Category Archives: Magazines/Books

NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

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Most things that are given a punk prefix are pretty terrible. Right now — in an era of carefully curated nihilism — brands and contemporary culture seem to be trying to poorly resurrecting a packaged version of the spirit that inspired Malcolm McLaren all those years ago. They want to be GG Allin but most seem to be coming off more like the moody kid from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wearing his Sid Vicious tee in the bad guys’ warehouse with the ramp and video games. Continue reading NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

PROPER PRINT PRESENTATION

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Interesting magazines deserve to be celebrated in a world where a lot of indie publications seem to lack identity (please — no more flavour-of-the-month identikit “culture” compendiums) and drown out the good stuff. I’m fully backing anyone with enough spirit to launch something, but a lot of covers and single-word titles all blend into one. Speaking of things we don’t need to see again, there doesn’t need to be another paean to LAW magazine here, but issue #8 looks promising, with Y’OH Streetwear brought back from time-out to create that coat on the cover. Continue reading PROPER PRINT PRESENTATION

THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION

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For a while, Phil Knight interviews were few and far between. There was him having his lunch interrupted by Michael Moore, a Sports Illustrated cover story, that piece on The Word about his son’s brief rap career, some business shows, a scattering of speeches and that Oprah appearance. Continue reading THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION

HEAVY

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I miss the Heavy Mental site from a few years back, but its legacy has transcended the digital stuff to become a real-world proposition. Heavy Time was founded four years ago to publish some solid self-published material — Cheryl Dunn, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Weirdo Dave and Erik Brunetti’s work has been released under this imprint, with Jeff Potocar’s Make a Jailhouse Tattoo Machine ‘zine (complete with a contribution from the legendary Fabian Alomar) being an opening salvo. Continue reading HEAVY

EXTRA EXTRA

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The trouble with shifting from the spotlight is that the uneducated might think you’re hopping aboard a wave, when, in fact, you might have been an originator. The LA-based X-LARGE brand changed my life. It’s the brand I saw on a shelf with FUCT and Fresh Jive in my hometown and made me want to spend 22 quid on tees instead of the 15 I’d been shelling out at sports shops in previous years. Continue reading EXTRA EXTRA