A Love Letter To Neil From ‘Art Attack’ On Its 25th Birthday


He hasn’t got back to my email yet but I’m assuming he’s reading the countless other love letters he’s sure to be receiving on this grand day. While I feel really old that one of the best kids shows from the 90s is now hitting its 25 year anniversary, it’s impossible not to look back on all the good pritt-sticky times Art Attack and its poster paint poster boy brought us.

Airing its first episode on June 15, 1990, the CITV (oh, the nostalgia) show penned by Neil Buchanan, who knew what was and what wasn’t an “art attack”, the important years of our childhood could now be spent making crocodiles out of paper mache and gazing as our favourite art presenter showed us how to fill our house with crap that dripped PVA glue onto our mum’s precious furniture.


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One half of model power couple Jarlos introduces a new zine celebrating the highest holiday of the year


4/20. A countercultural holiday celebrating cannabis culture and stoners gathering in their hundreds to do what they do best: smoke weed. In honour of the global phenomenon, HIGH, a new zine from Carlos Santolalla, the multi-talented millennial model, DJ and one-half of models-of-the-moment couple Jarlos, is being released. Born out of his photo project snapping hot guys breathing in some good old THC, the California Bay-native tells us he is naturally inclined to the subject, feeling hot stoned guys are something that the world deserves to see. “Marijuana culture has been ingrained with me since I was a closeted homo in high school,” he says. “I always thought marijuana turned me gay. The first time I ever hooked up with a boy was because he rolled a perfect blunt for me and I found that to be an extremely attractive talent.”

The zine contains photos of such aforementioned gorgeous stoned boys embedded amongst important facts about the beneficial legalisation of marijuana, in the hope to clarify stoners aren’t bad people – as well as educate the wider population, and naysayers, on their culture. Santolalla explains: “The war on drugs isn’t meant for all drugs and in this case it’s a huge misuse of resources. The mistreatment of peaceful, casual weed smokers in America is downright amoral.”

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Can New Fashion Truly Be Ethical?


It’s been an issue I’ve slowly but surely been coming to terms with, but simultaneously been pretty fucking confused by. Can we enjoy fashion and buy clothes without contributing to the labyrinthian structure of exploitation in the clothing industry? Is it possible to buy clothes that don’t harm anyone in their making?

Two years ago today, 1,133 people died and 2,500 were injured following the collapse of the Rana Plaza commercial complex in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Despite recommendations from the day before, advising the building’s bosses to have an expert examination into cracks that had been lamenting on the factory’s walls, the staff were ordered to work. By midday the building collapsed with thousands inside. The DNA of 135 victims has still not been found.

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Diet Pills & Beach Bodies: The Danger of Obsession


The quest for the perfect body isn’t a modern idea. For centuries women have experienced pressure to maintain an admirable figure – from whalebone corsets designed to accentuate an hourglass silhouette in the Victorian era, to clinched in waists in the 50s. Bodily pressures have travelled with us through time, and we seem to be more obsessed now than ever.

On April 12th, 21 year old Eloise Aimee Parry died after taking more than the recommended dose of her slimming pills, which actually contained industrial chemical dinitrophenol (DNP), which is used in pesticides and unsafe for human consumption. Coroners said as she died, she ‘burned from the inside’.

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Meet Charlie Craggs: The Activist Revolutionising Transphobia


Every 29 hours a trans person is murdered. Only two weeks ago Mexican transgender escort Vanessa Santillan was tragically murdered by strangulation in a flat in Fulham. It’s estimated that from more than 1.6 million homeless youth, 20-40% are trans. What is even more worrying is 41% of trans people are reported to have attempted suicide according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey – and some gut-wrenchingly succeed.

Because of rampant discrimination against transgender adults and youth, dealing with day-to-day life can be a struggle in itself, leading to many trans people experiencing unbearable insults, unfair treatment and, as we have seen, worse.

Nothing is solved without action, however, as Charlie Craggs, a trans activist will tell you. The creative director and self-proclaimed council-estate girl has seen her fair share of unlawful bullying and hate, but, under a firm assurance transphobia can be eradicated, through getting on with it and fighting for change.

