My mate Dan is a very excellent photographer, who's shot pretty much every musician you want to meet right now and once did a whole exhibition featuring snapshots of people mid-curse-word...really. This summer he hooked up with punk duo The Bots, aka. Cali brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, and took a shine to them, so decided to document their ~crazy antics~ on their European tour. 'Cos that's what real friends do, takes pictures of you while they're having all the fun.
Anyway, the final product is an adorable, 48-page, full color photography 'zine, complete with specially made tie-dyed cotton sleeves. I asked Dan how it all came about and why there were so many frickin' pigs in it.
Who are The Bots, and why have you done a whoooole magazine thingy with them? I heard they crashed at your house too?
They're an ace band from Glendale, California. I met them on a shoot, liked them a lot, rented them my house and then decided to drive round Europe with them in a small hot van. It was fun.
I keep saying one of them looks like Tyler because I'm both racist and unimaginative...what's their music actually like?
Haha. I reckon he'll take it as a compliment. I dunno…I guess imagine the White Stripes crossed with Micachu or something like that. They rule.
What's with all the pigs in the photos? Are you a pig fan?
We stopped off in Stuttgart on one of their days off. Stuttgart is of course home to the the Schweine Museum
….the world's largest pig museum. Probably the best pig related thing I've ever been to. And I've been to Wisconsin so that's saying a lot.
A PIG MUSEUM! What were the highlights?
I wouldn't want to spoil it. The pig BDSM room was pretty special...
Rich man's pork scratchings, poor man's pork crackling.
I petted the pigs at Hackney farm and they had weird dandruff from not being able to sweat. How would you cope with not sweating?
Hippos don't sweat either - that's why they sit in bogs and mud right? So I guess I'd be a hippo.
Where would you rate pigs on the animal intelligence scale from, like, dolphin through to turkeys? MAKE A SCALE.
Are micro pigs for wankers?
The STOB EHT 'zine launch is TONIGHT from 7pm at the Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery , 30A Redchurch St, E2 7DP.