Daddy Issues started as a small dance party in a sweaty basement club in East London in June 2016 and has now grown into a full on international queer brand, complete with must-have apparel born of artist and Insta-star Rooney‘s branding. As the empire grows, founders OLLYWOOD and Borja Peña now manage the brand from opposite sides of the world with Borja running the parties in London & Madrid and OLLYWOOD looking after Los Angeles, San Francisco and “pop ups” in New York, Mexico and Chicago.
Last November they launched their first venture into print media by releasing Issue 1 of Daddy Issues Zine. The full color NSFW pocket size zine is a limited edition, collectible ode to the beauty of a diverse range of men. “I come from a photography background and work as a shoot producer, so this felt like a natural evolution to the brand” co-founder OLLYWOOD shared. “People will always love print magazines. I wouldn’t be able to create the same feeling through a digital magazine the way I can with a printed zine.”
People will always love print magazines. I wouldn’t be able to create the same feeling through a digital magazine the way I can with a printed zine.
Aesthetically Inspired by gentlemen’s magazines from the 70’s and 80’s, the Daddy Issues’ MO is to create an extremely sex positive platform upon which artists and models can create work that is uncensored, inclusive and diverse, all the while celebrating a full range of queer subjects. Imagery juxtaposing masculinity and femininity is the true Daddy Issues style.
The second issue is a collaboration with Fleshjack entitled “Meet Me In The Flesh”. It is 84 glorious pages of NSFW queer art and photography in the form of 22 photo-stories from all over the world. We live in an age where a lot of the relationships we have with people we call friends, co-workers, in some case lovers are purely digital and we may never actually meet them in the flesh. The “Meet Me In The Flesh” issue was inspired by the idea of the model and photographer meeting for the first time and sharing the experience of shooting nude. Cover star is rapper and Love & Hip Hop star Milan Christopher photographed by Josh Paul Thomas.
Daddy Issues is a brand that connects people in many ways; people meet at their parties, and if you own a piece of their merchandise you are in the club. The zine provides a new “arm” to the brand and yet another new way to connect a global community of artists and culture shapers. The only thing missing from this party is you!
Pick up a copy of Daddy Issues here.