Skateboarder Magazine's spring look book "Boys World" features a hot babe (Amanda Mondale) in dude clothes from brands like Vans and Brixton. The editorial is an obvious play at the basest interests of the magazine's hyper-sexualized mostly-young male audience! But like, oof, amiright? No complaints here. —Angelo
The inaugural issue of Marfa Journal, the new mag named for and inspired by the enigmatic arts hub of Marfa, Texas, is now available. FYI their awesome splash page is probably NSFW if you work at some square-ass office (so many acronyms.) The first issue includes features on Odd Future's visit to Marfa, Rachel Korine, Lindsey Lohan and photographer Tim Barber. —Angelo
Bobby Doherty has a talent for pattern. In his editorial work for the New York Times Magazine, the Brooklyn-based photographer finds the geometric connections between organic and man-made objects most of us miss. Saturated colors and tightly cropped points of view aid the sense of infinite repetition that make Doherty's photos, and the phenomena of pattern in general so intriguing. —Angelo
The Thursday before Coachella is basically one long pre-game to get ready for three days of festival fun. Driving in from Los Angeles, we made some requisite stops at In-N-Out, where a burger, fries and a shake officially announced to our stomachs that we had arrived in California.
Matthew Henson is the Market Editor at Complex Media, and since casual style is his passion, we thought he'd be the perfect guy to tell us what he thinks about our exclusive V::Room sweatshirt. —Katie
How would you describe your day-to-day style?
My style is very simple, and more importantly comfortable. I basically have a uniform so it's really easy for me to get dressed in the morning. It's usually layered with an overcoat, followed by a sweater or sweatshirt, a button-down shirt, and a tee shirt, black or navy pants, and sneakers (shoes only at market appointments). When you are running from showrooms, to photo shoots, and to the office all day, you need to be prepared for anything.
What clothing item do you consider a must-have for every man out there?
A must-have clothing item for every man out there is a great jacket. It's one of the first things people notice about your outfit when they look at you, aside from your shoes. Your jacket should not only be nice, but it should be functional—think in terms of having a removable lining, or being waterproof.
What's one fashion tip you wish men everywhere would adhere to?
I think fashion tips in general should be ignored and purposely broken, but I would say you should not have on more than eight articles of clothing on at any time (that includes socks, underwear, and your watch, so choose wisely).
Who or what influences your style?
My style is influenced by my inquisitive nature in regards to fashion, constantly learning, working with new brands and designers before they become mainstream, and learning how to make fashion actually wearable. My parents are both very stylish individuals so it is also something I always had an interest in growing up.
What are some of your favorite fashion magazines and blogs?
Complex is of course my favorite website and magazine. Outside of that I am a huge fan of Fantastic Man, 10 Men, i-D Magazine, V Man, Sneeze, and Monocole if I want to give myself a headache. The blogs I visit often are Highsnobiety because my friend Jeff Caravalho works there, and Four-Pins is by far one of the best men's blogs around right now.
What is it you like about the V::Room sweatshirt?
The V::Room sweatshirt is great because it has a great fit, and the details are amazing. It's rare that you can find sweatshirts made in speckled cotton, so you almost immediately notice the tiny pops of color woven into the fabric. It's also done in two tone navy and grey colorway with raglan details, which is a big trend for Spring '13.
How does V::Room fit your fashion aesthetic?
V::Room fits my aesthetic because the brand is based upon simplicity. They make necessities like tees, sweatshirts, and knitwear that are all made very well in great materials and have this lived-in quality, so they end up being really comfortable, and that is why they are so successful.
The Designed By collection will be available in select stores starting 4/11. Check out our Remi Relief and Garbstore previews, and come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks from the collection!
Bad Day, the Toronto-based interview and editorial magazine, has made its archive of back issues available online. The issues, which feature style icons like Glenn O'Brien and Charlotte Gainsbourg, actors such as Jason Schwartzman and James Franco, and low-key fashion shoots with skinny naked chicks, are mostly out of print and being made available digitally for the first time. Check out the archive for some of the best, minimalist print design I've seen in awhile. —Angelo
Franco and Korine just sounds like a moniker that will go down in history, like Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, or Hepburn and Tracy. Filter talks to them both in this interview, and even unearths some pretty amazing footage of a post-Kids Korine on David Letterman in 1995.—Kate
Jesse Pearson is making a magazine on his own terms. The Manhattan-based writer and former VICE editor is currently working on the second issue of Apology, the literary and arts quarterly he founded, edits, art directs and markets almost entirely by himself. And though he resists prods to take shots at his former employer, Pearson acknowledges the motivations for creating Apology are partly in response to the media's growing investment in irony and indifference. A labor of love with simple aims to give people something beautiful, valuable and worth their time, Apology is a reminder of the subtle pleasures print can deliver.
