(Chicago, IL) - In a small section of concrete where Chicago’s Schiller and Wells streets intersect lies a manifesto so inconspicuous that people walk over it every day blind to the power beneath their feet. The etching reads “Stay Thirsty.” This inscription inspires an insatiable rock n’ roll lifestyle and is the guiding tenet behind the publication, Thirsty, which launched in September 2006.
“The founders of this magazine are driven by passion and a ‘thirst’ for knowledge,” said J.D. Wilkes. “However, they carry a torch for a much more profound reason than just simple curiosity. Theirs is a special mission to carry on a great legacy; to cherish the fragility of life and chronicle both its nuances and its extremes. Stay Thirsty!”
“Stay Thirsty” is more than an idea. It is a call to arms. Founded on the philosophy of Ryan Licht Sang, a shining young musician, artist and writer who passed away at the age of 24, “stay thirsty for life” is Thirsty’s clarion call to shine a spotlight on creativity in all forms from around the world.
Operating from a truly virtual platform, Thirsty’s grasp starts at street level and continues underneath, where the most deserving music, art and writing resides. Thirsty’s pull draws upon the insights, impressions, opinions and expertise of its artists without regard for convention.
We invite you to slip beneath the cracked cement of society’s streets and discover the pulse of the underground.