// ON THE RADIO //

Baby it's warmer than a summer night. George Cosby is on and radio's not dead. Embrace the vibes and let the breeze come in. Ice-cream melts. We love him.

 

Are you into ‘Twin Peaks’?

I have to be honest, I haven’t watched ‘Twin Peaks’ yet but I hear it’s great so I will make sure to give it a watch.

Do you like wearing leather?

Not against it in any way and I do have the odd item but it isn’t a staple of my wardrobe.

Your voice reminds me of Antony Egarty. Would you agree?

I can see the comparison as there are points of similarity. She is an incredible artist who is always pushing creatively. 

You also have this Chris Isaak thing going on, which I love. I think Chris Isaak is underestimated. What do you think and wouldn’t you love being a crooner from the 50s?

Chris Isaak is amazing and, yes I agree, he is hugely underestimated. His voice is so smooth. I would love to have been a crooner from the 50’s and it’s a musical period I have looked to recently and explored for inspiration.

What time is it now?

10am GMT

What are you wearing?

A black T from YMC, a pair of COS trousers and Oliver Spencer shoes.

Do you bike?

Yes, best way to travel in London. Especially when the weather is good.

Do you like to talk fast or slow?

Slow.

What's the last movie you saw, where?

‘Dunkirk’ at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.

Strawberry or salami?

Strawberry 

Your worst nightmare?

Shark attack

When did you cry last?

Watching ‘Youth’ by Paolo Sorrentino

Do you enjoy watching Rodger Federer play tennis?

Yes, I’m a big tennis fan.

Would you rather lunch with Marry Poppins or Madonna?

Mary Poppins.

What will you do after answering these questions?

Go to grab a coffee with a friend in Soho

Do you enjoy night, darkness?

I do, I especially like a night time walk.

Do you believe in ghosts? 

I would like to…. I’m yet to encounter a ghost but always on the look out.

Was this fast enough? 

Just right.

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by RUBEN TOMAS/

// DANCE with ME ITW //

 

Brooklyn Art Guy Fashion Guy Dance Guy, Thomas Gibbons gives us the answers we need to hear.

Watch him open his heart behind the blinds. We love him. You should toO.

 

I love your website ( www.thomas-gibbons.com) and your name reminds me of the famous Gibson guitar. Do you play guitar?

Thanks! And no I don't, but my dad and sister do a little bit.  I love the guitar.

 Do you believe in destiny?

In the sense that everything happens for a reason, yes.

 Are you in love?

Not at the moment, but I recently had my heart broken. 

 Looking at your creative work, the films of Guy Maddin came to my mind. 

Anyone you like in particular in cinema today?

Recently, I discovered Marlon Riggs’ “Tongues Untied” from 1989, which everyone should see. I also love Todd Solondz, Leos Carax (“Holy Motors” remains one of my favorites), Charlie Kaufman and the film that Charles Atlas made with Lady Bunny.

 Any brother or sister?

I have one sister named Katie.  She’s my other half. 

 When were your born?

November 28th...I’m a Sagittarius.

 Belgium is known for having an excellent dancing culture (but probably not scene). Would you agree?

Absolutely. I'm not sure how you define "scene", but I know a lot of good things happen in Belgium.

 Could you live anywhere else in the world but in Brooklyn?

Believe it or not, I really love Los Angeles. A lot of my friends from New York have moved out there and it has a burgeoning dance/art scene that I'm interested in exploring. Also, the blue skies and proximity to nature make me happy...and palm trees!

 Do you prefer green circles or blue squares?

Tough one. I’ll go with green circles

 In math, do you prefer to add or multiply?

Multiplication.

 If Mary Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?

An apple. Although I see her more as a stick of gum

 Do you believe in life after death?

I don’t (as much as I'd like to).

 How much do you love or hate the US?

That’s a complicated question.  I love the US by the token that it’s my home, but I don’t have a Nationalist spirit. Also, I hold deep issues with our foreign policy, agricultural practices and gun-control laws, but, politics aside, it is a fascinating place geographically and culturally. 

 Have you kissed someone today?

Only hugs.

 When were you last time in Europe?

January.

 You dance, model, do you sing as well?

I try not to! I’ve always been embarrassed by my singing voice, but I’m getting less self-conscious about it as I get older. 

 Who dances to your taste today?

Most recently, I've liked dances by Andy Degroat/ Cat Galasso, Ryan McNamara, Anne Imhof, Jillian Pena and FlucT.

 Are you into musicals?

I loved musicals as a child and they’ve certainly informed who I am in many ways.  After college I danced with a touring company of “A Chorus Line”, which remains my favorite musical along with some other classics.  Stylistically, I don’t like contemporary musical theater, but of course there are some exceptions. Over the years my taste has evolved away from commercial theater and narrative in general, but my current work, in some ways, comments on this kind of artifice.

 Does Barbra Streisand mean something to you?

Definitively. Many people only know Barbara as an entertainer, but she is also an incredibly singular aesthete. I own her book, “My Passion For Design”, which chronicles the design and construction of her New England style Malibu cottage. There are pictures of every tiny detail from handmade valances, to a functioning watermill to a subterranean Victorian shopping mall complete with a doll shop. I think Barbara Streisand is a freak of nature and I love it.  She is one of those few people, in my eyes, who gets away with being so ridiculous just by the virtue that she is undeniably herself.  

 How would you describe your body?

Mine. 

 Do you ski?

As a kid. Not anymore.

 Do you surf?

Nope.

 Who would you be if you were a woman?

Myself, but as a woman.

 Do you like the works of Maurice Béjart?

Sure. He’s not my go-to choreographer, but his movements are architectural and sensual. I like this combination. 

 Stravinsky or Rihanna?

Rihavinsky

 Are you haunted by a memory in particular?

Seeing my late uncle, John Gibbons lying on my grandparent’s sofa in 1993 several months before he died of AIDS. Bald, emaciated and smiling ear to ear. 

 Did you have a happy childhood or is that irrelevant to who you are?

It was more complicated than just being happy or sad and it’s definitely relevant to who I am. 

 How much rest do you need?

8 solid hours. Every night. 

