DIS is a post-internet lifestyle magazine about art, commerce and fashion.
I first encountered DIS when they dissed me: I was throwing a Cody Critcheloe/ SSION event on club owner Spencer Sweeney’s roof, and they pulled out of the project at the last minute because the party had to end at midnight and not 4AM as intended. It was funny because I totally didn’t care whether they were involved or not – sure it would be fun and they all had cool haircuts – but they made a big stink about not being involved. I kept saying, “Fine, no problem, you guys should still come to the performance” and they kept saying, “We refuse to participate because blah blah blah” and I kept saying, “No problem.” I wondered who this band of rigorously, um, fastidious and idealistic young people were and eventually someone told me about their newly launched online project – DIS Magazine – and I became, beginning bad vibes or not, part of their ever-expanding fan base.
DIS is a post-internet lifestyle magazine/ almost-movement about art, commerce and fashion. A collective of artists, designers, musicians, stylist and writers creating online-only features and fashion shoots that explore, and often mock, product and image-making – as well as offering strange, radical alternatives. Antagonism is a part of what they’re about, and thank goodness: I haven’t seen or heard a nice pungent protest in quite a while, from either the self-congratulatory art world or the relentlessly optimistic, marketing-machine magazine economy. And this new type of punk energy is uniquely digital: the DIS vision is a kind of dystopic internet vortex of rapidly shifting trends, vapid and exchangeable styles, and random absurdity.
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Text: Kathy Grayson