KALTBLUT-HONK! 04 The 90´s

issue #04. Published 15.07.2011 by Marcel Schlutt & Nina Kharytonova. Art, Fashion, Music and Photography. Artists: Walter Van Beirendonck, Almarryse & The Frill Of The Fight, WoodKid and many more All Copyrights @ The Artists! Berlin 2012

issue #04. Published 15.07.2011 by Marcel Schlutt & Nina Kharytonova. Art, Fashion, Music and Photography. Artists: Walter Van Beirendonck, Almarryse & The Frill Of The Fight, WoodKid and many more All Copyrights @ The Artists! Berlin 2012


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Walter Van Beirendonck Austra WoodKid Jose Wiliam Vigers Nico Icon Marc Hilbert Christopher Voy

Persona Non Grata Rimus Anton Z. Risan MelleSan Madame Peripetie Dj Monchichi Dr. Motte

Lukasz Wolejko-Woleiszo Suzana Holtgrave Marco Rothenburger Shel Fuller Sebastian Donath

Drew Eastman Almaryse & The Frill of the Fight Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler Karl Slater

Larisa Cataño Aiden Connor Mariam Mir Marina Gehrman Denise Dahinten Amanda M. Jansson

Emma E.K. Jones Polys Christo Mitov Nina Kharytonova Nadine Weiskircher Basti Heart

Claudio Alvargonzalez Susann Bosslau Daniel Ellmenreich Nicolas Simoneau Haikal Noyes

Cover by Marcel Schlutt Model: Bianca Gebhardt@Seeds Management





























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ART EDITOR CHRISTO MITOV cmitov@honk-mag.de

MUSIC EDITOR POLYS polys@honk-mag.de


SCANDINAVIAN EDITOR AMANDA M. JANNSON the_jansson_baby@hotmail.co.uk


Emma E.K. Jones, Nina Kharytonova, Denise Dahinten, Basti Heart, Susann Boslau,

Larisa Cantano, Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler, Shel Fuller, Drew Eastman

LAYOUT HAIKAL NOYES haikal@haikal.de

RETOUCHING NICOLAS SIMONEAU nicolassimoneau@hotmail.fr

WEB DANIEL ELLMENREICH ellm@kraftpost.org


NADINE WEISKIRCHER n.weiskircher@honk-mag.de

Published by Marcel Schlutt & Nina Kharytonova

HONK! is based In Berlin / Germany


The 1990s were a decade that will have the same value as the 1920s and

1960s in the history of time. A decade of joy, lightheartedness and innovative


The Internet, mobile phones, DVD’s and many many more are achievements

of this period, and without these innovative developments our

present life is no longer conceivable.

The fashion world has experienced a boom over this decade as it became

colorful, flashy, bringing big names like Gucci, Prada and many more,

again far ahead.Designers like Tom Ford, Gianni Versace were and are

heroes of this time.

The music world has been revolutionized. Music videos were the medium

through which the MTV generation grew up, and they produced

great stars who would have disappeared again quickly if it wasnt for

these videos.

The electronic music, techno, rave etc became a commercial success and

won over a whole generation of young enthusiastic people. Without this

development, the current musical landscape would be boring and uninteresting.

I am a child of this age. And in this decade, i have gained my first life

experiences that have shaped me. Even today, my taste in music is very

much 90s oriented. Generation X was my family.

With the 4th edition of HONK! I would like to take you on a journey back

into this world. For those among us, who have experienced this time,

this issue is a throwback to a time that will not happen again.

And for all young people who are born only because of the 90’s and only

heard of bad music and videos to let them know: you can look forward

to a bright output, and let yourself be surprised.

Dearest greetings Marcel Schlutt














Summer of Love

Photos by Suzana Holtgrave

Royality comes from what you wear

Photos by Karl Slater

Nothing Compares 2 us

Photos by Christoph Voy

Ole! La Chica

Photos by Marco Rothenburger


Photos by Marcel Schlutt

Masha Tyelna

by Lukasz Wolejko-Woleiszo

Bassin de plain air

Photos by Sebastian Donat

Minor treat

Photos by Marc Hibbert


Photos by Burak Isseven












Nico Icon

Acid Meat / José William Vigers

Dream the world awake / Walter van Beirendonck

Mister Love, Peace and Harmony / Dr. Motte


I like tidy opulence / Madame Peripetie

It’s always been inside of me / Woodkid

Almaryse & the frill of the fright

Fashion goes pop / The Rio Girls

There is no specific myth... MelleSan








Fashion Robots

Artworks by Nico Icon

Do I belong

by Tine Clearhout & Persona Non Grata


Photos by Anton Z Risan

New kid on the block/ Rimus



















Freedom, trash and the rise of virtual realities

by Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler

The Peter Pan Generation

by Amanda M. Jansson and Emma Elina Keira Jones

5 reasons the 90s ruled!

Unity and harmony with the generation of technology

by Denise Dahinten

Who the hell is Madonna? Music selectted by Polys

A Man/A Woman should wear

VHS vs. Dogma 95 / Movies discussed by Claudio Alvargonzalez

The Future / Berlin Faces you should know

If you listen to Einstein the 1990s never existed

by Shelbric A. Fuller

Must have

The Influence of musicvideos on filmmaking

by Larisa Cataño

Revenge of the Fashion nerd by Christo Mitov


Last night a DJ fucked my life

by Drew Eastman

Enough! Spanish revolution

by Claudio Alvargonzalez

Letter from... by Amanda M. Jansson and Emma Elina Keira Jones

Politically erect by Christo Mitov

What Where When / Events












He is one of our favourite artits. It was an easy choice to ask him if he

would like to play with the photos of the supermodels from the 90s.

His project “isn’t a robot” fits perfectly with the image of the supermodel

this decade. Nico lives in France, but it will not be long until he

is known around the world.

Let’s have a little chat with NICO ICON!

Hey Nico, this is the second time that you show your

work in HONK! We are big Fans of your artwork! Did you

always want to be an artist?

I’m not sure. At the age of 13 I´ve started to play theater.

I knew there already I do not want to do this forever.

I am in this world to tell the people what I think,

what I feel.

Human affairs ... As an artist you have only 2 options:

The people share what you think, what you like or you

die ... and it does not matter whether at the theater,

art, painting, cinema, fashion, music ...

How would you describe your art?

I have an atypical career in the visual arts. I’m an actor

and I am very connected to the visual realization of

feelings and sensations. I’m looking for an easy way to

reach the media I have to bring my ideas forward. The

image and the mutation are essential in this search.

Which artists inspire you?

I love a lot of artists.

There is my only friend “karosabutkiss”: he is an art

draftsman (http://karosabutkiss.tumblr.com). I love my

girlfriend Virginie Pola Garnier, she lives in Berlin.

She is a fashion designer, illustrator


The photographer Dorothé Smith


My favorite author is Richard Morgiève he is French

and I do not know if his books are known.

In dance: Alain Platel, Pina Bausch, Boris Charmatz ...

In music, I hear the “new german wave“, Post Punk,

New Wave 80’s, etc. I am a DJ in the Relou KREW

In the theater: I love: The Wooster Group, David Bobe,

Falk Richter, Romeo Castelucci, David Gauchard


L’Unijambiste is the company I work with.

And of course I also have a blog where I show all that I

love. http://nico-icon.tumblr.com

Can you give us an “isn´t a robot” talk about your project?

What is the idea behind it?

In order to to humanize: to give a human nature. In order

to softer civilized. Reducing a robot to be repeated

mechanical tasks: to automation.

The “isn´t a robot” series is an organic and numerical

work. I try to put through a mathematical vector

(the line), a type of emotion and alienation on faces of

flesh. It is a workship of perfection that comes here.

I use the line, a geometric shape that is made from a

human hand. The imperfect is king. The drawback is

sublimated. The line reflects my rigor, and forms a

numerical ceiling for known and unknown faces. This

‘vector masks’ are not camouflage objects.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see

yourself in 5 years?

I’ll try to do my job as long as possible, i would like to

live and love with the same man (my Karosabutkiss)

for the rest of my life, I will have my house, and a big

dog ... i would like to adopt a lot of children ! iIwant to

make lines, on pictures, on my body, on the wold ... i’m

a simple man .









Virtual Realities

Text by Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler

The 90s. A decade that began with Nelson Mandela being freed after

27 years in prison, the Hubble Space Telescope being taken into orbit,

and Germany getting reunified. With the treaties of Schengen and

Maastricht the European nations gave away parts of their sovereignty

to the newly formed European Union. Meanwhile, Dolly, the first

mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, became the world’s

most famous sheep. But it wasn’t only to unity and clones and freedom

that our world began to change fundamentally during the 90s …


One of the first thoughts that came to my mind when

preparing this article, was: what should I say about

a decade of summers that is connected to so many

phenomena, most of which I haven’t experienced

personally. In our human tendency to break things

down into categories that are easier for our brains to

remember and work with, when thinking of the 90s

today, condensed images of things like fashion sins

(which I might actually have been a part of) to Eurodance

come to our minds. However, being the geek I

already used to be back then, I actually missed most

of the things that were in vogue during that time.

Thus, my personal experience of those summers

might actually be a bit inappropriate to base upon it

a representative description of that time. But that’s

what HONK! Magazine is for, isn’t it? There are some

great articles written by people who are true experts

on the 90s and on their fields of interest from music

to fashion to arts. I’ll leave it to them to give you a

proper roundup of the popular trends we came to see

during those years.

To start with, let me share with you a rather prototypical

experience from one of my summers of the 90s.

In 1997, when I was 16 years old, a PC game called

Starfleet Academy was released. It was a space simulation,

and the object was to pilot a starship through

several missions, which would confront the player

with various tasks from diplomatic jobs to fights with

other ships. The missions where interconnected by

cutscenes during which one had to socially interact

with the other cadets, the individual decisions and

reactions influencing the development of the background

story. Apart from the fact that I have always

been intrigued by science fiction settings, I can still

vividly remember the sense of wonder I felt being actively

involved in a story that was set in an epic universe

I had so far only been able to passively consume on TV.


Almost 15 years later I still enjoy playing computer

games. During the past one and a half decades graphics

and ingame complexity have improved, and the

universes in which the games take place have become

a hundred times as spacious. Surprisingly, I don’t feel

a hundred times as fascinated by the games when I

play them today compared to those I played 15 years

ago. Having played game after game, I have, over the

years, become used to an experience that would once

make me shiver with excitement.

What I experienced playing PC games one could just

as well substitute by any experience you yourself

might have had in those years. Just think of any activity

that has been important to you for the past 15

years and that you may have attended to frequently.

Just like my stimulus threshold has increased in an

overload of technological improvements on the gaming

sector, you may have noticed that it was much

more thrilling doing whatever you did when you did

it for the first time. This is a simple example for the

way in which getting used to doing something may

result in the respective activity no longer seeming as

fascinating, mind-blowing, or fulfilling as it used to.

It is an overload of recurring involvement that leads

to a change of perception.

In late 1990 an invention came up that would confront

us with a similar overload of involvement. It

introduced us to new possibilities to access information,

to communicate, and to get in touch with people

around the globe. And thus, it fundamentally changed

the way in which we perceive and live our lives: the

World Wide Web.

The WWW as we know it today is based upon a suggestion

by British engineer and computer scientist

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, who by that time worked


at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Berners-Lee and his co-workers were looking

for an easier way to exchange research data. This goal

was finally achieved by interweaving scientific articles,

thus creating a web (a copy of the first ever website

can still be found online at http://www.w3.org/



Since the early 90’s the WWW has fundamentally

changed the ways in which we communicate. Having

been the basis for that endlessly seeming number of

web pages that we today browse to read texts, look at

images, watch videos, or use other kinds of multimedia

content, the impact of the WWW is comparable

to that of the printing press in the middle of the 15th

century: By the end of the 90s almost 100 million

people would log in to the internet regularly.

matter to us in everyday and social life seem to become

less important on the map of our expectation towards

reality, I have the feeling that one of the reasons

might be a flooding of our perception by vast packages

of information, knowledge, and extended social

relationships. Being confronted with so much more

information our ways to manage our lives seem to

have changed fundamentally during the past 15 years.

I think we should stay perceptive for that shift in balance

between virtual reality and the real life within

our grasp. Presumably, we will soon learn to be more

in control of those machines we carry around all day

– instead of letting them control our lives. Until then,

I sometimes wish me back the times when there was

neither Facebook nor Twitter, and the WWW was

still in its early stages of development. Just like during

those summers of the 90s.

Today, the WWW represents an endlessly seeming

network of human knowledge and culture that most

of us access every day – many of us even all day long.

It has become more than just a tool to efficiently exchange

substantial information. Not only has the

WWW become the source of information and communication.

It has, for many people, also become a

natural part of their social life. For some of us it even

seems to partially become a substitute for real life.

There is an episode of the TV series Star Trek: The

Next Generation that revolves around some alien video

game brought aboard the Enterprise by the ship’s

First Officer when he returns from holiday on planet

Risa. When the game gets distributed to the rest of

the crew, it addicts them by stimulating the pleasure

centers of their brains as soon as they have successfully

completed a level. At the conclusion of the episode,

the crew is of course freed from their mind-controlled

state. They then find out that the sole purpose

of the game was to render them extremely receptive

to suggestion, in order to make them help the games’

creators take control of the Enterprise and the whole


Seeing many of us walking around like zombies ourselves

these days, our perception focused on some

electronic device in our hands, I cannot help but have

that story in my mind. In the course of the overload

of possibilities, offerings, and alleged chances that

Facebook and Twitter promise us, the stimulate our

minds in a way that doesn’t seem so different to me.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m hardly a technology refusenik.

However, when large parts of things that used to





Photography, Styling & Concept by Suzana Holtgrave

Hair-Make up by Ilka Jänicke @Blossom Berlin


Tobias Lisius

Sonja Klinge

Caroline Adam @SEEDS.Managment

Monika Hirzin @Place Models

Elisa Schweiger @Viva Models

Clara Hoffmann @SEEDS.Managment

Laura, Marco, Daniel, Katherina

Thank you all for a wonderfull party...Suzy L.



Elisa / ANTI Shirt, Bikini - Starstyling

Daniel / Jeans - Filippa K.



Sonja and Marco wearing Starstyling



Sonja / Hotpants Levis, Cracket jumper Horace

Elisa / Cracket jumper H&M , Necklace Starstyling



Caroline / Shirt Zara , Jacket Stylist own, Stockings Wolford



Monika wears waistcoat leather from Asos



Sonja / Dress Starstyling



Katherina / Jeans Levis, Shirt Mango


Caroline / Shirt H&M, Shirt Vivienne Westwood


Monika / Leather vest S´nab, Leggings Givenchy



Elisa wearing / Jeans My Mo, Bikini & Necklace Starstyling

Sonja wearing / Levis, Hat Ponpon Berlin, Bag Starstyling



Sonja / Vest & Pants Levis, Hat Ponpon Berlin, Bag Starstyling

Daniel / Jeans Filippa K., Elisa Bikini & Jeans feet Starstyling, Tobias Scarf Starstyling,

Jeans Martin Margelia








José William Vigers

Interview by Marcel Schlutt


The young Australian artist José is able to play with his art.

The balancing act with his art and the art of the ‘90s is stunning.

If you look at his pictures, you feel directly back in time

20 years ago. You will be flashed by his pictures, the colors

and shapes.

A couple of years ago, he moved from Australia to Europe.

Let´s ask him why.



You are original from Australia. But now based in Europe

(Berlin-London). Since when are you in here and

is Europe a better place for artists?

I left Australia three years ago for Berlin. Although I

currently live in London, Berlin is where I have spent

the majority of the last three years. Australia is a very

young country, and a place of a lot of opportunity.

However Australia doesn’t have the history with fostering

art that Europe does. I think that both places can

provide platforms for young talent, personally I had to

get away from everything I knew, so I came to Berlin.

Your art work looks like the evoulution of the 90s Techno-rave-art.

How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as a mixture of camp aestheticism

and gothic sensibilities. With drug culture/

acid house overtones. I was born in the late 80s and

came of age through the late 90’s, this has obviously

affected my visual-vocabulary intimately.

Are you inspired by someone? And if so..who?

I am in awe of V Mac of http://www.vlovescats.com,

a source of content inspiration

When you was a child, did you already know then : I

wanna be an artist? How does it starts?

Like many creative people, making things has always

been a way of constantly re-defining who I am and

what I am about. It started from a young age, and the

process of making work has grown more and more

intimate over time.

You have your own special style. Lots of great colors.

Mixed with different styles. Did you needed some time

to find your style?

Yes, university was a great place for me to become

exposed to many different and sometimes conflicting

visualities, it allowed me time to express myself

and to experiment. Having said that university was

also one of the most creatively traumatic experiences

I have had.

During the last years you have done some exhibitions.

How was the feeling at your first one?

Both a sense of excitement and trepidation. You are

putting a large part of who you are out into the world,

and for the first time, you don’t know how people will

react. Its exhilarating at the time and very anti climatic

after it all is done.

Did people bought some of your work there?

Yes, my work sold out at from my first exhibition.

In most of your pictures are faces..these face are from

your friends? or is it all coming from your fantasy?

The faces I draw are appropriated from the hundreds

of faces I see in my everyday life. The faces of

people I know, the faces of celebrities and models.

The faces I see on the internet and the face I see everyday

in the mirror.

What are your plans for the future?

I try not to make plans, to avoid disappointment.



