1a : of or relating to citizens b : of or relating to the state or its citizenry
2a : civilized <civil society> b : adequate in courtesy and politeness : mannerly <a civil question> 3 : of, relating to, or involving the general public, their activities, needs, or ways.
We are brothers. Often folks do a double take to reexamine any possible traces that may reveal that we are siblings. A deeper look only demonstrates that our personalities also seem radically different. For more than two decades, we shared a room, decorating and redecorating it depending on the phase we were in. Together, we spent summers with the neighborhood kids playing futból on the street’s cul-de-sac, throwing footballs from opposing drive ways or hitting plastic pucks with makeshift hockey sticks as we checked each other into our back yard fence. As we grew older we continued to develop our own sense of identity, to spend time in different circles, and to have different very interests. At one point, one was playing Battle of the Bands, while another was aching for football Hell Week at our high school. However, no matter how distant we may have seemed to grow apart to others, no matter how disparate our interests may have been: deep inside, we always knew there would always be a strong sense of respect, deep appreciation, loyalty and agape bond. Maybe it was destiny… A little more than five years ago, we launched Civil Coffee. We wanted to provide a great experience that involved delicious coffee without the usual context sometimes prevailing specialty sectors of the food and beverage world. It was simple: passion for coffee would be tempered with courtesy and approachability. So with a DIY espresso cart, a Toyota pick up, and tank filled with youthful enthusiasm we hit the streets of Los Angeles doing pop ups for art galleries, weddings, parties, flee markets and pretty much any event we could get into. Along the way, it has been a pleasure to meet so many inspiring and hardworking individuals who have grown to be close friends and become relationships we hold so dearly up to date. The release of the first issue of Civilian marks one year of our civil service on the Figueroa corridor of sunny Highland Park. With this zine we hope to share more of our story as as well capture the morphing landscape and culture of our city through a celebration of the community’s civilians and happenings. This issue is a sort of free for all ranging from a variety of musings, essays, art and photography from members of the community that has been building and growing around Civil. It started with two brothers, and the support from family, friends, and a whole hive of civilians. Now we are whole community and intricately tied network of like minded folks. We are incredibly grateful to you all. Let’s celebrate. It’s a good day to be Civil. Brothers Morales Alex & Alan