"...when there is no more booze in hell, the dead will walk the earth". - Anon. True to form, when milling around the Knitting Factory @ 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 got old, the hipsters, the fathers with daughters, mothers with prams, weirdos and students, hairy men, fat men, skinny men and college men - all dead - came together to celebrate the zombie culture by staggering, some more enebriated than others, through the streets of Brooklyn, along Bedford Avenue to McCarren Park. Liquored up by the refreshing Pabst Beer and Sailor Jerry shots in a not too unpleasant 85 degrees farenheit, our festering friends, stewed up by copious amounts of blood applied over their corpses (suspciously similar to red syrup), they proceeded to howl, harrass and horrify the local hipster inhabitants as the streets somewhat closed down to traffic, as should well happen in the event of any yearly apocalypse. Despite all these high spirits and general enthusiasm for brains, nobody was hurt, and it provided the Bedford Ave set a brief respite from being the most unwashed set. "See honey?" A local in tight jeans said to his welpish girlfriend, "I'm a darn sight tidier than the neighbours." Picture GALLERY from the Walk:
I'm curious to the backlash against the Vice shoot in their recent 2013 Fiction Issue.
With stories all by women, "Last Words" is a photoshoot with chilling artistic recreations of authors in the midst of taking their own life. Its certainly not a happy idea of course, but surely the purpose of art is to make you think - to make you discuss, to make you question.
The writers chosen include Iris Chang, Sylvia Path, Virginia Woolf and others, in scenes depicted as below.
Vice responded to the controversy by pulling the issue and releasing this statement:
"'Last Words' is a fashion spread featuring models reenacting the suicides of female authors who tragically ended their own lives. It is part of our 2013 Fiction Issue, one that is entirely dedicated to female writers, photographers, illustrators, painters, and other contributors.
The fashion spreads in VICE Magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one. Our main goal is to create artful images, with the fashion message following, rather than leading.
'Last Words' was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display “Last Words” on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended."
It is confronting and uncomfortable undoubtedly, but should it be pulled from shelves? Considering the more graphic violence we see in the media surely free speech should be defended in this instance.
In my professional association with the Australian Press Council I notice that journalists have been strongly assuaged not to "glamorize" suicide, not to trumpet the news of someone's suicide from the front page with photos and gushing stories. Beyond Blue - the depression and anti-suicide support group is de rigeur posted below every online Australian article on an unfortunately similar death.
These are sound guidelines naturally, but our politically correct enemies of civilization look to infiltrate barriers on free speech from the corners - whether it is cartoons of Mohammed, or anything that pricks social polite convention so as not to offend any person. While I find the Westboro Baptist Church repugnant, I feel I cannot stop them from monkeying around their idiotic and ignorant god delusions on the street. As much as I hate them, I love free speech more. And the same goes for these photos.
Art should not be curtailed by the baracking of the lobby groups. Good Art, like Piss Christ is dreadful. It gives you an emotional reaction. Art should never be bound by tradition or morality. It should be only bound by the artist's time to produce, and the audience's time or inclination to view it.
In my honest opinion VICE and SLATE magazine are two of the best avant garde emagazines out there and while traditional media magazines and newspapers eschew what the young guns create and read, they will lose the zeitgeist to where the people in the know really are - the Flipboards and Youtubes and Redtubes of the world.
With over 100,000 attending, NYC's Comic Con this weekend attracted the good, the bad, the hot and the plain old freaky to the island of Manhattan.
Our mission? Finding the very best and worst characters in the Big Apple!
The four day event was a claustraphobic morass of fans who descended on the Javits Center to meet their heros like Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia), Ian Mcdiarmid (Emeror Palpatine), Stan Lee, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). Panel highlights included “The Walking Dead” creator, Robert Kirkman on stage along with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and series stars, Andrew Lincoln who plays Rick.
However the best characters were the ones made by fans, With self-made characters like Diabetes Man, we have sorted store-bought costume chaff from weird-and-wonderful grain.
Very Fash'n 2014
The runway was lit up this week thanks to the gorgeous fashion of Ilse Couture; sexy sunshine pieces perfect for the luxury resort market. Imagine sipping a succulent beverage by Poolbar or over at Vegas' Wet Republic. These are the perfect threads to wear! Inspired by the designer's own travel adventures, from St Tropez to South Beach you are well wrapped in the most magical colour spectrum of Gauguin's Paintings. The fashion show was enchanting; an endearing display of falling Cherry Blossoms adorned the runway, as models from Platform and Chadwicks graced the interior of Carriageworks with Ilse's Spring/Summer collection for 2013. Delightful burnt oranges, cobalt blues, stone greys and crisp whites featured predominantly, with such light silks and chiffon-looking gowns to delight the eye. I was shooting from the front row as a hybrid media observer and guest; I particularly love these angles which make a nice change from the usual media gallery which shoots straight down the runway. This angle gives a particular perspective and depth which tells a story of motion and magic which can only compliment the dress design. The particular model Shannon (above) graced the floor with poise and a most delightful ethereal charm. It was a wonderful show with angelic white lighting and memorable tunes featuring the likes of Lykke Li. For more information on the range contact Ilse Couture firstname.lastname@example.org www.ilsecouture.com www.facebook.com/pages/ilse-couture