A couple years ago, I noticed someone who kept liking my photos with the name @rosietrk (for those of you wondering, his real name is Nate). Almost all of his pictures were selfies with him in his white stormtrooper helmet with people he met at events. Why the helmet? “Why not?”asked Nate, “I didn’t put much thought into it aside from when I saw Hardwell in San Francisco and the fact that I loved his song “Spaceman.”” We eventually became friends over Instagram, became real life friends at POP NYE 2014, and ever since I’ve always seen him at every event I go. He’s one of the few people I feel comfortable to be extra weird around, continuously talk smack to, and vibe with at raves. So, who exactly is Nate?
I absolutely love meeting new people, trading kandi, and sharing the PLUR, so when I first started raving and heard of the iHeartRaves Unicorn Crew, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of at least once in my raving career. For those of you who don’t know, being a part of the iHeartRaves Unicorn Crew means more than dressing up in matching cute outfits with soon to be friends, but you are representing the iHeartRaves brand and living out the meaning of peace, love, unity, and respect. This year I received the offer to not only become a part of Crush San Francisco’s iHeartRaves unicorn crew but also have my boyfriend be a unicorn too! Luckily CrushSF had only one stage, so we were easily able to wander throughout all of the sets and have fun! With the combined efforts of another amazingly PLUR rave couple Skylar and Brandon, we raved in peace as aliens at Crush SF!
Valentine’s Day was reserved for a romantic evening out for a dinner and a movie, but for us ravers, Valentine’s Day has become another reason to go to a rave! As many of you already know, my boyfriend and I absolutely love dressing up in complimentary couple costumes for every event. This year, I wanted to share where we get the inspiration for every outfit! These ideas are not only for rave couples, but for you and your group of friends as well!
Each year on Thanksgiving we are reminded to count our blessings, be thankful for the person each of us has become, thank the people who guided us, and cherish the memories that we have created this year. Ever since I started raving each year seems to be getting better and better despite the different hardships that I face, but with each victory and failure, there is always a something to be taken out of it. This Thanksgiving it is more than being thankful for the material things in life, but rather the lessons learned throughout the year. This year I am thankful for…
Raving brings all people of different ages together for the music, culture, and lifestyle. There isn’t a ‘right’ age to experience your first rave and that’s the beauty of it, but once you start there’s no going back. The rush to attend as many events as possible becomes addicting and sometimes real life takes the back burner. Unfortunately, real life catches up and we’re forced to face reality; debt begins racking up because money is spent on tickets, work performance decreases due to lack of energy, and relationships take a toll when one isn’t spending enough quality time with the other. Raving is a place to escape reality, but it can also be a place you learn how to grow up.