Pearson took time from his hectic schedule to talk to me about the new magazine, the state of print, daring to be pretentious and how his cat helped him find the light of veggies. — Angelo
Starting simply, aside from Apology, are there any magazines you're particularly digging lately?
My most satisfying magazine reading is archival. As I mention in my Editor's Notes in the first issue of Apology, I've been really into the classic New American Review (later known as American Review) these days. It was a paperback-sized magazine of fiction, poems, and essays. Really smart, great stuff. It was published from 1967 until 1977.
Similarly, what's your most played album of late?
Lately I've been in one of my big Grateful Dead periods. These have come over me a couple of times a year since I first got hooked on the Dead, via my mom and stepdad, when I was seven years old or so. This week, I've been listening a lot to a Dead show from May 8th, 1977. It happened in Ithaca, New York and it is, as they say, a heavy one. Other than that, I have been just pretty much leveled—every day since it came out—by the new My Bloody Valentine. It's perfect.
Every artist interview asks the inspiration question, so let's flip it, what are some things that don't inspire your work?
The dominant culture to be found on the Internet is the opposite of inspiring to me.
In a New York Times interview you mentioned Apology addresses some of the things you see as problematic with the magazine industry. Could you elaborate on some of those problematic things?
I'm trying to talk less shit lately. Sorry. As the maker of a small magazine, I need all the friends I can get.
Every once in awhile the mainstream media does a piece on the print resurgence, but high-end, niche print has been strong for a decade in a variety of genres. Why do you think that is? I'm broke and buy $20 magazines. Am I an idiot or a valuable patron of the arts?
What you are is a saint. But the story (which, I agree, keeps getting told) that print is dead is not true. Print is evolving, that's all.
Though, while niche fashion, music, etc. mags have done well, literary journals are still kind of out there in their own world. Did you intentionally want to bring a stronger literary element to a more mainstream audience? (not that Apology is mainstream, per se, but here it will be available at Urban Outfitters, so will be seen by more than just magazine nerds.)
I wouldn't necessarily say I'm aiming for a mainstream audience, but maybe more for a… slipstream audience? I don't know. But I absolutely want to make short fiction and also poetry accessible to a different readership than the ones to which those things are usually targeted. For me, that doesn't involve dumbing anything down. It's more about saying, "Look how rewarding this stuff is to read. It can provide you with elation, thrills, laughs, and sobs. Don't let weird ideas of audience demographics keep you away from it."
Making magazines is an all encompassing art form, second only maybe to filmmaking, in that you're writing, editing, art directing, designing, marketing. Do you do everything? Are there elements of the process you enjoy more than others?
I do all of the above except for designing. A patient genius named Stacy Wakefield does that for Apology. And I enjoy the whole process, but maybe the best parts are the very beginning (meeting a writer and deciding on a story with them, for example) and the end (doing the final touch-ups on an issue before it goes to press).
You describe Apology as "a general interest magazine for people whose general interests aren't general. It's a sophisticated alternative to sophomoric magazines; it's a sophomoric alternative to sophisticated magazines." — It seems like you're wrestling with a challenge faced by a lot of high-end publications: making something artful, valuable and (relatively) expensive but trying to be self aware, not pretentious. Is finding that balance something you've thought about?
Actually, I am fully embracing pretentiousness now. I think it's almost like a radical act at this point because culturally we're mired in a lot of irony, cynicism, and fear of vulnerability. All that stuff is dark and sad. So I'm actively trying to fight it. Go ahead and be pretentious, take that kind of risk, maybe even get embarrassed. You'll be stronger for it—and you'll learn things. Part of why Apology is called Apology is because it's me saying that I am sorry for having been one of the many architects of the reign of nihilism that sprung up in the early-mid 2000's.
