TRIGGERED TREASURE

 

Timothy Sabajo / Patta

 

 
 
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The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was a political demonstration conducted by African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. They won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200-meter running event. After they turned on the podium to face their flags and to hear the American national anthem, each athlete raised a black gloved fist and kept them raised until the national anthem was finished. Tommie Smith stated that the sign was not a “Black Power” salute, but a “power to the people” salute. The event is one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. In very turbulent times, Tommie Smith was one of the few people that dared to mix sport with politics. Smith spoke out for an entire population. Someone who can make a statement with sport has a huge reach. Another reason why this picture is so special to me is because Tommie Smith gave it to me himself, along with his signature. 

INFO:“Sneakerhead” is probably the word that best describes crew members of sportswear brand Patta. Launched in Amsterdam in 2004, the brand embodies the street culture vibe like no other. What started as a hobby collection of rare Nike Airs has today turned into an international success story and Timothy Sabajo, now general manager of Patta, has shaped it from day one.  patta.nl

 
 
 
 

Conny Maier / LookyLooky Posse

 

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In my teenage years I was obsessed with the identity of Lolo Ferrari. She was a great prototype of someone who really wanted to be famous. Today we find very similar attention-seeking behaviour on social media. But back then I read every single article I could get about her. It was pure fascination with a person who wanted fame so badly she would have done anything to reach that goal. Lolo Ferrari is the exaggerated cliché of a busty star of the late 90’s. Porn, plastic surgery, a mouth complex, and pill addiction was paired with a small ego, which got all pimped up and pushed by her husband and former junk dealer, Eric Vigne. My zine questions the bizarreness of fame by focussing on mixing faces, situations, and boobs that are bigger than anything we know. Besides that I want this zine to be a humble memory of Eve Valois, the girl who questioned her beauty to such an that she became Lolo Ferrari. 

INFO:Living by their famous mantra “Crew Love is True Love,” Berlin-based streetwear label Looky Looky has reached global acclaim with their confident statement wear and graphic tees. Initially it was a creative project founded by three good friends, one of them being Conny Maier, herself an accomplished painter. 

Photo: Jenny Rosemarie Mannhardt. lookylookyposse.de

 
 

Monty Richthofen / Maison Hefner

 

 
 
 
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The object that means most to me is my notebook — or several notebooks. When I carry one with me, I’m aware that I am usually moving forward in a creative sense. You can see me filling in the pages while I walk, in the subway, or in a nightclub. It usually takes me about a week to fill one. Sometimes I misplace the notebooks. Sometimes there's a lapse of a month or two between, and then, somehow — my head constantly spinning from the night before — I will walk past a shop and discover the nice Moleskine diaries on sale, or simply go through the pockets of a coat I haven’t worn for a long time and find one buried there. And then the whole process begins again.

INFO:Born in Munich, Monty Richthofen cut his teeth as an underground graffiti artist. Today, Monty splits his time between studies at London’s Central Saint Martins and working in the creative fields of painting, sculpture, video, and photography. By night, Monty is a full-blown “flash-tattoo” artist, inking the likes of Rejjie Snow, Mykki Blanco, Yung Hurn, Sonny Hall, and Raff Law with the phrases collected in his sketchbook. Instagram @maisonhefne

 

 
 

RICKY POWELL

 

 
 
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The Village Vanguard, or what I like to call “The Cathedral of Jazz”, is just around the corner from me. The mere sight of the marquee has metaphysical effects on me because of its legacy and longevity. It’s been in effect for 80 years. I’m a big fan of jazz. I listen to Jazz88, the local station here in NYC, daily and nightly on my transistor radio. As for The Vanguard: its rich history in hosting legendary musicians and singers just elicits total respect and admiration from me. Its regal appearance makes for a great background for some of my photo shoots. One day in 2006 I saw Dr Lonnie Smith, master of the Hammond B organ, there. He was chilling in between sets of a grand evening with the Lou Donaldson Quartet when I came up for some air alone (the club is underground) and I saw him cooling down — I was mesmerised at the photo opportunity that was right in front of me. I asked him humbly if I could snap a flickaronie and he graciously complied. That was with colour slide film, one shot. The evening was amazing. I checked both sets, from the front table, right in front of Lou and Lonnie, and had some humorous back and forths with them. That house wine they serve opened me up. So when I see The Village Vanguard, everything is all right. 

INFO:Ricky Powell is a famed New York City street photographer currently residing in Greenwich Village. His works are known for their realism and intimacy, notably in their representation of the rap community, a connection which evolved through a friendship with the Beastie Boys. Currently Ricky is working on his forthcoming book, The Individualist. rickypowell.com