GQ Australia September/October 2020

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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change is good

As a global brand, GQ has been changing since 1957. And for 50 million readers around the world, GQ is a trusted voice, encouraging changes in the way we live, think and influence the world around us. With a renewed emphasis on diversity, gender equality, sustainability and mental health, GQ will continue to push forward as a champion for change. Because change is good.…

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editor’s letter

Adam Briggs is a busy man. He’s a rapper and the founder of Bad Apples Music, but also a TV writer, an actor, an activist, an author, the list goes on. So a cover shoot almost felt too easy. Instead, he has taken over this whole issue as Guest Editor, bringing a wealth of ideas about not just people and topics to cover, but also the photographers, writers and creatives to cover them. Over-delivering – it’s what Briggs does. People will tell you he chooses to do so many different things because he’s so talented; he can’t help but over-perform. That’s true, of course. But he’ll say it’s not really a choice at all, that as an Indigenous man he works 10 times harder simply because he has to. Right now in…

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guest editor’s letter

Ever since I was a child I’ve been drawn to absurdity, be it in personalities or, more importantly, in entertainment. If I was listening to music, it had to be rock like Guns N’ Roses or gangsta rap like Ice Cube. If it were movies, I had to watch Predator or Halloween, and the nothing-but-syrup theatrics of professional wrestling also struck a major chord with me. If a cartoon was playing it was more than likely The Ren & Stimpy Show or Looney Tunes. I needed the intensity – the anvils and shotguns – over the cuteness of the other productions. I was enthralled by their audacity. It wasn’t until I was in a writers’ room with a friend of mine Jon Bell that he pointed out, as Aboriginal Australians, we…

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Rhys Ripper STYLIST GQ: Can you talk about some of the symbolism featured throughout the shoot with Nathan McGuire (p102)? RR: Nathan is a proud Wadjuk Noongar man. In one of the shots, we see Nathan painted with ochre in his Noongar style. He holds tjun tjuns made by his father, Morris, and wears gum leaves from the Eora Nation. The emu feathers were gifted to Nathan by the Dja Dja Wurrung people for his community work whilst he was living on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The ochre and gum leaves were presented to Nathan by Elder Matthew Doyle of the Gadigal people, whose land we shot the story on. I wanted to showcase the many sides of Nathan, elaborating on his strength as a man with nods to the military contrasted with…

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matriarch with a message

In June, at the Brisbane vigil for Dunghutti man David Dungay Jr and American George Floyd, both of whom were killed in police custody in their respective countries, a searing new rap song electrified the crowd. ‘Why my people gotta die / Ain’t shit changed since we been colonised’, the lyrics rang out from the speakers. The song was ‘Our Lives Matter’, which soon became an unofficial soundtrack to Australia’s Black Lives Matter movement. With its seamless flow and lyrical potency, the track could’ve been by an established artist with a swag of records to their name. But it wasn’t. ‘Our Lives Matter’ is by a rapper named Barkaa, a proud Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and mother of three, who only released her debut single in March this year. “It was a…

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bad apples music is the all-indigenous record label behind some of the country’s most fearless new voices.

When Bad Apples Music launched in 2015, it became the country’s first Indigenous-owned and -operated record label. Running the show was hip hop artist, music mogul, actor, author and Aussie icon Adam Briggs, who started the venture off the back of his success with AB Original, alongside Ngarrindjeri man Trials, a fellow musician and Briggs’ close mate. Today, Bad Apples Music – or BAM as it’s known – represents seven artists, among them up-and-coming Gamilaroi rapper Kobie Dee and Wergaia/Wemba Wemba singer-songwriter Alice Skye. Barkaa will become the eighth member of this mighty movement, which just doesn’t stop gathering steam.…