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BLERR MAGAZINE

An influential androgynous zine focusing on individuality, community, and breaking boundaries pursuing authentic design and voices.

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The Goddess Boys on Film by Daryl Bland
The Goddess Boys on Film by Daryl Bland

 

BLERR is about the moment. The “BLERR” in space and time of ideas and thoughts. The creative minds that are always moving onto the next idea. BLERR is the space that has not been closely studied and understood, the unknown.


 

We are a brand new, immersive experience focused on highlighting identities and breathtaking aesthetics in spaces that are a “BLERR” and are criticized by society.  A new editorial approach from the eyes of digital creators of queer-POC niches creating through influence, communities, and designers of expressional art. We are frustrated that there are so many talented individuals who are overlooked or underrepresented. We are a space for developing and curating exceptional talent and identifying social issues in the “BLERR.”


 

BLERR Magazine focuses on diverse identities, self-expression, and those who are looking to revolt and revolutionize as a creative. We are discovering and uncovering digital influential artists and creatives who have built a niche community and are inspiring cult followings breaking boundaries and pursuing authenticity in the fashion and design world.

 

Inspired by the digital creators of Gen Z and Millennials, BLERR is the space for anyone whose creativity has ever been suppressed because it was deemed it wouldn't fit into society.

Mock-Up Covers for BLERR MAG

 

BLERR was founded in 2019 in the middle of the night, not thinking I was ever going to start up a magazine. During the pandemic, October 3rd, 2020, is when I started creating visual cover mock-ups. Maybe it was a form of manifesting, but it sure lit a fire under me to create something much grander. That is when everything started clicking, and I pulled in a great friend of mine and a model I worked with in a past fashion show, Faith Blackshear. We planned three huge themed shoots for the magazine in two weeks, staying up till four in the morning. This should have taken months of planning, but our drive and focus pulled in thirty models and twelve creatives within those two weeks and executed three shoots in November. All shoots were carefully planned with COVID-19 safety precautions ahead of time. From there on, I built a small team, which gradually grew over the months.

 

Faith Blackshear & Daryl Bland Photographed by Anitah Diggs


 

We want to bridge gaps in conversations around our community, whether it be topics of sensitivity of opinions, educating, and amplifying voices.

 

On this platform, we will amplify and celebrate the different authenticity in artistic mediums that people of color and queer communities are using to spread their truth. We are here to always be one step ahead of the trend and to execute in a way that hasn’t been seen before. Our vision is to create a space where queer-bipoc can gather to create their definition of luxury fashion and art. This platform is everything it means to be authentic, unapologetic, revolutionary, and bold.

 

                                                  Mock- up BLERR layout. Photographed by Aubree Tippets

 

Mock- up BLERR layout. Designed by Alex Clapham 

 

Our magazine is for the photographers, artists, and fashion brands of the future. This is where high fashion meets futurism, sustainability, and androgynous fashion. Whether it be runway fashion or streetwear, you can bet that “BLERR” will be a part of it. For so long, high fashion trends have been exclusive to major celebrities and glamorized through various forms of media.  We are here to reinvent what it means to be high fashion and make it accessible to everyone through inclusivity. Instead of a mainstream celebrity on the front page, we are bringing the digital creators to the spotlight, and capturing them in an editorial way that’s unique to their self-expression.

 

BLERR MAGAZINE Goddess Boy's shared on Tiktok Creators

 

'BLERR MAGAZINE Goddess Boy's shared on Tiktok Creators

 

BLERR Magazine’s work has been shared on the largest social media platform, @TIKTOK  @tiktokcreators LGBTQ+ Trailblazers with The Goddess Boys, “@RJChumbley” and “@BeingADP '' garnishing 6-Million views! 

 

When producing our cover, the focus was finding the balance of femininity and masculine energy, expressing beyond gender norms, and becoming more fluid in how we present ourselves. Our identity is our own canvas and we have the opportunity to use as many art mediums as necessary to express who we are. Dress with vibrant colors, wear floral perfume and prance with confidence because life is meant to be explored and discovered.

Above is the cover team preparing the last shoot for the Goddess Boys for BLERR. Taken at the, Will Rogers State Beach Park on film.

