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25 TECH PACK: RETRO TECHNO Get a blast from the past.


26 FACE PAINT: PUNCH DRUNK Hit it with some color.

27 ABOUT FACE: OCEAN’S SIX Season your skin with salt.





Streak the streets in style.

31 STYLE ID: ACHROMATIC SHOW Stunts of neutrality.




All things are prettier in pink. By Johann Bona


Layers of three is good company. By Mateusz Sitek


Immaculate perceptions in pure white. By Adam Kaniowski


57 SWAG: IN A RUCK Rucksacks

58 AGENT 007 Blazers


Dotted Button-downs

59 KICK OFF Sneakers

60 STATE OF MIND Graphic Tees

60 CHUKKA KHAN Brown Chukkas


Faded Jeans

61 TWIN PEAKS Wayfarers

62 POINT AND SHOOT Pointed Pumps

63 BLACK OUT Black Jeans


Granny Shades


Chambray Shirt


Leather Jackets

65 SQUARE ROOT Silk Scarves



Model by trade and DJ by passion, Jack Novak lights up the night as much as she strikes a pose. By Kathleen Curtis



Out with a new album, The Naked and Famous are rolling with the waves and playing the anthems of endless summer. By Reena Mesias


Silence may be golden for electronic duo Trentemøller, but music that moves is worth its weight when getting lost through time and space. By Bea Del Rosario


Jake Troth illuminates the possibilities of folk frenzies and pop passions as he strikes gold with Double Black Diamond. By Rem Gomez


Indie rock duo Jagwar Ma may be distracting Noel Gallagher from reforming Oasis, but nothing will keep them from Howlin’ tunes. By Marty Arnaldo


Numbers got nothing on The Valiant Vermin who sheds off her innocent schoolgirl facade to don the threads of timeless talent. By Marty Arnaldo



Sweet dreams become dark as mixed media artist Januz Miralles blends fluid and fantasies. By Rita Faire


Born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand and Australia, and a citizen of the world, skater Tommy Fynn carves the globe one slope at a time. By Kathleen Curtis


Spice is nice especially when photographer Dasha Love adds pinches of sweetness to balance it off. By Marty Arnaldo


Indie music fixture and fixer Anna Sobrepeña-Ong is far from done with B-Side, but that’s not stopping her from taking a turn to darker alleys and opening her own Black Market. By Denise Fernandez


For Herakut, life is like an open book, especially when the pages are painted on wallscale murals. By Denise Fernandez



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You’re only as good as the company you keep. Though Sam Claflin was joking when he said “I’m only friends with good actors,” a look around his pack of pals—from the up-and-comers of London theater and film to the blockbuster heirs of Hollywood’s biggest franchises—proves that there’s a grain of truth in every jest. By Kristine Dabbay



Acting since he was a wee bugger, 16-year-old Asa Butterfield is in it for the long game. After a life-affirming experience with Martin “Marty” Scorsese, he’s peaked to push through against the pressures of Young Hollywood, if only for a chance to play James Bond. By Shinji Manlangit


Scottish-born and London-raised poet Robert Montgomery mounts large-scale declarations of melancholic truths among the world’s largest cities. Nights light up with words that burn throughout the day, but they linger even long after they’ve crumbled to ash. By Kristine Dabbay


Heroines may get the guy in the end, but villains like Emma Rigby’s Red Queen get all the fun. From wearing daring frocks to sashaying around with a devil-may-care attitude, Emma is having a damned good time playing the big bitch in town. By Rita Faire






These feisty femmes DJs will keep your head spinning ‘round and ‘round.







DJ doll Jessica Milner gets all the kicks.


Grease is the word as Sam Claflin revives a classic look as a rebel with a cause. London-based lensman Paul McLean shoots this dream of slicked-back coifs, denim jackets, and faraway gazes.






From Angela Bassett to Keanu Reeves, real vampires come out of the closet and reveal themselves to the public.



the pulse of hip at your fingertips

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we’re all models off duty. smize!


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NightVision who’s spotted partying where

Photo Diary confessional for lensmen

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hether through a film franchise or a classic story between good and evil, we have developed and shared universal stories we love, live, and learn from. Even though I’m excited to share talented young actors in this issue, do not mistake it for a blockbuster issue. It is the young actors’ films, roles, and stories that have made this our Archetype Issue. Taking center stage on the silver screen is Brit actor Sam Claflin. He looks like a Cali surfer in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but he is anything but that. He’s more like the boy next door who likes to hang out with friends and family (after a long day of shooting, of course). Will he still be able to do that after his blockbuster film? We hope so; we like these down-to-earth gents.  Young actor Asa Butterfield is answering the call of his destiny in real life and in his film Ender’s Game. Yes, his acting resume is quite impressive for a 16-year-old who has already worked with Martin Scorcese and Harrison Ford. As the film describes his character, “He has greatness in him.” Who would have thought this boy would want to be the next James Bond? Maybe he has the hero gene in him after all. We do enjoy seeing the bad bitch onscreen. Actress Emma Rigby has got us on the edge of our seats as the evil queen in the series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Emma says she’s not used to playing the antagonist, but her performance betrays her words. Artist Robert Montgomery, on the other hand, does storytelling through poetry. Rather than an inyour-face approach, he gets under people’s skin by setting his words on fire. Well, not all the time, but he has torched a sign or two. We always like to inspire our readers through our features, design, and voice. So we leave you with a few words from Ender’s Game: “If you don’t try, then we will all be lost.”


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creative director Patrick L. Jamora art director Paolo Geronimo graphic designers Nyael David

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“I love music, but music hates me,” says writer Ian. “I tried picking up a guitar when I was young, only to end up not really pursuing it. I don’t think [singing] is worth giving a try—not unless you’re in for the torture of your life, then I could do it for free.” So instead of going through the endeavor, we made him write about electropop The Valiant Vermin (70) and gig organizer/club owner Anna Sobrepeña-Ong (74). On the side, he run his own music website Vandals on the Wall that focuses on Filipino independent and alternative music.

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Tina Herrera Dan Buenaventura junior account manager Marian Ortiz

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Bea Del Rosario, Denise Fernandez, Rem Gomez, Shinji Manalangit, Ian Urrutia contributing artists

Anton Aguila, Carlo Alcala, Johann Bona, Tabby Casto, The Cobrasnake, Fernando Colon, Joyce De Dios-Ignacio, Grace de Luna, Gerard Estadella, Ginger Fierstien, Louie Ray Faundo, Jenna Genio, Ike Gube, KT Gal Hairdresser, Ming Han Chung, Magnus Hastings, Haruhide Ishizaki, Adam Kaniowski, Samantha Lee, Terri Loewenthal, Ciari Luna, Jash Manuel, Erica Matthews, Paul McLean, Ricardo Medina, Miguel Miranda, Kappo Rivera, Ian Sanchez, Pam Santos, Casper Sejersen, Faye Sena, JP Singson, Mateusz Sitek, Kaori Suzuki, Iza Szelagowska, Shakira Yaffia interns


Shinji has been writing for STATUS since its dawn of time. “I love how STATUS has near-perfect psychic abilities on what’s hip and fresh,” he says–like Asa Butterfield for example (82). Soon, maybe we’ll need to find a writer who can write about Shinji’s near-perfect instagrams to which he has rules for: (1) Be fierce and always check your tooch and smize. (2) Don’t think about what your girlfriend would think about when she sees this. (3) Nipples are forever funny.

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Johann is getting things in order, having just arrived in Manila from Toronto where he lived for almost a decade. Magazines, agencies, and industries will wanna get a hold of this photographer who contributed for GQ Brasil, Nylon Guys, Juxtapoz, and most recently STATUS for Pink Matters (33). “One of my professors at Instituto Marangoni in Milan showed us photographs by legendary fashion photographers like Newton and Avedon. At that instant I told myself, I want that life.” Even if he’s already living it, he’s still a big science and philosophy fan, especially cosmology.

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NMARKED gives you boots that are in it for the long haul. Black and brown leather shoes are modernized via an added pop of laces that come in azure and auburn. Featuring a timeless look, these handcrafted beauties are made for the hard grind, proving that great style can endure eras.


einvent yourself, be unique, turn heads” is the philosophy behind LASHES OF LONDON. Its latest lookbook mixes London’s cool with vintage embellishments such as beaded florals. Cropped tops, mod shift dresses, metallic and PVC skater skirts, printed bodycon dresses, and pleats aplenty continue to make their comeback with a bang.


ignature geometric style jeweler AOKO SU’s asymmetrical collars, spiraled cuffs, arrow rings, and Bauhaus-inspired drop-down earrings are bound to turn heads and break the ice. Recycled and consciously sourced, these metals, raw crystals, and gems are the ultimate accents to pull an outfit together.


ound of applause for OXYGEN’s Limited collection of crewnecks, striped sheer button-downs, paneled bondage dresses, blazers, and graphic tees that will bring you in the center of style. All you need is the brand’s clean silhouettes, faux leather, and metallic silver zips for that long-awaited bow.

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o need to fret, it’s only rock & roll as GBX drops the “Jagger.” This shoe—with its canvas top and vulcanized rubber in various colorways—looks like it’s ready to rock and take the stage. Seemingly inspired by the iconic Fender Telecaster, donning a pair can strike a chord and march to the beat of your style.


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ew York-based label ADDISON adds up layers when the temperature drops. With its pretty-meets-gritty aesthetic, the brand puts together refined dresses with slouchy trousers and pullovers. Mix pieces from jacquard skirts and sheer tops to boyfriend blazers and sequined tees. Solidify femininity with a dash of boyish sensibility.

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orn out of the desire for something new, IN THE BLACK looks toward the importance of sophistication. Emphasizing fit and finish, the label uses only fine fabrics. Constructed to showcase a woman’s body, each item boasts inimitable techniques in drapery, cutouts, layering, and paneling that aim to refine and innovate your basics.


LVAFIELDS’ handmade jewels combine art and history through vintage pieces bound to be staples in your treasure box. Original Vintage showcases faux jade bangles with engraved gold fittings, chandelier earrings, ethnic-inspired tiered necklaces, and lion head gold link chains; each piece guaranteed to incite love at first sight.


nleash the beast within with BELOVED’s eccentric graphic sweatshirts. With giant prints adorning “Emotional Outlet” sweatshirts, “Cat Vortex” tanks, and the “Majestic Sloth” zip-up hoodie, Beloved embodies the intangible returns leisurewear give.

