A night featuring the simplest of attires fell seamlessly with an event’s message that felt primarily about politics. Max Joseph (from MTV’s hit series Cat Fish) pictured on the left with his wife Pricilla Joseph who is wearing leather culottes and matching drop v-neck crop top, showed up to make a powerful statement. His screen printed shirt reads, “JEW” as a statement of stance against the hate group like anti-Semitist’s becoming more vocal across the US recently.
Max’s close friend and co-host of Cat Fish, Nev Schulman pictured on the right, also show up to make a political statement with his fashion at the VMAs on Sunday. Nev wore a brush gold tie with a burnt red suit and attached a turned on its side Star of David with a pixel heart hovering above it, close to his sleeve. It’s been said to be true that this man indeed wears his heart on his sleeve in the day to day, as the same symbol that adorns his suit was used to identify Jewish people in Nazi-occupied parts of Europe during World War II.
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“Since the unbelievable display of anti-Semitism and also with the white supremacy in Charlottesville, there’s been an alarming rise of anti-Semitism across the country in the last few weeks,” Nev told Page Six. He continued,“People who somehow now think it’s OK to vandalize synagogues or in Boston, someone smashed the Holocaust memorial. It’s scary because we can’t live in a country that allows for this hatred to be displayed on a regular basis without some kind of show on the other side.”
Nev’s recently new bride Laura Perlongo, also had the same heart appliqué on the left strap of her white buckled crop top. Almost like the perfect declaration of: two hearts, together are stronger than one.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.