Nestled between Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and Japan, the Philippines is comprised of over 7,000 islands. The capital, Manila, is the most densely populated city on the planet, while the archipelago is third on the list of countries with the most annual emigrants to the US. Its culture has been shaped by distant nations as much as by immediate neighbors, and in turn the Filipino diaspora has made a tremendous impression on the world.
Westerners regularly come into contact with Filipino culture, but the Philippines remains a hazy spot on our mental maps. We give harsh descriptions of “balut” and hold Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao in awe, but lack a deeper understanding of a complex country and culture.
Frank Chapter 45 will focus on the unique, seemingly disparate pieces that make up the modern-day Philippines, as well as the larger Filipino community, from New York to Los Angeles to the UAE. Features include contributions from DJ Neil Armstrong, skater Willy Santos, martial artist Dan Inosanto, and comic-book artist Leinil Francis Yu, as well as an illustrated collection of Filipino myths, a photoessay on the ubiquitous jeepney, and (of course) a closer look at boxer Manny Pacquiao’s impact on his country and beyond.
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In collaboration with Primitive Apparel and Shoes, we bring you Chapter 62: Primitive Glamour, a book set to come out Winter, 2015. The book features the Glamour collection, a variety of images capturing England’s Glamour sub-culture, all shot by renowned photographer Willie Toledo. Enticed by...
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Curated by the rapper himself, Chapter 60 features all of our favorites from the original Chapter 48: MFDOOM book plus 20% new additional art work. Expect to rehash MFDOOM’s super villain lifestyle while flipping through pages of lyrics, local artists, masked images, and epics stories. Alongside Chapter...
After months of releasing mostly male-centric editions, we’re taking the testosterone way down to focus on one of life’s most puzzling enigmas—Girls. Chapter 59 will showcase some of our favorite female personalities, all of whom we believe embody the idea of ‘modern feminism’— in other...