That’s where great art comes in, particularly in books, movies and music — elements that force us to think and feel about our current reality in ways that pulse multiple muscles and pathways in our brains.

“You live one life,” Hobson said. “So if you enjoy something or you think something will look good, a tattoo or whatever, you should get it.”

As it prepares to publish its 20th issue, Gardy Loo is making a shift toward a more design-oriented magazine.