Space Is the Place: Trevor Paglen Profile (Playboy Winter 2018 Quarterly Issue)
Trevor Paglen on the origins of his groundbreaking and Shutdown-stymied space sculpture, "The Orbital Reflector." Profile for Playboy's first-ever print quarterly. Read the online version here.
Interview with Sleep / High on Fire Metal God Matt Pike (Penthouse October 2018 Issue)
Six-page feature interview with Matt Pike, founder of cult metal bands Sleep and High on Fire.
Heather Benjamin — Art Goddess of the Erotic-Grotesque (Penthouse October 2018 Issue)
A print profile of the artist Heather Benjamin for the October 2018 issue of Penthouse magazine. Photo by Justin Cole Smith. Read the online version here
"#InstaBanned" - Playboy (September 2018 Issue)
A two-page print feature in the September 2018 issue of Playboy, where I interviewed nine artists whose work (specific to illustration, painting, sculpture, and mixed-media) had been censored by Instagram.
"A Stoned Swan Song" - Playboy (March/April 2018 Issue)
“Scenes from California’s last prohibition-era cannabis competition, where Big Weed is rising and grower are getting burnt in the transition to near-total legalization.” Four-page print feature on The Emerald Cup in the March/April 2018 issue of Playboy.
“High on Fame” - Penthouse (March 2018 Issue)
An 8-page print feature about the rise of “canna-celebrities” in post-prohibition America.
“BigMike on the Business of Marijuana” - Penthouse (March 2018)
One-page sidebar profile of BigMike, CEO of Advanced Nutrients and Instagram star, within longer feature on “canna-celebrities.”
Bjorn Copeland “As Told To” Essay - MERRY JANE (2017)
Black Dice's Bjorn Copeland Shares His True Story of Quitting Weed and Seeing Ghosts
Tom Sachs Profile - i-D (2017)
A profile of the inimitable artist, shortly before the opening of Objects of Devotion, his fourth solo show at Sperone Westwater Gallery in Soho, and Tea Ceremony at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
Jeanette Hayes Profile - i-D (2017)
A profile of the NYC-based artist Jeanette Hayes.
Sage Elsesser Profile - i-D (2017)
A profile of the professional skater, artist, and face of Supreme.
Jack Wagner (@Versace_Tamagotchi) Feature - Playboy (2017)
A profile/interview of Jack Wagner, aka @Versace_Tamagotchi, about making memes and filming films.
R. Budd Dwyer, 30 Years Later - Playboy (2017)
Reported essay about the on-camera suicide of politician R. Budd Dwyer, 30 years after the violent act.
Pharmakon Profile - Village Voice (2017)
A profile of the experimental musician Pharmakon before the release of her third LP, Contact.
Beau Wanzer Interview - Electronic Beats (2016)
An interview with the experimental producer and tripped-out noisemaker.
German Tank Tourism Feature - VICE (2016)
“Why would anyone want to drive a decommissioned tank around the countryside of what used to be East Germany? Why not?” Photos by Alexander Coggin.
“How to Lie” Feature - VICE (2016)
“To get some insight into the world of deceit, we talked to people who have to lie like it's their job.” Featuring interviews with a dominatrix, a graffiti writer, an undercover cop, and a criminal defense attorney.
The 'Golden Age' of Weed Dealing in NYC - VICE (2016)
“Weed is popular and partially decriminalized, but its illegal status means profit margins are still high. All of that is good news for dealers in NYC.” Original illustration by Brian Blomerth.
DJ Richard Profile - FADER (2015)
A profile of producer and White Material Records co-founder DJ Richard, shortly before the release of his debut LP Grind.
H. Jon Benjamin Feature - VICE (2015)
An interview with the voice behind the titular characters on Archer and Bob's Burgers. Also the first of several interviews between Benjamin and Sokol. Photos by Bobby Viteri.
"No Bad Things" Essay - The Paris Review (2015)
A personal essay about growing up with OCD, including the obsessive-compulsive rigamarole I engaged in before bed each night in order to quell my symptoms. Illustration by Tommy Tait.
Peter Stichbury Profile - VICE (2015)
A profile of artist Peter Stichbury titled “The Paranormal Portraitist” that appeared in the February 2015 Issue of VICE Magazine.
Seth Troxler Feature - VICE Magazine UK (2015)
A short profile of DJ/producer Seth Troxler that published in the June 2015 UK print edition of VICE Magazine’s “The Earth Died Screaming Issue.”
The Last Old-School Orgy in New York - VICE (2015)
A long-form feature about the “longest-running” sex party in NYC, juxtaposed with an exploration of the city’s new wave of erotic parties catering to 1 percenters and the ‘sexual elite.’
The Lawyer Who Defends BK's Underground Arts Scene - VICE (2015)
“From Teklife to a digital arts collective, Anibal Luque has made a career out of helping DIY artists and alternative entrepreneurs navigate the often-complicated legal snags that come with starting a business.”
The Prime Minister of Dick Profile - VICE (2015)
Meet the Prime Minister of Dick, or PMD for short. He's a South African artist who "slings dicks and dicktures" for a living — i.e. absurd, surreal, and sometimes brilliant illustrations of, well, penises. Photos by Bobby Viteri. Long live the shizzle.
Trevor Paglen Profile - VICE (September 2015 Issue)
A profile of the artist Trevor Paglen, including interviews in multiple countries, that focused on a new body of his work involving seafloor cables tapped by the NSA.
The Making of Kara Walker's Domino Sugar Sphinx - The Creators Project (2014)
A feature exploring the behind-the-scenes fabrication process of Kara Walker’s massive sculptural installation in the abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn.
“Their Side of the South Sudan Story” Interview Series - VICE (2014)
A series of interviews with South Sudanese refugees-turned-artists, in conjunction with the “Saving South Sudan” Issue of VICE Magazine, as well as the exhibition “Our Side of the Story: South Sudan” by photographer Mike Mellia.
Cassette Tape Revival Feature - Motherboard (2013)
“And as the technology turns 50 this month, is anyone paying attention?” A feature on the first iteration of Cassette Store Day, as well as the 50th anniversary of the cassette tape’s invention.
Orbital Space Trash Feature - Motherboard (2013)
Feature co-written with Alex Pasternack about “The Final Frontier of Trash” and scientists’ plans to clean up dangerous orbital debris.
Coco Capitán Profile - Anonym (2012)
An article on the Spanish photographer Coco Capitán in her salad days. Also the beginning of a long friendship :)