Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Ten stories of people who revolutionised skate culture

Piss Drunx: The legendary skate crew lucky to be alive In 1998, a mob of young skateboarders descended on an ordinary street in Huntington Beach, California. Spread across four apartments, they quickly gained notoriety not only for their on-board antics, but for embracing a lifestyle of excess. The Piss Drunx, as they came to be… Read more »

The secret anarchist mecca hidden in the California desert

Just 153 miles of San Diego, there’s a large sprawling encampment, fashioned from the rusting vehicles and the dusty detritus of the Sonoran Desert. Slab City, as its affectionately known, appears something out of an apocalyptic Mad Max film set. “It’s a place always balancing between heaven and hell,” says the photographer and film-maker, Laura… Read more »

Celebrating 150 years of the female gaze

Although women photographers have not received the same recognition or opportunities given to men in the field, their achievements over the past one 150 years are now being celebrated in Into the Light, a group exhibition featuring the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Barbara Morgan, Ruth Orkin, Arlene Gottfried, Kia LaBeija, and Emilie Regnier, among… Read more »

A visual homage to London‘s most iconic punk venue

This year, London’s legendary 100 Club celebrates its 75th birthday. During this time, the Oxford Street venue has become a stalwart of the city’s underground music scene, hosting some of punk’s most influential icons – from the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees, to The Clash and The Fall. This rich cultural legacy is… Read more »

Six stories that will inspire you to escape the rat race

The hobo inspiring a new generation of restless spirits After leaving his small town as a teen, ‘Huck’ hit the road to hitchhike, hop trains and live by his own rules. Now he’s helping other vagabonds navigate a society they see no future in. A Finnish skateboarder’s snow-covered sanctuary In the frozen heartland of Finland,… Read more »

Photos that capture the red lights of ’70s Paris

Pigalle is a place of discretion. By design, its network of streets allows for anonymity, but it’s also possible to lose yourself. Historically, the red light district was created to fence-in Parisian society’s less ‘civilised’ activities, yet within its parameters, those who escaped traditional gender roles found a type of caged freedom. For the heavily… Read more »

The indie board-builders bringing DIY back to skate

“It started in college,” explains Sam Hunt, co-founder of the Bristol-based Backbone Skateboards. “I finished my [furniture making] work for the year and I had loads of time, so I made a skateboard. My tutor loved it.” Hunt, along with his friends Fred Loosmore and Jake Ponting, started up Backbone in 2015, in response to a… Read more »

Soulful portraits of today’s young New Yorkers

When Czech photographer Marie Tomanova first came to New York six years ago, she fell in love with the city. Swept away by its vibrant spirit and diversity, she decided that she would do whatever she could to make it her home. Armed with just her camera, Tomanova slowly began to make a living from… Read more »

The new zine celebrating the cultural power of baseball

The culture of hand-made print comes to global sport today with the drop of new zine The 108. The title refers to the number of stitches in a regulation baseball, with the zine bringing together London and the cities that have created the sport. “Baseball is steeped in the history of America in all its complexity… Read more »

The Berlin neighbourhood fighting off the Google giant

It’s a hot June evening in Berlin, and locals and tourists alike are wandering through the cobblestoned streets of Kreuzberg, one of the city’s most vibrant and multicultural neighbourhoods. While passersby stroll alongside the idyllic Maybachufer canal or across the lively Görlitzer Park, dining tables are being set up in the streets for open-air banquets…. Read more »