FASHION . BACKSTAGE . CULTURE
SEA ISSUE 04
STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS
Editor-In-Chief and Graphic Designer: Leena Park: firstname.lastname@example.org
While half of the world spends their Christmas and end of year shoveling snow or wrapped in blankets, weâ€™re out having BBQs, getting sunburnt, and relaxing with good music, good food and good reads. With some of the best new bands hitting our shores over the summer festivals, we caught up with The Internet, Purity Ring and Lontalius who are all playing at the Auckland Laneway Festival in February. This issue is a celebration of finally having some down-time as the year comes to a close, with summer essentials to enjoy and unique plant stores to check out, we hope Vane issue 4 kickstarts your holidays and weâ€™ll see you in the new year.
Photographers: E-I-C, Amazir Aknine: amaziraknine@ gmail.com Interviewers: E-I-C, Chris Smith: email@example.com Writers: Taylor Compain: firstname.lastname@example.org Illustrators: Sabrina David: email@example.com Hair / Makeup artists: Tylah Britow: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: vanemagazine.com Facebook: vanemagazineonline Instagram: vane_magazine
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SUMMER ESSENTIALS P 4 INTERVIEW WITH SEAN KELLY P 10 FEATURE: GREEN SCENE P 12 INTERVIEW WITH PURITY RING P 12 INTERVIEW WITH THE INTERNET P 28 NORTH KOREA P 38 INTERVIEW WITH LONTALIUS P 42 ARTICLE: 21ST CENTURY TeRRORISM P 46
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it girl lauren elise trend After young designer Lauren Trend showcased her Cut ‘N’ Paste collection as part of her graduation project she quickly became the girl everyone was talking about, this is Laurens profile. Name: Lauren Elise Trend, Age: 22, Hometown: I grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and currently live in Carlton with my older brother Luke. Inspiration for cut ‘n’ paste collection: I became quite transfixed with the stages of design process and tried to capture these signifiers of construction/process within the outcomes themselves. So naturally each garment became an iteration of the next and there’s very much this oscillation between two and three dimensionalities – in my research I also gravitated towards this idea of fashion’s relationship with image. Fashion designers you aspire to: I think Matthew Linde’s Centre for Style is pioneering contemporary fashion practice, first in Melbourne now internationally. I’m very much interested in practitioners and designers that value the curation and communication of fashion just as much if not more than the product. How you dress day to day: According to mood. Your days consist of… Up until now it’s just been working in the studios on this collection and writing my Honours thesis and I’ve genuinely loved spending all day every day doing that! However I am looking forward to having days off to just wake up and wander, read, see friends and enjoy spending time on the coast with family. Favourite time of the year: Definitely this time of year!! The transition from spring into summer is hands down my favourite: End of the Uni year, loads of birthdays, NGV summer series, Christmas, New Years – yeah it’s a great time. Favourite musician: Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy & Patti Smith. Dead Tie, sorry. Best place to eat in your hometown: My best friend Tori’s – nothing beats our record, red wine & cooking nights. We’re pretty obsessed cooking and conjuring up recipes that better the last. Melbourne is underrated for: I don’t know whether its underrated, but I feel as though there are incredible things going on in Melbourne’s art/design scene at the moment – it’s insanely inspiring to be a part of such a progressive community. A film you want to live in: Either Deray’s La Piscine, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall… or play Joan Jett in The Runaway’s. (Kristen Stewart tho <3) Decade you wish you could have lived in: 1965-1975, haha my previous answers make that a fairly obvious choice. Current trend you’re following: My surname’s false advertising – I have no idea !? Trends you wish would go away: Eeeep I don’t know? Vapes annoy me? HA! Biggie or Tupac: Biggie. People would be surprised to know that you: Completed high school home schooled. Your short-term future: Continue making, learning and enjoying being twenty something. Your long-term future: Hopefully having a family and working across fashion, education and curation. You believe the future for our world will be: All I can hope is that it’s a very happy and equal future for everybody <3 Photo courtesy of Lauren, Photography by Sebastian Petrovski
Interview by Leena Park
SEAN KELLY We talked to winner of the 13th season of Project Runway Sean Kelly, who’s already become a big name in the NZ fashion scene.