Walter Van






Interview by Marcel Schlutt

Translation / Edit Anton Z Risan

The Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck is an icon of

the 1990s. With his creations, he added the fashion of this decade

from the club to the international catwalks in the world.

For more than 30 years he is working in the fashion circus. We

sincerely hope that Walter van Bereindonck will survive for a

long time with his genius, colorful design in our world.

In Autumn 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum will present the

first large-scale retrospective exhibition of his stunning work.

Let´s have a chat with the „Master of Colors“ about his way

in 30 years of fashion!

Hello Walter, we at HONK! are big fans of your designs,

your art and your work, so thank you for taking the time

to speak to us..

The theme for this issue is “the 90s!” And as you are

one of the stars of that generation, with your varied

work and amazing designs, you fit right in, especially

as you played a crucial part in the shaping of the fashion

world of the 90s’ generation.

Why did you decide to become a fashion designer? Was

it a growing passion from an early age, inspired by someone

or something? Or did it come as a sudden revelation?

Thank you! Well, it all came about very unexpectedly.

I had always liked to draw and to paint, and I certainly

did feel an attraction towards clothes in general. But

then I became a big fan of David Bowie; I was really

amazed by his looks, but more than anything by the

storytelling, the fantasy element, the communication

conveyed through his looks and personality. That, together

with a visit to the Royal Academy in Antwerp,

and seeing one of their fashion shows, was the start

of my fashion-career.




In 1980 you graduated from the Royal Arts Academy

in Antwerp and you became a member of the famed

“Antwerp Six“. How did this group come about? What

has driven you?

Again, this was totally unplanned. We were a close

group of friends at school, all graduating at the same

time. We were young and ambitious and after several

years in school, we were desperate to get out of Belgium.

That’s why we went to London together, to present our

collections at the British Design show. This is where we

were discovered and named: “the Antwerp Six”, mainly

because our names were too difficult to pronounce.

During this time you got a lot of publicity from being

part of this hyped group. Did you enjoy it or would you

rather have been recognized as a solo designer?

It was a nice period in my career, and being united in

a group gave us ALL a lot of energy and inspiration,

as well as attract press and buyers. We learnt a lot

by being together! Although we NEVER worked together

in terms of our designs etc. The six of us were

a group of SOLO-designers: everybody had their own

distinctive signature style!

You started your solo career as a designer in the late

1980s. How easy or hard was it to build up your own

company and label after being part of a group?

It was, and still is, a career with ups and downs, a

roller-coaster-ride some might say, but because of

my belief in my fashion designs and in myself, I never

skipped a season. Which was not the easiest to

achieve, but I believe it has helped me a lot.

I remember that the first fashion item I ever bought,

beside pieces from H&M, was a pair of trousers from

your label W&LT. I had saved up for weeks to buy it and

those trousers were my greatest treasure! In the 1990s,

you became very successful. How did you experience

this time: being a star of the fashion world?

Great to hear this, I always appreciate it when people

enjoy my clothes. Do you still have the trousers? It

took a long time before I achieved success. I was by then

a mature man. That’s why I experienced it in a very realistic

way, with both feet on the ground so to speak. I

liked that period very much, especially as I had fantastic

opportunities to do the most amazing shows, collections

and experiments, which was fabulous. W&LT also had

a huge number of fans all over the world, and it sold

like crazy, which was really exciting! Than at the end

of the 90s, Mustang (backer of W&LT) wanted to milk

the cow, and product managers got involved, telling

me what to do etc. then I decided it was time for me

to step out of it... and I broke my contract with them.

Looking back at your fashions shows in Paris during

this time, they were spectacular. No one at the time

had seen that before. Who created these shows? Did

it all come out of your own mind and inspiration?

YES! Everything! I had (and still have) a great time

realizing it, but ALL ideas (from head to toe) came

out of my head. Now and then, I draw the total looks

for my collections, all styling including make-up/

hair / accessories etc.

Who is Walter Van Beirendonck as a designer? How

would you describe your designs?

Despite the fact that the first impression you get when

looking at my collections is of color and fun, I do invest a

lot of energy and research in the stories I want to tell, the

statements I want to make, and the messages I want to

communicate. So there is always a second (more loaded)

layer in the collection. This makes me a designer with a

recognizable signature, one who is ready to push boundaries.

I’m not afraid to do it my way.

When I look at your designs, I see colors, colors and more

colors. Where is this passion for colors coming from?

From day one, when I started to study fashion, I liked

and used colors a lot. For me, they are part of how I

express my ideas in the collections. Most of the colors

and fabrics I use are especially dyed and made for me.

Which is your favorite color?

Light pink + grass-green, orange + lilac, red + Arubablue...

As you can see, it is difficult for me to choose.

Tell us the role that masculinity plays in your design.

From collection one (Bad Baby Boys), I concentrated

on men’s wear because for me men’s wear is more

challenging. And I do love the thin line, the boundaries

I’m pushing. That’s exactly why masculinity is so

important. Despite the fact that I DO push the boundaries

of men’s fashion, I let them stay men. Keeping a

balance is really important for me, even when it looks

far out there for the audience.

Did you ever create a collection that you just hated?

How did you learn and move forward from that?

NO, I love them all! Sometimes I recognize mistakes

in them, but they all had a reason to be there.

What is your personal favorite piece you have ever

done? And why?

My BLOW-UP muscle-jackets, because I did the first

drawings of them at the end of the 80s, but I didn’t

have the possibility to realize them then. When I finally

made them in the mid-90s, and sold them now




fashion is a


they have become priceless collectors’ items! BLOW


Lots of fashion designers are using famous pop stars,

actors etc. for their labels. I don’t understand why? I

don’t know anybody who will wear a shirt just because

Nicole Kidman was wearing it in a campaign. What do

you think about this kind of PR?

I never miss-USED that PR-idea, but of course it

flatters me if interesting ‘stars’ like what I do. And

when such a cooperation happens spontaneously I

don’t mind it. For example: U2 / BONO, Mika, Björk,

Kanye West....

Do you think that fashion is excessive and egocentric?

NO, fashion is a communicator, it can express feelings

and can be fun. It´s a powerful medium to transfer

ideas and statements through.

Is there a fashion designer you look up to? And what is

Walter van Beirendonck wearing in private?

I love the work of my friend, Dirk Van Saene, he is

such a talent, I like what Rei Kawakubo is doing, I

like the work of Bernard Wilhelm, one of my most

talented students... and there are many more I like.

What are you very bad at?

Earning money… I always believe the best about people,

that’s why a lot of my collaborations ended badly.

I always want to present the best of myself, so all the

money I earn I put back into new projects. I have always

dreamt about an amazing MANAGER dealing

with all this, so that at the end I still have some money

for myself. Are there any candidates out there?

You were one of the first designers using the internet

for your work. Did you see the potential of the World

Wide Web? And how did you start using it?

I was amazed by it to start with. Then when I read

the book ‘SNOWCRASH’ a whole new world and future

showed up! I loved it, and I saw the huge potential

it offered fashion immediately. Working on

the CD-ROMs and websites in the early days was a

fantastic experience!

In Autumn 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum will

present the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of

your work. Are you proud of this collaboration and how

did it come about? http://www.momu.be/en/

I was invited by the museum, and there is the fact that

I kept ALL my collections, I have a huge archive of everything

I did from day one, and this will be unveiled

in the exhibition. I’m proud that several generations

will be able to discover old and new work, and besides

that I will invite the audience to step into my head, I

will show a huge Walter-Wonder-Wall......

Are you able to reveal some things that will be seen in

this exhibition?




Is it correct, that you are planning to publish a book in

connection with the exhibition? Will the book also focus

on the exhibition? Or what can we expect from it?

The book will be made in conjunction with the exhibition,

but it will show new photo shoots

(by Nick Knight and Ronald Stoops), new portraits (by

Juergen Teller and David Baily), and a lot of fantastic

essays about me and my work and unpublished shoots.



Défile Walter Van Beirendonck A/W 2011/12


In 1999 you were awarded the honorary title of “Cultural

Ambassador of Flanders“, and now your are getting a

big retrospective in your home country. How important

is it for you to get honored in Belgium?

I get more respect outside Belgium, but it’s a typical situation

I think. I hope the exhibition will change this.

What do you have to say to the next generation of

young designers? Any tips to keep them from drowning

in the pool of ‘La Mode’ ?

KEEP ON BELIEVING, even when it takes a long

time before you take-off, KEEP YOUR OWN VISION

AND STYLE. Don’t become a copycat to be more successful.


Two last questions. What do you think you would be if you

never went down the fashion road?

NO IDEA, but surely something artistic

Do you have a life philosophy?














Photographer Karl Slater http://karlslater.com/

Stylist Aiden Connor

Hair&Make up Emma Broom

Model Layla Youngl Select Modelmanagment


Jacket moschino from House of Liza

T-Shirt maiden Britain


Leather jacket Rokit

T-Shirt maiden Britain

Plastic T-Shirt Rahemur Rahman

Shorts Levi

Belt Styist own


Jacket Gemma Slack

Top moschino from House of Liza

Shorts and Tights models own

Shoes Stylists own

Printed Dress Gemma Slack

Jacket Gaultier Juniour from House of Liza


Vest Gemma Slack

Printed Shirt maiden Britain

Belt from Relik

Trousers Lesley de Freitas


Jacket Alice Vandy

Body Suit Gemma Slack

Silk printed Shirt Gianni Versace from

House of Liza

Tie worn as belt Stylist own

Leather pants Gemma Slack

Jacket Moschino from House of Liza

T-Shirt - Maiden Britain


Silk printed Shirt Gianni Versace

from House of Liza

Belt from Rokit


Rubber cropped Vest Gemma Slack

T-Shirt (worn as skirt) maiden Britain

Jacket Moschino from House of Liza

T-Shirt - Maiden Britain



Photos and Text by Amanda M. Jansson

and Emma Elina Keira Jones


Generation of the 90s, Generation Y, echo boomers, and famously

labeled as the Peter Pan Generation.

Generation of the 90s, Generation Y, echo boomers,

and famously labeled as the Peter Pan Generation. Boys

and girls that were brought up or born in the 90s are

the young adults of today. In a world that collapses

under financial catastrophes, nuclear horror, corrupt

politicians, slavery wages, universal pollution, moral

oppression, media control of every aspect, materialism,

extreme security, the failure of all previous generations,

and the lack of hope they are expected to grow up and be

the new series of adults. Yet there is a rebellion brewing,

these Lost Boys do not want to grow up! Having nothing

to look forward to as adults in a world that’s tumbling

down, they want to stick to their ability to dream

and imagine and hope and do not want to give it up for

nothing. They rightfully choose to remain in Neverland.

And if you think this is too romantic, well, you ought to

be reminded of how the companions of Peter Pan, aside

from children that would forever remain children, were

a group of fierce warriors.


What are your dream/hopes/fears for the future?

My dream is to never stop dreaming. Everyone has

got dreams but only a few fulfil them, so I try not to be

caught up in the magic of dreaming but to make things

real no matter what. I am a person who loves creativity,

and all my dreams are related to that and to my studies.

I study Vocal Performance and music-opera and

also theory of science at the Athens University. One of

my dreams is travelling all over the world and being on

stage while living the most with the people I love. Fears?

I got no fears. I have faith in myself.

How does the situation in Greece at the moment

affect you?

The terrible financial situation in Greece is also a fact in

many European countries as well, and even anywhere in

the world. There have been a lot of “crisis” in Greece, but

this one seems to be one of the worst. On the streets I see

panic, chaos, and despair in people’s faces. I don’t like to

accept situations passively but unfortunately there isn’t

much I can do. I’m not directly influenced by the lack of

money but what I see everywhere around me is a simple

fact: there is plenty of money in Greece but unfortunately

gathered in the hands of very few and wrong people. To

solve this whole situation collective efforts and interest is

a big must.


What are your dreams/hopes/fears for the future?

My career dream is to succeed as an object designer of

old things and jewellery.

Of course I also dream of a world in peace, after all I’m

such a hippie and I think the future can be a DREAMcome-true

and much better than the past. I hope and

trust in love and I wish that for everyone but for myself

in a personal level too. And what I fear about the future

is everything I can’t know. But the smell of the unknown

is as scary as it is attractive.

How does the situation in Greece at the moment

affect you?

Greece is in a very transitional period, not only the

economy is changing, but the ethos of the Greeks also.

Of course such things affect everybody, even foreign

countries but when we talk about me as a person, I

can’t see any big effect yet. I don’t belong to a rich

family so it’s not affecting the way I live that much

since I am used to all this and have become flexible

enough. They say people that have lived through such

changes become really smarter and it can be a source

of inspiration for the artists. I hope it will affect me

this way too.


What are your dreams/hopes/fears for the future?

Ah, I am such a good dreamer! I’ve planned my whole

life in my mind perfectly, but you can never know what

life is preparing for you. I’d like to live permanently in

London, UK, and work as a freelance photographer or

for a magazine. I’m also keen on the science of Biology

and I hope that I’ll manage to study this at university.

When it comes to fears, I m even afraid of talking!

Thinking of losing some of my friends makes me almost

faint. I also hate seaweed. However, the best way to

overcome a fear is to deal with it, and so I m trying not

to behave like a coward! I am generally an optimistic

person anyway.

How does the situation in Greece at the moment

affect you?

It makes me sad seeing people losing their jobs or being

unhappy because of wrong decisions they never made.

So somehow, as a result of these feelings I believe that

the riots and demonstrations are partly justified, providing

they don’t damage the property of other citizens.

However, I’m always looking at things optimistically

and I’m convinced things will become better for all. Despite

the bad financial situation of my country though,

I love Athens and its weather, and the sun burning my

skin at summer!


5 reasons





Rock Gods!

In the year 1991 Nirvana had their Global breakthrough with

the album “Nevermind”. They were icons of the grunge movement

and are still influencing many artists these days.. In 1994,

the rise of the band came to an abrupt end, through the tragic

suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain. This death is equated with

the end of Elvis.

“Smells like teen spirit” is still a hymn to the 90s. In 2011 Nirvana

still lives in our hearts.

Unforgettable songs are like: „Come as you are“ , „In Bloom“

and „Heart-Shaped Box“



„Do the Bartman“

The Simpsons are the longest running U.S. animated series on

TV. Some people find it funny, others don´t. But let’s be honest,

The Simspons belong to our pop culture like no other TVseries.

We grew up with them and they will outlive us all. In the

90’s The Simpsons were also pop stars and they had success

with songs like “Do the Bartman”. There is a cinema film, computer

games and many more followed.

Long live the Simpsons!




Who killed Laura Palmer?

Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by

David Lynch and Mark Frost. The first episode aired In the US

in 1990 and came directly to an international succes. The series

sets new standards for TV-Shows and established the genre of

Mystry series. Twin Peaks explores the gulf between the veneer

of small-town respectability and the seedier layers of life lurking

beneath it. Each character from the town leads a double life

that is slowly uncovered as the series progresses, as it attempts

to expose the dark side of seemingly innocent lives.



The style bible of the 90s years. Everyone who wanted to be

hip and trendy had to read the magazine. No artist was cool

when he was not on the cover of “The Face”. Great photographers

have their work published in there. Names like David La

Chapel, Steven Klein and Juergen Teller were regular guests in

the magazines.

Models such as Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and many more

were also obtained by this magazine and became iconic.

It is a pity that the magazine was closed in 2004. But thanks to

God there is HONK! now.


La Croix sweetie, La Croix.

Abfab is definitely the best comedy show ever produced. Joanna

Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are goddesses of their art.

We love the UK just because of Abfab. They are loud, dirty, rude

and always very very funny.

Because of the liberal view of drugs and alcohol and little responsibly,

irreverent and often illegal behavior, we love this


Patsy: Easy going sex with gorgeous, underage youths...

Eddie: Yeaaah.

And YES!! The BBC said in the past weeks, there are new chapter

coming soon.



Each generation had its own sexual revolution, the best known being from the

1960s into the 1980s. And the 1990s offered some motions of this kind as well.

But before we talk about the 90s, we have to clarify what a sexual revolution

means. Mostly it goes hand in hand with music. It’s a spirit of freedom and

desire of lightness of being. It’s a social movement that challenges traditional

codes of behaviour. It’s an offshoot of anarchism and it reflects a civil libertarian

philosophy that seeks freedom from state regulation and church interference

in personal relationships.

HONK! has the honour to talk to one of the founders of the Love Parade which

brought us the “sexual revolution of the 90s”. The first parade took place just

months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It was born in Berlin underground,

initiated by Matthias Roeingh (aka Dr. Motte) and his friends. The concept of it

was a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through

love and music. After an enormous success for years, Dr. Motte dissociated

himself from the parade in 2006 because of the commercialization of the event.

But he is still active fighting for the preservation of Berlin’s underground scene

and against the commercialization of our beloved capital through investors.







Interview by Nina Kharytonova


This issue of HONK! magazine is dealing with the

theme “90s – generation of love, sex and harmony.”

What does this period mean to you?

For me the 90s were very exciting and wonderful

times. The best time of my life.

How old were you in 1990?

I was born in 1960, so I was 30 years old.

How did you come up with the idea for Love Parade?

The idea came to me in 1989 as I was inspired by the

stories from England. During that time all similar parties

were forbidden there by the police, furthermore

the equipment was temporarily confiscated. But the

ravers didn’t allow themselves to be discouraged. They

just brought their ghetto blusters and raved on in the

middle of the streets. This idea of raving on the streets

I found back then simply fascinating. So the Love Parade

was born. We started with just one truck and 150

people at Kurfürstendamm (back then in West Berlin)

on the 1st of July 1989. Nobody could guess at the time

that it would catch on to such an enormous extent. We

wanted to create some space where everybody would

be welcome and where the ideas of love, freedom and

harmony could be connected to music, dance and

complete detachedness. That is why we were really

surprised about the high and fast growing popularity.

