Earlier this week we tumbled illustrations done by artist Mike Frederiqo of Spongebob Squarepants dressing up as Marc Jacobs amongst others. It looks like the love is mutual between Spongebob and Marc; just check our Marc’s tattoos of our favourite yellow sponge.
So we’ve seen plenty of people imitating Mr Terry Richardson lately- most recently the gorgeous Chloe Sevigny which evoked mixed feelings from many of the Intern staffers.
But our most favourite imposter has to be Spongebob Squarepants himself, courtesy of illustrator Mike Frederiqo.
Other fashion icons getting the Spongebob treatment include Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel and Marc Jacobs. Yellow sponginess aside, the resemblance is uncanny.
The organisation headed by Patrick Waugh and Joel Bough straddles graphics, collages, street castings and T-shirt designs in an effortless bundle of young aesthetically pleasing brilliance.
“BOYO was started by Patrick a few years ago and from there developed into other photography and collage concepts with hot boys, or printed T-shirts worn by hot boys. Patrick started BOYO fanzine because he was bored and had a spare photocopier and lots of amazing reference images to hand. We worked together in the same office at the time and our pin board became a mess of amazing pictures of hot guys and graphics. We’d pin new pictures up all the time and many got photocopied by Patrick and used for collages. I was also doing lots of model castings at the office and this contributed to the general vibe of the wall” Joel Bough.
We love the BOYO aesthetic and how well it blends with our own: young and urban. These boys are the faces of the future and it’s imperative to give them a foundation, something that Studio BOYO is starting to be able to provide, example being one of their young models in this months VMAN magazine.
“Most of the guys I stop are vain enough to care about having their picture taken but not so vain that it dominates the rest of their life” Joel
The clothing designs are equally impressive as their graphics // collage // models juxtaposition. Consisting of graphic tees and vests and also hats, we have to get our hands on some (ok, ALL) of the BOYO stash.
Their blog features some of their casting shots: www.studioboyo.tumblr.com
Follow Joel’s goings on via the Twitterverse here
One of the youngest and controversial talents on the radar at the moment is Tyler Okonma, commonly known as Tyler The Creator. The American born rapper, record producer, music video director, actor and graphic artist, oh and a fashion lover, is a man of many talents for 20. He heads the hip hop crew OFWGKTA too, designing their clothes and merchandise along with rapping on all the tracks and producing most of them.
Tyler’s creative mind was evident from the age of 7 when he took album covers, cut them up, and created alternative covers for imaginary albums whilst reading the lyrics to try and understand what they all meant, leading to him arranging track listings for these imaginary albums.
2009 brought his first album, Bastard, and in February this year he brought out the song and video for ‘Yonkers’ where he shortly announced that he had signed a one-year album deal with XL Recordings, London.
Contradiction is a huge theme throughout his album, with “Wolf Haley taking over my fucking head” a prime example of this alternative persona inside his head telling him what to do and opposing his thoughts. He describes himself as a “walking fucking paradox”. Tyler lyrics don’t go without criticism, with words on homophobia and abuse being themes apparent in his work, however Tyler replied simply with; “Well, I have gay fans and they don’t really take it offensive, so I don’t know. If it offends you, it offends you. If you call me a nigga, I really don’t care, but that’s just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way; I personally don’t give a shit.” Controversy also surrounds The Creator’s music, with him hanging himself in the video for Yonkers being on the same levels of controversy that you can expect from Tyler.
His seemingly nonchalant attitude towards people and the subjects he discusses in his lyrics is what gives Tyler the edge - in an interview with the great photographer Terry Richardson for VMAN magazine, Tyler said “is this interview done already, I just wanna hang with my friends”. The rising fame and mania around this American rapper isn’t bothering him at all. He doesn’t care. But that’s a good thing. Seeking media attention doesn’t do anything good, Tyler knows that.
His creative mind is taking him far, seeking more and more from himself and pushing himself further into the depths of creativity and enterprise. With all these cards he has to play, Tyler The Creator is becoming a brand that is going to be one of the names of the future. Watch this space.
At The Intern Magazine we are always looking for the faces of the future , whether they are actors, musicians, models or businessmen. The most recent ‘Young Talent’ we have come across has made a name for himself in popstar Rihanna’s new video ‘We Found Love’.
Dudley O’Shaughnessy plays Rihannas on screen lover in the music video, portraying the trials and tribulations of getting high and drinking spirits like its water. But this role isn’t a usual one for Dudley, as being the number one boxer in the UK doesn’t land yourself in many pop-videos. Even though he was ranked at the top and won the Amateur Boxing Association Championships, he was overlooked by the Great Britain Olympic team - are they joking? O’Shaughnessy told Vogue UK; “When something is your dream and you do everything you need to do to get to your dream, but then you’re still not getting picked, you think ‘What will I do?’ I was thinking, ‘I’m going to have to get a normal job now. I’ll have to be a plumber or something’.
However Next Model Management came to his rescue, and signed him onto their books as one of their young talented models. Quite the change from the life of a boxer, but his agency put Dudley forward for the role of Rihanna’s lover, and after being handpicked by Rihanna herself, the next thing he knew he was making out with Rihanna in front of a bunch of cameras.
“I wasn’t star-struck at all - she’s just such a nice girl, it’s not like just because she’s achieved so much that she thinks her shit don’t stink. She’s such a humble down-to-earth girl and that made it even better for me because I didn’t feel intimidated or anything. We just got along - we were just mates. It took about three-and-a-half days to film. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. Not just because it was ‘a certain person’s’ video but just because I love being on set” he told the Evening Standard in London.
Oh and we love his clothes in the video too. Acid washed denim paired with knit hats? Bang on for this Autumn / Winter season.
Dudley has had the perfect start to his career as a professional model, and by the sounds of it he is going to be doing pretty well for himself in the world of fashion. However Dudley did confess that he would love to play a villain in a Guy Ritchie movie, so perhaps it won’t be too long until we see him in front of the camera again.
No matter what, Dudley is certainly one of the faces to watch for the future, so keep those eyes peeled.