EDWIN MONICO

Sodapop [Magazine] has meant a lot to me over the past two years that it has existed. It's been a breeding ground for amazing photographers, writers, models, editors, designers, and artists. I've met tonnes of amazing people and given people the opportunity to get published who otherwise might not have ever got the chance. I've seen nobodies on our magazine become somebodies. At the end of the day, I just wanted to open doors for people. In two years, I've managed to do that for people. I'm slowly letting go of Editor-in-Chief because I have a tonne of other things on my plate right now. I will forever be working closely with Sodapop, but I have to focus on myself these days.

 

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"Whatever the fuck we want to talk about."

(laughing) I came up with that motto with a friend of mine in the planning phase of the magazine. He thought it was stupid, but I just went with it because I liked it. Then I kind of took it to heart because I was putting out stuff that I personally liked. I didn't care what people thought of it. I had a "fuck you" attitude along with PMA. People laughed at me for starting a magazine. They laughed at me even more when they saw the content. I was putting out articles on "irrelevant stuff" for some people. So, "Whatever the fuck we want to talk about" stayed and the rest is history.

 

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Ahh, Japan. In a nutshell, an opportunity presented itself and I took it. It didn't completely involve photography though, but I now have the opportunity to start a magazine in Japan ironically enough. Nonetheless, in Japan, being a photographer is still an actual profession unlike in America where people want you to take pictures of them for free or shoot their wedding for drinks and a meal. I know this doesn't speak for all photographers because I have friends doing ad campaigns in America. I also have friends doing photography and churning out a measly hundred bucks for a shoot. I digress. I am getting off topic and I hate when I do that. Etto... (Japanese version of hmm) I am grabbed by Japan because growing up in Los Angeles, my outside view of the world was through music and film. I was listening to bands like Melt Banana, Polysics, and The 5, 6, 7, 8's and I never thought in a million years I would live in Japan. Now that I live here, it's everything I imagined it to be and more. You know how some things are over-hyped? Well I think you could try to over-hype Japan and when you get here, it would still exceed the hype. I love the colours of Tokyo and how you can make friends by just walking out your front door. I know that may sound cliché, but it really is a welcoming country. I just suggest learning a bit of Japanese before you come because it opens a ton of doors. Oh, and have business cards handy.

 

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I first ran across Aya on Instagram. I asked her to shoot and she obliged. It was a relatively easy process actually. I, of course,showed her all my work before agreeing to shoot. What drew me to work with her was her ability to speak English. On a serious note, I thought she was unique in the sea of "Kawaii" type models I was running across. Kawaii means "cute" in Japan and everything in Japan is overly cute. While I am not against the concept of Kawaii, I was just not looking for that. Nonetheless, Aya was fucking awesome to work with. She is now one of my favourite models to work with. Just don't tell Kat David because she might be mad. Anyway, she took direction well and we shot four concepts in one setting. We finished working and went for Shabu Shabu and now we're homies. The best kinds of friends are made through food.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Revising layouts, but I like it because I have to Tetris shit on a 2D plain.

 

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It's been a while since my work has been in art galleries. I really need to get back to that and finishing projects that I have piled up. For instance, I have this awesome fog series, but I've been letting it sit because I don't know what to do with it. I feel like I have a personal block on myself. I know it doesn't make any sense, but I am crazy. Most artists are right?

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilzation will be caused by: Donald J. Trump.

 










Aya Sassa // ayasassa

Edwin Monico // monmonicomonster // monicophotography.com

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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