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Dazed & Confused

Dazed & Confused

Spring 2021
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A trailblazer for emerging talent and proudly independent, Dazed magazine aims to set the cultural agenda, both on and offline. Founded by Jefferson Hack and Rankin in 1991, the entire archive of back issues is available for digital subscribers to Dazed. The independent British fashion, culture and arts magazine has a strong global reputation for its groundbreaking and trendsetting editorial and its support of new generations of fashion, art, literature, photography and music talent. DazedDigital.com, their online magazine, is updated daily, hosting interactive projects, extra editorial content, exclusive music and fashion film.

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United Kingdom
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2 min.
2021 to infinity

As Dazed kicks off its 30th year, this issue marks the closing of a chapter and the start of a new era. We’re welcoming Ib Kamara as our new editorin-chief and Lynette Nylander as executive editorial director. It’s been a true honour to edit the magazine since 2015 – through wild rides, late nights in the office and 5am texts from cover stars (love you, Frank) – collaborating with a creative family like no other. What’s so special about a magazine like Dazed is that it’s always in flux, passing through so many different hands and lenses. It’s bigger than any one individual, it’s the spirit of the moment. With that said, I want to honour the team at the heart of that, who’ve made the magazine what it is today…

6 min.
glue skateboards

Cher Strauberry Boardsliding coffins in Antioch, California, was part of growing up for Cher Strauberry. Her mother worked at Higgins Chapel funeral home, and when Strauberry wasn’t sitting through services (“I was a pretty depressed kid. Maybe it was a lot for me to see that young”), an embalmer she endearingly calls Heavy Metal Tom would cut coffins for her to skate over. He also bought Strauberry her first guitar and taught her to play Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”. When she broke her ankle for the third time in a year, she was told she wouldn’t skate again for at least six years, so she started playing a nylon-string guitar that was her grandmother’s and found punk. She left home as a teen, paid $200 a month to live in a…

4 min.

midwxst “If quarantine hadn’t happened, I truly believe hyperpop wouldn’t have been created or as big as it is now. We all got in our bags and were pushing out great music,” says 17-year-old Edgar Sarratt III, AKA midwxst, of the internet-born music phenomenon that’s somewhere between glitch pop and post-emo. “I made more songs than I ever did – (quarantine) was a blessing and curse.” As a kid, Sarratt hopped between states and countries before his family settled in Indiana, the state that inspired the name of his musical alias. Now he makes soothing, emo-tinged rap both on his own and as part of a network of collectives. “Everyone in helix tears and NOVAGANG (the two groups midwxst is involved with) has different styles, sounds, aesthetics and lives, but having…

9 min.
what the hell is hyperpop?

In a YouTube video from late October 2020, a 15-year-old rapper called glaive frolics in the woods dressed as a raccoon. He peeks over at a log cabin, where he and a small cohort of other teenage woodland creatures, including fellow artist ericdoa, begin raiding the bins. “I’m so pissed, I’m angry as fuck / I wanna kill myself, but you’re calling my bluff,” glaive sings in an unaffected tone over a chirpy chiptune beat. Listened to more than 1.5 million times, it has a pounding, pixellated style that is both insanely catchy and unsettling. It’s what you would imagine 2020 to sound like if you plugged it into a sound deck and simultaneously smashed it against the wall. Despite only making music since the beginning of the pandemic, the now-16-year-old…

9 min.
superflat: you got your memes in my dystopia!

“Being good in business,” Andy Warhol once insisted, “is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Nearly three and a half decades after Andy Warhol’s death, there are Warhol fridge magnets and Warhol cushion covers, calendars and baseball caps and shower curtains, colouring books and Converse trainers, the result of his belief in commerce as another form of legitimate practice being that not one of these items would feel as if it betrayed his status as a modern artist: purity, as far as Warhol was concerned, was overrated. (Sexually, he did at times adopt the pose of an ascetic; fiscally, he was undoubtedly, delightedly a slut.) That he died before the democratisation of the internet has…

10 min.
garrett bradley

With supreme clarity, June Jordan passes up notions of “so-called magnificence” in her poem “On a New Year’s Eve”, turning her focus away from infinity and towards incremental possibilities. She writes: it is this timethat matters it is this historyI care about the one we make togetherawkwardinconsistentas a lame cat on the looseor quick as kids freed by the bell This poem, specifically, calls to mind the work of Garrett Bradley, 35, the director behind the award-winning documentary Time, about the toll of incarceration on a Louisiana family battling the American prison system. In it, she extracts from Jordan’s lineage the tenor and pure style of what it looks like and sounds like to pay attention. To train one’s eye on what is being concealed, with full intent, and to care, devotedly, with an…