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nspired by the future of prosthetics, designer ROXANNE FARAHMAND creates accessories that mimic and transform the human body. Her handmade leather body straps, metallic earrings, and mouthpiece provide an insight to postmodern moods and function, making you decades ahead of the pack.


angkok-based streetwear brand LIVBERTY takes the high road to salvation for its latest collection. Firm believers of oversized tees can find sanctuary in pieces marked with loud prints of crosses and roses. Be the devil’s advocate by pairing these with leather shorts and a horned hoodie as you turn over to the dark side.


t pays to have a sense of humor. LEMONHI’s Holy Wave collection presents an assortment of tees, scarves, and sweatshirts emblazed with prints of Jesus, wings, and other things that are sure to raise your game in biblical proportions.


LPZ hits lucky number three for its third collection of shorts and tees. Slouchy fits and angular cuts meet patent and matte with pieces made from different variations of leather. Tanks, shirts, jackets, and shorts in black and white fit right in any wardrobe as easy silhouettes make fabrics glide gracefully to any body type.


raped silhouettes juxtaposed to structured craftsmanship make up SONG FOR THE MUTE’s Septieme collection. It incorporates harem trousers, quilted jackets, tweed waistcoats, woven boxed sweaters, and cigarette pants to a dark aesthetic. Behold its exclusive sneakerboot release with fellow Aussie designer Andrew McDonald for a hybrid high. - 17




ndependent streetwear brand ALPHA ALIEN preaches “Embrace the Unusual” with its The Street Art collection. Taking a lot of street art from all over Europe, its limited edition T-shirts are handscreened with the notion of filling a blank canvas with imagination.


EADOW LARK arms you with claws and wreaths made from the purest metals with its latest collection, VeniVidiVici. The cult jewelry brand, favored by the likes Florence Welch and Grimes, comes up with its current lineup of bracelets, cuffs, and chokers inspired by tales of struggle and fortune. Forget about gold, and bring home the silver instead.


ominate the scene with D.FAME’s Season Five collection of high waisted denim shorts. Ripped and dyed to fit every bad gal, “Fingers Up,” “Tress Please,” “Python,” and “Lipstick” prints will make all dudes pay attention. Work those gams and twerk if you have to; just blame it all in the brand’s new styles of daisy dukes.


o issues with re-issues here as VANS digs deep in its vault and brings back the original “Van Doren” heel tab. Coming in a variety of fun prints such as camo, island, and stripes in classic slip-ons and era styles that take you back the glory days of the 80s, these old school sneaks are a must for any sidewalk surfers.


eing the first crowd-funded fashion brand, YOUASME MEASYOU continues to intertwine man and woman in its latest collection of contemporary knits and jersey. Offering a range of high-quality cardigans, dresses, pullovers, and scarves—sweater weather just got better.

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nter the world of JUDY ZHANG where precious materials are turned into beautiful jewelry. Taking elements from geometry and the designer’s love for lilac and pearls, the brand comes up with a lineup of “Thorns,” “Black Lilac,” “Bloom,” “Rocks,” and “Seasons” for a debut collection of earrings, necklaces, and cuffs.


on’t worry girls and boys ‘coz MUTTONHEAD’s The Great Exploration collection is sure to keep the campfires burning. Keep warm in 5-panel caps, knitted beanies, and field jackets. Make good use of neutral-colored sweaters, pullovers, and dress shirts; don’t hate or discriminate against any gender.


Words by Marty Arnaldo, Kathleen Curtis, Zoe Laurente, and Loris Peña

RIND LONDON’s latest collection, Jah Bless, is inspired by dub reggae roots. Up in the mix are geographical influences such as UK cynicism and US brashness that translate into easy-to-wear jackets, tees, beanies, and bucket hats that touch your soul and add a clap to your step.


NITED BY FATE’s debut line carries simplicity and packs a solid punch. The brand maximizes the use of contrast with its line of pocket tees, sweatshirts, and handmade leather belts. With hula girl, flamingo, and palm leaf prints, the brand guarantees a chill vibe whether you’re up in a mountain or having fun in the sun.


AWA TAKAI’s namesake label reworks classic pieces for its latest collection of button-downs, pocket tees, culottes, and cropped trousers. Inspired by the contrast between ruggedness and delicacy, the brand pays attention to fine geometric details by using angular patterns, extending stitch lines, and concealing double layers to create minimalist yet dynamic pieces. - 19







IKKORYU FUKUOKA RAMEN draws you in with every bowl of indulgence.

Once the last rail stop in Los Angeles, the PALIHOUSE in Santa Monica has catered to travelers worldwide since 1927. Only a few minutes from attractions such as the Third Street Promenade, Farmer’s Market, and the Santa Monica Pier, the revival of the Moorish-influenced space houses beautiful frieze ceilings and Malibu tiles. Authentic pied-àterre layouts, fully equipped kitchens, and separate vanites can be found in each of the Avi Broshfurnished rooms featuring bespoke wallpaper from Abnormals Anonymous.

BLACK GARLIC TONKOTSU Japanese noodles with tonkotsu soup mixed with roast garlic oil

1001 Third St. Santa Monica CA 90403

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IKKORYU FUKUOKA RAMEN, the fort “Irrashaimase” is the spirited greeting you will receive upon arrival at IKKORYU FUKUOKA RAMEN. Idolizing the Shinto God of Happiness, Ebisu, the restaurant ensures an experience anchored to impeccable taste and service. Japanese calligraphy of ancient love proverbs grace its wooden pickets that serve as partitions for privacy-sensitive patrons. Learn the 101 on ramen etiquette as the establishment provides an authentic Japanese experience of the land’s staple “soul food.” 2/F SM Aura Premier  McKinley Parkway McKinley Hill, Taguig City

AJITAMA TONKOTSU Pork marinated with a special blended soy-sauce base, topped with a special boiled egg, pork slices, and seaweed

TOFU SALAD Romaine lettuce, plump tomatoes, fried wanton confetti and tofu cubes served with creamy roasted sesame dressing



102 H.V. Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village Makati City

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GYOZA Pan-fried roast pork and vegetable dumplings

CHICKEN KARAAGE Five crispy pieces of wellseasoned, juicy fried chicken, served with coleslaw and sesame dressing

Words by Kathleen Curtis Ikkoryu Fukuoka photo by Jer Dee

COMMUNE is the spot if you’re on the lookout for a hassle-free watering hole after work. Choose from a fine selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails such as the Lycheetini. Its own Filipino blend of Arabica coffee, delicious bites of bacon-tomato mozza crostinis, and grilled rosemary chicken on malunggay wheat bread serve as mouth-watering treats. A hub for exchanging ideas, Commune focuses on building a community, regularly hosting meetups for various interest groups.



GIORDANO CONCEPTS, MANILA Shoppesville, Greenhills Price Range: P199-P2,999 Don’t leave without: The Griffin Polo and a BSX colored tee


rom casual to cool, GIORDANO CONCEPTS teaches you how to master the “less is more” mantra. Following a Korean theme, K-fashion choices and photos of the brand’s Korean celebrity endorser So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah are found around the store. Wooden tables, hanging lamps, and shutter windows create a relaxed atmosphere that highlights the latest Playball collection of varsity jackets, crewnecks, knitted sweaters, and colored shorts. Also inside are items from Giordano’s sister company BSX or Beyond Style Exchange. The brand offers colored tees, raglan sleeves, and jackets. At a time when the most decked-out jacket and high heels are the ones that get the most attention, Giordano Concepts embraces the simplicity of casual basics—underrated but never faded.

INCU, MELBOURNE Shop ACL9, QV Albert Coates Lane Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Price Range: P2,400-P26,000($60-$629) Don’t leave without: The latest from French label A.P.C. or a pair of air-washed chinos from Incu’s collaborative label Weathered


Words by Marty Arnaldo and Loris Peña

ade to look like a 1960s office, INCU comes off as a deconstructed man’s apartment with navy blue tiles, hardwood floors, blinds, a ladder, and a typewriter to boot. Featuring bright wooden interiors with a clean industrial look, the space is partly inspired by industrial designer Dieter Rams and Mad Men. Though Incu imbibes a casual feel, it still attracts men trying to channel their inner Don Draper. This boutique brings together international brands such as Oliver Spencer, Apolis, T by Alexander Wang, A.P.C., and Rag & Bone, as well as emerging Australian talents like Vanishing Elephant, Tailfeather, and Weathered. Sporting eclectic collections ranging from T-shirts, button-downs, blazers, boxers, socks, and ties to magazines like Vestoj, Travel Almanac, Acqtaste Magazine and Made Quarterly, this veritable mancave of fashion has the goods you need to survive in style.



t’s not so much of a WASTELAND when you check in a web store filled with leather jackets, maxi dresses, boyfriend jeans, booties, and clutches from brands like Mink Pink, Shakuhachi, UNIF, and Wildfox Couture. Top that off with a cherry of vintage finds, and you’ll find yourself lost in a sea of style. - 21




TICKET YOU AND THE NIGHT Yann Gonzalez’s bizarre yet beautiful debut film follows a young couple and their transvestite maid as they prepare for the night’s festivities—an orgy.

WITCHES OF THE EAST END (LIFETIME) Set against the background of New York’s upper echelons, this adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz’s Beauchamp Family series follows Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston). Fazed by an ominous warning, the matriarch reveals the family’s magical heritage, which consequently shatters her idyllic life.

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (THE CW) From the creators of Arrow and The Vampire Diaries comes a remake of the 1970s cult British sci-fi series. It follows a group of young Homo superiors (Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, and Peyton List, among others)— seemingly normal human beings who develop psychic abilities upon reaching maturity.


“Because I can watch it over and over again.”

Anna Sobrepeña-Ong (Founder of B-Side) @BSideManila AMERICAN HISTORY X (1998)


“Because we must not forget that bigotry still exists.”

“I’m addicted to the ending.”



“Because it’s raunchy.”

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“The soundtrack.”

THE BOOK THIEF This film adaptation of Marcus Zusak’s award-winning book tells the story of young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) who copes with the rise of Nazi Germany by stealing books.

OLDBOY Spike Lee’s take on the previously adapted iconic Japanese manga sees advertising executive Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) on the path of vengeance after being released from twenty years of captivity.

ASS BACKWARDS Written and starring comedic duo Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and June Diane Raphael (Burning Love), the plot follows friends Chloe and Kate as they return to their hometown to claim the beauty pageant glory that eluded them as children. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese teams with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio in this biopic about stock market crook turned motivational speaker Jordan Belfort.

ENDER’S GAME Hugo star Asa Butterfield plays the prodigious Andrew “Ender” Wiggin as he joins Earth’s most gifted children in training for the war against an invading alien race.

