What I’ve Learned Inside a Tattoo Shop

Tattoo shops can be intimidating places. Here’s the oxymoron about tattoos: it’s an uber-personal thing that is, in turn, public. What I mean is, your choice of tattoo, be it a skull on fire or a unicorn shitting rainbows, is a form of self-expression. It’s a very personal choice. And that personal choice is then…

Hastings Barber Shop 1

The Return of the Barbershop

Exactly two years ago I wrote a feature story for this very magazine about growing a beard. It highlighted the return of the beard with a-listers like Tom Hardy, that teddy bear Galifianakis and even pretty boy Ryan Gosling who were all rocking some fur on the cheeks. Now the beard is omnipresent. (Little known…

Bye-Bye Fact Checkers. And Fact.

By RYAN BOLTON “Whoa, Banksy just got arrested!” my co-worker, Eugene, yells out, astonished. Two minutes later, the story popped up on my Facebook feed. We couldn’t believe it. The elusive street artist wasn’t so elusive anymore. But we didn’t need to believe it. It was a hoax. That didn’t stop the thousands of shares,…

Old Montreal

Montreal, a Love Song

Kathryn and I are heading back to Montreal tomorrow. This time, as a mini-honeymoon. (Yes, photos to come of the wedding day). Here's an article I published in Chill magazine this summer, and only fitting for why we love Montreal so much. by RYAN BOLTON Oh, Montreal, you sweet and seductive vixen. You with your…

In the Streets of Havana (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

The Best Damn Travel Tips You’ll Ever Need

Travel is the best education. It’s also the ideal form of rebellion. It’s the no-bullshit way to find out who you really are. What you’re made of. Hell, some of the best travel advice quite possibly ever comes via Bill Fucking Murray: “Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane…

The Women of Summer 2014

by RYAN BOLTON Ah, good ol’ summer movies. Doesn’t get much better than a solid summer action movie, does it? Wrong. Add in a solid dollop of red-hot actresses and then you have a top notch, take-my-$13-and-give-me-a-seat-as-close-to-the-screen-as-possible summer flick. And this summer’s offering is no exception. The major studios are pumping out films for every…

Never Stop Punching those Keys

From the moment I first understood what a writer was, I wanted to be one. It just made sense. Stories had their way of gripping my young mind in ways hitherto. And I went to lengths to be one. When I was younger, I still remember my parent's first computer. The tapping of the keyboard…

Andrew Reynolds Street Skating

Skateboarding is Creativity

Skateboarding isn’t a crime. It’s a creative outlet. Creativity, like passion, is one of those things that you can’t teach. You can teach formulas for copywriting. You can teach proper brushstrokes in art class. You can teach someone how to kickflip. But the true essence—the creativity—behind these teachable skills isn’t taught. It’s either there or…

Mars Trip

Let’s Go to Mars! (But Seriously)

The phrase “men are from Mars” might not be so far fetched any longer. Indeed, both men and women might be using a Mars area code by 2023. That is if you’re willing to book a one-way ticket, of course. Some 56.4 million kilometres. That’s the brief distance from Earth to Mars. With current day…

An Ode to Wool Socks

I recently became a man. It was a couple months ago, when it was colder than frozen balloon knots. It wasn’t when I grew a full beard. It wasn’t when Hank, my mercurial yet lovely Welsh Terrier turned two. Or even when I asked Kathryn to marry me. It was when I discovered wool socks.…