The Love Parade released a kind of sexual and musical

revolution. A unique club culture appeared, which is

thriving and prospering till now. How does it feel to be

one of the founders of this outraging phenomenon? Isn’t

it rather a huge responsibility?

As I told you before we didn’t expected such a rush development.

And of course we developed ourselves with

the Love Parade. I am very happy that our message of

freedom, love and harmony came across to so many

people and was so highly appreciated. Surely you feel

responsible for the speeches you make and for the messages

you carry. But I wouldn’t say that I had set up a sexual

revolution. The people who were part of it, brought

it into being. So I would say all of us are responsible for

this movement and this is our common masterpiece.

Which music and which personalities inspired you mostly

during this period?

DJ Speedy was somebody who inspired me with his

music during these days. His music was very special,

he created his own sound, which you couldn’t peg anywhere.

And I loved this sound. But he was not the only


I miss this

carefree spirit

one who inspired me back then. This is a well-known

story. I must confess that I tried drugs for a while. I

took LSD and I collected some spiritual experiences.

As I quit it, I fell into some kind of depression and

emotional gap. Just the questioning of the sense of

my activities, put me in some kind of numbness. At

this time I started to read books like crazy. I actually

devoured them. During my search for a new thing I

bumped fortunately into a book of Dalai Lama. As I

read the book for the first time I couldn’t comprehend

anything. With time I discovered the meditation for

myself and since then I have been staying in close contact

with a Buddhist monk. So two different personalities

inspired me in that period, they were Albert Hoffmann

and his invention of LSD and Dalai Lama.

How did life change since the 90s and how do you feel

about that?

The people were at that time more easygoing and

open-minded. You can say this was a doer generation.

Nowadays one thinks too much before one hurls into

something new. In the 90s one did it simply, not one

thought about either later or never ;-) Nowadays one

speculates long, whether one does everything right or

not, back then it was not so important, the process itself

was the most important thing. I also believe that

the pressure of the society concerning career and success

has enormously escalated since then. And I don’t

feel really happy about that.

You are still engaged into preserving the free development

of underground club culture with such projects as Support

Tacheles and electrocult e.V. Why is it so important to you?

I believe that because of the growing commercialization

the underground spirit gets lost and gives way to

merciless capitalism. I think this very culture should be

protected as World Cultural Heritage and I am fighting

for it with all possible means. In order to raise attention

of the authorities and politicians I have launched

the electrocult association. www.electrocult.de

If you had a chance to go back into the 90s with a time

machine, what would you bring back with you? Is there

something what you are missing from the 90s?

I miss this carefree spirit the most, so if I had a chance

to bring it back, I would do this no doubt.

Thank you very much for your time, we really enjoyed

the interview with you! We wish you good luck with the

realization of your upcoming projects and intentions.




Photographer CHRISTOPH VOY































Necklace MONKI















Unity & harmony






Text by Denise Dahinten

The 80s were for a long time in the spotlight of the fashion and music industry and every little trend was allowed

to celebrate its comeback. Even the former wallflower Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta used the flashy

fashion re-appearances from the 80s and BOOOM! the ultimate “Queen of Pop” Lady Gaga was born! Now the

80s are in the process of waving “Goodbye!”. And Lady Gaga and her fashion director Nicola Formichetti know

how her look transforms skillfully from the 80s into the 90s. In her new music video “The Edge of Glory,” which

is recently celebrating the premiere, Gaga dances alone through the empty streets of New York, dressed from

head to toe in Gianni Versace’s latest legendary collection!

During the autumn/winter shows in 1992 this collection

had been presented by Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista,

Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Helena

Christensen, Yasmeen Ghauni, Karen Mulder, Elaine

Irwin, Carla Bruni, Nadege Marpessa, Veronica Webb

and Nikki Taylor on the catwalk and is still unforgotten.

Also, this year the legendary “De Grisogono Party” invited

the fashion world under the motto “Gipsy Glam”

at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes. Only the

most important people of the international jet set,

movie and show business were on the guestlist. The

former stylist of L’UomoVogue, Giovanna Battaglia,

celebrated on the Cote d’Azur. She already knew in

May about the comeback of the Italian fashion house

and she decided to wear an outfit of this legendary

bondage collection.

You can not blame her. She was the star of the evening!

It pays off to stand out.

But nevertheless, it was of course not only Versace. An-

NOITE UNISSEX / Photographer Fernando Mazza / Fashion Editor Alessandro Lázaro & Mauricio Mariano

Beauty Carol de Almeida Prada / Model Schynaider




other important trend was the grunge style. Grunge,

an American slang term for waste, dirt, was originally

a protest of the young people and should help them

express their point of view. The clothes came mostly

from thrift stores. Grunger wore plaid flannel shirts

and torn jeans. The shoes looked like most of the rest

of the clothing, namely, dirty and old. A big fan of

grunge was Marc Jacobs. Who would have thought?

The current creative director of Louis Vuitton was a

really big fan of this fashion style and chose this look

for Perry Ellis to showcase it on the catwalk. Although

Marc Jacobs was fired shortly thereafter for such a

fucked-up trend to such a high price, this collection

still remained unforgettable.

Characteristic of the ‘90s were also the increasingly

rapid changes in fashion. There were many different

clothing styles at once. From the beginning to the middle

of the decade the neon techno music movement

became the total trend.

From the technology and electronics, the use of the

World Wide Web, mobile phones and battery-operated

pets such as Tamagotchi and Furby, a big jump was

made attempting to completely unite it with wardrobe,

they built flashing LED’s and electronics into

clothing pieces.

In the summer of 2011 the 90s neon colors are skillfully

been used with much style. This was especially

nice to see in the collections of LALA BERLIN, MIU

MIU, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler and also in

the top line of Burberry Prorsum.

Classic cuts in garish colors. A treat for the eye, many pastel

colors and lots of black, white, beige were also spotted.

Another fad that had passed a few years ago comes in

a fancier variation: The flare!


For VIP’s such as Claudia Schiffer and Katie Holmes

the “MiH Jeans” is just very popular. Unlike in the

‘90s, where the jeans had to sit on the hips as low as

possible, this comes in here with a very high waist and

narrow lying to the knee!

But why were then these extra low jeans so popular?

With the “bumsters” in 1996, designed by the British

designer Alexander McQueen and worn by Kate Moss

it all began. It attracted much attention very quickly,

building a high name recognition backbone. Many

young women wanted to wear these jeans even though

only a few dared to sport jeans like the “bumsters”.

Hip-hop music and the fashion style from 1997 are also

becoming more and more popular. The typical clothing

of this time was baggy pants. Young people bought

those pants in extra large so that the pants almost slid

down to the knees.

The environment of these baggy pants carrier felt very

disturbed and they thought it is too much to see other

people’s underwear. However, the trend continued

just the same into the new century.

Everyone will find something for themselves, it’s no

longer about owning a whole “outfit”, but also about

adapting trends and fashion to your own little personal


So you pull up on the bars past the neon-colored T-

shirts and perhaps you would rather invest in a timeless

and purist-cut dress by Helmut Lang, who just

celebrated his comeback in fashion history.

Through the past and after many personal fashion

faux pas, now we finally know exactly what looks good

on us and what doesn’t.

As always, time will tell regarding our decisions! Well,

have fun with the 90´s Fashion!




the hell is


Music reviewed by Polys

His taste in music is legendary in

Berlin. No dance floor is safe!

He loves music and music loves him!

Now the top of the top of Polys





• Take a big cocktail-mixer and put in the following


4cl of an ‘Intense, Powerful, glass-bursting Voice’,

4cl ‘Classical Music studies’,

2cl ‘Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus’,

1cl ‘Punk Group Experience’,

4cl ‘Synthpop’,

2cl ‘Theatrical Intensity’,

1cl ‘Odd Lyrics’,

2cl. ‘Domino Records’,

2cl. ‘Damian Taylor’, and a big portion of Queerness.

-> Shake well for 2min. and serve in a well tempered

cup, decorate with some glitter and what you get is

a cocktail called AUSTRA -> A cocktail to warm you

from inside!

• Austra is actually the middle name of the Latvian-

Canadian Katie Stelmanis (mastermind, pianist and

singer of the Band) and stands for the goddess of

light in Latvian mythology.

• Their sound merges all the influences that worked

on Katie to a sparkling bullet.

• Katie’s voice and expression stands for itself; at

any time identifiable and full of character.

Interpret: AUSTRA

Album: Feel It Break

Genres: Electronic

Label: Domino Records

Origin: Toronto (Canada)

Line-up: Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski,

Dorian Wolf.

Website: www.austramusic.com



Interpret: Barbara Panther

Album: Barbara Panther

Genres: Electronic, Experimental, Trip-Hop, Pop.

Label: City Slang

Origin: Rwanda/Brussels

Website: www.barbarapanther.com

Interpret: Gus Gus

Album: Arabian Horse

Genres: Electronic, House

Label: Kompakt

Origin: Reykjavík (Iceland)

Line-up: Stephan Stephensen, Birgir Þórarinsson,

Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson, Urður Hákonardóttir.

Website: www.gusgus.grapewire.net

• They don’t sound Canadian, either Icelandic or

Swedish, nor British or German, they just sound

AUSTRA! (a sound that’s truly unique to anything

that’s come out in recent memory.)

• When I first saw (and heard) the video for “The

Beast”, I had a non-stop-Goosebumps-attack! -> This

song is undoubtedly a MASTERPIECE!

• I bought directly the album, put it on my mp3-player

(NO ipod) and I can ensure you it’s gonna stay in

there till death do us part!

• Favourite track: The Beast, Shoot The Water, Beat

And The Pulse, Lose It.


• Panther’s debut album is certainly one of the pleasant

surprises this year!

• The Rwandan-born, Brussels-raised, Berlin-based,

former drama student Barbara Panther herself calls

her music “modern electronic baroque music” and

describes it as raw, sophisticated, honest and great!

• She cooperated breviously with Jahcoozi, Kid 606,

Sneaky and T.Raumschmiere.

• Matthew Herbert was asked to mix the album, but

once in the studio the two decided to collaborate fully.

• She manages her voice in a special offensive way and

gets right through to the listener but stays at the same

time real, innocent and almost fragile in some points.

• Words are sung with a latent aggressiveness and

overemphasis in a way that seems to disregard the

normal rules of syntax and all that boring stuff.

• Barbara Panther fits perfectly in the time and speaks

to listeners of many different genres!

• In some of her texts she worships the oceans, the

water and that which lives in the sea. Espesialy “Empire”

is dealing with nature that takes over our civilized


• “I´m intrigued by the universe, water and the moon,

and their interdependencies which you can notice on

the record’s sound and theme” says Barbara.

• Favourite track: Empire, Dizzy, Unchained.


• Gus Gus were founded 16 years ago in 1995.

• Initially formed as a film and acting collective, the


Gus Gus

group became mostly known for their electronic music.

• Their discography consists of eight studio albums

and one live record.

• Several lineup changes have occurred over the years;

the most notably former member is Emilíana Torrini.

• They have remixed several famous artists, including

Björk, Depeche Mode, Moloko, and Sigur Rós.

• It’s their second album for the label Kompakt.

• This album has everything:

Brave moves (‘Selfoss’ suddenly cuts to a gypsy music

towards its close and I love it!); Highlights showcasing

Gus Gus versatility and stunning song writing

ability; Outstanding vocal harmonies; A perfect

balance between commercial pop and underground

dance music and the voice of ‘Earth’ is back!

• ‘Arabian Horse’ is a mixture of the best from Gus

Gus career: strong compositions, outstanding vocals,

addictive rhythms, synth experiments and “heavenly,

but at the same seductive arrangements and a mix of

highs and lows that are not recommended for people

with weak hearts”.

• And yes, it definitely is their greatest accomplishment

in their 15+ year history.


• Cults’ self-titled debut is a great warm-weather album

who will sweep you off to the era of the 50’s and

60′s pop.

• The opening trio of songs is the strongest.

• Madeline’s voice sounds like innocent choruses

of school kids and harmonises great with the warm

sound of the band.

• A trick Cults pull out again and again is doubling

Madeline’s vocal melodies by glockenspiel.

• Another one is the intriguing juxtaposition of downer

lyrics and upbeat melodies.

• The result is an album full of comfortably similar

songs, but with an underlying complexity that renders

the record an easy one to fall for.

• Cults are giving fans a taste of what to expect from

them in the future.

• Favourite track: Abducted, Go Outside, Never Heal


• Favourite track: Arabian Horse(!!!), Deep Inside, Over




Interpret: Cults

Album: Cults

Genres: Pop

Label: In The Name Of/Columbia

Origin: California (USA)

Line-up: Brian Oblivion, Madeline Follin (BF/GF)

Website: www.cultscultscults.com


• Yuksek is a highly sought after producer/remixer.

• He has been creating some of the hottest remixes

since 2005.

• 2009 -> Debut ‘Away from the Sea’

• For his second album French electro producer

Yuksek was inspired by the lonely days of touring

around the world on his own.

• Yuksek wrote, arranged, and produced all the

tracks himself, and sings all vocals.

• The single ‘On A Train’, has been an instant viral

smash, with 1 million views of a video made under

the pseudonym ‘Mega Mystery Band’.

• The album is full of organic warm synth sounds,

disco claps, soft percussion and electrifying vocals.

• It’s done so well you can’t help but fall in love with it.

• Highly recommended is also Yuksek’s latest sideproject

“Peter And The Magician” which he formed

together with a friend (ex ‘Aeroplane’ member).

• Favourite track: On a Train, Always On The Run,

The Edge.


Interpret: Yuksek

Album: Living On The Edge Of Time

Genres: Electronic

Label: Fiction Records

Origin: Reims (France)

Line-up: Pierre-Alexandre Busson

Website: www.yuksek.fr

Interpret: Is Tropical

Album: Native To

Genres: Elektro-Rock

Label: Kitsuné

Origin: London (UK)

Line-up: Simon Milner, Gary Barber und Dominic


Website: www.istropical.com


• ‘Is Tropical’ is formed from three former squatters

from the Art School in London.

• ‘Native To’ is their debut album.

• They have previously toured with ‘LCS Soundsystem’,

‘The Klaxons’ and ‘Egyprian Hip Hop’.

• The album is full of plenty happy shiny synthesisers,

polyphonic singing, digital harmonies and catchy

groovy refrains.

• The bass-heavy, beat-driven, pop lo-fi music is very


• It doesn’t sounds new at all, but it definitely is much

better than the average!

• ‘Is Tropical’ delivered us a brilliant music video (to

the single “The Greeks”) with the biggest WTF?-Effect

until now for 2011.

• Favourite track: The Greeks, South Pacific, Seasick


Is Tropical



I loved

Puccini opera

a lot..

Video Interview@HONK!TV by Polys and Susann Bosslau

Austra is the canadian trio Katie Stelmanis (Mastermind,

pianist, singer), Maya Postepski (drummer) and Dorian

Wolf (bass).

Katie Stelmanis has performed and recorded in the past also

as a solo artist. She spent much time of her young life with

the obsessive study of classical music and her goal was to

become a professional opera singer.

Now she is touring with her band spreading her unique voice

and sounds in sold out venues all over the world.

We had the opportunity to meet Katie at the Domino records

office in Berlin few days after the concert in Berghain club

and had a great interview with her and talked about everything

you wanna know about Austra.

Watch the video interview on our HONK!-TV channel







Photographer Marco Rothenburger www.Marco-Rothenburger.de

Fashion by F.RAU Berlin www.f-rau.com

Model Sophie Nickel @Mostwanted Models

Styling Martina Rau

MakeUp & Hair Ines Schult www.ines-schult.com




























I like

tidy opulence!

Interview by Marcel Schlutt


Madame Peripetie even the name promises something very

beautiful and great. You will not be disappointed.

Sylwana Zybura is a pardoned photographer. She shows you

a different world. Reality is a stranger to her. Dadaist mythical

creatures in many different colors, yes that’s what she likes.

Based in Dortmund / germany is Sylwana on the way to be a

very great artist.

It is our pleasure to indroduce you to one of the best female

artist of our time.



Hello Sylwana. We are big fans of your photography,

although I would rather say ART! You had first taken a

different path and you studied linguistics. How did you

start with photography?

After studying linguistics, I’ve lived in London and

worked in an independent theatre. The mood, the

lighting for the Performances have intrigued me. I

wanted express myself visually. Photography was the

medium for me.

When i am looking at your pictures i can see, there is a

lot of detail? Are you inspired by your Theatre / Stage

experience? And if so, how?

I like tidy opulence! This needs orders but otherwise

it ends up in chaos. I Like very much the work of

Robert Wilson. His perfect minimalism on stage has

always fascinated me.

How would you describe your own style?

Surreal, picturesque, always with the micro-explosions

of color!

Which artists are role models for you? Do you have

someone to whom you look up to?

As I mentioned - Robert Wilson, the Surrealists, Blitz

Kids, post punk and a lot of SF writers. I do not like

to confine to one area. I will get bored.

What was it like for you when you first time saw your

published work you in a magazine?

Joy (the first 10 minutes)!

What have you bought from your first salary?

I do not know. But there was a book by Martin Parr


Analog or Digital? How do you work?

Digital. Sometimes, even analogous.

But it is irrelevant.

You belong to this year’s winners of the “catapult” price.

