The Revenge of the Smallest: How Crush Fanzine Bucks the Publishing Trends
Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt. The images projected onto a tan brick wall on the back of New York's 48th Street Holiday Inn showed a blond guy wearing a dark blue cotton jumpsuit, mopping the floor of what seemed like a manufacturing building. It wasn't a preview for a new movie release. It was surely not a commercial for the latest detergent or all-powerful mops. Instead, it was a screening of the short film "Romance Language" by Jarrah Gurrie. The movie centers around an encounter between a blue collar office cleaner and his female counterpart during a late night work shift. Without exchanging any words due to language differences, he shares his meals with her. The blond guy playing the cleaner is model Travis Lee Hanson. And the people gather on the roof watching him were there to celebrate Crush Fanzine’s Obsession # 5: Travis Lee Hanson. Unlike any other publication, CrushFanzine’s entire issue--there have been five thus far--focuses on one subject. Travis is the newest topic; others have included actress Charlotte Rampling and model Arthur (who starred in the first issue.) It’s not about fashion as in: "a report on what’s new this season." It's about fashion as it's seen through the eyes of an individual. Above all, it’s about the pleasure and the enjoyment a print product can have on its readers.