St. Louis Artists Featured in Premiere Issue of NAIL Magazine

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NAIL Magazine Celebrates Creatives Thriving in the Age of Trump

NAIL Magazine, issue No. 1, cover

NAIL, a new national magazine about creative professionals, features St. Louis spoken word artist Corey Black with photographs by St. Louis photographer Dusty Kessler. NAIL is published by creative consultant Ted Leonhardt.

Black, who hosts and produces the monthly Poetic Justice Open Mic, has been praised by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis American. “Corey was selected for our premier issue because of his ingenuity in learning how to make his art his work and actually make a living,” said publisher Leonhardt. Kessler's work as an entertainment photographer includes projects with rapper G-Eazy, Atlantic Records, and has appeared in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.

“NAIL’s mission is to look at the lives of creatives across the world,” said Leonhardt. “We’re interested in how talented, committed, empathetic people thrive in this current moment of incivility, visceral and psychic violence, information bombardment and fake news, and the post-truth culture of Donald Trump.”

The inaugural issue of NAIL features 124 pages of analysis, career tips, and profiles of creatives. In the cover story, “How Do We Survive This Bully?” Leonhardt explores the meaning of leadership and charts a course for how to tack against negotiation bullies by suggesting ways to handle the Trumps of the world.

In two in-depth profiles of exceptional creatives, NAIL features poet Corey Black and cartoonist Ellen Forney. Forney is a well-known Seattle cartoonist whose graphic memoir about bipolar disorder has a continuing impact and is taught in medical schools.

“Personal Branding Sucks!” is an irreverent send-up of the personal branding trend, complete with homages to Andy Warhol and George Lois.

Art direction for NAIL is led by Seattle designer Ross Hogin. The editorial team is led by editor Elea Carey and managing editor Allison Durazzi.

NAIL will be published quarterly and is independently distributed in print ($20) and digital ($14) formats directly from The print version of NAIL is now available for pre-order and will ship on July 20.

About NAIL and, LLC

NAIL and, LLC, are projects of business and design expert Ted Leonhardt, former global creative director of FITCH Worldwide. Ted’s specialized approach to negotiation helps creative workers build on their strengths and own their value in the marketplace. He is a regular contributor to Fast Company and the author of “Nail It: Stories for Designers on Negotiating with Confidence.”

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