Introducing the Profiles Issue

When dealing with idioms, you have to tread very carefully in regards to which ones you subscribe to, because you run the risk of inevitably being called out on your bullshit fortune-cookie rhetoric. For example, if you think you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but you also think a picture is worth a thousand words, you’re basically saying you’ve got a thousand-word assessment in your head, but you still have no idea what’s going on.

Luckily for you, the cover of our profile-themed May issue (shot by Nick Veasey) is so on-the-nose, that even if you have trouble molding your life to predictable parables and proverbs, you’ll get an idea of what’s in store. (Hint: It’s a picture of some anarcho punk decked to the nines in leather, studs, lapel flair, and cliche hair. It’s fitting because, deep down inside, he’s just another poor sap made out of the same meaty goo that makes up his mainsteam contemporaries.)

In the spirit of capturing one’s essence, here’s a glimpse of some of the other stuff in this issue:

VICE Senior Associate Editor Krishna Andavolu flew to Uruguay, ground-zero to the world’s first legal and regulated cannabis market, and profiled Jose Mujica, the country’s current president and one of the main proponents of decriminalization.

In “The Mayor Vs. the Ooze,” Sean Williams profiles another unsung hero, Toldi Tamas—the mayor of a small Hungarian town who saved his people from an environmental catastrophe.

Then, there’s Jon Taffer. While he might not be a hero or a champion of political reform per se, he’s reality TV’s necessary evil. “Dive Bard" tells the story of America’s greatest poet of drunkeness and failure.

VICE’s weekend editor, Mitchell Sunderland, temporarily embedded himself in the gay porn realm for Body of an American, the story of Michael Lucas, a Russian immigrant who conquered porn and became one of the most powerful gay men in New York City.

We know the print magazine lasts about 30 whole seconds at boutiques and stores before it sells out, so why aren’t you subscribed already? Do that right now right here. Got an iPad, fancy pants? Even better—download our FREE app, because then you get a whole bunch of extra stuff like extended interviews, more pictures, and all that jazz.


Seriously. The only “asian” characteristic of these white hafus, is their brown eyes. Hence why they are in Vivi magazine.

I’m really really REALLY, sick and tired of seeing white hafus (all JP moms and yt dads) in Japanese magazines, and all over JP media.

We already live in a society where people have this idea that all mixed asians are somehow automatically gorgeous when it’s just the ones you see on TV and in magazines that are that way, (there are plenty of ugly mixed-asians…they just don’t make it on TV). 

I’m sick and tired of hearing monoracial asians who have less privilege than mixed whites/asians, claiming how “they wish they were mixed”..”all mixed asians are so beautiful”, when the media has programmed them to believing WHITE MIXED ASIANS ARE ATTRACTIVE, not Black-mixed asians, not Latin@ mixed asians, not Native mixed asians…WHITE MIXED ASIANS.

This is a product of white  supremacyEuropean standard of beauty…not very different from thinking blondes with blue eyes are the most beautiful people on the world.

There are half black/half Japanese people in Japan too, not everyone is part white (I really want to make a rant post on what the half-white population symbolizes in terms of racial hierarchies* but I’ll do that another day)




One night I sang the most rancidity hideous, ruinous version of ‘Hallelujah,’ and [Russell Crowe] nearly tried to stop me.