Mike Giesbrecht

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I Went to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Shitty Museum

Don't go there if you have a vague understanding of drugs or don't like pictures of dudes who look like they'd eat a dolphin.<p>The thing about drugs is that they’re sometimes tragic, but often fun. Or if not fun, just cool and for anyone who likes being liked, that’s enough. The DEA doesn’t …

Meet the Weirdos Who Won Tickets to See Yeezus

When we announced that we were holding a contest to give away a couple pairs of tickets to Yeezus, we got an overwhelming response that ranged from obscene to desperate. And although we can always appreciate a Yeezy meme or a nip slip, here are the...<p>When we announced that we were holding a contest …

Silk Road Founder Ross William Ulbricht Is Good at the Internet but Bad at Art

We found a bunch of drawings the guy did while he was in high school. Shocker: he liked to smoke pot.<p>Upon hearing that Ross William Ulbricht, alleged founder of the multibillion-dollar virtual black marketplace Silk Road, had been arrested in the sci-fi section of his local library, there seemed …

Ryan Cookson's Imperfect Photographs

Walking around with a clean stride and a Contax G2 at his hip, Ryan starts conversations with the kind of people most of us would probably avoid eye contact with. Then, sometimes, he takes their picture.<p>Ryan Cookson walks around with a clean stride and a Contax G2 at his hip. He starts …

Street Photography

Off Hollywood - Joanna Cassidy

Statuesque and confident, Joanna Cassidy has built a career out of playing highly competent women who are usually well-paid professionals, unmarried, and sometimes not human at all—as was the case when she played the replicant Zhora in <i>Blade Runner...<p><b>Joanna CassidyActor Blade Runner (1982),</b> …

Mexico's Drug Cartels Love Social Media

Members of Mexico's drug cartels are starting to harness the power of the internet, using it to run positive PR campaigns, post selfies with their pistols, and hunt down targets by tracking their movements on social media.<p><i>"Broly", an alleged member of the Knights Templar Cartel, posing for a selfie</i> …

A Photographer Is Documenting Oakland's Murder Shrines

Brandon Tauszik photographs Oakland's "murder shrines"—temporary memorials set up at murder sites, almost always caused by street violence. These shrines are different from funerals. They're much more personal, and the focus is on celebrating the...<p>Oakland photographer Brandon Tauszik's series <i>White</i> …

Reminiscing

'Everybody Street' - An Exclusive Outtake from the New Documentary

A new documentary, <i>Everybody Street</i>, details the wide spectrum of street photographers, the overarching mores of the genre, and the personal lives of the individual photographers. We snagged this exclusive outtake from the film, featuring Boogie.<p>Street photographers come in all shapes, …

A Woman is Suing Ashley Madison After Making Hundreds of Fake Profiles

A woman in Toronto is suing Ashley Madison, a dating site that facilitates extramarital affairs, claiming that making hundreds of fake profiles damaged her wrists. Her issue isn't ethics or legality: her wrists just hurt.<p>A Toronto woman is suing Ashley Madison, a dating site for married people …

You Should Be Very Excited About the Launch of i-D's New Website

The iconic British fashion and lifestyle publication <i>i-D</i> will soon be launching their new website. The site unveiling comes with the premiere of M.I.A's video for "Y.A.L.A (You Always Live Again)," an original <i>i-D</i> commission in...<p>The iconic British fashion and lifestyle publication<i>i-D</i> …

Solitary Confinement Is a Legal Form of Torture in Canada

You just need to travel 46 minutes northwest of downtown Montreal to find a supermax-style penitentiary—the Regional Reception Centre of Saint-Anne-des-Plaines—that comes complete with its own isolation unit that can hold almost 300 inmates.<p><i>Photo via Flickr</i><p>In a world where we’re constantly (and …

Things Spike Lee Hates: Racists, Guns, and Racists with Guns

With <i>12 Years a Slave</i> and <i>Lee Daniels' The Butler</i> projected to be major players at the 2013 Academy Awards, there's been a lot of talk about this year being a turning point for black filmmakers. Spike Lee, about to release his remake of...<p><i>Photos by Maggie West</i><p>Amidst all the fanfare …

Southbank's Undercroft Is More than Just a Skate Spot

The push to turn London's Southbank, one of the most iconic skate spots in the world, into a plaza of high-end fast food outlets continues. And while I'm sure we can all agree that London desperately needs another Pret a Manger branch, it does seem...<p><i>(Photo by Paulius Ka)</i><p>The push to turn London's …