We all know you as the winner of project runway season 13, did you feel that being on Project Runway was harder or more challenging coming from a small town in New Zealand? No, I don’t think it was a disadvantage coming from New Zealand and being on the show. It was a very equal playing field (minus Amanda who had been on season 11) none of the other designers has worked under the conditions that we worked with on the show. The pressure to preform at such a high level was felt by all of the contestants, and it became a mental game of how to control your emotions of exhaustion while still producing creative work, challenge after challenge. What was it like to work amongst Tim Gunn and the PR judges? Tim Gunn has made a huge impact on my life, and he continues to stay in touch, whenever you work with someone with years of experience in the industry you and only learn and grow from their advice. I feel very lucky to be able to have worked with Tim, Zac,
My earliest memories are of trying make a simple t-shirt for myself really trying to figure out how to turn 2D into 3D using newspaper when I was young. I would try to make things for my self by experimenting, figuring out sleeve shapes, necklines, finishing’s all by trial and error. Before learning pattern making, these steps are very important to experience and experiment with before your mind has been retrained with a set of “rules” of pattern making. How would you describe your style to someone who hasn’t seen your work? Modern, Clean, Contemporary with a focus on textile developments. Other than the opportunities has anything else changed since before being on PR?
Nina and Heidi.
There are people all over the world who are watching the season at different times, and I get waves of support from different places as it screens, which is amazing to have a global audience. I got recognized in an airport in China this year, which was strange but nice.
What made you move to New York in the first place? And what do
What the best part of being a fashion designer?
you love about NYC I first moved here on a graduate visa, with no job, no real plan; I was looking for design work straight out of school. New York has everything you could ever want, there is so much going on here everyday and you never know what will be around the next corner. That is what I love about New York. You definitely have a sophisticated aesthetic, what’s the earliest memory you have designing?
Being able to express your vision and tell stories to an audience. Also the ability to work with your hands and the hands of other talented artist, designers and technicians. Lastly, can you tell us about anything you are working on next? SS16 production and the next collection. Photo by Lawrence Smith
Now that summerâ€™s here and the trees are green again, we took a look at some of Aucklandâ€™s best plant stores offering the next addition to your house or garden.
House of Botanica
252D Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland
Online only: www.houseofbotanica.co.nz
Often overlooked, sitting at the end of the restaurants and big-name shops in Ponsonby is a nice local store called Ponsonby Plants. Walking into the store you realise it’s a much than it looks, and plants stacked on shelves and hanging from the ceiling everywhere you turn. Ponsonby Plants will most likely have whatever you need amongst its wide range of indoor plants, outdoor plants, gift plants, flowers, pots, small and tall cacti, stone ornaments, the list goes on.
House of Botanica is the perfect plant store for gifts or decorations. With great prices and the coolest little knick-knacks, they also offer botanical styling, floral design and plant hire for corporate events. If you’re not into ordering online you can find their goodies at the Ponsonby Market NZ Pop-up store or at the weekend Silo markets over the summer.
62 Ponsonby road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
City Works Depot 13/90 Wellesley St Auckland
Bioattic should be number one on your list if you’re after specialty or gift plants – that’s terrariums, cacti, bonsai plants and so on. As just a small store at the start of Ponsonby road, Bioattic offers a range of intricate, high-end small plants and pots, they may be a little pricy but it’s all about quality, but even if you’re not buying you can still enjoy a complementary green tea while browsing Bioattic’s marvellous creations.
The Botanist is a plant shop/florist/café that resides under the car park of the City Depot. Although they don’t have as wide a range as other Auckland plant stores, they have some great selections and have some of the best options and service when it comes to flowers. But the main appeal is that The Botanist doubles as a café, so you can enjoy a hot cappuccino and an egg muffin under beautiful hanging plants and flower-filled walls.