 What was your last creation and what will be the next thing you do? 

I shared an excerpt from a larger work I am making called "Every Man's Home (Is HIs WIfe's Castle)" at Brooklyn Studios for Dance. It unpacks questions about the transactions of queerness, daily performances of vanity/domesticity and the inner-monologue of The Gaze.  Really though, I just hump a bunch of tennis racquets and lick electrical outlets...If you're in NYC, I'll be performing more of this work in HOT! Festival at Dixon Place on July 7th. Come come!

 Do you want to add something to these existential questions and answers (!)?

No thank you.

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left / jacket OVADIA & SONS,  sweater CARVEN, trousers A.P.C. , shoes LINDER

right / trousers Y-3

coat OVADIA & SONS, trousers NEIL BARRETT

left / trousers Y-3

right / jacket LINDER

left / shirt VERSACEtrousers Y-3 & shoes GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

right / shirt VERSACE

shirt & shorts SANDRO

 

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ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

/ feat. Thomas Gibbons at Fusion /

/ Styling by Dylan Hogelin /

/ Hair by Alicia Marie Campbell at See Management using Oribe hair products /

/ Make-up by Alex Almeida using MAC cosmetics / 

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// SPEED ITW with JAMIE WISE //

 

/ Music & destiny in L.A /

 

When were your born?

Was born in a tiny little town in the English Countryside called Somerbee.

 Do you feel alive?

Sometimes, depends what part of the day it is  ;-p

At what time did you wake up today?

6am - early bird catches the worm.

Do you believe in destiny?

To an extent. I believe we all can write our own destiny. 

What will you do after answering these questions?

Probably smoke a jay and play my guitar.

Do you prefer green circles or blue squares?

I'm a fan of anything blue, although I prefer the shape of a circle. 

In math, do you prefer to add or multiply?

Multiply! Make. Numbers. Big. 

If Marry Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?

She'd definitely be a good ol' sweet English plum. 

 Do you believe in life after death?

I don't know enough of anything to make a choice in what I believe after death. I'd definitely like to believe that a part of us continues on.

How much do you love LA?

Love the place, the setting, the nature, sometimes the people kinda ruin it.

Are you into coffee?

That's when I feel alive. Haha. Just kiddin, though I do enjoy a brew. 

What accent do you have?

A pretty generic English accent.

You look like Chris Isaak. Do you listen to his songs?

I have done in my time on this planet. I love it, dramatic and big gets a thumbs up.

If you had to listen to one last song…?

Time makes two by Robert Cray - what a song.

Have you kissed someone today?

No, what a shame huh?

 When were you last time in Europe?

Last year I was in England for a few months.

Do you write songs?

Yes I write a lot of songs - soundcloud.com/jjwisemusic

Do you sing under the shower?

Every single day.

Are you into musicals?

Yes, love them. Les Mis is one of my favourite things in existence.

Does Barbra Streisand mean something to you?

Not so much, more from South Park ripping her.

How about Prince?

Talented man who did what the fuck he wanted. Didn't care what people think. Wasn't a bellend. RIP Prince!

How would you describe your voice and your body?

My voice can be many things but when I sing and play guitar it's just Raw. My body is like a wonderland. 

Do you ski?

Nope, but I want to this year.

Do you surf?

A little bit, but not a regular surfer dude.

Are you in love?

What is love? Baby don't hurt me.

 You have the same name as Robert Wise who directed one of the most glorious movies ever, ‘The Sound of Music’, are you two connected?

I wish!! I'd revamp it and make a new musical movie and reignite the world’s love of classical music/singing! I'm ambitious.

Has summer started in LA?

Apparently, although the weather has been slightly schizophrenic this year.

How cold was it this winter?

Not too bad in LA, although I still wrapped up like an Eskimo. I'm allergic to the cold, makes me hibernate and become a grouchy bear. 

Do you miss rain?

I love the rain, it's one of the most beautiful types of weather. If the sun shines while it rains, it transforms the world into a fairy tale.

When was the last time you went crazy, why?

Last weekend. Needed a big blow out and to dance for 12 hours - managed to do just that :)

Do you listen to King Crimson or Pink Floyd?

Pink Floyd ;-)

If you were a woman who would you chose to be?

Hilary Clinton because I'd just be on the cusp of becoming the first women president of the United States. Although my own political beliefs would align more closely with Bernie Sanders. 

 Did you smile during this interview?

Yes, several times. Especially when writing some cheeky answers.

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more about Jamie  /

/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by OLIVIER DESARTE /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON & VISUAL ART SERVICES /

// MOTION ITW with TAYTE HANSON //

Tayte Hanson moves. He runs and stops.

Where are you now and what are you wearing?

I am at my house wearing adidas 3 stripe sweatpants and a shirt I made from scraps. 

 Motion is a change in position of an object with respect to time.What's you favorite position in sex?

 Missionary. I like it basic.

 Do you run fast?

I prefer not to. 

 Do you fall in love slowly?

No. I fall fast in and out of love.

 Do you drive a car?

No.

 Have you had sex in a car recently? 

No, no cars really besides cabs here. 

 How often do you fly?

Weekly. 

 Have you fallen in love in a plane? 

Yes. I talk about it in my new book! 

 Do you dream about being a professional surfer? 

Never.

 Would you rather fuck a surfer or a GI?

Surfer. I have always had a thing for a man with grungy, long hair and a no-fucks attitude. 

 Have you flown in a helicopter?

Yes, many times. 

 Do you find helicopters sexy?

No. I find them loud. 

 Would you rather drown in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean?

Both. 

 Do you prefer walking or running? 

Walking. I want to witness the beauty around me. 

 Have you ever run after your lover?

No. If you let them go and they are truly lovers they will come back. 

 Do you know how many times you swam in the Pacific Ocean?

About a dozen. 

 Do you like motorcycles?

Yes, I owned one for many years. I am looking to buy one currently. 

 Do bikers make you horny?

No.

 If you had to come in a moving object, would that be a car, plane or train? 

Plane, always. I love to fly. 

 Do you find tunnels sexual?

I have had sex in tunnels twice; however, I usually find tunnels just dirty. 

 Have you ever played ping-pong table? 