What is the feeling like to be honored for your work?

It is nice for a short term - it is an incentive to

continue creating.

Are there magazines in the world for which you would

like to photograph?

I-D, Dazed and Confused, V, Sleek.

What kind of projects do you plan in the near future?

I’m working on a project called “Sight of Transgresson”

which deals with the topic of character design

- in the context of szenografic-apart film - based on the

collective unconscious (sounds complicated haha). I

create hybrid characters who operate on a kind of stage.

If you could give a hint to young photographers how to

be successful and believe in yourself. What would it be?

Shoot a lot, bring an interdisciplinary inspiration to

stay true to yourself and do not forget the fun.






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by Claudio Alvargonzalez

Remember VHS? Yes, that rectangular piece of plastic

you used to watch movies. If you are around my age I bet

you have some old videos somewhere in a drawer or in a

box behind that old sofa. Let’s do an experiment: Forget

for a second your computer, your ipad, your mp4 and

your DVD player. Imagine you still have a VHS player at

home. Put the tape inside. Ok, the image is not too bad.

Now go fast forward… Hear that annoying noise? Finally,

try to select a different language or put subtitles…

Ups!!!.... You can’t. Well, that’s the way we watched

video movies in the 90’s. And we loved it! In fact VHS

industry came to its climax during that decade where

internet was still inaccessible for the users. We could

change from big and heavy video players to new ones

lighters and with more features including the chance

to record directly from your TV channel. Remember

those New Kids on the Block or MC Hammer old videos

you recorded? Do me a favor: Buy some gasoline

and burn them!!

The American companies saw business in the video

market and all the titles started a second life with the

VHS and most of them had a worldwide distribution.

I know this could sound not very impressive when you

can download whatever you want from your computer

or even watch it in streaming but being a teenager during

those years and go to the video store to pick a new

movie and watch it at home was quite an adventure.

In fact the 90´s was a great decade for cinema. The big

majors multiplied the copies for distribution because

the audiences were back to theaters after a long way of

“crossing the desert” during the 80´s.

That was also the decade of some of the greatest American

creators: Tim Burton unites critics and audiences

with Edward Scissorhands (1990) and the Batman

saga (1989 and 1992). To see Michelle Pfeiffer (in my

opinion the most beautiful actress of the last 30 years)

dressed in leather as “Catwoman” just make me think

in one word…. “Miaoo”!!

It was also the jump to major audiences of some directors

coming from the independent side of the industry

who talked to more mature audiences: The Coen brothers

(Miller’s Crossing, 1990; Fargo, 1995), Ang Lee (The

Wedding Banquet, 1993; Sense and Sensibility, 1995;

The Ice Storm, 1997) and of course Spike Lee (Jungle

Fever, 1991; Malcom X, 1992 and SOS Summer of Sam,

1999. To me his best film).

I don’t want to forget Quentin Tarantino. He is what he

is because of what he did during the 90’s. His eternal

monologues, his films full of violence but also a deep

sense of humor. He gave fresh air to the industry. Forrest

Gump beated everyone else at the Oscars but what

everybody will remember of 1994 will be Uma Thurman’s

dance and John Travolta’s comeback.

But the 90’s would be nothing without four of the best

directors of all time. Clint Eastwood reinvented western

with Unforgiven (1992), a masterpiece winner of four



Academy Awards that year; A perfect world (1993) with

Kevin Costner in one of his best roles or The Bridges of

Madison County (1995) showing the world that tough

guys can feel too. Woody Allen continued deconstructing

New York society in Husbands and wives (1992);

making everyone laugh with an upper class middle-age

couple so bored that they become murder detectives

in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993); or showing the

world how talented Mira Sorvino is if she has the chance

in Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

For the next two I would need a whole article: Martin

Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. If there is a list of eclectic

directors they would be in the first places. It is true

that Scorsese has a real talent talking about mafia like in

GoodFellas (1990) or Casino (1995). Have you seen this

last one? Let me tell you I was in shock when Sharon

Stone didn’t get the Oscar for that role. But it is also true

that Cape Fear (1991) and The Age of Innocence (1993)

are two of his best films.

But if there is one man who can entertain everyone with

Jurassic Park (1993) and touch consciences with Schindler’s

List (1994) almost in the same year that could only

be Steven Spielberg. This man’s brain should be donated

to science. What more could I say? One more thing. If he

married Kate Capshaw (Indiana Jones and the Temple

of Doom, 1984) he could only be a cool fun guy.

To finish with American cinema, in 1995 a small company

called Pixar Animation Studios associated with

Disney rocked the world with Toy Story which meant

the beginning of a new world phenomenon. And you

know what came next: a list of animated masterpieces

that changed the way of watching films and meaning

thousands of millions at the box office. We don’t see

cartoons anymore… we watch animated movies. And as

I am Disney-Pixar number one fan I just want to say:

Long live the Kings!

Now back to the Old Continent. As you know things here

work in a different way. The European cinema kept doing

films following a line of creativity and quality but

much less spectacular with two exceptions: Little Buddha

(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1993) with Keanu Reeves and

Bridget Fonda trying to follow the success of The Last

Emperor (1987) but even the presence of the American

stars couldn’t save it from crashing at the box office.

The second exception was Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh,

1996) which worked a little bit better probably because

the budget was also smaller (around 18 million dollars).

Do you know the Shakespeare’s play? Well, you have it

here from A to Z. That’s the reason it lasts 242 minutes

and that, my friends, in English means 4 hours! But the

best of the film are the actors: Kenneth Branagh, Julie

Christie, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon

and a whole list going almost to infinity.

Most of the European movies during the 90’s were coproductions

between countries and in general it was also

a great decade for European films in terms of quality.


For example, Il Postino (Michael Radford, 1994); Shadowlands

(Richard Attemborough, 1993); Trainspotting

(Danny Boyle, 1996); Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996);

La niña de tus ojos (Fernando Trueba, 1998), one of the

most successful Spanish films of all times.

France also lived its own golden age during that decade,

mixing successfully author films with much more commercial

proposals. This was a great decade for French

cinema in the international market. Some of the best

films were: Indochine (Régis Wargnier, 1992) with

a cold but superb Catherine Deneuve; Les Visiteurs

(Jean-Marie Poiré, 1993); The Fifth Element (Luc Besson,

1997). I have to say I kind of hate this movie. I don’t

like Besson’s sense of humor, I hate Chris Tucker and I

hate that pseudo pop style the movie is trying to show

but it made more than 200 million dollars worldwide so

it deserves to be on the list. In fact, my favorite French

movie of the 90’s is Le mari de la coiffeuse (Patrice Leconte,

1990), a small jewel full of simple but delicate situations

with Jean Rochefort in the best role of his career.

But if there is something really remarkable about European

cinema during those years it was the cinematographic

movement called Dogma 95.

The beginning of the movement is not exactly clear but

we could say Scandinavian cinema was turning into a

softer narrative way of filming, with less artifice in image

and sound and the camera submitted to the actors

with many long takes and handheld camera.

Some of the Dogma rules were:

Sound can’t be separated from the image without adding

any music. No special illumination is accepted, just

what the camera can hold. All the camera movements

have to be handheld. No superficial action like murders,

shotguns, chasing cars…

To me the funniest one is this: The director’s name is

not allowed in the credits… !!???

We may find the beginning of the movement in Breaking

the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1995). But the consolidation

came with Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998), The Idiots

(Lars von Trier, 1998) or even The King is Alive (Kristian

Levring, 1999) aka Dogma # 4 about a group of passengers

who decide to stage “King Lear” after a bus crash in

the desert. Thanks God this article is finishing and I don’t

have to say what I think about this stupid plot. The movement

didn’t last too long but some of the premises are

still in movies nowadays. It also crossed borders. Australian

film Shine (Scott Ricks, 1996) is a good example.

As you see I am not a big fan of the movement although

I can give credit to some of its ideas, specially everything

referring with actors and their freedom while acting.

I prefer to think about cinema as a mix of reality and

illusion. I don’t know if your reality is like a TV spot but

mine can be hard sometimes and illusion can help me

escape from daily troubles. If everything where “Dogma”

we wouldn’t have people like Jean Pierre Jeunet,

Steven Spielberg, Charles Chaplin or Alfred Hitchcock.

How would life be without aliens, talking toys, Oz or

even the red earth of Tara? Well, as my friend Scarlett

O’Hara said… “I will think about it tomorrow”.


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Finally Berlin has its own Sanny van Heteren. Her Name is Jana Wendlandt and she is the

woman who decides who is in and who is out. You have to pass her selection to get in a

hippest clubs in the city. But this is not enough. Her new agency for creative people has

really a new concept. It supports all creative’s, and when I say all - I mean it so. “Mama

J Productions” is a new platform for people from different spheres, like DJ’s, performers,

musicians, artists, designers, dancers and painters but not only them – producers and

managing genies are also welcome. She also organizes events, which are unique as well.

This brilliant concept will make Mama J Production to one of the most important agencies

in Germany in the next future.




The all around talent and beauty of Kieran moved to our beloved capital fi ve years ago

from the foggy coast of San Francisco. She is a photographer and has already captured

the spirits of many infl uential personalities. She is also passionate about music and has

played throughout Europe with her signature disco sound, as well as designing amazing

jewellery from fl ea market treasures. One of her most important projects is Crystalmafi a.

It’s a collaboration between creative girls and meeting of kindred souls. They are a collective

of performance artists, videographers, and costume designers who are complementing

each other to create an unforgettable performance.

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Lucas J. Carrieri immigrated to Europe from Argentina. 2005 he opened his fi rst gallery in

Berlin, which offered a variety of performances and events that link art to fashion and the

gallery quickly became a hip place for the Berlin scene. Now the gallery moved to Potsdamer

Straße. Lucas Carrieri created a network that allows international artist to exhibit

and sell their art in Berlin. He also supports his artists in the world outside the gallery. Especially

his strong connections to Argentina, Italy and Spain make the Lucas Carrieri Art

Gallery to a privileged place for promotion of art works. And if you are lucky maybe you

will get an invitation to one the gallery private parties, which are legendary as well. http://


Florian Bartholomäi – Actor

The 23 years old guy is vey shy and charming, so when you see him for the fi rst time, you

will never expect him to be such an extraordinary talent. But he is one! Each of his roles,

even the smallest ones, he performed brilliantly. And the critics think the same. Florian

Bartholomäi was already awarded with scores of most desirable fi lm prizes. „New Faces

Award“ as the best newcomer actor is just one of them. But he is not only an excellent

actor, he is also a sport junkie and he loves it extremely: basketball, different kinds of

martial arts and parachute jumping give him a balancing kick. Maybe this variety of interests

makes him so successful. Anyway he is the next Cristoph Waltz and an Oscar will be

just only one step in his much promising career.

http://www.fl orianbartholomaei.de/






Interview by Christo Mitov

Images by Karim Sadli



Yoann Lemoine (http://www.yoannlemoine.com/) (28) is not your typical director - just like WOODKID is not

your typical music project. In the meta level of creativity and talent, Yoann merges with WOODKID to create a

pan-media project involving visual art, complex compositions, innovative fashion - all that presented with extreme

psychological depth.

When you see his work, you would wonder who is the teacher of this wunderkind. Unfortunately for you and

me, everything he knows and everything he is capable of, Yoann has taught himself. Well, not completely. He

started learning illustration and animation at Emile Cohl School, Lyon, France and screen-printing techniques at

Swindon College, London. After college in 2004, Lemoine started illustrating in several magazines and children’s

books, in France and the USA. At the same time, he joined a French production team and started to direct his first

3D-animated TV ads and music videos, before putting his eye to the camera for his first live shoots.

Until recently, Yoann Lemoine was living between Paris and New York, mainly working as a film director in media

such as video, 8 to 35mm film, 2D and 3D animation, Stop Motion, photography, illustration, painting, screen

printing, sculpture, collage, knitting, holograms, and more… That’s until 2011 when he evolved in WOODKID - a

musical and visual project born of nostalgia and soul-searching.

Christo Mitov chatted with Yoann Lemoine about his music project, upcoming album release and tour dates and

asked him if he would abandon his visual work.

Hi Yoann, what were you doing right before you sat down

to answer those questions?

I’m actually finishing the new THE SHOES

http://soundcloud.com/the-shoes/ video that I am

working on right now!

You’re commuting between Paris and NYC all the time.

What is keeping you in both places?

I like the energy of New York, I spend a lot of time in

LA too. These towns are very exotic to me, and exotic is

very good for creation. Even if I have spent a lot of time

there, I am still fascinated by the level of expectations

and the quality of production for films and music in the

US. I love Paris as it’s my hometown somehow. Nothing

compares to the place you grew up in, and to a place

where most of your close friends are based.

Where in Eastern Europe are your roots from? Do you go

back sometimes?

My family is from Poland, I have spent some time there

during my childhood, I still talk to my cousin who’s Polish,

but now lives in the US. At the time, it was a very

desolate country, and I have never been back to Poland,

it’s not only good memories, a lot of shady family things

happened there, and even if I have never been really exposed

to it, as a child, you feel that kind of things. I don’t

really want to feel this again.

When did you realize you can express yourself best


It’s always been inside of me, I’ve always been fascinated

by light, by perspective, shadows, colors,

almost in a scientific way. I’ve always wanted to understand

things, understand the eye, and anything I

would not understand.

Whose artists’ work inspires you most?

I’m a huge fan of Gus Van Sant, Mallick, photographers

like Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Martin Parr... I also

love video games, Final Fantasy games, heroic fantasy,

I’m also very connected to the fashion world, this create

a very crossover mix that I really like.

Vintage visuals are obviously a great inspiration for your

music videos - are you following a trend or is it nostalgia?

I am, absolutely, in a pretty violent and aggressive way

actually. In my Woodkid project, even if the image does

not look vintage, and pretty technological actually, I explore

themes such as Nostalgia, and the transition between

childhood and the adult age. This is something

that really obsesses me.

What is the creative process you go through while creating

videos and short movies?

I always follow my emotions, visions that I have. It’s a

starting point. In the Woodkid video, I knew marble

would be present, It took some time to formulate and

achieve this visions, and understand the meaning of it,

but at the end all these things always make sense together.

It’s almost about finding pieces of a puzzle inside

of me and slowly assembling them. It’s a psychoanalytic

process in a way.

You have several projects for advertising and campaigns.

How did you feel working in the field your parents are

working in?

I’ve always been a bit distant with the advertising

world, not because it’s my parents job, but mainly because

there are too many political and money factors in

commercials, and I will never call it art. There are truly

amazing creatives in advertising companies, people it’s

a real pleasure to work with, but I can’t stop thinking it’s


for the sake of a product, and money. I see these people

struggle so hard with clients, I can’t stop thinking it’s a

lot of wasted amazing creation for very little result...

What do you think of product placement in music videos?

It’s part of the game, I have to deal with it in the big

videos I am doing. I will never allow anyone place a

product in my videos, I’d rather have less money, but in

some cases, like big mainstream pop projects, if it helps

you build an amazing set or shoot with a better camera,

I say go for it.

Are you quitting with the visual work after committing


I mean, Woodkid is 50 percent visual work, so the answer

is no!

It’s kind of cost effective for you to direct your own videos.

I’m not the cheapest director right now, it’s true, but I

also like to work on very small projects. This video for

THE SHOES is a small budget but when I like a project,

the production value I can add in a film is very important

i think.

You describe yourself as a self-taught professional. Did

you learn singing also on your own?

I did everything by myself yes. From directing videos to

singing. Alone in my room, by performing live, it’s the

same thing with film direction. I like to stay away from

people that pretend I owe them what happens to me. I

have the amazing luck to be surrounded by very professional

and talented teams, that bring a lot of energy and

ideas to my films and song productions, and I am super

grateful. But It’s also a very important talent to know

how to listen what people are suggesting and consider it

when it’s actually enhancing your ideas.

Can you compose?

I actually write and compose all of my tracks, yes.

What fi ght and battle are you singing about in Iron. Or is it a

declaration of your battle for a place in the music industry?

It’s a track about the violence I had in me at the time,

it’s about the fight for becoming somebody, a fight for

the adult age. Everything is linked, and people will understand

this in the next videos and tracks. This Fantasy

world is a metaphor of very human, universal and

philosophic themes.

Who or what is the very reason to write the love ballad

to Brooklyn?

It’s an old song, I wanted to put it on the record because

I didn’t want this EP to sound too pretentious.

The album will be much more consistent and epic,

and will not feature folk ballads. I just like the idea

that I can do that too.

You’re about to head in the studio very soon and will be

working on your debut album by the time this interview is

published. Tell me more about the idea of the record.

The record will be a massive epic production, I will build

it like the rhythm of a movie, with an intro, a storyline,

a climax, and an ending. I am using a lot of instruments

from classical music and sample them, produce it almost

like Hip-Hop. I am using a lot of visual and sound

codes from religion and army. In a fascinated and critical

way. It’s a love-hate story. Once again, codes from

the adult age are very inspiring to me. It’s going to be a

very emotional journey, I want people to feel like heroes

when they listen to the album on their ipod. I like the

idea that my music makes people feel stronger.


Who do you want to work with and who are you working

with on the album?

THE SHOES are working on the production of this

album with me, they are amazing and they are not

afraid by the challenge. There are a couple of other

names in the air, but I won’t mention them until

things are done!

Are you planning on going into some new genres or

using different instruments for the record?

We are actually going to use bagpipes! And an organ

church. We have extended the type of percussions and

some retro futuristic sounds will enhance the production.

