Illustrations by Primo Pitino; Cover photo of Kelly and Caitlin by Bradley Roberge
To be a teen heartthrob. To play a supporting role on a beloved sitcom, to emerge from a tour bus to a wall of frantically waving photos and other ephemera meant to bear your signature. Big box retailers would sell lunchboxes with your face on them, you’d tweet regrettable things and issue apologies that were almost heartfelt at the behest of your team. You’d have designers struggling for the chance to clothe you. You’d influence adolescent fashion trends and corresponding middle school dress codes at a profound level. That’s power.
Dismiss Tiger Beat and Bop Magazine (or hi, 2014 — J-14) and other brands of bubblegum kiddo media at one’s peril. Not only do their anointed celebs control vast swaths of consumer spending patterns, their sugar cookie poses and fluffy Q&A answers inspire real social norms, codes of conduct, language for the legions of fans that consider them more vital to their lives than the leaders of government.
Still dubious about Beebs and Selena (not as a couple, we know they broke up)? Hold your scoff to consider that if the hotties of One Direction don’t speak to you, they may not be addressing you. Yes babe, teenyboppers may be a bit over your head.
For Issue #7, AHDM4U profiles our personal heartthrobs. Indie media deities, curvaceous body warriors, theoretical concepts, community centers, and retail stores we could live in. We asked them what their favorite color was, where they would go on a dream date. We carried around copies of Tiger Beat in our backpack. There are G-rated centerfolds currently tacked to our walls. Massive shout-out to the legions that made this issue possible — in particular our illustrator Primo Pitino, cover photographer Bradley Roberge, and our contributors from Sydney to Buenos Aires.
We like, really love you all,
Caitlin & Kelly
THE HEARTTHROB ISSUE
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR Primo Pitino is a San Francisco DJ and artist who can be found at the Knockout first & third Fridays for Oldies Night, second Fridays for NightBeat, at Amnesia second Saturdays for wild rare deep house and disco vinyl dance party 2 MEN WILL MOVE YOU, Tuesdays at the Make Out Room for Slow Jams, and fourth Saturdays at Edinburgh Castle for “CATWORLD the dance party”. After moving here in the pursuit of graffiti artist fame in 1997 Primo discovered oldies and R&B 45s thanks to his gang. Later, he uncovered the joys of playing such records, throwing parties, and staying out of jail. 10 years of DJing in San Francisco has made him a very fun DJ.
ABOUT THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Bradley Roberge is a San Francisco-based photographer who is partial to documentary portraiture in addition to shooting nightlife and food. His most recent project was the 2014 Cub Camp calendar. Find more of his work here.