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MACHISMO is a collection of self-shot (and self-starring) "dick pics" that artist James Concannon took around the United States of America on his iPhone. The book -- or zine, really -- features X-rated pics in all stages of sexual response and will be released in a limited-edition of 25 copies, which you can snag via Girlfriend Gallery. To celebrate the release, Concannon held a party at East Village gay bar The Cock and shortly thereafter chatted with us about everything from male sexuality and self publishing to dating apps and whether or not size really matters.
Let's start at the beginning -- the first shot in the book is of a baby's heading crowning out of a vagina, is that you?
That is me and my mom and a random doctor's hand. My dad shot a picture of me within seconds of entering the world. It's one of my prized possessions. A large impetus of my obsession with the seed [semen] and subsequent art work is the fact that I am also now a dad. Got a boy. My dad and mom made my dick and I helped make my kid's dick. I'm way into family.
How did this project come to fruition?
MACHISMO stemmed from a few situations and realizations all coinciding within a couple months back. I had increasingly become more and more obsessed with the universality of the seed and was directing a lot of art projects toward that. I was working on a pitch to do a 1930s traveling tent revival in the southern US, actively holding sermons and slinging my seed as the base of a snake oil, explaining to the onlookers that it was from the "north american flesh rattler" i.e. a used ribbed condom of mine. Would've been a fully immersive experience, an RV outfitted as a hoarding christian with a porn addiction, flags displaying a snake half sheathed in a condom, etc... however nobody wanted to give me 10 grand to do it. Then I realized I had these dick pics, and they were free.
What inspired you to take these "unedited dick pics" and turn them into a book?
The book was originally conceived because I needed money. As an artist working in today's market, I do a lot of sales over the omnipresent Instagram. In this vapid platform the tangible currency is a "like" and I kept realizing I would get more likes on selfies than on actual artwork. So why not just sell my dick to these people? It's what they want anyways. Though the initial conception was based on monetary gain, it quickly grew into a much larger activated contemporary social commentary than I could have imagined.
What are your thoughts on dating and hook up apps like Tinder, Grindr or Scruff?
People want to get it in. It's easy. It's shrouded in mystery. Culturally we are delving deep into a cloaked sexual reality, a pre-reformation secrecy, in which we can suffice all our hidden desires through the cloud yet they stay deeply hidden. People think they can say the wildest shit to another person over the internet, yet this would never happen in the outside world -- aka "meat space." Unless you keep it real, then please, express yourself.
Are you on any of these applications?
Of course. They're super interesting within themselves and act on many different levels for me. On one hand I use them to promote art shows in cities I don't live, invite all the babes. On another hand I use them to suffice my personal vanity. I'm a Leo. I dated a girl off OK Cupid once, and we were seriously so fucking alike, and it was terrible. She punched me in the face at a convenience store for no reason then laughed at me. Oh yeah, and nudes. Send nudes.
Why was it important for you to have the book launch at a gay bar?
My sexual preference may be geared towards women but it's not like I haven't tried! I'm super interested in vintage gay porn and the look of the male figure. I also hang out in the queer scene in different pockets of the US so I didn't really find it strange to be at the Cock. My buddy Niko mentioned the idea, and it was kinda like why not? I think the book can be equally admired by all genders but in terms of the aggressiveness of the dick in the book, it was kind of a no brainer.
What are your thoughts on stereotypes about dick size, particularly that you're "more of a man" if you have a bigger penis?
Do people say that to each other? I don't know. I think people can be whatever they wanna be. Have a huge dick but be genderqueer and go by a she [pronoun]. Have no dick but be way more a man than me. I'm definitely feminine in certain aspects of my life and know some guys that are way more outwardly masculine and manly than me, but my dick might be bigger.
Your penis is in an array of backdrops and locations. Where did you take the images?
Traveling around the states doing art shows. I don't really live anywhere, so I just bounce around and stay on couches or friends' beds and take the pics. The best part was at the release a few friends showed up and their beds / houses were in it. Being my friends, they kind of felt like it was an honor.
Was there any particular artistic setup in preparing to take the images of your dick?
