Seven Shades of Black Magazine

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Back on Tuesday

Regular posting will be back and a little surprise for you guys too, a special edition of the magazine will be out. Giving you a chance to read up on behind the scenes and beyond our digital masks, getting to know the thoughts of various people behind the scenes that work on various parts of the magazine.

Joanna Borromeo & Häzel / Sun Come In

Our first upload and probably still the smoothest.

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7sobm Update

Very exciting time for the magazine right now, we are going a complete overhaul on how we function and the people involved. While the pressure and workload was mainly on just myself we are now stretching it to a number of people.

What this essentially means is a lot more content on tumblr, website, youtube, soundcloud and Facebook. On here you should see a few posts daily across various timezones. So we will be back with gusto in a few days, so for all the artists who submitted we will take care of you soon!

Spooky Black - Without You ( Great Dane bootleg ) 

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Press Opening

We have one role that just opened up to be a part of our press team. You’ll be working directly with the director and editor of the magazine, along with the press manager at a later date.

You’ll be needed to help give the magazine more exposure, email artists, blogs, musicians and the alike to inform them that they’ve been featured. You will also be sent to attend gallery openings and music events dependant on your location. Preferably we’re looking for someone within the UK but oversees are welcome.

Email soraan@7sobm.co.uk to apply

Tom Misch / The Journey

Tumblr Feature / Kamelia Del Rio

In what can be called an unusual or at least unorthodox move, Kamelia focuses on full nudity but there’s one tiny difference. She focuses on men. It’s only after viewing her work that I feel incredibly awkward as as man, realising that male nudity is almost non existent within photography and if it is, its like the image above, censored. While if it were a women I wouldn’t bat an eyelash.

I’m not sure if that can be attributed to the lack of appreciation on the male form or more likely a great argument from a feminist perspective about the lack of respect for women. Notice how I didn’t post up anything fully nude as it’s too “rude” or “controversial” as even I face the reality that I don’t want to post up male genitalia while with a women I would have no objection for at least showing her breasts.

This really has hit on something for me that I’ve never personally felt before and for that I can’t complement Kamelia enough.

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Portfolios

Tons of submissions browsing through all of them later today, if you haven’t already you can send us your work here.

Suff Daddy / Dog Days 

Link me your portfolio?

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Blog Fixes

Took far less time than expected, list of fixes below :

  • Mobile Browsing Speed up approximately 10% - 20%
  • Desktop Browsing Speed up approximately 5%
  • The excess white space on the right of the webpage is gone
  • Like / Reblog / Follow buttons are back
  • Mysterious “Text” on top of text posts are gone
  • Sidebar is back
  • Reworked the About and Contact sections
  • Contact tab gives email and Ask Box options
  • Tabs and Permalinks open without going on a new tab
  • "Share this post" Java script removed

It’s been a good day.

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Blog Update

Turns out that there have been a number of blog issues we’ve been unaware of so this weekend I’ll be looking inside ourselves to see what’s gone wrong.

Illustration by Brosmind

Site Optimisation & Operations

  • Homepage loading times have gone down
  • Sidebar will be back by the end of the weekend
  • Page to page loading will be faster
  • Yes I’m that old white man

Narciso Rodriguez

Mind numbingly beautiful designs by American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. Not only is it incredibly elegant and minimalistic, something which as you can tell we are rather fond of, but as a graphic designer it’s appealing in terms of shape. The geometric cut outs and tightly fitted silhouettes for instance, the flow of the outfits which compliments the female form.

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Richard Bravery

An incredibly british illustrator in the form of Richard Bravery ( hope that’s really your real name sir ) who specialises in book covers. I say typically British in a good sense of course and while I may be more fond at present with the French that doesn’t mean over here we don’t possess talent. I could give you a huge list of illustrators from London alone who are incredibly successful not only commercially but also artistically.

Very smooth vector work and three different approaches but all retaining a certain level and sophistication to his work, look elsewhere on his portfolio and you witness this. Beautiful colours might I add.

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