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Blue lipped sitting in row 3 of Iceland's opening show as if she just escaped from a circus company. She bedazzled us. Now we have her. Loving velvet sausages she can get high on Couture. Bow tie + tinned food!

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Fredrik Öst, passionate enemy-collector, co-founder of Stockholm based design/branding/film agency SNASK, who’s key features are not only his stunning looks in a warrior’s armor and his atomizing energy. Because then you’d have forgotten about his silky shining mane. With his partner in crime, Magnus Berg, they wrote a manifesto. and a book. and built up an emporium of creativity. and probably discuss their strategy to take over the world supremacy…

 

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, Fredrik?

The music video for ‘Scatman’ is…very strange and more b&w than Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” ever was.
A green chicken turns around and…vomits on all the boring fucking agencies around the globe who named themselves after their founders surnames.
A world without IKEA is like…a refrigerator without any basic foods in it but only caviar, truffle and goose liver.
Love means...nothing unless you show it like you mean it.

 

/  You guys founded SNASK in 2007, how does it feel TODAY?

▽ Fucking great. But that’s pretty natural. We didn’t know if we would survive the first month and here we are at 5 years old kicking it and living the dream! So yes, we won’t hide it, we’re feel great where we are today but want to go further.

 

/ Who came up with the idea for YAY Festival?

▽ It was a mix of all of SNASK as well as the event agency Grandins Flying Circus. We all felt that something was missing in Europe and started shooting ideas at each other of something better. That’s the truth.

 

/ I agree. Awesome idea. You are also happy with the outcome of the pilot, right?

▽ Yes, it was fantastic and we’re having the new one on 7 December. It will be better and bigger!

 

/ You can choose one robot – What are its features?

▽ It has only one feature. To satisfy guilty pleasures and then taking away the guilt.

 

/ In classic graphic designer manner, you guys have any tattoos?

▽ Hmmm, yes. I have a rose on my forearm (cliché hell yes!) and Magdalena (star designer) has her nick name “Neski” tattoed on her back. The others secretly dream of having them.

 

/ Ok, and a more intimate question: Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee?

▽ Hmmm, I mean we like humor so don’t get me wrong. But Bruce Lee is so much cooler and more conceptual than Jackie Chan. I mean, he trained every day for like 27 hours. It feels like it’s impossible to become better in the time he did it. So fuck Jackie, go Bruce! (the name is cooler as well)

 

/ Do you believe in colour psychology?

▽ Well, to some extent. Sure, warning signals like red+black and yellow+black surely works or at least worked once upon a time. But nowadays it doesn’t really matter. I mean, we don’t panic when McDonalds have Red and Yellow as their colors. And we don’t feel cold when Behance logotype is blue. So we do believe there’s some kind of phsycology but a very vague one and not very relevant to our line of work.

 

/ Who would you like to get your toes sucked by?

▽ You since you mentioned it!

 

/ Would you say you are picky with clients?

▽ Yes we are. If they don’t have a good budget they have to be good clients if we are to work with them. Mostly clients that don’t pay well are also very bad clients who don’t understand the process, the amounts of corrections allowed, the amount of work we put in and the proud and professionality we have as branders and designers. Worst is the music industry who don’t know how to pay but very well know how to suck out every penny from artists.

 

/ Any Stockholmian brand that deserves to be more known if you were to decide?

▽ TheMocracy is a great shop that sells everything that has to do with biking. Why not the exclusive rain coat brand Stutterheim. It’s amazing and costs amazingly amounts of money which makes the wearer wishing for rain. And when rain comes he/she jumps of happiness to finally being able to wear it and get some value for money.

 

/ Please describe the Stockholm Style. Feel free to talk fashion.

▽ It’s very good. Sometimes very boring since a lot of people tend to look the same. But I would say people are very trendy here. Unfortunately for Spain and Italy the southern Europe have totally lost its feel for fashion and trends. They look like people did in Stockholm in the 90’s.

 

/ I heard that in 30 years there won’t be any chocolate more on earth. Does that affect your personal lives?

▽ Nope. But it will affect every friend, girl/boy-friend, parent and sibling. And in that way it will affect us in the end. Jesus christ. The horror.

 

/ I am a big fan of your manifesto. Can you give me anymore life-wisdom for the road?

▽ All my life I’ve had more fun saying yes than no. And those who never throw a dice will never throw a six. Also when you make something no one hates, no one will love it either.