Well the first half of the images were created without knowing a book was down the line. They were just standard dick pics. The second half I realized I wanted all the same angle so I kept taking them like that. Its the background nuances that are fun. One image has a tub of ice cream and a bottle of lotion. I'm a diabetic and my blood was low, so I ate the ice cream. Fuck the lotion though, used my spit.
Has your previous work ever explored sexuality in such a candid way?
Yeah I've done a lot of work in the sexual realm. Maybe it's the repressed Christian in me (sold my soul to the lord between the ages of 12-17) but I have all these things I try to address and do so with sexual undertones. However, the real gem of MACHISMO is the almost Pollock-ian quality to it. His drip paintings -- everybody was like, I can do that! Dick pic book. All the boys got them and now are feeling, what the fuck I could've done that!
Was there ever a time you hesitated or were reluctant to share these dick pics in a book?
No, I have a beautiful penis. I will reiterate -- I am a Leo.
Was there any specific intention behind the order of the photos?For instance, we see you orgasm near the end more frequently.
The first half are all erections held by my right hand. The center of the book are two 4-photo series of ejaculations. The last half are cum shots. It's like a journey through the orgasm.
MACHISMO was co-released with Perv On The Go founder Shelby Sells 9/29 in a limited edition of 25.
My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.-- T.I. (@Tip) October 13, 2015
"Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But, the president? It's kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally -- they make very permanent, cemented decisions -- and then later, it's kind of like it didn't happen, or they didn't mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke."
It's fall, which means we're entering cuffing season and an excuse to never leave our apartments. But whether you find that winter fling or not, there are still plenty of great ways besides "Netflix and Chill" (R.I.P.) to keep yourself busy while you hibernate. Take a cue from all the kids back at school and stock up on some of this season's best reads, ten of which we've chosen below.
The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review (November 17)
Edited by Loren Stein
Though The Paris Review has been around since 1953, this collection of essays, poetry, and stories from the last five years proves that the publication is anything but stodgy. Case in point: Ottessa Moshfegh's "A Dark and Winding Road," in which a dildo serves a crucial role. Or Emma Cline's "Marion," which features adolescent girls taking nude pictures of each other and led, in part, to Cline's (rumored) seven figure, three-book deal with Random House. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, will be out next year.
Grace Jones: I'll Never Write My Memoirs (September 29)
By Grace Jones, as told to Paul Morley
"I don't care if you don't believe me. The best secrets are beyond belief," writes singer/mode/ actress/PAPER cover star Grace Jones in the introduction to her memoir. A few revelations: "Shaving my head led directly to my first orgasm;""I went on a ride with the Hells Angels once;" and "[Fela Kuti] just tried to marry me and my sister Pam."
Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine (A Parody) (November 10)
The name says it all. The dessert cookbook is divided into cleverly-named sections (eg. "Dinner is Coming"), and the author behind the pseudonym is a well-kept secret. The best picture in here features an "Oberyn's Smashing Surprise" -- a chocolate egg decorated like a face and filled with red jelly so that when you press on the "eyes," the thing explodes into a gory, faux-bloody mess. Another recipe calls for "some meringue, some strawberries, and some cream" alongside "a whole lot of incestuous loving."
M Train (October 6)
Patti Smith can do no wrong. She has enjoyed a stellar music career, exhibited drawings, and won the National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids. Now she's back with a travel memoir featuring her dreams, her participation in "the Continental Drift Club" (an obscure society within the global earth-science community), a reference to Comme des Garçons, and a photograph of Sylvia Plath's grave. Smith relates her travels to Berlin, French Guiana, Mexico City, Scandinavia, and beyond. Could she be any cooler?
Vertigo is the latest from Dorothy, a small press in St. Louis that publishes two books, mostly by women, per year. Walsh, a British writer and illustrator, composes clear, lyrical prose about women at odds with the people that surround them, from strangers to family members. In Paris, at an oyster restaurant, around archeological ruins, on a plane, and even at home, the narrators of Walsh's stories struggle to understand their positions in the world.
