picture/ MAX NEASE words/ MEGAN SIBLEY 

First and foremost, big ups to my Mom- Happy Birthday Lady Sue. For those of you wondering, she turns 29 today.

With that out of the way, I need to tell you guys something: we really love to write. We started this project because we sound our best via print, and we’re semi awkward in front of the camera (just ask Max.) We are journalism students, and storytellers by craft.

For me, writing is an art in itself. I have read pieces that inspired me, urged me, terrified me, and brought me to tears. Good journalism is powerful, and it’s essential.

We are not trying to be hype beasts, or scene kids.

We don’t do this every month so that you can look at a few pictures and be aesthetically satisfied.

Sure, like anyone, we appreciate the occasional well-executed photog. That is one of our art forms, and we are so proud of all of the shoots we have published on our site thus far. But we created The DTS because we wanted to provide what so many style sites are lacking- quality, in-depth, original writing that makes you feel something.

Which is why this month, we have an insane lineup of really stunning written pieces. They are stories and articles and poems and reviews that tackle issues; they invite you to think critically and connect with the writer and learn something new.

We love art. Music is our soul, and clothes are our canvas. But we will never stray from the notion that this dream became a reality because I was penning picture books with lined paper and gel pens when I was five. Because being published for the first time at the age of 12 directed the course of the rest of my life. Because my high school creative writing teacher made me feel like I could do anything.

If you’re not a writer, I get it. I know it can be somewhat of an acquired taste, and sometimes I hate it too. But I also know that you don’t have to be a writer in order to be a reader. So suit up, settle in, and brace yourself for our March issue: an ode to the written word.




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