Class of 1995

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If there’s one thing to make you feel inadequate about your life, it’s being around a millionaire, a world-famous DJ and an Olympian, all of whom are just 20 years old.

That was the overriding feeling for many of us involved in easyJet Traveller’s photo shoot for the November issue – a special 20th-anniversary edition of the magazine celebrating 20 years since the airline’s maiden flight.

To mark the occasion, we’d made the decision to round up some notable characters who were born in 1995, to find out what it’s like for people who have only ever known the world with those ‘friendly, orange skies’ – and also what it’s possible to achieve in just two decades.

A lot, as it turns out.

In all, there were eight chosen to come to London from all over Europe, including a fashion vlogger with nine-million followers, a classical composer, a Swedish ballerina, and a Guinness-World-Record-holding eGamer.

On the day in the West London Studio (westlondonstudio.co.uk), millionaire businessman Jordan Daykin arrives with PA in tow. Since being the youngest person ever to win money from Dragon’s Den in 2013 for ‘Grip-It Fixings’ – a universal hardware solution – he’s made a mint. Next to him is Amandine Buchard: on course to represent France in Judo next year at the Rio Olympics. The last to arrive – complete with entourage – is Madrid-based DJ Danny Avila, rumoured to be the next David Guetta. We were lucky to get him, sneaking into his schedule in the four-hour gap between a flight in from the US and one out to Bangkok.

Despite the level of success, there are no divas here. They’re quietly excited to be here, and are polite and patient with photographer Jude Edington. They’re also interested in each other’s endeavours and share a brand of innocent enthusiasm that must be their secret to such early success. They’re so lovely in fact, that – despite what they’ve achieved so young – it’s hard to feel envious.

Although I’m gutted I didn’t think of Jordan’s Grip-It Fixings idea first.

Words Florence Derrick, assistant editor
Photography by Jude Edington

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The Hills Have Arghs

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Chris Wright, Ink’s lean mean US editor, joined the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the Catskill Mountains, New York 

There can be few people less suited to a week-long Bear Grylls survival course than old Stella-boy here. But then that was precisely the point. When setting out to report the Hemispheres feature for October, I had i n mind one of those out-of-your-element first-person pieces, the kind that glean comedy from hardship and humiliation. Hey, look at the blobby middle-aged guy rappelling down a cliff! Ha ha!

That was the idea.

I did indeed get a chance to rappel down a cliff, right next to a 75-foot waterfall, into which I got sucked. I honestly thought I was done for—a lifetime of lager-drinking and pie-eating flashed before my eyes. In addition to the waterfall thing, I slept beside a bear trail, ate a live earthworm, wheezed my way up mountainsides and ankle-sprained my way down. It was absolutely bloody horrible.  

On the plus side, I emerged from the experience a stronger and wiser person. For the first time in my life, I really feel like I know who I am, and where I fit in the world. I feel whole. Actually, none of that is true, but I did at least get to describe, in print, the moment when a female survivalist found me pooing next to a tree. 

Samuel L Jackson does NOT like (most) photo shoots

IMG_3956 IMG_3962Every week, we’re going to be giving Made With Ink to a different magazine to post as they please. First up, it’s our New York team, who publish Hemispheres and Rhapsody on behalf of United Airlines

Samuel L. Jackson does NOT like doing photo shoots.

“I’m serious,” he said this past September, during a Rhapsody cover shoot for the Ink title’s JANUARY edition. “I don’t like doin’ this shit.”

But the actor and frequent Quentin Tarantino collaborator (he stars in the auteur’s upcoming western The Hateful Eight) was decidedly NOT talking about his experience with Rhapsody.

“I have to admit this is one of the better photo shoots I’ve done in a very long time,” the 66-year-old said, while pulling up a pair of black trousers.

Perhaps credit goes to the mild-mannered Ink veteran Christos Hannides, who art directed the shoot, or the fact that it took place in one of Los Angeles’s swankiest hotel rooms—the Penthouse Suite Inspired by Vivienne Westwood at the London Hotel in West Hollywood.