Interview by Chris Smith
PURITY RING Megan and Corin are back leading the Synth-pop scene with Another Eternity.
Future-pop duo Purity Ring have been on the frontlines of the synth-pop electronic scene since blowing up with their debut album Shrines in 2012, now they have cemented their place in the scene with their critically acclaimed sophomore album – Another Eternity. We talked to Corin Roddick from the band about their music, influences and success.
of anyone ever doing that before. I’ve seen that you’ve said for this latest album you’ve made more of a collaborative effort.
How have you guys been? Are you on tour at the moment?
Generally our roles are pretty separate, I don’t write any of the lyrics and Megan doesn’t actually do any of the production but we give each other so much feedback that we end up having a lot of influence over the other persons parts so I think that’s a pretty good way to work because it’s nice to have a second opinion, especially when you’re doing so much stuff on your own, someone else to bounce ideas off can really change a song or shape it.
Do you share any roles in the song-writing process, like do you write any of the lyrics or does Megan have any hand in the production?
We actually just got home from tour 2 days ago, right now we’re in LA, we just finished a full European tour for the last month. Congratulations on your latest album Another Eternity, it’s been quite a big year for you guys, being on Kimmel and blowing up so quickly, how’s that been?
Your band has a very cool aesthetic, what are the influences for the aesthetic? Does it come from movies or art or just music?
Thank you yeah it’s been pretty amazing, we didn’t really know what to expect at all, but I guess that’s always how it is though, you just have to make music that you wanna make and then hope for the best.
It comes from all sorts of stuff really, for me I’m a huge sci-fi fan, I’ll watch pretty much any sci-fi movie even if it’s terrible (laughs), I just love the aesthetics of them, like usually if it’s a terrible sci-fi there’s one moment in there that I’m like “oh that looks really neat” and that definitely influences me, there’s a few visual artists that I appreciate and I watch a decent amount of anime which I think probably influences our aesthetic also.
Is it a big experience coming from Edmonton in Canada? And getting the recognition so young? Oh well I don’t feel young I’m 25 now, I feel like we were young when we started the band so now I feel like an old man (laughs) but in a good way. The town we’re from in Canada isn’t super small, it’s definitely a city but it’s a very isolated place. And there was not much was coming out of the city but now there’s been a few bands coming out, like Mac De Marco’s also from Edmonton and a few other acts, but for a for a long time the idea of making music for a living and being from Edmonton was completely a crazy idea, I’d never heard
I also read somewhere that Megan actually creates some of the clothes used in your stage shows; do you have much of an interest in fashion also? Yeah Megan creates all the clothes but I’m definitely interested in fashion as well, I can’t make my own clothes but I know what I like 16
and Megan and I have worked together so much that at this point when she makes something for me it’s just gonna be exactly what I like, so for me fashion is really important, and the fact that Megan is actually able to create clothing from scratch for us I think is one of the greatest things about our band.The way the sounds are built on your albums is quite fascinating with all the different layers and beats. What’s your song-writing process like? The song-writing process is really different every time, we don’t really have a formula that we stick to. Sometimes it’ll just start with a weird sample of something that I recorded and I’ll stretch it around and pitch it up and down and make a weird loop and that might turn into a song which eventually Megan sings on. Or there’s times where she just comes with a vocal melody and nothing else and we’ll record that and I’ll build something around it, when I’m just making music on my own I don’t start with drums every time or synths every time, it just can be anything and I think that’s a good thing to keep doing. I found that working with Megan, pretty much anytime I find that we’re falling into a habit or routine then we immediately panic and try to switch it up. You’ve said before that a lot of your beats are hip-hop influenced. Who are some of your hip-hop influences, like different producers and artists? There’s a lot of producers that I admire, I think 40 - who does most of the stuff for Drake is really incredible, he’s just kind of created a whole new genre of hip-hop production. And also guys like Mike Will (Made It) who have just from year to year made whatever’s fresh and it somehow always stays ahead of the curve which is pretty special.
