032c Issue #42: DRAIN GANG

“The mythology surrounding the music collective Drain Gang – BLADEE, ECCO2K, THAIBOY DIGITAL, and WHITEARMOR – is deeply esoteric and profound to their followers. By articulating the feelings of alienation in the internet age, they have created a space of belonging for a generation of young people searching for meaning in a decreasingly familiar world. […]

Are You Ready for Gas Station Sunglasses?

In the last few weeks, wraparound sunglasses were spotted on Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kaia Gerber and Addison Rae, and, within the past few months, on Justin Bieber, Bad Bunny, ASAP Nast, Offset and Pharrell Williams. Kim Kardashian, the influencer in chief, has posted about 40 photos of herself in wraparound sunglasses to her Instagram feed since January. Thirteen of those images were posted in August alone. Those […]

Hollywood Magic: The LA Psychics Keeping Belief Alive

“LA is brimming with the commodification of belief. Old school fortune tellers and new age oracles promise the definitive revelation of destiny—if you can afford it. For INDIE FW2022, Cassidy George and photographer Phil Donohue take a look beyond the neon signs and beaded curtains.“ On trendy La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood—sandwiched between LA’s famous hotdog shop, Pink’s, […]

Linda Goode Bryant’s Revolution on 57th Street

All Linda Goode Bryant needed was 724 square feet to create the change she wanted to see in New York’s art scene. That and a great deal of audacity. After borrowing $1,000, the 25-year-old single mother was already working full time as director of education at the Studio Museum when she secured the rental unit […]

The Artists Fighting to Protect Treasured Artworks in Wartime

“Wake up, the war has begun.” These are the words that artist Anastasiia Nekypila and her fellow Ukrainians heard on the morning of February 24, 2022. It is also the title of a new series of drawings Nekypila has been working on since Putin’s invasion. “Since then, mornings have ceased to be good,” she says. […]

Revisiting Indie Sleaze, As It Happened

In the year 2005, the only thing cooler than attending a party that the photographer Mark Hunter was at was seeing a photo of yourself on his blog, thecobrasnake.com, the morning after. Once an assistant to the artist Shephard Fairey, Hunter was just 18 years old when he started posting on his website the photos […]

How Charli D’Amelio Became the Face of TikTok

When President Trump signed an executive order to force the sale of TikTok, many Americans wondered, perhaps not for the first time, what the fuss was about. The Chinese-owned app has become popular with teen-agers worldwide, but it’s not the most inviting place. After signing up, new users are firehosed with a channel of videos […]

Care to Wear Floral on Your Buzzcut?

Salons in Los Angeles County have been closed to the public since Dec. 3, but for social-media-savvy stylists like Amanda Lyberger, a colorist known for her eye-catching rainbow looks, the show must go on. In Thair Salon, her otherwise abandoned place of employment in the warehouse district of downtown Los Angeles, Ms. Lyberger, 28, recently […]

Inside the World of Alleged Cult Leader, Guru Jagat

When the RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology first opened in Venice Beach in 2013, LA’s New Age glitterati flocked to its doors. Every morning, from roughly 8:30 onward, a parade of mostly white women would stream into the studio on Lincoln Avenue, often with reishi cappuccinos from Erewhon in tow. At their teacher’s […]

The Style Tribes of TikTok

Since its launch in the US in 2017, TikTok has become the Ripley’s Believe It or Not of social media platforms: its allure is largely derived from the unexpected people, places and things that its algorithm transforms into viral sensations. In the fashion community, especially, it has enabled the proliferation of countless “style tribes,” each with their […]