Yes, not a fan. 

 What will you do now?

Yoga for two hours, finish the final draft of my book, juice what’s in my fridge, and watch “Room”.

 Motion is a change in position of an object with respect to time. Did you change position during this interview?

 Apart from moving my fingers along a keyboard, no.

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/ more about Tayte /

/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by RUBEN TOMAS /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

// FATAL ITW WITH DIMA DIONESOV //

Russian fusion model DimA opens his heart and tells it all for Behind The Blinds.

 

You have a beautiful name. Sounds packed with adventures and full of secrets. Where does it come from?

My real first name is Dmitry which I get to remember only when I look at my passport. In Russia, almost every name has a diminutive version. So, Dima is Dmitry; only a short version. I prefer Dima because it sounds soft and nice. For some funny reason people sometimes miss-hear my name as Demon which suits me too I guess. :)

Did you grow up with a pet?

When I was a child, I had hamsters. Due to their short life, it was quite a painful experience to see them die so soon, especially because I was so ready to take great care of them. I treated them like my children. Then I had a cat in my family apartment. When I moved to St. Petersburg for University, I got my lovely, dearest and the most beautiful Toy Terrier named Grisha. I love him and miss him a lot due to my heavy travel schedule, I do not get to see him much. He lives with my friends in St. Petersburg whenever I am abroad. Surely when I fly home, I try to give Grisha as much love as I can. One thing is for sure, I never call him a dog, for me he will always be a child, he is my son. :)

 When did you discover you were afraid of heights?

Most people get phobias at one point in their lives or when something comes across. I started to be afraid of heights a few years ago. I guess it happened when I was on a rollercoaster ride in Japan at Fuji Ku Park. I prepared myself with a bottle of red wine, helped me to kill time in the never-ending queues. At the same time, was trying to calm myself down a little. Turned out it brought me even more emotions at the end of the ride. Besides having agoraphobia, there are some other things I am afraid of which I would keep to myself. I prefer to look fearless at all times. My roots gave me very strong blood. :)

 If you could choose, would you live somewhere in the past or in the future?

I prefer to live in the moment. I don’t like to look back at the past and I’m not scared of the future. I believe things will be good because I am good.

 What’s your first memory?

I always remember most of the moments in life. Strangely enough, with your question, nothing comes to my mind. Particularly, the period before I moved to St. Petersburg is one big blurry image with lots of school work and mountains of textbooks. I started to realise what life really could mean once I moved to St. Petersburg and started living alone. And my first memories of that time were insanely breath-taking beautiful skies, the crystal-like reflection of the sun on the canals and rivers, matching the side-walks which created a very delightful imagery stamped in my mind. I fell in love with mysterious buildings and got to remember the scenic views with yellow leaves on the trees along roads. It was Autumn which is my favourite season.

 Do you do drugs, often, never?

I do not accept drugs. And do not recommend them to you all. I prefer alcohol. Doctors recommend having a good glass of wine.

 Ever seen the movie ‘Vertigo’ with James Stewart (you look like his distant cousin)?

I've never seen this movie. Just googled it. And I can’t find a single similarity with the actor. Maybe only the charisma in the eyes.

 What’s your mother’s name? Do you have a hero?

Her name is Tatiana. Short version, Tanya. This is one of the most popular Russian women name. A beautiful, feminine name. And there are a lot of characters named the same in Russian literature. For me, it represents beauty, inner strength and intellect.

And immediately I want to jump to the question about my heroes. My hero is my mom. She has done so much for me. Even though I'm far away all the time and we see each other rarely, but she is mentally always with me and sends me positive energy. I can feel it.

 Any brother or sister?

I have two older brothers and a younger sister. I always feel she is my double in female version. My friends do say the same when they get to meet her. When we are together, there are no silent moments at all; lots of fun I would say. I always miss her. By the way, her name is Diana. And this is my second favourite girl's name. :) 

 Do you believe in destiny?

I believe fate is not programmed and can possibly be changed.

 Is your name an asset in your modelling career?

Definitively. I believe a name helps shaping a character. Therefore, when I will choose names for my children, well…or dogs, I will think it through. For instance, I would never name someone North. :)

 How did you start modelling?

Oh, this is a very long story. I could write my own biography on this, there are a lot of thoughts and emotions in my story which have shaped me until today. I am not one of those who was picked up in the streets and weeks later is called the top new face of the season, those people have not a single clue what they are actually doing but they are being pushed. Long story short, I, myself never wanted to be a model and didn’t know much about it. But it happened, and I believe it was something life wanted me to go through with for some reason. And now I know all about modelling and even more hahaha… It is very interesting, can sometimes be scary, dramatic, but it can be fun and full of unforgettable moments.

 Do you sometimes hand-write?

Sometimes. When I fill out forms for visas. I hate to write by hand, and frankly I’m very bad at that.

 Are you in love with someone now?

Whenever people ask me they all get the same answer, I’m always in love. That’s it, you get what you see. And I don’t talk about my personal life.

 Where will you be in 30 minutes?

At the same place as now. On the couch in my very cozy apartment in Brooklyn which I am renting. I will finish this interview, and then go to the fridge (my favourite place to walk to in the apartment). And my fridge is not a “model apartment” fridge, it is always stuffed with food. Come visit! Haha I love having guests over.

 What are you wearing now?

Hahaha this question sounds like phone sex... but in my case it’s not so sexy. I’m wearing cotton pyjamas with Mickey Mouse ad Donald Duck printed all over. Under the cosy and cute pyjamas here comes the punch line, nothing underneath... Hahahaha kidding… Under pyjamas there’s a lot more to discover.

 Who was your first fuck and how old were you?

I would not us this word. For me, fuck sounds very animal. And when? Why does this matter? Well it did happen, and when I was younger it happened pretty often.

 Do you surf?

Yes quite often on the web.

 Have you ever chopped a tree down with an axe?

I never chopped anything with an axe. And I will not. For me, nature is just as alive as humans and animals. I will say a secret; sometimes I do whistle or hum a song to plants and flowers and I speak to food when I cook. I really do. I'm not schizophrenic. Just don’t get me wrong.