Words by Marty Arnaldo Anna Sobrepeña-Ong photo by Jash Manuel

THE ORIGINALS (THE CW) This spin-off of The CW’s hit supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries, focuses on the infamous Mikaelson siblings—the world’s first vampires. Here, Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) must contend with his progeny Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) as he stakes his claim on New Orleans, a city he originally built, all while dealing with the issue of his unborn heir.



HOT OFF THE PRESS ON SUCH A FULL SEA By Chang-Rae Lee In a future society stratified by class, Fan, a female fish tank diver, goes on an epic quest through the anarchic Open Countries, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight. She must venture off to a faraway charter village to investigate the disappearance of the man she loves. From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee’s thought-provoking novel makes you think twice about the world we live in.

Tracey Emin: Angel Without You By Tracey Emin A foray into one of the most controversial artists of her time, this conclusive book of Tracey Emin’s works examines everything from her drawings to paintings, sculptures, appliqués, and embroideries in neon and video stills as well as her own writing.

generation x By Douglas Coupland


ouglas Coupland popularized the phrase generation X and defined an age bracket that reached adulthood in the late 80s. It captures issues such as mid-twenties breakdowns, conspicuous minimalism, hair implants, paper rabies, and recreational slumming through the eyes of Dag, Claire, and Andy. Based on their experiences, these are the essentials of a great generation X party.

“Bite the insides of your cheeks, quick. Get those cheekbones happening!” A picture speaks a thousand words. There’s a camera, no time to think, just strike a pose. “The next few minutes were a blur of happiness.” Get lost in the music and euphoria, lose your mind and let the night control your feelings of nirvana. “All I was able to donate that night was whatever

Damien Hirst: Relics Edited By Francesco Bonami

remained of my youth. No regrets.” Stop trying to grow up too fast and relieve yourself of responsibilities and expected maturity levels. Act a little out of character and get in touch with the youthful you.

Relics is a retrospective exhibition of Damien Hirst’s 25-year career. From the formaldehyde animals from his Human Nature series to the diamond-encrusted skull in For the Love of God, the catalog gathers over 100 works, combining some of his earlier pieces with more recent projects. Featuring essays by Francesco Bonami and Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, as well as an interview from the artist himself, the book looks into one of the most highly regarded artists of this generation.

“A party is simply not a party without bikers, transvestites, and fashion models.” The ultimate party includes a few rebels that are willingly ready to leave their mark by causing a scene and starting some rumors.

Words by Marty Arnaldo

FOOTNOTES Chang-Rae Lee worked for a year on Wall Street as an equities analyst before quitting to devote all his energies to becoming a full-time writer.

Tracey Emin once told Observer interviewer Lynn Barber that the first thing she did when she started making money was to buy medical insurance.

Besides not knowing how to drive, sneaking into a mortuary, and posing with a severed human head when he was 16, Damien Hirst also had a hit single “Vindaloo” with his band, Fat Les. - 23




ASTRONAUTS, ETC. Iconic UK record shop Rough Trade goes stateside this month. Making itself at home in a 15,000-square foot repurposed film prop warehouse in Williamsburg, NYC, expect a steady wave of scheduled in-store performances as well as after-hour concerts with Bowery Presents.


Two Door Cinema Club finally make their way to the Philippines this November 26 at NBC Bonifacio Global City to bring their brand of irresistibly danceable electro pop rock. No need to settle for anything, folks—that “Maybe someday” is finally here.

ROGUE WAVE Zach Schwartz (vocals, guitar)

“Fancy Clown” Madvillain ft. Viktor Vaughn Simple, under two minutes, and perfect.

“Money Jungle” Duke Ellington Told my bass player I was getting into Mingus, he recommended me this.

“Kim’s Dirt” Dirty Three I listen to Dirty Three when I need to recalibrate my head.

“A Folk Study” Laurie Spiegel He is a personal hero of mine for many reasons.

“Red Panda Blues” Bear Cat My girlfriend and I always sing this song.

“Forgiveness” Spazzkid Love the artist, awesome song!

“Mirror Maru” Cashmere Cat A feel-good song. Smooth and groovy.

“Meow” Anamanaguchi I always feel like dancing especially when I hear the part where it goes, “Meow me-meme-ow.”

“The Woods” Daughter Talent is talent. They are good. Vocals are undeniable.

“Time” Lambert & Nuttycombe Classic acoustic folk music from the golden age. Good luck finding it on vinyl.

“Number One Hit” R. Kelly I’ve always found R. Kelly’s music to be too overthe-top and silly, but this song is the jam.

“We Burn” Black Moth Super Rainbow Music to keep your mind open and heart happy. Trippy androgynous dream daze.



The new Jimi Hendrix documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, is the concluding installment of a yearlong commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the icon’s birth. Directed by Bob Smeaton, the film draws from a rich archive of rare performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

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or Cagayan de Oro-based chillwave duo, Sassja Cucueco (lyrics and vocals) and John Uy (guitar, beats, and synths), it was no surprise that a combined love for music would turn into a daydreaming reality. “We were two weirdos [in high school] who became really close,” says Sassja. “We talked about music and how other people

just couldn’t understand our taste. It was always just in passing, when we talked about how, someday, we would be making music of our own.” Having formed Theories of Sweetness in college, the duo makes homemade tracks of melancholic and transcendent melodies along with electronic beats that draw you in an unearthly state of

mind. Whether it’s theorizing or experimenting with different sounds or just “basically winging it,” they focus on just doing their thing through a common passion. John says, “I don’t actually think we’re all that different from any other artists anywhere. We’re all just after that one common goal of creating something larger than ourselves, I guess.” Despite a “professional long distance relationship,” seeing each other only twice or thrice a year, the two still manage to create songs about romance, unrequited love, and just simply being in the moment. @ThrsFSwtnsMusic

Words by Marty Arnaldo and Angela De Dios Astronauts, etc. photo by Ginger Fierstein, Zach Schwartz photo by Terri Loewenthal, Theories of Sweetness photos by Faye Sena, Zomtendo photo by Kathrina of Kat Eyes


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GO S E E City streets never slack on style and neither should you.

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Freelance fashion editor Amandine Piango looks impeccable in an off-white maxi dress with a zip-up moto vest.

Pair your camelcolored outfit with shades of brown.

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Former model and blogger Hanneli Mustapata matches her light gray moto jacket and bottoms with baby blues and black.

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(L-R) On Etem t-shirt by Lillies Of The Alley shorts by Topman jacket by Miko Spinelli hat by Lazy Oaf earrings, stylist’s own necklaces by Gogo Philip watch by Nixon socks by Topman trainers by Nike On Deandra top by MeeMee skirt by Missguided hat by Rihanna for River Island jewelry by Gogo Philip bumbag by Barbara Bonner watch by Nixon clutch by Barbara Bonner heels, stylist’s own On Lou Lou bralette and shorts by Missguided bodybelt, stylist’s own leggings and coat by Bershka sunglasses, stylist’s own earrings by Gogo Philip necklace by storm vintage rings by Gogo Philip clutch by Barbara Bonner belt, stylist’s own wedges by Missguided On Asher jumper by Known t-shirt by Foe shorts by Humor bandana by Beyond Retro vintage necklaces by Gogo Philip cap on shorts by Miko Spinelli trainers by Converse

top by House Of Dagmar shorts by MeeMee jumper by Foebeanie by Known earrings by Gogo Philip necklace by Obsession London bracelet by Mawi Jewelry boots by Dr. Martens

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You’d be a fool to think that JACK NOVAK is nothing but a pretty face. Whether dropping beats or repping a brand, she proves that looks pay more when you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve to put on a bigger show. By Marty Arnaldo


osing for glossies and walking around in seven-inch heels may seem like a job most girls would dream of, but for the likes of Jack Novak who’s initially a model by trade, there is something more than just getting dolled up for photos. Already becoming one of the leading female DJs out there, she trades Levi’s advertisements for music festivals with killer EDM beats.

Love is a mixtape

I got into DJing a couple years ago. I had gone to Coachella with a bunch of friends; everyone kept asking me to play my music. When I left, my friend texted me and asked if I could

make him a mixtape. He said, “I miss DJ Jack,” and a little lightbulb went off in my head.


Growing up, I got heavy into dance music. I went to raves when I was 12, but since I could only go to raves on the weekend, I started listening to metalcore and got into that scene, going to shows during the week. I also have been heavily into rap music since I was really young, and I love classic rock. That’s quite an assortment. I just listen to whatever speaks to me, whatever calls my name.


I love good, intimate house parties as well as costume parties. Other than that, festivals are magical. Just partying with thousands of people can be such an epic experience and a beautiful thing. Great people, great music, and delicious cocktails– that’s what makes a good party.


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M A E S T R O For their second album, In Rolling Waves, New Zealand quintet THE NAKED AND FAMOUS tone the trippy lights down and strip some layers off. By Reena Mesias


e’re only young and naïve still.” This line still rings in our heads as if it has been released just a week ago. The Naked and Famous’s “Young Blood” is a three-year-old song, but for some of us, it is still the “world’s best fuckin’ song ever.” It’s a song relevant in shoe commercials, UFC, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Cabin in the Woods, and your life of course. “You can be young and naïve at any point of your life,” bassist David Beadle says. “Sometimes it may be important to keep a sense of youth and naïveté to be able to experience new things or to be enthused by new ideas.” As David, vocalist/ keyboardist Alisa Xayalith, vocalist/ guitarist Thom Powers, keyboardist Aaron Short, and drummer Jesse Wood release their sophomore album, In Rolling Waves, they translate these new ideas into supercharged guitar riffs, slower builds, and more individual vocals. Does “We’re only young and naïve still” still apply to you? That’s one of my favourite lyrics from the first record. It’s such a visual timestamp in life. It’s very open-ended and very universal… I think in In Rolling Waves, it’s evident that we’ve grown both personally and artistically. Touring has given us an appreciation of live music and what works in a live environment and in that respect, our writing has become a lot more spacious and less reliant on layering instruments. We spent a lot of time thinking about how great an individual part should be rather than trying to make it great through layering. In that way, this record has a lot more space, but that space is still very indicative to the sound that is The Naked And Famous people know from our first record Passive Me, Aggressive You.

