The new issue of Huck uncovers the paths taken by extraordinary individuals – from filmmakers and photographers to surfers and skaters – and the lessons they’ve learned by blazing their own trail in life. I'm really excited about this one. It's a cocktail of inspiration and a great way to put the world in perspective. You can read more about what's in the issue at huckmagazine.com or order a copy in glorious print here.
I spoke with Totally Dublin about the power of print in a digital era and why we do what we do at Huck. It's in their new issue but you can read it online here. For the first live version of Totally Dublin, I'll also be making an appearance at Dublin's Sugar Club on Tuesday 13 March to talk about the power of print in a digital era.
"For most photographers, taking a portrait is an impossible attempt to get underneath the skin of someone. This is the complete opposite: they’re giving you this thing in their head."
For the past six years, photographer Owen Harvey has been finding out why people are drawn to styles from a bygone era... and developing some unexpected perspective on his own life in the process. We spent many hours piecing together what it all means.
This issue features the boldest collection of stories I've had the chance to assemble – and I love the way each chapter hangs together. The Fantasy Issue is all about making the impossible possible – celebrating the dreamers determined to make their vision a reality, no matter how unlikely it seems.
We take a trip through the idiosyncratic worlds of furries, indie wrestling, Twin Peaks, Cuba's reggaeton revolution, afrofuturism and much more. You can order a copy here or find the individual stories on huckmagazine.com
This issue of Huck is dedicated to storytellers who blend fact and fiction, who take risks to transcend their own limitations and who have led extraordinary careers by overstepping the line.
It's our annual celebration of visual storytelling, this time featuring photographers such as Todd Hido, Gregory Crewdson, Zanele Muholi, Cristina de Middel, Guy Martin and Laura El-Tantawy among others. I was fortunate enough to six of them. One particular highlight was speaking with LaToya Ruby Frazier on the legacy of Gordon Parks. You can order a copy here or a find the individual stories at huckmagazine.com
The new issue of Huck is all about the rock stars, renegades and idealists who refuse to sugarcoat life – making no apologies for who they are. It’s about learning from the past so that we can live more fully in the present – and build a better future while we’re at it.
This edition was particularly fun to work on, pulling together in-depth reportage on topics such as the state of Turkish journalism, creative independence in Athens, prison photography as well as interviews with Liam Gallagher, Naomi Klein, Piss Drunx, Nick Broomfield, Shaun Ryder, Jamel Shabazz and many more. You can order a copy here.
The new edition of Huck circles the outer limits to meet anti-heroes living on the fringes of society. Outsiders, in our view, are a cause for celebration. They do not apologise for who they are. Instead they take ownership of their ‘otherness’.
This issue features in-depth reportage and counter-narratives from Iran, Transnistria, Kenya, Botswana, the back streets of London as well as some kick-ass photography shot just for us. You can order a copy here.
This is an unusual one. I'm a great admirer of Colum McCann's writing and so was eager to seize an opportunity to speak to him about the challenges of creative writing. The only trouble: his publicist said it had to be done by email. No matter. The guy is understandably busy. So while what he did say was incredibly affirming and helpful, I ended up crafting an overly elaborate intro to balance out the pithiness.
I had the good fortune of interviewing Panti Bliss, an outspoken gay performer living with HIV, who has become an unlikely – but empowering – ambassador for a once-conservative country. You can read it here.
The new issue of Huck is a riposte to 2016. After everything that year threw at us, this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the realisation that nothing good ever came from inaction. We meet people who share our belief in agitation – from pioneers who never learned to bite their tongue, to renegades who believe that art can be a weapon. I spoke with filmmaker Ken Loach, punk icon John Lydon, documentarian Kirsten Johnson and music act Dirty Projectors. You can order a copy here.
Sometimes the only way to survive is to pack everything up and start over. But whether you’re drawn to the unknown or driven by a need to cut ties, life lessons have a way of catching up with you. Here I explore three stories of people who reinvented themselves by walking away.
I've just spent a couple of months putting together The Offline Issue at Huck. Following a year of shit-storms, from political upheaval to fake news, we've been digging into the real world. It's packed with stories of off-grid living, analogue values, in-person experience and personalities you can't find on Google. You can order a copy here.
At Huck, we've just published our fourth annual documentary photography special – bringing together some of the world's best visual storytellers to share what they do and why. The articles are short, the pictures are beautiful and, as someone who had the chance to speak with a lot of the photographers features, it's packed with insight from some brilliant minds. You will learn about life just flicking through this.
This story was a pretty unique one for me. It started with some striking photos emailed to me out of nowhere. The sparked my curiosity, gradually drawing me to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth where I spent time with an extraordinary character who has a unique take on life. You can read it here.
When photographer Lee Kirby stumbled across a vagabond in designer clothes, he found himself opening a pandora’s box that would change his life. But for Lee Trosclair, renegade-turned-muse, the story is just beginning. In a world that undervalues art, he’s kickstarting a cultural revolution from an unlikely place.
Royal Trux struck gold when a major label offered them a million dollars and full creative control. But as maverick outsiders, the band proved too eclectic for mainstream tastes. Now, 15 years after breaking up, they’re ready to admit that some journeys never end.
Huck's 10th anniversary special – The Independence Issue – marks a decade of celebrating cultural mavericks, pioneers and outliers. The pairing of original photography and in-depth reportage has been a joy to work on. It features the likes of Marc Maron, Bat for Lashes, a skateboarding punk band from South Africa, Doug Stanhope, DJ Shadow, Royal Trux, Dave Eggers, breakdancing and ballet in Palestine, Shepard Fairey, Cheryl Dunn, Ed Templeton, Steph Gilmore, Chino Moreno, voguing in NYC, Foster Huntington and lots more.
In February, I began a new job as deputy editor of Huck: a counter-culture magazine based in London. My first longform story for the print title was an in-depth look at the phenomenon of false flags... You can read it here.
In the search for reason in an age of terror, some believe that governments plot hoax tragedies to control us through fear. But is this just a way of imposing order on chaos, or do conspiracy theorists represent the enlightened few?
A highlight of 2015 that came late in the year: a chance to interview film composer Ennio Morricone. He was in London for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight, which he scored, and that proved the perfect opportunity to delve into the Maestro's illustrious career. You can read the article here.
As soon as I began working on this article, the fact that teachers were reluctant to talk about their role in religious education suggested that there was a depth worth exploring here – a perspective we don't normally get to hear when this issue is being discussed. It turned out to be one of the most interesting – and controversial – assignments I've worked on lately. Many parents I know with children enrolled in denominational schools weren't even aware of how R.E. is applied in everyday tuition. You can read the article here.