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ACCLAIM Issue 33

This September the 33rd edition of ACCLAIM magazine will find its way to shelves across the world, and this time around we’re taking the road less travelled.

The ‘Explorer’ Issue is all about those who push the boundaries and traverse borders to accomplish great things. Whether it’s physically, artistically, or sonically – all our stories in this edition are inspired by those who are dedicated to forging new cultural ground.

This issue of ACCLAIM magazine features two unique covers. The general release cover spotlights rising star Tinashe, the singer who’s dominated the charts with her unstoppable ‘2 On’ single, shot on location in Los Angeles by Adri Law. Our boutique cover releases features a candid image from photographer Rebecca Naen’s compelling men’s style editorial, inspired by the English skateboarding scene.



Tinashe has been catapulted into public consciousness recently, largely because of massively successful single ‘2 On’. The smoldering club banger with DJ Mustard production and a Schoolboy Q verse put her on the map, but, as we discovered, there’s a lot more to Tinashe than simple overnight success. In a candid interview she speaks on her former identity in girl band The Stunners, and the long road to making it as a successful solo musician.


In the ‘90s Jesse Edwards was a prolific Seattle-based graffiti writer and a cofounder of the notorious BTM crew. He also happens to be an incredibly gifted fine artist, whose still lifes and landscape oil paintings depicting the reality of street life have earned him representation by the covetable Vito Schnabel. We spoke with the artist about his transition from the streets of Seattle to the walls of galleries around the world.


Legs McNeil holds the formidable title of being the first person to apply the adjective ‘punk’ to the frenetic music scene that exploded in New York City in the mid ‘70s. As a co-founder of an independent zine of the same name, Legs documented the likes of The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Dead Boys in their heydays. We caught up with Legs to discuss being at the forefront of the avant-garde nearly four decades ago, and the legacy of the culture he helped to define.


Clipping are an unlikely success story. Formed out of a long running friendship and a shared web of auditory references the trio work within the tradition of musique concrète to pastiche unconventional recordings into musical arrangements. Often described as ‘experimental rap’, the depth of sophistication in their arrangements is as critically lauded as it is unprecedented. For this story we paired the trio with the equally transgressive photographer PrettyPuke, and the results speak for themselves.


Drawing on images from streetwear and lad culture, David Haines’ uses his exceptional illustrative skills to make compelling visual assemblages. His work relies on ‘hybrid languages’, the manner in which context and presentation can alter an individual’s perception of an image. Haines employs this disparity to turn traditional masculine sportswear archetypes into erotically charged scenes of sexual tension.