Jerk Of All Trades offers forward-thinking content unifying readers around the globe while channeling the power of collaboration through platforms where artists can display their works.
In the beginning…
In the Spring and Summer of 2011, two issues of Jerk Of All Trades made it out from the cranium to the streets as a print-only publication specializing in Music and the Arts, Cannabis, Photography, and an RIP section paying respects to such legendary artists including Joey Ramone, Timothy Leary, and Bradley Nowell. 10,000 copies of each issue were distributed all around key high-traffic outlets in Southern California and free to readers.
Rising from the ashes…
On March 31, 2019, In the summer of 2012, Jerk Of All Trades Magazine met up with LA rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle. We chatted about doing a future article and feature on his music in what was to be our 3rd print issue of the magazine. Nipsey Hussle was friendly and polite and posed for a couple of photographs with his copy of the magazine. Nearly a decade had passed and the idea of putting another issue of Jerk Of All Trades seemed to be a long-lost dream. One of the artists photographed for the 3rd print issue was Nipsey Hussle who was murdered on March 31, 2019 and helped remind us that even though we may stumble or stall, or stop we can always press on when we are ready. Believe in yourself, and that saying is sometimes hard to follow, but you have to always believe in yourself no matter what life throws at you. Life is short, do what feeds your soul, and so Jerk Of All Trades was reborn in March 2019. Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial was photographed the night he was murdered when the city of Los Angeles came together Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside his store “Marathon Clothing” in South Los Angeles. Later that evening, Jerk Of All Trades came down to the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson to pay their respects and photographed the energy of the community showing mad west coast love to their fallen leader with dance, blunts, and blue drinking cups outside the Marathon Store and the Shell Gas Station parking lots. Jerk Of All Trades returned the following morning to once again document the swarms of people coming out to pay respects to their community leader. Staying true to the way the first two issues were developed, Jerk of All Trades focuses on Music, Entertainment, Photography, Art, Cannabis, and more. Jerk Of All Trades is available to readers worldwide at the click of a button.
Jerk of All Trades is returning to print, with issues #3 (2019), #4 (2020), and #5 (2021). More info to come.
Jerk Of All Trades would like to thank our readers and everyone who has helped make this platform a reality. Life throws us curves and teaches us it’s important to never get too comfortable. Stay positive and always count your blessings, and keep moving forward, which at times is so very hard to do, but you gotta keep doing it.
Maggie St.Thomas is a Michigan-born photographer living in Long Beach, California. Since 1994, her photographic and journalistic works have graced the pages and covers of over 300 print publications including Rolling Stone and High Times Magazine, dozens of album covers, and more. With an incredibly versatile portfolio that includes one-on-one portraiture sittings with legendary artists including Etta James and Lemmy Kilmister, to name a few. After years of study at Cal State University Fullerton's Forensic Programs, and being licensed as a Crematory Operator with CANA (Cremation Association of North America), Maggie has established a career in Death Care as a full-time Crematory Operator, helping those who once had a beating heart on their way to the afterlife, continues photographing at shows and is working on publishing her first book.