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Taylor Mead last Andy Warhol’s superstar

Taylor Mead died last Wednesday, May 8th at the age of 88, after over 70 years on the stage. The spunky, wry, and sometimes irreverent actor, performer, playwright, poet, and painter, was still performing every week. Only interrupted the past April when he agreed to leave his tenement apartment in the LES after a long-time battle with the landlords. The following interview was originally published in our 3rd issue in March 2012. New York, December 2011 –Born into and hated by a stuffy, affluent family, Taylor Mead, whose self- described dramatic debut went down at Grosse Point High School in 1930s Michigan, went on to work and party with such greats as Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara, Dennis Hopper, and Jim Jarmusch. His roles in such films as Lonesome Cowboys (1968), The Queen of Sheba meets the Atom Man (1968), and Tarzan and Jane Regained…Sort Of (1964) were key contributions to a dynamic era of film in the ‘60s led by Andy Warhol, his collaborators, and his contemporaries. Sheet 8 from “Fairy Tale Poem,” Taylor Mead, …

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Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”)

Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”) is not your ordinary makeup artist. Part artiste and part muse, she is equally at home being behind the camera as she is being in front of it. After shooting to fame as Madonna’s hair stylist in Truth or Dare, Gault later became the go-to artist for Lady Gaga – doing her make-up in such videos as “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi,” “Dirty Rich” and her iconic Rolling Stone cover shot by David LaChapelle. However, it wasn’t always red carpets and celebs. Growing up on welfare with a single mother, being a make-up artist to the stars hardly seemed possible. But with a little chutzpah, that is exactly what happened. –Photography by Vijat Mohindra, Interview by Rachel Khona. Read The Full Interview

The Profiler | Sharon Gault – Make Up Artist

Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”) is not your ordinary makeup artist. Part artiste and part muse, she is equally at home being behind the camera as she is being in front of it. After shooting to fame as Madonna’s hair stylist in Truth or Dare, Gault later became the go-to artist for Lady Gaga – doing her make-up in such videos as “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi,” “Dirty Rich” and her iconic Rolling Stone cover shot by David LaChapelle. However, it wasn’t always red carpets and celebs. Growing up on welfare with a single mother, being a make-up artist to the stars hardly seemed possible. But with a little chutzpah, that is exactly what happened. Like many people who grow up with little means, the choices are: become a victim of your situation, or use it as an impetus to break free. Though her childhood may have been bleary, her escape (as it is for many) was the world of fashion. Collecting fashion magazines like some people collect baseball cards, Gault had every issue of …

Zoë Kravitz for VAGA no. 4 by Robert Nethery

It’s a February Friday afternoon in New York City, and the weather has gone from snow to hail to rain and back to wet, sloppy snow when I sit down to chat with Zoë Kravitz, the single heir to the funk fortune that Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s late-eighties and early-nineties romance endowed the world. At 24, Zoë is a near perfect match to a 1980s Bonet, and with the help of a Google Image search or a TV Land marathon, it’s clear she’s channeling a fair amount of Denise Huxtable as well. She is poised, beautiful, artistic and wise to the second-generation Hollywood privilege her looks and last name have afforded her. –Words and Interview by Kelly Sherman, Photography by Robert Nethery at Art List NY, Styling by Dianna Lunt at Art Department. Continue Reading…

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Interview – Zoë Kravitz for VAGA #4

It’s a February Friday afternoon in New York City, and the weather has gone from snow to hail to rain and back to wet, sloppy snow when I sit down to chat with Zoë Kravitz, the single heir to the funk fortune that Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s late-eighties and early-nineties romance endowed the world. At 24, Zoë is a near perfect match to a 1980s Bonet, and with the help of a Google Image search or a TV Land marathon, it’s clear she’s channeling a fair amount of Denise Huxtable as well. She is poised, beautiful, artistic and wise to the second-generation Hollywood privilege her looks and last name have afforded her. –Words and Interview by Kelly Sherman, Photography by Robert Nethery at Art List NY, Styling by Dianna Lunt at Art Department. Production House Barcelona Fashion Production Blazer Costume National, bra top T by ALEXANDER WANG, silk trousers CARIN WESTER, headband HEATHER HUEY, sterling silver necklace SCOSHA Dress vintage, patent leather ankle boots MALIN LANDAEUS, feather headdress HEATHER HUEY, sterling silver necklace SCOSHA, …

