What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z
In this installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three art handlers who install artworks in museums, galleries and estates.
What constitutes sex work?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we ask dancers, dommes, and social workers and sex work experts what exactly counts as a “sex worker.”
Laugh-cry emoji beats out “refugee” for Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year
The “face with tears of joy,” better known as the “laugh-cry face,” was chosen as “the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”
Racist conceptual joke discovered in Malevich’s Black Square
A team of art historians and researchers from Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery have found handwriting in Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square. And it’s not good.
Meet the designers of NYC’s Latin club night posters
Latin club night posters are a ubiquitous feature of New York City's Hispanic neighborhoods. We looked into how they're made, who makes them, and why.
From intimacy to kink, what it's like to be polyamorous relationship coach
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three polyamory coaches who help clients navigate being in love with multiple partners.
From price gouging to public sex, what it's like to be a bartender in NYC
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with two bartenders who have mixed and served drinks in a range of establishments across New York City.
Welcome to Juvenilia, New York City's first art salon for teens
A new organization for teenage artists held its official launch party. Photographer Jennifer Loeber was on scene to report.
I was a (straight) male stripper at gay clubs
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to a straight male stripper who shook his shit in gay establishments.
I gave up teaching Spanish to kick ass in the UFC
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series, we talk to a former Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter.
I'm the voice of junk food and your "vampire boyfriend"
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to a voiceover actor who lends his talents to competing snack brands and creepy toys.
I was a hipster mover for yuppies, hoarders, and cat killers
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to an illegitimate moving company employee who endured hoarders, stabbings, and a catricide to help yuppies unload their stuff.
I was a professional sperm donor
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears’ anonymous interview series, we talk to a struggling actor who made a livelihood selling his semen.
I worked as a carnie, and possibly for the mob
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series, we talk to a game agent who worked the booths at some of New York's most iconic street fairs.
I monitor missile activity with satellites for Lockheed Martin
In this installment of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series, we talked to a Lockheed Martin systems engineer who fields missile warnings for the US Military.
Artist Simon Denny on NSA art, Genius and Kim Dotcom's weird Predator statue
Hopes&Fears talked to artist and self-proclaimed "tech fanboy" Simon Denny about collaboration, appropriation and his recent project for the 2015 Venice Biennale.
I help people with serious mental illnesses reconnect to care, so cops don't hurt them
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke to a social worker who attends to patients with serious mental illness, before the cops do.
Squishy, liquid, glossy: Artist Rollin Leonard on New Portraiture
Hopes&Fears interviews artist Rollin Leonard about his new series of photographic sculptures, videos and GIFs.
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke to an employee of an indoor gun range.
Americans love getting wasted, study finds
Americans are more likely than ever to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers, says a new study of county-based drinking patterns in the United States.
Lenin's dead body gets better with age
Russian scientists have been working on cutting-edge embalming methods for preserving the Soviet leader's body, which turns 145 years old today.
Mecca is getting its first halal sex shop
Islam's holiest city is getting its first Sharia-compliant sex shop. El Asira, an erotic brand based in Amsterdam, is branching out to Mecca, site of the religion's annual "hajj" pilgrimage.
China's new Android app connects you with thugs for hire
Ever wanted to put someone in the hospital? An app that lets users connect with thugs for hire gets over 40,000 downloads in China.
I play the scumbags on true crime shows
In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears’ anonymous interview series, we spoke to an actor who plays criminals and detectives in dramatic reenactment segments of "true crime" shows.
Twitter has a troll problem
Twitter's top lawyer admits that the company has been ineffective in addressing online abuse.
India is building a new and improved "smart" city
Efforts are underway to build the first "smart" cities in India. It's part of a push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract private investment dollars.
Amazon's in, Abercrombie's out and other ways teenagers are spending money
Investment firm Piper Jaffray released its semiannual report on teen spending and shopping habits this Wednesday. Here's your breakdown.
Give back to your memes
Success Kid's dad is leveraging his reputation to raise money for a life-saving kidney transplant.
Japan militarizes cute
Japan's defense forces are capitalizing on the national monopoly on cuteness by embracing moe, a style that features twee and prominently underage female characters.