Were you more aggressive in making the album, considering it could go through that typical sophomore slump? I think the fear of a “sophomore slump” is something that every artist thinks of. We did, too, but it was never a deciding factor or a looming point of control over us making In Rolling Waves. Thom had been working on material on and off since we started touring. We’d taken some time out between shows to do writing and recording to stay on track and on the same page. As soon as we came off the road in 2012, we moved straight into a home studio set-up to start writing and doing demos. It was only

an exciting process for us, we never had much fear. Your music is very energetic, but you seem like a shy bunch. We are a very shy bunch, indeed! Among ourselves, we never stop joking and fooling around, but to most people, we are fairly reserved. That might just be the nature of New Zealanders though; we’re never really trying to prove anything to anyone. Onstage is a different story, however.

People always describe your music as having the “sound of summer.” I personally enjoy winter more than I do summer. I like the feeling of a cooler breeze and a warm bed. I always find it’s much easier to warm up than it is to cool down. With that said, I can absolutely hear the anthemic, warm nature of our music and love playing gigs at summer festivals. @TNAF

What’s an indication of being famous? I honestly don’t know what it’s like to be famous. I wouldn’t say any of us are famous or feel famous. The concept of fame is strange and something we’ve shied away from.

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ARCADE FIRE bring their disco beats across the hall with new album, Reflektor.  The band’s titular lead single “Reflektor” features one of the band’s idols, David Bowie.  He liked the song so much that he did backup vocals for it.

After making a name for himself in the mid-2000s, Denmark’s electronic hero TRENTEMØLLER hits home with his third studio album. He says, “There is a kind of story to be told [in this album.]” He won’t interpret it for you. You’re on your own. Just try not to get lost. By Bea Del Rosario Photographed by Casper Sejersen


nders Trentemøller is in his studio. It’s pretty silent, he says, and the only thing he can hear is a weak humming coming out of the guitar amp. He might have just finished a round of his new album, Lost, a sonisphere of complex rhythms and theatrical arrangements. “I don’t make music because I feel that I should invent a new style or anything,” he says. “I try to make music from the heart.” And Lost will haunt yours ever so effortlessly.

In an interview with Resident Advisor, you said you’re not one to take the mic at a show and ask people how they are. I don’t see myself as shy or antisocial, but I don’t feel it’s necessary to shout anything out to the crowd while we are playing with the band. I like the fact that the music in itself is doing the communication, and since Marie Fisker sings so beautifully and is so cool onstage, I don’t feel tempted to pick up the mic and scream “Make some noise!” You’re all about listening to an album as one thing especially that a mix is like being on a journey. How can you relate Lost’s dynamics to your journey as a musician? Wow, that’s a good question. For me, Lost is a very natural

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development from my earlier two studio albums, and I think the fact that it sounds different but still similar to my first albums in some places is quite natural. In life, you hopefully develop and get a lot of experience–both good and bad– that would reflect in the music. 
 Is your music more of an escape from the world or is it a reflection of it? Both, I would say. It’s often a reaction to things happening in my life, but at the same time, it’s also a place to be lost in time and space. That’s why it’s called Lost actually. 

Lost also features a lot of my favorite bands: The Drums, The Raveonettes, Lower Dens. Anything you learned from these guys? I just really respect them. Bands like Low and Blonde Redhead in particular have inspired me for many years. Low, for their fantastic voices and their space and time in the music, and Blonde Redhead for their dramatic melodies and Kazu’s unique voice! 
 We got to interview your former bandmate Henrik Vibskov last year. He said he tries to work “in a middle of a square.” “Sometimes I go too far in one direction, or too far in another, but I want to have a bit of everything.” How is your

music similar or different to that? I’m also inspired by a lot of different things and definitely don’t like to see my music put into different boxes. I love that I now have made myself a platform where I have total freedom to do what I feel. Making music is my biggest passion, and it has to be playful and challenging! It is also hard and frustrating work sometimes, but if it didn’t have that playful vibe to it, I would rather quit doing music and work in the supermarket or something.

STANDING OVATION Lost is “a great big fuck-you to whatever genre.” Here are other things Trentemøller would like to give the middle finger to…

YUNA releases her second solo album, Nocturnal.  Including Pharrell Williams, who produced one of the tracks on her first album, Yuna’s new melodies will keep you grooving all night.

Blue Record, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA’s acoustic EP was recorded straight to tape in Ruban Nielson’s (vocals/guitars) basement with a one-mic setup. He’s pretty amazing for someone who has just learned to play the acoustic guitar last year. The album will be digitally released as an expanded version of their LP, II, on blue vinyl.

• Russia’s homophobia • Questions like “What are five things you wanna say fuck you to?” • War • Limits on sound systems • Security checks at airports

MOUNT KIMBIE ceased to be producers for their remixed tracks from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The album proves that they aren’t just a two-man show. CSFLY features reworked tracks by Kyle Hall, Lee Gamble, DJ Koze, and Oneman.


JAKE TROTH hits gold with Double Black Diamond (executive-produced by Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph of Watch The Throne). You’d think this is another hip-hop album with Illuminati references and lots of cursing, but that’s not quite the case. By Rem Gomez


s someone who can pull off dressing in vibrant florals, it’s unexpected that North Carolina native Jake Troth was a former guitarist for deathcore band Glass Casket. “That’s me, dude! Same Jake. I used to play with Casket and another heavy band named Columns. I love death metal,” Jake says. The hidden talent shouldn’t be a surprise as he’s been working both as producer and songwriter these days—some with Big Boi, Drake, and Nicki Minaj’s team, and some with singer/songwriter Alex Goose. “Those artists are good company because they are progressive and make music that people can both feel and listen to,” Jake says. “I also love how people take pre-existing songs and make them into completely new compositions. The recycling of sounds is fascinating and inspiring.”

Jake throws us something different from your Mayer Hawthorne copycats. Having the right mix of folk and pop, he’s found the right notes and channeled them to our airwaves. He says, “I appreciate lyrics and groove.” While rap is both and death metal is lyrics and grit, Jake would like to make all qualities his own. Did we interrupt anything? Hello. Just grabbing coffee gelato before I go back into my cave. Your three-year musical project Double Black Diamond is set for release soon. We’ve got a glimpse of it through “On My Way.” How does the single reflect the album? “On My Way” is a cool song to show people first because it’s energetic and positive. It represents the album with

its production and focuses on simple melody. The video brings a specific narrative interpretation, different to that which inspired the song but still accurate to the vibe. It’s about love that’s not taking itself too seriously.

When do the better songs come to you? I wish songs showed up on schedule, then I might be able to plan my day like a balanced human. I’ve always got to be prepared to record, no matter when or where.

Your new material “Vacay” isn’t really on the same wavelength as “Reality.” How do you balance the mood of your songs when making a record? “Reality” is the introduction or opening title of Double Black Diamond. “Vacay” is the beginning of the narrative or first real scene. I make what I feel and find the balance toward the tail end of putting the record together. I try never to let myself get to the point where I’m worried about doing “too much.” I keep songs short and keep the ideas flowing.

Ten years from now, do you think you’ll be focusing more on producing or songwriting? Hopefully both equally. I’d like not to think about either by then and just naturally produce things that balance both parts. @jaketroth

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One Way Road Australian band JAGWAR MA deliver with latest album Howlin’—a sunshine-in-a-bag, glazed on, stoned up, Noel Gallagherapproved indie rock dance music that leaves you high but not dry.

Aussie synth pop band CUT COPY demand you to Free Your Mind from all the stress. Their newest track, mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT), is a jungle of electronic drum beats, layers of synths, and heavenly vocals.

By Marty Arnaldo


ono Ma (guitar, synths, drum machine, samples) and Gab Winterfield (vocals, guitar, loops) revel in the randomness of their band name, their last names, and their experimental sound. From recording their single “The Throw” with an outof-tune guitar to recording bird sounds in the Swazi forest, their creative flair is unquestioned. “I’d say our music is about movement, with one eye on things learned from the past and another on things yet to be learned from the future,” Jono says.

What they learned recently during their trip to Glastonbury was what NME said about them. “We stopped at a service station and bought [the magazine.] They had a page called ‘11 Things You Must See at Glastonbury,’” Jono recalls. “We were their number one pick! We couldn’t believe it, so yes, the pressure was on.” Beating out legends like The Rolling Stones and Smashing Pumpkins, as well as contemporaries such as Noah and the Whale, they haven’t let things go to their head. “[We’re] bewildered, flattered, frightened,” Jono admits.

He might’ve said the same when Noel Gallagher professed to aforementioned magazine, “I’m too busy talking about… Jagwar Ma to reform Oasis.” It’s a sign that sooner or later, the world will be too busy talking about them, too. But for now, Jagwar Ma are just enjoying the travels. “Something I love about traveling—all the odd bits and pieces you collect along the way which can end up in your music.” @JagwarMa

EMINEM returns to his roots for the cover of his seventh studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Featuring a throwback artwork of his old home in Novara Street, Detroit, Eminem is out to prove to be among hip-hop’s greats.

Disparate Youth Aaliyah’s right: Age ain’t nothing but a number. At 17, THE VALIANT VERMIN is a shining example of an underaged overachiever. By Ian Urrutia Photographed by Jash Manuel Location Commune


he chanteuse Bettina Campomanes has garnered international acclaim in both film and music. Her digital short, Reluctance, was named best film at the Academic Honesty Film Competition, besting 36 entries from around the world. Her two EP releases, The Men and the Mice and Materialistic were blog sensations lauded by the bedroom-pop community for its minimalist retro-electro sound.

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Under her moniker, The Valiant Vermin, she takes pride in devoting free time to making music and noodling sonic experiments—a hobby that she developed upon taking guitar lessons at the age of seven. “I think of myself as an organized person when it comes to planning ahead,” stresses Bettina. “My schedule literally consists of four things: Due dates, parties, TV shows, and outreach events. At times, I like to intertwine these things with each other to get a good balance for a considerably healthy life.” Her recent single, “Oh, Wow,” yields the result of her creative pursuits. “I wanted to compose a song that expressed my admiration for natural sounds

and funky bass lines,” she explains. “The lyrics generally express my interpretation of getting creative when given a blank slate in life.” If her adult-like disposition in life and music isn’t enough to convert you, this should: She never keeps the money she earns from gigs. “I use them to buy relief goods or donate them to charity organizations,” she says. After graduation, Bettina plans to pursue film in New York University. “I’m most excited about being given the chance to be independent,” she says. “Learning more about something you love to do is by far the biggest thing I look forward to besides meeting new people.”

MOUNT EERIE, takes unconventional to a whole new level with Pre-Human Ideas. A hybrid of haunting melodies and auto-tuned lyrics makes his sound somewhat alien to human ears, but in the most creative and interesting way possible.

