Image copyright of Vice
Vice announced Monday the expansion of its publication empire to things you actually have to buy: books. I joke of course, as they’ve recently launched a successful record label and series of guidebooks, but they remain best known for their free magazines available at local indi music stores everywhere. The new division launches two titles in June, Lesley Arfin’s Dear Diary, and Skinema by Chris Nieratko, one of the infamous stars of Jackass. Arfin’s book features a mediocre cover by photographer Richard Kern, an introduction by Chloe Sevigny, (the only women in Hollywood typecast as the “STD girl”) and is largely composed of entries the author wrote for Vice recording her teenage experiences with sex, drugs and bad parenting. The book also includes reflections now that she’s ten years wiser — as if personal growth were selling point to such publications. More promisingly, the press release describes Skinema as “a collection of rants and reminiscences written under the guise of porn reviews”. Generally speaking I find the number tits that grace the front page of their products more along the lines of glorified subculture glam porn than hipster fine art, but in this case that kind of imagery might just be on point.