Dazed & Confused i — June 2012, #210

Dazed & Confused

Founded by prodigious photographer Rankin and writer and cultural enthusiast Jefferson Hack, and taking its name (and freewheeling spirit) from the classic Led Zeppelin song, Dazed & Confused started life as a limited-run fold-out poster in 1992. Early cover stars profiled by Hack included Bjork, Harmony Korine and David Bowie, who all contributed to the magazine over the years. Also on the cover in the early days were PJ Harvey, Damien Hirst, Richard Ashcroft, Chloe Sevigny, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Robert Carlyle, Kate Moss and Milla Jovovich. It was during this time that Dazed cemented its growing international reputation for daring to extend its editorial remit beyond fashion, music and film not just to include art and literature, but to tackle local and international social and political themes.

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Noomi Rapace, star of Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi sensation Prometheus, stars on the cover of Dazed’s June issue – a space special. Photographed in a futuristic shoot by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Katie Shillingford, the fiercely talented Swedish actress talks about leaving behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to prepare for intergalactic warfare.

Wu-Tang’s GZA and electronic legend Squarepusher bond over quantum physics, as Dazed asks why music and design have returned to the psychedelic impulse to explore far-off planets. Underground rap sensation Zebra Katz travels to Paris to meet cult designer Rick Owens, whose breakout track “Ima Read” was first heard at Owens’s AW12 show. Digital provocateur Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot interviews a member of subversive hacktivist group Anonymous, and space-obsessed rapper SpaceGhostPurrp comes to Earth briefly to talk about why he’s the freshest new MC out there.

Plus a series of sci-fi fashion shoots from the Dazed fashion team and photographers Daniel Jackson, Julia Hetta and Ben Toms, a private library of amazing alien literature from the 50s and 60s, an overview of the work of Hollywood special-effects legend Rick Baker and an interview with Dr Pascal Lee about his mission to explore Mars.

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