SHK has teamed up with photographer Kelsey Bennett in this ongoing portrait series, featured in SHK Mag with continuous profiles here on the blog, capturing the most creative influencers roaming NYC this year. 

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JAMIE FALKOWSKI photographed by KELSEY BENNETT for H.A.G.S. 

Jamie, a resident of New York for over eight years, is the Marketing Director at Alldayeveryday. He’s also a founder of The Newsstand (R.I.P.) where he recently enjoyed spending time underground/disconnected from social media and being surrounding by zines, books and various local projects. He has described the space as “a physical Tumblr.”

“Always be doing. Prove it with action.”

MICHAEL BIBLE: WHAT’S YOUR OFFICE LIKE AT Alldayeveryday? 

JAMIE FALKOWSKI: It’s a former firehouse in the East Village that at one point had been condos but is now three floors of Allday. We’re about 40 people in total with a small office in L.A.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? ARE YOU FROM NEW YORK ORIGINALLY?

I’ve been in New York for eight years, but went to college in Connecticut. Before that, I kinda’ lived all over. Career wise I started in magazines and did some traditional agency work. 

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO DO THE ZINE STUFF?

My circle of friends who are always hanging out, going to same parties and through Allday’s Managing Director Kevin Kearney [Kevin coming up in H.A.G.S. soon!] I was introduced to Lele Saveri. Allday had helped him a bit on his 8 Ball Zine Fair and having come from print and magazines I appreciated what he was doing. The Newsstand itself came about from a subway trip with Kevin. One evening we passed by the space and I joked with him about one day leaving my job to open up a magazine stand there and he immediately saw the value of the space. I meant it as a joke and he was like, “Yeah. Wow. That would be a really interesting thing to do,” and we went from there, bringing the idea to Lele and making it happen.

We had mapped out about six weeks to be open and a week or so in realized there were so many more people that wanted to take part in it. The Newsstand allows us to work with people in a capacity where we might not be able traditionally and I think people respect that and see Allday as a community. There’s an appreciation there from the artists as well as our clients.

IT’S GREAT TO SEE ALLDAY DOING STUFF THAT OTHERWISE WOULDN’T HAPPEN.

The Newsstand would be a really hard idea to get off the ground if it was just one person or publisher. Not even thinking about the money, but the actual production of it — getting the electric set up, getting the phone line put in, credit machines… All of that. To have a full company at the disposal to make it happen is great.

IT SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAT I DON’T THINK I’VE QUITE SEEN BEFORE.

Yeah it’s definitely an interesting time and that goes outside of The Newsstand. There’s this convergence between media companies, agencies, brands… They’re all kind of doing similar stuff, but in different ways. Publishers are doing agency work, brands are putting out content. I think we realize the best example of good work is trying to do it ourselves, on the same level as we suggest to clients to communicate every day and have something interesting to say both on and offline. We’re publishing our first book this year and it is a natural extension of The Newsstand.

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Penance by Glenn O’Brien

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

It’s an art project from Glenn O’Brien called Penance. Years ago O’Brien set up a confessional at the Chelsea Hotel and actually took confessions dressed as a priest. We’ve taken the manuscript from that day and turned it into this religious-style object. [Available here: http://www.alldayeveryday.com/penance-by-glenn-obrien]

IT SEEMS LIKE THE COLLECTIVE FIELD OF ALLDAY MAKES SENSE WITH THE NEWSSTAND.

It was natural. I think the people at the company appreciate the openness creatively. It’s nice to do something tangible and hold on to a product, to have a singular focus on a book versus traditional magazines. One of the things I love about zines is the ability to focus on an individual subject matter… It just feels really special. It’s great to work in a company that will support something like this.

IT’S REFRESHING. DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT BENEFITS THE NEW YORK ART COMMUNITY?

As it’s been live, it’s become this platform for artists — almost like a visible Tumblr. All those kids with Tumblr out there, maybe their stuff gets re-blogged and seen by hundreds of people… and most likely, it doesn’t. I think this is really similar. Most of them are self-published…. people coming in and dropping off their work. Getting in exposure in a way they couldn’t before.

This is a great opportunity to be a service to the art community. This is a chance for them to sell something or get discovered while celebrating an increasingly wide range of creativity.

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 “The acronym of Have A Good Summer, H.A.G.S — a sentiment scrawled across the pages of yearbooks — is the title of my ongoing series of portraits, resembling what the kids of my dream High School would look like. They’re the artists, musicians, writers, outcasts, rebels, or just members of a rad gang.”  — Kelsey Bennett 

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