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IT’S A MATTER OF
THE MAN IN THE
THE TALE OF
A PUBLIK FACE
AND THE GAY BY ALEXANDRA NAGEL
TOKOLOSHE BY DARIUS MEADON
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Th e v i e w s e x p re s s e d i n F L U F F a re t h o s e o f t h e w r i t e r s t h e m s e l v e s .
We are FLUFF. An unlikely pair who are not originally from the Mother City; we want to get to know the DNA that makes up this body we call home. We are not tr ying to make that paper promise called money; we are profiling Cape Townâ€™s people and tr ying to cut that cliquey crap Cape Town has. Letâ€™s get to know each other.
Emil Lime Founder & Creative Director / @thelimeline firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra Nagel Editor-in-Chief / @AlexandraNagel email@example.com
Andrew Brauteseth Cover photograph / @guy_with_camera www.guywithcamera.co.za
Grant Payne Official FLUFF photographer / @mynameisgrant_ www.mynameisgrant.com
Darius Meadon Official FLUFF writer / @DariusMeadon
Cindy Horton Hair & make-up / @cindyhorton www.cindyhorton.co.za
www.fluffmag.co.za @fluffmag_sa | #FLUFF
A N D R E W B R AU T E S E T H
GUY WITHOUT CAMERA
Taking a lift up to Heaven was definitely not what I had planned in my lifetime, but visiting Andrew Brauteseth was something worth walking towards the light for. Nice gold AK47 on your wall there, Andrew. Welcome to Heaven.
How did you get into photography? I fell into it. Bought a camera to help with my design projects. Soon I couldn’t call myself a designer anymore.
Why ‘Heaven’ (studio name)? Irreverence idea: If it makes people laugh, and makes me laugh then it’s more memorable. Nice to put on an invoice.
What inspired you to create your two blogs ‘Bree Street’ and ‘guywithcamera’? ‘Bree’ was for promoting a cause and associating my work with ‘Cape Town’s hippest street’. ‘guywithcamera’ reveals the process around being a photographer.
Do you think filters on Twitter and Instagram are taking the rawness out of photography? They’ve just leveled the playing field. Only a certain amount of times you can filter a cup of coffee.
What photographer would you like to shoot your portrait? Patrick Demarchelier. He’s old but classic, simple. What is your absolute favourite past-time in Cape Town? Surf at the Glen and coffee shop cruise like other ‘professional Capetonians’ who all do something vague in media and marketing. If you had a pet fern, what would you call it? I already have an 80s plant called Mauricio Cool, named after the most hilarious Spanish guy who takes the worst Instagram pictures ever. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘fluff’? Poppy culture, candy floss culture… like froth, isn’t it?
What is your favourite dish to eat in Cape Town and where can we find it? Chicken sandwich from Clarke’s. If you could be a natural disaster, which would it be and why? Tsunami, because they’re so fucking scary and they take you by surprise. Nothing beats a good tsunami… Who is your muse at the moment? Do you feel you are a muse? I hope I have inspired people, like “I wanna put a fucking cross in my logo”. What is the significance of the “X”/ cross in your logo? It caught on as a design trend for hipsters; those slightly-confused Christians.
K A M I N I PAT H E R
IT’S A MATTER OF TASTE
“PEOPLE AND FOOD ARE T H E B E S T C O M B I N AT I O N O F I N G R E D I E N T S . I L OV E T H AT YO U C A N ’ T R E M OV E O N E F R O M T H E OT H E R … ” W I N I N G A N D D I N I N G I S N OT W H AT K A M I N I I S A L L A B O U T THOUGH…
What makes food so amazing?
How happy are McDonald’s Happy
Love making pasta; it’s like being a
magician. Took eggs and flour and I
Not that happy. Franchises influence
made this thing. MAGIC!
kids to eat badly.
How has the chef-ing come
Shag, marry, kill: Nataniël, Kurt
along since your win of
Darren, Julius Malema.
What if I kill myself first?
‘Chef’ is a title that you need to work your way up to, and I didn’t do that.
What is your favourite piece
I won a reality show around food.
of cutlery? Fork. Love when they have four
How do you feel about cooking
whale with a side of butternut? Well, whale and butternut gnocchi…
What is your party trick?
first I would need a really big knife.
