We had the good fortune of connecting with Emerald Boes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emerald, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to create HORRID Magazine and pursue an artistic career because I believe it to be one of the most important aspects to a happy and healthy society. HORRID is a death-positive, dark art brand that focuses on topics that are usually pushed aside or not discussed. By bringing the darkness to light, we can use it to enable normalization and discussion of taboo topics such as death, mental illness, and more. Art has long been considered a therapy, and I believe it has a strong power unlike any other to help humans work through things and heal. I have long since used dark art as my own type of therapy, and so pursuing HORRID and an artistic career is my way of helping my community of artists do the same.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
HORRID Magazine started as a dark art magazine in 2018. We work to bring taboo topics into the light through visual storytelling. The magazine publishes an issue quarterly focusing on different topics such as witchcraft, science fiction, mental illness, and monsters. Each issue features 25+ submissions from artists around the world. After three years, HORRID has grown into a full brand with a line of apparel and products. Our apparel and products compliment the dark art community and lifestyle including custom-designed streetwear clothing and spell candles. A very important vision of HORRID Magazine and the brand is to foster a community for artists that don’t have a platform. Darker topics can be easily pushed aside and as a dark artist myself, I never felt like I had a place to share my work. Another important element to HORRID is the normalization of mental health through the discussion of illness such as depression and anxiety. It’s always a struggle to start a small business, especially something focusing on what is usually taboo. However, it fills a void that is much needed in society and I have received AMAZING support since its creation in 2018. I am so excited for the future of HORRID and the community that has been created.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver is so fun to visit and whenever a friend comes into town, there are a few places that are a must-see. For the true Colorado experience, I like to take people to Boulder up Flagstaff Mountain to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine. For a unique shopping experience, I like to take people up to South Broadway to the antique shops and vintage stores. Also, RitualCravt is one of my favorite shops and the one of a kind experience. Denver offers so many types of food, but as a vegetarian I love taking people to restaurants such as City o City, Sputnik, and the Corner Beet. For an artsy night, especially if it’s a first Friday, the RiNo and Santa Fe art districts are perfect for a fun night!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Taylor Romero is a friend that runs an instagram blog for Diabetics that raises awareness and promotes healthy living. She just launched her first set of beauty and wellness essential oil blends called Taylor Sage Oils! Her instagram is @taylorsageoils and her Diabetic blog is @t1dtayromero.

Website: horridmagazine.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/horridmag/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/horridmag
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCguZObSUGi8mnJpq6rcEztw

Image Credits
IMG_1553: Models Alisha Light and Lucia Escalante 07 she was horrid: model Katha

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