Rainbow Capitalism

Words by Ellie Dawson Art by Zoe Zori Film by Mary earolan The process of commercialisation: a normal object becomes a symbol for a minority group, then gains attention from marketers. Marketers incorporate the symbol, along with other cultural capital, from the subculture into the mainstream. Take the safety pin: a household item mums used…

Let Go: My Sobriety

Words by Maya Wenzel Art By Logan Wenzel Part 1. This has nothing to do with me thinking I’m better than you. This has everything to do with me stopping myself from doing something I don’t want to do, something I can no longer handle. Like many people, I have had fun experiences with alcohol….

Understanding India: The Greatest Oxymoron

Words by Gabbie Lynch Art by Amelia Darling Photos by Gabbie Lynch Everything I was ever sure of back home in Australia was always wrong in India. Although I was never sure of much I was certain that cows belonged in grassy paddocks, a red light meant stop and managing a store was an adult…

The Deslondes – Hurry Home – Album Review

Words by James Shakeshaft Art courtesy of New West. I first came across this 5 piece after meeting Sam Doores whilst he was touring with Hurray for The Riff Raff in Manchester back in 2014. In that evening my musical horizons were broadened. After all, it’s not every day you see a cowboy slinking down…

A Case for the Sex Club: From Berlin to London

Words by S.X.Cole Art by Alain Gacha My most vivid memory of KitKatClub, Berlin, is walking into the pool room and seeing 4 men completely naked, and hard, lounging around limbs intertwined. It may have been the drugs but it was honestly the most decadent and hedonistic image – in the morning light they could…

The Divine Feminine and The Prickle of Shame

Words by Shania Ford ART BY Ellie Butcher “Nine days – no shaving”. Julie’s crinkly almond eyes met mine, somewhere between amusement and bemusement. At the turning of the seasons, twice yearly Hindus and yogis worldwide celebrate Navratri festival. Translating from sanskrit into “Nine nights”, Navratri honours the divine feminine energy in the form of…

Perks and Pitfalls

Words by Dredheza Maloku ART by Amanda laforest And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.  The above is the most overly quoted line from Stephen Chbosky’s epistolary coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The novel gained huge recognition once it was turned into a film that gained traction for starring Emma Watson,…

Tell Me Why… TECHNO

The concept that drives one person, maybe the reason why someone else is deterred. So, to quote THE voice of reason, Boy Zone, ‘Tell me why’… you do/do not like techno Tell me why’… you do Like Techno by Happa (Samir Alikhanizadeh) If I’m honest, I don’t actually listen to that much Techno outside of the club. I…

Grenfell Tower: The Change That Hasn’t Happened

Artwork by Ana Ovilo Written by Alex Howlett “They always seem to need a significant loss of life before things are changed.” These were the words of former chief fire officer Ronnie King after the Grenfell fire tragedy last month. He also outlined the obvious differences between the experts and “them”, namely beings the ministers…

PlathoesCave Podcasts- The World of Beatnik

A look back into Manhattans past and lost cultures of Greenwich Village’s Beat performers, writers and poets with musical connoisseur James Shakeshaft. Track Listing Jack Kerouac – MacDougal Street Blues Nancy & Lee – Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman Woody Guthrie – Along In The Sun And The Rain Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina Bob…