You’ve worked with rapper Danny Brown in the past also, are there any other hip-hop artists in particular that you would want to work with? Yeah there are definitely a handful of rappers that I would love to work with at some point. Kendrick (Lamar) is I think one of the best rappers of our generation so to do something with him would be amazing. Yeah that would be an amazing collaboration.. ..Yeah so I’ll say that for now. In general if it’s an artist that I like and they’re willing to work with me directly then I’m pretty open to it, I try to avoid the other way that things happen where you have like songwriting sessions with a bunch of different producers and writers and you’re just trying to write catchy songs and pitch them to whoever, I’m more interested in working one on one with the artist to create a piece of music together, that way it just feels more like something natural rather than trying to create results in a test tube or something (laughs). So Purity Ring are playing at Laneway Festival here in Auckland in February, what can your fans here expect from that show? For the Laneway show we’re definitely going to bring the whole lighting production experience that we have been using lately, it’s kind of hard to describe without seeing it but try to imagine a few thousand little floating lights and stuff that kind of work in an almost holographic sense together, and then mixed in with the light crystal instrument that I play most of the melodies on. Yeah can’t wait! Photos via online sources
sea Photography and Styling: Leena Park, Photography Assistant: Chris Smith, Hair and Makeup: Tylah Britow, Model: Indiana Cooper RPD Models.
Crop Top by COOP, Pants by Trelise Cooper.
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This page: Top by Moochi, Opposite page: Scarf by Moochi.
Left page: Dress by Ruby, Hat by Moochi, This page: Swimsuit by Cantik Swimwear, Shorts by COOP.
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Interview by Chris Smith
THE INTERNET An interview with Syd The Kid, lead singer and producer of The Internet
Have you heard of the Internet? Not URLS and emails, but soulful melancholic pop and funky bass lines. Syd and Matt – both members of the huge hip-hop collective Odd Future - formed The Internet in 2011, and with their unique neo-soul style, quickly found fame and a dedicated fan-base through the internet (the other internet).
and best effect. You can connect with people all over the world and create your own audience. So I think it gives artists the illusion that competition is tougher because everything is in your face, but in reality there’s room for everyone, probably. Ego Death has a more vocal driven sound than your previous records, what were your main sources of inspiration when it came to making this album?
Now a Grammy-nominated 6 piece band, they’ve had a massive year with the release of their third album Ego Death, we talked to singer/producer/band-leader Syd tha Kyd about their music and success.
We wanted to move on from the funk/jazz sound and towards something a little more powerful, sonically. Personally I was inspired a lot by N.E.R.D during this one. I also wanted my voice to be bigger on this one but I’m not sure I achieved that. Still love what I got.
Congratulations on the release of your latest album - Ego Death, how has the response been?
Where did the idea of Ego Death come from? Does much of the lyrical content relate to the album’s title?
It’s been great. Just thankful to have the opportunity. You’ve stated that everyone in the band has played a part in the production of this album, how is the rest of the writing split between the band, for example is Syd the primary lyricist?
Matt suggested it. At first I said I wasn’t sure because it was so bold. A week later after I’d forgotten all about it and he suggested it again and I thought it was perfect. I wanted to be bolder. The lyrics relate to the definition of Ego Death. It was me using my Ego to boost my confidence while at the same time having to keep it in check. It almost cancels out. But we didn’t have the title until we had finished the whole album.
I am but I wrote with a few other writers for Ego Death, like Nick Green and Taylor Parks. James Fauntleroy wrote a song for us and Steve Lacy, our guitar player, wrote a chorus. So did Matt. The Internet started finding success through sites like Myspace and Soundcloud, how do you think this ease of making and sharing music will affect the music industry?
What are your favourite songs to play live?
With the more opportunities there seems to be more competition. There are a lot of artists out there who you and I have never heard of that are doing really well for themselves. I think that’s its biggest
How was working with Janelle Monáe and how did this collaboration come about?