"This was a happy closing introduction moment and memory because it is beyond wild to see how far the magazine and support has grown over the course of a couple of months. A magazine idea that started out with cover mock-ups has manifested BLERR into getting out first cover done with a team I have got to known and befriend in my freshman year at university. Every single one cover team member including the Goddess boys, Rielle Oase, and Brandon Layman, they are forever in my heart for taking a chance on beginning journey and will be forever founding partners of BLERR." 

                                                       Mock-up Cover for BLERR Photographed by Daryl Bland

Too often, the art that is created by people of color or queer creatives is overlooked or takes a backseat to that of more mainstream creators. Not to mention, these communities are the most impacted by current major social issues taking place in this country. It’s time these communities have a space solely dedicated to the unapologetic telling of their own narratives. BLERR intends to truly challenge what it means to be a diverse digital platform that pays attention to and stands with these communities and can authentically tell their stories. We don’t just stand with them, we are them.

 

Our current team consists of hardworking and multitalented women, POC, and queer interns. In addition, we have also partnered with several collaborators and creatives that have assisted us with adding content to our first issue. Through this campaign, we are looking to raise money to adequately pay our contributors and team who have generously donated their time for the making of this magazine's first issue.

 

BLERR's Phoenix Editorial Team Photographed by Anitah Diggs

 

Phoenix Editorial Team

Left - Right: Roxanne Banuelos, Sarah Karam, Sam Johnson, Faith Blackshear, Walt Campbell, Daryl Bland

Bottom: Justine Lavilla, Savaunna Shyanne, Alex Clapham, Jacob Nguyen, Anitah Diggs

Trish Delleva "Teaplnt," Summer Horchem, Alyssa Copham, Ashley Holmes, Dawson Dobbelaire, Swathi Saseedhar

London

Olivia Neath

Los Angeles

ISSUE 01 Cover Editorial Team

Lorena Witte, Marissa Marie, Claire Sheriff, Ashley Holmes, Daryl Bland, Rielle Oase, Brandon Layman

 
                                                         Mock-up BLERR layout. Designed by Alex Clapham

 

Our team has been working on our first issue for eight months straight in this tough time of the COVID-19 pandemic. With limited resources, space, and money, we have slowly curated a magazine with over 100 individuals, with and without modeling backgrounds, 30+ creatives who contributed to photography, design, videography, and mentorship.

With your support, we can expand our reach and elevate the magazine to greater heights, which will be a huge step for the LGBTQIA-POC community.

 

Our List of Contributors

Rielle Oase (Photographer) | Brandon Layman (Film Director / Videographer) | Troy Dyllan Allen (Designer) |  Lorena Witte (Designer) | Claire Sheriff (Film Photographer) | Ashley Holmes (Art Director) | Anitah Diggs (Photographer) | Alex Clapham (Graphic Designer) | Trish Delleva (Director / Photographer) | Fatih Blackshear (Director) | Aaron Markus ( Film Photographer) | Brenton Jones (Designer) | Jeff Otto (Photographer) | June Hucko (Artist, Film Photographer) | Raina Virginia (Photographer) | Summer Horchem (Stylist and Film Photographer) | Colleen Quinn (Stylist) | Ryan Laurent (Photographer) | Christian Sol (Designer) | Dallas Mackenzie (Photographer) | Aubree Tippetts (Photographer) | Sebastian Vargas (Artist) | Amber Andeson (Designer) | Kaden Dawson (Photographer / Director) | Walt Campbell (Writer) | Roxanne Banuelos (Writer)| Norrell Blair (Photographer) | Olivia Neath (Graphic Designer) | Alyssa Copham (Videographer / Photographer) | Kip Sloane (Writer)| Sam Johnson (Film Photographer) | Geraldine Cueva (Mentor / Community Motivator) | James Mack (3D Animator / Art Director) | Vikki Colvin (Owner Gray Atelier Studio) | Ryan Snell (Graphic Artist) | India Purnell (Stylist) | Phillip Holmes (Mentor / Community Motivator) | Codi Dillion (Artist / Photographer) | Magdalene Lunbery (Designer / Creative Director) | Sarah Hermos (Brand Consultant / Graphic Designer) | Marissa Marie (Event Coordinator)

                                   

​​​​"Catching the Desert Metro" | Ethereal Photographed by Alyssa Copham

 

BLERR ISSUE 01

BLERR's first issue will center around visual themes that address the climate of the world regarding the covid-19, sustainability, and the new era of digital niche creators. Below is our first photographed theme focused on "Confinement" - a struggling time of being confined in our living spaces. This theme reflects concrete walls that kept our mind confined during the crisis. 

