraph Ave, Berkeley)
Shorts: SWAY Boutique (Telegraph Ave, Berkeley)
Shoes: SWAY Boutique (Telegraph Ave, Berkeley)

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STUK on Giving: The R.E.A.D Project

Yay! It’s time to give again! Philanthropy, is one of our deep passions as STUK women, so we are feeling blessed for the opportunity to give to the R.E.A.D. project for the second year in a row! The R.E.A.D. project is dedicated to changing the lives of orphaned school children in Nairobi, Kenya. The Resources for Education Advancement and Development project provides textbooks to children’s homes, empowers girls through reading clubs, and sends students to university on scholarship. R.E.A.D. also hosts Girls LitClub, “a series of reading and writing workshops for girls that taps into their extraordinary strengths as learners, thinkers and leaders,” as an auxiliary of the program. We couldn’t be more STUK on this cause!

THIS Sunday, September 6th
10797 W Washington Blvd.

STUK Designs has donated three STUK GIRL framed prints by our Founder and Creative Director Brette Sims. The art will be auctioned off to raise money. We encourage you to donate whatever you can or come out and support! There will be music, drinks, #STUKGIRL prints to purchase with proceeds 100% going to charity, and the event will be held at a FUN Culver City bar! Any amount you give makes a real difference! Go HERE to donate and see a scale of what your donation to this powerful cause can go to. For more information or any questions about how to contribute to the organization contact: Spread the word and spread some love!


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Music: Kiesza – “Hideaway”

Kiesza is killin’ it!! “Hideaway” is just a dope ass song, but this video… is life. The Canadian born Capricorn uses about a dozen dancers to werq her way around a New York City block. And here’s another mind blower- the director of photography, Blayre Ellestad, captured all this in one take! Get your girlfrans into this video, because a choreography snippet at your next dance party is pretty much a must. Also, shoutout to her #bunlife mohawk. Enjoy!

“Taking me higher than I’ve ever been before
I’m holding it back, just want to shout out, give me more

You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling
You let my heart escape beyond the meaning
Not even I can find a way to stop the storm
Oh, baby, it’s out of my control, what’s going on?

But you’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming
You’re just another day that keeps me breathing

Baby, I love the way that there’s nothing sure
Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more”

Hit us up on twitter @STUKDESIGNS and let us know how much your feeling this groove. Xo.

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Style: STUK X REESE “DAJANA” One Piece!

STUK Photographer Achiamar Lee- Rivera | Styled & Rocked by STUK Founder Brette Sims | Words by Crystal Clear

Not too long ago STUK founder, Brette Sims got to collaborate on some swimwear with our dear friend, affiliate and art client, Reese! The resulting Dajana one piece has become a serious summer staple! We just love how fun, cultured, and optical the STUK Designs x reese swimwear is and this piece in particular is a killer standout. STUK Photographer, Achiamar Lee- Rivera, shot some awsome flicks of our founder living her life at the Ace Hotel rooftop pool with some other stuk goodies in tow- or shall I say ‘tote?’… Don’t miss out before they sell out!

shop Dajana one piece now!!

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STUK Renaissance Woman: B6


Photos by STUK Photographer Achiamar Lee- Rivera | Styled by Pagina Thomas | Interview by Crystal Clear

Only Brittney Scott could make a sad face cool. And, what’s dope about her signature sad girl face art tag, is how happy it makes people. She transforms sad into happy through the combination of art and humor, and for that, we dig her – because it is also our mission to make people happy through the use of art. Brittney Scott has worn the crown of a well known DJ on the Los Angeles EDM scene, a fashion model for American Apparel, and is now focusing in on her booming street art career that she kind of just fell into. That’s the beauty of life, isn’t is? As we evolve, we can all fall into our true paths! B6 is now a digital graffiti artist like none you’ve ever seen! We had SO much fun shooting her for this piece. We walked through downtown LA and caught up with her while shooting in various locations. Our cover photo was spontaneously captured when a DTLA native (James) persistently followed us on our shoot for a good 20 minuets. He provided us with a few laughs and some great images! Brittney is fun, spontaneous and her energy rubs off on everyone she interacts with! We adore her quick and quirky take on our Renaissance Woman questionnaire. For an online art slanging’ DJ, this girl is as off the grid as it gets. Seriously, catch her while you can. If you’ll be around for the Downtown LA Art Walk on Thursday, be sure to swing by and see her first physical art show! You can RSVP and clock the deets for the show here, but in the meantime get to know this unconventional Renaissance Woman. Meet B6!

