Introducing the What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue
November brings with it a tide of Autumnal warmth: mulled ciders, cozy sweaters, and the savory aroma of sage and tryptophan rising from a nicely stuffed turkey roasting in the oven. November’s the best.
We figured we’d honor the spirit of fall conviviality by sticking our thumb in its eye. Welcome to the What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue. If you can find a copy of this month’s edition of VICE at these fine establishments, you’ll be greeted by our cover: one of Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden’s hyper-detailed photos of mean-ass looking people from his series, “Deep Fried America, The Terror and the Delight of the Wisconsin Fair in Portraits.” Pick it up, sit yourself down, and flip through the issue’s wondrous, glossy pages.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
Soul on Fire. Journalist James Pogue reports from California’s brush fires where the state has sent a motley crew of prisoners to help put out the blazing infernos.
Andres Serrano’s Cuban Odyssey. The notorious Piss-Christ photographer takes us on a quest to photograph Fidel Castro.
Sketches from the International Vomiting Conference. VICE senior editor Ben Shapiro sent us this dispatch from the yearly gathering of the most preeminent puking scholars in the world. Things got messy.
In the midst of the Syria’s civil war, jihadists are turning northern Syria’s abandoned oil wells into makeshift refineries staffed by children.
Speaking of kids, VICE editor Wes Enzinna goes inside Bolivia’s silver, tin, and zinc mines where teenagers toil away below ground in 500-year-old mines that are about to collapse.
“Thank You,” a new short story by Chilean author Alejandro Zambra.
All that and our signature smattering of phenomenal fashion. DOs and DON’Ts, and much, much more. And if you’re of a tableting sort, you can also subscribe to our iPad app and get bonus features. Go on and get it.
Introducing the Holding Court Issue, October 2013
Get a subscription already!
Sometimes our friends will ask us why they should subscribe to the magazine—pretty much everything that appears in print also appears online, they say, and print is a dying medium anyway. Then they ask to borrow our car, because our friends are fucking assholes.
If you want to know why the physical copy of the magazine is worth it, locate a copy of this month’s Holding Court issue (a map of selected distribution points can be found here) and take a look at the cover by Marcel Dzama, which you can check out above in its ones-and-zeros version. Online it looks pretty good, but in real life the halo around the dude-with-a-baby-for-a-head’s head/baby shimmers in the light and you can make out the subtle muddy bloodstains on the arrow-filled body hanging from the ceiling. It’s the kind of strange painting you’d want to cut out and put on your wall, only you can’t if you’re just looking at it on your computer like a putz.
Other stuff that’s worth seeing in print:
The pictures of Irving Zisman, a.k.a. Johnny Knoxville, as the horny septuagenarian parties with some young lasses 50 years his junior.
War correspondent Robert King’s photo essay on Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, which is home to 120,000 displaced Syrians.
Kevin Site’s travelogue of Afghanistan as the US military finally prepares to leave for good (spoiler: the country ain’t doing so well).
These never-before-seen photos from Nirvana’s 1989 European tour.
VICE editor Wilbert L. Cooper’s examination of the thriving culture of scrap metal thieves in Cleveland.
If all that stuff doesn’t convince you that a paper version of the magazine is worth getting, look out for our iPad edition which is chock full of amazing extras including exclusive videos and pictures…
Buy Illegal! Magazine So Its Vendors Can Buy More Drugs
Michael Lodberg Olsen is the bearded, benevolent guardian angel to Copenhagen’s drug addicts. A couple of years ago, the Dane started driving a van around his home cityoffering heroin users a safe, sterile environment in which they could inject under the supervision of volunteers and trained nurses, rather than behind some trash cans in the park or in a shitty hostel. Olsen’s scheme was initially met with a fair amount of local opposition, but in the end he managed to win many of his detractors over.
Michael’s latest project, which he launched a couple of weeks ago, is Illegal!—a magazine that hard drug users can buy for $1.80 and sell to the public for around $5.00. At first glance it seems similar to the Big Issue, until you get to the mission statement. While the Big Issue was set up to feed homeless people and get them off the streets, Illegal!'s explicit aim is to help drug addicts—many of whom are homeless—raise money to buy more drugs.