Marilyn: In the Flash (October 27)
If you're a Marilyn Monroe fan, this one's a must-have. The book includes rare and unseen photographs, behind-the-scenes notes, and interviews. The multi-talented Wills is known for his work as an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor. Marilyn: In the Flash is the most recent of his glamorous productions.
The Japanese Lover (November 3)
If you're into sweeping multi-generational novels that weave together romance, violence, and history, Isabel Allende's work is a safe bet. In Allende's newest installment, Alma Belasco escapes Poland in 1939 for San Francisco, where she lives with her aunt and uncle and falls in love with the son of their Japanese gardener. Another storyline involves a friendship between Alma's grandson and a careworker many decades later.
The Sartorialist: X (October 27)
Over the past ten years, Scott Schuman made a name for himself by photographing people and their clothing around the world. The Sartorialist: X brings together some of his most intriguing images, often arranged to surprise -- two bikini-clad women on a beach, followed by two gray-haired women in a small town, followed by a man swinging a cricket bat. If you need a little fashion inspiration this season, check it out.
Upright Beasts (October)
Lincoln Michel may be best known for editing Electric Literature, a go-to site for artist interviews, reviews, long-form essays, and short fiction. Now, Michel is showcasing his own writing talents in his first book, a story collection. In "Our Education," the teachers have disappeared from a grade school, and "The River Trick," features an apartment building in which most of the tenants are trying to commit suicide. Need some light to read by? Michel is working on a candle with writer Tanwi Nandini Islam as part of her #GetLit series of candles inspired by contemporary books.
KIM (October 20)
Sean Smith's biography of Kim Kardashian West just goes to show that no matter how many hours of reality television you tape, or how many selfies you take, there's always more to the story. Smith dives into the megastar's childhood, sex tape, divorce, clothing, and more. There are details about North West and Caitlyn Jenner, but the story is, of course, really all about Kim.
A Tribe Called Quest's debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, is getting a special reissue to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including remastered versions of straight classics like "Can I Kick It?" and a new opportunity to catch up on the underrated songs (we see you, "Luck of Lucien"). As part of the rerelease strategy, there's a bit of new music, including a remix of "Bonita Applebum" by Pharrell himself. "Bonita Applebum" is one of the best hip-hop love songs, period, and it's beat is as distinctive as pretty much everything else about the brightly-clad, goofy young Tribe from the People's Instinctive Travels period, but this remix more or less effectively updates the vibe of the track, and is chill enough listening for your late night tonight. Listen to the remix below, and read Pharrell and Al Gore in conversation for Paper here. [via Complex]
Mama Shelter Hotel, one of our favorite luxury lodgers in Europe, is finally opening a U.S. location in Los Angeles -- and it looks incredible.
Designed by Thierry Gaugain, the 6-story, 7-room hotel is also blessed with awesome gastronomical blessings like Intelligentsia Coffee and Farmshop pastries, not to mention an entire menu crafted by Chef Benjamin Bailly. The L.A. location also adds a unique, hyperlocal touch to every aspect of hospitality by providing things like a jam-friendly, guitar-filled lobby, a 360 view of the Hollywood Hills and scripts for "Pulp Fiction" and "The Big Lebowski" along with the traditional bedside bible.
Make sure to check out the "Mama Loves You" opening package and other sick offers.
Band Without Hands
Clean Cut Kid
Girls With Brown Hair
Jesus On The Mainline
Mail The Horse
My Left Tit
Surf Rock Is Dead
The Harmonica Lewinskies
The Henry Millers
Alig put a bunch of paintings he did while he was incarcerated up for sale earlier this summer as well.
Peep a few of the items from the Mandelbaum sale below -- or if you're seriously contemplating purchasing that nail polish from the 90s, you can contact the sellers here.
Yesterday, we told you how to get your entire squad to dress up as different iterations of Kim Kardashian for Halloween. Today, we move on to someone with, if anything, an opposite sense of style -- Hillary Clinton. She's not the first person you'd think of as a style icon, but she's been one of the most important people in the country for decades, and has maintained her very own particular sort of normcore-ness throughout her tenure as First Lady, a senator from New York, Secretary of State, and both of her own presidential campaigns. With the first 2016 Democratic debate coming up tonight, check out tips on how your crew can ball out and take the presidency.