 

/ One last question: why are enemies a good thing? (If your answer is: snask-off and read our book then that’s what I’ll do now…)

▽ Oh shit, I kinda answered on the last question. Know your enemy and you’ll know that you’re the opposite. Make stuff that people hate and love. Make enemies and you will also gain fans and ambassadors. Works for your personal brand as well as random global brand.

 

/ Tack and thanks a lot for checking in with us! SNASK on!!

 

 

Photographs: SNASK
Interview: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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Sebastian Lechner, bavarian artist running his riots on different surfaces, ornamented with an inked sausage.
He lives and works in Munich as Kor Izoh.

 

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, Seb?

A world without Pommes Frites is like…sooo coool….man!!! fuckin awesome.
Trance is a feeling of…dj asterix from israel.
Everything has and end but…ja ja ja,….the wurst has zwei.
Britney Spears is…kanye west.

 

 

/ Ok, first of all where does your name ‘Wurst’ come from?

▽ milan! i am a weener!

 

/ Talking about Wurst, could you be with a vegetarian?

▽ no, only if she would be a butterfly.

 

/ What are you working on at the moment?

▽ roses are red,
violets are blue,
i hate rhyming,
penis!

 

/ Do people show you their work and ask for your opinion?

▽ sometimes, but only if they are still in kindergarten.

 
/ Who was your childhood hero?

▽ Thomas Gottschalk, because his nose is big.

 
/ Do you feel very Bavarian?

▽ yes, but only in the ‘fitness studio’ Dachau (Munich).

 

/ These wide Jeans that hang somewhere under people’s butts, you call then saggy or baggy pants?

▽ sauna sweating in bad ailing makes me feel uncomfortable, they call me sweaty pants.

 

Do you believe there are dark forces out there that influence our behaviour (and I am not talking about the strong gravity that stops us from getting up from the couch)?

▽ 24 Stunden, Sat 1, lesbian couple with cheese soup that collects trash? No, i am afraid of the rabbit which turns up on easter.

 

/ How many tattoos are too many?

▽ kids can be horrible sometimes!

 

/ Ok, hand on the heart: snoop dogg or snoop lion?

▽ for shizzle.

 
/ Are there any exhibitions coming up soon?

▽ team titanic, 29.11….snakes, spiders and britney spears.

 
/ I can’t picture you with a moustache – ‘movember’ is coming up, so will you grow one for the good cause?

▽ bon jovi is giving me a hard time!

 

 

/ Cheers for checking in with us! Looking forward to your next show on the 29th November in Berlin!

 

 

 

 

Interview: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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Viktoria Spasova Ahlenius, Stockholm based photographer. Marlene pants + perky smile + camera = wow.

 

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, Viktoria?

If pigs could fly…I’d fly a pig!
I always dance when …
Coffee smells like…
Home means… Sorry, I’m not that creative 









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/ If I’m right you had your first bigger exhibition this summer, so you are quite fresh in the ‘business’. It seems that photographers like to make clear distinctions on which kind they are. So what’s your label? Is it important to distinguish from the start?

▽ I think that it’s important to have a width. According to me the best photographers have it.
But it’s also important to have a peak. Otherwise you won’t succeed. But that doesn’t mean you have to put a label on what you are doing. I haven’t. I’m still studying so I’m still exploring. Maybe I’ll change my stance in a year!

 

/ If you can choose to have a crazy tea party and the opportunity to ask a bunch of questions – with who would it be?

▽ Duane Michals, Beyonce, Joyce Carol Oates and Marina Abramovic!

 

/ Berlin and Stockholm. You grew up in both places, what would you say is the biggest difference?

▽ The atmosphere! Berlin has a more vibrant street life. I guess its because of the size and also the mix of people.

 

/ Talking style, which city dresses better?

▽ Stockholm!

 

/ Do you believe in coincidences?

▽ Yes!

 

Ok, now the important stuff:

/ American Dad or the Simpsons?
▽ Simpsons.

/ Cardamom or Cinnamon?
▽  Cardamom.

/ Mario Testino or Terry Richardson?
▽ None of them..

 


/ What’s the most interesting part of the human face?

▽ The eyes.

 

/ What projects are you working on at the moment?

▽ I’m taking portraits of teenage girls in their rooms. Im interested in how they create their identity and femininity.

 

/ Are there any exhibitions coming up soon?

