What inspired Omi Magazine?
What inspired OMI magazine was the fact that I went into a newsagents in Soho and noticed that the new edition of Attitude and the Gay Times was out and out of curiosity picked it up after having not read if for years. After having read it I realised how little relevance it had to my life at that point in time and how most of my gay friends were of a similar opinion and how strange it was that there wasn’t a magazine out there catering to gay men like myself, who weren’t overtly obsessed with the gay scene and still wanted something that would cater to use free of these ideas of a stereotypical representation of homosexuality.
Can you describe the process of creating the magazine?
The process of putting the magazine together was both stressful and incredibly rewarding. There were the contributors that were eager to take part who ultimately flaked out to the unexpected gems that you happened across who contributed some amazing work. Also, I think by collaborating with people the magazine definitely evolved and as a result, I feel, became a much stronger piece of work as a whole. I think with any project of this nature the most important input you can get is other people’s take on, and interpretation of, the ethos of what I was trying to achieve.
Will production of Omi continue or was it purely for your MA?
I am very interested in continuing production of my project post my MA and am looking to maybe launch it later this year.
Do you feel fashion perpetuates gay stereotypes or does it work to undo them?
I think it is too simplistic to say that whether fashion perpetuates or counteracts gay stereotypes. There is the whole stereotype about gay men who work in fashion but I think that the days of the queeny fashion gay are long passed and that, by and large, fashion as a whole perpetuates a much more positive representation of gay men in general.
Really curious to read it. Can it be ordered online somewhere?