Probably Just Sayin’ and Curse. And Love Song -1.
It was really chill. Matt has known her for a long time and so he reached out to her. She was in town for an event and she stopped by my house for a little while and that’s when we recorded her part. She just started freestyling melodies and we recorded them. She didn’t stay long though so we didn’t have time to finish it with her, but we were able to make use of what she gave us. What are your plans after you finish touring, are you writing any more music or working on another album? I’ve just been writing so far. It’s all random stuff right now, but it’s fun. I’m exploring new sounds and discovering new ways to use my voice. Haven’t started work on the next album yet. I want to do a little more exploring and experimenting first.
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sand Photography and Styling: Amazir Aknine, Hair and Makeup: Leanne Magill, Model: Gemma Roberts Portfolio Models NZ.
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NORTH KOREA Liberty in North Korea is an organization committed to the rescue of North Korean refugees. We looked at the current state of North Korea and what LiNK is doing for itâ€™s people
Kim Jong-un, nuclear weapons, brainwashed citizens, these are just some of the things people think of when they think of North Korea, but there’s much more to the isolated country than you see on the 6 o’ clock news.
Changing the Narrative Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or an oppressive totalitarian government) for the past 2 years then you probably would’ve heard of the 2014 comedy film “The Interview” starring and directed by Seth Rogen and James Franco. The film follows 2 entertainment hosts’ journey to North Korea to interview leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un (and then assassinate him with orders from the CIA). The film caused a stir worldwide and even threats of violence from the war-obsessed country and it’s hot-tempered leader, many believed it being an effective way of pointing out the ridiculousness of North Korea’s government and create awareness while others argued that depicting cardboard cutout fruit stores and a Katy Perry loving Kim Jong-un could harm the already uninformed public’s perception of North Korea by taking focus away from the people and creating a disconnect. LiNK seems to be in the latter of these camps, saying “Mainstream media has defined North Korea as crazy Kims and nuclear weapons, which has created a barrier preventing ordinary people around the world from getting involved”, this people > politics approach is what makes LiNK a unique cause, with many of their refugees sharing their stories in TED Talks, LiNK’s Refugee Stories blogs, and even in their full length films such as ‘The People’s Crisis’ and ‘Danny from North Korea’.
With a heavy focus on war and military, constant surveillance, forced dictator worship and 6 known concentration camps holding approximately 150,000 – 200,000 prisoners (40% of which will die from malnutrition), North Korea is looking more and more like a modern day Nazi Germany. An estimated 100,000-300,000 people have defected from North Korea since the oppressive regime took over in 1953 after the Korean War over 60 years ago, with many of them being seperated from their families seeking refuge in the USA, Russia, and South Korea. There are a number of organizations set up to assist in these escapes, as well as aiding North Korean citizens in need and doing what they can to help the people’s crisis, one of these groups is a US/South Korean based organization called Liberty in North Korea (or LiNK). LiNK explained to us what they do, their goals, and the importance of focusing on the people of North Korea. Liberty in North Korea Starting out as a small group in 2004 to raise awareness for the people’s crisis, LiNK grew over the years to become one of the leading groups in the fight for the North Korean people, vice president Justin Wheeler explains that “Our vision as an organization is to work with the people to accelerate change in North Korea”, they achieve this through refugee rescues, resettlement assistance and “changing the narrative”.
