Intimate Photos of Thailand’s Transgender Sex Workers

Soopakorn Srisakul’s photo series Mistress reveals the everyday lives of Thailand’s transgender sex workers, particularly those employed in the red-light district of Nana in Bangkok. “Because of their unusual appearance and lifestyle, so far removed from the norm of most everyday happening, even if one were to start off with a neutral perspective regarding their life, one really cannot help having some kind of presumption,” the artist writes on his Bēhance portfolio page. “That is, unless one becomes an integrated part of their life, intimately and investedly.”

Srisakul’s camera observes the daily routines of several cabaret dancers and sex workers, including his girlfriend who is a transgender call girl.

Thailand’s definition of gender is more fluid than in the West, and sex workers are “tolerated” more so, too. But the community still faces discrimination and legal issues. A female-identified person is not allowed to change their sex on birth certificates or passports, and would be sent to a male prison if incarcerated.

See more from the Mistress series, below. Please note that some of the images are NSFW. … Read More

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Bill Murray’s Best ‘SNL’ Sketches

NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club. Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion — so here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us over until… Read More

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About John Waters

This is your last weekend to head to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the finale of a fantastic John Waters Retrospective. Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take? highlights 12 of the filmmaker’s features, including screenings of Cry-Baby, A Dirty Shame, and the Divine-starring Pink Flamingos. Also included in the retrospective is a selection of films Waters dubbed Movies I’m Jealous I Didn’t Make. “Finally I’m filthy and respectable!” he enthused about the retrospective. We’re celebrating the spotlight on Waters by sharing a few facts about the Pope of Trash you might not know. … Read More

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The Pop Culture-Inspired Branding Behind Heroin Addiction

We’ve been following Graham MacIndoe’s work since we shared his poignant Missing Persons series. The Scotland-born artist’s latest work All In, recently featured on Wired, caught our attention. Fascinated with the typography and design of glassine heroin baggies he collected during a period of addiction, MacIndoe’s photos reveal the branding and marketing side of dope.

“The addict becomes the ultimate consumer of the ultimate product—following a trail of quirky street names carefully chosen to be instantly recognizable to those in the know,” he writes on his website. “But there is nothing hidden about the references to good times (So Amazing, True Romance, First Class), juxtaposed with reminders of the gamble (9 Lives, Black Jack) and the reality of addiction (Flat Liner, Undertaker).”

Naturally, the pop culture references struck a cord with us. Names like New Jack City, Twilight, True Romance, and Sin City instantly transport us to the visual landscape of the films they refer to. The appeal of a brand named after cat food still eludes us (it even looks like the 9Lives logo), but sadly we can imagine why someone might feel fancy buying “First Class,” featuring a jet hovering above it.

See more of MacIndoe’s photos in our gallery. … Read More

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Grimes Threw Away Her Whole Album: Links You Need To See

It’s Friday, September 14, and that means one thing: Fashion Week is over. Of course, Fashion Week happens every few months in New York City, so that really means nothing. But, there certainly is a lot of fashion-related stuff happening on the internet right now.

First and foremost: electronic musician and sometimes-fashion muse Grimes has… Read More

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How To Open Your City

Presented by Heineken

We spent the summer rewarding urban adventurers coast to coast with Heineken and our Routine Interruptions campaign. If you got a call from us, you already know how we hooked up the bold and inquisitive. But just because the summer and the campaign is winding down, doesn’t mean you can’t continue the journey on your own. Gleaned from a season spent exploring the unknown and relishing in it, here are some programs to keep an eye on to open your city. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Carrie Coon Gets Her Ugly Cry On

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, The Leftovers finishes its mysterious first season by solving zero mysteris, and both Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy start their final installments. … Read More

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Belle and Sebastian Musical ‘God Help the Girl’ Is About the Birth of a Monster

[This contains gentle spoilers for the lovely movie God Help the Girl.] If you’ve seen any of the photos or musical clips from God Help the Girl, a musical by Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of the lovable indie band Belle and Sebastian (statistically the whitest band on the internet), about three sweet kids who form a band — and they’re not “kids,” but two twenty somethings and one schoolgirl — it looks like a 60s youthquake teen dream, with heartbreakingly beautiful lead Emily Browning clad in mod wear like a vision of the iconic French new wave goddess Anna Karina. … Read More

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EMA’s “False Flag”: Well, Here’s the 21st-Century Protest Song You’ve Been Asking For

One of the constant complaints you hear about the music of Kids These Days is that there are no ’60s-style protest songs written in the 21st century. It’s not true, although in general, 21st-century political songs are not so much impassioned declarations of intent as they are evocations of the uncertainty and ennui that characterize this century. But shit, if you’ve been wanting a visceral indictment of, well, everything, look no further than EMA’s incendiary “False Flag,” which she released yesterday via her page on DIY multimedia publishing platform New Hive. (And no, before you ask, it’s not some wacky conspiracy theory about 9/11 being a “false flag” attack — she’s repurposing the term, not getting all truther on us.) … Read More

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Syfy’s Entertaining Zombie Thriller ‘Z Nation’ Isn’t a ‘Walking Dead’ Ripoff

AMC’s The Walking Dead is a massive hit for the network — and don’t ever compare post-game show Talking Dead‘s ratings to those of your favorite series unless you want to be incredibly sad — so it would be easy to attribute’s Z Nation‘s existence to Syfy’s desire to recreate Walking Dead‘s success. But Z Nation, despite being a bloody post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, doesn’t share much with Walking Dead. It’s a familiar take on the genre, but it proudly displays Syfy’s touch throughout the pilot, and it’s all the better for it. … Read More

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