Epic and Massive choirs too.

Your tour is starting in October this year. Which places

are you most excited about?

I’m very excited about touring in the US, of course.

There are a lot of dates in Europe and I am very curious

about meeting my public for the first time. I

know there is a lot of expectations, and this tour is

pretty challenging.

Should we expect some new songs?

Yes ! I will perform some tracks from the album !

Where are you going after this interview?

In my bed, I am kind of sick today.


If you listen to




never existed.

Text by Shelbric A. Fuller


For many, it was just a blur in the space time continuum

– a colossal juxtaposition between light and

concepts. For others, who like to live solidly on planet

Earth, we experienced the welcoming of a new dawn.

Just like the glitter of a drag queen who had just left

the room, there was a sparkle in the air.

Life was changing for all of us right before our eyes.

We all should have known it was going to be a glorious

new day when Russia opened its first McDonalds

in 1990. As Germany dealt with issues of reunification,

most Americans were falling in love with a whore

with a heart of gold. Looking back, it is rather apparent

that the makers of “Pretty Woman” were also part

of the Bill Clinton administration but I digress.

Americans, who are commonly known in Europe as

being prude and superficial, were beginning to recognize

and celebrate art as an important part of modern

culture. Although, the protests that surrounded the

Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition were rather heated, at

least people were talking about more than the cold war.

As the Deutsche Telekom lost its strangle hold on

the German telecommunication system – new monopolies

were taking over the TV air waves. No one

ever wants to admit it but at 4 in the morning, when

you can’t sleep, who can resist the urge to pick up the

phone and order a brand new cubic zirconia jewelry

set. The distinction that was given to so many US

Citizens was able to make its way into the homes and

hearts of every German.

But lets be fair, it wasn’t only the US that had lots to

offer. We were more than happy to plunder the German

techno scene but let me let you in on a little se-


cret - the Americans have been stealing music from

the Germans since Kraftwerk. We love the Germans –

they are quirky but consistent. Therefore, it was clear

to us that if anyone could take dance music to another

level it would be them. Although, it never made it to

a Love Parade level in the States, it made its presence

known throughout the land. You had Tresor in Berlin

but we had The Edge in Fort Lauderdale.

While the citizens of the US were dancing and experimenting

with the highly technological sounds of

“now” (well, not now as in now but now as in then),

there was a dark cloud looming in the background. A

cloud that crept up slowly from behind like a horror

film villain and attacked under the cloak of night –

the boy bands. Oh the horror of it all! 20-somethings

dancing in perfect step and singing in harmony with

the help of pitch correction (sometimes with the help

of an invisible singer). America should really issue an

official apology for the swarm of untalented locus that

we sent across the ocean but what is done is done.

In the end, the 1990s were a time of experimentation.

New sounds, new visuals and new hope. Although, the

US and Germany are very different, they are also very

much the same. Actually, we are all the same. There are

time periods in history that were a necessary bridge for

the events of now. So much has transpired – so much

will transpire and with each passing decade, we learn,

reap and sow. As the 90s came to a close things settled,

as usual, into a mediocre rut. Maybe we will see those

times again. One can only hope.



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Text by Larisa Cataño

Linda is sitting barefoot on the floor of an old mansion,

while she grabs the remote control of a CD player. She

pushes a button and a red laser starts to play a CD:

so begins the first scene of the video clip for the song

Freedom 90 of George Michael and similar seems to be

also the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century:

with Naomi dancing dressed up in a grunge -style

nightgown combined with military boots, a totally wet

Cindy singing in a bathtub, Christy in her early twenties

looking fabulous wrapped in a long white sheet,

and with the burning of George Michael’s infamous

“Faith” jacket and the explosion of his guitar symbolizing

the end of the 80’s and his past life with Wham!,

and his rebirth in the new decade as a new man.

For many the 90s can be remembered for the boom of

the boy-bands, the Spice Girls, and of course for the

super models. To others the 90s are represented by the

Generation X, the depressive grunge, or the Love Parade

with its own “X”, but there’s no doubt that those

years can also be seen as the decade in which MTV had

its best moment showing the birth and development of

a new generation of music video creators, who nowadays

are still influencing filmmaking. One of those creators

is David Fincher who in 1990 directed Freedom

90 of George Michael.


David Fincher

Born 1962 in Denver, Colorado, US. Like many other

of his generation, started his career in the advertising

and TV commercials, won awards as a music video

director and jumped into the film industry with great

success and above all, created films that today can be

categorized as cult.

In the 80’s Fincher was already a prolific music video

director, collaborating with Aerosmith, Sting, Foreigner

and other big names of that time. One year before

the release of „Freedom 90“ and inspired by the Fritz

Lang classic film „Metropolis“ he directed “Express

Yourself” of Madonna in which in one of its latest

scenes, a bunch of half nude wet men getting involved

in what it seems a clandestine fight in a box ring can be

seen. Maybe this scene reminds us of one of Fincher’s

future films that became cult.

Also in 1990 he directed the classic video “Vogue” of

Madonna which is filmed in black and white, and like

in “Express Yourself” he got inspiration from the look

and sceneries of the old noire-films.

In 1994, his the video “Love is strong” of the Rolling

Stones in which with the application of new techniques,

he shows the members of the band and other

people as sexy giants rambling around the streets of

NYC, is still considered very innovative .

In between, Fincher directed in 1992 his first feature

film, „Alien 3“ which received an Oscar nomination for

special effects but was not well received by the critics

and followers of the Alien’s series. But in 1995, he directed

„Se7en“ which not only was a commercial success,

but with its neo- noir elements and its great opening

credits (by graphic designer Kyle Cooper and musicalized

by a sample of an uncredited remix of the Nine

Inch Nails song “Closer”), turned into an absolute influence

in the aesthetics of the 90s films and TV series.

In 1999 Fincher ended the decade with his ultimate

cult film, „Fight Club“, which was one of the most controversial

and representative films of the 1990s. It was

not only an innovation in the production design and

in filmmaking technology but it was established as

a cult film because of its originality and cultural and

aesthetic impact, which is what still makes it today a

defining film. „Fight Club’s“ critique to the capitalistic

society and consumer culture is still a topic issue and

of course who can forget the looks of Brad Pitt in his

character of Tyler Durden who after 12 years still looks

damned sexy and cool.

After that, Fincher was established as a renowned film

director of big productions like „The Curious Case of

Benjamin Button“ or „The Social Network“.

Freedom 90


Vogue Madonna 1990



Michel Gondry

Born May 8, 1963 in France. With his remarkable creativity

and original film techniques, he is no doubt one

of the most representative music video directors who

have influenced the feature film aesthetics of the 21th


After creating music videos for his own rock band „Oui

Oui“ and other french bands, Björk asked him in 1993

to direct the video clip for her first solo single “Human

Behaviour”, which was the first of seven music videos

in the collaboration of the two artists. In “Human Behaviour”

Gondry combines animation and live action

to create a strange and surreal but yet beautiful world,

full of childlike imagery with a touch of darkness.

Gondry, throughout his film career. Keeps using the

imagery, design and camera effects of “Human Behaviour”

resulting in some of the most visually amazing

music videos in the history of this genre like Bachelorette

of Björk(1997), “Around the World” of Daft

Punk (1997) or “Let Forever Be” of The Chemical

Brothers (1999). He has also collaborated on more

than one occasion with The White Stripes, Radiohead,

and Beck. Many of these artists have also participated

in the soundtracks of Gondry’s films.

After his first feature film „Human Nature“ (2002)

Gondry directed in 2004 „Eternal Sunshine of the

Spotless Mind“ in which he applies not only many of

the image manipulation techniques that he had experimented

with in his music videos but also the same

kind of visual surrealistic atmosphere. Together with

Charly Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth, Gondry won an

Academy Award for the screenplay of this film.

„The Science of Sleep“ of 2006 is somehow an autobiographical

film, written by Gondry, in which he again

utilizes his video techniques and mixes dreams and

reality with the same childlike imagery that characterized

his work. Since 1993 Michel Gondry has been

a pioneer redefining the music video world, not only

technically but also aesthetically and has also extended

his influence into the feature filmmaking.

Human Behaviour - Björk (1993)


Spike Jonze

With his black comedy-fantasy film „Being John Malkovich“,

Spike Jonze made the transition from the

music video genre to the feature film very successfully.

Like „Eternal Sunshine“ of Michel Gondry, the first

feature film of Jonze was written by Charlie Kaufman

having numerous awards nominations and winning

some of them. The film is full of the dark humor and

antihero characters that can be seen in Jonze’s music

videos. In 2002 he directed Adaptation in collaboration

again with Kaufman.

Before his debut in the feature filmmaking, Spike

Jonze was also directing TV commercials and music

videos which had left a big influence in the visual aesthetics

of the pop culture of the 90s bringing a very

peculiar sense of humor to the decade. Maybe one of

his best work as a music video director is “Sabotage”

of the Beastie Boys (1994) which is an homage and

parody of 1970s crime TV series such as Hawaii Five-

O, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta,

and Starsky and Hutch. After the release of this video,

the rest of the decade was impregnated with a revival

of 1970s.

In a some kind of flash mob action, Jonze assembled

a group of “dancers” to perform to Fatboy Slim’s song

“Praise you” (1998) outside a Westwood, California

movie theater, taped the performance and left the

video with an amateur look.

Praise you- Fatboy Slim


Beastie Boys - Sabotage


Bachelorette -Björk(1997)



Mark Romanek

Although Mark Romanek (born September 18, 1959)

gained with his film „One Hour Photo“ (2002) a good

reputation as a feature film director, his creations in

the music video genre are what marked the imaginary

of the pop culture of a whole generation in the 90s.

Some of his more well known videos include “Free

Your Mind” by En Vogue (1992), “Are You Gonna Go

My Way” by Lenny Kravitz (1993), “Rain” by Madonna

(1993), “Devil’s Haircut” by Beck (1996), which are

recognized for their elegance and great photography.

Actually “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails (1994), and “Bedtime

Story” by Madonna (1994), have been made part

of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern

Art in New York City.

One of his most important videos, “Closer” of NIN, was

both critically acclaimed and controversial because of

his disturbing images. The video shows scenes that are

inspired by the art of the photographer Joel-Peter Witkin

(which takes very artistic photos of dead bodies), as

well as Francis Bacon. A nude bald woman, a monkey

tied to a cross, a pig’s head spinning on some type of

ancient machine, insects, a diagram of a vulva, S&M

accessories, leather clothes. This imagery is part of the

“Closer” video which shows a darker side of the decade

but in a very artistic way that could only be done under

the eye and direction of Romanek.

In the 90s we used to look for the new works of the

video directors, we knew their names which were as

important as the artists and the music itself, and when

I watch these great images again, combined with that

great music I’m not ashamed to say that I’m still stuck

in the 90s.




MADONNA - Bedtime Story 1994






by Christo Mitov

Illustration Ango The Meek Dead

It seems like Berlin has concentrated all well-dressed

people in Mitte and once you leave the fashion heart of

the German capital, you stumble upon people who look

like they’ve made their fashion decisions in the dark.

Anyhow, if you feel you don’t have the imagination to

dress up, at least flip some fashion magazines in the

nearest coffee shop and just copy-paste some looks.

On my way to the trendy cafe I came to finish my column,

I was able to spot 5 fashion disasters which I

haven’t even planned on mentioning. Here is a quick

tip: If the T-shirt looks like it might be mentally ill, then,

so, too, is the smug gentleman wearing it. Ambiguous

baseball caps with pink plastic pieces jutting out the top

intended to look like a pair of lady’s legs -- NO. This is

NOT the cool, updated version of the 50s lamp shaped

like a can-can girl’s fishnet stocking-enhanced thigh.

Please, Mr. Hipster, cease and desist with the all-yellow

(yes, lemon yellow) outfit. Just because it was on display

at the COS window doesn’t mean you should put

it on. As the Russians say, “Nyet.” Drop-crotch trousers

with elasticated cuffs. Fucking stop it. It wasn’t cool in

1983 and it’s DEFINITELY not cool in 2011. Hawaiian

shirts - no comment. Bra over the blouse. Yes, my good

friend Corey actually saw this the other day. Oh, Berlin...

But now back to my plan which includes examples

from German clothing over hair and style:

2010 was the year when 80s were back, 2011 is obviously

the year the fashion and all other industries joined

forces to bring back the 90s. No matter what decade is

coming back in which year, style and taste are always

two crucial requirements for applying and following

trends. For the same reason I refuse to put on man jeggings

and make my legs look like two bratwursts.

Sandal Scandal

There is an image that always pops up in my mind

when I think about German fashion and unfortunately

it is not the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

I know I am not the only one who has noticed - sandals

with socks. What is up with that, Germany? Are


you getting cold wearing sandals, are you afraid to

wash your feet in case they get dirty or do they look

so gross that you hide them in white socks? Also,

what is wrong with wearing a chic sandal and taking

a pass on all the tasteless sporty sandals out there?

So many questions, so little time. However, you can

just put on lighter shoes or just be brave and adventurous

and put on the sandals on a bare foot.

Khaki Bukkake

I know a very respectable woman brought back the

skin tone for clothing, namely Angela Merkel, but

why do you have to show your patriotism in the worst

possible way by dressing up in ochre and khaki from

head to toe? Due to the lack of sun in Germany and

the slight domination of pasties, overdosing with

skin toned garments has almost as devastating effects

as the tainted cocaine in the US and Russia.

Let’s leave this privilege of wearing khaki, ochre and

egg shell to the elderly, the yachters and the sailors.

Pierce for Peace?

Not really. Piercings were HUGE in the 90s. They were

hugely overestimated as a political statement and underestimated

in hideousness. Lip piecing, eyebrow

piercing, cheek piercing, neck piercing,... Should I continue?

Who needs those piercings? I could understand

if it was a pleasure-oriented piercing like e.g. nipple

piercing. Everything else is just obsolete.

The Pity of The Pits

Ladies, pay close attention. I almost feel ashamed to

utter or write down those words in a country that is

a leading world industrial power; that has running

warm water and where cosmetic products are available

on every corner, any time. So if all those conditions

are available, why are there some of you, Fräuleins,

who just refuse to shave or wax your armpits?

Lifting your arm to hold onto the handle in the train

and flashing your rainforest to everyone should be

banned by law. And don’t get me started on the

scents you spread in the non-air-conditioned trains

of Berlin. And don’t forget - you’re not alone on the

train and it’s not really about style, but hygiene.

The Dreadful Locks

Dreadlocks are definitely making a comeback this

summer in Berlin. Wherever I go, whatever social

group I am surrounded by, there is always at least

one boy or girl sporting a ras. Short, long, thick, thin,

blond, dark, colored, woolen - and that is just the beginning

of the list. Sometimes I really wonder if people

wearing dreadlocks are living in a house missing

mirrors or if they have lost their sense of smell. My

flatmate Sean calls them maggot sticks. I won’t bore

you with the story behind coining this term, but just

imagine the perfect conditions dreadlocks offer for

a flourishing fleas colony on your head.

Summer Wool

Ok, I get it. Hipsters are a great drive for fashion

and related business but can we all please decide

right here and right now that we do not want to turn

wearing a wool hat in summer to the next big thing

after man jeggings? Thank you. Even when made of

cotton wool, beanies and such belong in the autumn

and winter wardrobe, not as an accessory to shorts

and sandals. It has has been scientifically proven

that all temperatures over 26°C are slowing down

brain cell functionality. Maybe you should take off

your wool hat and think about it. Before that the

process wouldn’t be possible anyway.

Flip-Flops and The City

Closing up the frame of the Revenge of The Fashion

Nerds, we’re back on the shoes issue. Besides sandals

with socks, there is another persistent phenomenon

that just won’t let go: flip-flops. They are just

not meant for the city. For the beach - yes. For the

bathroom - yes. But don’t forget them on your feet

before leaving the apartment. Especially if you’re

wearing jeans or other long pants.

Despite my efforts to sum up some of the most prominent

German fashion and style disasters or at least

those that get on trains, walk the streets or flood bars

and cafes, there are probably hundreds of other experiences

that cause instant eye cancer. Until I face them,

I’d try to enjoy the summer without making or running

into the mistakes listed above so I can recharge

the batteries of my stun gun and point at the next victim

of the Nerds in Issue No. 5 on October 15th. Until

then, feel free to drop a line at cmitov@honk-mag.de




Concept, Production & Photography Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo


Model Masha Tyelna @M4 Models

Styling Jennifer Daubitz

Hair&Make up by Lars Rüffert with Armani Cosmetics / 21agency



Corsage H&M

Trousers Designers Remix Collection

Jacket Tibi

Bold bracelet Tokyo Jane

Bracelet JDauplin


Shorts Rich & Royal

Shirt Schumacher

Jacker H&M

Shoes Stuart Weitzman


Tunika Tara Jarmon

Skirt French Connection

Leather coat Blacky Dress

Necklace H&M

Spike necklace JDauplin


Jumpsuit Amaya by Priyanka


Top Modström

Shorts Bruno Manetti

Bracelet JDauplin


Tanktop Lee

Blazer Rich & Royal

Denim jean Met Jeans

Necklace & Bracelet JDauplin


Dress Tibi







Interview by Polys

Photos by Sean Young Photography


At the age of 5, Almaryse was asked what she wanted to be

when she grew up. Her answer: A Superstar! This is still her

goal and she is having so much fun as she works her way towards

it. The Frill Of The Fight is 2 Die 4!

In Almaryse’s family life she has two beautiful sons and they

mean the world to her. She says: “It is something important to

show them to go for your dreams”. Her Mother also has been an

inspiration and really supports her in her passion for her music.

