Instead of beauty, branding.
The world’s reaction to Vin Los is that of a shared and immediate sentiment of instant fascination. An innate need to understand the psyche of anyone who turns their body into a creative canvas is natural. The appeal of the traditional tattooed male, on varying scales, from the extremities of Zombie Boy Rick Genest to the more subtle increase in presence of male models with ink on luxury brand runways isn’t something that is necessarily dying down. Body art as a trend now has unquestionable longevity, but this evolution is moving towards a clear sentiment and purpose-led statement of creativity.
When I first saw Vin Los, I immediately wanted to understand his backstory and ambition for what had taken him to this point. With this in mind, we created a special project for in collaboration with my dark matter menswear brand Ada + Nik and Canadian photographer Naskademini to bring to life a set of portraits based around the quote from Isaiah 3:24 which references the future of humanity, “Instead of beauty, branding.”
Vin and I discussed modern day iconography, his creative inspirations and ambitions to change societal perceptions. Full interview under the cut.
The self-directed video for Lana Del Rey’s ULTRAVIOLENCE has arrived. It’s the first time that Lana has returned to the rawness of what she pioneered with the release of Video Games, Kinda Outta Luck and Blue Jeans (original) since the video for Carmen. It’s clearly something that is hugely personal to her, and the video release on Noisey (the music platform owned by VICE) coincides with the first time ever that VICE have put a celebrity of this calibre on their cover since the inception of the publication. In essence, this movement is pushing creative and media boundaries once again. The video itself sees Lana in a wedding dress and veil “following” her lover “Jim” from the story of ULTRAVIOLENCE. The fact that it is self-directed lends itself to the candid and gripping first party transference of the story and her vision. Something that a high budget Born To Die-esque video would have struggled to achieve.
Without actually contextualising this post, I wanted to share the track because it has legitimately been on repeat for the last four days. I feel that it needs to be judged on the music alone, and not the backstory.
Troye Sivan’s TRXYE EP is set for release on August 15, 2014 via EMI and Universal Music.
The second trailer for Sin City 2 just landed and this time it features an appearance by Lady Gaga. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller weave together two of Miller’s classic stories in the sequel. The film is released on August 22 and stars Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, and Christopher Meloni.
In May, we spent two days in London and on the road to shoot a highly ambitious project for Ada + Nik Spring/Summer ’15 – a short film called ‘Carpe Noctem’ – the same name as the collection itself. Barely a month later, we premiered the film at the Ada + Nik SS15 runway show and now, with huge pleasure, we get to unveil the digital version in full HD quality.
As with The Dark Wolf, we worked with my brother Oz Thakkar to produce and direct the film. You can read an interview with him about the film on HYPEBEAST. Carpe Noctem is a bizarre, elegant tale of man who diurnally sacrifices to escape his memories. Carpe Noctem is a punk-luxe nightmare melodrama – tangled with a bizarre backstory. It’s a film of the kind that only Ada + Nik would dare create. Brando, played by Oliver Walker, wakes up everyday with no idea who he is – or where he’s come from. His actions are dictated by his primal instincts – lust and thrill.
The film is a hazy blur of premonitions. Brando – a blank canvas – puts on his clothes and drags on his smoke as he discovers himself. Premonitions take us on this punk-luxe journey – with a beautiful girl, a classic hog, and the open road. It’s a nod to the likes of Godard and Murakami – ambiguity and false roads. With a bizarre twist, we’re confronted by the ‘Master’. In the words of Bob Dylan, “..it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord – you’re gonna have to serve somebody” – a reality check hits home – Brando needs to decide whether or not he sacrifices to lose his memories and wake up – every day – the same. A cyclical hell of false roads and sacrifice – or live life free from burdens – free from the past.
Special thanks to Rosewood London, NJOY Premium E-Cigarettes, Thompson London Jewellery, The Q Camera, Deciem (Fountain and inhibitif), AOFM Make Up and Untitled Motorcycles.
An extra special thanks goes to photographer Fiona Garden who documented the two days of filming – the images have been used in features on GQ, WWD etc. and more images can be seen below.
Produced and directed by Oz Thakkar
Fashion: Ada + Nik Spring/Summer 2015
Creative producers: Ada Zanditon and Nik Thakkar
Starring: Oliver Walker and Elarica Gallacher
Co-starring: Luca Ribezzo and Sam Alexander
Original score by: Daniel Rostrup