What Your Favorite Writers Listen to When They Sweat

I’ve often wondered what other writers do for exercise—and what music they listen to when they do.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Bigbadvoo</i><p>I’ve often wondered what other writers do for exercise—and what music they listen to when they do. Does a topless Salman Rushdie orgasm-face his way through pull-ups, …

Double Trouble in Little China

A day around New York City’s Chinatown shooting Ian Connor and Danii Phae.<p>Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now in the city of New York, where it seems like every other day a new MC rises up out of the five boroughs with an even more unique style and approach to the music than what we thought …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Congress's Drug Problem - Trey Radel Is the Latest in a Long Line of Addicts

Representative Trey Radel got caught buying cocaine and is now on probation and taking a leave of absence. But is he so different from the Congressional boozehounds of the 20th century or the snuff-loving Founding Fathers?<p><i>Trey Radel holds a press conference at his district office in Florida hours</i> …

I Met Joe Today, One Look in His Eyes and I Was So Screwed

Photos by Valerie Phillips and styling by Bertie Brandes and Charlotte Roberts.<p>PHOTOS BY VALERIE PHILLIPS<p>STYLISTS: BERTIE BRANDES AND CHARLOTTE ROBERTS<p><i>Hair:</i> <i>Claire Marie Grech</i><p><i>Make-up: Francesca MorrisFashion assistant: Lucy VincentModel: Staz Lindes at Models 1</i><p><i>Rokit camisole, Beyond Retro skirt,</i> …

Tommy Hilfiger

How JFK's Myth Has Prevented People from Taking a Look at the Man Himself

Today we think of Kennedy in terms of myth: the golden hero of a bygone age whose life was cut down in a mysterious tragedy. But if we move past nostalgia and conspiracy, what remains of the 35th president's legacy?<p><i>JFK will go down in history as the most sun-kissed of all the presidents.</i><p>Seated …

These Artists Used Candy to Build Replicas of Famous Museums

When Dylan’s Candy Bar invited Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin to create artwork out of candy, the artists jumped at the chance to turn something traditional, like candy, into art. Inspired by gingerbread houses and their interest in architecture...<p>When Dylan’s Candy Bar invited Henry Hargreaves …

Canada’s New Medical Weed Program Puts the Poorest Patients Last

A new program designed to turn Canada into a medical weed making machine will be great for the economy, but what about the cancer patients who need kush to ease their pain?<p><i>Some tasty lemon kush. via Flickr.</i><p>At the moment, 40,000 Canadians are currently authorized to possess medical marijuana. Until …

Cannabis

Homeland Security Is Afraid of Mentally Ill Canadian Tourists

Ellen Richardson was stopped by the Department of Homeland Security from traveling to New York because she suffers from depression and tried to commit suicide in 2001. How the heck does that qualify as "border security"?<p><i>Photo via Flickr user arvind grover</i><p>On Thursday, the <i>Toronto Star</i> reported that a …

The Many Arrests of Canadian Journalist Miles Howe

Miles Howe is unarguably the most connected journalist covering the tensions between SWN, an oil company in New Brunswick, and the Mi'kmaq First Nations people who oppose their fracking initiatives. Lately, Miles has been getting himself into legal...<p><i>Miles Howe. via Facebook.</i><p>Miles Howe is no …

Cam'ron is Still Harlem's Diplomat

We met with the Golden Boy and spoke with him about his legacy, wearing pink, and pioneering the "punchline flow."<p><i>Photos by Brayden Olson</i><p>I met Cam'ron on a quiet, residential street in Harlem. He pulled up in a Bentley coupe riding shotgun, with his manager British behind the wheel and his fiancée …

Tupac Lives

Breaking: Tupac, 41, spotted alive and well in Leimuiden, Netherlands. Photos by Milan Boonstra and styling by Ogènda.<p><i>H&M sweater; New Look sweater, American Apparel skirt; Hackett sweater, WE shirt; Bellerose sweater</i><p>PHOTOS BY MILAN BOONSTRA<p>STYLIST: OGÈNDA<p>Production: Daan Mol<p>Direction: Loes …

Everything You Need to Know About the Life of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has left the planet. It is, at the time of writing, slightly more raw than the long-rehearsed curtains-down on 95 years ought to be. To South Africans like me, he has long been the man who held up the sky. Who will hold it up now?<p><i>Illustration by Victoria Sin.</i><p>Nelson Mandela has left …