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2012 ➤ East London hipsters: leave your mark on Dazed’s instant history map

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Photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth, clockwise from top left: Elijah Butterz, Nasir Mazhar, Tracey Moberly, Kathryn Ferguson, Yang Du, Martine Rose, Missy the dog, James Edson, Charlotte Jansen

➢ Kicking off its Secret History of East London project, the May issue of Dazed & Confused “asks a host of creatives, pioneers and dreamers whether rising rents, silicon roundabouts and a surfeit of artisinal [sic] coffee means that it’s all over for the creative inhabitants of east London”.

The young photographer Jamie Hawkesworth was asked to capture parts of the creative community — portraits of the artists, designers, musicians, publishers etc working from the area — and for his own memories of east London: “I’m always inspired by people that have a really strong character, a real sense of being and an expressive personality that comes across in the slightest of touches.” See above for the result.

Dazed Digital invites you to map your memories on its interactive timeline

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At Dazed Digital: a few hundred yards adrift, a black cross marks the fabled Cantaloupe where boys and girls learned the cruel facts of life about Shoreditch in the 90s


➢ Being taught the rules of London in the Canteloupe [sic] — See black cross added today by Duncan to Dazed Digital’s map. He says: “When I first moved to London in 1998 from Manchester, in fact my second day I think it was, I was in the back of the Canteloupe on Charlotte Road in Shoreditch and got talking to a guy from Manchester who told me the ‘rule of London’ being that you have to be brutal and move through social groups until you find YOUR people … taking the ones from a group you like the most and then surfing through people because London runs deep. It was a ‘big city’ chat. I didn’t really follow the advice, but I remember the advice like it was yesterday… Today (17th April) I walked past the Canteloupe and it has just closed, being refitted…”

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Since November 1995 scruffy old Cantaloupe has been the benchmark of cool among the artisan streets of the Wild East: “as essential to Shoreditch as misunderstood haircuts, bubbling new musical hybrids and devil-may-care debauchery”

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➤ Dazed and i-D hipsters go head to head: cool sounds versus even cooler!

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❚ WHICH UK STYLE MAGAZINE is edited to the coolest beats in town? Art director Terry Jones’s mould-breaking “manual of style” i-D which pioneered the straight-up mode of street photography back in 1980? Or fashion photographer Rankin’s playpen Dazed & Confused, which clocks up its 20th birthday this year?

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Google Maps place them 2,000ft apart: Dazed in Islington EC1 and i-D in Shoreditch EC2

Only 2,000ft separate the offices of these two fulcrums of hipsterdom. i-D’s HQ is safely coralled by its London postcode EC2 into Shoreditch’s much-aped paradise of cool, where the sounds on its monthly mixtape are as bleepy and chilled as you’d hear in the spoof online soap Dalston Superstars. A ten-minute walk westwards, Dazed & Confused’s address in EC1 brings associations with the intelligentsia of Islington, though you might not guess that from February’s cover boy, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, whose swag spells strength and sex. Judge each mag’s soundscape for yourself.

i-D online, mixtape, Roska, Mama Grizzlies ➢ Fresh today, i-D online’s January mixtape features 31 tracks
Opening with a Roska remixed track, Mama Grizzlies, this fully wonky and warped 4 minutes and 26 seconds of bouncy beats should get you thinking weekend… Moving swiftly on, Hoquest, Sacha Robotti, Azari & III, H.O.S.H, Laura Jones and The 2 Bears wrestle out strong sequences of muscly mixes and the stop/start pace slows down to the sound of Odd Future duo Matt Martian and Syd Tha Kyd, aka The Internet, lowering tempo levels, alongside Amateur Best, Gang Colours and Enchante… / continued at i-D / Listen here to Mama Grizzlies

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Dazed & Confused, Digital playlist ,A$AP Rocky,Pretty Flacko ➢ This week also saw the first Dazed Digital playlist of 2012
These 30 tracks have been on constant repeat on the Dazed office stereo over the last few weeks, from this month’s cover star A$AP Rocky’s trill new jam Pretty Flacko to British electronic whizz kids Gang Colours, Alby Daniels, Vesel, Beatoven and Ifan Dafydd. We’ve also been loving Common’s hot comeback track Ghetto Dreams… Oh yeah, if you haven’t seen the video for Forgiven by 18+ yet, make sure you check that out too, but maybe not at work… / continued at Dazed / Listen here to Pretty Flacko (baaad language warning)
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➤ Dalston Superstars get down with a Poundland People’s Christmas feast

Dalston Superstars, Nathan Barley,Vice dotcom,video,mockumentary,hipsters ➢ Click the pic to run video of Dalston Superstars Ep 4 at Vice.com

❚ EPISODE 4 OF DALSTON SUPERSTARS, Vice online’s “structured reality” series about hipness in Hackney, is a Christmas special, which means sex, drugs and sausage rolls. Will the wildest Christmas party Dalston’s ever seen solve the gang’s problems, or just add to their hangovers?

Dalston Superstars, Vicedotcom, Nathan Barley, video, hipsters✰ Stefan: “Dad found my Tumblr and freaked out and he cut me off”

✰ Sam considers whether it’s right to throw a recession party

✰ Maeve becomes a working girl and discovers what “the Occupy Wall Street thing” is all about

✰ Anna thinks she wants to do fashion styling

✰ Stefan and Maeve transition to the working class

✰ Vital vocab: get gaddafied, satanic Mean Girls, ghetto-fabulous snacks

[No scriptwriter gets an onscreen credit but words and images above are
© 2011 Vice Media Inc]

EP 4 #COMMENTS AT VICE ONLINE…

Dalston Superstars, Vice dotcom, video, reality TV,  mockumentary, hipsters❏ Vasilisa Forbes, Photography and Multimedia “This was a really emotional one.”