North Korea and the Changing World Since the death of Kim Jong-un in 2011 and the subsequent change of leadership to his son Kim Jong-un, there has been a growing change in North Korea, with mainstream awareness constantly expanding and technology such as micro SD cards, USBs and small laptops being so easily available, it is harder for the regime to maintain total control over the people. The more that the North Korean people 40
(especially the youth) see aspects of the outside world, the more likely it is that they’ll want to leave or even defy the oppression of the DPRK. LiNK tells us that this awareness of the outside world is a very important factor in changing the status-quo, saying “Appropriating speech patterns, fashions and hairstyles influenced by South Korean and other foreign media provides a lowrisk way for young North Koreans to publicly signal their shift away from and even rejection of traditional culture and restrictions.” While we probably won’t be seeing large protests or riots anytime soon, LiNK believes this is an important step in the right direction. The Refugees At the moment, LiNK has rescued 405 refugees, and that’s not just getting them out of North Korea, they are given a home, education opportunities and the promise of safety, LiNK is able to achieve this for another person with every $3000 made in donations. Over the years they have set up a number of shelters and safe-travel routes through China and Southeast Asia for the North Korean escapees, after which they are taken to either South Korea or the US where they’ll receive resettleme nt assistance. The refugees are finally given the freedom to live the life they want, with many going to College and pursuing ambitious careers, as well as sharing their stories and raising awareness, paving the way for the rest of their people.
Words by Chris Smith, Photos by Bjorn Bergman and courtesy of LiNK
Interview by Chris Smith
LONTALIUS An interview with New Zealandâ€™s rising electronic artist, Eddie Johnston
At just 18 years old, Eddie Johnston is already known for being 2 New Zealand musicians – Lontalius and Race Banyon. Eddie creates chill electronic remixes under the name Race Banyon, playing DJ shows and festivals. But as Lontalius, he sings vulnerable, raw lyrics and RnB-inspired melodies over soft electronic, self-produced beats. We talked to Eddie about being Lontalius and Race Banyon.
collaboration come about?
How has your year been? What have you been up to lately?
I’ve been dreaming about writing with Alessia Cara. Or Justin Bieber.
It’s been great! I just spent a month in Los Angeles working on new music. It was a lot of fun.
What do you think of the NZ music scene? Do you think there’s much competition when it comes to other local electronic artists?
You have an incredible work ethic and you’re constantly releasing music, do you do anything else besides making music?
There are some good things, but it is bleak and it is broken, especially the electronic scene. The scene doesn’t care about non-white male producers and the most important people in the industry won’t talk to anyone under 25. But the internet allows some of us to do well without having to associate with an NZ scene.
I don’t do much else. I would have started university this year but decided I would focus on music. I don’t make enough though really. What’s your typical process when it comes to writing songs? Does the beat or lyrics come first? Sometimes I will have lyrics or vocal ideas first, but generally I am just messing around with Ableton or on a guitar and I’ll find something to start writing to. Does this process differ when you’re recording under your musical alias ‘Race Banyon’? Do you get into a different mindset from ‘Lontalius’? The process isn’t all that different, but it is definitely a different mindset. Race Banyon is a dance/electronic project. It is production focused. Lontalius is for me writing songs about my feelings. Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has taken an interest in your music and you’ve even worked with him on a track, how did this
He found my music through a mutual friend, and we became friends! He sent me a bunch of different things to sing on, and one of them stuck out to me. I’m very happy he decided to put it on his album! Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
How is writing/playing in the US going? Great, I am going to move out here as soon as I can. There is so much opportunity here. What are your plans for the summer? I’m gonna continue making music and I’m doing some shows as Race Banyon at the summer festivals. Mostly making music though.
Photos courtesy of Eddie Johnston
21st Century Terrorism The word Terrorism has been used more in the last five years than it has the last hundred. Words by Taylor Compain I for one, living in my quiet house, have had no real reason to use the word Terrorism; let alone put forward my own opinions of or draw judgment on individuals who are neatly filed away under its title. The word itself comes with equal parts emotion and politics, which moves it out of ‘Polite Dinner Conversation’ and straight into ‘Don’t Get Me Started’. Political Gain is synonymous when it comes to defining terrorism, but is surprisingly (although not actually surprising) one of the more recent additions to its repertoire, not being mentioned until a short 28 years ago which not only demonstrates a spike in the war for power but more so the human race’s knack for denial.