 Do you eat raw meat?

Sashimi and sushi are great, but I am very picky in Japanese food. I only eat in good sushi places. But never have the courage to try tartar yet. One day maybe.

 When were your born?

A century ago. I have an old soul but my teen spirit keeps me strong and young.

 Do you feel alive?

Yes, I try. Especially when I think about my beautiful, bright and happy future.

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ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by Mark Benjamin /

/ production by Michael Marson  /

// ITW with PAUL HAMELINE //

 

He's a fashion slayer. He cuts it. Down the middle and up.

The image drips and we smile.

 

I read you like George Bataille. Isn’t ‘Histoire de l’oeil’ the best story ever (it reads like a children’ story)?

Indeed, George Bataille is one of my main source of inspiration. I really enjoyed reading ‘Histoire de l’oeil’. But for my part, my all time favorite is ‘Ma Mère’.

 Do you read comics?

I don’t find anything stimulating in comics unfortunately for me, it’s never too late though.

 How tall are you?

186cm.

 Do you do drugs?

You’re not a cop from what I know.

 Do you prefer yellow circles or blue squares?

I would go for black rectangles. 

 Where did you lose your virginity?

Au septième ciel. 

 Will you watch the new Twin Peaks episodes?

I’m not THAT excited about it, even though I’m a big fan of Twin Peaks and David Lynch in general. I guess I’ll watch it for the sake of it. 

 Do you believe in life after death?

I don’t think about it, it’s not the time yet.  

 When did you shave last?

The question you should be asking is ‘where’ rather than ‘when’ ? 

 Why did you cry last?

While peeling onions. 

 Do you eat meat?

I couldn’t imagine living without it. 

 Your collages are beautiful. Is Kurt Schwitters a reference for you?

I never heard of him, thank you. I’ll go check his work once done with this. First things first.

 Any interest in ‘Hunger Games’ as the grand narrative of our times?

Categorical no. 

 Have you ever touched a rat?

One of my first girlfriend used to have one. To be honest I would spend more time with it than with her.

 Have you been with both a girl & a boy – simultaneously?

I’ll leave it to your imagination. 

 Have you been to Montenegro?

I heard it was nice.

 Coffee: black, milk or sugar?

Black as the darkest sin. 

 How was your childhood, happy, boring or not important today?

Not really of your concern. 

 Have you read any Jean Baudrillard? His famous text on terrorism (I find his ‘L’esprit du terrorisme’ still mind-blowing).

As soon as I’ll be finished with Genet’s ‘Le Balcon’, I will look it up. Cheers.

 Egon Schiele or Abramovic?

Balthus. 

 Do you drink milk?

NEVER.

 How fast can you run?

It depends after who. 

 How do you NOT lose your mind, and remain focused?

This helps : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_fDidYDQcs

 Your favorite time of the day?

I always get quite excited at dawn, before going out. 

 Did you enjoy this interview?

It was entertaining.

 

Collages by Paul Hameline.

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO &  illustration by SEAN RYAN /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

// FRENCH ME! ITW with PAUL LEMAIRE //

/ THE FRENCH MODEL /

Who was your first crush?

Won't tell you, she might read that! 

 Do you eat meat?

Course I do.

 Have you ever slept in the desert?

No but I did fall asleep in a dessert once.

 Do you listen to Mariah Carey?

Only when I'm with my gay friends or under torture.  

 When have you shaved last?

2 years ago.

 Do you play tennis?

Does beer pong count? 

 Do you prefer yellow circles or black squares?

I prefer la linéa.

 Do you wear shorts?

What is that ?

 Would you prefer dining with Rihanna or lunching with Steve Carell?

Both together could be really interesting! 

 Where did you lose your virginity?

In a girl.

 Beatles or Stravinsky?

Both! 

 How tall are you?

Tall enough.

 What's your favorite color?

Blue.

 Would you rather be a spy or a downhill ski champion?

I'd be a downhill ski champion while spying on the most dangerous villain who'd want to destroy the world.

 Any allergies?

To idiot people.

 What scares you most, “Jaws’” or “Aliens”?

Smurfs.

 If Marry Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?

A tomato.

 When was your first catwalk, how old were you?

This season : 24.

Have you been to Iceland?

Not yet ! But I will forsure one day ! 

  Any song you know by heart and sing from time to time? Any David Bowie? 

I sometime whistle the swan lake. Yes there is one ! Space oddity ! 
Where will you be tomorrow?

No fucking clue, I don't even know what I'm gonna be doing in one hour.

 Do you take sugar with your coffee?

Yes two please. And milk.

 Do you read comics?

Nop. 

 Have you been with both a girl & a boy – simultaneously?

None of your business, but no never. 

 Have you been to Montenegro?

Nop. 

 Did you enjoy this interview?

Yes a lot ! It's fun and unusual ! 

Do you smell yourself?
Joker. 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by CHARLIE DE KEERSMAECKER /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

// HEAT & SPEED ITW with AUGUST GONET //

/ CALIFORNIA BOY in NYC /

Your platinum hair is beautiful, it reminds me of Jayne Mansfield. Do you have Irish or Nordic blood?

No, I don't. But I do get asked that a lot.

 Do you like the snow, or is it all about the unbeatable California sun?

The cool part of California where I lived in means I get the California sun, the beaches, and also the snow. It's the best of every world.

 Do you surf?

No. But I have tried a couple times.

 How warm is it today and where are you?

It's 36degrees (Fahrenheit) and I'm in my apartment in New York. Definitely not California weather.

 Do you ski?

Yes! It's my absolute favorite winter sport.

 Any bad dreams recently or a reoccurring nightmare?

Not specifically, but I’ve been watching too much Law & Order lately so I'm constantly afraid that I'm going to get shot out of nowhere or ran over by a car. That's kind of a nightmare?

 Would you rather be Peter Pan or Robin Hood?

I was going to say Peter Pan because he gets to wear tights, but now that I think about it both of them wear tights! But I'll still stick with Peter Pan.

 I heard you were a professional gymnast. What did you love and hate the most about it?