Polys: Who thought of this name for the band?

Almaryse: Oscar Five, my youngest son (aged 6 at the

time), was writing out the lyrics for Eye Of The Tiger

and instead of ‘thrill of the fight’ he wrote Frill Of The

Fight. I first of all adore that he felt the urge to put

pen to paper for the love a great song and his version

instantly stood out to me as a perfect name for the vision

that was growing in my mind.

How did you meet each other and who gave birth to

this project and when?

Connor: I met Almaryse through a mutual glam rocker

friend that i was an item with and we were performing

a dance theatre work called Berlin funny enough

but we were doing it in Brisbane. We had some drinks

laughed at models being pushed down the runway on

TV (with the utmost respect of course) and have been

friends and creative bunnies ever since. This project

has lured me from my home for the past 7 years Sydney

to Brisbane and next The World.

Mark: Almaryse and I met when I auditioned for her

then group of back up performers called the Slashys

(Actor slash Model slash Dancer). I was actually the

last person to audition. She saw hundreds of people

that day and was losing hope in finding suitable applicants.

Then I auditioned with a yodelling and clog

dancing performance and she started screaming and

laughing with delight. There was electricity in the air.

We were dizzy. We saw pink stars and glitter in front of

our eyes and that’s not the only place. Something special

was happening and the rest, as they say, is history.

Almaryse: Yes I had met and fallen in love with both

Mark and Connor in different parts of my life for a

few years before Almaryse & The Frill Of The Fight

was conceived. When I met them there was a sense

of an important connection and I knew I wanted to

join forces with each of them in my wildest dreams

future. Maiden Speech, the Poetry-Pop Duo I created

with my sister, Poet Pascalle Burton, called it a day

and while she and I both performed backing vocals

for indie rocker The Stress Of Leisure, Glam Pop was

calling me and it was time for the waters to break and

Almaryse & The Frill Of The Fight to do some heavy

breathing. I gave birth but we have all shared in the

labour and conception is an ongoing thing for us...

What was each one of you doing before that?

Connor: I’ve been a professional performer over the

past 10 years mostly as a dancer but recently as a freelance

artist grabbing all the exciting gigs that present

themselves. I just did a commission for the Australia

Ensemble where i was asked to choreograph and perform

as Pierrot Lunaire in Schoenbergs masterpiece

composition with a live ensemble in Sydney. It was

such a thrill and the German Soprano text is devine.

Mark: I was touring Australia with my one-man-band

tap dancing spectaculaaar. At the time, I was the only

person in Australia who could work a kick drum with my

foot while tap dancing, not to mention playing a banjo,

harmonica, cymbals, a theramin and singing all at once.


& The Frill

Of The Fight



meet us

on the dancefloor!

Almaryse: I used to sing in a big church choir, like

Whitney and Beyonce, then for a long time the lead

vocalist in a funk covers band, like Chaka and Cyndi,

then Maiden Speech, which I wrote my own material

for and we put out an album on CD and Cassette,

some rad videos, one of which being a cover we did

of a Leonard Cohen song, Gypsy’s Wife, in the style

of Pat Benatar. http://youtu.be/wD1f65T80xw Mr

Cohen responded with this, “Terrific! I am still recovering

from the stab of beauty.” We played 3yrs

of live shows and Festivals including a UK tour with

a memorable detour for the Summer Arts Festival

in Cyprus!!! I have been writing songs since I was

a child. My Mother (who was a Cabaret and Jazz

Singer in the 80’s) taught me about harmony and

our home was often filled with three part harmonies;

Mum, Pascalle and I, and plenty of laughter.

Are you involved in any other projects except of this

one at the moment?

Mark: I have a project called MPopTrash which is

writing and producing a catalogue of music for the

purpose of disposing of it.

Almaryse: We are excited to have this EP out now and

there are already plans and songs being compiled and

composed for our next project. It is something that

will be epic. Involving film with influences such as

Prince, Grace Jones and RuPaul. But that’s all we are

going to leak. This EP needs our love right now and

we will be focussing on getting it out there.

How is the music scene in Brisbane and how easy or

difficult is it to “break the borders” and spread your

music to the rest of the globe?

Almaryse: Brisbane is a small city and is a base for

some really special music that is truly unique and

happening. It has been singled out by Billboard Magazine

in recent years as one of the five International

hotspots to watch. (Berlin was also in that short list

by the way.) Because of it’s size, we find artists from

all types of genres mix socially and we all tend to support

each other which creates a sense of community

which I am proud of. It is still a case though of acts

having to get out there on the world stage to crack

something open. We are keen to travel with our music

and Berlin is our first International stop. I don’t

think that’s any kind of coincidence either. We will

be hoping to come back and back. And we’d like to

see what the rest of Europe, UK and NY think of our

brand of Electro Glam Pop...but I always know my

roots and I love Brisbane.

Mark: The music scene in Brisbane is big and creative.

There are a lot of creative people getting

around which is fantastic. I believe Brisbane and

Australia will emerge as a creative force that the rest

of the world will take notice of and applaud. Getting

our music out to the rest of the world is made easier

by the internet. YouTube, Facebook and blogs really

help to get the word out. We are no longer limited in

the number of people we can reach. We hope Berlin

will be the first border we break.


How would you describe your music to someone who

haven’t heard your music before?

Almaryse: Electro Glam Kooky Pop. We are also a

very visual act so seeing us perform is a big part of

the entire package. Lots of colour and movement! Seriously

fun and sexy. Meet us on the dancefloor!

Mark: I would call our style of music electro-pop

synth art. If Stevie Nicks had a wild night with the

Scissor Sister, we would be the result. But our music

is just one element of this multi-faceted pop act. We

are costumes, we are design, we are fashion. We’re a

visual and aural experience.

Where do you take inspiration from to write your songs?

Almaryse: I have written the songs from this EP and

they are all from real life experiences or people who

have impacted me, such as my Mother. And ideas

that have just spilled out of me and developed into

rad pop songs. But we are starting to include songs

in our live set that Mark has written and we are venturing

into collaboration on songwriting between the

three of us. This is exciting and proving to produce

some very kooky and fresh sounds.

Mark: For me, inspiration emerges during the creative

process. As I work on lyrics, melodies and awesome

phat sounds something special happens. The

stars align and the various parts of a hot track fall

into place. It doesn’t even come from talent because I

don’t actually have any. I stumble across things that

stimulate my brain. It’s like Alice stumbling across

fascinating and colourful characters in Wonderland.

I start walking through my Wonderland of music and

see what I find along the way.

Name some artists who influenced you the most in

your life and why?

Almaryse: My first album was Whitney Houston’s debut

album. I had many influences - Stevie Wonder,

Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Wham!, Cyndi

Lauper, We Are The World, New Kids On The Block.

As I grew up I also discovered some amazing artists

that have really inspired me like Grace Jones, Prince,

Nina Hagen, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, David Bowie,

Ru Paul, The Eurythmics, Queen, and some artists I

admire who are most likely also influenced by these

greats are Roisin Murphy, Peaches, Imogen Heap,

Chromeo, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Presets...Well I

LOVE music and really all of it makes an impression

on me somehow and I love learning about more music

always. There is so much out there from the beginnings

of music and constantly being created. I am

attracted to artists who have a strong visual element

and a distinct sound. I also respond to soulful voices.

Connor: I find Björk an enormous inspiration and love

old school faves like Bing Crosby & Billie Holiday too.

Mark: Max Martin who produced the bubblegum pop

of the late 90s and early 2000s is a huge inspiration

for me. I love other producers like Mark Ronson, Timbaland

and N.E.R.D. They each have a unique sound

and produce hits that are, to me, perfect. They bring



a part of heaven into the material world that gives us

access to the rest of the universe. Performing artists

who influence me include Kate Bush, Antony and the

Johnsons, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. They channel

something that is from another world and they are

visual artists.

If you had the chance to collaborate with an international

or maybe German artist, who would it be?

Almaryse: Ooh...Nina Hagen would be a super amazing

person to meet and sing with! That would blow

my MIND! In the best way!

Mark: I would love to collaborate with Lena Meyer-

Landrut. She is everything I love about pop music. She’s

fun, fresh, cute and she’s pure pop talent. If I collaborated

with her I’d make her a disco queen club diva.

Tell us about your first EP. When was it released? Is it only

released in Australia? Where can people purchase it?

Almaryse: The EP is available on itunes internationally.

We have a run of physical copies for the oldschool

types who like to look at the album cover and

hear the track listing how we chose it to sit. We held

a launch gig here in Brisbane a few weeks ago so it is

literally fresh off the presses. We have a great place

here called SYC Studios which has a warehouse feel

and hosts some awesome underground events with

performers from Boylesque – Circus – Pop Sensations

like us and anything in between. Sean Young

who runs it is a brilliant Photographer and made our

clip for And I... http://youtu.be/nQaePchoEP4 which

we had SO much fun making!

The production of the EP was entirely independent

and we worked with Producer and very talented musician

Golden Sound aka Peter Golikov. For about a

year in and out of his studio I worked on the tracks

with the Funk Keyboard extraodinaire...he is also a

beatmaster and can bash the skins of a kit in a dirty

funky way. After initial production I took these babies

to an Australian legend, Magoo to mix it. This is when

that special something else took the tracks into Pop

Magic Territory. Magoo has worked with artists such

as Regurgitator, Midnight Oil, Renee Geyer, Kate

Miller-Heidke and most recently Art Vs Science.

What should we expect to hear in this album?

What is it about?

Almaryse: It’s a good introduction to us as a group

and as the songwriter it reveals quite a lot of myself

even with the track A.L.M.A.R.Y.S.E. that holds many

definitions which can definitely be applied. Strong

dance tracks (Serious, Hot Pink Sun) and a few slowed

down sensual numbers like Close My Eyes and Hush

Hush which is about my Mother who is such a huge

inspiration. Mind you, the songs are open to interpretation

and I think everyone will connect in their

own way to this EP.

We venture into a number of genres actually. Pop,

Funk, Rock, Electro, Hip Hop, and even some 40’s

flavoured Pop in Wanna Be Your Girl. It’s a group of


songs that should make people happy. Even a little

frisky...who knows. And very danceable! The songs

are also catchy so they may be with you for a long

time. That’s a good thing. Hahahaha!

Did you have any gigs as a group till now? Do you plan

any gigs at the near future both in Australia and Europe?

Almaryse: We released And I... as a single with it’s video

in December 2010 with a limited edition 100 kisses

hard copy. The 3 of us applied lipstick and kissed each

of the 100 singles. It was HOT! We’ve done a bunch

of gigs and festivals over here so far in Brisbane.

We are ready to begin our love affair with Berlin!

Are you planning a new video clip soon?

Almaryse: We have shot some footage for a clip for

Hot Pink Sun which is in the process of being edited.

It includes rollerskates & a love triangle made up of a

young fashion designer and two hot twins! We should

make a clip in Berlin! Maybe we can team up with

some HONK! folk and create a visual masterpiece!!!

Would you consider of moving to or even having something

like a second band base in Berlin or somewhere

else in Europe?

Mark: Of course, I love Berlin. I love the culture and the

art. Living in and experiencing a place like Berlin would

open my third eye which would allow my creativity to

flow and enable new things to come into existence. I

hope I get to spend more time in Berlin in the future.

Almaryse: Berlin would be a super RAD second home

for us!!!

Connor: YES YES YES! where do i sign up.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Connor: Creatively challenged and inspired.

Mark: I see myself writing and producing pop music. I

see fake fur everywhere - on the walls, the ceiling, the

chairs and all over my body. And I see a lot of glitter.

Almaryse: Another couple of albums under our corsets

and that film which will allign us with artists like

Prince, Bowie, Madonna (read Desperately Seeking

Susan please), Grace Jones, The Beatles and the

Spice Girls...hehehe! I hope we will have entered Eurovision

at least once!!! I see us well travelled by then

with a loving audience that waits eagerly our return

to their shores.

Do you wanna say something to close the interview?

Thank you, Berlin, for being so open to us and our

music. I hope the people of Berlin and Germany enjoy

our music and our show.

See the video for the single ‘And I…’


Buy the EP here



Interview by MASHYNO

Correction by Amercian B.


Music left such an indelible mark on his childhood. Born in 1983. In 1994, Brazilian singer and

Queen of Eurodance Corona released her smash hit “Rhythm of the Night.” http://bit.ly/9gBbbc

He is a huge music addict . DJ Monchichi is definitely more into pop and Eurodance than anything

else. He ate music for breakfast! He breathed music! He would never leave his house without

his portable CD player. School or no school, rain or shine, he would never go out without it..

And his bedroom walls were literally covered with posters of the Spice Girls, Ace of Base and

Hanson. To him the 90’s were a key period.He believe that’s when the Eurodance movement

originated. It remains, to this day, one of the best sounds that’s ever been created. Definitely a

staple of the 90’s.

You’re known in Berlin as the DJ mixing 90’s Eurodance,

how did you come to do that?

:I attended a lot of after-parties, and what I used to love

doing was taking over the DJ’s computer and playing

my 90’s songs. And quite rapidly whenever I played

one of my songs people would say “Oh man, Nicolas is

at it again, playing his shitty music!” and so I came to

realize that people recognized my songs, whether they

liked them or not. That’s when I came up with the idea

of mixing this type of music, which is very dear to me.

H:Tell us what it is that you like so much about this socalled

“shitty music” then?

Well, it’s kinda hard for me to say exactly what I like

about it... It reminds me of my childhood. It reminds me

of when I was 13 and I used to go my friends’ birthday

parties on Saturday afternoons. We used to play singles

on the stereo, and we danced like crazies. Like there was

no tomorrow. We literally binged on Coca Cola and orange

juice! It was our very own way of blowing off some

steam. We were overflowing with energy at that time!

We had kind of a thing for choreographies too! We

loved re-creating them [laughs] Like “Saturday Night”

by Whigfield. Definitely one of our all-time favorites!


H:Could you show us?

Sure... just pour me a glass of orange juice and I’m good

to go! [laughs]

What’s the story behind your name, “DJ Monchichi”?

Just look at me! When my hair grows, it gets all curly

and I look like Monchichi, the stuffed animal! [laughs]

In recent years, Eurodance has been coming back into

fashion as more and more mainstream American artists are

re-appropriating elements of it. Why do you think that is?

I think that the 90s have had a strong influence on a

whole generation of people. Most of these people, who

were in their teens at the time, are now approaching their

thirties. Now some of them work in the music industry.

I believe it’s quite natural for an artist to feel the need

to bring back the sounds that affected their childhood.

A lot of artists today are experimenting with that. I’m

thinking about Raid One with Lady Gaga and “Alejandro”,

that sampled Ace of Base, or Katy Perry with

“E.T.”, a track that sounds a lot like “All the things she

said” by T.A.T.U. We were part of the MTV generation.

At home, I used to spend hours in front of music channels.

I practically grew up watching music videos. One

thing that’s always appealed to me was their aesthetic

qualities. They were like eye-candy! [laughs]

The track that makes you want to put your hands up?

“Push The Feeling On” by Nightcrawlers


The track that you’re ashamed to admit that you love?

“Boom Boom Boom” by Outhere Brothers


The track that you most recommend in order to save

the dance floor?

“Ride On Time” by Black Box http://bit.ly/fgRAT

The track with the best music video?

”move your feet” by Junior Senior http://dai.ly/aihiai

Greatest song to end a set?

OK so this one’s not really Eurodance, but you can’t go

wrong with a little Donna Summer, am I right? I absolutely

love “Enough Is Enough”.


Where can we see you in action next?

I will play @ Proxi Club next in Berlin July 30.2011

www.schwuz.de and once a month at Barbie Deinhoff’s







Last Night a DJ


my Life..

by Drew Eastman

It was that smell that was waking me up, kinda sour, you know just plane

nasty. My eyes not really open i was trying to figure out where the hell this

nightmare in my nostrils was coming from.

Then it hit me. It was ME !!!!

I probably didn’t have a friend to hold my hair back or pull my shirt back

when i was bringing up the Hot Dogs and Chinese fast food i had before

mmhh .. yes before what really? It’s taking me a while just now to figure

this out and then hitting me like a Bus driving away from an explosion.

Switch back to last night, i was getting ready jumping

into my Denims and slapping my Hair into shape

for a big night out clubbing with my friends.

I was already in a state of party when my Ghetto

Blaster was pumping out “Right in the Night” by Jam

and Spoon and just as i started singing into my Hairbrush

the Doorbell knocked me back into reality.

My posse was here, Arms full of drinks and already

high from god knows what.

The stereo was turned up louder and the lines where

getting ready on the Coffee-Table while Capella’s “U got

to let the Music” and Strike’s “U Sure Do” fired us up.

When i was asked if i want a shot and a line my response

was just that “I sure DO”, i kinda had an idea

that this was gonna be the start to a messy night, but

i can’t let this knowledge stop me right? Gotta have

fun sometimes you know!

We arrived at the Club just in time for me to lick

the DJ’s Face and beg him to play “I Believe” by the

Happy Clappers, the cheeky sod asked me what he

would get in return and said i could meet him in the

toilets after his Gig.

Bastard! I said yes, knowing full well that by the time

he get’s off i got off to the next club already anyway.

We managed only to stay about 2 hours and we got

invited to a private party at a friends place. Since

we been to his parties a few times we knew this was

gonna be damn good.

Was it ? Yes, most times it was so good that i couldn’t

even remember what happened.

