Happy Birthday Vice

Having slavishly followed Vice’s ‘Big Night Out ’ guides to psytrance raves, partying with Moscow’s Young Elite and braving ‘Britain’s Biggest Lads’, it’s really anyone’s guess how Vice itself will be celebrating reaching double figures.

Everyone’s favourite ‘did they really print that’ publication celebrates its 10th birthday next week, and to mark the occasion, we’ve drawn together some of the magazine’s most noteworthy covers for your perusal.

While we’ve had to omit a few – namely a delightfully provocative images by artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer, Pierpaolo Ferrari of a charming still-life, prominently featuring an enormous veins-and-all dildo; there are still plenty here to shock and delight.

Bruno Bayley, Vice’s European managing editor, has kindly run us through the story of each of the images in the text below each cover.

Terry Richardson's Design Issue cover. The issue covered everything design related from home-made cockroach killing machines, to Star Wars hoarders and home-made weapons from the UK's premier young offenders institutions.
Terry Richardson’s Design Issue cover.

‘The cover of the Design Issue was by Terry Richardson. The issue covered everything design related from home-made cockroach killing machines, to Star Wars hoarders and home-made weapons from the UK’s premier young offenders’ institutions.’

The Universal Sadness Issue, by Laura Park.
The Universal Sadness Issue, by Laura Park.

‘The Universal Sadness Issue, by Laura Park. This issue sort of summed up our at times slightly negative view of the world. The issue was made up of reports from around the world covering child execution in Iran, suicide contagion in Wales, dying Koalas in the outback and poverty in Saskatoon, among many other upsetting things. Laura illustrated many of the reports which gave the whole issue a nice unified sense of misery.’

Jamie Lee Curtis Taete's cover for the 'Writing Cute Things on the Spine of This Magazine Every Issue is Starting to Feel Like a Lame Gimmick Issue'.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete’s cover for the ‘Writing Cute Things on the Spine of This Magazine Every Issue is Starting to Feel Like a Lame Gimmick Issue’.

‘This was Jamie Lee Curtis Taete’s cover photo for the snappily named ‘Writing Cute Things on the Spine of This Magazine Every Issue is Starting to Feel Like a Lame Gimmick Issue’. It was an out-take from his shoot called “She Was Never Bored Because She Was Never Boring”, another catchy one.’

Johnny Ryan's  Afghanistan cartoon, a UK-only cover
Johnny Ryan’s Afghanistan cartoon, a UK-only cover

‘This was a UK only cover – originally we were planning to use the same cover as New York, but theirs relied on a gatefold we didn’t get. So Johnny Ryan, VICE’s resident comics expert, did two alternate visions of Afghanistan, one with happy people eating ice-cream and hugging and the other with people killing each other.’

Jamie James Medina's Kids issue cover
Jamie James Medina’s Kids issue cover

‘Cover photo by Jamie James Medina, the whole issue was about kids. Alex Sturrock shot a great story about kids with ASBOs, there was a distressing story on Bucharest’s child sex industry and a fashion shoot where kids drew their ideal outfits. So quite a variety.’

'Worst Cover' joke issue
‘Worst Cover’ joke issue

‘This whole issue was a joke. Clearly. But most people just thought we had “sold out”, a favourite insult letter writers like to level at us. Everything about this issue was intentionally awful. Including having Dave Navaro on the cover, and a feature on Pharrel’s “cool new threads”.’

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