As a young Kamini, did you always
Did you ever play Mr Chef on
want to go into the food industry?
Eye Toy for Playstation?
I loved Whitney Houston in the 80s,
No, but my little brother did have a
but I can’t sing; I wanted to be many
Tekken party once and I beat them
things when I was growing up.
I didn’t really plan on going into the food industry.
If you could have a superpower, which would it be?
What is your favourite past-time in
Shape shifter; It’s kind of like my life
Cape Town, besides chef-ing?
too. Today, I was on a wine farm,
If I’m not working, I exercise, sleep or
tomorrow I’m a radio presenter.
I’m at Publik. Where can I find the best rack of ribs in town? I buy mine from Frankie’s and make my own.
THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS
Tim Harris, Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Finance, better known for his chiseled face than his fiscal policies. In the middle of an election campaign, we managed to get into his hectic diary between his travels to the UK and JHB... â€œOnly 28 days left to go, he saidâ€?
Are you aware that you have a
Did you keep her goodbye gift that
profile on Wikipedia?
she gives to all her guests?
All the DA members required a profile.
I think her DNA swab is still in my
I should probably check it…
Tell me about your family
In three words beginning with “T”,
how would you describe yourself?
Born in Claremont, grew up in
Trustworthy, trenchant, and tall.
Durban, moved back to Cape Town, worked in a bank. Cape Town is a
How would you describe your
proper global city. Meet people from
Stuck in the past a bit. Still dress like a surfer from the 90s. I don’t wear skinny
What type of local music are you
jeans, if that’s what you mean.
a fan of? Felix Laband. Frustrated the new
Do you go to any live gigs?
album hasn’t come out yet. He is
Not as much. I’m a parent now,
by far the best in South Africa even
not a joller.
though they are a bit under the radar.
Do you think dogs and cats really do see black and white?
What is your favourite past time in
My wife is an animal behaviourist so I
Cape Town, entertainment-wise?
will ask her.
Surfing, getting out into nature. How do you feel Cape Town’s How do you feel about all of this
youth culture is progressing
hype surrounding your looks?
towards becoming future leaders?
It’s just funny. People find it amusing.
They need to take responsibility by getting involved in politics or
How did you find your experience on the Anne Hirsch Show? Trick is to get out alive. Awkward experience, but that is her style.
whatever they are passionate about.
THE TALE OF KIM KARDASHIAN AND THE GAY TOKOLOSHE BY DARIUS MEADON
I was that awkward kid… over-sized incisors, unruly hair, and a tad more effeminate than is expected of a boy. I was eight when my parents broke the news. We drove to the open veld where the majestic maroon tent was pitched. A surprise trip to the circus was honestly the most exciting thing that could happen to suburban, middleclass me. Whilst the animal wranglers, glitter canons, and high kicks thrilled me, the show was completely usurped by a mousy magician called Mick. Despite Mick’s ill-fitting suit and alcoholic’s red nose, he did the most spectacular things. Floppy wands, hankies, flying doves…I marveled at the deceptive dexterity with which he performed his magic. I conjured this memory when chatting to a friend about the state of the media industry, likening magicians to editorial teams who skillfully use psychology, timing, and misdirection to accomplish their magical effect. Mainstream media are perhaps best at misdirection – where timing and movement combine to distract us into paying more attention to impossibly
glamorous celebrities over pressing social issues. Who cares about minority rights when Kim Kardashian is gracing the latest Vogue cover because Anna Wintour believes her “presence in the world influences the way we see it” ? If Kim Kardashian’s cunty – the latest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary – behaviour shapes our worldview, I fear very much for the future of the human race. South Africa is an interesting case study for this, a country where so many socio-economic issues are being shaped yet so few South Africans of all creeds know or even care. Populist newspapers like the Daily Sun would far rather have us read more about the threat of a gay tokholoshe than the fight for socioeconomic rights. And while I’m not expecting the average South African to froth over the latest issue of The Economist, I believe mainstream publications ought to make some effort in informing it’s readers of topical and socially-relevant news. But until then, we are stuck with Kardashians and the curse of the gay tokoloshe.
