Snapped: Hard Work at Cologne Tattoobash 2014
Snapped: Girl waiting for Ink Treatment at Cologne Tattoobash 2014
Snapped: Boy getting inked at Cologne Tattoobash 2014
Fashion Now // Cologne Tattoobash 2014
The hype around tattooing (and other art forms of body modification) has never been bigger. Tattoo conventions just seem to spring up like mushrooms around the globe. While the deep-pore handicraft was once a strict class thing, the business has completely gone mainstream. Tattoos are everywhere! The tsunami of inked bodies has left lower classes like sailors, blue-collar workers, bikers, punks and assorted deviants long ago and now seems to flood all social classes, awarding individuals with authentic shapes of individualism. As a genuine popular artform, tattooing now means much more than mere fashion. More than use-and-throw clothing or high-fashion accessories, people realise that a tattoo offers something really personal for their lives that is exciting and long-lasting in a world that mostly seems drab and moves at fast pace. Although Cologne’s first official Tattoobash was a convention of minor size, it offered an in-depth view on Europe’s scene of tattooists and a great opportunity to take a fresh tattoo home without bothersome month-long waits for a colour treatment.
Julia & Irina: “Justin has it all: marvellous style, funky music and cool dance routines.”
Jack A.R. & Bam Martin: All way the from the US to see the show.
Lionel: One of Justin Timberlake’s funky dancers.
Melena: White lace and a fly.
Justin Timberlake at Lanxess Arena // From N Sync to Suit and Tie
The two sold out 30-song 20/20 Experience show extravaganzas at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena, part of a year-long world tour, confirmed Justin Timberlake’s reputation as pop’s current leading light. The 33-year-old gave a two-hour masterclass in the art of arena performance: all soaring vocals, big choreography, immaculate showmanship and terrific pacing. Dressed in a slick tuxedo and penny loafers, and singing with a deft falsetto, at times Timberlake seemed like a combination of Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, with a dash of Parade-era Prince added by the funky live arrangements. With his great talent to convey the styles of his musical idols into a contemporary blend of pop culture, Timberlake has eventually transformed himself from an immature childhood star at Disney to premature bubblegum pop in N Sync to adult suit-and-tie soul with this elaborate performance.
Hypest Song of the Month // Kiesza Hideaway
Stories that portray the contrasting lifes of newcomers are always perfect to make a bold headline and fuel the hype: 25-year-old singer Kiesza is not only a trained ballerina but also joined the Canadian navy where she was nearly recruited to swing the gun as a sniper. The tough girl’s new single Hideaway shoots a plainly shiny electro-pop/house feel — but the compelling rhythm, pointed synth hook and throbbing bassline come straight from the body-moving raves of the 1990s. If these classic sound patterns do not just perfectly fit Kiesza’s somewhat strangulated vocal chords, watch the track’s accompanying video, prompting memories to the ditzy manner of 1980s streetstyle dance choreographies — skintight tummy tees and suspenders included. Probably one of this year’s greatest tunes …
Angélique on Ebertstraße // “I have my own distinctive Style”
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Lena on Friedrichstraße // Black & Blue
Lena is a designer and co-owner of Vandebag, a Berlin-based fashion company that produces bags combining clear design, uncompromising quality and simple elegance. Lena wears denims by Topshop, a shirt by ASOS and a scarf A.D.Deertz. Her coat was designed and tailored by herself and her shoes are vintage.