I loved being part of the team. We were all family. We would see each other every day, travel with each other, and all compete together. I really felt part of something. I think what I hated the most was the pressure at such a young age. You are constantly pushed to learn new skills, and go to bigger competitions, and it’s a lot to handle when you're young.

 If you could choose, where would you live?

Back in California. Either a nice house in the Oakland hills or on the beach at Capitola.

 Are you more East Coast or West Coast, or is it all about the people you hang out with?

I'm so so much more west coast. People over here are weird. Haha, just kidding. It’s about the people you hang out with, but there are some significant differences between East Coast and West Coast people. It's almost like their priorities are different.

 You travel a lot. Who do you miss the most?

Oh god. That's hard. Um… probably my friends from home, Tori, Lydia, Priya, and Lauren. They'll love that I said their names.

 A favorite photographer or artist?

John Singer Sargent is my favorite artist. A literal painter. I’ve been studying him and his work since high school. I also think Harley Weir, the photographer, is extremely talented.

 What did you watch last, and did you like it?

I watched the movie "Panic Room" on the flight back to New York. I love that movie. Who doesn't love a young Jodie Foster and an even younger Kristen Stewart?!

 Have you ever dyed your hair?

Oh yes. First time I dyed my hair was in 7th grade and I have never had my natural color for longer than a year. It's always changing.

 Where will you be tomorrow?

Hmmm, I know that everyone would want to hear at some big exciting photo shoot or event, but honestly at Trader Joe's first thing in the morning, I have no food.

 Where will you be in one hour?

Williamsburg! I'm leaving after this to go meet up with some friends.

 How would you describe your body?

Well I have skin and some freckles and some hair. Yeah, that's how I would describe it.

 What are you wearing now?

A friends girl jeans and some old sweater I’ve had since high school.

 Anything you don't eat?

Chicken feet. I've tried them and I just can't do it.

 Do you like Mariah Carey?

I am Mariah Carey...

 How tall are you?

6"1'

 Do you own a car?

I am a proud owner of a 2006 gold Ford focus and his name is Brad. But he's living back in California with my parents now.

 How fast did your answer these questions?

Haha, um… fairly fast!

 How fast can you run?

I think I ran a 6 minute Mile once back in school. That’s fast, right?

 Are you anxious about time passing?

Yes. The future is scary, but also so so exciting.

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ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by Sean P. Watters /

/ production by Michael Marson  /

// LOOP ITW with JEROEN TEERLINCK //

/ THE INTUITIVE MODEL /

Melon or banana?

Banana.

 Bruce Lee or Prince?

Prince.

If you were asked to change your name, what name would you chose?

Jerome, it's like my real name but in English.

Would you rather be a spy or a downhill ski champion?

A spy.

Any allergies?

Cow milk.

 What color suits you best?

Black.

How fast can you run?

I'm pretty fast! 

What scares you most, “Jaws’” or “Aliens”?

Jaws, I believe in sharks but not in aliens.

If Marry Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?

An apple.

When was your first catwalk, how old were you?

That was John Varvatos during the Milano fashion week, I was 21.

Have you been to Iceland?

Not yet.

Any songs you know by heart and sing from time to time? 

Michael Jackson - 'Man in the mirror'.

How often do you see your best friend?

Not that much but for sure once every three months. This because I moved to Milano for work.

Are you in love?

In love and engaged.

Where will you be tomorrow?

In Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Isn’t English black tea with milk completely over-rated (I read it was extremely unhealthy as well)?

I'm a big tea drinker but black tea is the only kind I don't like. 

Would you rather fly to the moon or journey to the centre of the Earth?

Flying to space is a dream for me.

Are you shy?

Not really.

Who's your hero?

Jesus.

When is your birthday?

May 6.

How tall are you?

6"2.

What's your favorite color?

Blue.

In math, do you prefer to add or multiply?

Multiply!

Ice-cream or strawberry pie?

Strawberry pie.

 Do you do drugs?

Not anymore ;)

How much sleep do you need?

I think I need 8 hours but unfortunately I'm not always able to catch that.

Who was your first crush?

Vanessa Hudgens haha (high school musical).

Do you know how many times you have fallen in love?

I forgot.

Have you cried this week?

No.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ resurrecting?

Jesus is my hero.

Do you eat meat?

I try to not to because I'm against the bio industry. They aren't treating animals with the respect they deserve in my opinion.

Have you seen the movie "Back to the Future"? 

Nope.

When have you shaved last?

This morning.

Who's your hero?

You should know that by now.

 Have you ever slept in a desert?

Not yet.

Would you prefer dining with Rihanna or lunching with Steve Carell?

Dance with Rihanna!

Where did you lose your virginity?

Amsterdam! 

What's your favorite in milkshakes?

Strawberry.

Beatles or Stravinsky?

Beatles.

What's your favorite color?

Told ya.

 Have you changed your own name?

No.

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by RUBEN TOMAS /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

/ styling by JOE VILAIRE & big thanks to Themckibbinloft for the location /

 

 

// CASEY'S BEST SUMMER EVER //

CASEY SPOONER /BY/ BEHIND THE BLINDS 

EXCLUSIVE ITW by BERT VERMEIRE & PORTRAIT by RUBEN TOMAS

 

An interview with Casey Spooner, on the last day of summer.

 

Casey, I caught you just after a couple of days in the studio working on your new album. How’s it going?

 Great! We are mixing the tracks, which is a very creative process for us. But it can be a bit tiring. We’re constantly trying to find the right sonic balance, playing with arrangements, layering, harmonies… All the elements that make a great song. It’s been intense. Almost like a marathon.

 Our producer likes to work from sunset to sunrise… It’s good in a way because you're almost existing outside of reality. Just focusing on work, living in a bubble. Writing-wise it was interesting, quite emotional, more vulnerable. And for some reason my voice just sounds great at 3:00 in the morning. Turns out my golden hour is from 3:00 to 5:00 AM.

 On this album we are really pushing my voice. It’s more naturalistic and more raw.

 

 A lot of different inspirations, stories and research go into your albums. I guess its no different for this one.