While creating Grantland (different arena definitely, but cultural force nonetheless) Bill Simmons talked wanting to be the place young writers aspired to write, like The National was to him. I think VICE is that publication for a lot of writers my age, but there are only so many versions "We Took Acid and Went to ______" to be written. Do you feel an obligation, or a desire, to be an aspirational publication?
I love to see people wanting to be published in Apology. I'm already getting a lot of blind submissions and requests-for-guidelines, so I guess it's happening. That's great. It's heartening.
Advertising is the necessary evil of making magazines (or maybe you feel differently, they're a valuable partner?) Apology has some high end advertisers. What does that say about the magazine's audience, or what those advertisers perceive to be the audience?
Advertisers are not a necessary evil. They're just a fact of magazine life. I can't afford to do this thing myself, and I'm not interested in grants. As for high-end ad clients, yeah, there are a couple in the first issue. There are also ads from small record labels. No matter who they are, if a company wants to advertise in Apology, I take it as them saying that they see value in the magazine's mission. So I'm just grateful for that.
You wrote on the Apology website about being conflicted over social media. It's a boringly hot topic, but one that everyone in media has to deal with. It's an incredibly easy way to get in front of people, but an inherently vapid and egotistic method. Have you given any more thought to the subject, or leaned nearer toward the pro or con, since writing about that conflict?
I feel like starting an Apology Instagram or Twitter account would be like trying to force my infant child (if I had one) or my cat to tweet. Something that is dependent on me, that I pour a lot of love into, and that is incapable of living without me doesn't need to be explicitly involved in social media. I, on the other hand, have a personal Twitter and an Instagram, and I post Apology stuff on both of those when the time is right—in addition to the usual idiotic jokes and observations.
Tell me about your cats?
Thank you for asking. I have two cats—Pickles and Schweppes. I love them both, but my bond with Pickles is just ridiculously deep. I'm pretty sure he's the reincarnation of somebody I knew in a past life. Sorry, I know that's crazy. But I totally, 100 percent mean it. Also worth noting: Pickles turned me into a vegetarian eight months or so ago. I was reading in bed and he jumped up on my chest and just stared at me like he was saying, "Dude. We have to talk." And I had a fully revelatory, Road-to-Damascus moment where I thought, "Wait, Picks, you're an animal and I love you like crazy. Why am I eating other animals?" And then he moved over and lay down. It was like he was saying, "Finally. Thank you." So I haven't had any meat except for a little seafood since that moment, and I'm trying hard to cut that out too. You probably think I'm a huge freak now. Oh, and I quit Facebook right around the same time I quit meat. That was an equally great decision.
There are two pieces, I think, in the first issue that are in some way about the 1980s. In my lifetime the 80s have mostly been portrayed as a kind of novelty of neon and spandex. Are we far enough away now that the decade can be explored more seriously?
In 1980 I was five and in 1989 I was 14, so those were pretty formative years for me. It was a complicated, super weird decade. At 10 years old, I was more scared of nuclear war and AIDS than I was of, I don't know, monsters or bullies. But it was also a decade of crazily amazing art and music—probably much of it in response to fear and anger. There are a thousand examples, but just off the top of my head, let's say, hmm... Black Flag and David Wojnarowicz. Anyway, yeah, summing up a decade like that with just "neon and spandex" would be goofy. And, besides all that, I like neon and spandex.
With the cycles of nostalgia getting shorter and shorter along with our attention spans, how can we write about eras in a timeless manner? In a way that's not just "hey, remember this?" but that is important even to those who didn't experience it?
Yeah, I've noticed this compression of the cycle too. It's weird to me to see some of the younger artists that I like being so obsessed with the '90s. As for writing in a timeless manner? If the story has good characters, emotional resonance, and a point, then it'll turn out fine.
Anything else you'd like people to know about Apology?
Issue two is coming in June. I'm working on it now. It will have some really strange surprises in it. The website goes into 2.0 mode in mid-March. It will feature original pieces that will be published according to a relaxed schedule. Think weekly and monthly, not daily.
