Tagged: Sophie Pinchetti
When it comes to style, too much is never enough for Fayette Hauser. As an original member of the celebrated acid freak hippie drag queen troupe known as The Cockettes, and one of its few biological females, Fayette’s flamboyant and artistic style fused drag, performance art, rock ’n’ roll and psychedelia. This imaginative and theatrical approach to dress and life was the hallmark of The Cockettes, who exploded onto the counterculture scene of Haight Ashbury in San Francisco in the late Sixties.
Having grown up on the East Coast, Fayette was just coming of age when the underground of the Sixties was beginning to emerge. In search of freedom, adventure and alternatives, like many others of her generation, Fayette headed west to California and landed in San Francisco in 1968. There she was to meet the people with whom she would form The Cockettes, a short-lived yet incredibly prolific collective and cultural phenomenon embodying the revolutionary spirit of the times through radical self-expression, alternative living, free love, psychedelia – and more glitter than you could ever imagine.
As a sequel to THE Other’s special story on The Cockettes and ahead of the launch of Fayette’s upcoming book on The Cockettes, we decided to dive deeper into Fayette’s story and life as a Cockette.
Dancing and partying are universal. But in the underground free party scene, these activities become a radical form of expression. Although often misrepresented by the mainstream media and cracked down upon by authorities, the free party scene is still very much alive and stomping.
It now has something of its own portrait: “Out Of Order”, an incredible photographic reportage created by Qatar-born photographer and raver Molly MacIndoe, which began in 1997 and documents over a decade of illegal raves and teknivals in countries such as Britain, France and the Czech Republic.
In the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a place often referred to as the “roof of Africa”, the Basotho blanket rules style. Effortless and chic, this rustic woollen garment is named after its people - the Basotho or Sotho, who settled in Lesotho around the 16th century and are one of the major ethnic groups within South Africa. Both beautiful and functional, the Basotho blanket is popular amongst all classes of society – from miners and herdsmen to the King and Queen of Lesotho.
The open road conjures something deep and elemental in the American spirit. This is, after all, the so-called “Land of Freedom”, home of the Pioneer, and the “American Dream“. So what happens when so much has already been conquered? Well, you hop the freight train, exit society and get ready for a ride into the unknown. Or at least, that’s what American photographer Mike Brodie did.
At the age of 17, Mike Brodie spontaneously embarked on a five-year adventure, hopping the freight trains and crisscrossing the vast expanses of the United States several times over. He took his camera with him. His wanderings took him on a journey on the fringes of American society, living alongside modern tribes of teenage nomads, who call the road their home.
First published in the early Seventies in London at the birth of the fetish and punk phenomenon, Atomage magazine was to become a central reference for fetish-wear aficionados.
Photography by Felipe Dana, Christophe Simon, Vanderlei Almeida and Pilar Olivares, Sergio Moraes
Text by Sophie Pinchetti
In the heart of Rio de Janeiro, one building stands as a beacon of hope in the struggle of Brazilian Indians: Aldeia Maracanã. Situated to the nearby Maracana stadium that now plays host to the World Cup, this colonial mansion was once home to the Museum of the Indian People in Brazil. Today, it is barricaded up, following the Brazilian police’s brutal eviction in 2013 of the indigenous community who had been residing in the premises and infused life into the place. It seems as though Brazil’s first peoples are not welcome to the World Cup.