Issue 18 Hypebeast

To live in the modern world is to be assalled on all fronts by a constant barrage of sensory information. The very thought may make Hypebeast want to withdraw indefinitely into solitude but it is immensely more rewarding to embrace the phenomena which add all the more color to live. This approach formed the guiding principle for the 18th publication tited The Sensory Issue - where today sought out the creatives who sift through the reams of raw information in the wider world, disttilling it into something all the more profound. Renowned airbush master Hajime Sorayama is the cover story this issue, having honed his art down to a science over a four-decade-long career. Sight and sound mix in the next story on animated chart topping band Gorillaz, who took a break from promoting their new album Humanz to fill in on their aural exploratiions during their six-year hiatus in typical devil-may-care style.

Elsewhere in this issue, Hypebeast continued the exploration of the intertwinning of Eat and West within fashion. Keizo Shimizu, founder of Nepenthes, recounts his mission of importing middle America's thrift shop finds to plants tge first seeds of the influential Americana movement back in Japan. Om the "Conversations With..." section, Hypebeast ask San Francisco native Alexander Wang on what it's like having the highest-profile Asian name in fashion.

To both literally and metaphorically reflect the fembot artwork that Hajime Sorayama created exclusively for the cover, The Sensory Issue is the first to feature an entirely metallic cover and comes packaged within a similarly metallic sleeve with special gifts inside.