▽ In spring!!!

 

/ Soon the new Lars von Trier movie comes out. Which of his films did you like best (or should I rather say traumatised you the most)?

▽ Magnolia..I was quite shaky when I left the cinema.

 

/ Ok, last question, as Halloween is coming up. What will you dress up as?

▽ Don’t know yet..but I want glitter and glam!

 

/ Thanks a lot for checking in with us, Viktoria! We are looking forward to your new website!

 

 

 

 

Black&White photographs: Viktoria Spasova Ahlenius
Interview & photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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Rita Braz, gorgeous portuguese 5-dimensional daydreaming Slasheuse flying on her racing bike through Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, where she lives and works as art director and passionate analogue photographer, sharing her analogue stories with us.

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, Rita?

A day without marshmallows is… better than a day without cookies.
Better a chicken in the basement than… watermelon in the trash.
The worst thing to wear in a circus is… a christmas jumper.
Freedom means… follow your gut instinct.

 

/ It is a great honour to interview you as you are practically the role model of a ‘SlashMuse’. You are a Slasheuse per se working as an art director, photographer, illustrator, DJ,…am I missing anything? Which stamp is it you would give yourself?

▽ First of all, it’s my pleasure to be part of the first interview series!
And to get it straight, I would stamp myself as a storyteller. Through advertising, photographs, drawings or even entertaining at some party, storytelling is all I’ve been doing. Capturing the immensity and magic of what happens around me and express it in some sort of way, letting the tale live longer than the actual moment.

 

/ Also you are a Muse to us being around from the start and nevertheless designing and featuring our SlashMuse Logo. Thanks again. So besides from this job, what was the most unforgettable job experience you had in the last years?

 You are very welcome, I’m really happy to finally see it growing.
I have to say that my most favorite project to work on was my own personal project called INtheMAKING. It started with the need to capture the outstanding people I meet in this town and got bigger than I thought. It makes me keep looking for interesting talents to feature and it allows me to meet such different, amazing and inspiring people, photograph their environments and learn from them.

 

/ Your home is Lisbon. What do you miss most about it?

▽ The ocean, the eternal blue.
My family, friends.
The food.
The warmth.
The horizon.
The wine.
The language.
The cheese.

 

/ In the movie “Night train to Lisbon” they are constantly smoking and drinking red wine. Do you consider smoking and drinking wine part of Portuguese culture? Is it sexy?

▽ Well, wine is definitely a big part of the portuguese culture. I’d say wine is to Portugal as beer is to Germany…
Smoking I reckon is just a bad habit, a really bad habit – which I not proudly am part of.

 

/ If you had to choose a life without chocolate or a life without coffee – what would it be?

▽ Definitely a life without chocolate over a life without coffee. My body craves for coffee as my mind only desires chocolate the second my eyes see it!

 

/ By the way what is your favourite coffee place in Berlin these days?

▽ I’m faithful to CK Cafe in Marienburgerstraße. Cappuccino and carrot cake are always a must.

 

/ Who in ‘Alice in wonderland’ would you identify with?

▽ Here is something I have never thought about before… I’d say the Hatter though. The mixture of madness and passionate friendship recalls something in me.

 

/ Taking photographs, what is it that makes you choose an object or a person?

▽ Apart from the planned shootings, the pictures I take are basically a visual diary recounting the path of someone passing through the world. They are frozen time slots from east to west, from town to town, from one memorable meal to the other, from one known face to a complete stranger. I like to believe that my photos are collected lives, experiences, accidents, paths crossed. They are imperfect and unplanned, just like life itself.

 

/ Are you a nerd regarding typographies?

▽ Am I?

 

And more serious matters:

/ Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction?
 Django.

/ Stripes or dots?
 Stripes.

/ Augustiner or Tegernseer?
 Augustiner!

 

/ If you get a ticket to travel on a flying carpet tomorrow, where would you go to?

▽ Cape Verde (with a stop in Amsterdam)

 

/ What’s the best song of all times?

▽ Lovely Rita?

 

/ Rumour has it you are working on an exhibition…any date yet?

▽ I’m trying to put together an exhibition with all my INtheMAKING series, but it is definitely taking longer than the initial thought. No dates, no venues yet. Berlin for sure, everything else is yet a mystery to be solved.

 

/ Are there any good Halloween parties coming up in Berlin? Will you go?

