ACCLAIM Issue 32
The TEAM PLAYER Issue
This April ACCLAIM magazine returns to shelves across the world, bolder and better than ever with the Team Player issue. We all know how hard it is to achieve our goals without the backing of a good team, and in this installment of the magazine we pay tribute to all those who work together to create, inspire, and realise their ambitions.
This edition is dedicated to exploring creative collaboration, to examine combined outputs and shared visions. It’s a testament to the successes that are made possible only by the collective efforts of a team working in unison, and an exploration of what makes these groups work.
This issue of ACCLAIM features two unique covers. The general release highlights Jo Duck’s football inspired shoot on location in London, while Clement Pascal shot our boutique cover star Pusha T in the midst of the New York blizzard.
After enjoying an incredible successful career as one half of the Clipse team, Terrence Thornton aka Pusha T is now breaking out as a solo artist. With the release of My Name Is My Name to much critical acclaim last year, and hype mounting for the forthcoming King Push, Pusha’s solo star is rising fast. We caught up with him in New York, as he was in the middle of a national tour and took some time to reflect on his career – from the era of Lord Willin’ to his recent work with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music collective.
HIT-BOY & HS87
Hit-Boy is the enigmatic producer behind chart topping hits by the likes of Kanye and Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg. As his success and commercial recognition has grown exponentially Hit-Boy has opted to spread the good fortune, establishing the Hits Since ’87 collective. HS87 operates out of his expansive LA mansion, the eponymous ‘House of Hit’ that operates as a home and studio for a host of young rappers, beatmakers, and producers. Dwayne Yates spoke to Hit-Boy and key members of HS87 in order to get the low down the collective that’s on the come up.
Celebrated designer Tinker Hatfield is the architect of Nike footwear, the individual tasked with leading Nike’s huge design team. Responsible for archetypal silhouettes like the Air Max 90, the Air Jordan, and the Air Huarache – Tinker’s contributions to the sneaker world is unparalleled. Vincent Tang spent time with Tinker, discussing the executive decisions that have led Nike to the top of the industry and received some rare insight into how the company fuels innovation internally.
SMITH STREET TATTOO PARLOUR
Founded in Brooklyn in 2008, Smith Street Tattoo Parlour has fast become globally renowned as a premium tattoo destination. The four artists working from the shop, Steve Boltz, Bert Krak, Daniel Santoro, and Eli Quinters, are incredibly sought after artists, and collectively their output is a testament to classic American tattooing culture. Photographer Will Robson-Scott spent some time with the artists, getting to know their world and their passion for preserving the lineage of authentic tattoo practice.
Paul Devro is a man with a lot of titles. Whether it’s his career as a DJ, his role as creative director at Mad Decent, or his work with groundbreaking label Jeffree’s, he’s always at the forefront of the music industry. As a seismic cultural shift has redefined the way that music is distributed and consumed, Devro is working to ensure that his artists are leading the way into the future. We spoke with him about his multi-faceted identity, and why it’s so important to get music to the people.