Fascist Fever: Skinheads in Italy

It’s a strange thing that photography allows us such an easy and immediate insight into a particular subculture, from romanticised images of a Brooklyn gang by Bruce Davidson or John Deakin’s shots of the hidden corners of London’s Soho to the all more morbid shots of Weegee, capturing death on the streets of Manhattan; but it’s a very different thing to find yourself figuratively side by side with those you would actively avoid in life, those you not only don’t identify with, but actively object to their cause. For five years, from 2009 to 2013, Paolo Marchetti has been doing just that. In the hope of uncovering the rhyme and reason behind the actions and iconography of Italian skin heads, the photographer has trailed what is now a burgeoning fascist movement; documenting their appropriation of historical and religious imagery (their badge emblazoned with the Colosseum highlighting their respect for both the Roman empire and the more recent fascist regime) and those appropriated in repeat appearance tattoos (featuring the Fasces symbol, portraits of Mussolini, swastikas and the Celtic cross, appropriated from Christianity as the image of racial identity), action, (using a gladiatorial ‘arm-shake’ in the place of hand), down to their collective name (SPQR skinheads, named after the city’s motto – Senatus Populusque Romanus, or the Senate and People of Rome). It’s easy to look into images of long since past times and imagine them existing in the context of a very different world, but these men, and women, exist within what I had believed to be a more progressive and increasingly accepting society, actively rejecting it in favour of their 9% supremacy. Below the photographer explores his findings alongside Sang Bleu’s selection from the series.

I spent time up close with members of the Italian extreme right in order to understand why they are afraid. Why they [...]


ROY INC – Point Defiance

 

Sang Bleu friend ROY is premiering his brand new music video on www.sangbleu.com today so enjoy his new music,  film and this comprehensive explanation of the subculture icon himself.

You know the face – or should we say faces? With his traffic-stopping combination of superhero build, a high-precision bone structure fusing Jamaican, Chinese, Indian and Cuban genes, a full-body web of stunning custom tattoos and gender-transcendently luscious lips, eyes and skin, Roy Anthony Brown’s outrageous, ever-changing style manifestations have been igniting London’s most flamboyant club nights and the world’s most hallowed fashion pages since the glory days of Taboo, i-D, Kinky Gerlinky and Red Hot + Blue.

 

But did you know Roy also packs a voice just as arresting, expressive and individual? Sometimes soulful, sometimes defiant, sometimes intimate and sometimes full-on furious, it’s an instrument which, in his latest incarnation as ROY INC, the multi-talented Mr Brown unleashes on his debut solo album We Were Here, I’m Just Like You. Heralded by the first two singles Attention Kills and F.A.M.E. For All My Enemies, and now by the brooding Point Defiance, it’s a collection of ten tracks plus bonus material in shades of sophisticated, ebony-dark electro pop, and comes accompanied by spectacular videos that marry some of Roy’s most dazzling guises yet with state of the art special effects and sweeping, cinematic storyboarding that betray the singer-songwriter’s graphic artist past.

 

Perhaps you did. At the same time as Roy was building a unique profile as a performer, model, and artists’ muse that has seen him photographed by everyone from David Bailey to Pierre et Gilles to Juergen Teller to Sølve Sundsbø, gracing the pages of The Face, L’Uomo Vogue and Dazed & Confused, vogueing for Les Childs and Neneh Cherry and [...]


Photographs of Rome’s 1980s Dark wave scene by Dino Ignani

We all usually associate subculture within the boundaries of the urban spaces of New York, London, Berlin or Paris so its easy to forget that subculture also authentically existed else where.

These images were taken from 1982 to 1985 by photographer Dino Ignani at Dark Wave clubs in Rome.  The portraits resemble the kind of New Romanticism which had been present in London a few years earlier but these styles existed originally on their own too. A young Diamada Galas can be seen with her signature crazed hair and the weird mixes of Edie Sedgewick with Rockabilly looks all mixed with deep monotones of black and extended eye make up were regular features.

This particular subculture was described as ‘Darkwave’ and Ignani’s documentation of it and the young people who attended these gigs and club nights are really quite wonderful. However Ignani’s described how like all authenticity of subculture it eventually gets eaten up and regurgitated into a flimsier more commodity driven version. The effort put into each individuals outfits whether through the hand drawn eyeliner or ripped up sweaters posses the kind of innocence and creativity that are reminiscent of Derek Ridger‘s portraits so its so fascinating to be able to see how young people in Italy used their bodies as a space for self expression against the mundane besides from what we’ve become so accustomed to understanding.

 


Sang Bleu mixtapes

Introducing SANG BLEU TAPES a new musical project created by Sang Bleu, follow sbtps.tumblr.com to follow our latest mixes.