Hey, I can see you looking at me right now with that

look, yes it was THAT party where I lost it as well.

Some guy thought it was very hilarious to play “Saturday

Night” By Whigfield, I remember i wanted to

kick that guy in the face but was stopped by Mister

DJ from the club, Damn he was here too this means

i gotta pay up for my tune.

He pulled me to the kitchen where we had a few shots of

something mixed and a fella in a clown costume walked

screaming around the kitchen with a mirror full of fat

lines going “Bitch you need some powder in ya face”

repeating himself over and over till i had my face in it.

Mister DJ was licking the stuff off my face and sticking

his tongue in my mouth whispering to me that I

should follow him, all the while i was getting totally of

my tits, Oh you know that Rush? Well it was coming!

He pulled me into the bathroom and all i felt was his

hands all over me and the room doing the “Whooooo

Hooooo” faster and faster.

Then it happened, just as he was going down on me,

remember that Hot Dog and Chinese Take-Away i had

earlier in the day ? Well here it was coming back.

FUCK! It happened all so fast that neither me or him

could move fast enough, You get the idea “No Limit”

just like that 2Unlimited Song.

The rest is just a blur to me and here i am, Damn,

still in this Bathroom.

I have to find the rest of my gang and a cab if one will

even take me home with this stench, oh well it’s the

weekend they must be used to it. I Hope :)

I Promise i never touch this shit again! Yeah Right

typical night.







Photographer Sebastian Donath www.neon-colour.com

Styling Denise Dahinten

Hair&Make up Ines Schult


Models Melanie Arnold @Izaio Models

Coco Arnold @Indeed


Hat H&M

Top Zara

Bikini bottom Tara Mattews www.net-a-porter.com

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Bracelets Bijou Brigitte

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Blazer Zara

Belt Love Moschino

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Shoes Zara






by Claudio Alvargonzález

On the night of may 15th and a week before local

elections hundreds of people coming from all corners of

Madrid decided to take Puerta del Sol Square in the centre

of the Spanish capital to protest peacefully against a

political system they thought was not working.

The movement turned into a camping which lasted

for nearly a month the same way Egyptians took

Tahrir Square until corrupted President Mubarak

left the country to exile. The message was sent via

facebook and twitter and it ran like gunpowder. The

social networks were on fire and the motto was clear:

Take the street and let politicians know what the

Spanish youth had to say.

But every story has a beginning. Well, this one may

have two. The closest one is surprisingly a book: “Indignez-vous!”

(Time for Outrage!) or “Indignaos!” in

Spanish. His author, the German-born French diplomat

Stéphane Hessel was in Madrid some weeks before

everything started and in a press conference he

wondered why the Spanish society but also the European

were still asleep when they should be peacefully

“on arms” showing their indignation against finance

capitalism, the strife in Palestine or the political system

and exhorting young people to react. He made his

point clear: Indifference is the worst of attitudes.

His words seemed to reactivate people’s conscience

believing not only the Islamic world had reasons to

show satiety and anger against a system full of corrupt

politicians and institutions in which they do not

feel represented. A huge wave of indignation started

to spread along the country and thousands of “Indignados”

following the example of Madrid also took the

main squares in the rest of the big cities. From Barcelona

to Valencia, from Seville to Bilbao. And on may

18th the movement crossed the country borders with

hundreds of Spanish expatriates protesting in front of

the diplomatic delegations or taking squares all around

the globe. London, Paris, Berlin, Athens, New York,

Buenos Aires or even Siberia where the only Spaniard

living in that part of Russia sent his picture via twitter

taking the street alone in solidarity with the movement.

Everyone spreading the same message: “Real

Democracy Now!”.

But what is the meaning of a real democracy? This is

hard to explain as the movement itself is formed by

many groups of people with different political ideologies;

from young people (the main one) to unemployed

without job expectations or even old people and families.

Well, a real democracy would be one with more

political participation with the end of political bipartidism,

the end of corruption, the respect for basic rights



such as employ, education or universal health system.

But also a system based in a more productive and sustainable


As you see it means a whole reinvention. But I believe

something deeper than a conjunctural situation

of economic crisis is needed to move consciences.

Something has been done wrong for years, maybe decades.

And here comes in my opinion the inner core

of the problem and also the second beginning of the

story: The 90´s.

We may have to look back twenty years ago. Everyone

would agree that 1992 was the Spanish golden year.

Although we were already members of the European

Union since 1986, in 1992 with the Maastricht treaty

Spain took a leap of a giant inside the EU institutions

having power levels we could never imagine before. We

were listened and we had a vote. But what it is more important

we became the largest recipient of ERDF (European

Regional Development Fund). In two words:

Power and Money. And you know those two words can

turn the world upside down.

Don’t get me wrong. I am the first one who remember

the 90’s as the best years of my life (or at least the easiest).

Things started to work after 40 years of Franco’s

dictatorship, a difficult transition to democracy and the

decade of the 80’s full of lights and darks.

In 1992 we celebrated the Olympic Games in Barcelona

and the Universal Expo in Seville. We were back in the

international map. We built big airports, high speed

trains, huge highways, hospitals, new hotels. Europeans

looked at us with admiration speaking about the “Spanish

miracle” and what it is more important we looked to

Europe with proud and without shame.

For years we enjoyed a status we never dreamed of but

somehow we lost perspective. To be honest most part

of Europe did. We spent more than we earned thinking

money was eternal. We thought it was a real need

to have a second house by the sea or close to the mountains.

If we couldn’t afford it the bank gave us credit. It

was so usual to sign a 30 years mortgage that we forgot

how stupid that can be. But in this story we are not the

only one to blame because everyone thought to be betting

on the winning horse, including the ones now telling

us to control our deficit. In fact we asked for credit

to buy German cars, French supplies, British products

and so on.


I don’t want to sound too hard but I am just trying

to be critic here. And it is also true we have a big

problem with corrupt politicians in this country. Not

all of them of course. In fact I am sure most of them

are decent people but the reality is that a lot of people

became politicians not to serve the people but to get

rich. How much of the European funds never arrived

to the farmers or industry workers? We will never

know. But something is clear: We should have done

things differently and that is what the movement is

trying to change.

After reading this it will seem I am a part of the “Indignados”.

But only 50%. I visited the Madrid camping

almost every day for a week. I saw how they built a small

city under the tents. They had a small library, a pharmacy,

a playground and even a small orchard by a fountain.

I listened to what they had to say at the assemblies

and there comes my biggest problem: I don’t believe in

popular assemblies. They might work for small purposes

but not to rule a whole country.

They biggest problem the movement has it is also its

weakness: Its diversity. Too many different ideologies

and too many different goals. In fact some of them are

just anarchists who acted with violence against the

elected members of the regional parliament in Barcelona

getting the critics of the rest of the movement and

even the own Stéphane Hessel.

Now the question is where should they go from here.

That’s hard to say. The first move was a smart one: They

left the centre of Madrid to start working from the bottom

of every district in every city. There is almost a year

left until national elections. Will the movement last until

then? Probably. And after? Is this the beginning of a

better future? We will see.

I am only sure about one thing. Madrid Puerta del

Sol is also known as the Spanish km 0 because during

decades it was the beginning of all radial roads of the

country. But it is more than that. It is a symbol for Spaniards.

A place where everything starts, where everything

takes place. Where we celebrate every new year under

the clock. A place where we expressed our anger and

we mourned our victims after the Islamic terrorist attacks

in 2004. We changed a government once. If there

is something to change I am sure “La Puerta del Sol” is

the right place to start.






Interview by Marcel Schlutt

Translation Amanda M. Jansson

Sean M. Johnson

YES! Germany has a new girl group that we are more than excited about. The

Rio Girls are Bonnie Strange, Jackie Hide, and Mary Brixton. These three young

ladies are both models and sisters forming this familial band. They create their

own look, from the styling, music, videos, and all the way to the band concept.

There is no better way to express my admiration for their powerful combination

of inspiring style and energetic tunes than introduce them to you.

A couple of months ago they released their first single “Neon Lights” and it

best to say that it has proven to be a big success! The pop group just released

their second single, “Scissors”, which debuted this July 2011. This catchy song

is on the way to be this summer’s hit for 2011. Say hello to the new German

“Fräulein Wunder”

First of all, congratulations to your success with the

band! Here in Germany, we have been waiting for a cool

band like this for a long time. I see you as the rightful

continuation of pop bands like All Saints or Sugababes.

How and when did you meet each other? And who is

responsible for the creation of the Rio Girls?

MARY: I’ve met Bonnie in Athens. She was photographing

me for a magazine and we instantly hit it off.

JACKIE: Bonnie and I know each other for 7 years

now, from fashion school. We grew really close. We

always did crazy stuff together and then last year, in

Athens, it just happened! The Rio Girls popped up in

our heads.

You are all three very successful in the fashion world, as

models and photograph. Lately we have seen plenty of

models “trying” to make music. But it rarely works out. With

you it’s turning out just wonderfully! What’s you secret?

BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: We haven’t been selected

through a casting process!

How would you describe your music and your style? I

know that you take full responsibility for the styling, and

are on a good way to becoming Pop idols.

BONNIE; JACKIE, MARY: Yes, we love the 80s, but

there are plenty of other fashion trends that are crazily

inspiring. We just mix everything we like, and this is

why we would say that it’s not possible to exactly categorize

our style. We keep reinventing ourselves.

I love “Neon Lights”. You have managed to produce a

pretty awesome retro hit, that sticks to the back of the

head. For the summer your new single is coming up.

What shall we expect?

MARY: Neon lights was a good start, since it is a very

catchy song that manages to stick around. With Scissors

we want to go a little deeper, create a little mysterious

atmosphere, show that RIO can do more.


Scissors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LiYcLBHF4

Neon Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThNnID-SSTI


The video for Scissors was filmed in Athens. Just like that?

Or is it because it has been the place you were founded?

JACKIE: Bonnie has lived in Athens for many years,

and it has become her second home. She knows to

get around and spot amazing locations. In the mean

time we have made many friends that helps us with

the shooting.

When should we expect the first album? And where can

we see you live?

BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: Just wait a little longer.

You belong to the internet generation and surely make use

of this medium for your band also. Do you get response

from abroad? How is it to have fans all of a sudden?

BONNIE, MARY & JACKIE: We love Facebook. This

medium has really helped us to promote RIO! Thank

you Mister Zuckerberg :-)

Which artists from the 90s do you like? Do you have

any idols?

MARY: Well, I have only been able to listen to the second

half of this decade’s music. I was the biggest spice

girls fan and have as expected sand every song on my

hairbrush. Now I’m fascinated by strong Front women

such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Lykke Li, Florence and

the Machine, The Sounds, etc..

JACKIE: My Idol is Freddy Mercury.

What’s on your ipod at the moment?

MARY, BONNIE, JACKIE: Naturally, a best of the 80s

to dance off and sing along and after the 08.07 our

new single Scissors!

You don’t live all in the same city but are spread through

the country. What does your daily band life look like? Is it

very difficult to practice regularly? Appointments etc?

BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: Exactly. Without Skype or

the blackberry messenger we would have been helpless

(or poor…)

The fashion industry and music… they often go into

each other. Is this the natural development to your original

profession for you?

BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: It’s brilliant that these borders

seem to be vanishing. The Germans try to push

everything into labels. We find it’s a shame because

this way many creative ideas get lost…

Fashion and music belong together. There is no fashionshow

without music and no music without style or

fashion. Both live of each other. We like to mix. For our

videos we design the outfits and make them ourselves.

Where will The Rio Girls be in 10 years time?

BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: In 10 years, we are chilling

in D&G bikinis on a 10 million yacht, drink champagne,

eat Veggie Burger and have our feet massaged

by trained Pool Boys. Nah, just kidding. But we do believe

that we will manage to combine our hobby, Music

with our jobs on a long term and still manage to

have lots of fun!






Photographer Anton Z Risan

Co-Photographer / Assistant Daniel Fico

from atelier a-z photography

Models Robbie, Michael & Duke @ AMCK Models











There is no






Interview by Amanda M. Jansson


MelleSan is a Parisian and very soon Stockholm based designer,

whose every creation is carefully handmade and has a soul of

its own. Seeking inspiration in Native Americans, Lapland, South

American tribes, shamanic rituals, religions and darker worlds,

she uses and explores the potential of materials such as feathers,

metal, woods, synthetic fur and other raw gems. After having

won the WHO’S NEXT Paris exhibition’s young designers contest

the only way is up for the talented designer and her stunning creations

moving in spheres of true magic.



How did you know you want to be a designer?

Becoming a designer is not something that I had

planned or looked for in the past, I didn’t go to a fashion

school either.

It all started out of a game with friends back in 2008.

I made feathers headpieces because I couldn’t find

any at that time anywhere and then we went to the

woods to shoot them on a fun week-end afternoon.

Next they ended up on the web and out of the blue I

won a designers contest to exhibit my work!

What kind of inspiration do you find in Sweden and what

kind of inspiration do you find in France?

Sweden is much more inspiring to me than France.

The landscapes are amazing, very impressive and

mysterious nature.

The Swedish culture can be very inspiring too but I

don’t know it well enough yet, I need to spend more

time! Swedish people’s looks on the streets inspire me

a lot as well, people are very creative there.

France doesn’t impress me so much anymore, I’ve

seen it forever so I’m not sure I’m still able to see the

beauty of it. Even though I live in a nice neighbourhood

in Paris (Montmartre) that is very inspiring, like

out of an ancient time, it looks like a small village and

there’s some kind of artistic “soul” floating in the air.

A lot of artists lived and died in Montmatre, I believe

they still haunt the area!

I know that you are influenced by Native American folklore

and all kind of folklore. Is there a specific myth or

ritual u relate to?

There is no specific myth or ritual actually. But I’m the

kind of person to believe in old legends and ghosts! I’m

also both attracted and terrified by black magic. These

fields I should take time to explore more when I do get

a chance to find time to!

What materials do you prefer to use and why?

I like to use leather. Leather is nice to work with and

I like the “touch feeling” of it, like touching skin, I

think there’s something sensual about it. Each piece of

leather you can work on is unique. It’s imperfect and I

like that. I also want to use more silk in my upcoming

work, something lighter and precious. I also like the

feeling of silk contact on the skin.


You need balls

to get far in this industry.

How did you experience the generation of the 90s?

I was born in the eighties and grew up in the Ninties. It

was nice times. People were more naive and innocent

then. We had no clue about fashion at that time, looking

back on pictures of how our parents used to dress

us up but it was fun times!

I think we were more lucky than kids now, less worried

about life, more living in the moment and enjoying,

that’s my feeling.

What does the term Love mean to you?

Love to me is something you share with people that

are special to you, unique feelings you cannot put

words on, or compare.

Love is also more abstract, like the love you can have

for things in life, for art for example.

People that devoted all their lives to art, or a project,

this must be real love ( or a little bit of craziness too!);

but love and madness are linked somehow in my

opinion. Love cannot be something reasonable.

What do you dream of (asleep or awake)?

I dream of a happy and sweet life somewhere in the

countryside with the people I love. Away from big cities,

in the nature.

I also wish I can go on with my creations for some time

and be more and more creative.

I have become addicted to creation, it’s like a drug now

and a therapy for me to express my inner thoughts

through my art work.

How long does it take to create one piece?

Impossible to say, some are done before i can catch my

breath, some take countless millennia to complete.

Many of your images display people who seem to suffer

from Dawn’s syndrome or at least the distortion has

made them look like that. Is it intended?

Certainly not!, i intend nothing, the only interpretation

is in the eye of the viewer. I find suggesting

something to be much more powerful than proclaiming

it out loud.


Is it hard for a female artist to emerge nowadays?

I don’t think so, you need balls to get far in this industry.

I have even better than that, I have tits.

What were biggest obstacles in your career so far?

Getting to the point where i was selling enough work

to make a living from. It took many years but i am finally

in that coveted place where i make a living from

my art and doing exactly what i want to do.

Do you think Osama Bin Laden is really dead?

Ohhh tricky question, well possibly. It’s also possible

he died some time ago, and the US military have only

just identified his corpse. I certainly imagine the details

of it have been manipulated for propaganda purposes

anyway. Its also possible that his contract with

the CIA has run out and he has retired in Florida. It’s

not that important to me, he is just one man.

What’s next for you? What piece are you working on?

I am currently making a new group of work for a solo

show i am doing at the phone booth gallery in Long

Beach California in October of this year. For this

show i am making a collection of pieces in the “exploding”

style of which there are already a few pieces

on my site.





Why Bill Clinton

and Anthony Weiner

should meet for a beer

if they haven’t yet.

Text by Christo Mitov

It’s all about politics - what you eat, what you wear, what you drive,

where you shop, where you party. We’ve let politics get in our lives

in every way possible. Yet, there is one area where politics first

came in and never left - our bedrooms.

Sex and politics are as strongly connected as fashion

and politics. On the one side they’re both about

recycling ancient ideas and making them fresh and

inspiring, and on the other, they’re both about dating

(campaigning), foreplay (televised debates), and

culmination (election win). Surveys have shown that

sexual appeal is one of the most important given

reasons for electing a candidate by voters - in other

words, cute politicians get elected and less appealing

ones get dumped. Look what happened to Richard

Nixon - nobody wanted to fuck him, so he fucked everyone.

Clearly, a discussion about politics ultimately

becomes a discussion about sex and a discussion

about sex becomes ultimately a question of politics.

