We visited Matt McCormick in his LA studio for the cover story of this issue, to talk about his personal journey and his portrayal of American heroes, both past and present, which depict our own vices, struggles and triumphs on a universally-relatable level. Jason Dill has undoubtedly led – and still leads – a colorful life. We visit him in Fucking Awesome’s recently-opened store on Hollywood Boulevard as he speaks about his youth, growing up in a skate crew and now, bringing younger skaters into his own crew. Easy Otabor makes an appearance in this issue, speaking about his hopes to use his label, Infinite Archives, as a wearable, collectible history lesson for contemporary culture.
We make a trip to Felipe Pantone’s studio in Valencia, Spain to discuss the endurance of graffiti art and creating new territories within interactive art. The effusive Buddy appears in an exclusive fashion spread and, in a candid interview, speaks to us about lessons learned from his mentor, the late Nipsey Hussle. London-based Jewelry designer Castro Smith speaks to us about the processes and philosophies behind his intricately carved, one-of-a-kind art pieces.