In October of last year a new ambitious independent arts and culture magazine named ALL—IN saw light, which we unfortunately missed at that time. No doubt because the arrival of new magazines hasn’t really slowed down in a period which has “print is dead” written all over its digital face. And despite, one has to say, the fact that the magazine introduced itself to the world with an unusual high profile cover interview with powerhouse actor Willem Dafoe. Founders Benjamin Barron and Allison Littrell, who have met while studying at the prestigious Bard College, take their project very serious. Next to the interview with Dafou, who was shot by Alex Da Corte, contributors to the first issue are names like Benjamin’s mother; Jeannette Montgomery Barron, but also John Waters, Bernadette Corporation, Cory Arcangel, and pop superstar Dev Hynes. By now the first issue’s 1000 prints and practically sold out and last month Barron and Littrel presented their upcoming 176 pages second issue (which will drop in August) for online pre-order with a party in the Boom Boom Room in New York.
Following Willem Dafoe’s playful cover, this time around the magazine has two covers: featuring no less than enfant terrible Harmony Korine and actress and activist Amandla Stenberg — two perfect subjects to represent these times of turmoil in the United States (and far beyond). The noble motive behind this second issue is no less than bringing people together. A message which is never placed in the foreground, but is clearly distillable from the choice of subjects and the stories that are told about them. In his interview Harmony Korine talks with Marfa Journal about selling out, always being the best Harmony, and how to balance success and sensitivity. Actress and activist Amandla Stenberg opens up to her friend Emmanuel Olunkwa about authenticity, celebrity, and owning your identity; Amandla also discusses what it means to be an activist in her exclusive essay, ‘Authenticity Activism’.
Barron on i-D on the motivations to create ALL—IN:
We started ALL-IN because we felt like we had something to say, and a magazine felt like the authentic way of expressing our message. When one holds a printed publication, a few parameters are set: time, a relationship to physical space, and an intention for that object. There’s immediate value.
Another story in the upcoming issue we highly appreciate is the conversation between one of our favorites, the ever-inspirational fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm and artist and performer Colby Keller, who talk about never taking yourself too seriously (biggest truthbomb ever!). Directors Josh and Benny Safdie reveal how they make movies on their own terms. ‘Party Monster’ and artist Michael Alig reflects on his time being queer in solitary confinement and designer/architect Gaetano Pesce explains why every day needs to be different, and is introduced to the fashion designer behind the New York City-based label Moses Gauntlett Cheng at his workshop.
The magazine also features: memories from the Tom of Finland Foundation, postcards by Susan Cianciolo, interviews with artist Tabor Robak and architect Andreas Angelidakis, an editorial featuring words of wisdom from India Salvor Menuez, Michael Bailey-Gates, Chloe Wise, Gogo Graham, and others, poetry by Georgia Ford, Donald Cumming, Dasha Nekrasova, and to complete is all a look inside the very talented furniture designer Max Lamb’s home and studio.
And on top of the compelling content, a personal stand is taken by Littrel and Barron in these troubled times: we applaud loudly that two dollar from every issue of ALL—IN sold through their own webstore will be donated to Black Lives Matter.