There were certain bands whose gigs I wasn’t (and I’m sure you weren’t) allowed to go to during my teenage years, which I still argue about to this day. Your mum sees that a band’s called Slayer and have albums such as God Hates us All and Reign in Blood and she immediately thinks you’re going to come back from their show tattooed, angry and pregnant.
It’s only when you see candid portraits like Sanna’s that the truth behind metal fans is exposed, and their surprisingly calm, quiet nature is revealed. There’s a reason why a lot of metal fans are a bit funny looking — they’re often the guys at school who got picked on and so might have some rage stored up inside them, but behind their rather frightening image, they’re actually very kind, polite and sweet-natured. That is until the music starts, then it’s a different story (see photo above).
- Mirka Laura Severa makes snowmen models in fashion shoot for SZ Magazin
- 100 hours with The Beatles: Shimpei Asai's photographs from 1966
- Joe Schlaud's cheeky Kama Sutra illustrations (NSFW)
- Artist Matthew F Fisher paints seascapes and wildlife with vivid precision
- Hayley Louisa Brown on travelling to Memphis as part of Ace & Tate's Creative Fund
- Photographer Roe Ethridge’s images blur the lines between commercial and sentimental
- Photographer Carlota Guerrero on collaborating with Solange and getting signed to WeFolk (some NSFW)
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- New York-based Blake Lewis’ neat and considered portfolio exudes simplicity
- Erotic journal Odiseo explores laughter and loathing in its ninth volume (NSFW)
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Sagmeister & Walsh releases more pins, raising funds for “causes threatened by the Trump administration”