 

 

1. mia x-hoodlum poetry
2. flesh-n-bone-crazy by the flesh
3. young jeezy-still on it
4. paul wall-break em off
5. skull duggrey-welcome to my hood
6. kane & abel-black jesus
7. z-ro-don’t worry about me

microtape G. “cassettes” by MXM 

1. al kapone-vampin with no remorse 
2. d. edwards-teenage tapes 
3. kingpin skinny pimp-long story 
4. suicide-keep your dreams 
5. three 6 mafia feat camron-sippin on syrup pt2 
6. martin dupont-top of the pyramid 
7. gangsta pat-you can’t get none

 

1. DrAG-acid trip 2 
2.gangsta boo & la chat-like a bitch 
3. spooky black-we were together once 
4. gucci mane & rothko-what the hell 
5. blue sky black death-one deep 
6. twista & the speedknot mobstaz-legit baller 
7. coil-the dreamer is still asleep 
8. clams casino-swervin 
9. bone thugs & harmony down foe my thang

microtape E. by MXM “” 

1. death in june-break the black ice instrumental 
2. d. edwards-teenage tapes 
3. michel dupont-welcome to the dissidents 
4. triple six mafia-funky town 
5. compton’s most wanted-driveby miss daisy instrumental

microtape C. by MXM “silver thangs” 

1. mayhem-silvester anfang 
2. nick cave & warren ellis-song for jesse 
3. burzum-rundgang um die transzendentale saule der singularitat 
4. ester brinkmann-maschine 


The Institute of SEXOLOGY at The Wellcome Collection

 

 

In November the Wellcome Collection in London will be opening their latest exhibition The Institute of Sexology to the pulbic which will be running until September 2015. This impressive new exhibition will explore a vast range of human desire throughout history from exploring a different selection of sex toys to understudying the work or pioneers such as Magnus Hirschfeld, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters, Virginia Johnson and Sigmund Freud.

From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ will investigate how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity.

Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, the exhibition will evolve over the course of the year, with new commissions, live interventions, discussions and performances within the gallery space.

Find out more about this super exciting and sexy exhibition here

 

 

 

 


Renaud Delmaire aka Mimi picks his ten favourite Rock Star’s tattoos

Renaud, or sometimes known as Mimi was born and grew up in Reunion Island, a tropical French department next to Madagascar existing of only 700,000 people. Once he had finished school at sixteen he moved to Paris to study. At the age of twenty Mimi found himself a place as an apprentice of Tin-Tin  at his shop. Five years later Mimi has trained under one of the most important tattoo shops in the world which has elevated him into an accomplished tattooer in his own right and now works from Sang Bleu London. His style incorporates aspects of illustrations rather than the usual constraints of tattoo departments like flash or tribal and often involves notions of rock and roll culture into his drawings. Now living and working in London we’ve spoken to Mimi about a mixture of two of his passion; music and tattooing. Here Mimi has told us about his favourite tattoos on Rock Stars.

 

 

1.Dave Navarro

Dave has a lot of really great pin up tattoos, however I really love his tattoo of Klimt’s pregnant women which he has on his forearm. I couldn’t find a very good image of it, but I love that Dave’s other tattoos have an essence of the obvious about them. Pin Up girls with whips and tribal bands, but in comparison to that this image is so beautiful, peaceful and calm.

 

2. Lemmy

On Lemmy’s forearm he has a classically placed Ace of Spades with the words ‘Born to Lose, Live to Win’ around it.  I love how timeless this tattoo is and how relevant it is to his own music. Surprisingly he only has three tattoos and he got the Ace of Spades before the Motorhead song with the same name became a [...]


WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing at Udolpho

“The world wasn’t crying out for a periodical on bathing when Leonard Koren introduced Wet magazine in 1976. However, Koren had the imagination and audacity to create his own world, and that’s exactly what he did with Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.” Kristine McKenna Music Editor of WET.

In 1976 Leonard Koren started a simple one man operation that would evolve into one of the most progressive publications of the twentieth century. Encapsulating an essence of post punk attitudes which were emerging in Los Angeles at the time, Koren created a completely original aesthetic to go along with these new ideals which waved good bye to the decadence of the West Coast’s hippy years.

WET Magazine ran for thirty four issues before closing in 1981, in retrospect since its finishing Udolpho in Berlin have created an exhibition exploring the importance of this magazine which has just opened and will be on until the 21st of September.

Not a fashion magazine, nor an art publication, WET crossed boundaries and attracted a wide variety of readers from all over the spectrum of the arts. Its original content also meant that it pulled in a large variety of advertisers which added its its huge success. WET magazine now has a cultish reputation among graphic designers so this exhibition enables full exploration of the following of this magazine.

Koren initially set out to make a magazine which would incorporate his own interest in interior design from his training in architecture – WET was essentially about interesting peoples homes and their swimming pools. This meant that the magazine was full of beautiful people semi dressed or naked in their Californian homes. A simple idea but also one that didn’t correspond with any other publications of the time. 

Individual issues boasts [...]