▽ Very good question… Pumpkin carving competition is my master plan!

 

/ Obrigada and thanks a lot for checking in with us! It was lovely, Rita!

 

 

 

Interview & photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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‘Ooh’-faces on all these posters advertising the new Lars von Trier film Nymphomaniac.

Rumor has it there will be two versions of the five hour film, a softer version and a more in-your-face one. A little spy that we know has managed to get a glimpse at the film material in Copenhagen. We are assured now that it will be no disappointment. SlashMuse is looking forward to the premiere, which will be 25th December ’13 in Danmark, 31st January ’14 in Sweden and 27th February ’14 in Germany.

Forget about love.

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Flipping through some beautifully arranged ‘coffee table book’s and ‘inspiration magazines’ in a Stockholmian high end minimalist clothing store I stumbled on some irritating but at the same time inspiring drawings of a handful sushi porn

 

 

Yes, sushi, geishas, bondage in a way the link is rather obvious but still these drawings exhilarating fascinated me.
The creator I discovered is the German artist, Boris Hoppek, coming from the sphere of graffiti, provoking in drawings, paintings, photographs, as well as videos, sculptures and installation art pieces. The reoccurring topics are sexuality, violence and racism expressed in a clear style that seems almost innocent at the first glimpse. ‘Photos showing women with problems or just being beautiful’ he sais on his homepage.
‘just the plain accurate artwork, seriously!!’

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You wanne get in my pants, Mister?
– there is still room for you, no worries!

 

Already in previous collections Maison Martin Margiela showed off with some criss cross baggy pants. Last November they relaunched the style in their H&M cooperation to give more people access to this stunning classic, in which you could easily fit layers of tights or even a second body to keep warm. As Stockholm is getting cold again, it is time to dig out our MMM oversize Jeans and get cosy Antwerp-style!

How fashionable is it to dig out a ‘high street remake of an old classic’ one winter later? – Perfectly fine but if it seems too boring just change the way of wearing it this winter. SlashMuse decided if we slasheurs can be anything we want, so can these pants, here worn by R as a jumpsuit…

Speaking mannequins, amazing dresses, gender confusion and show pieces. Design and curating wise was the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitions in Stockholm’s Arktiketurmuseet a Spectacle for all senses!

“Anyone with a heart-shaped pump will exit his fashion world seduced, lifted, entertained, moved, appy. Gaultier is alive and unforgettable”
TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ – Colette.fr

 

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
15 June – 22 September 2013

 

I often couldn’t stop laughing, because he is such an over the top genius full of skills and irony!

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Here we come! SlashMuse is online now!
Like a slide, hard work up to this point, now it will only go down. Poor you!
No of course we want to be and stay fast, fresh, moving and fun, getting you wet and excited for more. We are your water slide!

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Sure, it is a rather practical trend that for 2 years we can just let our dark roots grow and label the edgy look ”ombré hair”.

But even SlashMuse, as defender of chipsy nails and believer in messy hair has to admit that ombré was never really appealing to us. Until now!

These two ladies really pull it off. Irritating surprise! (Zoe even wears her hair ombré now, too! What a fashion victim.)

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Yes, the times of Woodstock are over but hej, the more the merrier! Je love checking out all the amazing festival looks this summer! SlashMuse’s Highlights of Coachella are here!

 

 

 

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Guess the Crystal fighters are still stuck in my ear! Anyhow, although not much clothes is needed on the beach, choosing a look that reflects that summer’s feeling and mood we are in is worth thinking about 5 minutes (or even 15). Our this year’s favourites are these four looks: tough, strong, rough and wild.
A beach look that is you is 10% your bikini – or if you go topless just 5%. The rest is hair (10%), make-up (10%), jewellery (10%), accessories (10%), including your parasol and beach lecture (10%), and fuck yeah of course your poses, your moves (20%) and your body (20%). As we can choose so damn much, we SlashMuse peops don’t get the hustle with the ”beach body” and ”the right bikini”, just puzzle your look the way it fits your summer. It’s the look that bedazzels your sourrounding not one particular 10% detail! Beach now.

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The first day of Appletree Garden Festival in Diepholz, Nadja wearing Vintage Butterfly 80s Top, H&M Shorts, a Brax leather belt and Nike Air Max. Accessories are just H&M sunglasses and a watch from Komono.

Just when we followed her 20 wild guests complemented her look and we agree, she looked stunning!

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