highsnobiety issue 14
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IN HIGHSNOBIETY'S WORDS: IN THIS ISSUE OF HIGHSNOBIETY MAGAZINE, WE EXPLORE THE THEME OF “FACTIONS,” HIGHLIGHTING HOW AND WHY THE LINES ARE INCREASINGLY BLURRING BETWEEN SCENES AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR COUNTERCULTURE OVERALL. FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL, MUSIC HAS SERVED AS THE BASELINE (AND BASS LINE) FOR ALMOST ALL PROMINENT FACTIONS. FROM PUNKS AND HIP-HOP HEADS TO GOTHS, RAVERS, INDIE KIDS AND EVEN SKINHEADS, EVERY GROUP HAS THEIR OWN CODES AND STYLES ROOTED IN SOUND. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE DECIDED TO TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON FOUR DISTINCT PERSONALITIES WITHIN MUSIC FOR OUR COVER STORIES. BEYOND OUR FOUR COVER STORIES, THIS ISSUE OF HIGHSNOBIETY MAGAZINE ALSO LOOKS BACK AT THE ORIGINS OF SEVERAL CONTEMPORARY SUBCULTURES: PHOTOGRAPHER GAVIN WATSON WEIGHS IN ON THE CONTROVERSIAL “SKINS” CULTURE OF THE ’80S; WHILE LEGENDARY DEATH METAL ILLUSTRATOR MARK RIDDICK SHARES HIS VIEW ON METAL’S ADOPTION BY MAINSTREAM FASHION AND THE DOUBLE-STANDARDS OF “SELLING OUT" (AND ALSO CREATED AN EXCLUSIVE STICKER SHEET FOR THE ISSUE.) WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A NUMBER OF DESIGNERS AND CREATIVE NOMADS WHO ARE SHINING EXAMPLES OF TODAYʼS BLENDED “REMIX” CULTURE, INCLUDING MATTHEW WILLIAMS OF FASHION LABEL ALYX STUDIO; 19-YEAR-OLD INTERNET SONGSTRESS GIRLI; NYC PARTY CREW GHE20G0TH1K; AND ARIZONA-BASED TATTOO ARTIST AND RAPPER TOOTHTAKER. WE EVEN TRAVELED TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA TO GO INSIDE THE YOUNG, POST-APARTHEID CREATIVE SCENE AND THEIR UNIQUE TAKE ON NICHE CULTURE TODAY.

 



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