BLERR Theme 1 "Confinement" Film Photographed by Aaron Markus

 

 

Pastel Kids of South-West 

A BLERR editorial showing that Arizona has the potential of editorial fashion and is becoming a driving force in creativity and digital influence. The models below, "Isa Bohn" and "Deegan Steiner," are faces who never modeled. 

Isa Bohn & Deegan Steiner Photographed by Anitah Diggs

                                         
                                        BLERR Theme 3 "A New Consciousness" Photographed by June Hucko

 

Team of Directors Photographed by Anitah Diggs

Editorial Board

Daryl Bland | Founder / Creative Director 

Ashley Holmes | Art Director (Not in Photos)

Jacob Nguyen | Branding Director

Anitah Diggs | Social Media Director / Photographer

Alex Clapham | Head Graphic Designer

Savaunna Shyanne | Public Relations Director

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The Founder

Daryl Bland (Editor-in-Chief / Creative Director)

 

Daryl has founded BLERR Magazine in 2019, dreaming of “what if I created a magazine.” It was a thought in the moment that manifested into a team creating BLERR’s first issue during the height of the pandemic. 

 

Daryl Bland is a multi-media critical creative in photography, social media, and artistic aesthetics, who has worked with brands like EXPRESS Men, created a fragrance business Osai Fragrances, and worked with large digital niche influencers. 

 

"As an LGBTQ genderfluid Filipino artist, my support system comes along from my beautiful family who is always uplifting me to reach for my dreams and to keep believing that anything is achievable. Seeing my sisters becoming a ranking officer in South Korea, becoming an esthetician, another growing her family, and brother venturing into their passion has sparked me to strive to create something for myself and community." 

 

Editorial Poster Photographed by Daryl Bland

 

We are looking at producing a bi-annual magazine and smaller monthly zines that will give our readers substance. We want the reader wanting to grab our magazine for inpso, encouragment, insight, and art work. We work with individuals who never modeled, art work that has never been placed on an exhibition, and writers who want a voice. 

Editorial Mock-up Photographed by Daryl Bland

 

 

Where are funds being allocated

What does that look like exactly? Glad you asked, let me walk you through it.

 

Compensate Contributors | We want to be the magazine that compensates our contributors and team who have dedicated their time towards our magazine. We value our creatives that already struggle with the gender-queer POC pay gap in the creative industry. This means paying every photographer, graphic designer, artist, and even our models. Over our time building up to the first issue, we want to thank and compensate our past contributors who believed in us and took their time without pay to help us create a beautiful piece of art.  Many project rates can vary from $75.00 to $2000.00 depending on who we are working with or where we are traveling to shoot; whether that being a studio, multi-media artist, or model(s) by their time, volume, and value of work with us.

 

Magazine Production | We are producing an incredibly gorgeous quality publication, our magazine is $25.00. That $25.00 will be used in the future of the next issue to pay for producing, shipping, paying future contributors, team, our office space, and a percentage back into our communities.

 

Community | For every purchase and contribution to our magazine, we are dedicated to reserve a percentage that we will use to build a scholarship foundation and community fund to help LGBTQIA-POC individuals that are on a path to building their creative business and foundations.  

 

"As a founder, I understand the struggle of building something that I truly believe in from my own pocket. I love seeing others succeed and I want to make it possible for others who are in need of a push for the world to see." - Founder, Daryl Bland

 

Budget of Operations | Funding will help with production, marketing/advertising, and our general operation as a whole. We are looking at renting an office-studio space, as well as supplies and equipment such as computers, drives, desktops, etc. Our team from the start has been dedicating every ounce of their time putting in work to make this magazine a possibility with the resources and knowledge that they have. We want to create a space for us to create and develop work in an environment beyond our bedrooms and living spaces. We believe in producing quality work and are truly grateful for our dedicated team who believes in BLERR and continue to work hard to put our vision to physical copies.

