Posts By Thomas Gorton

Flex up

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Hitmakerchinx is walking me through the mind-bending art of ‘flexing’ via a video call from his home in Los Angeles. “Check this out,” he says, twisting his arm behind his head into an inconceivable contortion. Every sinew is straining. “I’ll go like this: ‘Boom. Boom. Boom.’ Then I’ll throw some sauce on it.” He unfolds his arm in one fluid, graceful motion. Ballet-like, he’s relaxed again. “The foundation is simple dancehall…

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Harley Weir shoots M.I.A and Tony Ward for new HUGO campaign

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Forget one or two campaign stars – HUGO by Hugo Boss has enlisted eleven creatives to showcase its AW17 collection.

Shot by photographer Harley Weir, the group includes creatives from music, film, fashion and art. M.I.A returns to make her second appearance for the brand alongside cult male model Tony Ward, actor read more »

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The arc of Lana Del Rey’s art and her nostalgia obsession

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Lana Del Rey’s relationship with nostalgia runs deep. In 2011, the artist formerly known as Lizzy Grant gave us “Video Games,” a song rich in sweeping instrumentals that contrasted her delicate voice. Plus, the track was accompanied by a video that worked to establish her as a personification of the past: with winged liner and bouffant hair, she was heralded as the second coming of Nancy Sinatra. And, because nostalgia was still a novelty at the time, LDR’s…

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The people writing Craiglist’s ‘Strictly Platonic’ ads

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I’m perusing Craigslist’s “Strictly Platonic” postings as I wait to chat with New York photographer Peter Garritano, and I’m struck by the sheer volume and variety of messages to sift through. “Anyone want to take a road trip to Six Flags,” inquires m4w, 29. “Gay guy seeks female friends,” announces another m4w who describes himself as “a great listener” who “loves to hear your stories.” “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish!” reads yet…

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How Chester Bennington articulated my generation’s angst

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There wasn’t a childbearing house in the neighbourhood that didn’t own Hybrid Theory. Its grey and burgundy artwork was as iconic as they come, burning itself onto the retinas of every hair-gel-glazed youth on either side of the Atlantic. With Hybrid Theory, which is the 21st century’s top-selling debut album by a bandLinkin Park became a badge of honour –…

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Why is the morning after pill so expensive?

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“We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product,” says Mark Donovan, chief pharmacist of Boots. The British chemist has refused to lower the price of the emergency contraceptive pill, touting fears that it would encourage ‘over-use’. Because for some reason, people…

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When did Céline Dion become a fashion icon?

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When Céline Dion stepped out of the Royal Monceau hotel in Paris in an oversized “Titanic” Vetements hoodie, Saint Laurent jeans and Gucci heels in July of last year, there was a profound rumble felt throughout the fashion industry. Un moment… did she always dress this well? Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the personal tragedy that had read more »



Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington commits suicide

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide. According to TMZ, he hanged himself in his Palos Verdes Estates home in LA county. He was 41 years old. The singer is survived by his wife, Talinda, and six children.

Bennington was a massive part of Linkin Park’s early success, helping shape the alt-rock landscape that ruled the early 2000s. Songs like “Numb” and…

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