KING KONG Issue 17 - The Liquid Issue

King Kong is an independent, biannual print magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of ground-breaking artists, designers, musicians and image-makers from every corner of the world.

In the upcoming liquid issue of King Kong, you’ll experience many interpretations of this theme. Some will shock you, but others are more stealthy in their approach. No less powerful, after all, they do say, still waters run deep. And remember, liquidity and fluidity are siblings of motion

Including Cover Stories from Ralphie Choo / Torbjørn Rødland / Yoon Ahn / VTSS /A. G. Cook / Sienna King / Cory Kennedy / mgk /Camila Cabello /Aron Piper / Lucas Samaras

Camila Cabello

That luscious Miami blue, part sky, part aqua, trickles like tears and lingers on her lips. Her music flows from the mix of her inspirations all shaken and stirred in a musical cocktail shaker! Eyes wide open and we love to see it. Get it? Got it. Good.

“Water and liquid is a big part thematically and visually of the album. There is something sensual about it like rain and sweat, just feels very alive and it makes me think of Miami because we’re surrounded by water and humidity.”

Aron Piper

Aaron Piper soaks it up for the Liquid issue.

Suited in the shower, or soaking in the bathtub – in a raincoat of course – he oozes a dangerous charm. Liquid attraction. And we all know getting a little wet never does any real harm. Dive right in, the water’s absolutely fine…

Lucas Samaras

Life is never static. Life means movement, blood flows, time is fleeting, and death marks yet another journey. In Greek mythology paying the ferryman on the final river to oblivion.

The late Greek artist Lucas Samaras was a master of fluidity. He changed artistic media, from the liquidity of paint, to development fluids of the photographic darkroom. He used liquids to alter his images, morphing his own face to fit the ever changing pictures in his mind. His lens recorded the flow of his own life.


How we call ourselves is fluid: the names on our birth certificate, the names our friends call us, the names we give ourselves, all given or chosen to reflect the changes in our lives. Just as what we do changes, so how we look, think and perform changes.

Tears of laughter, tears of sadness, tears of joy, the physical waterworks of life ebb and flow with our experiences. While the steady pumping of blood in our veins keeps us going until we all literally dry out.

Torbjørn Rødland

The photographic works of Torbjørn Rødland are a moveable feast for your eyes. The subject matter is caught in the moment, but starts to alter in your imagination. Changing and warping, sneakily shapeshifting, his photographs give the illusion of reality, when in fact the realism of the images are just a shudder away from the surreal.

“Liquid is where bodily life comes from. It’s the source. Maybe I shouldn’t use this as an argument against digital photography but it does make sense that images rising from liquids have a special power. I also sometimes add liquids to surfaces before photographing them in order to increase tactility and excite the imagination. I think we can also say that liquids are associated with intuition and the unconscious mind.”

 280 pages (24 X 33,3 cm / 9,45 X 13,11 Inches)