Letter from the Editor
Gay marriage is legalized (in America, at least). A month’s worth of Youtubing fan theories and I’m convinced Jon Snow may in fact not be dead per se. I heard some Gnucci at Black Market last Saturday, care of DJ duo Mav and Cenon. And, my dog Lulu, a pit bull with the most soulful eyes, seems to have stopped her agonizing habit of hunting for underwear. So July has been amazing, so far. To sustain this streak, we’re throwing the biggest party ever to celebrate Scout’s birthday—save the date July , p.m. at Samsung all, of cial hash tag is Scout ouse arty. I’m told there will be free beer in an in atable pool, a unicorn pi ata, bands and DJs, and Guitar Freaks. If you’re mind-cheering now, thank you.
Cheers as well to the fact that on our cover this month is Enchong Dee. We managed to catch him before he ew off to Madrid for a week-long work and play, after which he would be locked up in the Big Brother house—an OJT of sorts to becoming its new host—while having to prepare for Deetour 2015, his concert happening on July 3 and 10. He’s the perfect poster boy for an ambitious, multihyphenate millenial, something some of us have yet to muster the guts to become.
Apart from being able to withstand one year, 11 issues strong, this month we’re celebrating the many things that Scout stands for. Among them, creativity, openness to experience—however trying it may be to constantly battle against being trapped in one’s comfort zone—and not being afraid to be different, even at the risk of judgment. In this spirit, the July issue is a compendium of my favorite stories, some of which we’ve started producing since last December but I decided to hold off until the anniversary issue.
At a Christmas party, I remember talking to aul Jatayna, stylist and cocreator of OS Accessories, about a series of fashion shoots that will be executed like ctional album covers. The result, Chart-topping Bluffs on page 11, is the collective work of ve stylists ( aul among them) and the ve photographers they personally chose to team up with. The assignment was simple: to produce an image that’s like an album cover, without limitations except blatant violence and nudity. I also challenged them to stretch their creative muscles beyond fashion photography, with interview uestions like, Can you give us sample lyrics from a song The result is at once silly and humorous, but inimitably refreshing.
Another story I decided to put off publishing until now starts on page 26, where we ask ve young visual artists— obbie Bautista, ristine Caguiat, Lala Gallardo, Tokwa e a orida, and Tof apanta—to revisit an early work and recreate it exclusively for Scout. The story, as much as it’s about art and design, is about growth and forging an identity. When Art Director Martin Diegor pitched the story, I was hesitant. I’ve grown averse to romanticizing nostalgia; for Scout I wanted something new, something pulsing. I saw no merit in looking back. But sometimes that’s what it takes to see how far you’ve come.