Kendall Jenner is chopped, mashed up and pieced back together by fashion anarchist Abraham for this issue’s cover. The banned-from-Instagram, New York-based artist splices Céline and Moschino adverts with goth, fetish and bondage imagery, creating brilliantly nasty photo collages – which both brands and his victims (like Cara D and Riccardo T) love. He’s gained notoriety – and even a dose of controversy – for “borrowing” Richard Prince’s appropriation of a photo of an underage Brooke Shields. Is nothing sacred? No, and in @BessNYC4’s world, that’s cause for celebration.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Doug Abraham: Is Ebola pop culture? I’m inclined to say it is.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Doug Abraham: Hustle, hustle, hustle, hustle, hustle.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Doug Abraham: I’m into Apple and Nike, brand-wise. I imagine 2015 will be strong for my brands... (Please send me free stuff, please.)
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Doug Abraham: We can expect me to be hustling for my Apple and my Nike.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Doug Abraham: Drugs.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Doug Abraham: Simultaneous iPhone, iPad, and laptop porn surfing.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Doug Abraham: Steve Jobs.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Doug Abraham: Not the porn, I guess... Maybe the Supreme©®™ app.
Who should have been number one on the Dazed 100?
Doug Abraham: Julian Assange.
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