Fun, free, hippie Hillary is equal parts kooky and stern -- but then again it may just be the circus pants. And if you want to channel this look, just know this aesthetic is pure Etsy-thrift vibes, so it's definitely a plan-ahead, make sure you have ample shipping time kind of deal. All you'll need to pull off this look is a Bumpit, a pair of neutral striped bell-bottoms, a '70s-style blouse (cuff is key!) and a pair of octagonal wire-rims (though TBH any geometric wire frames should work).
'90s Skirt Suit Hillary
While her name may be synonymous with pantsuits, a quick Google scan reveals that '90s-era First Lady Hillary tended to stick with knee-grazing skirt suits. To pull this Hillary look off on Halloween, you really only need a few key pieces: a boxy skirt suit (shoulder pads preferable) in royal blue or red, nude pantyhose, big pearl or gold button earrings and some hot rollers and aqua net to give your hair an extra helmet-y oomph. Spend the night alternating between glazed over smiles (campaign Hillary) and annoyed scowls (doomed health care talks and/or Monica Lewinsky scandal Hillary).
White Wine-Chugging Hillary
It was the 1997 White House Press Correspondents Dinner. A baby-faced Jon Stewart was hosting and Bill had just told a groan-worthy joke about the McLaughlin Group, when, at the 30:30 mark, the camera cut to Hillary chugging down the the rest of her wine like she was wrapping up a standard-issue Tinder date. Nothing screams 'get me the fuck out of here' like forced laughter, a pointed blink and a drink-slam. At this moment, I think we all knew Hills could party serious. You'll need a '90s fug-floral dress (sequined is a plus), a glass of white wine, clip-on sparkly earrings, and a blonde wig.
Doomed 2008 Hillary
Fun Fact, this is not the first time Hillary Clinton has run for President. Weird, right? Waaaaaay back in 2008, aka the time before Twitter, Hillary tried to get the nomination. Some other dude got it. She's hoping things will be different this time around. Grab your finest red blazer, black shirt, and prepare to look "positive" while you secretly want to kill the guy who took your rightful nomination. If you need moral support, find someone to dress up as Chelsea!
Bad-Ass Sunglasses Hillary
The photo that's the source of the entire "Texts From Hillary" meme, this might be the most aggressive Hillary, the one most likely to totally destroy you in a bout of international diplomacy. So for your crazy friend, grab a pair of sunglasses, your best turquoise earrings, and, of course, a Blackberry (if you can find one!) and you'll be ready to send extremely intimidating texts as the Secretary of State (more like Secretary of Great, amirite?).
2016 Juggernaut Hillary
Here's the current final form of Hillary -- she's in a little bit of trouble, but still appears to be in the strongest position of any non-incumbent presidential candidate in, well, maybe not ever, but close. Throw on a slightly more interesting, yellow pattern blazer (or, if you can find it, the delightful scarf and metallic coat she wore on BuzzFeed's "Another Round"), get your hair ready to gleam, and amass all of the support the Democratic political establishment has to offer you before heading off to debate Bernie Sanders.
Netflix's A Very Murray Christmas is one of the most hotly anticipated projects of the coming frozen season, with Bill Murray himself starring in a ridiculous Christmas special directed by Sofia Coppola and featuring a ton of celebrities. There will dancing, Miley Cyrus singing on a piano, Maya Rudolph singing, and Phoenix showing up for some reason. December 4 can't come fast enough. [via Indiewire]
Stadium Goods, an online marketplace that allows users to buy and sell exclusive footwear, is opening a brick and mortar shop in New York City. Even with their clean and efficient web interface, John McPheters and Jed Stiller, Stadium Goods' co-founders, felt it was time to bring their high level of customer service and unique selection of footwear to Soho's Canal Street this month.
From the $40,000 Jordan x Undefeated collab to the coveted "Back to Future" Nike Air Mags (retails for $9,000), Stadium Goods is bringing the dopest shoes to you in new ways.