Again, the scheme has attracted criticism—after all, much of the cash handed over will be going straight into the pockets of heroin dealers—but Michael has presented a case that’s hard to argue with. Surely it’s better that Copenhagen’s drug addicts are earning their money selling magazines, than if they are—for example—robbing people, shoplifting, or selling their bodies for sex?
Michael (left) and his colleague Thomas Paalsson
Introducing the Guccione Archives Issue – Now Available in Newsstand for iPad or on VICE.com
The super special September issue of VICE was exclusively culled from the archives of Bob Guccione Sr.—the legendary magazine publisher, provocateur, and entrepreneur who built a media empire that started with Penthouse. At its inception in 1965, Penthouse was a magazine like none other that championed the First Amendment to the extreme with dreamy, tastefully shot spreads of nude women and investigative journalism that aimed its sights squarely on the hypocrisy of big government, religion, and all other means of authority. Guccione’s empire soon grew to include dozens of magazines, most notably the now-defunct but soon-to-return science and science-fiction magazine OMNI, and later came to encompass such exotic ventures as investments in an Atlantic City casino and a nuclear-fusion power plant. Unfortunately, these last two projects failed spectacularly—as if Guccione would fail any other way—and he went bankrupt in the early 2000s before dying of cancer in 2010 with hardly a penny to his name.
Recently his legacy was resurrected thanks to entrepreneur Jeremy Frommer, who randomly discovered a portion of Guccione’s archives last year within a lot of storage units he purchased in Arizona. From there, he teamed up with childhood friend and film producer Rick Schwartz to buy the entirety of Guccione’s life-spanning archives from the former mogul’s bankruptcy liquidators. It was a treasure trove that included thousands of unpublished photos, art, illustrations, and articles in various stages of completion, as well as dozens of Guccione’s paintings. (Before starting Penthouse at age 35, he worked as a struggling oil painter in Europe.)
The Guccione Archives Issue—”guest edited” by Bob Guccione himself—barely scratches the surface of a collection that took VICE’s editors months to go through, carefully whittling down a selection that best represented the legacy of a man who was misunderstood by the public at large during his lifetime. The issue harkens back to an era when magazines were published using an entirely analog process, presenting what a mock-up might’ve looked like halfway through completion.
Want more specifics on how VICE gained access to the archives? Read Claire Evans’s piece here.
No idea who Bob Guccione even was? Read the summary of his unpublishedautobiography here for a good overview of what made the man tick.
Want to see some gorgeous illustrations from some of the best sci-fi artists of all time? Yes, you do.
Wondering what a disgruntled employee thought of the Playboy Mansion in the 1980s?Here’s a transcript of an unpublished interview that a scorn butler gave to a Penthouse reporter in the 70s.
Or maybe you’re more into the skin?
Unpublished Penthouse Pets
The Gucci Girls, Then and Now
Rejected Penthouse Pets
For even more unpublished archival material, please visit The Guccione Collection website, which is devoted to illuminating all the varied corners of Bob’s legacy and creating new content in the spirit of the Guccione empire.
It’s the Hot Box Issue
When photographer Giles Clarke saw the “gang cages” that members of San Salvador’s warring street criminals were imprisoned in—sometimes for months at a time—it was as if he encountered something out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. The photographs he took of over 30 men stuffed into cages that are 12 feet wide and 15 feet tall are insane and express the underlying theme of VICE’s latest edition, which we’ve titled The Hot Box Issue.
In keeping with the spirit of Giles’s discovery of absurd detention, artist and writer Molly Crabapple traveled to Guantanamo Bay to check out the US Naval Detention Center that has become a worldwide blot on America’s credibility as a moral power for her story named after a T-shirt she found at the base’s gift store: “It Don’t GITMO Better Than This.”
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky and Noah Friedman-Rudovsky traveled to Mennonite colonies in Bolivia to report on the continuing and frightening rape epidemics happening in their insular community. They found that even though the perpetrators of the so-called “ghost rapes” have been apprehended, the rapes continue.
