What makes a story go viral on Facebook? The hilarious video spoofs are surefire guarantees (Bound 3, anyone?), as is breaking news that whips around the globe within hours, like the release of Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. But there are others that capture the imagination quite unexpectedly with a single photograph or quote, growing organically as it pops up on the newsfeeds of our followers and beyond – like Derek Ridgers’ arresting punk portraits just last week. Thank you to our half a million followers for spreading the messages, the mixes and the lols; here are your best bits:
JAMES FRANCO AND SETH ROGEN RECREATE "BOUND 2"
Five months later and James Franco and Seth Rogen’s epic remake of Bound 2 still tops the list of our most ‘liked’ articles. We didn’t even need to say much, the video itself does all the talking – every smouldering Rogen gaze, near-perfect mannerism, disconcerting bounce on the bike and that impassioned kiss. Go on, you know you want to watch it again.
Photographer Derek Ridgers’ portraits of youth in the 70s and 80s document a time when to be a punk, or a new romantic, or a mod was a lifestyle commitment, not a trend to pick up as you please with a band t-shirt from Topman. We revealed only a handful of images from Ridgers’ new book 78-87 London Youth in our lightbox article just last week, but the scrawled stick-and-poke face tattoos and shaved heads of his striking subjects were enough to send the gallery viral.
Four years after it debuted at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is finally making its homecoming to London. The V&A’s announcement was top trending on Twitter almost immediately and you liked our news piece in your thousands. So much so that two of our Facebook posts on it reached this top ten.
So the promo video is kind of naff, and the end results look like something we made with the glue gun in art class but this 3D pen is an incredible nod to the future. Though the prototype has been around for a while, this £85 pocket version finally makes the technology available to the everyday creative – expensive for a pen, yes, but we’ve definitely spent £85 on a lot less groundbreaking stuff.
As Disney celebrated it’s 90th birthday late last year, we turned our attentions to the eerie musical compositions that accompanied even its most saccharine of movie tales. Aiden Moffat’s “Neverland Transmission” Soundcloud mix of soaring strings, minor-key harmonies and chilling lyrical tales has been listened to over 28,000 times. And our creepy Disney GIF cover was pretty good too.
Four months ago before the Winter Olympics began in Sochi, and with the world’s eyes upon them, the Russian parliament passed a Putin-backed amnesty law which led to Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walking free from jail. As the news spread across the globe, Anastassiia Fedorova gave a personal account of growing up in Russia, and the international uproar that followed Pussy Riot’s imprisonment following their ‘Punk Prayer’ inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. Amid the viral videos and mixes this beautifully written piece got you clicking like on Facebook over 4000 times.
Rounding up our 2013, we selected our favourite fashion longreads of the year. From a ‘Dark Arts’ head to head between menswear maestro Kim Jones and art troublemaker Jake Chapman, to an unprecedented glimpse into the white lab coat world of Maison Martin Margiela’s Paris headquarters, you can read every piece again right here.
When Kate Moss won her Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards last December, we dug out the archives and remembered her glorious early days, counting down the top ten moments that set her up for model stardom. From her too-short cameo in 1995 documentary Catwalk, to rare clips of her and Johnny Depp together, there’s nothing like losing yourself in Moss – and over 1000s of you agreed.
Stanley Kubrick’s totalitarian film terror ‘A Clockwork Orange’ turned 42 and we looked back over its censorship, 27-year-late UK full release, and the grip it still maintains on our modern psyche – even if Singin’ In The Rain-soundtracked rape and unrelenting violence pale in comparison to film, TV and video games of today. More than the scenes that famed him, Kubrick was keen to explore the dark realities of society – the brainwashing and torture schemes – that lead Alex DeLarge to become the ‘clockwork orange’: organic on the outside, mechanically ‘good’ on the inside. Read Christine Jun’s piece here.
“I have a right to my art and a right to satirise,” artist Miriam Elia told us earlier this year. Her dark spin on the iconic Penguin Peter and Jane children’s book series, We Go To The Gallery, was under threat to be pulped by the publishing house. In Elia’s version, Peter stares at large vaginas, considers the idea that God is dead, and experiences guilt for his own existence. According to Penguin this is a violation of their books and an infringement of copyright. You agreed with us, We Go To The Gallery is hilarious and brilliant – go Miriam.