 Well I started working on the album before my breakup. And then all of this sadness happened. So there is a bit of a before and after story in there…

 I also wanted to use elements that make us unique. The fact that I’m a mature gay man sets us a bit apart from the rest. In showbiz you’ve got a lot of white, blonde women that are supposedly representing a gay male or queer voice. I don’t relate to them; they just can’t tell my story. So that’s important to me. Telling the real story about being gay in an era of new technology and new emotions.

 We are living in such a time of change, there are so many new narratives, new stories unfolding. Take Jennifer Egan’s book Black Box for example. Every paragraph has the same limitations as a tweet. An extract was printed in the New Yorker and it’s really incredible. An interesting use of this “condensed attention span”.

 Of course all these new technologies also bring about new types of emotions. Things like YOLO or FOMO. Brand new 4 letter emotions. Great and awful at the same time. Isolation and loneliness, illusions of relationships that are mediated by new technology. But then of course there are also real connections that are happening.

 Sometimes when I spend a lot of time online, looking at pictures of other people and their lives, it is so surprising to see them in real life all of the sudden. Then I get so excited to see this person that I’ve “investigated”. And sometimes you get along with them. Sometimes you don’t.

 So different sorts of stories, interactions, love, lust,…

 

 Before this album coming out you also bundled some of the research for it in a book. EGOS - Character Studies, Online Marketing and Prelude To New Music Excited about you first print work?

 I’m waiting for the final print now, really looking forward to having it in my hands. We partnered with Nicolas Santos on the book. I trust his feel for aesthetics a lot, so that gave me the possibility to relax and focus on generating good content. While he was defining the form and final product.

 It was such a relief because I am usually a bit of a control freak. But with Nicolas it was great. We did this crazy test; I gathered all the photos from all the photo shoots I have been doing over the last year and a half. So we got 500 images from 30 different photographers.

 And so me, Nicolas and Karl Kolbitz – a graphic designer who also worked on the book – went through all photos in one sitting. In every stack we each had to choose one picture we definitely wanted to keep. And 9 times out of 10 we would all pick the same one. That gave me a very confident feeling and a lot of trust in them.

 Of course it also helped that they are both insanely good looking guys. So whenever I would have a comment or voice some of my concerns, the more I talked to them and the longer I looked at them, the harder it was to put my foot down. Karl would just start in this charming German accent; “But Casey…” And all my concerns would just fly out of the window.

 

 Did it ever get weird for you to be looking at all of these pictures of yourself?

 Absolutely. It’s kind of degusting sometimes. And definitely exhausting. Usually when I develop a character for Fisherspooner there is one big main shoot. Here it was a lot more material. But at one point you can look at yourself very objectively and only see the image.  

 Of course at other times you see the imperfections and feel flawed. With this photo project I’m also really setting myself up for failure. I’m too old to become a super hunk model. I’m 45, what am I doing? Comparing myself to the most attractive people in the world. And I’m never going to look like that.

 The idea feels a bit like going for perfection but also knowing that when I fail to succeed it’s actually the most interesting. I know I’m setting myself up for failure but I have to go for it.

 

 Another interesting part of the research was doing some investigating into the darker underworld of gay culture. Clubs like Laboratory in Berlin or other sex clubs. How does something like that translate into music?

 This summer was the first time that I was exploring that side of my sexuality. And that sort of spaces. I did it years and years ago, back in the 90’s. And then it was just a bunch of creepy guys. It also was the height of the aids crisis. So basically having public, promiscuous sex was seen as inviting death. So I have to confront and deal with a lot of anxiety in these sort of clubs. But I’m getting really good at it. It’s a very special way to relate to people.

 The first time I went to a club like this was in June, in Madrid. I was going there with a friend and I didn’t tell him I’ve never been to a sex club. I was so nervous! I didn’t dare take all of my clothes off in the locker room, so I went in in my underwear. Later inside, no one was wearing anything. So I really felt like an idiot. It was strange to see everyone walking around so exposed. But after 5 minutes my body started to feel the same as clothing. It started to feel like another layer. The things I really liked about it is that I felt so free in my body.

 I also was going in there, into all these worlds, with an artistic agenda. Which really coloured the way I was seeing these places. In Madrid for example, the ambient sound was really amazing. The music mixed with different sounds of action, groan, grunts, cries. All this sound echoing throughout this strange architectural wonderland was one of the most fascinating and sexy things.

 At one point I was standing besides the door of I don’t know how many, doing what, and just the sound through the door was one of the most erotic things I’ve ever experienced. It’s something you can’t capture or create, just have to be part of that world. We did try to get that feel into the album though.

 

 Everyone who follows you on social media saw it, there was no escaping it. Your slogan for this year was “BEST SUMMER EVER” Was it really the best summer ever?

 It has been a very emotional time for me. I suffered a lot of loss this year. I felt like I had nothing anymore. “Best summer ever” was my attempt at healing myself. It sounds like such an easy, superficial thing to say. “Best summer ever.” But there is a secret subtext to it that is more about heartbreak and disaster.

 Most people think that I’m just actually happy. But it’s more about me trying to be happy, trying to liberate myself. The idea that I don’t have restrictions, that I can go anywhere, be free...  And indulge myself in everything that I need and desire, in order to save myself. And… It worked. It has really been a magical summer. And now it’s time to let it go, look to the future.

 

Thanks Casey.

Happy to have been part of the best summer ever. You’re a good friend and a real inspiration.

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www.fischerspooner.com

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

/ ITW by BERT VERMEIRE / photo by RUBEN TOMAS /



 

// SLICED ITW with FINNLAY DAVIS //

/ THE UNUSUAL IRISH MODEL /

Melon or banana?

Banana

Bruce Lee or Prince?

Bruce Lee

Salty fries or chocolate cake?

Chocolate Cake

Would you rather be a spy or a downhill ski champion?

Spy

What color suits you best?

Black/Blue

How fast can you run?

Fast enough to get away

What scares you most, “Jaws’” or “Aliens”?

Jaws

If Marry Poppins was a fruit, what would she be?

Kiwi

How tall are you?

189cm

When was your first catwalk, how old were you?

Turning 16

Have you been to Iceland?

No but I would like to

Any songs you know by heart and sing from time to time? 

I know a lot of song by heart

Would you rather be Roger Federer or Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus

Are you in love?