LADY GAGA has been away for a while but you can count on the fame monster to bring dirty fun back into the party with her new album, ARTPOP.  According to her Twitter account, you’re in for some “electronic candy delish on the ears.”


Painter, illustrator, and digital artist JANUZ MIRALLES aka Nuestra pours abstract imaginings into his art where hybrid forms unfurl themselves in perfect fluidity, one can almost trace their vapor trail. By Rita Faire


y day, Januz Miralles works at a wedding photography company, making self-proclaimed “cheesy layouts and graphics.” He goes to far-fetched places just to play and bet on DOTA and cares for a brood of five cats. Throw in officemate Erika being his personal Lois Lane, and you could call Januz Miralles the art world’s Clark Kent. But the real clincher is when bouts of inspiration strike—either in a jeepney or while ironing his clothes. Januz sheds off the proverbial glasses and tie for brushes and pencils. Instead of heat vision or super-strength, he relies on emotive composition and strokes to depict women being born and destroyed. From then on, he’s not Januz the graphic artist anymore–he becomes Nuestra. Hey there! How are you? I’m doing all right. Stomach’s full from eating quail eggs. I just got my clothes from the laundromat after buying coffee. Coffee makes me calm. Where did your path as an artist begin? When I was a kid, my mom made me join art contests and she used to bring me to her gigs. It was

the 90s. Since then, I have been surrounded by people who are inclined to art. But as I grow older, I realized that talent isn’t enough; direction is also important. I started making art again in 2008. Most of your works involved distorted women. Why is she your muse? I paint images in my mind with the aid of the experiences I’ve encountered… Memories that I’d like to disappear but then when it does, I’d still feel emptiness, memories that I’d like to stay but they force me to expose the truth. There’s no logic or reason, only pure imagination. My mother is the only one who inspires me. All the womanly images in my art are representations of my mom—her current situation and her present feelings. Artist Scott Adams said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” I can also say that the entirety of my art is the result of errors. I don’t have a favorite mistake. I don’t want to label something as mine. I just like putting those mistakes in an imaginary box which no one owns, and I bring my mind and soul with them.

How do you know when an artwork is finished? When I see myself through it. How do you see the world? Drunk people fascinate me. Our world is dominated by cruel people, cruel things, and cruel ambitions. Most of their lives just revolve in the direction where everybody else goes. To me, as long as you’re living, imagination is only what’s permanent. As long as we’re trying to fit ourselves into a tiny hole just to get a glimpse of money, we will continue to forget that there’s a huge window where we can see so much more.

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GNARLY DUDE While skating in your neighborhood park is pretty cool for starters, nothing beats taking your deck worldwide.

BLACK PEARL SKATE PARK Cayman Islands Considered to be the world’s largest outdoor concrete park, it covers over 52,000 square feet. Featuring various courses for beginners, intermediates, and expert skaters, there’s no excuse not to develop your skills here.

Ready to turn up and break to some trap tunes, skater TOMMY FYNN is a real trickster. Mastering one of the most mortal stunts without difficulty, Tommy has owned the move, backside noseblunt slide.There’s no wonder he is 2013’s Slam Skater of the Year.

BURNSIDE SKATE PARK Portland, Oregon Unanimously referred to as the quintessential skate park by numerous pros, you’ve probably seen this set up before in a range of Tony Hawk video games.

By Kathleen Curtis Photos courtesy of DC


orn in South Africa and raised between New Zealand and Australia, Tommy Fynn has been ripping the pipes that have helped him make it as one of the biggest upcoming skaters in the States. After a long stint in the Australasian region, Tommy now spends most of his time in America. “There’s a scene in New Zealand, but it’s not as big as Australia and definitely not as big as America,” he says. Probably one of the most humble blokes in the industry, the 25-year-old shows us an insight on how he likes to give back to fans, specifically the homies back home. “I like talking and hanging out with the skate community; you want to give something positive back.” As it’s important to keep in touch with the youth, Tommy, alongside his local crew in Bayside, Queensland, started a website Thebayskate. com in 2010 to amplify the voice of fellow boarders. Tommy advises, “Just have fun with it and be patient. It doesn’t

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AMAZING SQUARE SKATE PARK Tokyo A mammoth of a skate park, this beauty includes a massive half pipe, and don’t worry about annoyed residents, this skate park is open 24 hours a day. happen overnight.” He adds, “Don’t think about becoming a pro skater, that’s not why you should start skating. You can see the ones who just want fame or the money.” Tommy was featured alongside fellow DC mate Jake Hayes in Mobbin’ Deep. The Australian street skateboarding film directed by Stuart Fogarty reveals the raw talents of local boarders. You can really get a glimpse of the skills under his belt, almost making skating look graceful–rolling out with effortless lock-ins, slides and jumps. That said, his Mag Minute video is still one of the most epic trailers to date with

mean stunts that would make any aspiring skater recoil in fear. When Tommy isn’t doing what he loves best, he doesn’t mind a good party and a jam to old school hip-hop. He can amuse us with his version of French Montana’s “Pop That” or give the fangirls a kiss on the cheek, but whatever he does to please the ladies are just teasers to his talent on the deck that got him the salutes of the most discerning daredevils.


MARSEILLE SKATE PARK France Marvel at this old school gem covered in amazing graffiti. Offering a new experience, the unique style of the bowls and verts set this park apart from the usual terrain of outdoor parks.


Things are picking up for London-based Russian photographer DASHA LOVE. Though originally an illustrator and graphic designer, she switched to photography after deciding that she didn’t want to live her life in front of a computer. A slew of shoots later, she shows no signs of turning back. By Marty Arnaldo


asha Nedykhalova, aka Dasha Love, has a soft spot for Beavis and Butthead that’s quite apt considering the 90s grunge vibe that both she and her work exude. Her hyper-saturated, soft-focused shots of the wasted youth have a homemade quality to them. Appearing in the pages of I ♥ FAKE, Cooler, Elle Girl Japan, Vice, as well as girl photography collective The Ardorous’s website, Dasha’s work carries a contemporary vintage look that speaks to its audience through shared experiences and blasé expressions that transform the mundane into a life less ordinary. As she tells Cooler’s Britta Burger, “I put a few grungy looks together inspired by 90s fashion. I really like the aesthetics of that time, like the cartoons and VHS tape recordings.” It results in an élan that’s goofy, feminine, and a bit badass. Though she doesn’t completely condemn digital (“I think pictures in daylight like beautiful LA sun look better on digital, actually.”), her style is something only film can fully encapsulate. “I don’t know a lot of people still use film, so

it should be cool,” she tells us. However, that single reason is not where the appeal ends. “To me, every shot on film looks a little bit special already because all this business involves chemicals, whereas sensors on a digital camera make shots look a bit the same if you know what I mean.” It’s Dasha’s natural ease with the medium that lets her stand out. It’s very personal— especially when capturing everyday people (“The last shoot I did was with Isobel who I met at Birthdays. She’s super cute, and the photographs are a part of a bigger personal project that I’m currently working on.”). Whether skating around London’s dodgier ends—something she’s rather fearless about even at the wee hours of the morning— or braving the unpredictability of her spontaneous shoots, Dasha runs the gamut from guts to glory.

GENERATION DASHA With love for all things 90s, these are the nuggets of nostalgia we found lying on her headspace. ALICIA SILVERSTONE You’ve got to be clueless not to show some love and affection for the decade’s fave blonde babe.

BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD… WITHOUT THE BUTTHEAD Not only does she have a Beavis board, but she also has a Beavis sticker plastered on her laptop. Unfortunately, no love for Butthead.

POKÉMON Dasha shows some love to everyone’s favorite pocket monsters, having a Bulbasaur displayed in her attic.

CONTRA Whoever said that Contra won’t keep you warm at night lied.

HELLO KITTY I mean who doesn’t love Sanrio’s favorite pussy?

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alternative partyphilia Bringing her A-game to the forefront, ANNA SOBREPEÑA-ONG has luckily outfoxed the risks of maintaining an alternative party mecca such as B-Side. “We’re actually turning four in a few months,” Anna shares. This shows that today’s fickle marketplace has a defined spot for those few souls who venture beyond the obvious. By Ian Urrutia Photographed by Jash Manuel


t night, The Collective—a complex of low-key commercial spaces in the industrial orbit of Makati City—transforms into a haven that fosters an imaginative environment touched by a variety of subcultures. One of the key persons responsible for putting The Collective on the map is Anna Sobrepeña-Ong, a valiant soul that once managed a Tapas bar in Shanghai. Together with her husband Eric “Mulan” Ong and business partners, they christened B-Side at the heart of The Collective on February 19, 2010. Since then, B-Side became a thumping party place for supporters of the local music scene, providing close-to-home sanctuary for dub and reggae heads, IDM and electro enthusiasts, hip-hop dwellers, indie rock aficionados, and obscure music patrons. From the grind, B-Side is also often dubbed the successor to the live music greats Clubb Dredd and Mayrics, a feat that Anna is hesitant to own up to even to this day. “In all honestly, I think that we still have a lot of years to go before we should even be considered as such,” says Anna. “However, I must say that we are honored that a lot of people see us as that. Makes you feel that maybe you’re doing something right.”