"LA Trip for Cover Photo" | Lorena Witte Photographed by Daryl Bland

 

Investing in us, is an investment into the unseen and need to be seen faces of LGBTQIA-POC community.

 

The proceeds of this pre-seed fundraiser are a jumping-off catalyst for BLERR Magazine to gradually expand from a hobby dream into a physical media company for the LGBTQIA-POC brand it’s growing into. With your support, we will be able to cover costs and move forward into building future issues. Thank you so much for taking the time to read a little about us, your support means a ton to us, and every name who took the time to donate is embedded in our hearts.

 

If BLERR looks like an LGBTQIA +POC business you would want to invest in, buy from our artists and photographers to support and it will also go into investing in BLERR! 

 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Risks and challenges

Our Challenges We are managing everything on a small scale as a start-up. Everything we are doing is out of determination and a will to create a beautiful issue with small and large time frames. The issue has been a collaborative effort, and with that, most has been out of the founder's own pocket and savings. This fundraiser will help us push our limits to the efficient processing and building of the company. For Kickstarter, it is “All or Nothing” so please bear with us if we do not hit our goal. All backer's credit will not be charged until our campaign has ended successfully. This does not mean the issue will be halted and no longer available, we will do what's best to make the issue a priority. As for BLERR Magazine delivering our first issue, there could be times of delay as we are going to be relying on third-party printing services and be shipping on an international level. We are learning how to safely care for and ship all pre-ordered valuable print art and zines to the direct supporter.

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Norrel Print "Soak Up the Sun"

Norrel Blaire is an LGBTQIA photographer with work featured in print publications such as PAPER and will be featured in BLERR ISSUE 1. Their latest work encompass Queer identities across America during their road-trip from Florida to LA. 

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Norrel Print "Through the Wilderness"

Norrel Blaire is an LGBTQIA photographer with work featured in print publications such as PAPER and will be featured in BLERR ISSUE 1. Their latest work encompass Queer identities across America during their road-trip from Florida to LA. 

You will receive 1 8x10 Print "Into the Wilderness"

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ISSUE 1 + Alex Clapham Design Print

As a BLERR exclusive, you will get a Limited Certified Edition Artwork, by Alex Clapham dedicated to Issue 1 release. Alex Clapham is a graphic design artist and brand designer for Avaunt.us who has taken the role a a director for BLERR in producing the first issue

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ISSUE 1 + Anitah Diggs Art Print

Exclusive BLERR Photography 16x24 Print by Anitah Diggs. Exclusive Images from BLERR Magazine. Anitah Diggs is a fashion photographer and a social media director of BLERR Magazine.

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ISSUE 1 + Daryl Bland Art Print

Print - Part of a Series Known as "Memoirs of the Desert" by Daryl Bland 

"Desert Liberation of the Sun"

Exclusive one of a kind signed photo print by Founder of BLERR. Daryl Bland is a multi-media artist and entrepreneur who founded BLERR in 2019.

You Will Receive 1 16x24 Print

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Limited Print Editorial + ISSUE 1

Large High-Quality Print Limited Unreleased Editorial from BLERR's first cover shoot. Shot on film by BLERR's founder Daryl Bland. For every print bought, Daryl pledges as a founder to give a portion to our BLERR scholarship for LGBTQIA-poc start-ups.

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Large Print Cover of ISSUE 1 + ISSUE 1

Large High Quality Print of BLERR 1st Issue Cover Photographed by Rielle Oase, an acclaimed Los Angeles / Phoenix photographer and model in the fashion industry with published work in Vogue Italia and other well known international design magazines.

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Unreleased Print Cover + ISSUE 1

An Unreleased Large High Quality Print of BLERR 1st Issue Cover Photographed by Rielle Oase, an acclaimed Los Angeles / Phoenix photographer and model in the fashion industry with published work in Vogue Italia and other well known international design magazines.