Critical enthusiasm over a movie is fun to witness, until it spills over into frighteningly hyperbolic gushing that requires a massive cleanup afterwards. Here are some of the most elaborate raves in history, napkins not included.
"The film, only very loosely based on the early Chekhov play Platonov, is perhaps even closer to Chekhov than Chekhov was." -- Janet Maslin's New York Times review of Unfinished Piece For a Player Piano (1977)
"Hilarious comedy, neglected at time of release, is tremendous fun in the classic comedy tradition." -- Leonard Maltin on Who's Minding The Mint?, an extremely minor doodad starring Jim Hutton, Milton Berle, and Bob Denver (1967)
"The finale -- a parody of Antonioni's apocalyptic vision at the close of Zabriskie Point -- is the greatest finish for any villain ever. One can imagine Welles, Peckinpah, Scorsese, and Spielberg still stunned, bowing to the ground, choking with laughter." -- Pauline Kael's review of Brian De Palma's The Fury (1978)
"A picture for all of the people in all of the places" -- Motion Picture Herald review of Young Tom Edison (1940)
"Hollow Man is one hell of a scary ride." -- David Manning of the Ridgefield Press (2000) (The problem is, no such person existed! Sony completely made up the critic in order to get a good quote! When busted, they had to pay various damages and maybe even start trying to make better movies. Meanwhile, a real critic, Leonard Maltin, said Hollow Man starts out fun, but "turns nasty and stupid." That sounds more realistic than his Who's Minding The Mint? review.)
"It's impossible not to fall in love with Mistress America." -- New York Daily News (Well, impossible things are happening every day -- like the day I saw the film and found it labored and blah. And I usually love Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach!)
All reviews of Two Days, One Night
"The jaw dropping, eye popping, heart stopping epic we've been waiting for all year. Stupendously entertaining. What you will see will spin your head six ways from Sunday. Jackson, a wizard to rival Gandalf and the lord of mythic filmmaking, ends 2005 on a note of pure exhilaration" -- Peter Travers'Rolling Stone review of King Kong
"Excellent! The most charming and wonderful movie you'll see all year." -- Shawn Edwards' Fox4 News (in Kansas City) review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
"Rowan Atkinson has never been funnier.""Martin Lawrence has never been funnier.""Jack Nicholson is at his very best.""Jennifer Lopez is back and better than ever!" -- Shawn Edwards on Johnny English Reborn; Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins; Something's Gotta Give; and The Back-Up Plan
"Suspenseful! This is suspense like Hitchcock used to make." -- Jim Ferguson's KGUN-TV review of Derailed
"Bad News Bears loads the bases with hilarious, non-stop comedy! Better than the original...Billy Bob Thornton's comedy is pure genius!" -- Clay Smith, Access Hollywood
"Sheer exhilaration...showstopping......moving... breathtaking...stunning..." -- Paul Fischer's Dark Horizons review of Rent
"As hilarious as it is action packed." -- Paul Fischer on Kung Fu Hustle
"It's out of control action and laughs." -- Good Day Sacramento's Mark S. Allen's review of The Dukes of Hazzard
"Certified comic gold! Hysterical! Bernie Mac is at his absolute best! Perhaps the best buddy picture ever!" -- Mark S. Allen on Soul Men
"Thrilling. Smart. Sexy. Chilling, engaging. You'll be feeling this film long after you leave the theater." -- Mark S. Allen, The X Files: I Want to Believe
Let me end with an array of blurbs from renowned quote whore Earl Dittman (owner of Wireless magazines), who never met a piece of crap he didn't like. Among his most renowned utterances:
"Soon to take its place as one of this generation's most hilarious, smart and entertaining family classics" -- review of Racing Stripes
"Hilarious! Wonderfully witty. A comedy for the child in all of us." -- review of Son of the Mask
"Outrageously funny! Absolute comic perfection" -- re Guess Who
"Spectacular! An eye popping, action-packed masterpiece!" -- re The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D
"You'll howl with laughter." -- Scooby-Do
"100% pure fun and excitement!" -- Catwoman
"A heart stopping, edge of your seat thriller. Jessica Alba gives a knockout performance." -- Into the Blue
"The scariest movie of the year!" -- Pulse
After decades of jokes about reading it only for the articles, Playboy announced earlier this week that it would stop running fully nude photos, primarily because printing nudes is basically pointless -- anyone can get porn anywhere online now. But that wasn't always the case. It used to be that you couldn't just google pretty much anything and pull up pornography (or a service that would allow to, for some reason, pay for it). Humanity's long history of ingenuity and resourcefulness extends, naturally, to satisfying the collective impulse to be titillated, to be exposed to exposure. Here are a few ways that's happened throughout the course of civilization jerking itself off.
