The NOMADS story is simple. We want to take a magical carpet ride into the minds and lives of some of the most interesting people on the planet. We want to climb into their suitcases and glide through their never ending adventures into the magical, mystical, moments of their lives. We want to eat, feel, laugh and cry, too. We want our minds to piggyback on their souls as they lead us down those dimly lit passageways, the dusty back roads, and the lobster  infested dinner tables. We want to dive into their infinity pool of creation, back stories, folklore, and long lost loves. We want to remember their uncivilized behavior, relish in their afterglow, kiss the lips of their childhood memories, and jump into their greatest desires. We want to feel what they feel, hear the sounds of the much too loud background, and be blinded by the light of their smiles. We want to be exhausted by their highs, and smitten by the comeback from their lows. It is the creative life that we want, in all its glorious, brilliant, intriguing and beguiling ways. We want the adventure of touring the slippery slope of love, compassion, faith, and healing. And we’re crazy enough to want to share it all with YOU.


Lauri Lyons

Founder & Editor in Chief

Lauri was born to travel. Growing up as a military child, Lauri has been traveling since she was two years old. Playing the ‘destination game’, she and her Jamaican family were assigned to live in a new country or city, every three years. Their grand tour included places far and wide, such as The Bronx, Greece, Louisiana, and Germany, with many interesting pit stops along the way. One day in a flash of inspiration, her aunt proclaimed “You’re a nomad! You’re always moving around.” The title stuck and would later become the namesake of NOMADS Magazine. As an adult Lauri grabbed her camera bag, packed her curiosity, and hit the road talking, tasting, and photographing her way through thirty countries. Lauri is a renowned professional photographer, specializing in photojournalism and celebrity portraits. She is the author of two books and has an extensive background in media arts, journalism, teaching, and publishing. Her life on the run never ends.


Mad Anthony aka Anthony Marshall 

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Mad Anthony is a California native with a well earned New York vibe. From San Francisco, he dove into NYC’s Lower East Side art scene. While mixing with the glitterati and iconic artists of the time, Anthony honed his impressive skills with art direction, apparel design and painting. His roster of brands include Nike, Adidas, DKNY, Elite  & IMG. When he is not designing the hell out of NOMADS, he can be found painting in his studio in New York City.


Tania Frontera

Technology Director

Tania is a multi-lingual Puerto Rico native with a penchant for globetrotting in adventurous, mystical places. When she’s not walking the El Camino de Santiago in Spain, or climbing Machu Picchu, Tania is exploring the convergence of interactive technology, fine art, and culture. Her forte includes digital media, information architecture & user experience, interactive advertising, and mobile applications.

John-Paul Pietrus

Fashion Editor

John-­Paul was born in the Philippines and raised in the midwestern United States. He studied photography, film, and painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before relocating to Hong Kong to pursue his photographic passions. Now based in London, John-­Paul is constantly on the move shooting dynamic fashion campaigns, magazine covers, and super 8 films for luxury fashion brands. In between photo shoots JP can usually be found exploring his great love for food, fine art books, B-­movies, and vintage art & design pieces.


Mackenzie Lowry

Editorial Intern 

Mackenzie is a writing, bike riding, peanut butter loving, world traveling, messy brain college student. Her parents used the world as a teaching tool since her childhood and she continues to pursue this knowledge through her own cultural experience, absorbing the world every day. From eating her way through Europe to road tripping across the US to dancing in the rain in Thailand, Mackenzie captures her adventures and the stories of the strangers she meets through disposable cameras and words on a page, learning more every step of the way.  Photo: © Leandra Caprini-Rosica

Hector Mayoral

Audio Engineer Intern 

Hector is great lover of all things concerned with music, sound, and audio engineering. This San Juan transplant is currently exploring the realms of music production, composing for films, and creating audio podcasts for NOMADS. Hector is a recent graduate of the SAE Institute of Technology in New York.


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