Meet your boys, brothers and friend; the men propping up all corners of London’s creative community and redefining the diasporic self in the process.
Shot by Mehdi Lacoste, styled by KK Obi, cast by Troy Fearn and Mischa Notcutt, with set design by Louis Gibson, makeup by Afrolion and hair by Virginie Morriera, “bookzine” Boy.Brother.Friend from global media brand Nataal goes on sale this week at Dalston-based concept store LN-CC. Bursting loudly from the magazine’s pages are the individuals making London tick; filmmaker and DJ Akinola Davies JR, photographer and Nii Journal founder Campbell Addy, Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood, NTS founder Femi Adeyemi, shoe designer Richard Braqo, musician Jay Boogie, writer and DJ Kareem Reid, model Maximilian Davies, stylist and illustrator Jermaine Ampomah and many, many more.
Nataal’s editorial director Helen Jennings comments: “United we stand. That’s the message delivered loud and clear by the individuals who have lined up together here for Nataal. These young men are among those leading the way within the black creative community in London and its sister cities, whose work is helping to define new diaspora identities.
“Whether working in music, fashion, dance, activism, visual arts or media, they are channelling their own diverse cultural experiences and unique points of view into positively articulating an inclusive representation of black selfhood. And having a damn good time in the process. With roots across Africa, the Caribbean and beyond, yet currently planted in the diaspora, their contemporary storytelling represents not only a generational shift in ideas and attitudes but is also creating new spaces for collaboration and exchange. And that, of course, is when the magic happens.”
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Makings of a Man: It’s Nice That and Harry’s invite you to be a life model for a day
- A higgledy-piggledy, funny yet tragic tale: The Romance of the Skeleton
- Tiago Galo’s refreshing, travel-themed illustrations remind us of sunnier times
- Artist Morgan Blair on her “pathological need to make you laugh”
- Lennarts & de Bruijn’s “hot as hell” campaign for Utrecht club, Ekko
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books