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Just recently, Anna and her partners wrapped up celebrating their third anniversary a few months away from their actual fourth. “This year’s celebration was delayed since we all got so busy.” She explains, “Red had an album launch, and he and Soulflower traveled around Asia. Mulan (together with Red and Soulflower) also played at the Mai Asia Music Festival in Osaka. Then I also had several projects in between.” Aside from providing fellow night owls the ultimate gig fix, Anna has also ventured into organizing events outside B-Side’s turf, partnering with prominent cultural institution, Alliance Française de Manille and good friend Giselle Tomimbang for the annual Fête de la Musique. With roughly four years of experience in handling music events, Anna and Giselle have already set a high benchmark for every scenesters aspiring to party their way to the top. “My participation in the events industry only started (seriously) in 2010,” she points out. “It has only been good since we started, and I am grateful for that.” Her partnership with Giselle didn’t stop with Fête. In 2011, they started comanaging The Zombettes, a DJ duo whose members moonlight as models. “I must admit it’s

not for the weak of heart,” confesses Anna on her other profession as an artist manager. “It feels wonderful to see them progress. I’m really proud of them, and we have lots of people to thank for this.” She counts Hennessey Artistry and clients as few of the people who have helped her relieve some of the pressures associated with handling such fixtures in the Manila club scene. Despite the packed schedule, Anna opened another venture in the same vein as B-Side. But unlike the cozy indie vibes of its older brother, the newly opened Black Market operates more like an actual club than a gig hub, hosting a wide array of nonmainstream electronic and dance music for party-goers who have gotten tired of the same old, formulaic EDM. “Black Market is what has kept us busy the past few months,” she admits. Over the years, Anna Sobrepeña-Ong has created an ever-expanding landscape for those who seek the underground. Unnerved with its pressures, her success lies on the fact that she’s shaping an alternate party reality free from the confines of Manila’s main acts.



wide German-born Jasmin “Hera” Siddiqui and Falk “Akut” Lehman, better known as acclaimed art duo HERAKUT, prove that opposites still attract and wellpainted murals still have impact. By Denise Fernandez Photographed by Jer Dee


t was love before first sight for Hera and Akut, with the two only seeing each other’s work in graffiti magazines until they were invited to paint for Spain’s Urban Art Festival Sevilla back in 2004. Although numerous people pointed out the duo’s obvious differences in approaching the craft, Herakut were born against all odds, developing a unique style, and putting the words big, bold, and bright to a whole new level. “The thing is, our different kind of work, our different styles, our different aesthetic, is based on our different mentalities. So, if you see [Hera’s] fast expressive lines, it’s very natural because she’s that way,” Akut says. “I’m quite a slow boy, so for me, it

takes time to make out a little photo’s realistic details.” As the street art scene continuously gains prominence in contemporary pop culture, Hera shares her two cents on the matter. “There will be other movements coming, and it’s definitely going to end up in art history books because of this specialty, and because it was such a subcultural movement. It didn’t need professors [and] elitist art schools to approve of anyone.” Hera also discusses how more handmade illustrations are projected into new media as contrasted to the digital neatness of computer imaging before the street art explosion. “I think street art freed so many disciplines of art like fashion and video,” she adds. “The feeling [people] can actually do it themselves [makes it] more than an art movement.”

“I THINK STREET ART FREED SO MANY DISCIPLINES OF ART” Taking inspiration from art outside painting, Herakut claims that the biggest source of their work comes from fashion, literature, and music, with Hera mentioning that they buy tons of magazines before starting a piece. This culminates the duo’s recent endeavor, The Giant Storybook Project, an attempt to create a children’s book painted on gargantuan murals located all over the world. “It felt like the time to challenge ourselves, so we created a set of characters that we were traveling with just in our minds, and we placed them in different situations. The story is there in a way that we know where it starts and where it ends,” says Hera. With Herakut’s growing fanbase, both reminisce that they were never after the fame. “We have so many more followers than our friends who went to art school and wanted to become

famous artists. We never wanted to become famous; we just wanted to paint. In some way, we were so much more honest with our work because it wasn’t about trying to please a gallery or trying to please a professor— it was just trying to get our expression as strong as it can be out there,” Hera muses. Hera adds that they never want to be tied down, “We can play and run wild. We don’t have to stick to schedules like [celebrities] do, so we were thinking we’d rather not be so famous.” Rooted yet endlessly bursting with creativity, Herakut are bound to catch our attention more with their tales crafted from pains, gains, and fame. - 75



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here are two ways to view a British actor in the international spectrum. He is either Lawrence Olivier or Peter Sellers. The first is a handsome man of mystery who sweeps women off their feet with his accent and piercing glare. It doesn’t matter if his hair is combed, or slightly disheveled from a fistfight. He has the promise of a saint with the charm of the devil—one just as tempting as the other. Then there’s your socially awkward lad, thin as a reed with kooky glasses and a tweed hunting suit. You know he doesn’t mean to make you laugh, but he always says the wrong thing or goes about matters in a manner that you can’t help but find him amusing. Embodying the latter in an upcoming film with Lily Collins, actor Sam Claflin had a few years out of drama school and four feature films that have put him in the mold of Olivier rather than Sellers. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides saw him as the staunch and righteous defender of an innocent mermaid being exploited for her tears. Snow White and The Huntsman elevated him from scallywag to a duke’s son, riding a white steed, making his way through evil forests and frightening beasts to save the princess Snow White from any harm that might befall her. But it’s Sam’s latest role as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that aims to knock it all out of the water as he steps into the shoes of what he describes

as “a tall, blond, athletic, tanned, muscular, green-eyed, sex god,” which he admits was quite different from his reality as an “averaged-sized, by no means in-shape, pale Englishman with brown hair and stubble.” He says, “I’ve kind of felt like this surfer dude and considering that I live in London and have never experienced surfing, it was quite tough.” Still, Sam admits “he’s never felt more happy in himself than when playing Finnick Odair.” But of course, you are playing this tall, blonde sex god. Why wouldn’t you be happy with yourself? [Laughs] I know! I definitely feel that I never embodied that even when I was transformed. But nonetheless, I’m one of those people who’s quite insecure about their figure. I’m not manorexic; I’m not one of those people who can live on the beach and take their top off at any given opportunity. It’s one of those things where when you have a personal trainer with you everyday, all day, and a team of people keeping you in the best shape of your life, then yeah there’s definitely an element of being comfortable for the first time ever. Whether or not I get that back is another thing entirely. It’s getting harder to be a young British actor in the industry. Not only are you highly sought-after but there’s just so many of you talented gents gunning for the same roles. The tough thing about competition in this particular industry and the competition that I come up against for the most part is that they tend to be a lot of my friends, fellow peers, and people I work with,

people I want to work with, or kind of got to know because we’re English. [Laughs] We’re all going up for the same part. But it’s never competitive [in the traditional sense]. I’m happy to know when friends have got the parts. Every so often, I get a script and go, “D’you know what? I’m not really right for this part but my friend is perfect!” It’s kind of good to know that you lose out to someone who’s deserving of it as opposed to an obscure stranger who can’t act for his life. I’m only friends with people who can act. [Laughs] Given that Catching Fire is one of the most exciting things to be a part of especially this early in your career, do you ever miss doing stage plays and quiet BBC dramas? I have absolutely, definitely, not lost my love for the theater. Only last night, I went to a friend in a show in the West End in London and was completely in awe of the craft that being a stage actor brings, and I definitely want to get back to that at some stage. Obviously, with the wave that I’m riding now and with the excitement that’s about to come, it hopefully will open doors within the film world. I don’t want to jeopardize that by going to the stage for seven months. But with the right part, the right amount of time, the right director, and the right show—I’d definitely be happy enough to tread the boards again. - 79


And with regard to the smaller productions; my CV thus far has been filled with big franchise movies, and no offense to sort of productions, but it’s definitely something I kind of want to get away from to explore what it’s like to do other movies. Only this year, I’ve done a small romantic comedy with Lily Collins… and then I had one day off before I went straight into a very English story in a very independent kind of film. Fondly enough, [the cast is filled with] majority of my competitors for parts as well. Douglas Booth is in there as well as Max Irons. We’re kind of, “Oh, we’re all in this one together,” instead of competing with one another. I finished that about a week ago and they’re very different parts for me to have played, and I’m very excited to share that with the world as much as I am with Finnick Odair. The latter film you were talking about is the adaptation of Laura Wade’s Posh, right? That’s correct. Posh was amazing, partly because it’s based on these ten boys who are in a club, and they all must get on with one another. I’ve known Max for a while and Doug as well. In fact, I knew seven out of ten of them like the back of my hand prior to filming. We all got on really well and spent a lot of time socializing. I’ve never had that in London. Normally, when I film in London, I go back home to my normal life and my normal friends and family and then go to work and come home again to reality. But in this one, we actually spent a lot of time together off set as well as on. We all got on like a house on fire.

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One of the biggest misconceptions for English actors is that they’re all posh. What other misconceptions do you think people have about you guys? That is definitely one of my least favorite misconceptions to have. I think it’s one of those things that [show that] American culture is very tuned into Downton Abbey. That’s not a depiction of how we live in England whatsoever. I am very far from posh. I could not be further away from posh which is why Posh was very challenging. What other preconceptions do they have? I don’t know, actually. Since I don’t live in that society, it’s difficult for me to know what you people assume or expect of us. Do you think that we’re all great in bed? [Laughs] I don’t know!

or coloring involved. It was bizarre, but a really fantastic experience for me to play myself again. And of course, since I’m English, I must be funny. What are you looking forward to in 2014? It sounds so silly but the thing I’m not looking forward to is the end of The Hunger Games. We had such fun on the first one that I don’t want the filming to finish… I know that I’m going to be doing it for a while, and then obviously there’s the next film coming up at the end of next year, but I have no idea as to where my career is headed in five years time. I’m just excited to find out what might happen. Hopefully, I won’t be sitting in my flat in London, crying myself to sleep.


You also mentioned that you are going to be starring in a romantic comedy with Lily Collins. I’ve never done anything modern in my life so this is the first opportunity for me to be myself and talk normally and to have my own hair. There was no growth

THE FILM : The Hunger Games: Catching Fire THE ROLE :Beach applause

babe rebel with


Who needs a wardrobe department when you can go the full McConaughey?


Joining the strongest young adult film franchise since Harry Potter and Twilight, Sam sheds the layers of pretense (and clothing) as he plays sex god Finnick Odair who braves the 3rd Quarter Quell with nothing but a trident, a net, and his good looks.

THE FILM : Love, Rosie




Boy next door… then multiply that distance by a thousand

Oxbridge frat-boy



Hoodies, jeans, and every teen girl’s dreams

Think of a mini Gordon Gekko with slicked hair, sharp pea coats, and ridiculous dinner jackets.



This adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s sophomore book follows two best friends—Sam’s Alex and Lily Collins’s Rosie— as they overcome time and the Atlantic ocean to finally end up together after a lifetime of emails, texts, and other problems.

Based on the West End play of the same name, An Education director Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of Laura Wade’s Posh satirizes Oxford’s Bullingdon Club—an infamous dining-cum-fancy-frat club. Sam plays one of two first year students (the other played by buddy Max Irons) who desperately try to impress their betters. - 81


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A few things about ASA BUTTERFIELD: He’s only 16, he refers to Martin Scorcese as “Marty,” and in his new film Ender’s Game , he’s about to kick serious alien ass in outer space while looking like God’s perfect angel. In his biggest role yet, with $110 million riding on his back, yeah, there’s bound to be pressure. And Asa knows how not to let it blow all over. By Shinji Manlangit

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED I think my dream role would probably be James Bond.” There’s a sense of fascination when Asa admitted that through the phone. At 16, he still has a long way to go. Sean Connery was twice his age when he was cast as 007. While today’s grittier, blonder Bond in the form of The Daniel Craig Dreamboat is certainly far from the youthful Asa, Ian Fleming met for the suave agent to look like Hoagy Carmichael, a dark-haired American crooner who wrote the popular wedding staple, “The Nearness of You.” Fleming wanted “something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold,” something that’s

pretty much akin to Andrew Wiggin, a shy but brilliant boy who is bullied into greatness by both his peers and the sneering school administration. In a way, Ender’s Game is Asa’s multimillion-dollar audition reel for James Bond. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Asa started out in afterschool programs in his hometown, then progressing to minor roles in television and the highly acclaimed Son of Rambow. It wasn’t until The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a Holocaust tearjerker, that Asa got the attention with his portrayal as a son of a Nazi commandant.