Yes, even primordial cave men needed erotic stimulation, which explains the presence of cave paintings depicting sex acts going back 28,000 years. It would be easy to interpret this as a "men have always been historically gross" story, but really it just means that the sex drive has been a part of human society for essentially as long as it's been around, and that we should maybe just be more accepting of its various iterations and expressions. (See couple fucking to far right.)
Let's face it -- a ton of the history is art consists in ways of getting nude images to people without having to violate dumb social taboos about sex and publicity. (There are legions of reasons why the portrayal of naked bodies in these works is intellectually interesting, but they're not important for these purposes, at the moment.) Go back through basically any artistic movement, from ancient sculpture to paintings in Rome to... well... anything, and you'll find some naked people.
Scrappily-produced cartoon books featuring various characters (some of them famous, like Popeye and Olive Oyl) doing the deed, these were some of the most prominent works of erotica in the early 20th century. Accordingly, they've become collector's items.
And here we are, back at Playboy. Mass-printing erotica in a form easily accessible to dudes catching their commuter trains (and just out of reach for teens exposed only to the aggressively opaque packaging) made for a very particular moment in the life of adolescent sexuality, when finding an old Playboy or Hustler or something was a huge deal. No longer! Rejoice, teen boys -- the world is your gentlemen's club. (Vomit.)
Medical books, cartoonish sex-ed books for health classes -- these used to be extremely important sources of knowledge about the human body, even in ridiculously cartoonish form. Did you ever pore over one of these books and try to imagine what the drawings would look like as real people? If not, you are lucky.
Is there another purpose for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? (No.)
Lots and lots of classic novels were derided as trash because they featured sex in various stages of explicitness (check out some D.H. Lawrence, fam). And while many "trash" works of literature aren't worth revisiting, the genre as a whole is still fascinating -- how many people go out of their way to consume text-based erotica now?
Oh, the Victoria's Secret catalog and its various male equivalents (International Male, we see you). It's supposed to show off what the clothing looks like, right? Right? It's not weird for you to order, like, six copies to your house. Not at all.
If you were looking for something a little more exhibitionist (or you just really wanted to watch a porn movie in the era before VHS, DVDs, and easily accessible recordings in practically any form) you had to go out publicly to a porn theater and see people boning with a ton of other people in the room. Some people are still into this! Others have been arrested for being a little too into it.
Pay Per View Porn
Way, way back in the day, there were specific channels you could watch that would let you order porn. Sometimes, this still happens (but only in hotel rooms). If you didn't have these channels growing up, the screen would stay scrambled but the sound was usually still available. If you watched for long enough, intermittent frames would unscramble and reveal flashes of Spice channel realness.When the bodies on the screen unscrambled, it was time for all of the assembled teens in the room to... uh... scramble? (There's no good way of putting this.)
I first encountered William Gibson when I picked up a copy of Mona Lisa Overdrive from the tour van floor. All the new-media nerds I knew were so effusive in their knowledge of him -- they talked about how he had predicted the Internet and coined the term "cyberspace," how he foresaw internet and reality TV -- that I figured his work would be clunky and dense, possibly even awkward and dorky. Instead, I found myself immediately immersed in smooth, inventive prose that gleamed and sped along like a metal alloy not yet invented.
Young rapper Kweku Collins has been having a pretty excellent 2015, even by the standards of the other up and coming artists from his part of the country, with blissed-out EP Say it Here, While it's Safe, released on Closed Sessions, the label known for its work with the cities' emerging artists like Chance the Rapper (the recent Chance-Lil B tape was recorded in their studio). Now, Collins is back with "Memorial," a contemplative track that should fit in well with the slipping away fall day.
