Pop culture would look very different if John Waters had chosen a different career path. What would punk have looked like if John Waters hadn’t made Pink Flamingos in 1972, for instance? For 50 years, Waters – the biggest cult in show business – has proved time and again that “bad taste is what entertainment is all about”. Whether in the role of director, performer, writer, visual artist or fashion plate, what has always been impressive is Waters’ joyful refusal to compromise.


Bethan Laura Wood‘s physical appearance is a riot of colour, texture, experimentation and unconventional beauty. Like her work, which explores the fascinating links between modernity, tradition and the beauty to be found in the everyday, the way she presents herself to the world is in itself a fantastic lifestyle choice. Wood has spent the years since graduating from the RCA’s MA course in Product Design gaining a global reputation for the objects she creates; from lighting to set design, furniture to jewellery. Whether collaborating with other designers or working with artisans in traditional processes, Wood’s work is a response to…

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Who is your favourite porn star? Mine is Peter Berlin. Even though his films and photographs were not created ‘for’ me (they were obviously made exclusively for a gay male audience) he leaves me breathless. More because I’m obsessed with human beings who become their own unique creation than necessarily because of a penchant for gay porn. Peter Berlin: the name is pure Warhol superstar, the image: pure Tom of Finland.


Watts Towers, located in South Central Los Angeles, near to Compton and the site of the Watts riots of 1965, is a beautiful, poetic, awe-inspiring art work. It took a tiny Italian immigrant (I know he’s tiny because there’s a life-sized photograph of him in the arts centre attached to the site) called Simon (Sam) Rodia 33 years to build the collection of 17 interconnected structures. Having been sent by his parents to America at the tender age of 15 to avoid conscription, Rodia was gripped briefly by alcoholism and then, when he settled in Watts, by a vision to…