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Founding Partner

As a BLERR Founding Partner, your name will be credited in our first ISSUE and have your name placed in our Founding Partner Section of our Website. Only Available to Individuals, not companies.

You will receive BLERR's first issue as well a large unreleased print and cover print from our iconic cover editorial shoot by Founder, Daryl Bland, and well-known photographer, Rielle Oase. You will receive special invitations to all of our future launch parties -

"Flights and Accommodations not provided"

 

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Brand Partnership

This partnership is exclusive for you, we will customize a tailored partnership package for each individual backer! We will partner on what you want to work with around BLERR, and explore how we can get you involved in a meaningful way. Plus, you will receive the first Issue issues with all exclusive art prints.

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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25.00 USD
Because I Care

To Support the Team 

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75.00 USD
Norrel Print "Soak Up the Sun"

Norrel Blaire is an LGBTQIA photographer with work featured in print publications such as PAPER and will be featured in BLERR ISSUE 1. Their latest work encompass Queer identities across America during their road-trip from Florida to LA. 

You will receive 1 8x10 Print "Soak Up the Sun"

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75.00 USD
Norrel Print "Through the Wilderness"

Norrel Blaire is an LGBTQIA photographer with work featured in print publications such as PAPER and will be featured in BLERR ISSUE 1. Their latest work encompass Queer identities across America during their road-trip from Florida to LA. 

You will receive 1 8x10 Print "Into the Wilderness"

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175.00 USD
ISSUE 1 + Alex Clapham Design Print

As a BLERR exclusive, you will get a Limited Certified Edition Artwork, by Alex Clapham dedicated to Issue 1 release. Alex Clapham is a graphic design artist and brand designer for Avaunt.us who has taken the role a a director for BLERR in producing the first issue

Will Receive one 11x14 Print

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200.00 USD
ISSUE 1 + Anitah Diggs Art Print

Exclusive BLERR Photography 16x24 Print by Anitah Diggs. Exclusive Images from BLERR Magazine. Anitah Diggs is a fashion photographer and a social media director of BLERR Magazine.

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200.00 USD
ISSUE 1 + Daryl Bland Art Print

Print - Part of a Series Known as "Memoirs of the Desert" by Daryl Bland 

"Desert Liberation of the Sun"

Exclusive one of a kind signed photo print by Founder of BLERR. Daryl Bland is a multi-media artist and entrepreneur who founded BLERR in 2019.

You Will Receive 1 16x24 Print

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300.00 USD
Limited Print Editorial + ISSUE 1

Large High-Quality Print Limited Unreleased Editorial from BLERR's first cover shoot. Shot on film by BLERR's founder Daryl Bland. For every print bought, Daryl pledges as a founder to give a portion to our BLERR scholarship for LGBTQIA-poc start-ups.

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Large Print Cover of ISSUE 1 + ISSUE 1

Large High Quality Print of BLERR 1st Issue Cover Photographed by Rielle Oase, an acclaimed Los Angeles / Phoenix photographer and model in the fashion industry with published work in Vogue Italia and other well known international design magazines.

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375.00 USD
Unreleased Print Cover + ISSUE 1

An Unreleased Large High Quality Print of BLERR 1st Issue Cover Photographed by Rielle Oase, an acclaimed Los Angeles / Phoenix photographer and model in the fashion industry with published work in Vogue Italia and other well known international design magazines.

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Founding Partner

As a BLERR Founding Partner, your name will be credited in our first ISSUE and have your name placed in our Founding Partner Section of our Website. Only Available to Individuals, not companies.

You will receive BLERR's first issue as well a large unreleased print and cover print from our iconic cover editorial shoot by Founder, Daryl Bland, and well-known photographer, Rielle Oase. You will receive special invitations to all of our future launch parties -

"Flights and Accommodations not provided"

 

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4,000.00 USD
Brand Partnership

This partnership is exclusive for you, we will customize a tailored partnership package for each individual backer! We will partner on what you want to work with around BLERR, and explore how we can get you involved in a meaningful way. Plus, you will receive the first Issue issues with all exclusive art prints.

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