Hello and welcome, and what a fun week it has been. In the It’s Nice That offices we’ve mainly been eating caramel shortbread, watching goslings eat flowers, drawing pictures for the guy in the cafe down the road and making fun of Printed Pages editor James Cartwright for how he used to be a goth. THEN we found out that it was World Goth Day on Thursday!!! Can you imagine our glee. And so, this week’s Weekender is now 100% goth-themed. Apart from the bits you might have missed, they’re just normal.
Things you might have missed this week…
– WOAH! Jeffrey Lewis, THE Jeffrey Lewis made us a mixtape this week! And it’s really great.
– If you’re into toilet humour or art, or both, check out this week’s Studio Audience podcast
– In this week’s Opinion piece editor Liv Siddall wonders why Apple banned an app that promotes female masturbation.
– This week’s Bookshelf was courtesy of editor-in-chief of NOON magazine, Jasmine Raznahan.
– And here’s a blast from the past, Kirsten Lapore tells us why Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker is the best music video ever. She’s right.
Maisie Skidmore -
I was brutally laughed at when I mentioned her name in response to a brief asking for something “gothic,” but kids of the 90s get behind me, Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman in Sabrina the Teenage Witch rocked my tiny little world from the ages of seven to 11, and seeing as she was a witch, I’m calling upon artistic licence. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still find the programme highly entertaining, if not in a slightly different way (see above.) It also has a nostalgia-inducing retro website that doesn’t seem to have changed since said era and this only enhances my enjoyment. Salem the wooden-looking cat talks, her aunts are permanently youthful and bouncy and she floats in a bubble in the opening credits. Here you go.
Liv Siddall -
For me, the world’s biggest goth has gotta be Tim Curry. I first came across him in this series of The Worst Witch from 1986 that my grandparents had on video. It is such a good series, Fairuza Balk (scary one from The Craft and Dorothy from Return to Oz) is Mildred Hubble! Anyway, watch this clip where Tim Curry the wizard heartthrob comes out of the sky and makes all the schoolgirls and witch teachers wet themselves with joy, it’s SO GOOD.
Madeleine Morley -
This was one of my absolute favourite websites as a teenager: it’s a complete archive of Slayage, a journal dedicated to intense academic writing all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With essays like Real Vampires Don’t Wear Shorts: The Aesthetics of Fashion in Buffy, Killing us Softly? A Feminist Search for the “Real” Buffy, and Generation Lapse: The Problematic Parenting of Joyce Summers and Rupert Giles, this site is sure to keep you clicking into the dead of the night.
James Cartwright -
As an ex-goth I like my fair share of proper goth bands, but Nine Inch Nails have always been one of my favourites. Technically they’re industrial, but they’ve done more for androgynous, eye-liner-sporting misfits in their 20+ year career than most. And every teen goth secretly wanted to be Trent Reznor. This is a video for their 1999 single We’re In This Together, a line that the Conservative party have now ruined for everyone. It’s not really their MOST gothic video – that would be 1989’s Closer, but I’d probably be fired for posting that here so seek it out yourself if you like. Enjoy!
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?