YCE: Trust Fun

This Australian collective made fashion funny with its series of comic books filled with catwalk send-ups.

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Is fashion funny? It wasn’t supposed to be until Shane Sakkeus, Jonathan Zawada and Mark Vassallo (collective age of 86) got together and dreamt up their fantasy fashion comic, Petit Mal. It has transformed Prada’s S/S 07 turban-clad models into hypnotised zombies, taught Karl Lagerfeld the value of a good pun and has been making industry insiders all over the world chuckle secretively. “Petit Mal barely scratches the surface of the hilarity of the fashion world! If one were to draw a line to express the funniness, it would stretch to the moon and back,” declares Sakkeus. Whilst Petit Mal is gestating its third issue, the Sydney based boys have teamed up with new member Annie to launch Trust Fun, the merchandising offshoot, making one-off mathematically derived printed scarves that are threatening to land in Liberty London sometime soon.

Shane Sakkeus
Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why.
Richie Sowa. Unable to buy an island of his own, he devised a method of creating personal islands out of disposed bottle. The islands have their own ecosystem, and even better than a typical wanker island, it can float around wherever he wants.

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
More time sky-gazing from the balcony can only be a good thing.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
Somewhere between ‘Maggot Brain’ by Funkadelic and ‘Moondog Monologue’ by Moondog.

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
Aside from the Mesoproterozoic Era when sexual reproduction evolved, I would have to say the right here and now. And maybe the short-term future.

Jonathan Zawada
Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why.
The artist/s 'Aids-3D' appear to share our same degree of enthusiasm of ideas that precludes much organization and planning in the execution of those ideas. Not having ever met them or had any exposure to them beyond their website though, that statement may be entirely false.

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
So far I think the recession has hindered the expression of our creative ideas. In the past we've been able to fund most of what we've wanted to do with the money from our day jobs but given that we all work for ourselves and our work is drying up, our personal financial situation has put the kibosh on a few of our ideas. The creativity itself though hasn't suffered I don't think. I think that remains fairly aloof of the things that go on outside the realms of sleeping, swimming and playing video games - all of which are pass-times that remain unchanged since the economic downturn.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
I can't pick just one, so either 'Follow Me' by Aly-Us or 'First Class Riot' by The Tough Alliance

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
There's a future I have in my head, which is a sort of mixture between the movie Waterworld, our fractals and the landscape paintings of Glenn Brown. That's the time and place that inspires me most because its peaceful there and there's nobody around, no work to do and lots of swimming to be done.

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why
The fractal because its all based on maths yet nobody understands it.
The fur coat cunt because its all about sex and money.
A shot from today at Bondi Beach... it's still morning. Sometimes there are sharks, and a shitload of backpackers. But still good enough for a swim.



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