Since its inception in 2006, Huck’s ethos has been to celebrate independence, roaming the globe to find people and movements that ‘paddle against the flow’. The theme for their latest issue, Journeys, fits that ethos perfectly.
The Journeys Issue explores journeys in many different forms. There are the literal journeys of a taxi cab driver and his customers in a series of photographs taken in late 1970s New York, there is the 40-year journey of a family-owned boxing club in East London, and there is the physical journey of skater Nora Vasconcellos, who headed to California to chase her dream.
At the start of this issue, there is a two-page spread displaying the words ‘Life is a journey you have to navigate by yourself. There is no map, just interconnected perspectives, and where you end up matters less than the route you choose to take’, accompanied by a photo by Joåo Wallig, taken from the window of an airplane (above). It feels a bit cheesy, but the quote sets off the issue nicely and sets the graphic tone; further on are two notable music features, the first is an interview with George Clinton, a musician who has mentored the likes of Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kendrick Lamar, and the other is with Lawrence, ‘a pop star that fame forgot’ (both below).
The interviews trace both musicians’ issues with drugs, and their battles within the music industry, but they end at very different places. While George has had a lifetime of success, Lawrence still feels as though he is knocking on the doors of the industry, waiting to be let in.
Huck gives both of these musicians the space to tell their stories; it champions rule breakers and those who break away from the status quo and just go for it – it’s not the end result that is important. A word of warning though: you might feel like packing in your 9 to 5 and heading off on your own journey by the end of this issue.
Editor: Andrea Hurland
Art director: Oliver Stafford