He admits that after a slew of roles here and there, it wasn’t until working on Hugo that he came up with a realization: “Just there, I was surrounded by all these amazing people that I realized that this is what I could do for the rest of my life.” He continues, “Marty is so passionate about what he does, it put things in perspective.” Perhaps Scorcese’s perspective was all Asa needed to push his way further. Hugo was a landmark film, not only because it was Marty’s first kid-friendly film, but also because of the way he utilized 3D in his ode to the magic of cinema. “I was like, what, 13 when I did it?” says Asa, “To work with such people who are already so wellrespected in the industry, it was just amazing. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.” While working with acclaimed films and directors can thrust you into the world of Young Hollywood, Asa was stuck with roles that needed a child-like spirit. Innocence is something that’s written all over Asa’s face. However, in proper bildungsroman fashion, there is a need for the boy to grow into a man.


MASS EFFECT “What’s been your favorite movie so far?” “Probably Ender’s Game.” “What about it?” “Flying around and shooting laser guns is every kid’s dream, I must say.” It’s been two years since the Harry Potter franchise ended and there is a gap that needs to be filled. Hollywood knows it and have scrambled with Percy Jackson to no avail. There’s money in swooning and vampires, which is why Twilight happened and why Fifty Shades of Grey will happen. Of course, there’s also that thing called The Hunger Games, a franchise with a strong, grounded central female character which ended up making $700 million. It took almost 30 years before Orson Scott Card got his work to the big screen. Although Ender’s Game was widelyacclaimed, it was thought to be unfilmable due to the technology that wasn’t present at the time. Then there’s also the fact that the book is pretty violent, and that it emphasizes bullying and the importance of war. Over the years with films like Battle Royale and The Hunger Games indicating it’s okay for teenagers to hack their way

through survival, Ender’s Game couldn’t have found the most perfect time to soar through theaters. Asa admits to dabbling in a bit of nerdery of his own. He likes sci-fi, making mashups, and helping his brother make iPhone apps. That sort of brilliance doesn’t come much with new Young Hollywood hopefuls who are enamored by twerking and the vapid lifestyle of partying excessively. Steadfast in his acting goals, Asa’s focus is merited with interesting roles from the upper crust of Hollywood. The Ender’s Game cast alone in the trailer is jam-packed with the trademarked Academy Award titles, even director Gavin Hood won an Oscar for his 2005 film Tsotsi. It’s working with these people that drives Asa to push

harder, “I learned so much from those acting and directing, I learned so much from anyone on it.” With such talent involved, the film feels right as it should be, but the core fans, the hard sci-fi geeks who pored over every page of now 15-part installment of Ender’s massive saga, those are the ones that rattle him a bit. “We wanted to please them and do it justice, and I think we have. We also want to bring a new audience into the story and the world of Ender,” he said. “It’s a hard process to bridge the two and at the same time making a fun film, a film that’s

THE ENEMY'S GATE IS DOWN When the grueling five-month filming of Ender’s Game ended, Asa found himself being a regular 16-year-old boy again. “I hang out with friends, play football, I write music—I do anything a 16-year-old does, really,” he said. “Yeah, nothing too exciting outside the film world.” Inside the film world is where he shows his true self.

“That feeling you get when you put so much effort into making a film and then finally getting to see it come together and then seeing people fall in love with it–that’s just something you can’t replicate.” It’s the experiences that turn the boy into a man, and Asa is getting there one film at a time. There’s time for on-set pranks, time to fall in love,

important, and a film that can keep on for many, many years.” Ender’s Game promises a space spectacle, but it’s also a film that relies on the humanity of Ender Wiggin, and finding the exact way to portray a beloved character proved to be a challenge for Asa. “I kind of find it hard to relate to him given that he’s from the future, but who knows what sort of pressure was put on kids then?” Asa admits, “One of the key things Ender and I have in common is that there’s always been a lot of pressure. Being a young actor there’s always a lot of pressure to succeed.”

time to improve his craft to become James Bond. “You have to be British, you’ve got to have your martini’s shaken not stirred… and that’s the criteria.” “Oh, and you have to be able to look good in a suit,” he’s quick to follow. It’s a good thing Asa Butterfield knows what he needs to work on. We’ll have to wait if he looks good in a suit, but until then, Ender’s space suit seems like a perfect fit.

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As passers-by meander along Williamsburg or paddle toward Venice, they can be struck by verses that burn holes through the heart. Thanks to ROBERT MONTGOMERY who fires cities with his melancholic text-based art. When after dark thoughts hit home, Montgomery mounts his poetic sculptures to serve as the light that never goes out. By Kristine Dabbay


Great Fosters Fire Poem


orn in Scotland and based in London, Robert Montgomery describes his work as “melancholic post-situationist.” He hijacks advertising space and occupies it with lyrical flourishes that snare the gaze of citizens trapped in consumerist behavior. Other than pure gazing, walkers of our time’s labyrinthine maze can trace its existential ebb and flow via Montgomery’s recycled sunlight pieces, fire poems, woodcut panels, and watercolor renderings. Skylines and cityscapes have suddenly become shining posts for reflection. Whether you’re in Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, or London, billboards and LED solar-powered fixtures can now be powerful projectors that illuminate or diminish collective emotional intensity. Raised as a Christian, spirituality is one of Robert’s major influences. Perhaps, it even generated

the transient nature of his works. After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, he became an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas. Hereafter, he has participated in various museum and gallery projects including the 2011 Venice Biennale and the first Indian Biennale in 2012; despite these efforts— Montgomery’s work resonates best in the streets where his verses warm us only to crack us open later with more aftershocks of meaning. Hey Robert, since it’s almost December, how has 2013 been? It’s been good so far. We finished last year in India at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and then in February, we did a billboard project in Tokyo with EACH X OTHER—my first trip to Japan. We’ve worked hard in the studio for my commission for the Edinburgh Art Festival and my first big solo show in New York at C24 Gallery. I was a bit nervous about New York; there are so many iconic New York art moments that resonate in my personal history—Fluxus, Rothko,

Jenny Holzer, and John and Yoko’s peace billboard in Times Square. Showing those footsteps is always going to be scary, but I want to go in that high. I happen to be one of the people who posted your work “The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive” on Facebook. How do you react to social media trappings like shameless plugs, rants, and senseless comments appearing on your feed, most especially that you find the Internet’s impact huge? I’m really happy about that, I think it’s really positive. If you google the phrase, “The people you love become ghosts inside of you,” you get 6,200,000 results in 0.25 seconds. At least that’s what it said on my laptop when I did it. I love that; it means my poem has entered the Internet culture. I think the Internet culture is the collective unconscious of our time, and if you look through all those re-posts of the phrase on Facebook and Pinterest, etc.— about 30% of the time, it wouldn’t have my name; it means my small poem now lives without me.   You mentioned before that you feel “spiritually closer” to graffiti artists than contemporary art. My creative process is the same as any other post-conceptual contemporary artist. - 85


At De La Warr Pavilion

I worry a lot about the canon, the hip or un-hip post Duchampian moves to make, go to a lot of fashion/art parties, stay in nice hotels, and feel like a hypocrite. Yet I still feel spiritually closer to street artists than I do to Sherrie Levine. I feel close to street artists like Banksy who say something about the wider politics of the world. I feel close to Joseph Beuys and Banksy, but less close to Duchamp and street artists who just write their name and nothing else, but don’t take this at face value because as I said, I can sometimes be a hypocrite. From spirits to ghosts and death, your work has that quality that hovers over the psyche. How do you deal with emotions your work elicits? Are they cathartic? Do they mess you up at times? All the stuff about ghosts and death and love in my work is because I loved people who died, and when they did, I wanted them to be ghosts. I found I could kind of sing them into being as de facto ghosts, and they would keep me company. Making work about that stuff helps me because it makes me feel less alone.   You told Interview that peace, free healthcare, and equal education are about the only things you passionately believe in. What about the things you passionately don’t believe in? I believe in free healthcare and free education, and I believe they are the mark of civilization. I don’t believe a country

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City is Wilder Drawing

without free healthcare and free education can call itself a civilized country even if it is a rich country. I passionately don’t believe in Puritanism, and I passionately don’t believe in Fundamentalism, and I passionately don’t believe in social control. Your work revolves in poetry. Have you ever considered branching out to different kinds of literature? Novels take a long time. I don’t come from a family with money; my grandparents were miners, and I have to pay the rent. I don’t imagine I’ll ever be able to buy the time… to write a novel. Maybe if my art makes lots of money, my children will have the time to write novels when I’m dead.   People are now forgetting how to appreciate poetry, craft, and print, among other things. Do you think the world is growing more desensitized? How can one stay modern but attuned to the soul? This is very easy. Download T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Philip Larkin on your Kindle. Read them in the toilet when you’re doing a poo. Larkin’s “Ambulances” is the perfect length for the perfect poo, and doing a shit is about the only peace and quiet we get these days. The Kindle is really perfect for the toilet. You should always leave a Kindle in the toilet for your guests.   For some reason, your work reminds me of the original cover art of The Great

Gatsby by Francis Cugat. If you were to collaborate with any artist—dead or alive— who will it be and why? [Laughs] That’s very funny. Gatsby is my favorite novel besides The Bell Jar, and I won’t have my opinion on that changed by any of the movies. I wouldn’t like to collaborate with anyone, but if I could choose to sit and get drunk for just one night with anyone from the 20th century, it would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. You’re weirdly perceptive. Solitude is… much nicer shared with someone you love. As part of the Dior Homme Pop-Up shop in Soho, how do you feel about work that would appeal more to the commercially-obsessed versus ordinary people just strolling around? I liked that project because Kris Van Assche was cool. You also don’t have to go in the store to see the sculpture. You can see it through the window from the street.

to tell you the last five things I read on my Kindle in the toilet, then you can know where my head’s at. Here we go:

Country Girl by Edna O’Brien The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin A History of Scotland by Neil Oliver The Highland Clearances by John Prebble Careless People by Sarah Churchwell

What beginnings, changes, or endings are you looking forward to at this point?  My only ambition is that I just want to be more like my own weird self next year, and in the longer term, I just want the people I love not to die. @MontgomeryGhost

You love Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard. Can you give us a current list of your top five books? My top five would be Gatsby, The Bell Jar, A Wave by Ashbery, and stuff already in the canon. It would be more instructive for me - 87

Bow Down Heroes and heroines are all well and good, but no one gets your heart racing, your blood pumping, or your senses tingling like a good ol’ fashioned bitch. Just ask Once Upon a Time in Wonderland reigning queen, EMMA RIGBY. By Rita Faire Photographed by Magnus Hastings

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Emma Rigby was melting away in the sweltering heat of Atlanta, Georgia when we caught up with her for a chat. Despite the heat, she was happy—giddy in fact—at the chance of visiting America’s Southern states for the first time and for the amazing luck she’s had. Her films The Counselor (directed by Ridley Scott), The Physician (opposite Ben Kingsley), and Plastic (with Alfie Allen, Thomas Kretschmann, and Sebastian De Souza) will hit the screens, and while she waits, she films Country Strong director Shana Feste’s remake of Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love. In this story of sexual awakening and doomed love that can only ever exist between two highschoolers, Emma says, “[My character Jenny is] the ex-girlfriend of David Axelrod (Alex Pettyfer) and she tries to get him back. She’s the first bitch I’ve

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played! It’s a great part, very different.” You couldn’t mistake her tone for anything other than excitement. But then again, there are still a lot of conservatives out there who would raise an eyebrow at the thrill of playing a self-proclaimed bitch. Shouldn’t she aspire to be the heroine at least? Nowadays, though, you can be a bitch and heroine, too. The word rings of power and conviction that wasn’t there 14 centuries ago. Its varied meanings and metaphors have evolved from insult to archetype to paragon—now settling in a lovely little gray area where it could easily be any of the three. Case in point: Emma. Though perfectly sweet—her laugh bringing a warm smile to a cold 2 AM interview—you’d still see the sense in crowning her as head-bitch-in-charge who’s stuck to her guns. Starting her career as a soap actress of the long-running Hollyoaks, Emma spent five years in anorexic teen Hannah Ashworth’s shoes, earning a Best Actress win in the 2008 British Soap awards as well as nominations for Best Dramatic Performance and Best Storyline that same year. Not a lot of 17-year-old actresses would find it easy to leave such success, but Emma shares, “I was in the show for five years, and I’m really grateful for my time there and everything it had taught me; however, I’ve always been very clear that I’ve always wanted to do film and theater. Acting is my real passion. I wanted to see different places… so I decided to leave [the show in what I felt] was the right time.” The decision did not come without repercussions as the ‘soap actor stigma’ stuck. “I’m not the person you think I am because I have blond hair and was on Hollyoaks,” she insisted to directors, casting agents, writers, producers, and everyone else who would have dismissed her as a ditz who only got a role on a hit show because she had the face for it. Emma says, “I made sure I worked really hard, concentrated on the acting, and kept away from everything [they expected me to be]… They were all surprised at how different I was. It was like breaking down barriers and just showing the real me.” She adds, “People forget that when you’re in a show. You are young, you’re in roles you don’t necessarily want to do, you have to look a certain way, and you don’t have any control as an individual. I wanted to get away from that.”

It did not take long, but then again, it never does for the determined villain. After a year of doing short films and small roles, Emma landed a lead role in a critically acclaimed show that she describes as a “changing point” in the way people perceived her. Playing a pregnant young woman whose husband was arrested for murder in the BBC’s Prisoner’s Wives, allowed Emma to prove her flair for drama and that had for so long been dismissed as melodrama. The Guardian critic Julia Raeside wrote, “The real surprise has been Rigby, the ex-Hollyoaks actress who plays mother-to-be Gemma… Rigby’s face is endlessly watchable; her brow flinching, quivering, and resolving with every new obstacle thrown in front of her. It’s a performance that will fully establish her serious dramatic credentials.” “I love improvising and being in the moment… and a real sense feeling it,” she shares. She takes inspiration from Joanna Lumley’s chain-smoking, co-dependent fashion editor Patsy Stone. “I really loved Absolutely Fabulous. I loved [Patsy Stone and Edina Monsoon] growing up. There’s something so dark and sinister yet so funny about these characters. I realized that’s what I kinda want to do with the character [of the Red Queen].” Even the fashion seems to take an unknowing queue from Patsy’s iconic beehive and bedazzle. The series presentation saw Emma sporting an updo as high as God, curling in waves like the golden baroque details on her deep-cut bodice. As for bottoms, the Red Queen need not bother with that as her mullet skirt comes as a cross between a cancan dancer and a Las Vegas showgirl. But we agree with Mel Brooks when

he wrote, “If you’ve got it, baby, flaunt it! Flaunt it!” It wasn’t a surprise when more opportunities came knocking at her door— one in specific. With the sleeper success of Once Upon a Time, ABC decided to follow the series with a spin-off set in Lewis Carroll’s whimsical world of Wonderland. Emma was chosen to reign supreme over it as the Red Queen. She explains, “I’ve always wanted to play something like that… you know the antagonist, the real villain.” But then again, Emma catches herself as she finishes the sentence. Villain isn’t quite the word for it. “I want to go for more of a comedic approach rather than the villain.”


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DJing isn’t a man’s world as these angels can deliver you to dance heaven just as well. Imagine all the girls ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah. Words by Zoe Laurente


What was going through your head the first time you spun for a big audience? It was at Life Ball in Vienna. I went on right after Sister Sledge performed, and everyone was dancing their hearts out. I just didn’t want to stop the boogie. That’s the most important thing as a DJ, everyone has to dance until they can’t dance no more. How different is the club scene now compared to when you started? One of the main differences is that music is now so much more accessible to DJs these days. When I started, a music collection was something that a DJ had built over their whole career. Now, with digital files you have such a larger pool of music accessible to you, if you want it. Now, you have DJs filtering through music faster, taking more risks on less popular tracks, and playing each track for a shorter length of time. Because of this, the audience has developed a smaller attention span when listening and dancing which ultimately has changed the behavior of the listener and the DJ forever.


JUICY M What are your thoughts on the rise of EDM? I’m enjoying this moment, and I’m really proud that something I really love is getting that big. Everyday I live my dreams to play on the biggest events like Ultra and Tomorrowland–the bigger they are, the harder I work for it. They say every generation has a drug of choice, and it usually relates to what music they listen to. EDM is my only drug, and I strongly believe there are people like me. I’ve never tried anything harder then reggae, and I have no idea if there are special drugs related to EDM at the moment. How do you cure a hangover? As everyone I guess, just lying in my bed and giving promises to myself that it will never happen again.


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GINA TU RN ER What was going through your head the first time you spun for a big audience? I was totally calm. I get really shy in front of small crowds, to be honest. With big crowds, my performer switches automatically goes on and bam, it’s showtime! What do you think of the party crowd these days? The party scene will always change and progress. Now it’s just bigger and more mainstream. How do you prep for a night out with friends and a night out on the job? I always take a disco nap. It’s a must me so if I have to go out at midnight, sleep from 8-10:30 PM, then shower and ready, change my outfit about 50 times, then I’m out the door.

for I’ll get and

What makes a good party? Good parties for me require good music and great vibes from the crowd. I love going out to techno parties or minimal parties in a warehouse or out by a pool.


LAU RA JON ES What edge do you have over guy DJs? Statistically, I have an edge as there are fewer women out there playing the sort of music that I play. Often, clubs or magazines want a fairer balance between men and women so sometimes that might give the girls a better chance of being included in their lineups or press opportunities. Aside from that, I don’t feel people judge my sets or tracks any differently (at least it hasn’t felt that way). When it comes down to DJing and producing, you still have to make and play better music than the next person, no matter what sex they are.

What kind of parties do you go to? I love all sorts of parties—from small underground raves to larger–scale parties such as Sonar Festival in Barcelona, clubs big and small all over the world. It just depends on the occasion and the vibe you’re after on the night. The music, the energy, the people, and the setting are what make a good party for me. If you get all of those things right, then you have a good night ahead. How do you cure a hangover? My boring but sensible remedy usually consists of milk thistle and headache tablet and lots of water before bed but my preferred and definitely more exciting one has to be a Bloody Mary for breakfast. What kind of music did you listen to growing up? I used to spend every single penny I had on cassettes and CDs across almost every genre of music from classical to indie pop, trance, hip-hop, and garage until discovering underground electronic music in Ibiza which has continued to be my passion since.

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NIGHTVISION oxygen x status style issue release Party by Carlo Alcala, Grace de Luna, and Kappo Rivera - 95


after party from mars by The Cobrasnake

dc shoes southeast asian tour @ 7th High

by Ian Sanchez

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social saturdays @ Aracama by Pam Santos

finger lickin’ techno babes by The Cobrasnake - 97


HOTDOG WEDNESDAYS @ Aracama by Anton Aguila


by Gerard Estadella

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Zero Mondays @ Imperial

by Jenna Genio

SUNSET BLVD OF NAZARETH by The Cobrasnake - 99

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I always have them with me on trips to the beach and out of town so they hold a lot of fun memories.


I bought it on my solo trip to Hong Kong.




Making circuits throughout the hottest nightspots, DJ JESSICA MILNER will certainly get you into the groove of things with or without the decks on hand.

I’ve been using it since I was in grade school, and it has been my scent ever since.



It was given to me by Dondi, who is also a friend. This is one of the first pieces he ever designed when starting out as an accessory designer.

This was my first turntable; I couldn’t stop playing with it for a full month.


This reminds me of my mentor, DJ Aryan. He taught me everything I know.


It was my first impulse buy on an expensive item. I worked really hard to get them.


When I went to school in San Francisco, I used to spend a lot of time sketching while sitting in Union Square.

PRANG WATERCOLORS I love to paint.

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I call them Frankie. It was my mom’s birthday gift to me, and they’re my favorite pair of shoes.


I used it on my trips to London and San Francisco. I had the best times of my life in those cities.

Product photography by Jash Manuel, Portrait by Ike Gube Makeup Ciari Luna Nails Sugar Coat (@sugacoat_ph)

These were the first headphones I used when I started DJing.

STATUS Magazine feat. Sam Claflin  

STATUS caught in the act. November 2013

STATUS Magazine feat. Sam Claflin  

STATUS caught in the act. November 2013