Nope

Where will you be tomorrow?

By the time you read this who knows …

Isn’t English black tea with milk completely over-rated (I read it was extremely unhealthy as well)?

No you must have read wrong ?

Are you shy? 

Little bit

Who's your hero?

My father

When is your birthday?

26th February

...

 

 

/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS CARLY /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

// FASHION my X //

 

Exclusive ITW with

GEORGE ALVIN

 

 FIERY-EROTIC-CREATIVE BOY

 

Do you believe in a world where E.T. is not sent back home?

Eh I'm more of an optimist, so like E.T. I'm usually set on plans going the way I had hoped.

 Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s picture book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ tells the story of a little boy confronted with Monsters, but first he dresses as a wolf: what was your favorite costume as a child?

It's hard to choose, but it was a mixture between my Harry Potter capes or Spider-Man.

Have you cried recently and, if yes, why?

Yeah weirdly enough I did this morning. Moving to Amsterdam, and being back in NYC brought back both happy and sad memories. Sometimes I overthink and freak myself out. Times are different.

 Do you believe in ghosts or aliens?

Both! 

Does the name Donald Trump remind you of the male sexual organ, the penis, and could it be that this helps his popularity?

Clearly it's the only logical explanation to his popularity.

 Who is the bigger freak, Captain Hook or Peter Pan?

Tough, but I'm going to go with Peter Pan ha. I mean he comes into kids windows at night with green tights and takes them to a place called never never land, sounds a little questionable to me. 

 Are you afraid of the dark and what is your favorite horror movie?

Not really afraid of the dark luckily, and I don't really have a favorite, but one I watched when I was like 6-7 called the Blair Witch Project left me never forgetting it. 

 Is ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ too sick to be told to children?

No I think children nowadays have a lot more to be worrying about.

 Would you enjoy lunching with Pamela Anderson?

Eh well I wouldn't say no if she asked.

 Or would you rather spend an evening with Norman Bates (from ‘Psycho’ or from ‘Bates Motel’)?

Definitely Norman Bates. But would it be in his mindset of him or his mother is the question... The first time I watched that movie I was mind fucked.

If you had to walk to the centre of the Earth, would you pack sunglasses?

Never a bad idea to have sunglasses.

 Do you find Captain Jack Sparrow well dressed, possibly cute or of zero interest?

If you're asking if I'd sleep with him, then the answer is yes. 

 Can you both spend hours watching series and live, or are series making life bigger?

Personally there's every so often I'll binge watch a series if it's good enough, but to be honest it's not really productive.

 Are you haunted by a memory in particular?

Well my first summer job I had when I was like 14 was cutting down bushes and trees for this older lady my father knew. One day I was minding my business, cutting off a branch and I snake fell from one of the branches above and landed right on my shoulder. I flung it off, ran to the porch and stayed there in panic until my dad picked me up. Let's just say snakes aren't my favorite reptile because of it.

 Can you imagine Inspector Gadget making out with Donald Duck?

Anythings possible. But I'm pretty sure there's a law against it though haha.

 Did someone ever read you ‘Cinderella’?

Nah, i actually don't ever think I even watched the movie. But my sisters always watched 'A Cinderella story' with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray, and I was secretly into it.

 Do you find inspiration in ‘Mad Men’ or is it just too painfully retro?

I only watched it once or twice, but I was kind of stoned so I never got into it.

Could the word ‘season’ have the same meaning in fashion and in series, or is this question just too lame?

Yes same meaning and yes too lame.

 In ‘24H’, isn’t Mr Sutherland a bit overstressed and the whole story a bit too serious? Is fashion that serious or stressful?

I can tell you like movie references by the end of this interview haha. I think fashion is taken sometimes TOO serious, I think the important thing is just to stay true to yourself and don't wear things just because it's a trend or in season; Wear it because you feel comfortable and confident.

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/George's Instagram/

/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by FERRY VAN DER NAT /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

// LADY HARI //

HARI NEF /BY/ BEHIND THE BLINDS

EXCLUSIVE ITW by KIM PEERS & PORTRAIT by CHARLIE DE KEERSMAECKER

 

 

I know your birthday is 20 October 1992. Are there important moments when you felt reborn? 

It's October 21st, actually! I've never felt reborn. I think of my life as a progression, and have never felt comfortable drawing hard lines between the present and the past.

 At which stage in your life are you now?

I'm at the stage where the work begins.

 What are your future projects? Do you have a certain goal?

Right now I'm focused on acting and modelling. I don't know what's next. My goals tend to change with what becomes available to me, so I try to keep an open mind.

 What’s your perception of transgender?

"Transgender" is a word that represents so much more than any word should. It's an easy word that attempts to simplify the complex. There are as many ways to be "transgender" as there are transgender people. It's one word in one language. Cisgender is easy, because cisgender is male or female. Transgender is everything else!

 What was your favourite moment so far? 

I don't dwell.

 Where would you take me on an evening? Or for a brunch?

We'd be in Manhattan, my favourite place on Earth. I'd probably take you to one of those little French restaurants down near Bowery for good wine and fresh food. For the evening, we'd go dancing after. For brunch, we'd walk in the park.

 Who are your idols/hero’s? Who inspires you?

Women inspire me: Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Zackary Drucker, Jenny Boylan, Connie Fleming, Candis Cayne, Andreja Pejic, Kate Bornstein, Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette, Gogo Graham, and Tschan Andrews.

 As you are a writer I guess you like to read books. Do you prefer a certain writer? Style? 

I do not consider myself as a writer. Maybe I just write. My favourite author is Virginia Woolf, but my favorite style is Greek drama-- or any Greek poetry.

 Any advice you would like to give to young transgenders? 

There's actually no such thing as "a transgender”, only transgender people (transgender is an adjective). The advice I would give to trans kids is to chill out. Relax. Your thoughts and feelings are valid, and they will manifest in their own time. If you rush to the finish line, it will be harder to learn from the process - and the process is long and difficult. Take your time and space.

 What’s your motto?

Why not?

 What defines your identity? What do you think of labels? 