is that a terrorist can look like anyone; A pre-teen wielding a machine gun in Somalia - too young to realize the weight of their actions, a group of masked men who identify as ISIS members – beheading a man via viral video, mentally unstable college students in the United States who take to their peers with machine guns, presidents, prime ministers, leaders, chairmen, soldiers, men, women should all be sitting under ‘potential terrorist’ My most prominent feeling over the state of our current world is a sense of confusion. It consistently mystifies me how humans, as an entire species can be so proud and mighty that we turn our backs on our own kind to spread fear and hysteria for selfish gains. After I take a little breather to tone down the dramatics, logical thinking kicks in as I remind myself of all the acts of terrorism that have been inflicted over the last hundred years (see. Nazi Germany, 1933-45, Tiananmen Square, 1989 and Jackson, Mississippi, 1945 onwards) and suddenly my prior confusion clears, (short-lived yes, but they say ignorance is bliss) and is almost instantly replaced with shame. Terrorism, whether it is coming from the media, our governments, religions or just one person with an unshakable belief, makes me ashamed of the societies we inhabit, claiming to be constantly evolving, but moving further toward destruction than growth. I find myself struggling to understand why peace is so unattainable when we breed terror and hatred in spades.
Terrorism, for something so widely discussed, spat out and shouted, still does not have a solidified and universal definition, but more of a keyhole - to squint through and see only the corner of an empty room - leaving us to create our own images and conclusions of what may have happened before the room was locked and the key lost. Educated-though-unpopular opinions are constantly overshadowed by ill informed rants being made into worldwide views simply because they are supporting the ‘home team’. This originates from the overwhelming need we feel to conform, which alters our abilities to judge unbiased. In saying that - obviously not all unpopular opinions are right nor are popular ones wrong, I have just found that our ability to keep an open mind and extend empathy toward another view is limited. I however, can only speak on behalf of the world I have experienced - which compared to many is extremely sheltered. From someone sitting behind a computer, it is easy to form opinions and speak so detached but all it does is continue to add proof to how the mass hysteria on terror has a far longer reach than its intended victims.
The flip side to living among 21st Century Terrorism is bearing witness to how far we have progressed in the last hundred years. Our want to display empathy, kindness and acceptance toward each other makes our current day the best one to live in, with barriers between race, gender, religion and status constantly being broken down. In an age where information is unlimited and the whole world can be present through your screen, I am hoping there is going to be a time when unity will be what we value most and the need for terror and intimidation will cease to be recognized.
What does a Terrorist look like to you? As many are hesitant to admit, the image we associate when we hear ‘terrorist’ is more common than not, a man of Middle-Eastern descent with explosives attached to his body screaming ‘Praise to Allah!’ before detonating the explosives and killing hundreds of innocent people nearby. Reality of the matter
Photo by Jean Gaumy
CREDIT Credits for issue #4: Page 4 Free-hand writing by Sabrina David: @sabrinacdavid Page 5 Products courtesy of Lily & Louis: lilyandlouis.com and Flo & Frankie: floandfrankie.com Page 9 Profile with Lauren Trend: laurenelisetrend.com Page 10 Interview with Sean Kelly: seankellynyc.com, Photo from nzfashionweek.com Page 14 Interview with Purity Ring: purityringthing.com, Photos from purityringthing.com and pitchfork.com Page 18 Clothes for editorial from Trelise Cooper, COOP: trelisecooper.com, Ruby: rubynz.com, Moochi: moochi.co.nz, Cantik Swimwear: cantikswimwear.com, Model from: rpdmodels. com Page 28 Interview with The Internet, Photos by Adrian Samano, Odd Future and courtesy of songkick.com Page 38 Photos by Bjorn Bergman and courtesy of Liberty in North Korea: libertyinnorthkorea.org Page 42 Interview with Lontalius: soundcloud.com/lontalius, Photos courtesy of Eddie Johnston: facebook.com/lontalius Page 46 Photo by Jean Gaumy: magnumphotos.com/jeangaumy Page 48 Image from Almost Famous (2000) by Cameron Crowe
“It’s all happening” - Almost Famous (2000)