INK’D Revolution with Stephanie Stevens & Tony O.

In this segment of Ink’d Revolution, we here at Uncivil Revolt are proud to feature a couple people from our own staff. In effort to show you that we here, are real people and real fans that share a mutual love for music, we present Stephanie, one of our newest writers and reviewers, as well as Tony O, our own Senior Editor, and Head of Business Development. We trust you will find them both as real as they come, and maybe in some small manner,  you can connect to some of what they have expressed. Enjoy, and Rock on!!
Ink’d Revolution: Stephanie Stevens
I’m just a girl from Massachusetts, that loves music, fitness and animals. I grew up about 40 minutes south of Boston and a half hour from Rhode Island. So, it made it easy as I grew up, to just take drives to some of the big cities. I’m sassy, creative, driven and passionate. I started my own hard copy, printed magazine, back in 1994, on the floor of my kitchen and since then I have grown it into an actual magazine. I did that from 94-2007, and then decided to focus on my other love; which is fitness. In 2016 I re started my music blog, and now can combine both of my loves into my world.
 Could you tell us about the importance of how your tattoos have played a role in your own expression?
              I think of my tattoos as a story of my life. I have things on me that will always be embedded as memories of things I did or the loves I found throughout my life. A lot of them have to deal with music, because I have met people in this industry, that I can now call my friends, and the music they made has changed my life in some way, or another. I have two tattoos of pure role models, Marilyn Monroe and my mom, who passed away almost two years ago. Plus, I have cheetah print, just because those animals are bad ass, unique and strong, and that’s how I feel I am as a person. People may think I am different, but I think I am just unique, sassy and a mystery to some. Other than that, I think my tattoos just make me realize how lucky I have been through my life, to have been given chances that some people may never experience.
 
Could you tell us about your musical interests and touch on how music has connected with you over the years?
The only musical background I have is a little piano, when I was younger, but music has helped me in just getting through tough times (like my eating disorder, death of my boyfriend and my mom). Music made me take a leap of faith, by getting my writing abilities out to the world. By doing so, I connected with other people (as in musicians), and it broke me out of my shell of being the shy awkward girl. It’s made me travel part of the world, and allowed me to make friends with some creative and genius people. Music on a whole, brings people together because we all struggle with the same day in and day out happenings, that bring with them emotions of happiness, sadness, grief, to those of excitement. When artists create a soundscape to let you release those emotions, people from different backgrounds can unite, and makes for a very special place. So not only has music helped me through times, music has helped all of us unite, into a very amazing family. For that, I am honored and happy to be a small part of this big world.
Ink’d Revolution: Tony O.
I have been told that I am authentic as they come. I am unabashed and unapologetic in my thirst for knowledge and drive for life. Having grown up in upstate New York, three hours north of New York City, there was plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Plenty of places to get out and get in tuned with nature. This is one aspect that will often cause me to set up my office on my back porch. I am a proud father of two brilliant and beautiful young ladies, who also share my love for music. I have done great things, and have met some great people, for which I have not lost any gratitude towards. Whether it be exceeding a world record in powerlifting as a teenager, and being tapped as a potential for Team USA at the ‘96 Olympics, or meeting some notable faces in the world of entertainment, both music and otherwise; I have always asserted myself to being humble, and just let the facts speak for themselves.  My journey with Uncivil Revolt Magazine has been a rewarding and great experience thus far, and I look forward to many years of assisting in its growth, bringing new music to the masses.
Could you tell us about the importance of how your tattoos have played a role in your own expression?
There isn’t a single tattoo on my body, that does not hold some sort of meaning to me. I am a warrior poet at heart, and feel that my body is blank vellum, for my story to be written upon. My story is not yet done, so therefore more pieces will be added. My tattoos are expressions of who I am, what I love, homages to those living and to those I’ve lost in this life. I have and Eagle, which is one of my earliest pieces done. I chose the Bald Eagle, due to my affinity to birds of prey, but also because of my patriotism. I have a sunburst (my design) on the back of my neck with the Mitsubishi symbol in the center of it surrounded by a solid circle. Mitsubishi means 3 diamonds in Japanese, so it symbolizes my mother and two daughters. The solid circle symbolizes unbreakable love for, and protection of those 3 diamonds. The start of my sleeves, is circular Galifreyan, the written language of the Timelords, from Doctor Who. Yes, I am also a big geek/ nerd. These are homages to both my daughters, which will be wrapped in the cosmos, with planets, twin comets and of course the TARDIS. 
There are of course, quite a few other tattoos, that mean a great deal to me, whether it is pertaining to my heritage/ lineage or my faith, however two have rather deep profound meanings to me. One being the semicolon near my Achilles tendon. I chose that tattoo and the placement of it, to remind me of significant principles of life and growth. At those moments where you feel pain, and you feel like not taking another step, we must fight on towards our goals. Also, reminding me that there should be a pursuit of turning weakness into strengths. The 42 on my calf holds a very impacting meaning. Those fellow geeks and literary fans would recognize it from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It serves as a bittersweet reminder of a memory, from when I was providing hands on care for my younger brother Chuck, during the latter days of his fight with brain cancer. 42…life is what you make it. 42…the age I was, when I said, “I will see you again” to one of my heroes.
Could you tell us about your musical interests and touch on how music has connected with you over the years?
Music, we know has a rhythm, has a beat, it is the combining of noise given off of instruments that have energy exerted upon them, or life given to them by energy. It should come as no surprise that our earliest exposures to music come to us, even before we enter this world.  We hear the beat of our mother’s hearts from the inside, and for those lucky ones, she sings to us. It is only natural then to have an affinity to music as we grow.  My appreciation for music was compounded at an early age when my Nonna, Maria would play, opera and some of the notable tenors, from Placido Domingo, to Pavarotti. Mario Lanza, and Lou Monte would fill our house during the holidays and whenever the notion struck. I was fortunate to have been further exposed to various genres of music, in my teen years, due to having worked for a union that set up stages for concerts at the local civic center. Country, 80’s and 90’s Rock and metal bands, it was a very shaping period in my music appreciation.
One of the most alluring and exciting aspects of music, is that it can bring you through a myriad of emotions, and bring so many memories back to you, sometimes in just one song. I use music for its therapeutic effects, sometimes you need to blast away what needs be, with some Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, or maybe some Arch Enemy. Other times, I’ve been known to throw on Riviera Paradise by Stevie Ray Vaughan (my all-time favorite non-lyrical song), or Devin Townsend’s album Ghost, while meditating. With music having so much to offer to every individual, I feel it is important to always keep an open mind, as to what else is out there. Be appreciative of those moments, when someone introduces you to some new tunes, that music touched them in some way, and that person thought you would benefit from a good listen. Music is a great form of communication, in a time where there seems to be an increase, in the breakdown of communication between us all. I thank every single artist who had those words, that were fleeting to me, when I needed them most. Finally, to quote Brian Johnson, Angus Young and the rest of the crew, “Rock ‘n’ Roll aint noise pollution, Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die.”

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