How to Make it As an Artist

It's not just watercolors and sleeping in. The hard work and sacrifice of living for your art.

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The Artist-Writer-Thespian Whose Zine Has Been Wowing Readers for 23 Years

Narratively contributor Ayun Halliday muses on her longrunning zine “The East Village Inky,” and on what inspires her unique creative process.

A Genre-Bending Memoir That Took 10 Years to Take Shape

Lilly Dancyger on what the decade-long process of writing her book taught her about memoir, grief and becoming an artist.

This Millennial’s Alter Ego is a Forgotten Female Surgeon From WWI

Most war reenactors are older men, but 27-year-old Lillian Fehler stands out for designing uniforms that are historically accurate down to the tiniest details.

Meet Ladybeard, the Crown Prince of Japan’s Strangest Music Scene

Richard Magarey has facial hair, pigtails, a closetful of schoolgirl outfits and an endless supply of energy. In Tokyo, he became the world’s unlikeliest death metal superstar.

The Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Who Found Her Voice When She Lost Her Clothes

Born in an ultra-strict community, Shelbie Dimond found freedom in nude self-portraiture—and cost herself everyone she loved.


The Old-School Saint of Nouveau Bushwick

Andy Mineo Raps About Christ. Just Don’t Call Him a Christian Rapper.

Blending the rhymes of the Lord with the hymns of hip-hop, an earnest young musician seems poised to conquer the mainstream. But will listeners look beyond the labels?

The Nightmare Audit of an Indie Artist

A performer’s life is thrown into chaos when tax collectors ask a terrifying question: Are you really an artist?


The Spontaneous World of a Roman Street Circus