❏ Charlie Mass, European Institute of Design “I’m from australiaN.”

❏ Laura O’Reardon, Senior College “Maeve, get a job you user.”

❏ Daniel Heronneau, Wallington County Grammar School for Boys “Vee looks like Kreayshawns dj Lil Debbie.”

❏ Jimmy Dallas, Preston, Lancashire “thisiswanknow”

❏ Jack Van Cooten, CEO at Banana Hill “Awesome”

❏ Huw Williams, Central Lancashire “I just envisage a coked up editor screaming at staff: It IS funny! They’ll get it eventually, you’ll see!”

❏ Robsta Hendricks, London “Brilliant. From living West travelling East to living East working West Gastro part time, I get it. Well done.”

❏ Thibaud Guerin-Williams “In Richmond VA this is real.”

❏ Pierre Chambaud, London “how can I be a part of dis gang?”

❏ Grant Armour, Sarfend High School for Dudes, Uni. Sussex, da blud behind da wkd #christmasmixtape “these outta town muthafuckas in efes think they run the game, they going to get it in the knees. we about to blow the roof off alibi in 2012 mane. smokin big damn dank.”

❏ Sean Otley, Manchester “dalston s.s = toss.”

❏ Rich ‘Catface’ Brooks, UCLAN “Chris Morris did this seven years ago, but much better, and aimed at Vice.”

AND NOW THE #christmasmixtape

❏ Update Dec 24 By popular demand, here’s a mere taster of the download featuring largely Grant Armour [see comments] available at, like, #christmasmixtape

Catch up with Dalston Superstars #PREVIOUSLY

➢ View DS Episode One — “cool parties, cool people” and a fingerboard skate park

➢ View DS Episode Two — numero uno sex vixen, Holly Wood, has got eyes for Sam — bad luck, Anna!

➢ View DS Episode Three — art collective NoiNoiNoi mount “an experiment in cosmic dissonance” in E8

➢ Feedback and coverage of Dalston Superstars at Shapersofthe80s (this series is not gonna lie down)

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❏ Subcultural decryption: Dalston is the area of east London that UK hipsters regard as, like, paradise. Unless they live a mile away in Shoreditch, then it’s Shoreditch. (Hoxton is SO yesterday.)

❏ Subcultural analogy: Nathan Barley was a UK television series featuring hipster role models for Dalston Superstars, like, six years ago… Not to mention the even holier Mighty Boosh (2004–7).

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➤ Dalston Superstars pit Shoreditch irony against beanie brigade realness

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➢ Click the pic to run video of Dalston Superstars Ep 3 at Vice.com

❚ IN EPISODE 3 OF DALSTON SUPERSTARS, Vice online’s “structured reality” mockumentary series about who’s more hip than who in Hackney, this week’s highlight is an exhibition of work @ Wagwan Studios. An infamous art collective called NoiNoiNoi from Dalston E8 describe themselves as “an experiment in cosmic dissonance”, and produce installations collaged from photos and consumer brands which are spookily close to the art stuff in galleries throughout the east London postcodes of E1, 2 and 8. Also this week …

Dalston Superstars, Vicedotcom, Nathan Barley, video, hipsters✰ Vee says “Just say no to capitalism: uncapitalise.”

✰ Sam and Anna’s relationship is on the rocks.

✰ Dweeby Stefan becomes Captain Scarlet, psychedelic astronaut, then gets confused about the meaning of reality — “We’re real, right?”

✰ “All the boys want… lipstick paradise.”

✰ Just wait for the punchline when Stefan says “I think I know a little something about art…”

[No scriptwriter gets an onscreen credit but words and images above are
© 2011 Vice Media Inc]

EP 3 #COMMENTS AT VICE ONLINE…

❏ Tom McArthur, Breaking News Editor at Msnbc “This is like an episode of Nathan Barley that’s been plagiarised by humourless German students.”

❏ Beth Wrays, photographer “would everyone over the age of thirty stop going on about nathan f***ing barley, who gives a toss! your not cool!”

❏ Daniel Worrall, Uni Sussex “I’m 23. Nathan Barley was ahead of its time :-p Bloody Hipsters”

❏ Carly Jeannette Skone, Seattle, Washington “This is the most retarded thing I’ve ever seen!”

❏ Allan Struthers, Top Commenter, BRGS “The title music for this is really awesome.”

Dalston Superstars, Vicedotcom, video

Art collective NoiNoiNoi: “an experiment in cosmic dissonance” (videograb from Dalston Superstars)

➢ Catch up with Dalston Superstars, Episode One — “cool parties, cool people” and a fingerboard skate park

➢ Catch up with Dalston Superstars, Episode Two — numero uno sex vixen, Holly Wood, has got eyes for Sam — bad luck, Anna!

❏ Festive question for the producers — As Top Commenter Struthers notes, some great tracks backing Ep3 of Dalston Superstars but… where’s the free Christmas download of tunes from the show, such as Grant Armour’s theme tune Dalston Riddim, and Mum Dad I’m moving to Dalston, by DJ Platinum ft Decland’n’Karl? … Update Dec 23: By popular demand, here’s a taster of the download at, like, #christmasmixtape

❏ Subcultural decryption: Dalston is the area of east London that UK hipsters regard as, like, paradise. Unless they live a mile away in Shoreditch, then it’s Shoreditch.

❏ Subcultural analogy: Nathan Barley was a UK television series featuring hipster role models for Dalston Superstars, like, six years ago… Not to mention the Dalston-based absurdist series The Mighty Boosh (2004–7) — its four way crimp-off (below) says it all for the coolest of the cool.

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