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Do’s and Don’ts by Vice

23 Sep

400 New Jokes from the Funniest Magazine Column to Ever Exist in the History of the Universe

You know those jokes that you know you shouldn’t laugh at but you can’t help yourself? Well, those are the kind of jokes that Vice Magazine specialises in. In every issue they run a column called Do’s and Don’ts in which they take photographs of unsuspecting people and write funny captions underneath. Apparently, “the first thing most people do when they pick up a copy of Vice is turn to the Do’s and Don’ts” and “they’ve become one of our most popular reads”.

So a la mode?

In just a few short words, Vice manage to completely take a photograph out of context and give it a hilarious new meaning. It’s really easy to flick through and you don’t need any prior knowledge of the magazine to totally understand the beauty of the column in just a few small page turns. This column is difficult to explain; it’s one of those you have to see. An example: a girl with lots of makeup on in rollerblades captioned with “she spent so long getting ready, she rolled over the line that separates ‘made up’ from ‘in drag’”. Most of the captions have some kind of joke about a person’s clothes, something that the Vice team say has “enduring possibilities”.

Uh-oh a la mode?

A few of the jokes go that smidge too far where you actually feel so bad for the poor, unknowing victim who will be amazed to see themselves in the Vice column!

A la Mode Appraisal: 9/10

Do’s and Don’ts is published by Canongate and will definitely tickle your coffee table for a reasonable £9.99. It’s quite thick and there are lots of captions per double page spread.

If you liked this, you may also like The World According to Vice by Vice.

Like I Give a Frock by Michi Girl

9 Feb

Following the fun I had reading Michi Girl’s Michipedia of Fashion, I decided to take a step backwards and indulge in her first book, Like I Give a Frock. With the tagline detailing ‘fashion forecasts and meaningless misguidance’, I began to read in the hope of finding more quirky anecdotes from my new favourite fictional character. The creation of Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock, Michi Girl is a fashionista weather girl who loves to give sarcastic opinions on the world of fashion with sprinkled references to the elements poking through along the way.

This light read is divided into four sections in accordance with the seasons and offers whimsical fashion advice to suit each time of year. In her usual arty manner, Michi Girl expresses her views on all sorts of fashion topics with illustrations and collages that please the eye endlessly. Using paints, pencils, textures and whatever else she can lay her hands on, Michi Girl likes to show the reader exactly what she means. Having painted a beautiful paisley print on a pair of skousers (skirt and trousers) in the Autumn chapter, she suggests the following: “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit and the most effective. Skousers are the lowest form of garment and the least attractive”. Later she goes on to illustrate the locks of a beautiful lady and inscribes in the colour of her hair, “no one looks good in mustard. Unless of course you’re a hot dog”. A little bit erratic, these snippets of information are highly amusing but seem to lack the structure of her later Michipedia of Fashion. I would recommend it as a gift as opposed to an investment, and can say whole heartedly that it will bring joy to the eyes of art lovers.

A la Mode Appraisal: 7/10

Like I Give a Frock is published by Apple Press and is available for £12.99.

If you like this, you might also like What on Earth Are You Wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion by Michi Girl.