Whatever the reason, the experience was apparently a delightful one for Jackson, who shared some fun anecdotes from his early days as a film actor, including the following one, which explains why Jackson never wears Nike: While putting on a pair of gold-colored leather trainers, the Washington, DC–native recounted how when he first got to Hollywood and had a little fame, he called up Nike to see if he could score some free kicks.

“And they went, ‘Who?’” recalled Jackson.

A few hours later Adidas satisfied his request. And then a few hours after that, Nike called back with a sudden change of heart, to which Jackson replied, “F*** you!”

(Posted by Jordan Heller, Editor in Chief)

Kings of convenience

In the latest issue of Tiger Tales Asia we asked: Are convenience stores the new Asian street food? In the region, convenience stores are big business. With over 5000 stores in Taiwan alone, going to a 7-Eleven (or one of its local rivals like FamilyMart) is more than just grabbing a packet of chips, you can also grab a (plastic and fairly uncomfy) seat, a hot meal and a chat.

So, with corner shops creating a real buzz on the streets of 24-hour cities like Hong Kong and Bangkok – and actually starting to take business from traditional street food in some cities – we decided to give the fluoro lights and sweet-packed shelves a makeover in Tiger Tales, sending some of the region’s top food writers to review the all-night food options at their local store.

When they reported back to us they also sent us boxes of what they ate, which we used in an upmarket food shoot (minus the few things that went off and created a fairly unmistakable odour in the Ink Singapore office, sorry all!). The resulting shoot, with Singaporean food photographer and stylist team, Daydream, turned the food from gloop into gourmet. (Posted by Paul Chai)

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4 reasons to pick up the latest Thomas Cook Travel

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1) It’s had a facelift The current February-April issue is the first to be designed by the super-talented Julia Murray. She’s given the magazine the bright and energetic hit it so desperately needed after a year without a full-time art director. We haven’t pushed the boat out too far and it’s technically more of a nip-tuck. Perhaps the biggest change was refreshing the upfront news section to make it more dynamic and fun.

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2) The illustrations I love this illustration of The Saturdays that Pablo Lobato produced to accompany a spoof celebrity guide to Hollywood. He’s captured each band member so well, and his distinctive and playful style is a perfect match for the tone of the piece. I also love the illo that Julia commissioned for our celeb-spotting in Vegas feature – Matt Taylor’s handiwork manages to be both garish and classy at the same time, which is quite some achievement.

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3) Baseball Even if you’re not interested in the sport – or sports in general – Robert Stephens’ piece on baseball culture in the Dominican Republic is worth your time. He beautifully conveys the locals’ passion for the game, with good quotes from both Dominicans who played in the US major league and aspiring 15-year-olds. Great writer + great story = great read.

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4) The photography We’ve all been a little bit in love with photographer Rahel Weiss ever since Ink UK picture editor Julia Holmes commissioned her for an Italian food shoot last issue. For this issue, we sent her to Bodrum in Turkey. She’s one of those brilliant and talented snappers that just gets a brief and works to it, but is also happy to react to what she finds on the ground: she delivers what you want and then some. Her clean and uncluttered shots managed to capture the glamorous side of the Turkish resort, without making it look gaudy or tacky. (Posted by AnishaP)

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Scoot

We launched Scoot magazine last year for Singapore Airline’s new low-cost, medium-haul airline of the same name. It’s bright, bold and fresh with a community feel. Readers are invited to share tips and experiences through the airline’s social media and the best appear in print. Editor Alexandra Karplus and Art Director Pete Stephens have done a terrific job in creating a fun, lively ‘lifestyle manual’, which is informative and interactive as it is nice to look at and read; you get a real sense of the magazine striking up a conversation with the reader.

I’d love to share the video on making the first issue, but WordPress won’t let me. Instead here’s a selection of layouts: A first-person piece by Singaporean musician Charlie Lim, who shares his city tips and photos taken with his phone, and Brent Lewin’s atmospheric photo essay about Bangkok’s Takraw players, which effectively captures the game’s energy and street culture surrounding it. The creative approach to the blogger photos in the December issue is a quirky take on standard portraiture. Even the destination guides and airline pages – a photo strip on ‘How Scoot was born’ and illustrated guide on what to expect on board – are engaging and fun. (Posted by LizW)

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