BrilliantlyMad's Mission Statement 2005: BrilliantlyMad is a collective of thinkers, writers, artists, musicians, pranksters, clowns, and other talented souls. By chance, we followed the beats of the underground music scene to abandoned warehouses and dirty garages but it was fate that brought us together so we could come out and play. Some say our scene is dead but we are here to gently remind you that the party never ends. Our interests lie in the artistic, musical, political, and spiritual realms of the world and that is what you will find within our pages. Our goals are to promote a philosophy built on love and our oneness with the universe and to promote positive lifestyle changes through education and awareness. We want to enhance people's life experiences and be a beacon of light in a world of much darkness. Since we want to help change our world for the better, we have carved out a little corner where we can build a voice by sharing ideas and expressing our minds. We want to perpetuate the good grooves that we have been blessed with, so please join us and share in our brilliance, share in our madness. BrilliantlyMad...aren't we all?
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the wonderful world of BrilliantlyMad. For over seven years we have released positivity and beauty in the world by capturing creativity and assembling it into a fun and exciting format showcasing pictures, poetry, jokes, artwork, and other writings. Powerful thoughts have graced these pages with a more personal feeling bringing important issues to a confused and disoriented society. The journey to BrilliantlyMad Issue 1 is finally complete. We have been putting this off since 1998 because we wanted to be prepared by making the largest ship we can before sailing off into uncharted waters. Now we are ready to go into the abyss where no other has gone before and we are ready to bring you along for the ride. You can dance if you want to and you can bring your friends along. Wherever we stop along the way is up to you. In this issue we bring you the stepping-stones into the BrilliantlyMad world. Follow us into the mind’s eye past the world around. Step into an experience that is beyond you. Learn from us as we learn from you. As judgment is left on the side, we hope you share with us your hopes and aspirations, your dreams and goals, your visions for a better world. Don’t give up on life. It’s awaiting around the corner from you. Spread the Love Memes, Dave (Zim) Ziemba Editor in Chief / Founder / Publisher Andrea Sausen Editor / Writer Mike Shytowne Web Developer www.UndergroundSemetry.com Tara Grunwald Graphic Designer Carla Starla Horoscopes Kris Heinlein Tips and Advice Scott Saw Featured Artist www.ScottSaw.com Front Cover Explicate by Micheal S. Angulo AnguloUnlimited.com Back Cover Stripes and Fases by Zaflon Deux Flipside (pg 11) by Scott Saw
Shouts to the other contributors: Megan, Gloria Cubana, Julio, Kim, Chris, Dave Vincent Ventura, Vimala Thakar, Preston Klick, Fritjof Capra, Evan Munn, Knick, Cecile Tebo, J. Krishnamurti, Albert Einstein, Greentruck, Michey Z, Miss Betty, Gigi Deluxe, Kae, Tilly, Jacob, Jen, Troy Milstead, Anastasia Makarenko, Buddha, Raquel Reed, John S, Mike Tomek, Yin & Yang, Dream On Studios and the People’s Republic of Delicious Food. Each item is copyrighted by its creator. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any way without the consent of the publisher, or unless you share them free of charge with friends. "We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
And Life is waiting for you with us, on the peaks of unclimbed mountains, in the smoke of campfires and burning buildings, in the arms of lovers who will turn your world upside down. Come join us! by Gloria Cubana (from CrimethInc.) Becoming BrilliantlyMad means uniting your heart and mind in perfect harmony so you can find your soul. All of us are born BrilliantlyMad but along the way we tend to forget how to be alive.