After 15 years of paddling against the flow, Huck has landed at Issue 75.
In celebration of that milestone, we’re embarking on a brand new chapter of the magazine. We’ve invited a trilogy of cover stars to help us do that: three young, British upstarts, operating in entrenched cultural spheres and pushing them in bold new directions.
First up, Zarah Sultana: MP, activist, and leading light of the British Left. Following her, we have the author Gabriel Krauze, whose Booker longlisted debut heralded one of the most important literary voices to emerge from the island in decades. Completing the trilogy, saxophone supremo Nubya Garcia, an artist at the forefront of the UK jazz revolution.
There’s more, too: breakers in Paris, bike crews in Johannesburg, off-grid communities in rural Greece and a journey through Little Korea, New Malden. We talk to singer-songwriter KeiyaA in New York and skateboarding mogul Mikey Alfred in LA, before hanging out with grunge legend Mark Lanegan in his new home of Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
In a brand new section dedicated solely to photography, Mick Rock, Chloe Dewe Mathews and Bev Grant share the stories behind some of their best work. Elsewhere, Contributing Editor and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick recounts coming of age among the whir of California subculture, Artist in Residence E.S. Glenn returns with a brand new comic, and serpentwithfeet takes the reins as Huck’s new Agony Uncle.
While this new issue marks something of a new road, Huck’s core values remain the same. From Day One, we have sought to look at life through a different lens. In the current moment, we believe this commitment to counter-narratives is more important than ever.
Grab a copy, see for yourself. There’s plenty of room on the raft.
– Niall Flynn, Editor
Elected in 2019 at the age of just 26, the MP for Coventry South has spent her short time in parliament establishing herself as one of the most important young voices in UK politics, driven by a deep-rooted desire to create a better, bolder world. (Photography: Dan Wilton.)
In his Booker longlisted debut, the London author produced a double-dose adrenaline shot of violence, brotherhood and fuck-you swagger, based squarely on his own experiences as a younger man. So where does he go next? (Photography: Dan Wilton.)
As part of the lauded London jazz scene, the Camden-born artist has helped shape one of the most exciting genres to spring out of the city in the past decade. Now that the world is beginning to reopen, she is determined to pick up where she left off. (Photography: Dan Wilton.)
Born in the Bronx back in the ’70s, breakdancing later found a similar home in the banlieues of Paris, where marginalised communities adopted the style as a vessel for protest. In 2024, it will feature as an Olympic sport for the first time – but what does this mean for its radical history? (Photography: Julien Pebrel.)
On the outskirts of Johannesburg, a group of young cyclists are using bikes as a tool to unlock the city and unite their community in tandem. Welcome to the world of Bicycle Stokvel, a fearless pushing for change – one mass ride-out at a time (Photography: Earl Abrahams.)
Listening to KeiyaA’s music is like travelling through time, space and psyche: a self-actualising odyssey of sound where anything goes. What lies at the end of the journey is up to you – but with the Chicago-born artist, you couldn’t hope for a better guide to get you there. (Photography: Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.)
Artist, skateboarder, designer, curator, director – Mikey Alfred is tough to box in, and even harder to keep up with. His debut feature film is a gusty coming-of-age tale set amid the whir of LA skate culture. So why has every studio passed it up? (Photography: Zamar Velez)
In the latest instalment of Where The Magic Happens, American grunge pioneer Mark Lanegan discusses his current sanctuary: a pebble-dashed home in the heart of Ireland’s scenic south-west. (Photography: Joe Laverty.)
Following the release of DEACON, a sparkling depiction of sun-soaked romance, the Baltimore-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter takes the reins as Agony Uncle for Issue 75. (Photography: Braylen Dion.)
Just outside of Athens, a group of displaced people have built a farm that serves as an alternative to the indignity of refugee camps. Led by the enigmatic Kastro, this experiment in off-grid living has created a space in which everyone has an equal stake, all the while shining a light on the deep-rooted connection between food and freedom. (Photography: Alexandros Katsis.)
In a quiet suburb outside of London resides Europe’s largest Korean expatriate population. Among this tight-knit community are a significant number of DPRK defectors, who are forging a new life for themselves in a place they now call home. (Photography: Theo McInnes.)
The seminal rock-and-roll chronicler dives into the story behind one of his most definitive images: a portrait he captured during his time as Bowie’s personal photographer.(Photography: Mick Rock.)
Chloe Dewe Mathews grew up close to the Thames, but knew little about the human traditions that regularly take place along there. This led her to embark on a five-year project documenting the river, where she discovered the diverse rituals that continue to persevere – despite the changing London landscape. (Photography: Chloe Dewe Mathews.)
During the ’60s and ’70s, Bev Grant found herself embedded in a series of revolutionary causes: from anti-war protests to the women’s liberation movement. Armed with her trusty camera, she documented the entire era, resulting in a far-reaching archive of radical history. (Photography: Bev Grant.)
Writer, former pro surfer and Huck’s Contributing Editor recounts coming of age among the whir of California subculture. (Artwork: Santa West.)
E.S. Glenn returns, offering a brand new peek into his psyche. (Photography: Andrea Siegl.)