Magic Wax evolved from the mind of a 16-year-old Mississippi skater while working on a bee farm.
While many 16-year-olds are worried about getting their driver’s license or who to take to prom, Matthew Holifield was doing something most adults wouldn’t dare—starting a new business.
Holifield moved to Laurel in 2011, but for a teenager interested in skateboarding, it wasn’t the best town to call home. With the nearest skate park over 45 minutes away in Petal and without a means of transportation, Holifield was often stuck at home. But thanks to his friend and right-hand man, Noah Gower, a ride to the skate park was never more than a phone call away. The money for gas, on the other hand, was a different story.
Holifield started earning extra money by making bars of skateboard wax, a substance skateboarders rub on curbs, rails or stairs to reduce friction between the board and object, to sell to other kids at the skate park. However, the time came when Holifield needed a real job.
“My mom couldn’t afford the gas money for me to go to the skate park anymore, and I didn’t have a car, so I needed something within walking distance of my house,” he said.
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“Rusty, crack open those sandwiches I got from the gas station! I’m so hungry I could eat a sandwich from a gas station!” Chevy Chase was mocking the slices of white bread and American cheese wrapped in plastic en route to Wally World, and while I’ve never been hungry enough to choke one down, I’m not embarrassed to say that road trip gas station food is a guilty pleasure of mine. That is, if you know where to stop.
Often times on road trips, there’s no time for a real meal. Krystal burgers, frozen Coke slushies, muddy buddies and cheese crackers all just scream ‘Road Trip!’ But when you’re on the road and you’ve got to make as many miles as you can with as few stops as possible, you deserve something good to eat. If you can make the time, poke around for road food gems. Don’t be scared off by the surroundings or the local delicacies… you might have the best meal of your trip (or your life) at the same place you fill your gas tank.
Picture this: a freshly opened Mountain Dew, Guided by Voices playing through the record player and wood chips flying everywhere. That, my friends, is a typical afternoon for Sean StarWars in his downtown Laurel studio, Woodcut Funhouse.
For 25 years, Sean has been gracing the printmaking world with his colorful and eccentric pop culture infused prints, and he has no plans of slowing down now. In fact, he’s hoping to be cranking out more prints than ever by next year when he hopes to be full-time at the Funhouse.
In 1985 Sean was a 15-year-old skateboarder in Virginia looking for a way to stand out and be original, so he started with his t-shirt.
“I didn’t want t-shirts that other people had so I was like, ‘OK, here’s a magic marker. I’m just going to write something stupid on my shirt so at least no one will think I got it at Belk,’” he recalled with a laugh.
As a kid, Sean never thought of himself as artistic or creative, outside of writing stories that he would occasionally illustrate. It wasn’t until he took a class on making relief prints with linoleum that everything clicked.
From over a decade ago, you may remember the infectious song “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” blasting over the radio airwaves. Known for their AC/DC style guitar licks, over the top Freddie Mercury-esque cat suits and lead singer Justin Hawkins’ piercing falsetto,The Darkness made a unique niche for themselves in the rock and roll world. But their immediate rise to fame was matched with an even more abrupt backslide when the band parted ways not three years later.
Fast forward to present day, the band has reformed, ditched the cat suits and released their newest album Last of Our Kind to the approval of music critics and fans alike. Bassist Frankie Poullain took some time out with DIME photographer Jenn Devereaux for a quick interview before the band headed out on their Back to the USSA tour that began last month in Santa Cruz, Calif.
When you think Oxford, Miss., two F words usually come to mind: football and Faulkner. Whether you spend your Saturdays yelling “Hotty Toddy” or reading As I Lay Dying, this vibrant small town has something for fans of sports and the arts alike. Oxford offers an exciting and growing blend of literary and artistic talent as the former home to Barry Hannah and John Grisham and the current home to Ace Atkins, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and Chris Offutt, who wrote episodes for the first season of “True Blood.”
Another set of F words that should come to mind when you think Oxford is film festival. For over a decade, the Oxford Film Festival has supported and celebrated the art of independent cinema. The 13th Oxford Film Festival, Feb. 17-21, will bring together filmmakers and film lovers from as far as Los Angeles and New York and as close as Oxford and Tupelo for five days of screenings, panels and social events.