I define my identity for myself. Labels are convenient tools for living in the world. I have chosen to be woman: that's a label I embrace because that label allows me to feel safe, understood, and embodied. Does that label tell the full story of who I am? No.

 What makes you happy?

Progress, beauty, and abandon.

 Who are your favorite fashion designers?

Hedi Slimane, Jonathan Anderson, Mike Eckhaus, Zoe Latta, Shayne Oliver, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquiére, Demna Gvesalia, Dries van Noten, Matthew Williams, Tyler Rose, Miuccia Prada, Chitose Abe, Karl Lagerfeld, Vejas Kruszewski, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Alessandro Michele, Raf Simons, and Christophe Lemaire.

 What kind of music/bands do you like?

Lately, I've been listening to La Femme, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cat Power, Hole, Young Thug, Jamie XX, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Frankie Knuckles, Nico, Nicki Minaj, and Sérgio Mendes.

 Who is/are the most important person(s) in your life?

My Mom, Robin Neff Clebnik is the most important! My agents Ivan Bart, Mina White, and Aaron Newbill at IMG are like parents, brothers, and sisters to me. Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, essentially gave me my acting career. These people have been important during the past few months; everyone and everything else seems to change so quickly. I'm working on building a relationship with myself. I'm just getting to know her.

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/ ITW by KIM PEERS / photo by CHARLIE DE KEERSMAECKER / illustration by SEAN RYAN /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON / Make-up by SOPHIE ENGELEN /

// Lemon Squeeze ITW with ERIK VAN GILS //

/ ENERGETIC MODEL /

                                                                                                                        

In math, do you prefer to add or multiply?

Multiply

Ice-cream or strawberry pie?

Strawberry pie

Do you do drugs?

YES! But technically almost everyone does since tobacco and coffee are classified as drugs aswell

How much sleep do you need?

8 hours

Who was your first crush?

Probably the kindergarten teacher or a friend of my sister

Do you know how many times you have fallen in love?

Not really, who counts that?

Have you cried this week?

No, boys don’t cry

Do you believe in Jesus Christ resurrecting?

No

Do you eat meat?

Yes, but I’m eating vegetarian a lot

Do you listen to Mariah Carey?

Christmas forces me to

Are you shy?

Not really, although I can have my awkward moments

Have you seen the movie 'Back to the Future'?

Yes

When have you shaved last?

Yesterday

Who's your hero?

Margriet Jacobs! My mom is the best and she’s always there for me when I need her

Do you play tennis?

No

Have you died your hair, this week?

No

Do you prefer circles or squares?

Squares

When is your birthday?

17 February 1996

How many best friends do you have?

Since only one can be the best, only one. But I love all my friends

Do you wear shorts?

Yes

Have you ever slept in a desert?

No

Would you prefer dining with Rihanna or lunching with Steve Carell?

Why is Steve Carell even an option in this question?

Where did you lose your virginity? 

On a bathroom at a friend of mine. Very romantic! 

What's your favorite in milkshakes?

Pistachio!

 Beatles or Stravinsky?

The Beatles

How tall are you?

191CM

Do you think Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will never divorce?

I don’t know! I don’t care!

What's your favorite color?

#8C001A

Have you changed your own name?

No

Will you marry?

For now I don’t, marriage is a thing of the past in my opinion.. But then again, I’m only 19

...

 

/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO & photo by FERRY VAN DER NAT /

/ production by MICHAEL MARSON /

//TRUE ROMANCE//

JOHN & CARLOS /BY/ BEHIND THE BLINDS

EXCLUSIVE ITW by BRUCE LABRUCE & PORTRAIT by RUBEN TOMAS

 

Some people say Lou Reed wrote his song "Perfect Day" about heroin.

Describe your perfect day ? 

All we need is a beach , a blunt & a burrito.

Do you believe in monogamy, or do you think monogamy is monotony ?

We are monogamous—not because of any belief system, but just because it's what feels right for us.

I think if we found that to be monotonous, we wouldn't still be dating after 4 years.

Do you have any other sexual fetishes ?

Love and Affection.

What are your opinions about narcissism? Do you think that we now live in a narcissistic culture ?

Can narcissism be a good thing ?

It's pretty undeniable that America has produced a narcissistic culture—Especially now that smartphones exist, technology is facilitating a really

self-involved way of living. Can it be a good thing? Maybe in certain creative senses... but narcissism is ultimately pretty boring, I think ...

What are some of your favourite films ?

C : Daisies, Christiane F, Sleepaway Camp, Benny's Video, Scream 4, The Lego Movie...

J : Brüno, Totally Fucked Up, Natural Born Killers, Inland Empire, Tree of Life...

Do you ever have hallucinations or cosmic experiences when you have sex together when you're high ? 

Pot is definitely an aphrodisiac, but the weed in NYC isn't strong enough for cosmic experiences... But you should send us whatever you're smoking dude.

Do you ever have group sex when you're high ?

C : Group sex isn't something we're looking for in general.

J : Besides, an orgy sounds like it'd be terrible stoned. Like, dealing with all those genitals would get so overwhelming and

then you'd all probably just get lazy and go get pizza instead.

What is the girthiest blunt you've ever smoked ?

Shout out Miley Cyrus, she rolls the fattest blunts in America. 

After you use an apple bong, can you still eat the apple ?

C : Yeah but why would you ?

J : Actually I always eat the apple... blame the munchies I guess.

What are your favourite marijuana-themed movies ?

All time best is Smiley Face by Gregg Araki.

Have you ever seen the film Last Summer, directed by Katy Perry's uncle Frank Perry ? It has the best marijuana smoking scene

I've ever seen.  

No but we did watch the Katy Perry documentary really high it was hilarious.

Are you big fashion icons now? Would you ever amble down a catwalk smoking a spliff ? 

We asked to at the VFiles show, honestly. they didn't let us.

Would you ever do marijuana porn ? If so, call me.  

C : The video "420" we made for Purple Magazine is pretty close... 

J : I think the world needs an iconic homo-stoner porn, and Bruce LaBruce is the man to make it!

If you actually approached us with that, it would be hard to turn it down.

How did you get to be so cute ?????

Drink lots of water and dress like shit...

 

 

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