Yesterday's looks were out of control awesome, but what else would you expect from a DIY craft fest presented by the always stylish crew from Rookie Mag?! Here's some of our favorite looks of the day. We'd like to post them all, but I don't think a post can hold 200+ photos...-Ally
Creative couple Bec Parsons and Bartolomeo Celestino founded LOVE WANT in 2005 to keep the magazine dream alive. "It's a reaction to the overwhelming gravity of putting images online," says Celestino. "It would be sad to think someone will never handle a magazine one day. It's a very personal journey when you self-publish, but one that's very satisfying when you see who it touches." The petite publication, which just debuted its sixth issue, also gives the photographers a chance to express themselves beyond the confines of their commercial work, while encouraging the same from their peers such as Pierre Toussaint, Gen Kay, Derek Henderson, Valerie Phillips and Ben Sullivan. As it has evolved, LOVE WANT's focus has strayed from fashion to embrace "beautiful images that convey a sense of place and time," says Parsons. "We decided that issue six would be an intensely personal conversation between its contributors. When we commission someone to shoot for us, the only thing we ask them to achieve is that their images won't date."
RISE AND SHINE YOU LITTLE SOUTH BY SPRING BREAKERS! That's right, it's 9AM and I'm writing to you from Austin, Texas after a wild night of petty-cabs, flaming shots and lots of music. Not pointing any fingers, we're all over 21, amirite? JK. We mostly chugged Red Bulls so major shout out to them for keeping us awake until four.
So, today is day one of our UO Backlot Sesh, which will be kicked off by a pizza party and some cutesy DIY crafts hosted by Rookie Mag and a few of their contributors! After we stuff our faces, adorn ourselves in flower crowns and try to bring out the Rookie in all of us, we'll have a day filled with killer music and the hot sun of this weird town. Come grab some free music and free beer! Beer is 21+ obvs, but the shows are all ages.
The back doors open at 1PM (NOTE: NOT 12! Oopsies. Or you could just, like, help us set up if you're antsy?) with artists Mount Moriah, Icky Blossoms, Nu Sensae, White Lung and Icona Pop (plz no Hannah-inspired ideas, y'all). There's going to be a lot of chicks but that's even more of an excuse for you cute boiz to come check out the bands. See you babes there, and don't forget to pick up one of the totes below on your way out the door! ;) -Ally
Or, maybe Riff Raff isn't getting a check after all? Because here Complex talks to Dangeruss, the rapper who, according to James Franco, is the true inspiration for his role as Alien in Spring Breakers. Riff Raff, you just got out-gnarlied. For real. —Kate
"The reason I like to self-publish is because there are so many rules on magazines—no matter who you work with—plus, I like to support the industry," says Australian photographer and publisher Christopher Ferguson, who followed-up his lush and luxuriously visual fashion magazine SUMMERWINTER with STONEFOX, named for his creative studio of the same name.
Apartamento has become my favorite magazine over the past year or so, probably because it’s the only interiors mag I’ve seen that manages to keep shit unpretentious. Most interior design publications focus on modern minimalist spaces that don’t look like anyone’s real life living quarters. Simply, Apartamento delivers interesting people, and a look at how what they do manifests throughout the places they live.
There’s a softness to Apartamento which is aided by the matte pages and bookish format. That muted tone allows the Barcelona-based magazine to present subjects like Swedish ceramic artist Lisa Larson with equal admiration as it does Hermes creative director Christophe Lemaire and Spring Breakers star Rachel Korine. The only overriding theme to Apartamento is exploring the varying degrees of whim that accompany the lives and homes of artists.
Apartamento is available at a variety of U.S. and international retailers. Pick up a copy. Get inspired. -Angelo
Back in the Game: Jacobs’ fall from grace was at least a glamorous one, and with supporters like Anna Wintour and Bloomingdale's in his corner, it wasn’t long before Louis Vuitton came calling and the designer cleaned up his act.
[Anna Wintour, 1970]
In the spirit of getting it together, let's take a look at some things that can help your apartment start looking more like a real human's house instead of the home of disorganized wolverines. Who knows, maybe you'll get inspired.—Katie
We just want to thank Converse, The Fader, Cults, The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Sleigh Bells and—MOST IMPORTANTLY—all the fans who came out to the 4 Artists 1 Cause event last Friday at Terminal 5. Together, we raised almost $300,000 to benefit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and hurricane Sandy relief, and also had a really good time.
I'm weirdly into this recent spread from Oyster Mag titled 'Power and Fashion.' Shot by Byron Spencer and styled by Mark Vassallo, the editorial takes all my favorite crazy pieces from the season and, of course, mixes them together to make some bananas ensembles. They describe it as, "Baroque meets disco meets hypercolour meets floral" which is DEFINITELY what your 2013 look should be, amirite? - Hazel