Pixel Art by Joo Jaebum

Joo Jaebum is a digital artist based in Seoul, South Korea. His work offers an interesting twist on pixel art and the very popular use of GIF animation. More than just creating digital replicas of the world’s master paintings, Joo’s pixel art depicts a twenty-first century take on pieces by Johannes Vermeer, Damien Hirst or Klimt, among others. His artwork is also printed on OHC film, a special kind of transparency film that offers a closer likeness to the screen, according to the artist.      

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Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson’s story is not for the weary. His life begins like so many of today’s oppressed urban black men. The 33 year old gay male was raised in the projects of Newark, New Jersey in the 1980s by a struggling single mom. But in spite of the darkness, he managed to find a method to the mayhem: ‘Kill the world with kindness and do it in a lovely frock to boot!‘ Andre’s good vibrations haven’t gone unnoticed either; turning the heads of everyone from Patricia Fields and Jay Leno to French Vogue and “The New York Times”. Andre’s ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude could very well be the start of a new fashion renaissance of gender-bending freedom that started right here in NYC! Photography Michael Flores, interview Abbey Miller, words by Robbie Sosa. Abbey Miller: I saw an interview where you said somebody thought you looked like Jesus, and you said you and he shared some qualities. What about you is Christ-LIke? Andre Johnson: Well, I can part the sea. Or, at least …

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SKATEISTAN – Afghanistan’s girl skateboarders pushing boundaries and stereotypes

— text by Rachel Khona It’s 11pm when I call up Jesse McConnell in Kabul, Afghanistan. While I’m sitting comfortably by my computer munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, McConnell is getting ready for another day of work at the skateboarding school known as Skateistan. Believe it or not, in this intensely conservative and often sexist society, boys and girls of all ages and socioeconomic classes learn how to ride the concrete waves like a California tween. McConnell thought it sounded wild too. “I couldn’t really believe it existed,” he said, but that unexpectedness is exactly what drew him in. Of course many of us are drawn to curious adventures, like skydiving, roller coasters, nose jobs, and feeding wild monkeys, but a majority of them don’t always follow through. So how does a nice boy from South West England end up volunteering in Kabul? Let’s rewind. Australian Oliver Percovich was just another veteran skater when he accompanied his social scientist girlfriend on her research trip to Afghanistan. With his skateboard in tow, Percovich …

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW

This is the first of a collection dedicated to upcoming artists and photographers living outside the circles of major fashion centers. In this story for VAGA, Moscow-based photographer Lena Kholkina portrays the dilapidated present of a Russian 18th century mansion where grand musical and theatrical performances were hosted by the Russian aristocratic society. The mansion stands still as a gigantic ghost from the past. Model: Nastya Tairi, Photography & Styling: Lena Kholkina. Clothing credits include: jewelry by Lesia Paramonova, clothing and accessories by Kate Hill, Dream and Awake, Kira Plastinina, Topshop, Daniel K, Click Boutique, Sioux, Twist & Tango.

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Wander by Day – Drew Reilly

Directed and Edited by Drew Reilly @ Ford Artists, Fashion: Doria Santlofer, Director of Photography: Scott Schweizer, Cinematography: Przemyk J. Klimek, Production Designer: Seth Brody, Music: Christopher Botta, Hair: David Lopez @ Ford Artists, Makeup: Isaac Olaizola, Fashion’s Assistant: Ilyssa Satter, Models: Zen Sevastynova @ IMG Models, Seth Miller @ Ford Models, Chris Arundel @ Request, Alicia Rountree @ Ford Models, Martyna Frankow @ IMG Models.