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Thousands take to London’s streets in UN anti-racism protest


Dazed joins the protesters trying to stamp out British hate in the face of rising prejudice

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

You’d have to be pretty much blind not to see that discrimination is on the rise in the UK. With anti-Muslim hate crime rising 65 per cent in London alone and a tenfold increase in attacks on Polish people in the UK, it’s clear that xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia is alive and well in today’s Britain. This Saturday, thousands of protesters took a stand against hate in London to mark UN Anti-Racism Day.

The demonstration, organised by several groups including London Black Revs, Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism, saw a huge turnout of people from all backgrounds, religions and races. Protesters arrived in unison, having marched from Portland Place, chanting, “Shut it down! No human is illegal!” as they waved banners reading “stand up to racism and fascism”, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “austerity breeds fascism” and more.

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Cory Arcangel on losing himself to the Internet


The lowbrow king manifests Miley Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson as his digital and pop cultural obsessions go into overdrive

"Awkward Smiles / Lakes", 2013 1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

“Awkward Smiles / Lakes”, 2013 1920×1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables
Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Cory Arcangel was a self-confessed computer-nerd as a young boy. Fast forward a few decades and not much has changed, as his significant body of work – where the New York-native toys with the digital and pop cultural world in a way that few others do – will show. A firm Dazed favourite and one of the most influential artists of the New Media Generation, his work covers all aspects of the digital – from manipulating Nintendo games in Super Mario Clouds (2002-), to producing artworks from pool noodles in his “Screen-Agers, Tall Boys, and Whales” (2011-2015) series. Investigating the relationships of technology and culture, Arcangel signifies old, lost and forgotten media that he takes out of the real world and gives a valuable platform in the abstract. “One of the great things about being an artist is you’re given the opportunity to take things out of real life and put it into a place where people might consider it in 20 years, otherwise people will forget”, the digital-lover tells us over Skype.

Having been exhibited in major galleries all around the world, including New York, where Arcangel is from and based, his next showcase will be in Bergamo, marking his first major solo exhibition in Italy. This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous (yep, Miley Cyrus lyrics) takes place in Italy’s oldest municipal building, contrasting heavily with his ultra-contemporary installations – you’ll understand Cory’s fierce passion for the digital world just by hearing the entire gallery space is going to be covered in a custom-made carpet in a colour-gradient spectrum from the artist’s Photoshop Gradient Demonstration series. All of the combined works from the trans-medial artist in the show will give an almost full biographic of Arcangel’s creative language from the last 15 years. We caught up with Arcangel ahead of him jumping on a plane to Italy.

Read the full interview on Dazed here.

Fat White Family: “The medium of rock’n’roll has been hijacked by careerist scumbags”


One of the most topical, spoken-about young rock ‘n’ roll bands of the moment, Fat White Family‘s media portrayal is akin to a Trainspotting scag-head bunch of anarchic unsavoury lads. Sean Lennon,who helped co-produce the long-awaited second album, described them as “chaotic and out of control”, comparing their “extreme personalities” to that of the Wu Tang Clan.

It’s indubitable that they have rebellious tendencies  – one gig saw them throwing a pig’s head around the crowd and it is true Lias Saoudi, Fat Whites’ main vocals, did once shit during a gig and often resorts to G.G. Allen-style nudity. But this comes with their onstage executions – the deranged, sweating and topless Lias throwing himself around the stage later is far away from the calm and cordial singer in person.

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Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Starting Fresh: The 405 meets Mikal Cronin


Multi-musical and genre-hopping Mikal Cronin‘s self-titled debut was a hit amongst pop-rockers and rockers alike, and after releasing the follow-up, MCII, it seemed the logic behind the titles were fitting. Now with only two months until the release of his third (it’s out May 4th on Merge), logically titled MCIII, it seems there is more than meets the eye for the third instalment.

He based the format for this LP on Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, something he said resonated with him – one side pop songs and the other, darker, melancholic melodies about death. “I really connected with that record, and liked that it allows you to listen in a few different kinds of ways. So I went with a similar outline,” Mikal told us, noting the structure of his album.

Read the interview here.