Issue 10 —
Issue 10 of Razor Red has the rather confusing thematic of ‘Boy Aggression – Young Genius vs Great Ambition’. If that’s enough to confuse the reader, it also looks like the mag itself also got a bit confused by the convoluted concept. Apart from an article by a young writer on punk in the GDR, most of the boys in this issue appear to be incapable of much aggression except perhaps passive aggression. But, if, like the writer of the article on German punk, one starts with the confession that you were born in 1987, thereby throwing away all authority for such a subjective article, there is something in this honesty, even if naïve, that makes it both charming and unpretentious.
In keeping with the theme, young male talent is pushed to the fore in this issue. This ranges from a disarmingly direct series of interviews with young male models –naturally accompanied by their portraits- as they gear up for this year’s Milan Fashion Week to profiles of very young fashion and styling talent. What title since the early days of I-D, for example, would actually profile a designer who has not yet graduated?
In this issue particularly, Razor Red demonstrates that it genuinely gives a platform to young creatives rather than simply manipulating them. And that is probably why they like it and that it offers the rest of us geriatrics an interesting insight into what makes them tick.