A PUBLIK FACE
“Don’t define me by bacon”, he utters as he scans the question paper from behind the thick-wooden bar, “I’m more of a salmon guy”. Young entrepreneur David Cope, a warm guy with a glowing halo crowning his head (the lights above in Publik Wine Bar hang quite low). Is he Cape Town’s underground God of food and wine, or a Foodie who prefers JOMO to FOMO?
Where did your obsession with bacon come from? From my blog. People started defining me as a lover of bacon, but I actually eat more salmon. And your wine-loving obsession? Worked on a wine farm at a bar and then strangely enough, when I worked at an advertising company, my first client was a wine. The word “Foodie” sounds a bit fluffy. Your opinion on the term? It’s more a part of a phase that became mainstream. Anyone who is into food, reading about it or cooking it, even you, would be defined as a “Foodie”. Pick a place in Cape Town that makes the best pork crackling. (Picks up a big glass jar of pork crackling and offers me a piece)
Do you think FOMO is a real disease or just insecure people making excuses to join in on everything? JOMO is the new FOMO. Joy Of Missing Out – when you come of age, you find joy in missing out on certain things. What music makes you simply go cray-cray? Gazelle’s, who have the most fun by a mile. (Turns to iTunes on Mac laptop) Black Keys, Beach House… oh wait, this playlist is in alphabetical order. What is your opinion on seal biltong? Maybe if you gave it a fancy name... but I’m more of a traditionalist and rather stick to beef and game.
Have you ever raised a pig and then turned it into bacon? No, but I look forward to it.
You are quite the wordsmith yourself? Yeah, I’ve written for GQ, Men’s Health, Sunday Times. All food-related of course.
What inspired you to start Alphabetical Boutique Wine
If you had just R17 in your pocket, what would you do with it?
and Publik Wine Bar? I was inspired to start Alphabetical because wine is fucking awesome. I always loved the idea of a wine bar, but it was more of a pipeline dream.
Buy a soft serve from the Seapoint Promenade for R15. Tip the guy R2.
THEY’RE AMONG US
By Alexandra Nagel
Hudsons. No doubt one of the best burger places in the City Bowl. With its darkish interior and bouncy young waitresses, moderately affluent folk matching the modern décor of the restaurants bold interior flock here. A review of Hudsons I wish to type away from, and rather towards the young person with the bushy, triangle-cut hair proudly displaying a novel titled ‘Master of Sex’ sitting at table number three over there. What is that seeminglyconfused being doing at a place like Hudsons? Is she lost and starving? Are her Dumbeldore-bearded friends also without a shelter tonight? No, they’re just hipsters. A strange breed of man and woman who seemed to have evolved from absolutely nothing, are suffocating the streets of Cape Town CBD. Dressed in tight-buttoned tops, rhombus-shaped glasses, ankle-high socks (sometimes shin-high, if they are feeling extra sexy), and muffin-top hairstyles that will make you want to throw your Charlie’s Bakery cupcake to the pigeons, hipsters could not stand out more obviously as a group than they had ever hoped to as individuals.
Ask them who they are I guarantee they won’t say a hipster. It’s simply not ‘groovy’ to acknowledge that you are a part of a larger clique. ‘Totes’ not. Not as outrageous as the punks, nor sporty like the jocks, hipsters aren’t interested in the superficial, but rather in the leftover materials that modernism has progressed from. Vinyls, tapes, novels from the 1800; anything covered in moths really. They enjoy life ironically since they cannot actually identify themselves with doing anything except buying brown leather satchels, drinking coffee, and publically displaying the novels they claim to be reading (seriously, what would a hipster be doing with a ‘Master of Sex’ book?). In all truth, they are undercover heirs and heiresses who just buy objects that appear useless and cheap, but are actually pretty damn expensive. They will probably become extinct like those kids with long, black fringes, and skinny jeans who wrote poetry, and sang along to ‘I’m An Emo Kid’ by Skrillex in his shadier days. What happened to the emos? Anyone?
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“Well basically, the mynameisgrant.com is my visual diary. It’s my go-to place to post images from my day-to-day life. It’s kinda like a behind the scenes to my life as a photographer. I love shooting candid portraits of everyday interesting characters. I will always be drawn to people with interesting features...clothes, big hair, blinging sunglasses, and a huge fat belly. Something will always spark, and I have to try and capture that.”
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