"I wrote "Memorial" as a way of making myself say things I'd only ever thought," Collins says, of a track he claims isn't a love song "in the classic sense." Still, it's very sweet, and makes good preparation for Collins' first New York performance this weekend at a Boiler Room set hosted by Closed Sessions, which will also feature Saba and Your Old Droog. Check out "Memorial" below.
So far this week, we've given girl gangs options for celebrity timeline group costumes with Kim Kardashian and Hillary Clinton. But dudes going out with their bros also need celebrities who have had a multiplicity of looks over the course of several years to ape as part of their Halloween costumes, each of which are equally distinctive. When you think about those criteria, does anyone come to mind other than Aubrey Drake Graham?
The very fact of Drake's internet-friendliness -- the fact that he's a human meme, whose every public appearance seems to produce its own sequence of jokes -- makes him the perfect person to channel as part of your group outing, and your attempts to make sure that your hotline blings by the end of the night. Accordingly, we've collected some classic Drake looks and told you squad how to wear them.
Degrassi Boner Drake
A throwback to his pre-sad rap days on Degrassi, the infamous Sweatpants Boner Jimmy episode is probably the most gif-able and memorable moment from Drake's acting days. Even better? It's a super easy to pull off/is a nice excuse to just lay down the entire Halloween party. All you'll need is a pair of $15 gray Hanes sweats, an accompanying $5 red shirt and a firm, over-sized eggplant to stuff into said sweats... You know, just in case you don't already own a strap-on.
Ugly Sweater Drake
Ugly Sweater Drake For a minute, Drake became known for wearing fugly-ass C--- (we won't go there) Coogi-esque sweaters that looked like something your high school physics professor would wear. Against all odds, Drizzy pulled them off and inspired a ton of bearded, proto-lumbersexual imitators who just wanted to be comfy as hell. On Fright night, just head to your local Goodwill and pick the patterned monstrosity of your choice to throw over a pair of jeans. Pink rings, a cigar and stupid glasses (see above from the "Headlines" video) are also acceptable accessories to balance out the dad-ness. Actually, scratch that. To double down on the dad-ness.
Bar Mitzvah Drake ("HYFR" Edition)
Drake's "HYFR" video made us all want to go to an adult bar mitzvah where instead of awkwardly slow-dancing during "snowballs," we'd swill Patrón and Manischewitz. While we can't all be as #blessed as Drizzy and re-affirm our commitment to Judaism with a rager, we can, however, channel his look. This is exceedingly easy and only requires a rumpled white dress shirt (sweat stains a plus), black slacks and the aforementioned Patrón and Manischewitz. Bonus points for getting your squad to carry around a chair and lift you up every so often throughout the evening.
Lint Roller Drake
When you're a globe-trotting rap god, it's important to look your best at all times, and the thing that separates a 6 God from one of the lesser 6 deities is an all-consuming vigilance against lint, and a willingness to turn yourself into a human meme in the pursuit of success. Grab the most expensive black jeans and sneakers you can afford, a Toronto Raptors hoodie, a lint roller, a look on your face that makes it clear you know people will make fun of you for doing this but fuck it, you can't have lint on your black pants. Hypebeast achievement unlocked!
Let's face it, sometimes putting in your contacts just fills you with woes. Drake knows this, and when he opted to go with his 'at home' gold-plated glasses that make him look like a very chic turtle (or Jerry Seinfeld) at a Raptors game, we knew we were all seeing the softer side of Aubrey. All you need is a white sweater and gold pipe cleaners or florist wire for the glasses. (Glasses tutorial here.)
Final Form* Buff Drake
Here's Drake's current form, for the member of your squad who's done the most working out in the past year. Be surprisingly buff, keep your hair cropped close to your head while your beard looks like it was drawn on with a sharpie, and then acquire a too-small gray T-shirt and pink shorts to complete the look. Strain madly with small weights and scribble on a praying hands tattoo, and you're good to go. Maybe call Serena Williams, if she's free.