Drugs: In and Out of Fashion

Earlier this year I was asked by a good friend of mine to write an article for his menswear fashion label / journal, MORAL. I thought I'd post the article here since I don't post anything here nowadays.

Drugs. A word dictionaries collectively define as substances used as or in medication, which affect the body physiologically, and no further. But say the word “drugs” to any sane person and there sure will rise an overpowering negative impression, far bigger than the word’s association to anything medical. Wikipedia sums it better by defining drugs as substances which have medicinal, intoxicating, and performance enhancing properties.

It’s easy enough to guess that humans had started their history with drugs since the prehistoric age and be right. From the natural to the artificial forms, drugs have been used through the ages for healing, cultural, and recreational purposes. And among the histories us humans shared with drugs, the fashion industry certainly have one of the most winding kind.

A strict industry with many unwritten rules, such as having to present garments in a scheduled manner using girls mostly booked from prestigious agencies, the current fashion industry had started its affair with drugs as early as the time of Coco Chanel. The affair ran its course in the psychedelic sixties, the funky seventies, the golden age of Studio 54 in the eighties, through the heroin chic trend in the nineties, and the size zero filled noughties. The affair is apparently deep and complicated enough to involve virtually every level of the industry, from the creative teams, the mid-teen aged models, the agents, to the glamor-sprinkled professionals in public relations.
It seems like I can't yet realize my plan to make mini-articles for this blog. I've had the plan since earlier this week (and a plan for a new layout) but, well. Enjoy these videos in the meantime will ya? The first one is Atoms for Peace's Ingenue, starring Thom Yorke and contemporary dancer Fukiko Takase. And the second one is The Knife's second single from their upcoming album Shaking the Habitual, called A Tooth for an Eye.



Audiovisual

A series of event had ignited my slumbering passion to blog again, so here goes. I don't think I'll write much in this post, for the things I'm sharing speak well for themselves.

I haven't had the time to browse the internet much, lately, not even for my daily routine of scrolling through the Tumblr dashboard. But this week I've had the pleasure of watching two short films, in which both involved my favorite musicians.

The first one is Umshini Wam, directed by Harmony Korine (who directed James Franco's Springbreakers, and after going to his Wikipedia page, apparently had a minor role in Good Will Hunting & Last Days), starring Die Antwoord's Ninja & Yo-Landi Vi$$er. The 15 minute film is a hyperbole for Ninja & Vi$$er's difficult life in South Africa before their rise to fame, and features the two of them as seemingly retarded and disabled people wearing colorful onesies. Vi$$er is obviously the motherfucking star in this film, her shrill talking and singing/rapping voice highlights all emotions portrayed, she virtually induced goosebumps.



The second one is The Knife's music video for Full of Fire, their first single of their upcoming album Shaking the Habitual. Directed by Swedish feminist porn director Marit Ă–stberg, the film is an extreme exploration of norm and gender construct, I think. Following the daily activities of several queer subjects (queer as in strange, and also as in gender-vague), the film's 9 minute run is accompanied by The Knife's new song which pretty much sound like if adrenaline was translated into sound waves. It was a strange and dizzying experience, watching this one.