We also traveled to Colombia in search of rare strains of Marijuana with the self-proclaimed King of Cannabis, Dutch seed magnate Arjan Roskam, offering a more traditional take on the meaning of “hot box.”
As you can imagine, there’s much more in out latest effort to sink your teeth into too. Terry Richardson photographs mega superstar cat Lil Bub who then gets her fortune told. Richard Kern shot a dark and titillating fashion editorial inspired by David Cronenberg’s Videodrome.
As the month rolls along, expect more goodies from the print issue to appear on VICE.com—including an excerpt from Adam Leith Gollner’s new book The New Book of Immortality, new fiction by Barry Gifford, and a report on the courageous women of Egypt battling rape and sexual assault during the country’s recent revolutions.
If you want an IRL copy of this magazine to hold and snuggle with we’d suggest heading to one of these fine locations pronto. Actually, don’t bother. They probably are already gone.
Find all the published and future articles for the Hot Box Issue here.
The 2013 Photo Issue Is Here
Cover by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari
The annual VICE Photo Issue is a cultural barometer that has been used by historians since the age of Talbot to determine which artists are on the front lines of photography in any given year. For our 2013 issue, in the interest of fucking with the heads of future photography students, we decided to have our favorite photographers collaborate with an artist or creative person(s) of their choosing to make a brand new body of work. They came back with the type of imagery that you usually only see in dreams, nightmares, hallucinations, voodoo ceremonies, and via other mystical occurrences.
Inside the issue you’ll find new work from tag-teams like Barry McGee and Jim Goldberg; Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari; Peter Sutherland and Ben Pier; Alec Soth and Brad Zellar; Sandy Kim and Maggie Lee; Richard Kern and Kim Gordon; Jim Mangan and Tadayoshi Honda; Asger Carlsen and Roger Ballen; Jaimie Warren and her mom; and even a massive piece by the dream team of Ryan McGinley, Collier Schorr, Marilyn Minter, and Roe Etheridge. We will be rolling out pieces online all through the month of July, but if you want an IRL copy of this large-format beauty to hold and snuggle with we’d suggest heading to one of these fine locations pronto.
For those in New York City, we will be blowing these images up, sticking them in fancy frames, and hanging them on the walls of a gallery for you to gawk at while you get drunk off our free booze in the near future. More info on that to come.
Happy summer and happy Photo Issue, everyone!
43 Is What a Skate Magazine Should Look Like
As skateboarding has grown in popularity and seeped into the lives of an ever-increasing number of households, the industry—and I’m painting with a broad stroke here—has morphed into a more family-friendly, watered-down version of what it once was, like MTV or domesticated animals. Which is why 43, a New York-based magazine that debuted last year from photographer Allen Ying, is a much-needed breath of clogged city air. A large-format quarterly that’s heavy on excellent photography and light on ads, 43 combines stories of late-night New York City skate missions with photos that wouldn’t be out of place on gallery walls anywhere in the city. Which is fitting, because on Tuesday night, in celebration of its third issue, 43 hosted a photo show at Temp Gallery in Tribeca.
While its previous issues have drawn praise within the skateboarding world, it’s probably safe to assume that this issue has received the most attention of any 43 so far, thanks to one of its photos body-jarring the internet a couple of weeks ago. The image above, of a gentleman by the name of Koki, ollie-ing a subway platform was spread far and wide not only on skate sites, but regular-people blogs like NYMag's and Gothamist, among others.
I caught up with Allen to talk about his new issue and the pretty things inside of it.
VICE: Let’s cut right to it. Who is Koki, the guy sailing over the 143 Street subway gap, and what is wrong with him?
Allen Ying: Koki is an MIA local, and he’s a beast! I only got to meet him that night. It was all pretty surreal, but he’s rad. Koki was the only one in our crew who thought he could do it.
I’ve heard some whispers around the ole water cooler that Gonz ollied that gap, or one like it, way back when. What do you know about that?
I heard that rumor recently too, but I haven’t heard someone definitively say, “Oh, he def did that.” It was just someone saying they heard he might have done it. I’d love to hear about it if he did; that’d be amazing.