Yet, if both are inextricably linked, why do we still

play shocked when a politicians get exposed in sex

scandals? When it’s about Berlusconi and his ongoing

sex parties, nobody really cares, since everyone

has given up on the Italian, but in other countries, especially

the fanatically religious and sexually uptight

United States of America, sex scandals escalate to a

national crisis.

Repeating History

If you thought that political sex scandals are a tacky

accessory of the 90s, you better check your history

lectures again. Back in 1802, the first sex scandal

involved a mixed-race slave named Sally Hemings

owned by the president Thomas Jefferson. DNA tests

have been inconclusive, but (confirmed) rumor has it

that the affair between them resulted in the birth of

6 children. May 2011 history repeated itself and Arnold

Schwarzenegger admitted of having fathered a

child with his maid which resulted maybe in the governor’s

decision to go back to making movies again.

A couple of centuries after the initial sex scandal, the

Larry Craig scandal was an incident that began on

June 11, 2007, with the arrest of Larry Craig—who at

the time was a Senator from Idaho—for lewd conduct

in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International

Airport. Craig later entered a guilty plea

to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8.

As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest,

subsequent guilty plea, and pressure from his fellow

Republicans, Senator Craig announced his intention

to resign from the Senate at a news conference on



September 1, which was to become effective on September

30. After failing to withdraw his guilty plea,

on October 4, Craig released a statement refusing to

resign as senator for Idaho. In December 2007, eight

gay men came forward to the Idaho Statesman newspaper

alleging either sexual encounters with Craig,

or attempts by Craig to engage in sexual encounters.

Four of the men gave the newspaper graphic, recorded

details of their alleged sexual encounters.

The Ultimate Political Sex Scandal

And yet, none of the above is a political sex scandal

you would initially refer to. Lewinsky, on the other

hand, is a name that rings a bell in everyone’s mind.

While I was constantly wondering back in the late 90s

what peaches had to do with impeachment, the biggest

sex scandal of modern time was sky-rocketing

newspaper sales and sinking Bill Clinton’s ratings.

13 years later, this is still the most remarkable sexcapade

in the White House. On the evening of Saturday

January 17, 1998, the internet gossip merchant Matt

Drudge posted a story that opened the most sensational

scandal season in the history of the American

presidency. He reported that Newsweek magazine

had killed a story about President Clinton’s sexual relationship

with a former intern. The next day he had

her name: Monica Lewinsky. The mainstream media

were slow to catch up, but by the following Tuesday

they were reporting that Clinton was being investigated

for encouraging others to lie to cover up the affair.

For the next year the story dominated the headlines

as Clinton was investigated, impeached and eventually

found not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors

in a Senate trial. Monica Lewinsky was 21 when,

as a White House intern, she delivered pizza to the

President, flirted with him, flashed her thong and began

an 18-month relationship that involved oral sex,

phone sex, an infamous incident with a cigar, a great

deal of soul-searching about what he really felt for

her and then increasing fear and panic as it became

clear that the relationship could become public.

Weiner Gate

The “Weinergate” (coming from Anthony Weiner, the

now former congressman’s last name) has been the

perfect storm for news coverage, involving social media,

political scandal, and fun word play given Rep.

Weiner’s last name. In case you’ve blacked out for the

last month, here is the scandal fresh out of the oven:

May 5: Twitter user @patriotusa76 (real name: Dan

Wolfe) begins tweeting about “sex-scandal pics of a

‘big time’ Congressman.” He references a tweet from

someone with the handle @goatsred, who says “A

big bomb about to burst : Rumor on the Right Coast

is that a ‘big time’ Congressman was caught with a


mistress. There are pix and a top five Right-Wing

blogger has them.”

Next: A photo of a man’s erection is posted on yfrog

(a picture sharing website) under the Twitter name

@RepWeiner. The photo is also tweeted to Gennette

Cordova, a college student from Washington, from

Weiner’s account. According to conservative blog Pajamas

Media, the tweet stays up for about four minutes

before it is deleted.

May 29: The New York Daily News posts an exclusive,

lengthy statement from Gennette Cordova, the

student to whom the obscene tweet was directed.

June 1: Media is already all over Weiner and he is the

most interviewed man in the US. Early afternoon:

Weiner does an interview with MSNBC’s Luke Russert.

When asked whether the picture is of him, Weiner

says: “I can’t say with certitude.” He does say: “I

didn’t send that picture out.” Weiner’s sexting online

affair has multiplied and other women were gathered

by the shit storm. TMZ reveals that Rep. Weiner “instructed

one of his Internet women” -- porn actress

Ginger Lee -- “how to lie about their relationship ...

and even offered PR help from his team, which could

create major legal issues for him.” Apparently, Weiner

e-mailed Lee (with whom he had been conducting

an online relationship for “a long period of time”)

several days after the current Twitter-picture media

maelstrom began, asking if she wanted advice about

dealing with awkward questions.

June 16: Rep. Weiner announces his resignation from

Congress. Holding a press conference at the senior

center in Brooklyn where he made his first foray into

politics 20 years ago, he says, “I had hoped to be able

to continue the work that the citizens of my district

elected me to do [but] the distraction that I have created

has made that impossible.”

Although some people try to compare Anthony Weiner’s

online sexcapades to Bill Clinton’s relationship

with Monica Lewinsky, Weiner should try way harder

to top Bill’s achievement. There might not be many

or any photos from Clinton’s encounters with Monica,

but actually this is exactly the point that makes

it more interesting and spicy - everyone knows that

a lightly dressed body is always more appealing than

the naked truth. And besides, if this is what a political

sex scandal 2.0 will look like from now on, I am deeply

disappointed by America’s sexual liberation issues.

At the end of the day, Anthony Weiner just had some

fun online and forgot to make his accounts private.

Maybe if he wanted to have Clinton-Lewinsky’s impact,

he should’ve met with Bill and discussed a strategy

over a beer or two.


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Born: 02.May 1985 / Schwitzerland

Mission: Photographer

Based in Berlin!




Hello Rimus! A few years ago I saw your work for the first

time and I was very impressed. How would you describe

yourself as a photographer?

I am a perfectionist: I’m only half as imaginative and

arty cooky as I come across mostly :-) I try to be a very

good photographer with exceptional elegance!

You’re a Switzerland native and now living in Berlin. Have

you moved to Berlin in order to develop as an artist?

Yes, bullseye! I did this because Berlin is a cultural metropolis.

At the moment, yes, artists are moving to Berlin

from all over the world. They want to try their luck!

Here in Berlin I can work as a serious artist, and develop

myself before I conquer the rest of the world.

How has the Big-city of Berlin influenced you?

Berlin is a fascinating city, a leading art center with more

than 500 galleries, over 170 museums and 6,000 artists.

Almost every art direction is in this town. Berlin is a central

location in Europe, it is inexpensive to live here and

creates the ideal conditions for sustainable development

of art. Berlin is a trendsetter city. Like other art mega cities:

New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing.

I can use impulses from outside, which I could not

possibly do in Switzerland. Here is the motto: “Nothing

is impossible!” I wanted to go into a self-imposed exile. I

wanted to be a stranger. I like the energy I get from Berlin.

And I can invest this energy in my work. This „Way of

life“ brought me a big step further.

Art or commerce?


You’re deaf, and I can imagine working on a shoot is a

little harder. How does it work?

Yes, I am DeafCODA, which means that I grew up in

a deaf family. This is precisely why I miss nothing and

besides I’m good with people because I moved around

in the world. I do the most I can with my life, daily. This

way I am being loose with people. I’ve developed my

own method for working with the models on set. I always

set my team on, the people have to know my storyboard

well. They always support me and I also have

a separate Co-assistant who must take over my job. I

like to improvise with the models, a good Model works

(depending on the agencies) very professional!

Are there any famous people you would like to shoot one

day? If so .. who?

I’m not Mario Testino. But! I would love Lindsay Lohan

and Carmen Dell’Orefice once, they would be “essential”

to have in front of MY camera!

Where does this journey take you?

I would like to develop further as an artist and be successful

in everything that has to do with photography. I

am very curious to see where my journey goes!


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Hair&Make up, Styling Helena Narra Kapidzic using Chanel

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More than 60 years ago the computer became a gaming

machine. Since then, digital games have contributed

more to the diffusion of computers than any other application.

The message of this new medium is interaction,

suitable for daily use and creative possiblities, today already

realised in global, interactive organised networks.

In just a few years the digital game has changed the societal

communication fundamentally – as book printing

and film have already done before. A long time misjudged

as as children‘s toy, computer and video games

are increasingly at the focus of the interest of society.

The Computerspielemuseum Berlin goes along with this

development since 13 years – informed, analysing, entertaining

and inspiring. After 30 national and international

exhibition projects the institution now has found

a new permanent home in Berlin-Friedrichshain. „Our

new permanent exhibition ‚Computerspiele. Evolution

of a Medium‘ takes our visitors back to the beginning

of this mass medium“, says director Andreas Lange. „In

the new rooms, formerly the location of popular Café

Warschau, we have created,a 670 square metres gaming

and experimental scenery. Our visitors can experience

historical and future developments of computer

and video games here. Our exhibition adresses a broad

audience, young and old “.

Many rare original exhibits demonstrate the fusion of

technology, human creativity and play in the context of

history. Above that, we ask which con- sequences this

digitization involves, on a societal and individual level.

The exhibition shows games with their multifaceted

relations with other types of media. Creations of many

artists comment on the changing effect these new virtual

realties have on our quotidian lives. One example is

the PainStation, which once was part of our renowned

exhibition „pong.mythos“ and thereafter shown in

MoMA, New York.

Founded in 1997 in Berlin, the Computerspielemuseum

was the world’s first permanent exhibition on digital

interactive entertainment culture. Since then, it was responsible

for over 30 national and international exhibitions,

includ- ing “pong.mythos,” which, sponsored by

the Federal Cultural Foundation,

was Germany’s most successful touring exhibition on

the history of computer games. In the last five years

over 470.000 visitors have seen these temporary exhibitions.

The museum has Europe’s largest collection of

entertainment soft- and hardware. Together with three

national libraries, it is a member of the European research

project KEEP on the long-term preservation of

our digital cultural heritage.



Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, 10243 Berlin

Phone (visitors’ service): +49-30-60988577

E-mail: service@computerspielemuseum.de

Opening times

Wednesday to Monday 10 am -8 pm

Closed on Tuesday

(Ostbahnhof) Bus 350, 240 (Weberwiese)

Contact visitors’ service

Tickets can be booked via our service hotline:

Phone: +49-30-60988577

E-mail: service@computerspielemuseum.de



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one future




HONK! is going to be back in October 2011. Un

issue on one of the finest destinations for

Leon, Nicaragua

Steamy, volcanic and intellectual, the Northwest is

home to Nicaragua’s best museums, oldest universities

and finest churches, including the grandest cathedral

in Central America. Bounded by more than

150km of shoreline - sandy beaches with solid surfing,

to lush mangrove wetlands - and peppered with

colonial towns, indigenous villages and archaeological

sites, Nicaragua’s Northwest is one of the most

accessible undiscovered treasures you’ll ever find.


St. Petersburg, Russia

When Peter the Great built this city on a swamp,

his subjects humored the Emperor. Nowadays, this

city’s citizens are breaking down the barriers of generations

past and exploring new ideas, investigating

the possibilities of consumerism, creativity and career.

It’s not only Rastrelli’s architecture and Tchaikovsky’s

operas that entice visitors, but also beatnik

bands, edgy art galleries, underground clubs and delectable

dining. The city’s main buildings have been

just renovated and are more than worth seeing. St

Petersburg is legendary for its White Nights: those

long summer days when the sun barely dips below

the horizon. Revels start in May, when the city finally

succumbs to spring. From here you can continue

to destinations like Finland or even Japan.


Crete, Greece

Crete is more like a small country than another Greek

island. It’s not just Greece’s largest island, but arguably

its most fascinating and diverse. Its remarkable

history is evident across the island, from the ruins

of the Minoan palace of to the Venetian fortresses



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of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries

to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of

Zeus. The Venetian port of Hania in Western Crete is

one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital,

Iraklio, is a dynamic city, the fifth largest in Greece.

Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse

landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with

caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to

sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus

and fertile plains. The East boasts Europe’s only

palm-tree forest beach and the South coast has some

of the most stunning beaches and isolated coves.


Reykjavik, Iceland

Another fascinating White Night hotspot, the world’s

most Northerly capital combines colorful buildings,

fascinating people, a wild nightlife. Most visitors fall

helplessly in love, returning home already saving to

come back. Since the recession started and baring the

climate in mind, Iceland imports almost everything

and offers delicious meals to a pretty higher than

normal price.

The city’s charm lies in its many peculiar contrasts,

which, like tectonic plates clashing against one another,

create an earthquake of energy. Reykjavík offers

a bewitching combination of village innocence

and big-city zeal. It’s populated by darkly cynical citizens

(a quality brought very much to the fore by the

country’s recent near-bankruptcy) who are, in spite

of everything, filled with unstoppable creativity and

enduring spirit. In summer the streets are washed by

22 hours of daylight. The city could also be used as

a hub for a trip to Greenland, whale watching, and

exploring the rest of the country.



Queensland, Australia

Occupying Australia’s Northeastern corner, this

vast state is awash with dazzling landscapes, vibrant

cities and 300 days of sunshine a year.

It’s also home to some of the country’s most notable

highlights, from the golden beaches of

the Sunshine Coast and the luminous green of

the Daintree rainforest and Daintree Village to

the clear blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

For the active traveller there are oodles of opportunities

for white-water rafting, scuba diving, snorkelling,

bushwalking, horse riding, surfing, bungee

jumping, abseiling… The state is also home to more

tours accredited under the national eco certification

scheme than any other, so you can safely explore,

rather than exploit, this beautiful state.


Maui, USA

Most people who have visited Maui start with its

wealth of glorious beaches and go from there: luxe

resorts, friendly B&Bs, gourmet cuisine, fantastic

luau, and world-class windsurfing, whale watching,

snorkeling, diving and hiking. Need adventure?

Drive the jungly road to Hana or traverse the moonlike

volcanic crater of Haleakala. Want pampering?

West Maui awaits your call. Need more? Maui is the

gateway to its sister islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i,

which are conveniently reached by ferry. But is

Mauireally all that? Well, it does weave a gauzy spell

that leaves most visitors more in love than when

they arrived, so you’ll just have to excuse those who,

when the magazines call, wax a little enthusiastic.


Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

Rapa Nui is simply spellbinding. It will take your

heart and your soul in a few days. One of the most

isolated places on Earth, this tiny land is blessed

with an extraordinary collection of archaeological

sites, including the iconic moai, scattered amid an

eerie landscape. These enigmatic statues, shrouded

with a palpable aura, form one of Rapa Nui’s most

enduring images and exert a magnetic power that is

hard to resist. A godsend for culture vultures, Rapa

Nui will also give would-be historians plenty to ponder.

Not surprisingly, the well-publicized moai have

overshadowed the island’s other assets. But Rapa

Nui is much more than a mind-boggling open-air

museum. Sure, history is achingly prominent here

but it’s not the only raison d’être. It usually comes

as a surprise to many travelers to discover that Rapa

Nui is also a superb playground for action-seekers.

Scuba-diving enthusiasts swear that the waters here

are the most crystal clear of the world, while surfies

rave about the powerful waves of the Pacific. If

hiking or horseback riding are more to your liking,

there’s no better way to discover the ancient sites

than on foot or on horseback - the perfect combination

of nature and culture. And if all you want to

do is lie back and relax, a handful of sandy beaches

awaits you.


Izmir, Turkey

İzmir owes a huge debt to the late, much-lamented

mayor, Ahmet Piriştina, who saved it from potentially

disastrous plans to run a motorway along the

seafront and gave large parts of the centre back to

the locals by overseeing pedestrianisation schemes.

Nowadays the sea-facing Kordon is a great place

for jogging, cycling, walking the dog and just plain

lounging about, while the northern district of Alsancak

is being steadily restored, its lovely old houses

reminiscent of the Greek island of Chios, metamorphosing

into inviting restaurants and bars.

With a day to spare, you can take in the few antiquities

and museums, loiter in cafés along the waterfront,

and enjoy the sweeping views from Kadifekale

castle. The labyrinthine bazaar also remains a

colourful area to get lost in.

Although it has a dramatic setting around a bay

backed by mountains, most of İzmir is modern,

which makes it a hard city in which to fall in love at

first sight. Give it a chance and you may find Turkey’s

third-largest city growing on you.


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lord Byron was not overstating the matter when he

proclaimed Dubrovnik ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik

is clearly special. A magnificent curtain of

walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings

that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The

main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange

of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at


either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented

with finely carved stone recall an eventful

history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Beyond

the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches, wooded

peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands where

you don’t hav to be afraid to pcik the berries from

the trees and eat them right away.

With Croatia becoming the 28th member of the EU

traveling there will be even easier for everyone.



After years of war and isolation, Southeast Asia’s

most pristine environment, intact cultures and quite

possibly the most chilled-out people on Earth mean

destination Laos is fast earning cult status among

travelers. It is developing quickly but still has much

of the tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere

in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple and

even in Vientiane it’s hard to believe this sort of languid

riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then,

of course, there is the historic royal city of Luang

Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffronrobed

monks move silently among centuries-old

monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience

anywhere in Asia.

The Lao wilderness is drawing travelers looking

for nature, adventure or both. Kayaking, rafting,

rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s

the community-based trekking that is most popular

because it combines spectacular natural attractions

with the chance to experience the ‘real Laos’ with

a village home stay – while spending your money

where it’s needed most.


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