Your name: B6

Your age: 72

Your zodiac sign? Scorpio- Sagittarius Cusp

Where are you from? San Antonio/ Los Angeles

What’s your focus, passion, and contribution to the world?
I want 2 make ppl happy however possible

How do you do it and who do you do it with?
art, the internet, ppl

What are you working on at the moment?
other art
thinkin bout twitter

What does your art mean to you?
i hope that my art makes ppl happy

What does love mean to you?
everything ppl do should be driven by love
its v important
its a nice feeling

What would you like to get across to your viewer?
2 be confident and independent
2 express emotions
2 care for and respect every1
do what makes u happy n don’t be embarrassed by it


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Events: Oakland in Blue Rough Screening!

Words by Crystal Clear

Recently we #STUKgirls had the opportunity to create and collab with sunrae films founder, Robbin Rae, to add to their latest project, “Oakland in blue: A Short Film.” STUK founder and Creative Director, Brette Sims, designed and animated the above title logo for the upcoming movie short while STUK Designs Blog Editor and CFO, Crystal Clear, went to work as a character wardrobe stylist, production assistant, and even does some acting in a small role. The short film is both written and directed by Robbin Rae, who put up a hell of a hustle to self- produce the short. It was tremendously inspiring to witness Robbin wrap up filming the short despite some pretty major setbacks. Literally almost everything that could go wrong, did- but Robbin Rae just doesn’t stop. She stayed on her grind day and night to keep things moving and now “Oakland in blue: A Short Film” is here!! Check out the trailer below and be sure to join us at the BEtty Ono gallery for a rough screening of the short! There will be live performances fresh off the oakland in blue original soundtrack and a chance to cop some v exclusive and limited #OIB merch!!

Betti Ono Gallerypresents
“Oakland in blue: A Short Film”
by Robbin Rae
1427 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Thurs. July, 17 7:00- 9:00 PM

download the oakland in blue original soundtrack here!!!

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Quote of the Week: Valatin T.

#stukgirl “Ivie” Illustration by STUK founder: Brette Sims

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Monday Motivation: “The Art of Journaling”

Photo by STUK Photographer Nisha J| STUK Model: Sky Hannah | Words by STUK Founder Brette Sims

“The Art of Journaling”

Journaling is such a simple art that most of us forget how important it is. But in journaling we can find peace, become centered, and just document some dope life happenings. The other day Lollie told me, “keep a gratitude journal. BE SO GRATEFUL, because human tendency says we could have 99 percent going right and we focus on that one percent.” I thought that was a profound point. Writing things down often opens us up to the full picture and full magnificence of life! Whether you journal about what you are grateful for, cool shit that happened in your day, or to release emotions, writing can be a pretty therapeutic practice. Journaling is one of the easiest ways to accelerate personal development. It has taught so much about myself and lead me to all sorts of epiphanies and revelations, both beautiful and hard to swallow. At the end of the day I find I have so many aimless thoughts swirling around in my head. It is so refreshing to gain clarity by putting those thoughts down on paper. And sometimes… you realize… the things you are most worried about and stressing over look pretty silly on paper. I think we should all have a little evolving book of inspiration. You may end up writing yourself down a colorful path of self discovery. It is a beautiful life and your adventure deserves to be documented! So get FREE, and keep writing!

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Style: #STUKGIRL Pins!!

Photos by STUK Photographer Achiamar Lee- Rivera | Featuring STUK Renaissance Woman Whitney Jeffries| Words by Crystal Clear

Oh, heyy!! The wait is over ya’ll! #stukgirl pins are finally up for grabs in our shop! We’ve been gifting them at our art shows and we love seeing ya’ll rock them. They’re the perfect for accessorizing your accessories and make any top, hat, or backpack pop! These mini- illustrations are structured for re-wear and right on trend for summer. Inject some instant, artsy #STUKstyle into your summer swag!!

shop #stukgirl pins here!

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